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- What trends are you seeing lately in bridal bouquets? A lot of people are putting family heirlooms into their bouquets, like pendants or jewelry—it's popular to weave them into the bouquet. Right now, it's spring, so eve
- Which flowers are on the cheaper end of the spectrum? I would say mini green hydrangeas, bupleurum, and Queen Anne's Lace What about rarer flowers? Probably banksia, or Mini King Proteas, or Queen Proteas. There are
- So flowers are very international now? Absolutely. Most of the product you see in a flower shop is grown in Colombia, South America, Europe. It's harder to find regional flowers in the wintertime, but there's always something going on be
- Have you noticed any color trends in wedding florals? Obviously, you see a lot of whites. Pink has probably been the predominant color for as long as I've been doing wedding flowers. Pink, or green and white bouquets. In the fall we get
- Have you ever done a particularly unusual bouquet? I've done bouquets with pincushion proteas—which is really fun to do—and mixed them in with callas. We like to do a lot of texture here; we like to use a lot of greenery. Sometimes we ti
- What else would a wedding party order from a florist? We'll do table settings, centerpieces, and altarpieces as well as the bouquet, boutonnieres, and corsages. We can always put petals and flowers on the wedding cake, too
- And finally, what's your favorite type of bridal bouquet? I like a loose, garden-y bouquet that's very unstructured and a little bit asymmetrical. My bouquets tend to be a little wonkier and less formal than what you'd see in a Top 10 br
I've always suspected that being a florist is the loveliest job ever, and when I interviewed Paul Munro, the wedding specialist for Marguerite Gardens, his relaxed demeanor, coupled with the loving way he dropped flower names like bupleurum and Mini King Protea, confirmed my long-held suspicions. Forget yoga, forget meditation: get thee to a floral shop.
I dropped by Marguerite Gardens one sunny afternoon, where I watched Paul wander through the store, instinctively pulling together a cream-and dusty purple-hued beauty of a bouquet featuring lyrical flowers like Amnesia roses, black Queen Anne's Lace, Dusty Miller, scabiosa, hybrid delphinium, mokara orchids, and a ruffly blush-colored flower called simply "stock." Let's just say it was impossible to take a bad picture of the end result. There are plenty of things to be stressed about as a bride, but the lovely world of florals should not be one of them.
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