The Hard Hat Bride: Floral Fetish

March 17th, 2011
By Maggie

One thing that I can honestly say that I love more than food is flowers. As the daughter of two green-thumbs, I have grown up adoring all things with leaves,whether from the supermarket or a Park Avenue florist.  

When you begin your search for a florist, like all other vendors, go online and check out their websites. Take a look at the bouquets, centerpieces, and my favorite- the details. Check out how the florist was able to connect the centerpieces with the overall tablescape and the bouquets to the attire- make sure their work is cohesive within the event. Some smaller florists don’t have websites so it’s crucial you sit down with them and they should be prepared with oodles of photographs.  

Before meeting with florists take your time perusing wedding magazines and tear out every image that speaks to you, bring these images to your meeting. When you do sit down with your prospective florist make sure you discuss your image of the day, your colors, what you and your bridal party are wearing, favorite elements of weddings, favorite parts of your venue- pretty much all the same things I told you to tell your photographer.  

This part of the wedding can be costly, yet there are ways to save. Go online and check out what flowers are in-season at the time of your wedding. You will be saving quite a bit of money if you don’t have to fly in garden roses from Mexico for your January wedding. You can also limit the number of flowers you have. It is often beautiful and quite striking to have arrangements of one type of flower. Other ways is to use potted plants that can double as either favors or you can take home for your enjoyment after the big day. Sometimes bridesmaid’s bouquets or ceremony pew arrangements can be used during cocktail hour or at a favor table. See what your florist is comfortable with.  

Just like music consider your wedding day in three parts: ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Our ceremony took place in a perennial garden with an aisle lined in hydrangea trees and underneath an iron arbor entwined in white flowering vines. The abundance of existing flora reduced the amount of additional elements needed, thus reducing total cost. My bouquet was filled with mostly white roses, hydrangea, anemones, and tomato vine. My sister’s mirrored mine while the bridesmaids held smaller versions punctuated with bright pink anemones. Tim, the groomsmen, and our fathers wore tuberose and sedum boutonnieres.  

Cocktail hour was simplified (unfortunately not photographed) with variegated fig leaf, thyme, and moss topiaries potted in Campo de’Fiori containers at each cocktail table and one either side of the bar. The favor table and existing well were adorned with large urns filled with flowers similar to my bouquet. These arrangements were quite large, giving a nice juxtaposition to the smaller potted plants on the tables.  

For the reception we went for looser arrangements filled with vines, opened and unopened dahlias, hydrangea, thistle, roses, and dusty miller (just to name a few) punctuated with chocolate cosmo. My mom came up with the ingenious idea of having two different types of containers; formal mercury glass vases (that went beautifully with the slate grey bridesmaid dresses) and concrete urns. We spent the year collecting vessels from Campo de’Fiori, antique stores, Homegoods, and even the dollar store! Each rectangular table became unique with different vessels of varying height that ran the entire length. Personally, I am not a fan of tall centerpieces; why create something gorgeous only to lift it to a height that only Shaq could really enjoy? We couldn’t be happier that we purchased our own vessels; they are a constant reminder of a great and beautiful day.  

Below are a few gems from our big day but stay tuned for next week when we discuss different types of floral design. I don’t know if it’s my adoration for flowers or the sense that spring is in the air that turned this topic into two… or more…  


“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”
Claude Monet  

Who is the Hard Hat Bride

Photo Credits: Eric Limon Photography  

Floral Design: Gilloly Design Co.

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  • louise silverman 03.17.11

    stunning bridal and bridemaid bouqets………

  • catie 03.17.11

    The flowers are amazing. And everything goes so well with the setting.