#BouquetBreakdown - The "Kendall"
These cooler fall days have us ready to cozy up on the couch with our laptop and write away. We have had so many incredible bouquets over this wild 2020 wedding season. The "Kendall", however, seems to be the fan-favorite of the year so far. It's bold, it's vibrant, its texture and adventurous. It's perfect for that fall mountainside elopement.
So why do we LOVEEEEE this bouquet?
It's the uncommon flowers in this bouquet for us. Please somebody get that TikTok reference. We loved using dahlias as the star of the show instead of the standard rose. It opened up our realm to use more uncommon flowers and more local flowers. Which, we think gave this bouquet the overall perfect fall vibe.
So let's break it down!
This bouquet is jam-packed with a huge variety of different in-season local blooms. While the dahlias may be the star of this show there are some other fun new faces like strawflower and oats.
Orange Ball Dahlias: A first here on our bouquet breakdowns. These ball dahlias are a great option for a bride who doesn't love the standard rose for a wedding. It is still a nice round flower but has a very unique petal structure. Ball dahlias come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. The one downfall of the dahlias is that they are very finicky. They prefer to not be shipped and only last a few days after being harvested. For that reason, we only purchase local dahlias. Local dahlias can be found in the summer and fall. We give ball dahlias a $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Orange Amaranthus: Orange upright amaranthus is another fall favorite. It often comes in a few different hues ranging from bronze to bright orange. Just like the red upright amaranthus, the orange features the same fuzzy lineal bloom. We find orange amaranthus is best when bought from local growers. It is available from the summer to the fall and we give it a $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Orange Strawflower: Strawflower is a new found love for us! It is a truly unique flower and dries just as beautiful as it looks fresh. The strawflower gets its name from the feel of the petals. Don't be fooled though, once completely opened the flower reveals a velvety smooth core. Strawflower comes in a huge variety of colors from white, blush, peachy all the way to burgundy and plum. It is a wonderful local cut flower and is in season from the Summer to the Fall. We give it a $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale. P.s. Check out the strawflower up close in the boutonniere photo below.
Peach Hypericum Berries: Hypericum Berries are a unique filler flower that we love. The small cluster of berries adds an element of interest and intrigue. And no, they are not edible but they look it sometimes. They come in every shade of green, red, pink, white, peach, and cream. Hypericum berries are available year-round and we give them $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Burgundy Ball Dahlias: Much like the orange ball dahlias, these are a great option for brides who don't love roses. Ball Dahlias come in a huge variety of colors and while they are finicky, the are the hardiest of all the different dahlia types. They prefer to not be shipped and only last a few days after being harvested. For that reason, we only purchase local dahlias. Local dahlias can be found in the summer and fall. We give ball dahlias a $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Red Astranthia: This fun filler can often be found in the background of our boho, rustic, wildflower, and garden-style bouquets. The flower bloom itself is very unique in the fact that the stem bears many blooms. Each bloom itself has a collection of soft tips that create a circular focal point that is enclosed by an outer ring of pointy petals. Astrantia comes in a few different colors but white and mauve are our two favorites. It is available year-round and we give it a $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Red Amaranthus: Red Amaranthus is a fall favorite. It is available in both an upright and hanging form. For this bouquet, we used both the hanging and upright form. Red upright amaranthus features a fuzzy lineal bloom on a red stem. Typically the bloom is roughly 3" to 6" long. Amaranthus is available year-round but we find it best in season for the late summer and fall. We give red amaranthus a $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Blue Thistle: Thistle typically will have 4 to 5 blooms per stem which gives you a great bang for your buck. They are a little sharp the more mature the bloom is but we promise, it's totally worth it. Haven't you heard, beauty is pain. Blue thistle is available year-round and we give it a $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Oats: Yup! Just like you would eat. These funky oats were amazing for adding texture and movement to the bouquet. They floated and danced above the bouquet in the wind. Oats are available in the fall season and are sourced locally. We give them a $ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Bunny Tail Grass: Bunny tail grass is a tan soft fluffy grass that has gone to seed. While it isn't a large showy bloom like the roses, bunny tail grass tucked into the bouquet it is just important as any other floral element. This grass is also sourced locally and available in the summer and fall. We give it a $ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Seeded Eucalyptus: Obviously, we had to throw some sort of eucalyptus in here. The tiny seeds pods on the seeded eucalyptus are just so versatile and just give the bouquet that much more dimension and interest. Seeded eucalyptus does go off crop in the early spring and some parts of the year can have brown cupped seeded instead of the desired green seed pods. We give seeded eucalyptus a $$$ out of $$$$$ rating on our expensive scale.
Parvifolia Eucalyptus: More eucalyptus! The elliptical shaped leaves of the parvifolia eucalyptus offer a dainty and feminine touch to the bouquet. Parvifolia Eucalyptus can be found year-round but during certain seasons the tips of the new growth will have a burgundy red tone to them. While it is not as common as the Silver Dollar Eucalyptus it is just as expensive if not more. For that reason, we give it a $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Photos courtesy of Amelia Marie Photography
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