Flower Friday Recipe {Boutonnieres}


Today jump starts a new series here on UBB that we are really excited about. If you love Flower Friday then you will love it even more this year. We have enlisted all the UBB florists to help with monthly recipe’s to showcase things like: what kind of flowers go into a design, how those same blooms can be used to create different styles, different color combinations within the same scheme, and so much more! These recipes will focus on all floral elements pertinent to a wedding including but not limited to: bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, bridesmaids, flower girls, centerpieces, and ceremony flowers.  With all the boutonniere talk lately we thought we start out with flowers for the gents from Audrey @ Studio Stems!

I picked up just 4 elements for this project and made 6 bouts of those 4 elements and in all honesty could have made probably a dozen more. So many options in style and aesthetic can come from a small selection of material. I brought a classic gray foliage in pertinent to today’s brides interests, Dusty Miller. And another foliage that is more traditional in color but not widely used for bouts, Boxwood. A Blue Moon Spray Rose brought in some classic texture and a white Scabiosa contributed another texture more conducive to alternate styles. The other 3 elements come from one bunch of Acacia. Often times multiple facets of an element can be used to create a different aesthetic, in this case some new buds make one great element, and blossomed buds create that yellow mini tennis ball look that is so “cute” and hard to resist, and I also used the natural foliage from this element with a mini fern draping like texture that is delightful! 

I believe bouts should be simple, it is rare that I find a groom {or his gents} excited about a girly like item being pinned to their lapel or inserted into their buttonhole on their manly suit! So it is important to keep it masculine and clean.

Bout #1 is backed by Dusty Miller foliage bringing in that gray that seems to be our current neutral. A cluster of of blossomed Acacia brings in color and texture and a simple stem finishing detail of burlap speaks even more to the potential style of the wedding. 

Bout #2 is especially earthy and natural and shows how easy just foliage only or shed elements can be used to create a masculine and lovely bout that mimics the natural surroundings that Utah contributes to so many of our weddings. Dusty Miller backing, a bit of new Acacia along with its foliage counterpart, and some Boxwood create a skinny and natural bout. Finished off with some twine for texture. 

Bout #3 uses a bird feather to accent and bring a different style to this floral detail. The dark color brings the element of contrast and the shape elongates and creates a more masculine look. A ruffly full bloom white Scabiosa creates the focal point and yet another contrast of texture, while some new Acacia brings in just a touch of color. While still natural this bout, or any bout for that matter, can be modernized by its finishing touch, in this case copper wire. 

Bout #4 brings in a bit more bloom and though it has a feminine feel can still be worn by a willing gent and most certainly will compliment pictures well with its profound punch of color. I personally like Roses of all variety just before they begin to die, when they are the most full and most beautiful. So here I used two end stage Blue Moon Spray Roses and complimented them with bloomed Acacia for texture. The two colors are complimentary and make a statement. Finishing touch puts on a little bit more ritz for the glam type of wedding some gold beading! 

Bout #5 same classic Blue Moon Spray Rose as number four but a bit more simple. Sometimes less is more! This Spray Rose is simply complimented by a tiny bit of Boxwood and a ribbon cuff. It really brings focus to the simple beauty of one singular bloom. A good fit for a buttonhole as well! 

Bout # 6 {one of my personal favs} this style blends the feminine with the natural. A big ruffly white Scabiosa brings a feminine texture and focal point while Acacia brings in some color and texture and the two varieties of foliage make it feel very natural. While this would not be a small bout it is not too large to feel out of place. I especially like the use of the Acacia foliage and how it moves where it wants and creates a slight drape with its fern like texture. Finished off with a gray satin ribbon tie. 

Floral artistry and editorial: Studio Stems
Photography: Lindsey Orton Photography