Flowers: Secret Garden

By Tessa Woolf March 8, 2014 Published in the January 2014 issue of Park City Magazine


Poetic Petals

For Amy Arnold of Bleu Wednesday, flowers are far more than pretty accents. “The Victorian language of flowers allows couples to express the goals and desires of their future marriage through their blooms,” Arnold explains. She chose the stems and homegrown foliage in this softly hued raspberry, cream, and honey bouquet to say, “My immortal love (bronze amaranthus), as we take this commitment of marriage (blushing bride protea) upon us, I want you to know that you are everything to me (White O’Hara garden rose). My happiness (Duchesse de Nemours peony) depends upon your happiness and protection (raspberry). I promise you that I will work hard (Red Stone Falls coral bells) to reconcile (green bean vine) my differences in order to preserve unity (rose) in our marriage.”

Intuzuri gown with chiffon rosettes ($1,930 at The Brides’ Shop). Roberto Coin 18K white gold rock crystal and diamond earrings ($5,400) and Mémoire 18K gold and diamond bangle ($12,200 both at O.C. Tanner Jewelers). 


Ivy League

If you’re the type of bride who has read every Jane Austen novel cover to cover and never misses four o’clock tea time, you’ll swoon over this Downton Abbey-esque bouquet by Audrey O’Brien of Studio Stems. Inspired in part by the European-like gardens at Thanksgiving Point, O’Brien combined soft blooms and rich foliage to create the textural arrangement: Juliet English garden roses, snapdragon, smilax vine, snowberries, tulips, blueberry thistle, blushing bride protea, and fresh mint snipped from her own garden. “Fresh herbs really bring unique flavor to your bouquet, both in texture and scent,” she explains. O’Brien says the bouquet is well-suited for green-thumbed gals with outdoor weddings in spring, summer, and fall, though most of the blooms are available all year.

Anaiss on Weddings strapless dress in pleated champagne chiffon ($678 at The Brides’ Shop). Monica Rich Kosann sterling silver and white sapphire earrings on gold wire ($675 at O.C. Tanner Jewelers). 


Scents & Sensibility

Kumquats aren’t typical ingredients in recipes for bridal bouquets, but the sunny, budget-friendly fruit (in season July-October) plays a starring role in this dreamy floral design by Ashley Nackos of Merit & Vine. To complement the arrangement’s citrus tones, Nackos added an unexpected dose of navy blue hues in the form of spikey thistle and petit privet berry (in season during the fall and winter). Peachy-pink Juliet and Patience garden roses, creamy lisianthus and spray roses, orange ranunculus, stock, ivy vine, olive leaf, and fragrant rosemary, considered a love charm during the Middle Ages, round out the bouquet.

Intuzuri tulle gown with beaded lace appliqués ($2,038 at The Brides’ Shop). Penny Preville diamond and 18K white gold earrings ($5,570 at O.C. Tanner Jewelers).  


Fruitful Union

Envisioning a late summer or early fall celebration in an al fresco setting overgrown with lush foliage, Kelli Dabling of Blooms and Blossoms dreamt up this structured, botanical bouquet. She used two varieties of garden roses, ranunculus, pieris, spray roses, and roses in sun-washed tones of peach, nude, and blush, plus bay leaf, passion vine, pomegranate branches, and pomegranates. For garden weddings, Dabling loves the Mediterranean fruit, a symbol of fertility, prosperity, and abundance, and the splashy pieris with its petite bell-shaped buds: “It’s a gorgeous flower that demands attention,” she says.

O.C. Tanner Grace diamond ring set in platinum ($20,000 at O.C. Tanner Jewelers). 

Hair and Makeup: Cynthia Dean and Cassandra Peterson Dunn / Enizio

Model: Martie Jensen / Urban Talent 


{All photos by Britt Chudleigh for Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom magazine}