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Spring is here!  OK, it’s not yet here calendar-wise, but the days are longer, temperatures have risen, the stores are full of summer clothes and bunnies, and the earliest snowdrops and crocuses are beginning to bloom in our gardens. We’re in the mood for spring. Therefore, let’s take a look at some of the gorgeous flowers of spring that work for weddings. You might be surprised at some. However, we’re not going to cover two of the most beautiful spring flowers, tulips and peonies, because they’re now pretty much ubiquitous in weddings at any time of the year. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a wonderful thing, but let’s look at some of the other flowers out there.

Spring flowers break down into a few basic categories: branches, bulbs, and stems. Cherry blossoms are classic spring flowers that are honored in festivals all over the world, and they can make an incredible impression at your wedding.

Isn’t that amazing?  Now, it’s a little difficult to find a site that happens to feature cherry trees (this one happens to be in Georgia), and then to reserve a date when the trees happen to be in bloom, but you can be inspired by it.

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Image via Pinterest.com

Or, if cherry blossoms aren’t your thing, there are many other branches you can use at your wedding, and how you use them determines the style. You can have an elegant and modern style, as in the photo above, or you can try simple and rustic with flowering dogwood branches in an oversized jug:

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Photography by Landon Jacobs

Apple blossoms look very similar to cherry blossoms, but they’re often fluffier, more casual, and they look striking mixed with crystal, peach roses and candelabras in a rustic barn setting.

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Photography by Mango Studios

You may be more familiar with flowering quince from your garden, but here its peach flowers are gorgeous in a centerpiece:

And everyone on Long Island is familiar with the blazing yellow of blooming forsythia bushes in early spring, but did you ever think of using them as a wedding flower? Yellow is trending as a wedding color.

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Photography by Carlie Statsky

Finally, lilacs are a spring-flowering woody plant, but they don’t work as long branches. They do, however, make incredibly fragrant low centerpieces, or can be incorporated into bouquets or other arrangements.

And that’s just the branches!  We still need to cover bulbs and stems. My own personal favorite flower is the daffodil. Wordsworth wrote:

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Daffodils are a beautiful wedding flower—and again, yellow is a great modern choice for weddings. But daffodils don’t have to be all yellow, they come in white, pink and orange tones.

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Photography by Kat Hill

My second favorite spring flower is the lily of the valley, a very traditional wedding flower, carried by  both film and future royalty: Grace Kelly and Kate Middleton.

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Michelle Lange Photography

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Kathi Littwin Photography

Hyacinths are another fragrant spring flower, and they’re surprisingly versatile. First there are the small bulbs known as grape hyacinths, or muscari. They’re called “grape” because they’re most common in a purple-blue color, but muscari are also available in pale blue, white and pink.

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Image via Basingstoke Weddings

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Photography via Erika Parker

Then there are the flowers more commonly called hyacinths, which come in a rainbow of colors.

And this modern suspended floral wreath is made from individual pink hyacinth flowers:

Finally, spring flowers also come in “ordinary” stems in flowers such as sweet peas, a wonderfully romantic and classic wedding flower that is available in a variety of colors, from white to pink to coral to purple.

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Erin Kate Photography

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Sweet Monday Photography

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Gina Petersen Photography

Whether you’re planning a spring wedding, or a wedding in any other season, give Bella Flowers a call at (631) 271-7050 to set up your appointment and be thrilled with what we can do for you. And get out there and enjoy the beautiful new spring flowers.