Somewhere along the way, flower uncertainty had taken hold of me. I’m all over the map here. I’ve seriously considered anemones, but the chances are high that they will not be in season for our Saturday in September. Integrating hypericum berries has stayed on the list, but they’re more of an accent than a feature, and probably will be an accent for the bridesmaids, not for moi. I’ve even gone as far as to contemplate the bouquet stem, as you may remember.
The criteria for my bouquet included the following: that they be white, interesting, unique, and full of texture. Oh yeah, and in season in September, please!
All kidding aside, it’s really important to me that I have strong inspiration photos to take along with me when I meet with our florist in a couple of months. When someone else gets really excited, I quite often will agree with them… only to end up walking away with something that I don’t want. I tend to be too much of a people pleaser, and usually get taken in a completely different direction than the one I had originally wanted to go in. This is how I ended up with bright orange hair upon leaving a salon a few years back. I most definitely don’t want the equivalent of “Raggedy Ann hair” when my wedding bouquet is handed over to me.
When searching, I found three flowers that all come in white and fulfill all of my requirements: ranunculus, hydrangea, and dahlias. Through the magic of Google Images, I plugged ‘ranunculus, hydrangea, and dahlia bouquet’ in the search field, and voila! Some great options came my way that were fluffy, white, and unique, using varied combinations of my desired flowers.
This bride’s bouquet incorporates dahlias, ranunculus, sweet pea, hyacinth, gardenias, and hydrangeas. Just so you’re keepin’ up with me, this bouquet apparently has all of my target flowers, and then some! I love how much texture they’ve managed to get out of all white flowers. I think my florist could do something lovely with these three, plus a few other whites (as was done here) to achieve the great texture.
What also really caught my eye was the bridesmaid bouquet to the left of the bride. This is a great way to feature the dahlia, and I could integrate hypericum berries into the bridesmaids’ bouquets to get that extra texture and green in there, without being over the top. I love it! No matter what I end up doing for mine, I think this is a strong contender as inspiration for the bridesmaids. I’m not able to budget a lot for their bouquets, so I want to incorporate flowers with blooms that can really fill some space!
This bouquet features carnations, dahlias, ranunculus and spider mums. So, two of my picks are featured here, but if I wanted to, I could probably recreate this entire bouquet—I believe all of these flowers would be in season in September. I like the textures here, but I’m not a huge fan of spider mums. It also looks like there are roses in the bouquet, but the description didn’t say so. Moving on…
This lovely bouquet includes hydrangea, peonies, roses, ranunculus, tulips and dusty miller. The dusty miller is lovely for an added touch of something special for a winter wedding. It’s probably not as great for a September wedding, though. What grabbed me was the fullness of this bouquet, and how “fluffy” it seems. It’s very romantic.
So, I think #1 and #3 are probably leading the way for me. I’m really determined right now to work dahlias into the overall scheme, because my centerpieces are just going to feature single stems, and I think dahlias would look perfect for this. I also really enjoy these great pom balls I’ve been seeing around (such as from Etsy seller Pom Love), which I think are so dahlia-esque.
Do you favor #1, #2, or #3? Are there any white flowers that are in season in September that I haven’t thought of (excluding orchids, roses and calla lilies… they’re all great, just not for me)?