Spring’s celebratory times are on the horizon. Flowers add a festive touch to any type of gathering, such as weddings, proms, graduations, Easter, and Mother’s Day. Local independent florists are anticipating this season with excitement as they embrace the new trends in florals, arrangements, and colors.
“Expect prom season and wedding season to be coral everything as the 2019 color of the year is Living Coral,” says Nicole Palazzo, marketing and product development manager of City Line Florist in Trumbull. She also serves as the president of the Connecticut Florists Association.
“We’ll be using coral-colored flowers, such as garden roses, Gerbera daisies, snapdragons, hypericum berries, and dahlias. King protea, a tropical flower, grown in Hawaii, California and Australia is also favored,” Palazzo says. She mentions greenery such as spiral eucalyptus, seeded eucalyptus, olive branches, umbrella fern, and magnolia branches. “Some brides and their wedding parties use only greenery which creates texture to the arrangement. Living plants, especially succulents, are being used not only in arrangements, but also in bridal bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages,” she says.
“Where imagination goes a step beyond” is the motto of Carriage Barn, Florals and Gifts. Douglas Frey, owner, and Noreen Enright, floral designer, recently opened a showroom in South Salem, N.Y., just over the Connecticut border. With a history of working with the Westchester Country Club and Larchmont Yacht Club, they are eager to become part of our local community.
“It’s a welcoming place to visit,” says a customer from New Canaan. “After chatting with Noreen and Doug and seeing the photos of the weddings they’ve done, I realize that these are the people I want doing the flowers for my daughter’s wedding.”
“I take such pride in making every arrangement. It’s always one-on-one,” Noreen says. “I listen to my customers and help them find unusual and personal touches. I think I’ve found my niche.”
She recalls some of the weddings they’ve done: “A couple that had met on a biking tour wanted to incorporate a European Parisian feel into their wedding flowers. We decorated a bicycle and placed it at the entrance to the cocktail hour. Another couple who met while bowling wanted to use this as a theme. Doug and I searched until we found antique bowling pins to use for table numbers.”
“Nothing is mass produced,” Doug says. “We only do one wedding on a weekend, which allows us the time and energy to make the event special. We take care of all the details, from delivery and set-up to clean-up.”
“We do more than weddings and parties,” Noreen adds, recounting arrangements the business created for staging homes that are for sale, and entrance pieces for restaurants and stores. “Of course, I make funeral arrangements, but I try to make these without the traditional funeral look.”
Noreen continues to teach three classes a year at Westchester Country Club. Closer to home she’s planning to host a floral design evening called, “Flowers and Friends” at their showroom.
Prom season is still corsage season. Noreen suggests orchids in lieu of roses. “They make a statement, are prettier and lighter, and cost the same as roses.”
“Anything with natural garden vibes, asymmetrical, loose and drippy and sort of boho chic is still pretty popular for weddings,” says Jaime Hayes, florist manager of The Gardener’s Center and Florist in Darien. “Different varieties of eucalyptus are trending right now. We work in anything with the gray/silver greenery feel, such as dusty miller and silver brunia. These flowers will set off the rich jewel tones or the opposite side of the color spectrum — it just works,” she says.
Dramatic statement pieces, such as floral arches, walls and chandeliers, can be crafted to suit any function. Orchids, freesias and spray roses are safe choices because of their hardiness.