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we got our first choice photographer no matter how expensive their rate was Jaycee (married to Gil) 09.may.2009
 
Bridal Bouquet without Flowers!

February weddings don’t have it easy. While its past the tail-end of the wedding peak season in the Philippines which is around December/January, it’s the time of the year when prices of blossoms soar to all-time-high due to huge demand in time for Valentine’s Day. And it’s not just the prices that’s the problem, the anxiety over the quality and quantity of stocks become also become major concern. The Dangwa Flower Market in Manila is so chaotic around this time that it feels like there’s a mad fiesta!

With this in mind, we have invited some of the wedding industry’s finest florists to participate in a fun challenge: to make a bridal bouquet without using any flowers. It sounds crazy but these floral artisans immediately agreed the moment we presented them the idea.

It is not our first time to involve suppliers in this kind of undertaking. In 2006, we asked the make-up artists for a Diva-to-Diva Makeover; and the designers, to sketch a Bridal Gown for P20k. In 2008, we had a Wedding Planners’ Challenge: How Low Can You Go? wherein detailed budget breakdown of the most affordable wedding they could muster good for 100 guests. While the price quotes in these previous challenges may now be obsolete, the basic essence remains: that wedding professionals rise up to any challenge and deliver what is expected of them.

For our florists challenge, we asked Mimi+Karl to capture the images of the florists’ unique creations. Their photography tandem are known for the beautiful shoots of wedding details so they were a shoo-in for a project like this. We set our sights for an afternoon shoot at Fernwood Gardens to serve an appropriate backdrop for our (un)floral subjects. On the day of the shoot, the table where all the bouquet were laid down practically looked like cornucopia were fruits and vegetables abound. Felt like harvest time!

Participating in this fun challenge are (in alphanumeric order): 7 Lily, 2171 Floral Creations, April & Karen Yu, Henry Pascual, Jun Hen, Robert Blancaflor, and Teddy Manuel. What they came up with are as colorful as conventional bridal bouquet, except these weren’t conventional at all. Far from it, actually. We even saw some that would be a perfect accent for themed weddings.

Each of us in the shoot has our own favorite, but we are not telling. We’ll let you decide. :)

Faux Fleur

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bridal bouquet by: 7 Lily Flowers & Events

inspiration: the decadence and rich redness of a strawberry shortcake

materials used: strawberries, macopa (rose apple/bell fruit), & purple cabbage rose

florist’s thoughts: We had to conceptualize the bouquet using a different medium such as fruits and vegetables. Given that these are still wedding bouquets, we still wanted a classic design and the challenge was not go overboard. We stayed with designs we could imagine real brides carrying.

 

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bridal bouquet by: 2171 Floral Creations

inspiration: winter

materials used: apple, grapes, succulents, string beans, alugbati (malabar spinach) stems

florist’s thoughts: We call this bouquet “Winter Circles of Love”. It describes the various path of relationships in circles, but always ending in the center of it all, which is love.

The challenge for us is to make the arrangement look expensive without spending much. We made the fruits and vegetable blend not expecting what they really are.

 

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bridal bouquet by: April & Karen Yu

inspiration: apple orchards

materials used: red gala apples, nito twigs, calamansi leaves, and dried filler

florist’s thoughts: The arrangement is a handpicked, country-style, rustic bouquet. A sweet smelling bouquet that conjures memories of summer and apples in a basket.

 

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bridal bouquet by: Henry Pascual

materials used: oregano, parsley, ajenjo (wormwood), alugbati (malabar spinach), and red grapes

 

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bridal bouquet by: Jun Hen for Fleur de Facade

inspiration: Victorian inspired nosegay for its elegance and timeless beauty

materials used: fresh red cherries and succulents of various hybrids

florist’s thoughts: Part of the challenge is making the look soft, and wiring and putting together the fruits and succulents.

 

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bridal bouquet by: Robert Blancaflor for the Robert Blancaflor Group

materials used: broccoli flowers, cauliflower, green pepper (siling tagalog)

 

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bouquet by: Teddy Manuel of Flowers & Events

inspiration: autumn harvest

materials used: mayana leaves, pasta, sponge gourd, dried lemons, rattan fruit, and eucalyptus leaves

florist’s thoughts: To create a veggie & fruits bouquet, one needs to think of the aesthetics in terms of color, size and texture. I used miniature veggies so that the bouquet will be comfortable for the bride to hold. I intentionally avoided the “copacabana” or mixed salad look. I wanted the arrangement to still be feminine and elegant for a wedding.

