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The Flower Season: Beautiful Seasonal Floral Inspiration From Four SoCal Wedding Experts

By: 
Lara M. Burnap
Issue: 
Jenny Quicksall

From floral accessories to couture bouquets: Rethink your bridal party florals with these creative, seasonally inspired and oh-so-beautiful designs by four Southern California florists.

FALL
By The Bloemist

“There is a richness about fall that always draws me in,” explains Nicole Lourie, owner of The Bloemist in Pasadena. “The changing season brings the most stunning and vibrant colors.” Because of this attraction, both texture—think of the dry crispness of falling leaves—and harvest colors, such mustard, burgundy, brown and plum, played key roles in both the bouquets and the boutonnieres. Here, each bridesmaid carries a bouquet consisting
of a single variety in a delicate, round shape.

Chic, minimal bouquets make a maximum impact. The Bloemist arranged this whimsical, bloom-heavy bouquet by incorporating the flowers found in the bridesmaids’ bouquets, clematis, astrantia and strawflower, and then upping the wow factor with California garden roses, scabiosa, gold  Amaranthus, chocolate cosmos, eucalyptus and lisianthus.

In Season: dahlia, zinnia, marigold, limelight, hydrangea, snowberry, strawflower, clemati, golden fern


WINTER
by XO Bloom

Dare to be different and opt for floral accessories in lieu of a traditional bouquet. Westlake Village’s striking Lulu Collection, designed and crafted by XO Bloom owner Laila Ibrahim, makes a fashion statement as the members of the bridal party walk down the aisle. Wintry hues are embraced with soft whites, icy blues and dark greens. 

Adorn your bridal party with a mix-and-match collection of accessories, including a floral choker, shoes inspired by Francoise Weeks and XO Bloom’s exclusively designed Lulu wrap corsage. For the groom, keep it chic with a classic bouttoniere. Each piece is designed with white spray roses, thistles, dahlias, ranunculus, eucalyptus, irises and delphiniums. A flawless match is Allison Webb’s “Kingsland” fit-to-flare bridal gown from JLM Couture Flagship Boutique in Los Angeles.

In Season
amaryllis, alstroemeria, Algerian iris, dahlia, carnation, delphinium, ranunculus, hellebore, winter jasmine


SPRING
by Best Day Ever Floral Design

Annie Armstrong of Best Day Ever Floral Design in Studio City brings the palette of spring to life with a vibrant color-blocking approach. “I’m always inspired by color,” notes Armstrong. “I love this playful and funky style of arranging because it’s actually rooted in a very traditional style of floral design, but also feels a little rebellious.”

Keep the look cohesive by having the bridesmaids carry smaller, color-blocked versions of the bridal bouquet. Baby’s breath plays a key role in these arrangements as Best Day Ever kisses the blooms with spray paint to complement the vividly hued blooms. The bride’s bouquet unites the bridesmaid’s color blocking—blush, coral, papaya and evergreen—into one beautiful arrangement.

In Season
butterfly ranunculus, double hellebore, charlotte ranunculus, fritillaria pieris


SUMMER
by Lilla Bello

Toby Kassoy of Santa Monica’s Lilla Bello ups the drama with a modern take on the cascading bouquet: a dramatic, bloom-imbued wrist piece. Inspired by meandering natural vines and garden flowers, Kassoy handcrafted the lightweight floral drape with delicately wired garden roses, ranunculus, bougainvillea, hellebores, clover, ferns and wildflowers.  A perfect complement is Allison Webb’s Italian floral jacquard gown, “Clara,” from JLM Flagship Boutique in Los Angeles.

Bold and lush, this bridesmaid’s bouquet is the perfect complement to the bride’s cascading wrist bouquet. Add delicate floral hair combs to the
bridesmaids’ and flower girl’s hair to complete the summer garden look. Instill a vibrant touch of summer to the groom’s attire with airy boutonnieres. Groomsmen’s flowers include hellebores, astilbe and Ming fern cinched in pink velvet. The groom’s boutonniere is created with kalanchoe, eucalyptus and pampas grass wrapped in a yellow velvet ribbon.

In Season
calla lily, dahli, delphinium, freesi, geraniu, hydrangea, iri, peon, sunflower

Jenny Quicksall