Let There Be Light
“It’s always winter in Minnesota!” jokes Reisenauer. “We fight seasonal blues with lush flowers.” The peppy posy below combines creamy ranunculus, white poppies, and pale green hellebores with bright orange Icelandic poppies and kumquats. Fragrant bay leaves and inky privet berries round out the bouquet.
Give It Warmth
“Winter doesn’t have to mean barren,” says Reisenauer, who used natural elements in orange, white, and green to liven up the polished table set below with beige linens and pewter-banded china at The Bachelor Farmer, a Minneapolis restaurant (and event venue). The flowers and fruit in the glossy ecru vases echo what’s found in the above bridal bouquet but also include ruffly white cyclamen and olive leaves.
Use Nonfloral Elements
For brides on a budget, Reisenauer suggests sticking to one or two floral centerpieces (instead of four) and filling out the tablescape with inexpensive items grouped en masse. “Candles of varying heights and shapes have a huge impact,” she says. “And as a winter fruit, citrus is plentiful and economical, and it brings in bright color.”
Serve Up Unexpected Touches
Champagne is practically synonymous with celebrating. Create an extraspecial delivery of it by adorning a wheeled cart or stationary bar with a bountiful garland. This one is made from olive and bay leaves, privet berries, and kumquats. It looks lavish, but as Reisenauer points out, “it’s very affordable, relying only on foliage and fruit.” We’ll raise a glass to that.
Work With What’s in Season
Consider the following florals for a winter wedding:
- Seeded eucalyptus