One of my regular wedding blog reads is Stephanie's blog, Fab You Bliss! If you aren't familiar, Stephanie is not only a blogger, but a photographer, so she offers a unique perspective on weddings that you won't find anywhere else. I also love how open she is with her readers about what's going on in her own life (it's one of the things I admire most, because I have so much trouble doing it here, myself!). So naturally, I thought to ask Stephanie to contribute a blog post here this week while I'm out. Lucky for us, she was kind enough to set aside some time over the busy holiday season to talk to us about bridal bouquets :)
Hi there, I'm Stephanie from Fab You Bliss, a lifestyle blog geared towards featuring beautiful imagery as well as inspirational posts on life, love and home. I am also a wedding & portrait photographer and I run Stephanie Saul Photography. Sarah asked if I would be interested in writing a guest post for her while she is away, and of course, I gladly said yes.
Today I thought I'd share some thoughts from a wedding photographer and blogger's perspective on bridal bouquet variations. The bride's bouquet will be the most photographed floral arrangement of the day. It is important to create a bouquet that is unique to you and comfortable to carry during the ceremony. And with so many options to choose from, the choices can get a bit over-whelming. But have no fear, if you follow your heart you will never be sorry.
So...here are some unique choices of which I am really drawn to.
The Broach Bouquet
Broach bouquets are absolutely beautiful and stunning to photograph. As a photographer, when I see a bride has chosen to carry a broach bouquet I think chic and modern, yet there's a touch of vintage and maybe even some family memorabilia tied into the piece. Bouquets can really tell a lot about the bride and with a broach bouquet, I know that style is definitely important to her. And besides being stylish on the wedding day itself, if you choose a broach bouquet on your wedding day, you can use it as a decorative piece in your home long after the wedding is over.
Image credit: Etsy Store - The Ritzy Rose
The Fabric Bouquet
As a blogger who posts real weddings, I choose weddings based on a handful of factors; however one of them is whether I feel the event is unique. In my opinion, a wedding where the bride has chosen a fabric flower bouquet is definitely something different and eye-catching. And as long as the photography is of high quality, such a wedding would most certainly find its way to being published on my blog. So, if uniqueness is your style, you should definitely consider having a fabric bouquet made. Or if you are crafty, you could make your own which would make it that much more special to you.
Image credit: Etsy Store - Autumn and Rose Bridal
The Paper Bouquet
If you are a bride interested in having your wedding published among the many wedding blogs out there, choosing to carry a paper bouquet could be a helpful step in that direction for a few reasons. One of course is the uniqueness factor. And two, all photographers want to be published as well. So when you choose a special arrangement such as a paper bouquet, (in my opinion), not only will your photographer be ecstatic about getting your wedding published, they will also most likely be sure to feature your wedding among the best of the best on their website and blog as well.
Image credit: Kim Le Photography via Style Me Pretty
The Single Flower
I love the idea of a single flower for a bridal bouquet, especially a Peony like this because they are one of my favorites. Again, as a photographer and a blogger posting real wedding, I very much like it when couples go outside the box, so to speak, as doing so brings more interest to the wedding images on a whole. I think carrying a single flower has such a simple elegance in person and in photographs. And, if you are on a budget, choosing to carry a single flower will also cut down on your wedding expenses.
Image credit: Picotte Weddings via Style Me Pretty
The Succulent Bouquet
Ahhh...succulents! These beautiful little works of art are quickly becoming a favorite of mine and I would love, love, love it if one of my future brides chose to feature them in her bouquet. They are just so stylish and you don't have to worry about them wilting throughout the day. Using succulents is also a very eco-friendly choice as they are in season pretty all of the time and you can re-plant them after your wedding and watch them grow along with your marriage.
Image credit: Ashley Daniell Photography via Bouquet Wedding Flower
In conclusion, there are no rules that are set in stone for your wedding bouquet. And there's nothing that says you can only pick one style. Have fun and mix a few different types mentioned here or something completely different. The important thing is to be true to who you are and that beauty will shine through in every detail of your wedding.
Thank you, Sarah for having me guest post today and thank you Paper Proposal readers for your time. I hope this post has given you some ideas and I hope to see you again soon!
Have a great day!