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Spring Flowers – What’s In Season | Virginia Wedding

If you want the inside scoop on what flowers are in season when talk to a flower farmer. As a former flower farmer myself, I reference my harvest logs from the past few years every time I write a proposal so I can give you a super in-depth understanding of what will be available on your wedding date. That isn’t to say I can guarantee it 100%, Mother nature is fickle, but I can look at week to week what I was cutting and make a pretty accurate educated guess. Regarding spring flowers, we are working with some of the most gorgeous blooms of the year. Flowers like tulips, poppies, hyacinths, hellebores, ranunculus, and anemones are all in season in the spring. I am like a kid in a candy shop in the flower markets in April.

In Virginia, the flowers start to bloom starting in late March. Before then we are treated to some gorgeous daffodils, forsythia, hellebores, and hyacinths but the flowers start pumping out as it gets that little warmth of spring. The warmer days and the cool nights are the perfect weather for flowers that grow from bulbs and woody species like quince, apple blossoms, and spirea.

Hyacinth, hellebore, spirea spring flower arrangement

Credit: Rebecca Burt Photography

We also are treated to the legendary ranunculus, an all-time favorite wedding flower, loved for its delicate spiraling petals and juicy colors. With so many varieties to choose from between the super large Cloni species, the multi-colored Bianco Striatos, and even the whimsical butterfly ranunculus if I had my way and an unlimited budget I would create entire aisle meadows of just ranunculus.

Hellebore, poppy common house

Credit: Rebecca Burt Photography

Another favorite for spring flowers is Icelandic Poppies. These color pops on thin, Dr. Seuss stems are a real risk if you are getting them shipped in from abroad. With a shorter vase life and more delicate treatment needed, I only use locally grown poppies. That way I know exactly when and how they have been harvested so I can guarantee them lasting your entire wedding day. I suggest using poppies for your inside receptions not risking them outside for your ceremony.

bridal bouquet

Credit: Rebecca Burt Photography

I think tulips are sometimes overlooked as wedding flowers, more often seen in Mother’s Day bouquets or everyday floristry but I think that’s just a wasted opportunity for beauty. The growers I work with are cultivating more and more funky varieties of tulips with double rows of petals, fringed edges, and ombre colors that are perfect for weddings. Plus, nothing is better than a reflexed tulip growing up out of an arrangement. Fun fact, tulips continue growing after they are cut so don’t worry if they push a few inches up into the air above your centerpiece, it’s all natural!

cherry blossoms, hyacinth, hellebore spring flowers

Credit: Rebecca Burt Photography

Our design style embraces the seasonality of flowers because we believe using locally grown, in-season flowers only enhances your wedding. The flowers look natural and cohesive with the surroundings of your venue instead of clashing. Check out our portfolio pages for examples of weddings in all different seasons!

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