Colorful Floral Centerpiece

Sometimes I am lucky enough to have extra flowers on hand and a few spare minutes to design for myself.

There is so much planning involved for each wedding that sometimes it feels like the designing is over in the blink of an eye. Each wedding I will take pictures, I tweak, and I try to soak in the flowers as much as I can before I pass them along to the gorgeous celebration they were meant for.

Designing is what I love to do. When I have these spare moments I do what I can to get lost in the flowers. I also still take pictures, tweak endlessly, and try to soak it all in. These beauties are so fleating. 

Kristen & Dave

A Colorful Downtown Denver Wedding 

Kristen was one of those unique brides who was so easy going that it felt too good to be true. She let me know a few basic guidelines and then left the rest up to me. As a florist there is nothing better than that!!

Kristen hated pastels and loved a bright, almost coral red color. Her wedding took place at St. Elizabeth of Hungary's Catholic Church and the reception was at the Grand Hyatt Pinnacle Club. We brought all of the color into this modern ballroom with coral roses, sunflowers, and lush greenery. Champagne mercury glass, taper candles in clear glass, and tall gold stands complemented the existing decor. Wood slabs under the arrangements brought a slight touch of the Rocky Mountains.

Kristen and Dave make the sweetest couple and I am so lucky to have been able to bring their colorful Colorado, summertime dreams to life. 

Emma Lea Floral- Denver Wedding- David Lynn Photography
Emma Lea Floral- Denver Wedding- David Lynn Photography
Emma Lea Floral- Denver Wedding- David Lynn Photography

Bright & Beautiful

Taking The Fear Out Of Bold Wedding Colors

There are so many choices for a couple to make when designing their wedding. One of the first, and most difficult decisions to make, is color scheme. The traditional association of weddings with white leads many brides to lean towards a neutral palette. This light and soft look can be beautifully done, creating a romantic and feminine feel for the wedding celebration. But maybe that's not your style! Although bold color can be intimidating, when done right it can be romantic and feminine in its own right. 

Here are a few tips for how to approach a saturated color palette.

Opt for a color spectrum

In all honestly, I think that this tip applies to anyone planning their wedding design. Rather than picking two or three colors to encompass a look, consider a spectrum of color. For example, you might be leaning towards navy blue and peach for you wedding colors. Instead, consider what tones might blend between these two main colors in order to create a spectrum. 


The contrast of opposite colors such as navy blue and peach can look somewhat unnatural when placed right next to each other. Adding colors that fall between the two can help to bridge the divide and offer a more organic visual transition for the eye. Like the spectrum above, it can be helpful to soften your saturated colors with lighter tones. This still offers a look rich in color, but slightly relaxed and with a satisfying visual depth. 

This is especially helpful when designing wedding flowers. Every flower in nature falls somewhere different on the color spectrum. Having a flexible color palette allows for a little wiggle room when choosing the perfect flowers for your wedding. As a florist there is nothing I enjoy more than finding those unique, seasonal blooms that help to bridge color divides and create a more organic look. 

Stay seasonal

Once again, this tip will not only contribute to a more authentic color palette, but it will also help to ensure you have the most beautiful, and affordable designs on your wedding day. 

Say you are dreaming of a bright, spring-time wedding based around the color orange. Pairing the orange with traditionally fall tones such as red and purple might feel unnatural in the spring. Your selection of flowers available in these colors may also be limited. However, the addition of yellows and pinks to this palette could help bring it into the appropriate season with plenty of blooms in those shades to show off. 

Emma Lea Floral - Sarah Jayne Photography- Colorado Mountain Wedding

Sarah Jayne Photography

Contain the bold colors

A color palette rich with saturated color is best executed with restraint. Bright colors everywhere become visually distracting and overwhelming. Focusing your bright colors to a few key wedding details will allow your thoughtful color palette to really shine.

Flowers are a perfect way to showcase a rich color spectrum in a natural way. Kristen was a bride who did not relate to the traditional white and pastel look. She went bold with her blooms and perfectly captured the summer-time without overdoing it. 

David Lynn Photography

Trust your florist

Of course this is my favorite bit of advice. 

You are hopefully choosing a floral designer because you love the work that they have created in the past and you enjoyed the ideas they have for your wedding. Trusting your florist does not mean you have to leave any and all decision making up to them. It simply means that you have faith in their design instincts and allow them to create one of a kind works of art for your wedding. Encouraging your florist to be creative can give them the confidence to add that totally gorgeous and unexpected seasonal bloom that they found at the flower market which elevates your bouquet to the next level. 

Greek Inspired Styled Shoot

Behind the Scenes!

