The Flowers

Beautiful blooms

By Karen Rudolph Durrie, For Neighbours February 11, 2010

While roses and orchids continue to be classic choices, many couples are being more adventurous with their floral arrangements, says Monica Petryk, floral designer with Modern Petals.

“Calla lilies are huge, and everybody is all about the green-and-purple right now, with big black callas (which are really a deep eggplant hue), and lime-green spider mums,” Petryk says.

Rolled-leaf collars and unusual grasses are other funky twists Petryk is being asked to do.

And grooms are getting more involved with helping choose flowers, including putting unique spins their boutonnieres and asking for unique collections of foliage that are more artsy, says Petryk, adding the greenery is also going — well, green.

“We’re doing potted wheat grasses and bouquets that are living plants with the roots that you can still plant afterward. The ecofriendly thing is just massive, so I’m trying to show you can be green and friendly but classic, without being all patchouli and hippy,” she says.

Wedding flowers can be as small-scale as just going with personal flowers for the wedding party to having arrangements for the ceremony and reception.

Another trend is to incorporate meaningful trinkets into bridal bouquets, such as antique handkerchiefs or charms, which pay homage to family members while acting as the traditional “something old.”

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