Colin & Eloise Wedding Week: the Bouquet
It seems strange to admit this after twelve books about flower-themed spies, but… I know very little about flowers.
So when it came time to design a bouquet for Eloise, I sought expert help from Clara Bauer of Clara’s Flowers. (Have I mentioned recently how endlessly impressed I am by all the talent within the Pink community?)
Clara very generously sent an entire garden of bouquets for Eloise, along with descriptions. Eloise, of course, is in an agony of indecision. Here are the options:
1. “A simple classic mix of cream Vendela roses, with mini callas, white cymbidium orchids, white ranunculus and some touches of peonies with their buds…”
2. “Lily of the valley, white peonies, cream roses and white freesia. The touches of green are the lily of the valley leaves, fresh from Selwick garden!”
3. “This one is all orchids. Notice in the background that the maids’ bouquets were lilies…stargazers.”
(Eloise’s sister Jillian heard “bridesmaids’ bouquets” and “stargazers” and started making pointing motions at this one.)
4. “One of my favorites with white tulips, freesia, cream roses, white peonies, ranunculus, hydrangea and white lilacs. Fragrant, fluffy and so bridal!”
5. “Gardenias and open garden roses (David Austen from England) with touches of bling.”
(At the word “bling”, Pammy’s ears just perked up.)
6. Last but not least, this lovely pink and cream bouquet:
Which would you choose for Eloise?
(If you need context, this is her dress. Her bridesmaids are in lime green chiffon.)
They are all gorgeous, I could not possibly pick.
I have to agree, Sheila – they were all so pretty in different ways. I say we applaud the artist, Clara, for being so very creative and talented.
I am so not a girl. I never did the traditional wedding stuff because I had no clue. I can’t tell the difference except some the flowers are open and some have more color than the other. I guess the first one.
The gardenia & divine David Austen roses one … my best friend (not a Pammy !) has oodles of various David Austen roses bushes in her garden ,& they are glorious !
Love the first one — simple and elegant
The 4th one, because lilacs are my favorite flower and i like that it’s so fluufy.
#3 or #5
I think #3 fits Eloise more, but I am in love with #5
#2 with the white peonies, which remind me of my late grandmother’s beautiful garden!
I wanted to vote for #2 because I am a sucker for lilies of the valley, but Eloise needs that little hint of pink in #3.
They’re all beautiful. #2 is the one that makes me give a happy little sigh, so that’s my favourite.
Since her dress is so beautiful, I would probably go fairly simple with the flowers. I don’t know but I’m thinking the soft pinks are great and then give the maids a simple bouquet of peonies and the lightest blush pink roses, perhaps Quicksand (one variety) with maybe a touch of some in season garden flowers such as sweet peas.
I am torn between number 2 and number 4. They are all beautiful, though. None of my daughters went the traditional route, so we didn’t get to do this. The one who did get married in church in a white dress had bouquets made from succulents. Different, and quite beautiful.
#2 from the Selwick Garden. Very sentimental.
I like the first one, with just a touch more pink.
I love #6!
They are all gorgeous but #2 because I love Lily of the Valley.
I think #2 although the bouquet with gardenias would smell heavenly.
I think #2 looks very classic! I feel like she can’t have super pink flowers if her bridesmaids are wearing lime green though.
Gotta go with the last one but I would have added stefanotis and agapanthus. But they are all lovely.
It has to have some pink… can’t believe there is not even a touch of pink carnations included! Lime Green and Pink are a classic combination.
Thanks so much for “Wedding Week”! Love it!
Number 2 considering the lime green bridesmaids – and of course the Selwick garden touches!