Admittedly, I am a styled shoot junkie. Most nights I fall asleep to thoughts of flowers so styled shoots are the perfect outlet to bring those blurred visions to life. For these imaginary weddings a group of talented vendors come together to showcase their styles and to inspire future brides. Styled shoots not only help to build a professional portfolio, but they also can drive trends in the wedding industry.  

I have participated in styled shoots both large and small. Each has helped to develop my own design aesthetic and introduce me to incredibly talented vendors from around the country. 

The styled shoot featured in this post was a collaboration with some of my absolute favorite people in the wedding industry. Abbey of Purple Summer Events brought the look to life while Jessi & Zach Photography captured it perfectly. Our real-life couple was beautified by Kacie Macintosh of Beauty Mark by Kacie. The bride wore a stunning Tara Keely gown provided by Blue Bridal Boutique. 

Our overall goal was to create a bohemian, Greek-Inspired look. Whoever is planning the styled shoot usually outlines an overall look with a color scheme or design theme. The beauty of collaboration however, is that each vendor participating brings something special to the project transforming an abstract concept into reality. 

As the florist, my goal was to create loose and textural designs with soft shades of ivory, peach, and pale blue. Seasonality also came into play because the foliage used throughout was locally foraged Russian Olive. Being able to pull from your environment is not only inspiring, but also helps to give your designs a natural look, in keeping with the season. 

The preparation for a styled shoot can begin months in advance. Vendors will all coordinate to ensure we are putting together a cohesive look. As the florist, I prepare by sourcing flowers and decor items, as well as planning the specifics of what I will design.

For styled shoots I will typically order flowers in advance, but the best part is going to the flower market to select whatever looks fresh and gorgeous that day. Those spectacular seasonal items usually wind up shaping my overall look tremendously.

Just like for a wedding, I pick up flowers days in advance to be sure they are properly prepped and open for the event. I might have roses in my living room for a whole week so that by the time I am ready to design with them they are at their biggest and most beautiful. It's as fabulous as it sounds :) 

Styled shoot days, like wedding days, can be long and exhausting. While certain items like bouquets and vase arrangements are created in advance, any installations have to be created on site. These installations happen to be my favorite part. As a florist it is important to have a well-stocked tool box because most setups never go as planned. You usually wind up going with some version of plan C. 

The image above is the ceremony site we created for our bohemian wedding. This effortlessly romantic look required quite a bit of tweaking, twine, and patience on our part. With the help of my amazing designer Megan, we created the floral piece right there in the grass and attached it to tree using anything we possibly could.

That is the beautiful Megan whom I treasure. If you look closely at the bouquets you can see some of the cute little olives that we foraged for. Oh, and there aren't typically security guards at styled shoots but we had some particularly gorgeous jewels from Shane Co. which a whole team was there to protect.... 

When we aren't busy tweaking arrangements, designing installation, and fluffing dresses, you can usually find us on our phones trying to take amazing behind the scenes shots. By the end of the day my phone is almost always telling me I have no more space for photos so I wind up deleting Snapchat for the millionth time to make room. Gotta get those good Instagram pics. 

But in the end, there is nothing better than when those incredible, edited shots arrive in your inbox. 

Photography: Jessi & Zach | Styling + Coordination: Purple Summer Events | Floral Design: Emma Lea Floral | Catering: Elevated Catering | Gown: Tara Keely from Blue Bridal Boutique | Menswear: Ted’s Clothiers | Hair/makeup: Beauty Mark by Kacie | Farm tables: Harvest Table Company | Invitations: Taryn Eklund Ink | Letterpress: Lettered West | Jewelry: Shane Co.

Bring on Summertime

The weather in Colorado has been so beautiful that it has me dreaming of summertime weddings. We still have so much planning to do but 2017 is shaping up to be an absolutely beautiful year. I cannot wait for Colorado grown dahlias, warm summer days, and all of the fresh green that summertime has to offer. 

This playful wedding was  so much fun to bring together. Getting to work with Total Imagination Events was a dream, as usual. Aimee was a wonderful, down to earth bride with a unique vision. Her dream for purple tones with a touch of orange was such a refreshing change and a fun challenge as a designer. 

Emma Lea Floral- Kisa Conrad Photography- Denver, Colorado Wedding
Emma Lea Floral- Kisa Conrad Photography- Denver, Colorado Wedding
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Out of all the gorgeous detains of Aimee & Derek's wedding, my favorite might have to be the stunning and modern cake of buttercream and fresh blooms. Cafe au lait dahlias made such a statement along side the rose gold and purple frosting. Absolutely a night to remember!