You can have a stunning setting and the most beautiful dress, but we all know what makes a wedding perfect: the flowers. As plans for the big day start to peak this time of year, our veteran floral studio manager Opal Sullivan enjoys watching the latest wedding trends–in everything from unusual themes to colors palettes to specific flowers. As leaders in floral design, Roger’s Gardens always is far ahead of other florists and wedding planners when it comes to fulfilling brides’ dreams and wishes for their nuptial flowers and arrangements.

“It’s important to me that everything flows and there’s continuity with the flowers along with all aspects of the wedding,” said Sullivan, who also consults with brides and their families. “I want my brides to absolutely love their flowers and their day.”

Although she loves learning about the latest trends, Sullivan will advise young brides-to-be to at least consider going classic.

“There are always the new trends, and we love them and can help brides with almost anything they envision,” Sullivan said. “But we also create classic, romantic themes and flowers, with creamy whites, light greens and occasional pinks.”

“They just never go out of style,” she said. “And I can guarantee that you will never look back at your wedding photos and think, ‘Oh my, what was I thinking?’”

One of the most popular trends Sullivan has seen so far this spring has actually been more of a slight twist on the classic theme. Brides are asking for highly romantic styles and colors with an emphasis on natural, organic and vintage styles combined with aromatic herbs.

To create the looser, vintage look, Sullivan features her tabletop bouquets in eclectic, rustic containers, such as Italian moss pottery, vases with crackled glazes and even glass canning jars.

Along with dramatic candelabras, mercury glass vases and lots of old silver, the effect is pure garden wedding—elegant, yet casual and celebratory.

Many brides are including peaches, corals and sherbet oranges along with softer whites and greens. A few prefer to turn up the color by popping in more saturated shades of orange, eggplant and green, depending upon their overall color choices.

To create the fresh, soft feel of a summer day, Sullivan says she and her floral designers draw heavily on antique garden and spray roses, peonies when available, and the ever-charming sweet peas.  Fragrant herbs, such as lavender, sage and rosemary, also are often in the mix.


“Many of our brides want more of a relaxed black-tie affair. They are more into bringing the natural outdoors inside, and using a variety of elements to personalize their weddings,” Sullivan said.

“I’m seeing more brides wanting to be involved in more aspects of the wedding itself,” she said. “They want to make it more personal and heartfelt for their guests.”

The Floral Studio at Roger’s Gardens offers a full range of services; whether you want to purchase fresh flowers for your home, send a bouquet to a friend or to compliment a party, gala, wedding or almost any type of event. For weddings, the Floral Studio offers complimentary consultations with brides-to-be and their families. For more information, call 949.640.5800.