7 Desert-Inspired Bouquets for the Big Day

Good morning from the desert. A gentle light creeps over the dry earth. Pinks, blues, oranges and greens blur the skyline. Stop, breathe. This is it. These are the hues your wedding bouquet is waiting for.

Photographer Heather Nan gathers her favorite florists for a day of floral fun at the Natural History Museum of Utah. “Finally, color is coming back into weddings, but they’re more muted and warm, much like a desert sunrise,” Nan says. 

Carpe Diem Floral, La Fête Floral & Events, Lizy Bowden Floral Design, Amber Reverie and Tinge Floral unveil fabulous forages—tied with hand-dyed silk ribbon from Frou Frou Chic. The result? Happy hues, all reflecting the beauty of Utah’s desert sunrise.



Lively green makes for a fresh and fragrant bunch of gunni eucalyptus, spirea, veronica, garden roses, jasmine. All thanks to Lizy Bowden.

Spaghetti strap, deep-back silk organza gown by Allure Bridal, $1,100, The Perfect Dress, Holladay; Roberto Coin Oro Classic Cuff in 18kt rose gold, $6,900; Roberto Coin Oro Classic Link Ring with diamonds, $4,900; Roberto Coin Concentric Earrings in 18kt rose gold, by Pomellato, $3,540, O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC


Full-blown dahlia and garden roses take center stage in this bouquet designed by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral. Celosia, hops and eucalyptus provide a harmonious backup.

Peplum gown with off-shoulder neckline I.O.P gown, NeWhite, $2,725, thenewhite.com; Roberto Coin Anello Golden Gate Ring in 18kt yellow gold, $2,400; Roberto Coin “Y” Earrings in 18kt yellow gold, $1,700, O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC


Amber Reverie agrees that dried flowers are all the rage right now. Echinops is a standout pod in the dried-bloom revolution. Here, limonium, feather grasses and begonia offer lightweight volume for a petite posy.

Hudson gown by Laudae features a sweetheart neckline, rose chantilly lace and a slit skirt, $2,330, The Bridal Studio, SLC; Sashi floral earrings, zappos.com


Finally, orange makes an appearance at the altar. Allison Baddley of La Fête Floral & Design combines all her favorite citrusy sun-up hues, including dahlias, garden roses, gomphrena, ranunculus, bittersweet and ornithogalum.

Long sleeve illusion lace gown by Justin Alexander, $2000, The Perfect Dress, Holladay; Kwiat Fidelity Hoops with diamonds in 18kt white gold, $7,900; Kwiat Starry Night Ring with diamonds in 18kt white gold, $3,750, both from O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC


Warm and fuzzy feelings all over. Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral breaks out all the textural options—from velvety to smooth—with bunny tails, peppergrass, garden roses and celosia.

Bow-tie top gown, NeWhite, $2,975, thenewhite.com; Roberto Coin Classica Parisienne Earrings with diamonds in 18kt yellow gold, $2,500; Sethi Couture Baguette Ring with diamonds in 18kt yellow gold, $8,800, O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC


Lexie Sandberg of Carpe Diem

Floral captures yellow’s spicy break-of-day hues using football mums, coxcomb, huechera, scabiosa, echinacea, ranunculus, zinnia and date palm berries.

Modern, backless stretch crepe sheath Inis gown by Kate Mcdonald, $2,800, The Bridal Studio, SLC; Kate Spade New York Raise the Bar drop earrings, $78, Nordstrom at Fashion Place Mall, Murray


What’s a  glorious dawn without puffy, white clouds to greet it? Florist Lizy Bowden pulls together anemones, cosmos, astilbes, and parrot tulips, along with bleached bunny tails, Italian Ruscus and thistle.

Ivory silk chiffon overlay dress by Leanne Marshall gown, $1,600, Alta Moda Bridal, SLC; Roberto Coin 8-row, cross-over ring with diamonds in 18kt rose and white gold, $21,000, O.C. Tanner Jewelers, SLC


Photography and Styling: Heather Nan | @heathernan
Hair: Randi Hieb | Dexterity Salon
Makeup: Kristen Packard | @kristenpackardartistry 
Models: Apio B. and Ame H., Niya Models | @niyamodels
Lizy Bowden | @lizybowden
Tinge Floral | @tingefloral
Amber Reverie | @amberreverie
La Fête Floral & Design | @lafetefloral
Carpe Diem Floral | @carpediemfloral

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