Newsworthy | What's Your Style Part IV

Of the four major categories of floral style the final one is what I consider rustic, organic. It's tends to be rich in hues, think fall colors, all things warm, what you would envision if you had a dinner in Tuscany.   Though I'm sure many of you will think you can do rustic in pastels, I prefer when rustic (which has elements of the earth) is done in richer, deeper hues.   Decor elements could be wood containers, branch materials, sunflowers, succulent or airplants, lots of texturals, non tropical foliage, garlands, Tuscany stone, rustic chairs, wrought iron, herbs, natural linens.  I think you get it!  

Here is a few examples of rustic organic. 

Press | Mexico City Wedding from Mr and Mrs Chin on Style Me Pretty

Thought I would share this wonderful article from Style Me Pretty on this inspiring shoot in Mexico City with many of my favorite wedding vendors including my wedding photographer husband, Kevin Chin, invitation designer, Underwood Press, gown from Kinsley James, tabletops coordinated by Claudia Chapa(our former apprentice) for Aurelia Events, shoes from Bella Belle, rents from Rent + Co. The venue was the dramatic Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana in Mexico City's old history center.  

Details include a wood tables set with silver vintage flatware, crystal cut goblets, silver hammered charger with ceramic modern dinner plates.  Casual elegant menu with criss cross ribbon trim and foliage. Flowers of bright marigolds, pumpkin, peach with white and greens accent contrast nicely with black iron candlestick holder.  (The sun was going down so fast and the temperature was dropping while wind was picking up, I was panicked as the tapers were dripping and blowing out constantly with minimal light but ever the professional, Kevin got this shot, which I still can't believe to this day!) 

Photo by Kevin Chin

Photo by Kevin Chin

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.