Best Bouquets of 2011

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realize this… but the bridal bouquet has a super power. Yes, it does. I’m not exaggerating or over analyzing…the bouquets on a wedding day have SUCH a huge effect on the images!! If you look at the majority of my wedding blog posts, the POP of color normally comes from the bouquets! They add so much! The florals of the wedding day have the ability to tie EVERYTHING together. From the boutonnieres to the centerpieces at the reception… the bouquets can incorporate it all! When brides emails me in a panic about the floral costs and they say they just want to do fake silk flowers instead…

… here’s what they need to know. If you like fake florals, that’s totally fine but they don’t photograph as well. Whenever I photograph fake flowers, I have to keep my distance so that you won’t see THREADS on the petals. And if you have been to Michael’s or Hobby Lobby or Ben Franklin lately, you know that silk flowers are EXPENSIVE! With the amount of money some brides spend on fake bouquets, they could have had a gorgeous, simple bouquet of fresh flowers! I have made TWO bouquets this year for styled shoots and they only cost me $40 MAX.  So if you’re on the fence about whether to do FAKE or FRESH…. go with FRESH.  There are so many ways to make a bouquet budget friendly. Another budget saving tip for a bride that wants gorgeous florals but doesn’t have the funds, JUST invest a lot into your BRIDAL BOUQUET. Your bridesmaids bouquets can be small and simple and there is NOTHING wrong with that! If you save a ton of money by having simple bridesmaids bouquets, use that extra money saved to go ALL OUT for YOUR bouquet because that is the bouquet that will get photographed and viewed the MOST. So there are some Wedding Wednesday tips about bouquets and here are some of my favorites from 2011!


I made these first two with flowers from Whole Foods and Martins!


xoxo, Katelyn
13 Comments Wedding Wednesday
  1. Sara reply

    Love this!! Planning out my bouquet was one of the things that really made planning my wedding feel REAL because I could picture it and it was so cool! I can’t wait to actually see it!! :)

  2. Karly reply

    So many GORGEOUS bouquets! This post is so wonderful on this terribly cold day.

  3. Clare reply

    Ah Katelyn, thank you for making me feel better about my exorbitant flower budget haha. Flowers are just SO important to me. I did not want to skimp!

  4. Sarah reply

    This is awesome. My sister just got engaged and we’re starting the craziness of wedding planning, so all of your wedding Wednesday posts are going to help a lot! :)

  5. Kristina W. reply

    It was the year of purple! I loved my huge purple wedding bouquet… it looked great in the photos too!

  6. Annetta reply

    I LOVE this post!! I have made a few bridal bouquets in the past and I still love playing florist once in while.

  7. Gabby / En Route Photography reply

    As always gorge… but to be honest I’m shocked… are there really brides with fake flowers? WHY??? I know flowers are not the most important things but they are not the most expensive either so I totally agree with you! Girld dont go fake!

  8. Lauryn reply

    I love Whole Foods for flowers!! They have a lot of variety, and normally its not too pricey!

  9. stephanie g reply

    we made mine the night before my wedding for $30!!!

  10. Abby Grace reply

    That image 3rd from the end is my favorite bouquet shot of yours! The lighting is so feminine and elegant. I’ll admit that I shudder when someone tells me they’re using silk flowers, so the next time I get a bride in a panic I’m definitely sending them to this post!

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  12. Brittany reply

    Love this post. That is the ONE thing I wish could have been different about our day. (ours were fake- Matt and Brittany from a year ago) You have to choose your battles though, and severe allergies within the family just weren’t worth the fight. Sad face. Can’t wait for someone close to me to get married so I can help them plan their florals and live vicariously through them :)

  13. Michele Asmus reply

    I LOVE your photographs. I really wish you were close to Orlando so that I could hire you for my wedding! :)

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