Flower Friday: Peony Archive

We are reaching back into our early 2012 archives to bring you an article on of one today’s most popular bridal flowers, the peony, from Sarah Winward.

I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t love peonies. I dare say peonies are the most sought after wedding flower, and for good reason. They are huge, they smell delicious, and they make everyone happy. Peonies are in the top price tier as far as wedding flowers go, but fortunately you only need a few to make your statement.

Their natural season is Spring to early Summer (usually April through mid-July). Because of the way the flower world works, this means that we get them October-December too because they are blooming in the southern hemisphere. We all wish that peonies stuck around all summer long, but they don’t. Sorry August brides-you can use garden roses as a similar option.

Here are short introductions to a few of my favorite varieties of peony. This is a general guideline to make you aware of some options, but keep in mind that they are a very seasonal flower and some of these varieties may be hard for your florist to get their hands on.

There are several variety of white peonies available, the most common being Gardenia and Duchess de Nemours. White peonies have such a classic beauty, they are beautiful in bouquets and vased arrangements. Keep these white varieties cool and out of the sun, the petals are fairly delicate.

peony11The most popular soft pink peony is the Sarah Bernhardt. These have endless layers of petals, they are full, soft, and very fragrant. The buds often have darker pink stripes and remind me of ice cream scoops!peony2

There are a few hot pink of fuschia peonies out there, it seems that most of them bloom towards the end of the peony season. These are often available into December too.peony3

The coral charm peony is an absolute favorite of mine. They are large and hot pink when they first open, They last quite a while, and as they age they fade to a soft peach. These are excellent with bright spring and summer color palettes, and are beautiful with fall bronzes too.peony4

The red charm is a champion peony. It is very strong as a fresh cut flower making it excellent for bouquets as it will last longer than most peonies out of water. Though beware, it is surprisingly heavy.

peony6The Bartzella peony is a yellow tree peony that is very seasonal. It usually at its peak towards the end of peony season. These are giant blooms that open quickly. They are a soft lemony yellow, and are fairly delicate, probably best to keep these in vased arrangements.



Tree peonies are available in the spring and early summer with the other peonies, but we see a large influx of Japanese tree peonies in our fall. They grow very well in New Zealand and a lot of them are brought here in October and November. These only have one later of petals so their opening must be timed perfectly. Because they are a bit fickle, this means they will cost a bit more than most peonies.

They come in white, pink, and burgundy.

Thanks to Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers for a great article that has lasted the test of time!

Photography by: Sarah Winward . Jessica Peterson . Leo Patrone . Kate Osborne




Millcreek Canyon Formals {Erik & Erika}

How would it be to fall in love with someone with a similar name as you? We loved that about these two! We love the gorgeous warm light in these photos captured by Jadie Jo Photography! Erika’s dress from David’s bridal is just darling and we love the pockets. Erik’s suit color is on trend right now and we think it’s fabulous!


Rainy Salt Lake Wedding (Tawnya & Matt)

Matt and Tawnya’s August wedding got caught up in the best of Utah’s later summer rain storms. Captured by Valory Jean Photography we are smitten by the changes in weather and one resilient couple!  The rain came and the rain went and they didn’t let it ruin their day! Their playful personalities paired with elegant and classy style came through in all the family contributed details. Tawnya’s brothers picked all of the pears from the family yard for her centerpieces and spray painted them themselves!

They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple and held their outdoor reception at the Utah State Capitol courtyard. Each detail showed the couple’s thoughtfulness and love for each other, family, friends and good ‘ol fashioned fun! We love that the couple provided games and entertainment for their guests with words games, croquet, and of course dancing to top the night off! Thanks for sharing with us and congrats Tawnya & Matt!


Great Salt Lake Groomals {Lexi + Matt}

Lexi and Matt sure make for a beautiful couple and we can’t get enough of these gorgeous Great Salt Lake groomals by Cassandra Farley Photography! We are obsessed with Lexi’s family hand-made gown that has a unique boho/Gatsby look and feel, paired with a couple of different style of headpieces. Matt also looked perfect in his blue suit paired with a pink bow tie! The Salt Flats made for a simplistic and beautiful backdrop that really brought out this beautiful couple and their energetic love!
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Lake Engagements {Todd & Leah}

Capturing beautiful photos is a talent a lot of photographers in Utah have. Sami Jo not only has that talent but has the ability to capture beautiful emotion and motion in her images. We absolutely loved these lake engagements! The bride, Leah, told us a little bit about their love story.

Todd and I met in a physical therapy clinic where I nursed his sports injury back to health. When I scheduled his follow up visits I always made sure they were during my shift so I could guarantee more time with him. He quickly became the happiest part of my life. He’s my stability, strength, and calm. After five years of long distance with way too many phones calls that lasted through the night, I finally get to pillow talk with him forever.


Fashion Friday: Bridal Jewelry Trends

We thought for this months Fashion Friday we would bring in some of the smaller in size, higher in price accessories that you ladies need and want for your big day! Derek from Wilson Diamonds joins us with a look at current bridal jewelry trends!

