Flowers: Amor In Bloom

By Tessa Woolf August 7, 2015 Published in the June 2015 issue of Park City Magazine

Photographs by Britt Chudleigh | Styled by Tessa Woolf


Who says blooms have to be Technicolor to make a statement? A muted palette of white, peach, and a modern pop of black evokes understated elegance. When picking stems for this bouquet, Jessica St. Thomas of St. Thomas Floral Design drew inspiration from the dramatic dark floral wallpaper on the walls of Finca’s private dining rooms (the restaurant’s on-point interior design is the work of the style-savvy set at City Home Collective). She combined café au lait dahlias, peonies, sweet peas, anemones, spirea, Italian ruscus, passion vine, and viburnum berry and then finished the bouquet with a black-tie touch: a thick swag of classic black grosgrain ribbon.

High-Low Mix St. Thomas says sweet peas and anemones are budget-friendly flowers that add a lot of texture and interest to arrangements. “Using only a few stems of elaborate, expensive blooms will minimize the overall cost, and you can still get a large look with more of a horizontal bouquet design,” she explains.

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HAVE IT HERE Finca’s two private dining rooms are available for intimate engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, and brunches; Jerez seats 24 and Rioja seats 32. The entire restaurant and bar area can also be rented out for larger celebrations and wedding receptions for up to 202 guests. All menus are custom and range from $8.50–$85-plus per person. Love Finca’s comida but have your heart set on a different venue? Off-site catering is available, from food drop-off to full bar and dinner service.

Lightness of Being

“I wanted to create something timeless and unique, just like Finca,” says Allison Baddley of La Fête Floral & Events about her ladylike bouquet, designed with modern- and vintage-glam brides in mind. Inspired by the restaurant’s interior—a palette of rich wood, polished marble, black-and-white tile, buttery leather, moody lighting, and, of course, that dramatic floral wallpaper—Baddley paired lush peonies, garden roses, and fringe tulips in various shades with hellebores, purple scabiosa, chocolate cosmos, ranunculus, and foraged greens including fragrant eucalyptus. She added smoke bush and Diablo ninebark in darker colors for depth and contrast, “which is so evident in the Finca décor,” she explains.

Great Clips Save some bucks on your floral budget and add a personal touch to your posy with foraged greens and blooms, like Baddley did for this bouquet. “I’m often seen on the sides of freeways and abandoned lots clipping wild, wonderful things,” she admits with a laugh. Baddley also looks to her garden; she sourced some of these peonies (a pricey stem) and the smoke bush and Diablo ninebark from her own yard. It’s easier to forage in the warmer months, she notes, so in the winter, she buys plants from local nurseries and clips them as needed.

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Portrait of  a Lady

Heirloom garden roses in shades of fuchsia, magenta, and coral are the star of this bold, layered bouquet by Val Hunter of Flower Afternoon. “The petals open beautifully and smell so sweet,” she says of the delicate flower. “Heirloom roses have a timeless quality; they remind me of the old Dutch masters’ paintings from the Golden Era.” She sourced the stems from a sustainable, organic farm in California but says the heirloom blooms are less expensive than their standard counterpart. “To me, standard garden roses seem stiff and repetitive whereas each heirloom rose I sort through takes my breath away.” Ranunculus, chocolate cosmos, golden amaranthus, and ninebark foliage play supporting roles. The arrangement’s deep, passionate color palette is right in line with Finca’s dramatic Spanish aesthetic, while the burnt tones pay tribute to Utah’s summer-fall shift when our great outdoors begins to change hues.

Well Edited This bouquet gets a wallet-friendly stamp of approval thanks to minimal ingredients. “You don't need to clutter the bouquet,” says Hunter. “Less was more in this case, and it minimized the total cost.” She says the different shades of garden roses and ranunculus help lend variety to the bouquet’s floral roster.

Spanish designer Yolan Cris macrame wedding gown, $3,775, Alta Moda Bridal Boutique. Roberto Coin 18K rose gold smoky quartz and diamond drop earrings, $5,900.  Memoire 18K gold three-row diamond ring, $6,000. Stacked right-hand Armenta rings: 18K gold and blackened sterling silver scalloped half-crown ring with diamonds, $1,930; 18K gold and blackened sterling silver ring with white diamonds, $990; and 18K gold sapphire and diamond lacy eternity ring, $1,980. All jewelry from O.C. Tanner Jewelers.

Something Old School

Throwing it back to the grand cascades of wedding eras past (think Princess Diana's big-day bouquet), Pamela M. Olson, the house florist at Finca and owner of Native Flower Company, arranged this blooming clutch of sophisticated, “old-fashioned," and affordable stems. To keep the style current, she modernized the arched arrangement with a loose blocking design, using the flowers in segments to accentuate each set of stems: white spider mums for the base (a less expensive option than popular hydrangea, notes Olson), white gladiola blooms as the featured flower, freesia for the cascade and a hint of peppery fragrance, and locally grown white clematis for the trailing element. “All of the flowers are extremely budget conscious,” she says, “making this a frugal and fabulous bouquet.” She envisions this style for a bride with an appreciation for the timelessness of good design and a love of the moderne.

Tara Keely deep-V lace long-sleeve gown, $2,310, Avenía Bridal. Roberto Coin 18K rose gold smoky quartz and diamond drop earrings, $5,900, and Armenta 18K gold sapphire and diamond ring, $1,980, O.C. Tanner Jewelers

Hair and Makeup: Gabby Gabbitas

Model: Michelle Clyde/NIYA Model Management