Planning & Inspiration

Floral Crown for Engagement Photo Shoot

floral-crown-recipe-brideBride-to-be Lauren asked us to create a floral crown for her engagement shoot and we were more than happy to say yes! Flower crowns are wildly popular with chic brides right now. Wearing blooms close to the face brings out every woman’s natural beauty and evokes tradition; adorning hair with fresh flowers, for weddings and festivals, was just as on-trend in ancient Greece and Medieval Europe as it is today.

We got to know Lauren’s lovely sense of style while working on designs for her big day next June. For this engagement session, she envisioned blush roses and shared an inspiration image from a gorgeous French wedding. Instead of standard roses, we suggested delicate, light-pink spray roses, and ethereal baby’s breath. Cool-toned, seeded eucalyptus complimented the intricate, ivory petals of tiny wildflowers, including poetically-named astrantia million stars. Fresh and romantic, the finished crown looked perfect with Lauren’s “lob,” worn in gentle waves.

Inspired to try a DIY? If you follow us on Instagram, you know I love to whip up floral crowns to adorn anyone who happens to be around. Of course it takes a practice to make a wedding-worthy crown, but even first time efforts are pretty enough to warrant an iPhone photo session. Try it!

  • Gather some flowers and greenery. Wildflowers, bodega flowers, or a few of the roses he sent all work great.
  • Trim each stem to a few inches and remove any thorns and excess stems or leaves.
  • You’ll need a few simple tools: floral tape and wire, clippers, a small knife or scissors, and some pretty ribbon.
  • Begin by twisting several lengths of floral wire together, to form a headband shape, making loops at each end.
  • Carefully arrange a stem or two against the floral-wire base, securing with tape. Keep going!
  • Create clusters of flowers at your crown’s focal points, by layering several types of blooms, securing each stem as you go, until you get a shape you love.
  • Surround your largest blooms with smaller flowers, then frame with greenery, to add texture and interest.
  • When flowers looks right, tie ribbons to each end-loop. This will let you adjust fit.
  • Try it on and check yourself out in the mirror. Depending on your face shape and hairstyle, you may want to wear your floral wreath high on the crown of your head, or lower over your forehead.
  • Selfie time! Use the tag #floralcrown to share on Instagram (we’re addicted to browsing that tag for inspiration!). Tag us @brideandblossom and we’ll share your creations!

Click through the gallery to watch Lauren’s flower crown come together and to see the adorable white dress she wore for her engagement session. We can’t wait to see the final photos!

Inspiration shot by photographer Logan Cole on Green Wedding Shoes.