Love in Bloom
From classic designs to seaside bouquets, Cape wedding floral ideas come alive on a visit with Verde Floral Designs in Mashpee Commons.
“Elegant, romantic, and traditional—or beachy, casual, and natural. Those are the words that I hear from Cape brides,” says Jeff Sawyer, owner of Verde Floral Designs. Jeff (in this case Jeff is a woman’s name!) has a passion for flowers—and Cape Cod. After 15 years of success in the corporate world, when she enjoyed the Cape as a getaway, Jeff opened a lovely Mashpee Commons shop where she is finally able to combine both her loves. She particularly enjoys working with Cape brides. “When I ask brides what atmosphere they want at their wedding they all have their own ideas—but almost every bride wants her flowers to reflect that special Cape Cod feeling,” says Jeff.
“Cape brides just love hydrangeas. For a Sea Crest Beach Hotel wedding in Falmouth, we massed a lot of the hydrangeas in different colors of blue, green, and white for the table centerpieces–a simple but just beautiful look with a gorgeous Cape Cod theme. The touch of the bear grass wrapped around the stems and used as a loop accent adds a great coastal touch.”
“For weddings on the Cape, people like flowers that reflect our seaside environment like hydrangeas, roses, and beach grass. We like to wrap the stems with bear grass, which looks beachy, but also hides the stems as well as any sediment from the flowers in the water. We also sometimes wrap the stems with a large Aspidistra leaf for the same effect.”
“Brides often want to do something pretty for the rest rooms and these are very simple, sweet designs that can be done with a single flower like an orchid, or a rose—there are lots of choices. These designs are also good for high cocktail tables.”
“Boutonnieres are all over the place in terms of style. One groom told me he was glad he came to the meeting in the shop about the flowers because if the bride had told him that he was going to be wear a flower on his lapel, he would have said ‘No way!’ We created his simple boutonniere with beach grass, some hypericum berries and a small blossom. On the other hand, we can do boutonnieres with big, full roses—the styles are all over the place. A new thing is colored wire wrapped around the flowers. Boutonnieres are fun to do.”