Sunday, May 6, 2012

Wedding Bouquets

A while ago Undina, one of my fave perfume bloggers who always writes very down-to-earth posts on perfume in her own, personal style, did a stunning post on "Bouquet to Art 2012: Craft Imitates Art". This is an event that takes place at the "Fine Arts Museum de Young" in San Fransisco every year. The idea is that florists choose a piece of art from the museum and do an interpretation of the art work, through the creation of a flower arrangement. And there are some absolutely stunning arrangements in that post, so if you haven't seen it - head over here and take a look!

Now, a few days after Undina did her post I went to a gardening fair. My aim was to buy some bulbs or flowers for my garden, and I did get some tuberose and lily bulbs that I'm very curious about how they'll turn out. I also stumbled over a florist competition. One of the diciplines was wedding bouquets. So, I figuered it was in order I did a little break from the usual perfume routine and shared some of the bouquets on display, tagging along with Undinas floral theme.

I find weddings interesting. There are some basics that hardly ever change, there is a white dress, beautiful bride, flowers and some kind of party. But within these fundaments, the trending is severe. The cuts of this years wedding dresses are not the same as last year. And the trends in flowers come and go. This year the bouquets seemed to be mostly round, the size of a small roundish hat. The colors were pastels with something either brighter or darker to accentuate them and several of the bouquets contain elements of fabric.


Here's a classic. I love the way the fushia flowersand deep green sprigs offset the pale pink roses and peonies. I had a similar bouquet when I got married, maybe that's why I like it so much :)


Another great bouquet, I love the contrast of colors and the irregular shape (sorry about the mess in the background).



An orgy of pastels with little beads. Very sweet and romantic.


An upside down bouquet. First time I've ever seen one of these!


Playing with chords and ribbons.


Another unusually shaped bouquet. An intense mix of bright colors.


Creative use of a pink cotton ball and chords. Whimsical and happy looking.


And this is the winner. I love how the whole bouquet is based upon the shape of a rose, just letting it go on and on, expanding outwards. My photo is bad and blurry but fortunately I found out that the girl who did this bouquet has a blog of her own. And she knows how to take pictures! So, here's a (stolen) picture of the same bouquet from her blog, vackra.blogspot.se.  And feel free to check it out, there are LOTS of georgoeous pictures over there!


So, do you find any favourites among these? And do any perfumes come to mind while looking at the pictures? The last one is Annick Goutals Rose Splendide, to me, but I'd love to hear what YOU think!


12 comments:

  1. What stunning bouquets! And so unusual, some of them - much more inventive than the usual wedding fare. : - )

    Because there are so many things going on with most of them, I can't say they brought any perfumes to mind, particularly. However I really enjoyed the visual feast, as I did Undina's original post which inspired yours, so thanks for sharing!

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  2. Ooooooh, pretty! It's true that wedding bouquet styles go in and out - 21 years ago the style was all-white, and that's what I went for. If I was ever to do that again (theoretically, of course, I'm very happily married) I'd go for lots of color.

    Most of those bouquets say "big blended florals" to me, unfortunately I haven't found any perfumes in that category yet that I can successfully wear.

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    1. Wow, 21 years! Congratulations!!! I've only been married for 7, but they have been very good years :)

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  3. I'm thinking Donna Karan Gold EDP,Tauer's Un Rose Chypree or Vivienne Westwood Boudoir with these bright and beautiful bouquets. May as well smell as over the top as your floral shield, yes?
    I love it when perfume blogs go on tangents. Thanks.
    Portia

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    1. All of those sound like great choices! I so agree, if going floral, why not go the whole way why you're at it :)

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  4. Wow! What a wonderful exhibition! I love small bouquets. Out of all you showed I liked the most the third one (with beads), the fourth ("upside-down") and the last one. Beautiful!

    Flowers and perfumes do not mix in my mind so I wasn't thinking of any perfumes while going through these great pictures. Thank you for sharing (and for the link).

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    1. For some reason, when I picture bouquet nr 4 carried by a bride I also picture her carrying a small dog, or even a cat, on her arm! That would make such a stunning entrance :)

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  5. These are beautiful! My favorite is the one you picked as well. If I had to suggest a perfume, I'd say Brulure de Rose, but that was surprisingly hard for me. There aren't many perfumes that are both romantic and green and soft.

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    1. I have yet to try Brulure de Rose but it sounds lovely! I love how Tauer uses raspberry along with rose in Un Rose Vermillion, and some cocoa on top of that (as I'm reading in the list of notes for Brulure de Rose) sounds wonderful :)

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  6. Ooh, these were a lot of fun to look at, Sigrun. My favorite was the one at the top of the page -- I like the compact shape, the contrast of the pale pinks with the fuscia, and I especially like the very natural, almost woodsy-looking type of greenery and white berries that accompanies it. I can't say that it evokes a particular perfume for me, but it's quite lovely.

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  7. Yes, I also think that one is a beauty! Doing this post has made me want having bouquets all around my house. Hopefully I'll manage to grow some flowers in my garden this summer and I'm already looking forward to picking the flowers and use them to decorate the house :)

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