Photographs by Elizabeth Rudge | Styled by Amanda Zurita | Shot on location at the Ruins
This dense bouquet from Sal Floral Design is bursting with frosty garden roses, hydrangeas, ranunculus, gardenias, white anemones, and astilbe—a vintage-inspired combination that plays well in the Ruins’ ornate ballroom. “I love working with all-white flowers, as you appreciate the different textures and varieties more than when working with many different colors,” says owner Sal Munoz. “A white bouquet will always be classy, elegant, and timeless.”
Picture Perfect The black centers of the anemones and the leafy green accents anchor the oversize arrangement, something to consider when it comes to how your flowers will photograph. “It’s always nice to see a pop of color or unexpected texture when photographing a bouquet,” says our photographer, Elizabeth Rudge. “It adds dimension and draws visual interest.”
Have It Here Hidden in Lower Queen Anne, the Ruins houses four one-of-a-kind event spaces, including a ballroom that accommodates up to 112 seated guests. Find colorful murals, eccentric-chic dining rooms, and even an animatronic elephant (who knew?). The venue’s in-house team can handle catering, florals, and coordination for a unique one-stop reception.
Ivory-based bouquets needn’t always go the traditional route. Using oversize blooms, Tacoma’s Blitz and Co crafted this modern, graphic stunner. Bright cymbidium orchids stand out against white garden roses, textural Banksia protea and a feathery mink protea, all framed by zigzagged protea foliage. “Whether you use one flower variety or several, there are many shades of whites and ivory, and they all work together,” says lead design manager Carrie Carlson Keller. Pair the big-impact posy with a soft-yet-structural gown, like this Essense of Australia number—the lace pattern on the train adds flourish and balance for an unforgettable walk down the aisle.
Essense of Australia chiffon and lace sheath dress with beaded accents, $1,299, Calla Bridal. Custom-made emerald slice dangle earrings with .44-carat diamond halo, $5,200, and blue and white diamond 14k white gold tennis bracelet, ($18,000), Menashe and Sons
Inspired by a palette of white, ivory, nude, and blush, Marigold and Mint owner Katherine Anderson foraged lush garden roses, orchids, carnations, blushing bride protea, and verdant silver tree for this luxe bohemian spray.
New Now Rather than the typical trail of satin streamers, Anderson created a ribbon of carnations that recalls the draped floral corsage Bianca Jagger carried in her 1971 wedding with Mick. Anderson admits ribbons of flowers can be a bit of a risk, but says, “I would love to see it as a trend.” We’ll second that—and add that a cascade of coordinating carnation garlands would make a striking backdrop.
Locally made lace, tulle, and satin gown with a sweetheart neckline and illusion back with corset detailing, $4,000, Dream Dresses by P.M.N. Vintage platinum emerald cut diamond cocktail ring, $27,000, Menashe and Sons. Leslie Francesca kyanite stone earrings, $86, Moorea Seal
We love that this lush, loose handful by Rachel Bowes of Finch and Thistle Event Design would fit right in at any type of wedding, from a stylishly casual celebration to a dramatic black-tie bash. “Wild and organic arrangements are still very popular with our clients, and I love to make statement bridal bouquets,” says Bowes. Here she combined homegrown white and koko loco garden roses, sinuous autumn clematis, blushing bride protea, and white flowering heather with accents of delphiniums, panda anemones, ranunculus, and café au lait dahlias.
Center Stage For the tablescape version of your bouquet, Bowes suggest alternating two or three different types of centerpieces to add variety and make individual tables feel more intimate.
CB Couture silk ruffle strapless gown, $4,100, Belltown Bride. 18k rose drop earrings with 1.25-carat of pave pink diamonds, $8,800, 14k white gold halo ring with .5-carat emerald-cut diamond ($4,300), Menashe and Sons. Jamie Joseph rutilated quartz and sterling silver ring, $970, Twist