BEYOND THE BLOOM: Who ever said your centerpieces have to be made of flowers? We love the sometimes rustic, sometimes elegant, always creative ways florists are using non-floral elements to design eye-catching arrangements for the cold-weather season. Photography by Brett Thomas.
Plants and branches that look like they were just foraged the day of your wedding give an earthy, pretty look to your tablescapes. Centerpiece of birch branches, Old Man’s Beard moss, lamb’s ear, amethyst basil, ‘Silver Scrolls’ heuchera, ‘Earth Stars’ cryptanthus, fern-leaf lavender and coleus in a locally foraged tree stump, starting at $250, created by Sullivan Owen, Philadelphia.
Blooms crafted out of different fabrics make for a different kind of floral centerpiece in a gorgeous array of textures and colors. Centerpiece of flowers made from patterned blue, dark green and sage green felt, burlap, multicolored yarn, cardstock and wool, accented with patterned thumbtacks and placed in a tin tomato can on a vintage-treated wooden crate, along with a glass vase wrapped in patterned vellum with a wooden table number, around $350, created by Papertini Floral & Event Design, Philadelphia.
Veggies aren’t just for your guests’ salads—chat with your florist about how to incorporate them into your decor for a surprising twist on your greens. Centerpiece of bell peppers, broccolini, chives, artichokes, green hypericum berries, white kale and dusty miller, with a silver gazing ball in the center, around $250, created by Pure Design, Philadelphia.
Add a little glitz and glamour to your reception with all-white centerpieces adorned with sparkle and pearls. Centerpiece of vintage Fenton hobnail milk glass and ceramic bisque vessels, white-lacquered and glitter-glazed fruit, pearl strands and oversized pearl beads, pearl-wrapped votives, white birch branches and a hand-cut table number beaded with pearls, around $350, created by La Petite Fleur Weddings & Events, Abington.
Clusters of tiny arrangements are a charming and understated way to adorn your tables. Centerpiece of sedum, echeveria and jade succulents in antique copper vessels, around $250 for the group, created by Hana & Posy, Philadelphia.