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A bouquet by NATIVE POPPY. PHOTO: Megan Lynn.

In Full Bloom

by slh

This spring, brides are ditching the monochromatic compact bouquet for the more-is-more version, according to a few of California’s go-to florists.

“I’m getting fewer and fewer requests for all white or a single shade,” says Natalie Bowen Brookshire of San Francisco’s Natalie Bowen Designs. “Brides are open to much more color.” For added elegance, layers of hand-dyed silk or chiffon ribbon are perfect for tying up the bouquet, attests Natalie Gill of San Diego-based Native Poppy. Not changing? “Peonies are still a classic—so big and bold, yet still feminine and soft. Locally grown garden roses are also huge right now. Distant Drums and Koko Loko are some of the most popular varieties,” says Gill. “My brides are loving big blooms and lots of deep-green vines and wild, unruly foliage.” nataliebowendesigns.com; nativepoppy.com

Edited by Andrea Stanford.