"Styled shoots are the time where we can really break out new ideas as florists! We dream up our biggest and best ideas that translate very over-the-top and avant garde, which are really fun to look at, but may seem a little "much" to the normal eye. The great thing about styled shoots is that we can take some of the new up-and-coming ideas and scale them back into a more fitting style for local couples. I decided to play with shades of purples and ivory, both of which are colors that I think are going to make a big splash in the next few years. Purple, both a color that works well with cool or warm undertones, is a familiar, approachable, and yet, trendy color works for the Bride who is excited about neon pops of color or wants something more understated and soft. There is a huge variety of flowers that are naturally purple, so you'll never be bored with floral combinations. In this shoot we decided to take the color purple through its full color story ranging from the softest lavender to the richest indigo. This gives tons of dimension to the flowers and makes each piece pop and lift off the image in pictures. Ivory has gradually become the new white when it comes to weddings, so to play on that aspect, I played with the greige color family. Yes, you read that right...greige. A swirly combination of ivory, beige, and gray, this color compliments any color it is paired with a matches perfect with tuxes and suits of all styles and colors. One really neat feature we did was create a giant floral plank that could be used first to frame the couple at the ceremony and then can be removed and placed lower on a King's table. This is sure to be a WOW piece that gets you a two-for-one deal!" - Maggie Milby IMF (Thistles Wedding Coordinator)

LOCATION: Pella, Iowa Downtown District (Pella, Iowa)

COLORS: Shades of Purple, Greige, Ivory, and Clear Glass Accents

PHOTOGRAPHER: Megan Rochelle Photography