Flowers for a Summer Wedding

This morning I had the pleasure of waking up to a lovely boost of optimism from my mom. She posted a picture of an orchid on her Facebook and urged that I post a peony on mine. She knows me all too well; I've always adored the pink peonies that pop up in her garden every spring. And who doesn't like flowers on a dreary Sunday morning? I'd like to thank her for giving me the inspiration I needed to spend my day engaged in beautiful and productive things. My search to find the perfect peony afforded me the double opportunity to plan my wedding. One thing led to another and the search for pretty peonies became the search for centrepieces, bridesmaids gifts, lawn games, and signage. Notebooks all around me, I found myself excitedly envisioning our outdoor ceremony with the help of Pinterest, Esty, and TheKnot. Had I not gone back to the original topic of flowers, I could have easily maxed out my credit card. Deciding on what flowers to have at our July wedding is proving harder than I expected, especially since my number one choice--peonies--just so happen to bloom in June. Not every flower is a summer flower and it is very expensive to order out-of-season blooms. I made it my mission (very willingly) to find the prettiest summer flowers to narrow down my choice. Once I found the ones in season, I compiled a few... or rather a whole lot... of images so I could see everything side by side. Still smitten with peonies, I have yet to decide what else to incorporate into my bouquets; however, I do hope my research will prove helpful to anyone with better decision-making skills. To all the girls out there with summer weddings, enjoy! Allium - in the onion family, a sign of good luck and health (the big round purple things) alliumAlstroemeria - comes in many varieties, good for table arrangements as many flowers come on one stem, may cause dermatitis Alstroemeria Amaryllis - originated in South Africa, odorless Amaryllis 3 Aster - "the ancestor flower", available all year round (the pink ones with the yellow in the centre) Aster Bouquet Baby's Breath - Gypsophila, derived from the Greek word "to love", scentless (the little white ones with the green stems) Baby's Breath Bouquet Bouvardia - named after Dr. Charles Bouvard, the physician to King Louis XII, this flower is thought to be responsible for the king's long life, symbolizes longevity Bouvardia Calla Lilly - derived from the Greek word meaning beautiful, available year round, scentless Calla lillies Carnation - derived from the Greek word for divine flower, very abundant and affordable Carnation Chrysathemum - also called mums, very popular and abundant Chrysanthemums Dahlia - have a strong, spicy smell, make an excellent hairpiece (the light pink biggest and centermost flower) Dahlias Delphinium - also known as larkspur, the Greek name means "to strengthen" blue delphinium Eucalyptus - also known as silver dollars, thought to bring good health and fortune to newlyweds (the leaves dropping from the bottom of the bouquet) eucalyptus Freesia - need to be handled with care and love sugar water (the white ones) Freesia Gardenia - have a jasmine-like scent, dainty and often dried as keepsakes gardenia Gerbera Daisy - best for informal weddings gerbera daisy bouquet Gladiolus - excellent for large table arrangements, scentless gladiolus Iris - means "rainbow", blue and white flowers were traditionally placed in a vase at the bride's table to remind her that marriage is both vibrant and pale (the indigo ones with the yellow in the middle) iris bouquet Lily - very fragrant, used frequently at weddings lily bouquet Lisianthus - large and dramatic (the mauve flowers) purple liaanthus Nerine - contemporary and often used for corsages (the lighter pink starfish-looking things) Pink nerines Cattleya Orchid - expensive and fragile, sometimes worn in a corsage on the mother of the bride and/or groom Cattleya orchids Cymbidium Orchid - available year round, scentless, should be kept out of the sun Cymbidium orchid Peony - not a summertime flower, but I just love them so much that I might have them ordered in beautiful-bridal-bouquet-10 Queen Anne's Lace - delicate and lacy, sometimes must be plucked from the wild, only keeps for 3 days Queen Anne's Lace Rose - complement any wedding decor, nothing says love better Rose bouquet Snapdragon - very useful in vase arrangements, should not be placed near fruits and vegetables snapdragans Statice - known as sea lavender and often used as a keepsake (the fluffy purple stuff that looks like parsley) statice Stephanotis - fairly expensive, traditional stephanotis Stock - inexpensive, good in mixed bouquets (seen in magenta) Stock and snapdragan Sunflower - not my favourite, but it's quite inexpensive Sunflowers Tuberose - expensive, fragrant, great for small table arrangements Tuberose bout Sigh... if only we could have them all.

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