The wedding day is one of the most important events in a woman’s life. She wants to look as amazing as possible for such an unforgettable moment. Today, we’re bringing you Fashion Friday Bridal Jewelry Trends. We want to help you choose a trendy necklace and earrings for your special day. And, we explore the latest trends in engagement rings, that one piece of jewelry you plan to never take off during your lifetime.

Trending Engagement Ring Styles


The halo-style engagement ring was popular in 2013, and is still trending today. These vintage style rings appeal to those who want their center diamond to appear bigger than it really is. Many brides also say that this particular style enhances the sparkle of the ring. 


The cushion-cut engagement ring has become even trendier than the ever-popular princess-cut in 2014. This style is a mixture of cuts and Old European antique cuts. Brides say it has a romantic appeal because of its rounded, soft edges. Combine them with a halo-style cut for an incredibly unique look.


Interested in a little vintage charm? The emerald-cut engagement ring is for you. Stylish celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Ciara wear these style rings because of their timeless beauty and versatility. It gives off a striking silhouette appeal with its regular shape and facet pattern.

Necklace Trend

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Blue is really trending with brides in 2014, and abalone, with its shimmering pearl beauty, fits into that mix. Why? Well, beside from its color, it’s generally inexpensive, made of organic material and always looks exotic. Jewelry designers such as Arunashi, Jacquie Aiche and Isharya use them in their collections these days.

Earring Trend


These days, brides have come to prefer earrings that are subtle enough as to not take attention away from their wedding gowns. Yet, they still want them to enhance the natural beauty in the faces, as well as their wedding day makeovers. Stud earrings, stick or bar motifs and other sleek, simple silhouette styles. 



Hot Air Balloon Groomals {Whitney + Jed}

We are so excited to share with you today’s fun and unique groomal session shot by Talia Photography! The setting takes place at Ogden Valley Balloon Festival and involves hot air balloons! We can’t get over this unique setting and the shots of all of the balloons in the air is just breathtaking! A bit more behind the story from Talia:

“After attending the Ogden Valley Balloonfest a few years ago I was in awe. When I found out that they were going to have the balloonfest this year, after a 5 years break, I knew I wanted to plan groomals around it. I wanted to keep the shoot fun and simple by focusing on the couple’s love and the bright colored hot air balloons. With a simply gorgeous lace gown from Gateway Bridal and a custom suit from Express, and a couple in love, we were ready. During the shoot, as the sun was rising and the balloons were blowing up, we were approached by a pilot to ride in his balloon! We all couldn’t pass this once in a lifetime opportunity!”
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Miranda & Ryan: Sundance Utah Wedding

We have so many great photographers here in Utah, but one of our favorites is Jimmy with Gideon Photography. We are not the only ones either, this guy hails from southern Utah but is in demand all over the state, country, and world! We love that he shares his beautiful Utah weddings with us! Miranda & Ryan’s beautiful Sundance wedding push onto the screen some fall inspiration! It is getting to be that time of year! We loved how well the rustic details blended in with the natural beauty of Sundance. Miranda joins us with a little bit of her love story!

Ryan and I met through his sister; she and I were attending nursing school together. Once I was finally able to talk him into going on a date with me we quickly fell in love and knew we wanted to be together forever. I didn’t have any particular venue set in mind like I think many girls do. But I did know who I wanted as my photographer, Gideon Photography. I had seen his work many times and remembered it distinctly. That was the only part of our wedding we were truly set on. From there everything else sort of fell into place. We were going with the rustic theme and I was thrilled when we came across the Redford Center at Sundance. The burlap, gold, orange, and mint color scheme perfectly complimented this place. Once I saw that we would be married with the tall trees surrounding us and the beautiful tall mountains behind us it really sealed the deal. I like to create things and spent a lot of time putting together every little detail, and the time spent paid off. I couldn’t have imagined this day turning out any better than it did– everything came together perfectly!


Utah Groomals {Christina + Matt}

Good morning! Today we have a gorgeous groomal session shot by Jessie Alexis Photography at Tuscany and also in the mountains. Christina and Matt are such a beautiful couple and we are smitten with all of these beautiful images!

Christina and Matt were introduced four years ago at a wedding. Christina was a
bridesmaid and Matt came as an escort to his mother. After meeting they
casual dated off and on for three years until Christina was ready to take
it to the next level. Later, Matt decided to further his education and pursue a PhD
in Florida. He proposed by sneaking home and surprising Christina while
both families were present. These two lovers just got married on August 8th at Tuscany the restaurant and are now happily soaking up the sun
as a married couple in Florida!


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Fall Engagements {Josh & Kayla}

Last week’s rainstorms made us so excited for fall! We are gearing up at UBB for the end of summer and are excited to share some fall posts with you. We loved these darling engagements photographed by Kylee Ann Photography in Logan Canyon. Josh and Kayla began their love many years ago in the halls of Mountain Crest High School and survived two years of love letters across seas to England. Obviously, it was worth the wait! Brides, are you excited as we are for fall?