Love in Full Bloom

By Rachel Jones | Photographs by Michael Fornataro | Styling by Alyssa Otto | Flowers provided by Destiny Hill Farm and Parkway Florist

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As beautiful flowers from Destiny Hill Farm and Parkway Florist filled the WHIRL studio for this photo shoot, we couldn’t help but smile. Flowers have that ability, you know — to convey love and happiness in a gentle way that radiates from sight to scent. They are also the perfect way to enhance the atmosphere on your wedding day. Whether you’re creating a vintage vibe with a textured centerpiece of wildflowers, staying sophisticated with a modern bundle of calla lilies, or going green with arrangements of branches and eucalyptus, your florals can add a lot to the ceremony or reception space.

When choosing the best flowers for their big day, most couples focus more on color than variety. “Blush is very popular right now,” says Nancy Cameron, owner of Destiny Hill Farm. The soft shade can be the star of a light spring wedding or serve as a complementary accent to deep navy or burgundy bridesmaids’ dresses.

“Seasonality doesn’t really apply,” says Cheryl Bakin, owner of Parkway Florist. “You can really get any flower any time of year.” The only downsides to choosing blooms that are out of season in the area are the increased prices and risk of damage during shipping, as those must be purchased out of state or out of the country. It’s just like shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables — while you can find them any time of year, the most cost-efficient and vibrant varieties are enjoyed when they’re in season locally.

On the following pages, you’ll discover a garden variety of florals. The most popular types and colors for every month and every style are just around the corner.

So, let’s go pick some flowers!


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For couples who want to stay conscious of the seasons, Carmel Vandale, owner of Mt. Lebanon Floral, breaks it down:

FALL:
Football M
ums
Rose Hips
Pods
Berries
Dahlias
Textured Foliages/Grasses

WINTER:
Amaryllis
Ranunculus
Astilbe
Winter Berry
Hellebores
Evergreens

SPRING:
Peonies
Lilac
Hydrangeas
Tulips
Iris
Daffodils

SUMMER:
Allium
Zinnias
Sunflowers
Celosia
Sedum
+ Variety of local products


 

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