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4 Island-Inspired Bouquets Perfect for Your Destination Wedding

The secret to these stunning tropical sprays? Bolstering native plantlife with sturdy faux blooms.

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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. 

 

Bright Exotics

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.

Out of the Deep Blue

An island bouquet can take inspiration from the warm waves and the creatures and plants that they wash up on shore. Left, bunches of white bougainvillea, picked from the fast-growing vines that flourish in the tropics, along with white Ligularia flowers and white fringe tree, are bolstered by faux poppies, thistles, and carnations. Finishing details, like treated umbrella ferns (from a florist) and pre-pleated ribbon, have a skeletal look reminiscent of seashore finds. For blooms that look tropical, but don't hail from your destination wedding's island, go faux. On the right, silk garden roses, carnations, and succulents, as well as a few paper flowers, form the basis of a pink-and-lavender bouquet. Faux ferns and leaves of dusty miller frame the blossoms, while more-hardy local hibiscus, bougainvillea, and spiky ginger flowers imbue the arrangement with beachy style.

 
The Details: Silk Plants Direct Carnations, $17 for 12, houzz.com. Faux California Poppy Flower Bush, $11, afloral.com. Ziabella Decorative Field-Thistle Spray, $18, houzz.com. Tucked Satin Ribbon, 15mm, $19.50 per yd., mokubany.com. SonStarShop Faux Capensia Bush, 6", $8, amazon.com. Silk Cabbage-Rose Spray, $6.50; and Silk Dusty Miller Flower Bush, $10.50, afloral.com. Custom Paper Flowers, price upon request, thegreenvase.com. Plastic-Leaves Bush, 21", in Green/White, $4.50, gandgwebstore.com. Pleated Satin Ribbon, 15mm, $11.50 per yd., mokubany.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.

 

The Details: Neomark Faux Succulents, $12 for 4, amazon.com. Stretch Frill Tape, 15mm, $6.50 per yd.; and Picot Organdy Ribbon, 25mm, $7 per yd., mokubany.com.
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