Looking for that garden wedding feel? Give your wedding an ample supply of garden-like blooms to fill the church (and your arms) with flowers that are both fragrant and beautiful.
Lilacs. These sweetly-scented clusters of pale purple go beautifully with tulips, baby’s breath, white or yellow roses, lilies of the valley, or as a stand-alone.
Peonies are another possibility when it comes to using locally grown flowers. Available in shades of white and pink, their large heads fill a vase with little problem. They are, however, a bit fragile, and if you want the heady scented varieties, you’ll need to stick with the old-fashioned peony.
Iris are the masterpiece of spring. Their colors-both pastel and variegated-are brilliant and varied. Iris hold up well, as long as their blooms aren’t crushed or fingered too much.
Sunflowers are usually best when used for more casual or outdoor weddings. Their woody stems (even the miniature varieties) stand up well in vases and when used to decorate arbors or archways. Mixed with regional wildflowers, leather leaf, fresh-cut cattails or ferns, the smile of a sunflower rivals that of the bride.
Other garden-like blooms brides often use (or should consider using) include geraniums, zinnias and dahlias. All of these, and those listed above, work well in vases, ‘live’ wreaths and used with archways and arbors.