Nancy Liu Chin: Favorite Bouquets
Happy Tuesday! I can’t believe it’s been 4 weeks already but today is the last Tuesday in June which means this will be Nancy Liu Chin‘s last guest post with us. Today Nancy tells us about her favorite wedding bouquets…
People are always wondering what my favorite bouquets are. Over the years, we’ve designed over a thousand bouquets and delivered more than 300 bridal bouquets. It’s hard to narrow down what makes a bouquet stand out. Is it the combination of flowers? Or the color? Or simply the design?
To me, a bouquet for the bride, bridesmaid, mothers, or flower girl usually stands out because of some sentimental memory associated with the client that I was designing it for, the challenging design or because of its unique combination. There are just so many reasons why a bouquet stands out to me. Here are a few bouquets that I will never forget…
(photo credits: left image by Kevin Chin, right image by Tu Photography)
Above Left: This purple hand bag was done for a magazine. It was one of my first attempts at creating a handbag for a bride instead of your typically hand tied bouquet. The balance of colors with textural elements and that wonderful wooden bamboo handle – love.
Above Right: I adore this photo of the groom looking into the sunshine with the bridal bouquet which was earthy, airy, soft and romantic. The bride, Brooke, was a darling person and I loved her by-the-seashore wedding. I’ll never forget the pleating that took me an hour to do for the handle and the special brooch.
(photo credits: left image by Lisa Lefkowitz, right image by Elisabeth Fall)
Above Left: Who doesn’t love a dramatic bouquet? This all-deep-burgundy-peonies bouquet with mini callas and jasmine vines was perfect. Against Nishka’s Indian Sari it was even more breathtaking. I’ve never wanted to redo this bouquet because I know it will never be as well balanced.
Above Right: Can a bouquet ever be too colorful? I think color can still be classic and this bridal bouquet for my client, Eileen was just like her – full of passion, love, and cheerfulness. For Eileen’s fall wedding, it worked! It really did.
(photo credits: left image by Lisa Leigh, right image by James Sander)
Above Left: When people say green, red and white, it instantly sounds like an arrangement for Christmas. This bouquet was challenging because it wasn’t for a holiday yet it had to look a bit asian, a bit classic, and definitely not remotely “CHRISTMAS”. A tough combination but in the end, I loved it.
Above Right: So it’s not a bridal bouquet. It’s actually a ring bearer pillow but it’s one of those details that I enjoy making. This one was just so cute with it’s horsetail sides and green pom pom center. Who wouldn’t want to carry one of these?
(photo credits: both images by Lisa Leigh)
Above Left: Once again, it isn’t a bridal bouquet but a flower girl handbag that makes this list. I couldn’t forget this adorable orange purse with a few simple pink Ranunculus. It was made for a photo shoot and remains one of my favorites which leads me to believe that less is indeed more. I’m not the only one that liked it, Today’s Bride featured it.
Above Right: I don’t think this all-yellow bouquet has ever been featured on any of my websites, my portfolio or blogs. It’s been a personal favorite because it’s so hard to get open yellow lilies. Each one had to be wired together. And of course the paper ribbon in black and white scroll with yellow really made it. It’s a really simple bouquet but very few people would ever think to make it out of Oriental Yellow Lilies. That’s why I love it.
(photo credits: left image courtesy of Nancy Liu Chin Designs, right image by Lefkowitz)
Above Left: This bouquet for my client Stella was fun to do. I guess I remember it because the bride literally instructed me to make it the way I would make it for myself. And with that, I just picked everything I loved from clover, roses, sweet peas and snowberries. It was delightful and had this amazing movement to it. So perfect for that natural bride. This bouquet was also once featured in a magazine article.
Above Right: Another standout bouquet which many brides have seen in our website is this bouquet for invitation designer, Lisa Wong Jackson. Once again I was instructed to make something that was creative. That week when I went to the market I bought anything that caught my eye including fiddlehead, onion alium, geranium, double lisianthus, South African berzilias and so much more. It was complex, wild yet tailored, airy, light, romantic and outdoorsy. It’s no wonder that Lisa + Nick’s wedding was featured in several magazines. It was full of contradiction and remains one of my ‘Hall of Fame’ flowers which I will never repeat because it’s iconic.
Thanks so much Nancy! It’s been a pleasure having you here this month!