Wedding Florist's Advice | Bride's Planning Guide


My guest post today is from my good friend Kristine from Flowers by Kristine. We met a few years ago at a bridal expo and since then have worked a TON of weddings together!  She one of the florists on my Preferred Vendors List (email me if you'd like a copy!), and she does seriously amazing work.  She keeps herself educated on current trends in the industry and while I know she has certain styles she gravitates toward, her work is always different and no two weddings are the same.  I asked Kristine a few questions about wedding florals and her business. gold white tall floral centerpieces

Q: What is the first thing people should consider when planning their wedding florals?

A: The first decision to make when you begin planning your wedding flowers is your color scheme. A palette with 2 or 3 main colors and 1 or 2 accent colors is ideal.

blush and wine wedding bouquets

Q: What are the hot trends in wedding flowers right now?

The biggest trend I have noticed recently is a focus on lush greenery. Bridesmaids bouquets and centerpieces with more greenery than blooms and long greenery garlands down the center of the table have been very popular. I even designed several greenery chandeliers which has been so much fun!

long head table with floral greenery gold charger plates

Many brides are also choosing looser more organic design styles as opposed to the more round and compact designs that were the norm several years ago.

white ivory neutral bridesmaid bouquets

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A: My absolute favorite part of my job is designing the bridal bouquet. No matter how big my business gets in the future I will always be the one to design each and every bridal bouquet!

satin ivory wedding dress with ivory green bouquet

Q: As a florist, what is your dream job?

A: I feel that I got so lucky in that I found what I love to do so early in life. My job allows me to be creative with an already beautiful product. I love hearing about each bride’s vision and seeing their vision come together on their wedding day. I love that every week is different because no two weddings are the same.

Pear Tree Estate floral wedding bouquet photography

Q: What are the most popular flowers or colors for brides in our area?

A: In the past couple years I have designed a ton of weddings with a color palette of pale pinks, neutrals, whites and ivories. My entire Instagram feed was filled up with that color scheme for a while there. That palette is still holding strong but I’m seeing many brides are choosing to add rich saturated colors like burgundy, marsala, plum, and sangria to the mix. Personally, I love the contrast of neutrals and rich colors together so I am definitely on board with this trend.

greenery chandelier hanging from ceiling

Q: Any questions I didn't ask?

A: Is it counterproductive to look at Pinterest? In my opinion, not at all! Some people believe that Pinterest gives brides unrealistic expectations. While it is true that the bride on the average budget may not be able to afford some of the huge, elaborate designs packed with blooms, it is still a great place to find inspiration. And even more importantly, since planning your wedding flowers is the first time many brides will really delve into the world of floral design, it is a great place to figure out your tastes in floral design and the styles and blooms you prefer and don’t prefer.

tall floral centerpieces on long farmhouse tables

One of the most helpful methods I use to get a good feel for your tastes is browsing your pins other pics you have gathered and talking about them. I ask broad questions such as “what draws you to this design?” and more specific questions like “what do you think about those berries in the design?” or “ how do you feel about the amount of greenery in this bouquet?”

Thanks Kristine for sharing with us today!  I can't wait to see what you design in 2017!

Melissa + Tom | Allerton Mansion wedding | Monticello, Illinois


What a lovely day we had at Allerton Park and Mansion on Saturday, May 16 with Melissa + Tom! Tom doesn't like to have his picture taken, but you'd hardly know it from these photos! My second shooter (Emily) and I were able to capture the couple in a very natural way I think, and I think they look very comfortable in front of my lens! Don't you agree? Melissa and her mother planned this wedding down to the last detail, and their hard work was evident everywhere we turned. The purple hue they chose for the dresses and flowers just popped against the natural backdrop of Allerton's Park and Mansion. A couple of my favorite parts of the day were when Melissa's dad walked her down the aisle, the flower girl playing Legos in the hall, eyeing the radar to dodge small rain showers, and the late-night nacho bar. Yes, you read that right: A NACHO BAR. Melissa + Tom, I hope you love these images as much as I do! There are many more where these came from that I have left to edit!

Leave a comment below for Melissa + Tom, and after 50 comments, they'll receive a complimentary 11x14" mounted print of their choice!

wedding dress at Allerton Mansion

Paper Boutique wedding print suite

bride getting ready

purple ivory wedding details

bride getting dressed

Michelle's Bridal dress

bridal couple portraits

bridesmaids purple dresses

groomsmen dark gray tuxes

groom portraits

bridesmaids oven mitts

floral details Boka Shoppe

couple portrait Allerton

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bridal jewelry

purple wedding decor

purple ivory gray wedding party

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bride and groom walking

Wedding Cakes by Rosie

Flora Gems wedding bands

Allerton Mansion wedding pictures

tall grass bride groom portraits

blushing bride

Here comes the bride

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Allerton Mansion ceremony

wedding party intros

Allerton after dark

toasts reaction

parent dances

off-camera flash portraits after sunset

first dance Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran

bouquet toss

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dancing candids reception

Vendor Team Ceremony | Mansion at Allerton Park and Retreat Center Cake | Wedding Cakes by Rosie Florist | Boka Shoppe DJ | Bravo Entertainment Caterer | Allerton Park and Retreat Center Bridal Dress | Michelle's Bridal - Allure Bridesmaid Dresses | Michelle's Bridal - Belsoie Tuxes | Michelle's Bridal - M2 Invitations/Programs | The Paper Boutique Jeweler | Flora Gems Hair & Makeup | Style Evolutions - Sarah Koss