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d e ta i l s , d e ta i l s f lo w e rs Slightly wild but romantically elegant, the English garden style is one of the hottest floral trends this year. By Kara Franker // Photography by Karla Korn Wild at Heart GREEN WITH ENVY The cream-and-green color palette works especially well in outdoor venues. 84 M O D ER N LUXU RY B RI D ES SO UTH FLO RI DA AN D TH E C ARI B B E AN

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Kara Franker

Slightly wild but romantically elegant, the English garden style is one of the hottest floral trends this year.

Old IS new again as brides dream of creating a vintage atmosphere for wedding guests, full of history and romance. Their inspirations: a little bit Downton Abbey, a little bit storybook.

"The English garden style can be done several ways," says Diana Gdula of Pistils & Petals (1060 Alton Road, Miami Beach, "The look can be soft if you use lots of blush, ivory and pastels—or moody and sensual if you use jewel tones and deep berry tinges."

Weddings that once featured colors that were bold and glam are now delicate and airy, like a page torn out of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic novel The Secret Garden. "Brides are no longer calling for the big hydrangeas and standard floral arrangements," says Debora Maale with Orange Blossoms Florals (8100 Belvedere Road, Suite 5, West Palm Beach, "We love how this traditional trend is becoming new again."

And it's not just about the centerpieces; this look is about the entire design, layout and flow. Tailoring color palettes and textures is the key technique that will truly bring this storybook vision to life—from the furnishings, lighting and linens to the flowers and vintage containers. "We've gone from a monochromatic and deconstructed look, into a romantic garden fusion with a softer, wilder ambience," says Gdula.

The garden trend isn't the easiest to implement because these flowers typically grow in the crisp and temperate climate of the European countryside, as opposed to the tropical varieties that are indigenous to South Florida. To make it work, local florists import flowers from across the pond and store them in state-of-the-art coolers to keep them fresh and poised.

"Even though we import the flowers, the look works well here because the garden theme blends naturally with the tropical scenery," says Gdula. "The best way to make the trend work is through location. If a bride picks the right venue, usually outdoors, then it works beautifully."

For a recent Palm Beach wedding, Maale and her team at Orange Blossoms Florals transformed two tents into a fairy-tale garden oasis. "We added standard greens to the ceiling of the tents, as well as hanging amaranths, seeded eucalypti and suspended blooms along with grapevines." The team finished the look with vintage-styled table settings and floral containers featuring textured arrangements with peonies, garden roses, dahlias, anemones and astilbes.

Gdula and her team at Pistils & Petals like to use a similar lineup of flowers, plus tulips, clematis, poppies, sweat peas and topiaries. "The final vision becomes an emotional and romantic moment," says Gdula, "and the bride's dream comes to life."

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