Silk Flowers, dried Eucalyptus and Lavender, Pheasant feathers, and a Brass Hoop.
Hoop Bouquets are a thing and I hope they stick around. They create a-symmetry in your photos, they highlight the genius of florists to create unique, sculptural arrangements, and, well, lets just say they’re part of my photography dreams.
I can’t tell you how many brides I’ve seen that don’t LOVE their bouquet. It’s beautiful! But they have no interest in keeping it with them at the wedding, beyond walking down the aisle. If you think you’re that bride, don’t be afraid to create something untraditional. Make paper flowers, carry a bouquet of money, ask your florist to create a corsage, a necklace, or even a hoop, incorporate succulents, use real plants that you can keep later for a zero waste wedding; anything to mix up the look and feel of this tradition that gets you excited about your bouquet again.
The above image by Scarlet O’Neill is the bouquet I made for my own wedding. My bouquet had to travel over 3,000 miles, in a checked bag. I knew that the flowers available to me in Ireland, in December were not going to give me a lot of options. Not to mention they would probably break my budget and they wouldn’t survive the journey home.
This mixture of dried and silk flowers created the bold colors and textures that I desperately needed for my wedding aesthetic. Plus the low profile of the arrangement meant this 2.5’ long bouquet managed to fit in a custom box at the bottom of my suitcase. This arrangement now live on the wall in my home, a daily reminder of the best day of my life.