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Newsworthy | What's Your Style Part III

There are four major styles when it comes to wedding and floral decor. This next one is formal, traditional and classic.  Flowers that you would associate with formal, traditional and classic tend to be fluffy, rich, neutral colors. Though I'm sure many of you will argue that deep rich colors can also be formal and classic.  Think tall grand arrangement, candlesticks, candelabras, mercury cups, dupionique luxe linens, gold chiavari chairs, soothing wash over the ballroom, crystal or metallic accents, grand fondant cakes.  Are you getting the picture?

Here is a few examples of formal traditional classic florals! 

Photography by U Me Us Studios.  Venue Asian Art Museum. Planning by Finish Touch Hawaii  Catering by Global Gourmet Lighting by Everything Audio

Newsworthy | What's Your Style Part II

In a previous post, I spoke about floral styles.  We talked about the 4 different styles that are the prevailing floral styles that you see in the majority of weddings.  To reiterate, these are the four styles

structured + architectural + minimalism 

lush garden style

formal traditional 

relaxed + organic + rustic + natural 


We covered Structured + Minimalism in a previous post so I thought I would cover the second Floral style today.  What is lush garden style?  I would describe garden style as romantic with beautiful lush garden style flowers.  Flowers that evoke this style could include the following  garden roses, roses, spray roses, dahlias, peonies, poppies, anemones, astilbe, ruffled tulips, sweet peas, lisianthus, hellebores, viburnum, lilac, spirea, hyacinth, scabiosa, stock, larkspur, wax flower, and so many more.  Within garden you will find lots of layers, movement, textural elements.  There is movement with in and out airiness in the design.  Some may be more tailored but the trend is more bountiful and filled with natural elements.   You will see elements like  garlands incorporated in the design.   I wouldn't be surprised if the vessels were ceramic urns or silver compotes.   And don't count out the use of wonderful green foliage and even some flower branches.  

Venue | Viansa Winery Photography | Jen Phillips

This is merely one example of garden style.  Of course there are many variations.  Let's talk a look at garden style expressed in a different way.  Shall we?

Venue | Ramekins Canopy | Encore Event Rentals Photography | Kevin Chin

This wonderful look with pastel hues which was created at the Oh So Inspired retreat at Ramekins is another example of garden style.   The image of the wonderful long table with wisteria hanging over is the quintessential definition of garden.  Recreating the feel of sitting outside on a veranda sipping lavender lemonade was the inspiration for this design.   It's relaxing, soothing, full of what you would imagine what it would be like to have a wedding under a garden of flowers.  Am I right?

Not all of us will agree on where a wedding will fall as many have two styles incorporated but I certainly hope these examples help you to determine if this style suits you.  After all that's the important thing to answer.  Does this style evoke what you are looking for?    Look for Part 3 of What's Your Style in the week to come. 

Newsworthy | What's Your Style Part I

I've been reading the latest wedding planning book by Mindy Weiss and in her floral section she pinpoints that there are mainly four different style of florals.  


structured + architectural + minimalism 

lush garden style

formal traditional 

relaxed + organic + rustic + natural 

I imagine that she is right though some weddings are more eclectic and possibly a blend of multiple styles.    

Simple structured style can be grand and formal as in the work of Jeff Leatham(far left image below).  But it can be as easy breeze is floating gardenia in a big white low bowl.   Within the lush garden style you can go in the path of a more English garden look while another direction could be more neoclassical which is the style du jour(think Sarah Winward).  One of my favorite style as it often looks like a gathering of things from a walk through garden park(see second image from the left) A garden style can be traditional and work for a formal wedding as well as informal.  It's all how you mix the container within the space.  

Most importantly, within each style there are variations so the formal traditional can be romantic, it can classic, it can be neoclassical, it can be metropolitan grand style of Preston Bailey as seen below(third image from the left).  Often reserved for indoor hall, ballroom spaces, and could include formal tented weddings.  Rustic and natural is so popular and you can see it often in the work of barn and outdoor informal weddings.  Most of the time, use of jars, wood containers, fall fruits(like the far right image courtesy of Martha Stewart Wedding website), Tuscany urns evoke that feeling of relaxed and organic. 

Credit: Jeff Leathan, Sarah Winward, Preston Bailey, Martha Stewart Wedding ( from left to right)

Most weddings are most likely one of these four styles if not a combination of two differing styles to create a mixed look.  Let's just see some more examples on how we interrupt these four styles.  Perhaps in doing so, it will help brides and planners to pinpoint the style that most describes their clients overall feel.    Today's let's look at what structured simplicity can look like. 

Photo by Jessica Burke  | Planning by Jamie of A Savvy Event | Venue Four Season Santa Barbara