Adding a bit of nature to your nuptials is easy with the choice of fresh flowers for your bouquet, ceremony and reception area. While your area florist will have a wide variety of beautiful, tropical flowers imported from all over the world, using more native-looking and natural wildflowers can lend a unique look to your special day. Here are five choices that will give any bouquet a fresh-picked look.
Native to parts of North America, this frilly flower comes in some of the truest shades of blue found in nature. A type of delphinium, most larkspur have tall stems with individual, 5-petaled flowers that have a curled nectar spur behind them, giving it a wonderful and whimsical look that looks at home in a fairy tale. With a natural bloom time of June, July and August, this is a perfect pick for a summer wedding.
A close relative of quinoa, this delicately trailing stem can come in cascading blooms of green, red, orange and pink. Added to the outside of a bouquet, it lends a bit of natural frippery that tendril down the sides. Consider adding this versatile bloom to bouquets, vases and tabletops. Available spring, summer, fall and winter, these flowers are perfect for any season.
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This spiky, blue bloom seems out of place next to hot house roses, but actually adds an interesting look to an otherwise ordinary bouquet. Mixed with more traditional flowers, the wild look of sea holly stems pair well with almost any color and add “something blue” as well.
Nothing says natural quite as subtly as the lovely ranunculus. While most of these many-hued beauties will be grown in greenhouses these days, this buttercup relative looks like it was just gathered from a meadow. White, red, orange, yellow and pink make this poppy-like bloom match just about any color scheme and works great in a boutonniere to match.
The perennial poppy produces beautiful flowers, but once those fade you are left with a large, green seed pod that adds both whimsy and form to a wedding bouquet. Available for most of the summer and fall, these large, round, green stems fit into any color palate and make any mix of flowers more natural-looking. In a winter wedding, these dried pods look perfect next to red hypericum berries and seasonal greens.