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Falling for It

This season, brides are bringing back a classic to add dramatic flair to their wedding day. The versatile cascading bouquet can fit any decor aesthetic—from modern to whimsical to vintage—and make a bold statement as you walk down the aisle.



Naperville Florist created this earthy and textured cascading bouquet. 

SECRET GARDEN “This soft, romantic, almost-ethereal gown craves a bouquet with movement,” says Christine Janda—the owner, principal planner and creative director of Christine Janda Design and Events—of the bouquet she created for a recent photo shoot. “There’s just something effortlessly beautiful about a cascading bouquet. It is perfect for someone with a modern yet whimsical gown and design aesthetic.” In shades of soft pink and ivory, these traditional blooms—including peonies, anemone, astilbe, roses, scabiosa and garden roses—are paired with trailing ivy for a loose and airy feel. “It felt effortless while being extremely chic and packing that wow factor,” Janda adds.

“The beauty in this bouquet is that it is perfectly imperfect in shape by design,” Christine Janda says. “This is a full bouquet, yet it still feels light and airy.” Price upon request

VINTAGE FLAIR For Alissa Markert’s wedding to Joe Bilyeu at the Illini Country Club, Derrick Taylor, president and creative director of Taylor & Co. Events, suggested a cascading bouquet to complement both the bride’s tall stature and her desire for a vintage aesthetic that still felt current. “Everyone in her family had these beautiful cascading bouquets,” he says. “We wanted something timeless like that.” To achieve the look, he incorporated white gardenia peonies, fragrant white O’Hara roses, white Majolica roses, plumosa fern and stephanotis with Swarovski crystal centers. The subtle sparkle in the bouquet played off of the belt on the bride’s lacy off-the-shoulder Pronovias gown and her grandmother’s antique pearls as she walked down the aisle to say her vows.

Derrick Taylor incorporated stephanotis into this lush bouquet, as the flower is a symbol of good fortune and marital happiness. Price upon request


MODERN TWIST The Flower Firm put a contemporary spin on the cascading bouquet for bride Dana Starr’s wedding to Eric Glaser at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. “Dana is very elegant and sophisticated, and at the same time unique,” says Colette Clancy, managing partner and co-founder of The Flower Firm. “We wanted to create a bouquet that reflected that, versus the expected clutch-style bouquet.” The use of phalaenopsis orchids alongside garden roses and ranunculus created clean lines that were mirrored in the floating garlands of orchid blooms that comprised the suspended chuppah. “It was perfect for this upscale, black-tie wedding,” Clancy adds.

The Flower Firm mirrored the clean, contemporary feel of this bouquet with all-white florals throughout the ceremony and reception. Price upon request