Things to Consider When Choosing Summer Wedding Florals

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So, you’re planning a summer wedding? I LOVE summer weddings because there’s so much extra daylight, plus golden hour just has an extra magical feeling in the summertime! Choosing wedding flowers for a summer wedding can be tricky because the options are pretty much endless! Still, you have to be mindful of delicate flowers like peonies and hydrangeas, as they can quickly wilt in the hot summer sun! Here are some of the top tips I’ve learned from being in the wedding industry for 10+ years, and some things to keep in mind when you’re planning your summer wedding florals. 

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When You Should Have Your Florals Chosen

Your wedding florist will probably tell you this, but it’s really important to have florals finalized one month before your wedding. Once you’ve nailed down your guest count and your chosen flowers, placing the floral order ASAP ensures you’ll get exactly what you want. Summertime is extremely busy for wedding vendors, and that includes flower farms! I’d definitely recommend hiring a florist to help you, especially if you’re looking for high-demand flowers. They’ll be able to source larger quantities of high-quality flowers due to their existing relationships with flower farms. If you need to make adjustments, or find some alternatives, it really helps to have a buffer of time (instead of a handful of days). 

Summer Wedding flower inspiration

My Favorite Orange County Florists

If you’re still looking for an Orange County florist, I’ve worked with quite a few through the years and here are some of my favorites! Los Angeles Floral Couture is amazing! They’re an award-winning florist in the area, and their creations are truly breathtaking. Julep Bloom Design is another award-winning florist who’s so great to work with! Amne is an absolute perfectionist! She and her team will not stop until everything looks exactly how you dreamed it would! There are so many incredible florists in the Orange County area, so this is by no means a comprehensive list! 

Summer Wedding Flower inspiration


Summer wedding flowers come in SO many different shapes, colors, and sizes! There’s truly something out there for every wedding style! Some of my favorite summer florals are hydrangeas, peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, and orchids! Whether you’re going for a beach-style wedding, or an elegant garden party vibe, check out some gorgeous summer floral inspiration below from weddings I have previously shot! 

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Bridesmaid dress inspiration

Now that you’ve gathered flower inspiration for your summer wedding, and hopefully have a florist in mind, it’s time to book other vendors! If you’re loving the photos shared throughout this blog, then consider hiring me as your wedding photographer! Use this link to get in touch or check out more of my work on Instagram here!

I have so many more wedding planning tips and inspiration to share with you, like my post about bridesmaid dress inspo or some Southern California wedding venue spots I love!   

Talk soon! 

Xoxo Shelby

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County, California. As my photography business grew and I got married,
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major Southern California counties.

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