The secret to these stunning tropical sprays? Bolstering native plantlife with sturdy faux blooms.
Islands are made for destination weddings, thanks to their endless sunsets, reliably balmy weather, and so much vibrant plant life that your décor is practically ready-made. Planning florals for your own destination wedding? Whether you're drawn to the allure of orchids or the riotous color of hibiscus blooms, the lushest bouquets are right within your reach. Think beyond big, blowsy peonies and frilly tulips—which, like many non-native blooms, can be difficult to ship to the islands. A local florist can bring in options for you, and your venue may have standard offerings, but it's also worth exploring what's growing right outside.
Our style director, Naomi de Mañana, makes a habit of using local greenery for any wedding she works on. "It makes the arrangements feel more 'of the place,'" she said. She created the bouquets featured here during a recent fashion shoot in Jamaica, building them around native flowers and foliage and filling them out with some really gorgeous silk, paper, and even plastic blooms. They look more natural than ever, so it's possible to achieve the romantic, sophisticated, or modern look you're seeking—while still feeling like you're right where you belong.
Many orchids thrive in island climes, including these pretty phalaenopsis varieties. They look sophisticated mixed with local variegated foliage, sea-grape leaves, and hibiscus flowers. We filled out the bouquet above with faux roses and painted-paper leaves for depth and a moody color contrast. Can't you picture holding this bouquet in one hand and a piña colada in the other?
The Details: Silk Cabbage-Rose Spray, $6.50, afloral.com. Custom Paper Leaves, price upon request, thegreenvase.com. Crinoline Horsehair-Braid Ribbon, in Peach, from $2 per yd., betterhatsandtrims.etsy.com.
Call of the Wild
Your island-bride look is relaxed and a little unruly, with bare feet and hair worn loose, perhaps a ribbon tied around a few tendrils. This bouquet channels that spirit. Dendrobium-orchid varieties—here in shades of green and white—are another prolific tropical bloom. Their delicate, spiky petals set the tone for the arrangement, which also features silver buttonwood. In-palette faux succulents bring structure and a bit of modern texture to the mix.