Summertime yields more than just colorful blooms, it also offers vibrant fruits and vegetables. Here, the design duo behind New York Cityâ€™s Poppies & Posies show you how to put together fresh-from-the-field arrangements.
These centerpieces were created by anchoring dahlias, hydrangeas, roses, scabiosa, and clematis vines in urns, then strategically mixing in beets, raspberries, and fresh herbs. Heritage tomatoes scattered along an eyelet runner bring an extra punch of color and a summer-harvest feel, while vintage plates and brass flatware add to the charm.
You have myriad options when it comes to adding color to a summer bouquet. You can go for the boldest and brightest of the bunch; stick with the timeless look of an all-white posy; or play with the softness in the middle of the spectrum. Yaun and Totten combined pale orange garden roses; spiky, creamy dahlias; pillowy, barely pink scabiosa; lush clematis vines; and delicate Queen Anneâ€™s lace into a loose, texture-rich bundle, with a few golden beets as a cheeky surprise.
This glorious spread is beautiful to beholdâ€”and delicious to devour. Totten and Yaun perched petite pies, tiny cakes, and juicy berries on pedestals of varying heights, set out bowls of cherries and blueberries, then surrounded the sweets with blooms that complement the bumper cropâ€™s vivid colors.
Totten also suggests placing your bouquet on the dessert table post-ceremony: â€śYour guests will love the opportunity to see it up close while they reach for a nibble.â€ť
When New Yorkers Juliet Totten (left) and Sierra Yaun met in 2007, both were in their first jobs fresh out of college. They discovered a shared passion for flowersâ€”Totten had studied at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardenâ€” and for styling celebrations. A year later, Poppies & Posies was born. â€śWe love scouting unexpected items to use in our creations,â€ť says Yaun, â€ślike a pretty piece of lace, or berries and vines plucked right from the roadside.â€ť Recently, the duo opened The Trove, a boutique with vintage finds, including the china pictured here.
"Summer is the best time for flowers because your options are practically endless,â€ť says floral designer Shawn Marie Cossette. â€śSo don't limit yourself -- go big, and go lush."
Here, clusters of garden roses, viburnum berries, and dahlias fit right in with an outdoor setting. But grass is not required: "By mixing in pieces made from natural materials, like the wooden table and stoneware salt and pepper shakers, you can bring a country feel to any venue, inside or out," says Cossette.
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Although cohesive style is key to a well-designed wedding, every arrangement doesn't have to be a carbon copy of the others. To make things visually interesting, create a unique focal point in one main area, like on your escort-card table or the bar shown here. To keep things consistent, incorporate at least one element that appears elsewhere, says Cossette.
To create this arrangement, she filled a wooden bucket with bright red garden roses, creamy hydrangeas, figs, pokeweed, and ornamental grasses.
Floral designer Shawn Marie Cossette, who grows many of the blooms for her rustic-chic creations herself, runs Beehive Events with her husband, David, from their sprawling farm in Scottsville, Virginia. If you love the notion of an idyllic setting but have no country retreat to call your own, consider renting their property along with all the accoutrements for rural revelry.
Fawn over the flowers these real brides chose for their bundles.See the Blooms