Flowers: Love Notes

By Tessa Woolf July 17, 2014 Published in the Summer/Fall 2014 issue of Park City Magazine

Wild at Heart

Petals: This garden-inspired bouquet by Ashley Beyer of Tinge features peonies, two varieties of fritillaria, hellebore, ranunculus, garden roses, Solomon’s seal, and honeysuckle vine, a fragrant treat for the bride. She chose blooms in pale shades of peach and yellow plus dark purple for a touch of intrigue. A verdant vine twisted through loose, wavy locks and Beyer’s silk ribbon and hellebore bracelet look effortlessly chic.

Rosa Clara Guipure lace gown, $2,245, Avenía Bridal. Rahaminov 18K rose gold and gray diamond ring, $5,600, O.C. Tanner Jewelers

Paper: Organic and untamed are two words Jayne Swallow of October Ink uses to describe the casual calligraphy style of these paper goods. Simple vine illustrations decorate the invite, dinner card, and RSVP insert. A constellation pattern of dots provides a fun surprise when guests open their envelopes. To complement the deep tones in Beyer’s bouquet, Swallow printed the items in purple ink.


Warming Trend

Petals: Amanda M. Hansen of Decoration Inc. arranged this contemporary cascade bouquet using garden roses, poppies, ranunculus, peonies, sweet peas, and tulips. She chose stems in varying shades of color and intensity to create an ombré effect. “When you look at a waterfall, it’s strong and bold at the top,” explains Hansen. “But as it falls, it widens and softens at the bottom.” Similarly, her design is compact and saturated but becomes looser and softer in hue towards the tulip spray.

Blush by Hayley Paige soft organza dress with lace cap sleeves, $1,760, Avenía Bridal. Grace by O.C. Tanner 18K rose gold and oval diamond ring, $24,000, O.C. Tanner Jewelers

Paper: To complement Hansen’s fresh bouquet, Ann Jager of Ann Elizabeth Custom Graphic Design & Printing Studio crafted this summery watercolor ensemble. Jager commissioned her mom and local artist, Suzanne Garff Reynolds, to hand paint the invitations, save-the-date cards, and creamy envelopes with shades of melon, rose, and coral.


Garden Glamour

Petals: Peonies steal the spotlight in these blush and ivory arrangements by Melissa Nickle of Blossom Sweet. “Peonies are perfect for formal events because they’re over-the-top in size and beauty,” she says. The bloom’s peak season is late spring, but some varieties make a comeback in December. White O’Hara garden roses, mother of pearl roses, lisianthus, stock, star of Bethlehem, spray roses, jasmine vine, and eucalyptus play the supporting cast of stems. Nickle says fresh floral wreaths are also showstoppers—use her super-sized version as a sweet ceremony backdrop.

Jenny Packham embellished gown, $4,700, Alta Moda Bridal. Memoire Forevermark diamond earrings, $4,000, O.C. Tanner Jewelers

Paper: “Custom fonts and specialty papers, from metallic finishes to textured cotton, are popular with today’s couples,” says Megan Bailey of Pink Piggy Custom Invitations. To create these polished paper goods, she combined simple Art Deco–like details with shimmering gold and modern matte-white tones.


Hip To Be Rustic

Petals: Florist Lizy Bowden of Lizy’s Lilies recalled fond childhood memories at her family’s cabin when designing this romantic, woodsy bouquet. She picked white peonies, deep purple ranunculus, quicksand roses, blue thistle, astrantia Roma, and natural cotton bolls for an unexpected touch. On a tight budget? “Traditional roses can be a great alternative to pricier garden roses if you choose the right variety and allow them to fully bloom,” notes Bowden.

Paper: Inspired by the style and aesthetic of vintage postcards, Lauren Brady of Saucy & Kitsch designed this rustic-hipster suite printed on 100 percent reclaimed cotton paper at The Write Image. Brady says these paper goods and Bowden’s bouquet are a perfect fit for summer camp–themed weddings in Park City’s mountains. Or, host a glamping-style shindig at an urban venue like Publik in downtown SLC.

Vintage stamps from Verde Studio


Photographer: Britt Chudleigh

Model: Karley Parker

Hair and Makeup: Soula Christopulos