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4 New Ways to Arrange Your Wedding Flowers

After launching her career with natural, rustic arrangements, floral designer Taylor Patterson of the Brooklyn studio Fox Fodder Farm has moved on to Technicolor hues and playful shapes. We're wild about the results.

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Life in Bloom

Costume designer. Jewelry designer. Landscape designer. Taylor Patterson worked for many people—always in creative industries—early in her career. It was a position at a flower shop, however, that really stuck—and led her to open a stand at a Brooklyn flea market, selling potted plants and cut blooms. She named it Fox Fodder Farm after her family's farm in Delaware, and in 2011, she officially opened her studio with the same name. Her big break came a year in: jewelry designer Pamela Love's 2012 wedding, which ended up on Vogue.com. Although Patterson initially worked primarily with wildflowers, she has been experimenting with more tropical, architectural varieties, even adding white paint for texture and contrast. But no matter the type, the flowers themselves are what keep her going. "I love working with a medium that I don't have total control over," she says. "It makes the act of creating so inspiring."

The following floral arrangements stem from Patterson's genius and pack a seriously tropical punch. Scroll on for creative wedding flower inspiration that pushes boundaries and breaks norms.  

A New Leaf

This whimsical, high-impact arrangement—an ideal focal point for a guest-book table, escort-card display, or bar—shows that a little paint can go a long way. Big, flat monstera leaves have been transformed into a white backdrop of sorts, which, as Patterson puts it, "sets the stage" to spotlight the spiky tricolor dracaena, anthuriums, garden roses, carnations, forget-me-nots, and a banana blossom. She also thinks outside the vase, with a cluster of unripened dates alongside for added texture.

 

The Details: Woven bamboo basket, from $10, jamaligarden.com.

Light as a Feather

What do you do when you have an abundance of long, graceful dried areca-palm fronds? If you're Patterson, you paint them white and transform them into a ceremony marker. (You could also attach the bundle to a chuppah or use it as a garland over, say, a menu board.) As with the leaves in the previous image, the white "helps bring focus to the more colorful things," says Taylor, including the tricolor dracaena and cherry-red carnations. Orange unripened dates, meanwhile, create a pretty cascading shape. "I didn't want to bring in any big blooms, because
I thought they would overwhelm it," she says. The result: an element that feels floral, modern, and wholly unique.

Playing with Fire

This sunset-hued bouquet—with its single attention-grabbing anthurium—will appeal to a bride's untamed side. More-traditional blooms like garden roses and carnations soften the look, and a sprinkling of blue forget-me-nots cools it all down.

 

The Details: Acetate ribbon, $18.50 per yd., eastcoasttrimming.com.

More Is More

To make your tables feel more open, swap a large centerpiece for groupings of vases, each with two or three flowers of varying heights and shapes (here, big bold anthuriums and more-delicate carnations, garden roses,
and forget-me-nots). "This works best for a less-formal event," Patterson says.

 

The Details: Crate & Barrel "Edge" wine glasses, $13 each, crateandbarrel.com. West Elm gold flatware, $39 for a 5-piece setting; and Judy Jackson Stoneware vases, $129 for a 3-piece set, westelm.com. CB2 matte blue-green salad plates, $5 each, cb2.com. Oriental Trading mini gold gift boxes, $4 for 24, orientaltrading.com.

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