Google+ Introducing Katie Elfers, Florist - Southern Weddings

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Today, we bring you a very special treat.  {Katie Elfers}, floral diva extraordinare, has been kind enough to share her vast knowledge of flowers and design with all of us today.  Based in Northern Kentucky, Katie has an eye for Southern classiness and an ability combine very unique textures, organic elements and flowers.  Photography by the amazing Tine Hoffman of {TM Photography}.  Enjoy!

From Katie: A lot of brides will come to me not knowing what they want or when we start talking flowers, they don’t know their options beyond roses.  I love these opportunities to share the vast selection available in wedding flowers.  I really enjoy coming up with a design truly unique to each client and finding ways to include elements of their personalities through the flowers we choose.  I always encourage couples to tell me about each other and their wedding using as many adjectives and descriptive words as possible.  This way I can make recommendations on what flowers can really bring out the vibe that really defines their wedding and them as a couple. 
For the bouquets pictured, I chose a few key blooms and then mixed and matched their different defining characteristics for a coordinated, but not “matching” look.  The pink undertones of the succulent blossom dictated the shades of the roses and parrot tulips while their general shape provided a sense of contrast.  The orange and green undertones of a Mango Calla Lily give me direction in choosing the tone of the orange roses while green cymbidium orchids and hellebore blooms to provide that sense of complimentary color mixing.  Then I look to something a little unexpected to finish off the design.  From feathers and rhinestones to twigs and pebbles, I try to find a small detail of the flowers that could otherwise go unnoticed and use it as inspiration for finding a way to make the whole bouquet coordinated.

In designing with flowers, I prefer to take a less structured approach.  By observing the way flowers and plants grow and mix together in nature I can get a sense for how to group flowers and keep a more organic feeling to the design.  For those who are looking to DIY some of their own flowers, a simple trick is to group flowers in odd numbers.  This keeps the flowers visually appealing and balanced.  By not having to match exact colors or force a certain design or pattern the finished product is elegant and beautiful, yet still approachable and personal.

Thanks so much Katie! Be sure to visit her {blog} for more floral inspiration.


Written with love by Southern Weddings
  1. avatar Katie Elfers reply

    Thanks again Rachel, Laura & everyone at SWS. Seriously humbled to be in such good company!

  2. avatar Carrie E reply

    Katie is my florist for my upcoming wedding in January. I feel completely honored to work with her, and am so excited to see my vision merge with her talent. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky brides, you can trust you’re in good hands with Katie!

  3. avatar stephanie s reply

    Katie was my florist a few weeks ago for my wedding. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I was with her services. She went above and beyond the call of duty. My flowers were AMAZING and so was she. They were super high-end without the high-end price tag. I would recommend her over and over again. The girl has talent!

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