Something interesting is afoot in the wedding world: drama! Brides are looking for drama in their color palettes, and many are finding it in a trending color palette: ivory, white, peach, soft green, and…. BURGUNDY! (Or should I call it “marsala“?) As a florist who has spent the last two seasons awash in neutrals — blush, ivory, sand, cream, ivory, white, silver, gold — the addition of bold burgundy has really grabbed hold of my eyeballs.

Arrangements on aisle stands at Hamilton Viewpoint Park, by Floressence.

Dramatic lights and darks along the aisle at Hamilton Viewpoint park

And it’s opened up the world of flower possibilities:  now I can find a home for my beloved smokebush foliage, with its smell of gin and perfectly oval leaves. My favorite variety of scabiosa, Dark Knight, gets to dance and hover over arrangements as it does so well. Naomi dahlias and all of her close relatives in the red/burgundy/chocolate family are no longer overshadowed by the attention hog Cafe au Lait.

The super lovely Emily and dapper Ben were ahead of this trend with their wedding in West Seattle last August. Emily opted for classic whites and ivories for her bouquet, but all elsewhere was this rich, romantic grouping of colors. Keli at Blue Poppy Events was a visionary in pulling this look together at both the ceremony at Hamilton Viewpoint Park, and reception at Salty’s on Alki. So dedicated to her clients is Keli that she had a massive, 8′ wide altar arch built to match Emily’s vision. Designing and installing the lush, asymmetrical floral treatment for it was my favorite part of that week’s work.

Lucas Mobley did an amazing job of capturing the richness and beauty of this wedding and color scheme — which I guarantee you’ll see a lot more of in blog posts to come, if recent consultations are any indication of the future!