One of my favorite things about wedding photography is FLOWERS. And the best part about being a wedding photographer in Carmel, Indiana and the Indianapolis area is all of the incredibly talented Florists that I get to work with!
I am absolutely obsessed with fresh flowers. They can not only dramatically transform a space, but set the mood and communicate a couple’s style and vision for their wedding. I thought I would take the opportunity to share some of my favorite photos of glorious floral arrangements from weddings past. I am also sharing a few of my top choices for Florists in Carmel, Indiana and the Indianapolis market.
“The practice of brides carrying bouquets dates to antiquity,” …
“Ancient Greeks and Romans, even Egyptians,
carried fragrant herbs and spices to
ward off bad luck during weddings.”
The flowers symbolized a new beginning
and brought hopes of fertility, happiness, and fidelity.
When it comes to choosing flowers for your wedding day, you really can’t go wrong. That being said, here are a few tips I have picked up from florists throughout my wedding photography career:
1. Choose flowers that you find beautiful, match the color scheme and mood of your wedding, and that are in season.
2. Try to choose a bridal bouquet that compliments your wedding gown, not one that competes with it. Also, keep in mind that it’s best to keep the bouquet proportional to the size of the bride.
3. Besides the Bride’s bouquet, you may want to consider ordering bouquets for each of your Bridesmaids and the important matriarchs in the Bride’s and Groom’s families. Let creativity be your guide when making these selections! Options include everything from corsages and nosegays to wearable floral jewelry.
4. The Bride’s bouquet can differ from the Bridesmaids’ bouquets by size, color, and even the flowers that are used. Again, creativity and an open mind are key when making these choices!
5. You don’t have to participate in the tradition of bouquet-tossing. Most brides now-a-days are actually opting to veto this formality because a lot of female wedding guests have an aversion to the entire practice. If you want to do something special with the Bridal bouquet (or even a smaller “toss” bouquet or nosegay) an Anniversary Dance or simply gifting it to a beloved family member or friend is a wonderful option.
6. Your wedding flowers become a part of the imagery and memories of your wedding day. The Bridal bouquet will be in just about every photo of the Bride and Groom. It will certainly be in all of the portraits of the Bridal Party and Family. Make sure your flowers match the grandeur of the hair, makeup, dress, and ceremony and reception spaces or something about your wedding photos will feel incomplete.
7. Keep an open mind to the varieties of flowers you order for your wedding. You may have a specific flower on your wish list however, depending on the season your wedding happens, that flower may not be available. Or it could be over your budget. Your florist will have recommendations for similar flowers that can create the same effect. Their recommendations could potentially be more cost-effective and practical (i.e. won’t wilt as quickly/last longer) than what you originally had in mind. Take advantage of the expertise you are hiring professionals to share with you and you will end up with the wedding of your dreams.