Gemmy florals take root as pastels fade in popularity

Gemmy florals take root as pastels fade in popularity

Blushing brides and grooms step aside-well, blush flowers that is.

Though romantic, rosy lights are still going strong when it comes to a bride's floral arrangement, a turn for the depth of jewel tones is an emergent trend now seen all year-round.

Kim Meacham, owner and floral artist at The Paper Daisy Flower Boutique, has seen the trend crop up with customers and attributes its start to a need for a converse to the current bohemian style-wedding.

"People still want that bohemian look, but they want a new twist on it. So, I think having brighter, more saturated colors, but still having that woodland sprite, flower fairy feel is super on trend," says Meacham.

Erin McCammon, floral consultant at The Flowerman, associates the trend with Pantone's predictions.

"We often take longer to see trends than the West Coast. So, Marsala, a burgundy color, was the color of the year in 2015 and we're just starting to see it and other jewel tones really pick up in Columbus," says McCammon.

Now that jewel tones are spotted in weddings year-round, Meacham recommends warding off the wintry look that jewel tones can give by adding more greenery within arrangements in the spring and summer.

As for other complementary elements, Jill Elmore, floral designer at Connells Maple Lee, likes to add accents like peacock feathers into bouquets. And for a play off of the color family's name, Elmore often pins faux jewels on petals.

Complementing jewel tones, however, means nothing if the shade and texture of bloom isn't right for a couple.

When it comes to choosing a variety of flower, Meacham suggests protea, a light fuchsia- to red-colored tropical for the untraditional bride. "Tropical proteas have those jewel tones in them but they have a little bit of a softer feel to them...it's just really fun and has really cool texture," she says.

Other gem-tone picks include dahlias, lisianthus, gerbera daisies and calla lilies. But it's no coincidence that these floral varieties tend to come in similar shades. "When we do jewel tones, we do a lot of the purples and the red to burgundy tones-I mean the really rich jewel tones-rather than a yellow or an orange," Elmore says.

McCammon predicts that the jewel tone trend will remain strong throughout 2016 and 2017 and notes that the color family pairs well with former popular pick, blush pastels.

So maybe the blushes don't need to step aside completely.