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Saipua Bouquet

I’m excited to welcome Sarah of Saipua as our guest blogger this week. We are big fans of her work here at Once Wed and look forward to seeing what pretty flowers she has in store for us this week…

Lets be clear; your bridal bouquet is the most important piece of this whole wedding puzzle. Forget the thousand dollar louboutins, your canape’s, your meyer-lemon-drop signature cocktail, when i show up to a wedding I better see a bad-a** bridal bouquet. And that sh** better be BIG.

Ladies-of-old knew how to roll with a big bodacious bouquet. Boom! There they are; giant sprays of gladiolus, ivy dripping to the floor…spray roses by the hundreds. Sometimes they were fancy, wired bouquets made by florists. Other times they were made at home from whatever seemed to be around. Point is they look dramatic, romantic and above all appropriate for a wedding; a momentous event no matter whether you have 4 guests or 400.

Today I hear lots of ladies try to play it modest.
“Oh…I’ll just take a little old bouquet, something petite.”
As a florist this is like hearing a death knell. My head starts to hurt, my hands get clammy.

Ladies plan your weddings big and small. Some of you have budgets of $1000, some may have 1,000,000. But regardless, please get yourself a proper wedding bouquet. It’s likely to be the one time in your life you get to carry extraordinary flowers. And of course I’m going to tell you that flowers are important.

*I made this big-un this morning with dinnerplate dahlias, sedum, snowberry, chocolate cosmos, tuberose, astrantia, dusty miller, roses and hydrangea.

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Vintage Photographs: 1, 2, 3 // Flower Images: Saipua

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Comments (17)

Andrea | Reply

This bouquet looks like an eighteenth century still-life painting – exquisite.

Andrea x

Mary | Reply

Here’s the thing. Most every vendor thinks that the service they provide is, to quote, “the most important piece of this whole wedding puzzle.” It’s not. The marriage itself is. Clearly. As a photographer, I don’t denigrate those who choose not to hire a wedding photographer. I don’t rag on those who hire off of craigslist or ask their photographer friend (I’ve been that friend in the past), though I worry that they might not get what they expect.

I carried a bouquet of dried blackbeard wheat that I made myself 6 months in advance. Would calla lilies in honor of my grandmother who carried them in her wedding in the Great Depression have been a lovely touch too? Of course. I considered it but then mimicked her frugal nature instead with no regrets.

Now of course I love that arrangement above. It’s gorgeous. Love the vintage photos as well. My grandmother’s would fit right in. :)

Tessa | Reply

Gorgeous, her flowers are crazy beautiful!!

Lori | Reply

I rarely acutally LAUGH at this blog. Those vintage photos are amazing and the flowers are timeless!

Christine Shieh | Reply

The flowers are amazing!

Ms. Bunny | Reply

I nixed the bouquet and went for a corsage. Couldn’t have been happier that I didn’t have to carry around a big honking bouquet. Had to do that for my friend’s wedding as maid of honor, and man are those things annoying to cart around.

And of course the florist is going to care most about the flowers at other people’s weddings. Just like a photographer will be most interested in what another photographer is doing. Or a caterer in what food is served. We all pay attention to whatever is our biggest passion. I encourage the bride and groom to focus on whatever element means most to them and not worry about what the guests are caught up on.

claire @ a realistic wedding | Reply

I love thi, I absolutely love this.

Gwen @ La Bottine Couture | Reply

Now THAT is an Autumn arrangement! EXQUISITE! Coupled with the black and white photo’s; creative and different, too!

HiLLjO | Reply

Oh my what a gorgeous bouquet you composed! I said hell yes all the way through the article. I carried a bad***, as you put it, big round sunflower bouquet at our June wedding. Bish was HEAVAY! Like 6 pounds I am so not joking.

michele | Reply

I love the big flowers but not so big that they upstage the dress.

Kari Jeanne | Reply

LOVE this post – the flowers were great but Sarah’s writing was unreal!! Hope to hear more from here soon :)

Laurie (Fleurie) | Reply

Love big bouquets! So many ask for compact, I wanna do a big flowing one like in the old photos!

Hillary | Reply

I liked my bouquet (huge and handmade) BETTER than my dress.