Guest blog post by Kristina Oh of Fleure Studio. Featuring images from our recent editorial at Common House.
When it comes to florals, I love a grand display full of bloom but recently I’ve been drawn to the minimalist designs of ikebana. They offer something that not all floral designs offer – space. Today I have friend and RVA florist, Kristina answering a few questions about working with a budget, ikebana designs, and she even offers tips!
A: For budget friendly brides, I usually recommend going smaller on bridesmaid’s bouquets, and going for more of an impact with the bridal bouquet. This can also allow room for a ceremony installation piece of some sort if budget allows.
As for the reception, some beautiful cost effective options are to use clusters of bud vases (or small ikebanas) and candles instead of centerpieces. I also recommend playing around and mixing up the tables to maybe having every other table receive a centerpiece, and the others receiving bud vases.
A: I think we’re constantly overstimulated in our daily lives, leaving us starved to reconnect with nature and yearning for a bit of stillness – at least, I am! The art of ikebana focuses on highlighting the use of negative space in arrangements and it seeks to capture the essence of every flower, stem, and foliage used in the arrangement. I think this level of intentionality really connects with the viewer and can help give them a sense of peace and wonder.
A: It’s made me more intentional with my designs because every flower, and stem counts. Their placement greatly matters when they are all more visible, so you really have to balance planning out your designs, while also learning to let go and work with the flowers themselves. Attaining balance is what I strive for!
Side note: I also want to mention that ikebana style designs, or more minimalistic designs in general, don’t necessarily equate to being more “cost effective/saving money” since it can increase labor costs as the designer has to be really intentional with their designs and the mechanics they use. Surprisingly, I actually find it easier to design a standard centerpiece than a minimal, ikebana style arrangement since there is more visibility and you’re literally sculpting something. Just wanted to mention that!
To inquire with Kristina for your wedding or next event click here.
Planner: Swoon Soiree
Photography: Alex Krall Photography
Venue: Common House RVA
Florist: Fleure Studio
HAMU: Nicole Laughlin MUA & Co.
Stationery: Curious Fox Press