Flower Friday: A Florist's Own Wedding

Meet this beautiful Utah bride! Neena Andersen has worked for Studio Stems for nearly six years and has built herself an artistic career in the floral design and wedding industry. Naturally her priority at her own wedding was the flowers, and she is smart enough to know that just because she has talent and resources does not mean it would be a good idea to do her own wedding flowers! She left her vision in the creative hands of her boss {the owner of Studio Stems} Audrey, and relaxed worry free the week of her event.

A florist’s own wedding is a curiosity, just as Vera Wang’s own wedding gown would be. Here is what Neena had to say about her floral selection and style …

You would think working in the wedding industry would equate to a for-knowledge of ones own wedding designs, not always the case! I definitely knew what I did not want my wedding to be like, but ideas of what I did want were overflowing. So to narrow it down a bit, I thought about what kind of couple Andy and I were together. We met on a ski lift, he loves to snowboard and I love to ski, together we love the mountains. He is an avid cyclists and rock climber and has brought me into similar interests, in general we love the outdoors. Nature has become who we are individually and as a couple. This understanding lead me to the knowledge that I wanted to capture the feel and mood of Utah’s mountains in our wedding.

I wanted the flowers to feel wild and exude dimension. We got married in October and so it was important to me to utilize the natural color scheme that would be blazing on the mountain at that time. I wanted a little flair of whimsy but to still keep things simple and for the flowers to set an inviting tone and setting for our friends and family sharing the day with us. I am half Mauritian-Indian and color is part of my culture and style, our color scheme suited this fusion of ideas well and allowed the flow into other Indian wedding traditions I wanted to embrace to run smoothly. I mostly utilized my Indian heritage in my clothing and accessories, wedding henna has always been a dream of mine and I was able to fulfill that dream through this creative art and tradition.

Many people worked the magic of art to create a memorable and stunning event for Andy and I, the flowers were no exception and turned out to suit my vision quiet perfectly.

And a few words from yours truly about the flowers …

Though Neena and Andy wanted a fall color scheme we all knew artistically we did not want to aim for the usual yellow, orange, red brights that so many fall weddings entail. We wanted the color scheme to be more muted and feel more earthy. Neena hand dyed strips of fabric as part of the decor and they tell the story of color best. Tones of gray, brown, mustard, blue/green, cranberry, purple, and reds created an eclectic variety. The use of logs, bark, and willow brought in even more of a mountain feel and accents of gold and bronze fused Neena’s culture and Indian style in with it all.

We used a plethora of blooms and natural elements in all the floral designs,  including succulents, one of Neena’s favorite natural elements here at our studio. Dahlias, garden roses, ranunculus, scabiosa, hydrangea, astilbe, ruscus, and several varieties of eucalyptus were just a few of the floral elements we used.

Floral Artistry: Studio Stems
Photography: Kate Osborne
Venue: The Manor @ Riverwoods, Provo, UT
Bridal Gown: Jann Nielsen
Henna & Indian Jewelery: Jias Boutique
Groomal Attire: Joseph Abboud
Bridesmaid fashion: Downeast Outfitters & Forever 21
Hair & Makeup: Kami & Kylie Christensen


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