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From the Experts: Wedding Flowers

Eight questions about wedding flowers for Carine Bonnet of Winston Flowers


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What is the most elaborate display you have ever done for a wedding?
There have been so many. The possibilities are endless especially when our creative team collaborates with some very creative brides. What comes to mind, especially as we head into our busy spring and summer wedding season, is the warm and residential feeling we often create under tents, especially by the coast. For a wedding on Nantucket, we literally made flowering trees on every table, hand stringing flowers from the branches. That was an especially stunning and dramatic look upon entering the tent. The cascading branches made guests feel like they were sitting and dining under a tree. For a Cape Cod wedding, we made these enormous urns filled with vibrant summer flowers that framed the bride and groom as they got married overlooking the ocean. We also installed ribbon hand strung with orchids from the sides of the tent that were flowing with the ocean breeze as the bride and groom exchanged wedding vows. Calming and romantic at the same time.

On average, how many flowers do you use for a wedding?
I would say about 1,000 - 1,500. It obviously depends on the size and scope of the wedding. Just as an example, a bridal bouquet with lily of the valley requires about 150 stems.

Where do you get exotic flowers for wedding arrangements?
We receive orchids from Thailand but also from Holland. We also get tropical flowers from central America and the Caribbean. What most people do not realize is that Winston Flowers works with specialty growers and farmers around the world and here in the US exclusively. Some of these growers are only growing flowers for us, and we've had these exclusive relationships for years. We're fortunate to be getting in some of the prettiest and most vibrant flowers from all over the world.

What has been your favorite flowers for wedding arrangements?
I love peonies for weddings. It is such an elegant flower. I had a bride who chose her wedding date solely around the peony season because her dream was to have an abundance of peonies for her wedding.

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