Beyond the Bouquet – Three different ways to incorporate flowers into a wedding look

A few weeks ago I met up with my good friend Erica of EV Floral Design in St. Helena and asked her if she would be interested in collaborating on a photo shoot idea I had. The idea had stemmed from some research I had been doing on origins of wedding traditions. Since Erica was a floral designer I pitched the idea of doing some unorthodox bridal bouquets. There are two main origins I have found for the bouquet tradition in weddings. One was to signify fertility and the other, which started in the middle ages was to help mask the body odor of the bride. Neither of these original uses are truly practiced today and neither specify the flowers must be a hand held bouquet,  however they both are based on the carrying of flowers. My idea….use flowers for wedding fashion in ways other than the handheld bouquet. Erica LOVED the idea and even decided that since our shoot would be around the Royal Wedding that one of the look should be based on the British head wear often worn at weddings called the fascinator. I came up with a couple of other ideas like the neck piece or even a breast plate styled piece and then we both decided on a shoulder worn arrangement.

The day came when it was time to do the shoot and Erica came through big time with 3 amazing floral pieces that I believe can be worn or used at weddings for a modern spin on the traditional bouquet. I couldn’t be happier with how the shoot and the concept came through. A big thanks to our lovely model Klaire (@Klaire.W) who came down and let us adorn her with beautiful flowers!


As a bonus look we took the neck piece and used it on the back of the models head. This created a wonderful floral head piece and brought some lively color to our models gorgeous locks.