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David Stark Designs the Ultimate Summer Wedding Bouquet

You'll love this blooming and beautiful clutch. 

Colorful Summer Wedding Bouquet
Photography by: David Stark

One of the most classic, timeless, and beloved wedding traditions is the bouquet. During the Victorian era, each variety of flower was assigned a specific emotion or meaning. And when multiple varieties were put together, flowers created their own secret language, allowing the bride to communicate her feelings though her bouquet. As a bride in today's world, the message you send with your flowers isn't nearly as concrete. Your bouquet still tells a story, but it's one on your terms. You get to choose your blooms based on what you love, your most beloved shades, and what signifies your unique personality. Another factor to consider? The season.  


Wedding Flowers for Beginners
Bright Summer Wedding Bouquet
Photography by: David Stark

Choosing a bouquet filled with flowers in bloom during your wedding season not only makes it easier (and often cheaper), it also ensures the accessory fits in with the backdrop of your day. And when it comes to options, summer brides have a plethora of flowers to choose from. The warm temperatures and sunny summer sky help create an abundance of vibrant, lavish, and strikingly gorgeous flowers that are the perfect picks for a remarkably beautiful wedding bouquet.  


The Best Flowers for a Summer Wedding

We love putting summer's florals on display with splashes of dazzling bright color.  For this colorful creation, we paired an all-time favorite—peony—with a variety of other vibrant, in-season flowers. The single-petaled Scarlett O'Hara peony is the star of the show, but also plays in harmony with other peony varieties, roses, or other lush blooms. Our color palette for this bouquet is a sizzling combination of hot pinks, wines, and lavenders offset with verdant greens in a diverse range of shapes, including garlic scapes and the Virginia Creeper. Although you can go traditional with a standard round-shaped bouquet, we love how the subtle color shifts and various textures are accentuated when the flowers are bound together asymmetrically, for a wild and modern bouquet that tells a very unique story without saying a word. 


Genius Wedding Flower Hacks
Summer Wedding Flowers
Photography by: David Stark

The Flowers: 

  • "Scarlett O'Hara" Peony (single petal) 
  • "Command Performance" Peony (lush and full) 
  • "Darcey" Garden Rose 
  • Parthenocissus, aka "Virginia Creeper" (leafy vine) 
  • Popcorn Hydrangea "Ayesha"
  • "Perfecta Blue" Scabiosa (pale lavender) 
  • "Fire King" Scabiosa (red) 
  • Sweet Pea  
  • Tricolor Geranium  
  • Oregano (wild stem/buds at bottom) 
  • Garlic Scapes 
  • Stokes Aster (lavender flower with other buds attached) 
About the Author

David Stark

David Stark is a renowned New York-based event producer, designer, and five-time author, as well as president and creative director of David Stark Design and Production, a full-service event design and planning firm. David and his team are celebrated for the inventive, imaginative weddings they create globally for a wide range of high-wattage celebrity, society, and fashion clientele...


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