#BouquetBreakdown - The "Jennifer"
While the crocus and daffodils might be known as the first signs of spring, you also often hear that peony blooms are the first sign of summer. And this week, we’re shouting from the rooftops! The peonies have begun blooming!!! To celebrate the first sign of summer we’ve done a bouquet breakdown on this show-stopping peony bouquet. We first met with the wedding couple in early 2018 to discuss their flowers. The bride shared a vision of peonies as far as the eye could see. Let’s be real here, we LOVED IT! After deciding on a light pink, blush, and white palette we went over a few different options of bouquets. It didn’t take long before we sketched out a large bouquet filled with eucalyptus, peonies, garden roses, and more!
So why do we LOVEEEEE this bouquet?
The “Jennifer” has all the elements of a traditional bridal bouquet but with added pops of greenery to give it some more dimension and depth. It’s classic, simple, and a very understated bouquet in our book. Peonies will never go out of style!
So what’s in this bouquet?
There are three different varieties of peonies in this bouquet, some garden roses, and a few different greens. Some greens that are new to our bouquet breakdown!
Festiva Maxima Peonies: These stunning white peonies are our go-to when we hear "I would love some peonies in my bouquet". They are a tried and true variety! The huge white blooms are often characterized by tiny red flecks in the innermost petals. Peonies are typically in season from May to June with limited availability through July and August from flower farms in Alaska. We give peonies a $$$ to $$$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale
Pecher Peonies: Pecher peonies are the creme-de-la-creme of blush peonies! They have such a soft and feminine tone to them. Much like the festiva maxima peonies, they offer a large bloom filled with ruffled petals. Peonies are typically in season from May to June with limited availability through July and August from flower farms in Alaska. We give peonies a $$$ to $$$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale
Sarah Bernhardt Peonies: Sarah Bernhardt peonies are named after the famous French actress who once played Queen Elizabeth in the 1912 film, Les Amours de la Reine Élisabeth. These peonies have been around for over 100 years and are still a favorite among wedding couples. The light pink hue of these peonies always pairs well with both a blush palette and a more electric palette. Peonies are typically in season from May to June with limited availability through July and August from flower farms in Alaska. We give peonies a $$$ to $$$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale
Myriah's White Garden Roses: White garden roses are the epitome of a classic romantic wedding flower. The swirling petals create a soft cushion-like feel. They always pair nicely with peonies and especially eucalyptus. Myriah's white is our most commonly used white garden rose but some other great options are patience, purity, white cloud, and white o'hara. Garden roses are available year-round and we give them a $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Silver Dollar Eucalyptus: Good ol' faithful! I told ya we used this stuff in everything. What can we say, silver dollar eucalyptus is everything. In this bouquet, we've used it more tucked in as a greenery accent instead of the main show like some other bouquets. The dusty sage green gives the light pinks a nice pop. It also helps whiten up the center of the garden roses which can tend to pull a little yellow or blush depending on the variety. Silver dollar eucalyptus is available for the most part year-round but does go off crop for a short stint in the spring. We give silver dollar eucalyptus $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Baby Blue Eucalyptus: Baby blue eucalyptus is just another eucalyptus we LOVE and love to tuck it into everything! You've seen it in a couple of our bouquet breakdowns now and despite the sticky sap when processing it, we still can't help ourselves. It is available year-round and we give it a $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Nagi Greens: Nagi Greens have to be one of the most scented greens on the market that we use. When their leaves are stripped or stems cut, they have an incredible lemon scent! The dark green glossy foliage is great for contrasting against the lighter eucalyptus foliage. Nagi is available year-round and we give it $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Plumosa Greenery: Another new face to our bouquet breakdown! Plumosa is a light and airy fern that has a feather-like texture. It is another old-school classic greenery that is making a come-back. We find that Plumosa best fits with woodys, rustic, or boho theme. Plumosa is available year-round and we give it a $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Which flower or greenery is your favorite in this bouquet? Stuck on the peonies like us?
Photography: Jenna Brisson Photography