Bouquet breakdown

Have you ever wondered what exactly goes into making a floral impact? Chelsea Lee Flowers takes one of her signature designs apart and gives us a peek into the mind of a master.

1.White O’Hara Garden Rose: There is something about the O’Hara Garden Rose that makes my heart skip a beat. I love its soft, romantic look and that it has the slightest hint of blush. This is the biggest, showiest bloom of the bouquet. I generally make my garden-style bouquets with a definite front and like to place my prettiest flowers where they will be the most noticed. 

2.Ranunculus: Bringing in some brighter tones the ranunculus play the supporting role, giving some depth and textural interest. The soft layers of petals are a beautiful garden look that I just can’t get enough of. 

3.Parvifolia Eucalyptus: Framing the bouquet, the eucalyptus adds a loose, whimsical vibe. The bridesmaids carried bouquets of silver dollar and parvifolia so it was important to add touches of the same greens in the bride’s so everything flowed. 

4.Succulent: Adding a natural element, the succulents are also a focal part of the bouquet. The colour pops against the corals, whites and pinks and creates beautiful texture. I love that succulents can be repotted afterwards so there will always be a keepsake. 

5.Dress and Decor: The lush, green south shore setting, and the bride’s elegant made-to-measure dress by David McCaffrey of McCaffrey Haute Couture in Ottawa made it easy to draw inspiration for the florals. The bouquet combined the woodsy, whimsy style of the wedding by using loose foliage but also captured the elegant, romantic feel of the day with the softly opened garden roses.

Chelsea Lee Flowers is a boutique floral design studio specializing in romantic, natural-inspired designs. She also won Best Florist in our Best of Weddings survey.

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