Thursday, September 29, 2011

Autumn Dahlia Wedding Bouquets

Apricot and salmon colored dahlias with garden roses with a charming vintage button wrap
Sometimes in planning her autumn wedding, a bride mentions that although she loves the weather in September and October, she ‘hates’ fall colors. It always makes us smile because we know that she’s thinking of uninspired displays at the grocery store or remembering grade school window decals.

Rich purple dahlias with pink and salmon varieties
Although maple leaves and pumpkins are typical autumn icons, there’s no limit to the hues and textures of fall. As the leaves start to change, try to notice the infinite array of foliage that grows along the roadside – the bittersweet, indigo, teal, gold, and even fuchsia tones that color the plants in various stages of transition. We love the infinite variety of the season and look forward to designing with blooms that reflect that variation. Antique hydrangeas are fabulous now with new varieties arriving from Holland every week. The most beautiful, unusual, and robust dahlias are actually grown for us locally. When they bring a new batch into the shop, we’ve been known to swoon. Autumn dahlias are available in sizes ranging from an inch across to around 10 inches, and come in shapes described as ‘water lily’, ‘cactus’, ‘anemone’, and ‘peony’.

Antique hydrangeas, roses, and salmon dahlias
For a recent wedding, we were able to get locally grown dahlias in a divine shade of salmon. The bride asked for shades of coral and brown in her bouquet with a coordinating burlap/ribbon/button wrap. Sally, our designer, did a spectacular job of interpreting the bride’s vision for an unforgettable home wedding.

Just a few if the many varieties and colors of autumn dahlias

A lighter bouquet with lime green and apricot dahlias

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