Utah Bride and Groom

Get Wild: Garden Floral Inspiration for the Big Day

 

From-the-garden inspiration for the big day

No one knows Utah wildflowers better than La Fleur’s Natalie Bernhisel-Robinson. Long before brides selected wedding blooms beyond roses, this floral designer and published author of  “The Living Wreath” was peddling her signature style focused on fresh-from-the-mountainside blooms. What’s her secret? “I incorporate blooms and herbs from my own garden,” Robinson says. “Not only do cut native blooms last longer than others, but they also represent Utah’s natural beauty for locals and destination brides alike.”

What’s flourishing in her designs this year? Color. And lots of it. “It’s refreshing to see couples using bright hues after years of only seeing white, green and blush. I recently had a groom wearing a bright blue suit with a flamingo-colored tie. Weddings in 2019 will be brighter.”

Don’t overlook fragrance. “Every time I pin on a boutonniere with herbs, they ask, ‘What’s that scent?’” she says. Robinson recommends floral designs incorporating a variety of herbs like rosemary and lavender in the summer or blooming mint and oregano in the fall. “These are perfect for venues like Log Haven, Deer Valley’s Empire Canyon Lodge and Sundance.”

Paper with Petal Power

Even paper gets into the blooming game. The expert stationers at Tabula Rasa take their craft seriously with lines of fine invitations and thank you cards. Let loose with these petal-printed envelope liners to delight unsuspecting recipients.

Taste the Blooms

Not literally, of course. Floral designer Natalie Robinson’s love of flowers goes even deeper with her wine selections. Both bottles showcase two of Robinson’s favorite untamed blooms: sweet peas and blooming clover.

Head Gear

Looking for a head wreath that’s more glam than gardener? Go for a gilded one, like this headpiece designed by party-planner Allison Baddley of La Fête. She worked with hair and makeup artist Lesley Lind to create a wildflower look straight off Paris Fashion Week’s runway.

Hunting for more floral design inspiration? Check out all our pretty bouquets here. 

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Val Rasmussen
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Val Rasmussen is Editor at Utah Bride & Groom magazine, Assistant Editor at Utah Style & Design magazine, and Contributor to Salt Lake magazine. She can be reached at val@utahbrideandgroom.com or via Instagram @ValerieFRas.

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