Flowers bring life and vibrancy into a wedding. They convey a message and create a tone. This fall, local florists are working with a wide variety of blooms to set the scene for upcoming St. Louis weddings.
Barb Wehking of Bloomin’ Buckets says brides are bringing more color back into their bouquets this fall, with gold as a popular accent color. She notes the use of burgundies, berries and greenery to create texture. “Some brides will use jasmine and vines that trail down,” she says. “They’re also putting in touches of navy blue with things like privet berry.”
Overall, Wehking says more greenery is being used, and notes the popularity of flowers like burgundy scabiosa, chocolate cosmos, Café au Lait dahlias and white O’Hara garden roses. As for greenery, she sees tree ivies and eucalyptus. “The tones for fall are rich, and brides tend to want more natural-looking flowers."
In using gold as an accent color, Wehking recommends gold candle sticks and gold vases. “It’s awesome to use gold vases as a metal container for flowers, instead of glass,” she says. “Vintage gold, in particular, looks really neat.”
Mary Tuttles of Mary Tuttles Floral and Gifts describes the fall wedding floral tone as “soft, antique romantic.” She, too, is seeing the use of burgundies. Other brides, however, mix it up with oranges, purples and even lime green. “There are still some using peonies and hydrangeas, but we’re seeing a lot of succulents, berries and a lot of greens to create texture, too,” Tuttles says. She notes the rise of colored glass for floral containers, and says colored linens are a trend for fall, too.
Grays and silver tones, incorporated burgundies is another favored look, according to Ken Miesner of Ken Miesner’s Flowers. He also has brides asking for berries, foliage and succulents in their arrangements. Dahlias and roses are still popular, with different shades and sizes of roses being requested. “We’re even seeing brides incorporate a touch of wheat and grain, which can be very pretty and provide a nice texture,” Miesner notes.
As for centerpieces, Miesner says low centerpieces, often incorporated with candles and succulents, are popular. “Lanterns can be mixed in, too, and that works well with some weddings."
Wildflowers’ Jane Winter notes some of the other color trends: a lot of limes, cranberry, peach and hot pink. “With this, we’re seeing very deconstructed, natural bouquets,” she says. “There’s a lovely freedom and looseness about them; and you can also have beautiful, rich flowers like scabiosa with it.”