Petal power: Bouquets, corsages and lapel pieces come in many shapes and hues |

Petal power: Bouquets, corsages and lapel pieces come in many shapes and hues

pitkin county correspondent

Brides are getting bolder, at least when it comes to wedding bouquets.

Lately, brides have been opting for plums, cornflower blues and jewel tones in their choice of flowers, according to Susie McNamara, owner of Accent on Wildflowers in Aspen. The vibrancy makes wedding photos pop with color, and it also complements an outdoor backdrop of blue sky and green forests, said Paige Anderson, owner of Sweet Pea Designs in the Vail Valley.

In 2005, a reversal of color dominated the trends: When brides chose bold hues, bridesmaids carried traditional ivory and white bouquets, which stand out beautifully against colorful dresses, said Lynn Bader, owner of Flower Mart in Glenwood Springs.

Brides who want to stay with white and ivory in their bouquets usually pick a variety of flowers to provide texture or add a hint of color with sherbet-hued flowers.

Known as the romance flower, roses offer a classic look. And classic can still be unique. Adding completely open roses or exotic accent pieces, such as elephant toes from Australia, changes the entire look of a bouquet.

Other bouquet styles depend on trends, as well as the bride’s dress and body type. Calla lilies accent a sleek, strapless dress, while a round nosegay complements a fuller dress, Anderson said. Petite brides should avoid a huge cascading arrangement that overpowers them or their dress, and larger brides may want to go with a round nosegay, rather than a big bouquet that could accentuate weight, Anderson said.

Cascading bouquets haven’t been popular in the last seven or eight years, but they’re making a comeback, thanks to coverage in magazines and Internet sites. Cheryl McVey, co-owner of Petals of Provence in Edwards, is incorporating a lot of orchids into her arrangements.

Still, many mountain brides prefer the casual look of wildflowers gathered with stems showing.

Looking through magazines and internet sites then consulting with a florist can help a bride get to the root of what she really wants. Anderson suggests meeting a few times; the first consultation takes about an hour and half and should take place three to six months before the wedding.

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