Well..... I'm going to go out on a limb here by admitting that I rather quite like cascading bouquets. They have been out of fashion for so long that I think it's about time we revisited this flower style. Mind you, I'm not speaking of the stiff cascades that seemed to be immensely popular in the 1940's, 50's and 60's. Unfortunately the poor flowers were wired to near death and had no natural flow or feeling to them.
When meeting with a bride, if I sense she might be open to the idea, I love to suggest a contemporary version of the cascade. Our bouquet would be looser and softer, with oodles of style and personality.
A gorgeous bouquet of orange, apricot and ivory roses with chinese lantern branches. Such a beautiful idea for an early autumn/Indian summer wedding.
What an incredibly sumptuous gathering of sweet peas. I think this would be divine to hold. It's not heavy, but it would feel luxurious and it's definitely gorgeous.
Again, sweet peas. This time covered with fine netting. Love it !
Classically speaking..... a bride should be tall, and her dress quite full and dramatic to carry a full cascade. However, as you can see in the photos above, even a simply styled, modern dress can carry this look.
Now, if you happen to be 5'6'' or shorter, simply adjust the volume and cascade of flowers to a level that gives balance and good proportion . The idea is to have a soft flow of flowers. So even if it's just a few dangles of ivy trails or vines, it will be elegant.
Stephanotis vines with leaves.
An eclectic bouquet of cattleya orchids, jasmine vines, ferns, lily of the valley and lady slipper orchids.
Admittedly they can be cost prohibitive as they're very labour intensive. At our studio, a full cascade bouquet starts at $ 250.00. But they are beautiful, romantic and extremely chic.
A cascade of bougainvillea blossoms. I'm in love with this bouquet. It is so rare and so lush.
A classic bride, full skirt dress and romantic surroundings. A perfect combination for an extravagant bouquet of foliages and trailing ivy.
Another example of a contemporary fall featuring orchids and stephanotis vines. Exquisite.
Bride's attendant.... great look and wonderful bouquet.
A beautifully arranged cascade featuring roses, vines and gardenias.
So, if you are in the midst of planning for your wedding and your flowers, do give some consideration to this loveliest of lovely bouquet styles. It is sophisticated, elegant and romantic. And may I add, a fashionable choice right about now.