Sweet options for the bride building her bouquet

STORY Laurie Wallace-Lynch

“While we still get some requests for traditional roses, which are so elegant and timeless, we are getting more requests for rustic style bride’s bouquets this year,” says Mona Abdul, owner of Stavebank Florist in Port Credit.

Rustic bridal bouquets ideally suit rustic wedding venues such as barn and vineyard weddings. “Carnations are coming back, along with baby’s breath,” comments Mona. “We also get some requests for flowers to be dyed in a special colour to match the bridesmaid dresses or decor theme, but we carefully wrap the stems so there is no colour transfer. Garden roses are very popular. They have a large bloom and a beautiful fragrance and have that rustic English cottage garden look. Roses can be paired with lilies, and are the perfect combination for a truly romantic look.”

Trending colours follow the seasons, says Mona. “For September or October weddings brides often choose warm fall colours like orange or bronze tones, while in the winter, bouquets often incorporate colours like royal blue or fuchsia, while the most popular choice is a neutral bouquet with whites, ivory, blush or soft pinks.”

Stavebank Florist has been serving the Port Credit community since 1963 and offers a wide spectrum of floral services including weddings. Asked to choose one bouquet to design which speaks to today’s trends, Mona quickly describes her choice; “The rustic bouquet with lots and lots of greenery like seed eucalyptus and other greens with about five different flowers, such as three large garden roses and two peonies, perhaps berries—the rustic bouquet is a very busy bouquet!” The bouquet sounded so divine, we asked Mona to recreate it for us for our photo shoot! Stavebank Florist is located at 120 Lakeshore Road East in Port Credit, www.stavebankflorist.com.

As the name suggests, Euro Flowers in Port Credit source flowers from around the globe for weddings and other occasions. Located right next to the picturesque Port Credit lighthouse, owner Yvonne Borys and her team can proudly create the bouquet of your dreams.

“The flowers used in a bride’s bouquet really depend on the bride’s personal taste,” states Yvonne. “The biggest trend we are seeing right now is greenery and succulents used with off- white or hints of colour to coordinate with the bridesmaid dresses or colour scheme of the wedding. White with greenery is a look that is contemporary and modern and is certainly the most predominant look on Pinterest right now.” To illustrate the trend, Yvonne created a vision of white and green which would have any bride swooning with desire! Euro Flowers is located at 119 Lakeshore Road West in Mississauga, www.euroflowers.ca.

Many brides are walking into their favourite flower shop with cell phone in hand and referring to the visual online site Pinterest when discussing their tastes in bridal flowers, says Camille Dadson, owner of Roy’s Flower House in Streetsville. “In September I created a bouquet for a bride using lots of types of greenery and then added in the flowers for a white-on-white with greenery, that was stunning,” says Camille, who created a similar bouquet for our photo shoot. “David Austin roses are so popular because they are similar to peonies and open to a full, lush bloom and our roses are grown locally at Alexander Farms.” Roy’s Flower House is at 63 Queen Street South, Unit 5 in Streetsville. www.roysflowerhouse.com

“Looser, greener, lusher”; these are words used by Sarah Ahmad, owner of Fairview Florists in Mississauga, to describe the trend in bridal bouquets. “Brides are moving away from the tight roses and are choosing a flowy, loose, more relaxed style,” says Sarah. “Most of my clients love white hydrangeas, along with big garden roses. Another trend I am seeing is ombre–using different shades of the same colour, like hot pink flowers mixed with medium and light pink.”

Sarah, who is both a florist and a wedding planner, created a bride’s bouquet which incorporates hot pink, light pink, white and lots of greenery. “For 2017, it’s all about greenery,” states Sarah. “In fact Pantone just announced the colour Greenery is the 2017 Pantone Colour of 2017! Symbolizing new beginnings, it’s a perfect fit for the outdoor, rustic wedding and vibe.” Fairview Flowers is located at 3355 Hurontario Street, Unit #3 in Mississauga, www.fairviewflorist.ca.