  1. kym Says:

    astig ung 7 Lily Flowers & Events!! =) colorful and nice sa photos! =)

  2. Jheng Says:

    I love Teddy Manuel’s work! Its elegant! Fab! :)
    second choice - Jun Hen nosegay! :)

  3. mc Says:

    i like 7 lily flowers & events.. simple but elegant. i also love the odd color combination of red & purple. :) second choice would be teddy manuel’s. :)

  4. Sheryll Says:

    7 Lily Flowers & Events is my top choice followed by my wedding florist, Teddy Manuel.

  5. Jesy (Unique Souvenirs) Says:

    nice bouquets! love the one with chilis (what a spicy bride she will be) ;)

  6. Qing Says:

    +1 for 7 lily flowers!

  7. dee Says:

    grabe galing nga yong lily and yong teddy manuel. i think here, nakita natin sino yong more creative and original

  8. Cheryl&Ed Says:

    love henry p’s bouquet!
    sweet and simple…oh and being a grape fan helps a lot! :)

  9. rachel Says:

    I absolutely LOOOVE Teddy Manuel’s creation!!! Very unique and full of life! The colors and textures used all meshed well.

  10. teddy manuel Says:

    to W@W and Mimi & Karl…again thank you for making part of the shoot … congratulations for the innovative ideas that we can share to our future bride and groom!

  11. Germaine Says:

    Very creative! Congratulations! Just shows that Pinoy’s are soooo talented and resourceful. Let’s have more of these.

  12. neva Says:

    oh wow these are all beautiful it’s so hard to choose!! congrats to all the artists, nagutom ako…

  13. Tish Dacio Says:

    All the bouquets were wonderful! I can’t pick one as each bring with it a sentiment that would apply to a variety of wedding themes. The choices in materials were wonderful and showed much thought to a special event. The colours were foreign and yet very Filipino. What I would love to discover is a bride with a sense of adventure to actually use one (or more) for her real life wedding! The bouquets would be perfect for destination events.

  14. Allan+Sha Says:

    worka of art! galing…
    we vote for 7 Lily…

  15. Cherr Says:

    wonderful and artistic!
    but i was expecting someone will use chocolates!
    i’ve seen one actual wedding bouquet made of ferrero rocher and it look so fab. tastes so good as well.. hmmm yumyum!

  16. Jaki Says:

    7 Lily’s my top pick. I like the bouquet by Teddy Manuel too!. Great shots Mimi+Karl!

  17. Camille Says:

    ..oh my, i so love 7 lily’s bouquet..elegant and very creative..second is teddy manuel..job well done! :)

  18. Charo Sy Says:

    To W@W,

    Thank you for allowing us a creative playground! We enjoyed this so much!!! More power to W@W!!!

    We love teddy manuel’s work! So very cute! i love the gourd pumpkins :0) Very autumn… Great job teddy! :)

  19. angelaze Says:

    Love the one with lollo rosso? berries and macopa!!! Very nice

  20. aquiña Says:

    wow…super cool

    all are very beautiful…very artistic!

  21. kelly wilkins Says:

    wow! now i’m hungry. My wedding is coming and I think I want this instead of the flower bouquet.

  22. Cindy Barrameda Says:

    uniqeu bouquets like these will really make your wedding unforgettable ♥

  23. Sol Maris Trinidad - Zaldua Says:

    Thanks to this particular page, I was able to get an “apple bouquet” for our wedding last December 8, 2011. You can check it out at this link: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=476004053740&set=a.476002603740.254363.536383740&theater

  24. fiona Says:

    nice idea! i’ll recommend dis to my frnd who’s about to get married dis dec. tnx for the post. =)

  25. Cecilia Says:

    Thanks a lot for the ideas, beautiful.

    How long beforehand can you make a veggie and fruit bouquet and how will you make it look nice up until the cermony?
    Thanks:-)

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