Image: J. Crew
It’s been a while since I did a focus on just one flower type, but I think that a shout out for hydrangeas is long overdue. Along with the trends for lush but affordable flowers as well as watercolour/ombre, hydrangeas have become way more popular in the last couple of years, and I couldn’t be happier about it. There’s something about them that just epitomises summer for me. They also come in a beautiful range of colours (even within the same bloom – hence the watercolour effect). There’s just one caveat: these are seasonal flowers, and they’re usually at their peak for 2-3 weeks, changing colour as they go. So if you’re buying them yourself (or even sometimes if you’re using a florist), you may need to be a little bit flexible on the exact shade you’re using. That said, they’re worth it for their price point and ability to fill up a bouquet with a small number of blooms. Use them on their own, or together with other flowers – both ways are truly lovely. Here are some of my absolute favourite hydrangea bouquets and arrangements.
Sources: Top row – Geneoh Photography via Wedding Chicks; Row 2 – Corbin Gurkin Photography/Loluma via Style Me Pretty (left); Lucky Heart Photography/Bo Kay Florist via Style Me Pretty (right); Row 3 – Wesley Vorster/El le Fleur via The Pretty Blog (left); Anne Ruthmann (centre); Wesley Vorster/El le Fleur via The Pretty Blog (right)
Sources: Love By Serena via Love Life Blog (top left); Victoria Pearson via Martha Stewart (top right); Martha Stewart (bottom left); Dawn E. Roscoe Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs (bottom right)
Sources: Jose Villa/Amy Nicols via Style Me Pretty (left); Jamie Delaine via Elizabeth Anne Designs (top right); Photography by Leah/The Perfect Poppy Floral and Event Design via Style Me Pretty (bottom right)
Sources: Row 1 – Stacey Hedman/New England Gardens via Style Me Pretty (left); Melissa Schollaert Photography/A Courtyard Florist via Southern Weddings (centre); Docuvitae/Kourtney James Perry via Style Me Pretty (right); Row 2 – Melissa Schollaert Photography/Le Petit Jardin via Style Me Pretty
If you’re going for hydrangeas, you could consider making them a motif for your wedding and including them in stationery or cakes as well. Look at these lovelies: