Elemental Wedding Bouquets
In this feature, four of Hawaii's most talented floral designers channel the elements in artistic bridal bouquets evoking earth, wind, fire and sea. [image 1] Fong Tagawa has captured the essence of fire in this magnificent bouquet. Gloriosa lilies appear to flicker and dance among "flames" of freesia, Hawaiian red chili peppers and crimson jalapenos. Semi-iridescent beads decorate the handle and add a sparkling touch. [image 2] Yvonne Chapman's earthy dome of fragrant rosemary is accented with lemon grass, delicate berries and silvery succulents and bound with rustic twine for a bohemian effect. Perfect for the eco-chic bride, the succulents can actually be replanted after the wedding. [image 3] This countrified bouquet created by Honolulu floral designer Debbie Hemingway is a cheerful nod to the earth's bountiful harvest. The picture of a summer picnic, it is a medley of tiny crab apples, brussel sprouts, seeded eucalyptus, green button mums, Star of Bethlehem, bersilia and coconut palm fibers. [image 4] The elusive qualities of wind are conveyed in the fluttery petals of white lisianthus and butterfly aster of this hand- tied bouquet. Florist Fong Tagawa introduced delicate blooms of misty statice, feverfew, Queen Anne's lace and, of course, baby's breath for their obvious airy qualities. Blue eryngium thistle punctuates the all-white palette, and a silver wire appears to dance and dodge in playful swirls amid the flowers. [image 5] Showy 'Black Magic' roses work in concert with ruby ranunculuses and fuchsia and white peonies to mimic a blaze of fire in this dazzling display. Eryngium thistle adds a touch of blue seen deep within a flame. In lieu of ribbon, Honolulu florist Terrie Easley cleverly embellished the handle with smoky filaments of Spanish moss known as 'Pele's Hair' after the Hawaiian goddess of fire. [image 6] White coral takes center stage in this arrangement by Debbie Hemingway. The monochromatic palette is a tribute to the ocean's foamy white waves. Blush spray roses add romance when blended with delicate feverfew and flecks of brown fan coral. Dupioni silk and metallic satin ribbons lend a simple shimmer of sea glass blue.