Floral Spotlight: Lilacs

by jacin on April 11, 2011

Lilacs are some of my favorite flowers, though technically a shrub, they are so delicate and carry a lovely scent. Unfortunately, lilacs only bloom for a few short weeks every Spring (usually in the beginning of May but as early as April here in California and in other warmer climates), so if your timing is right, you can include them in your wedding-day florals. With colors ranging from light purple to dark violet, light pink to white, you have a lot of room to make these match your color palette!

I remember as a little girl I would know that spring had officially arrived in Connecticut once the lilacs bloomed in our backyard, and I loved how the sweet perfume would carry across the yard mixed with the scent of freshly cut grass. Side note: did I mention my father likes to be the first guy in our neighborhood to cut the lawn? It’s a bit of suburb competition, and he wins every year :).

Helpful hint about lilacs that I learned from my local florist: If you purchase branches of lilacs, make sure to cut a slit (about 1″ up) in the bottom of the branch because lilacs need help to drink water. When you get them home, put them in warm water, as this is easier for them to drink and absorb.

Back to the lilacs, let’s take a look at these delicate beauties in wedding action.

Sweet Monday Photography

Events by Ludemas

Paired with lisianthus (more on those next week!)

The Tender Thicket

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Curran Photography

Love the white lilacs.

Holly Chapple Flowers

Floral Artistry

Davina Plus Daniel

Gardening with Soule

Daily Petal

Here’s a DIY lilac bouquet from ProjectWedding:

Look at this cake!

Herbert Harper

And I’m loving these bouts I found on Postcards and Pretties:

Kim Le Photography

And here they are on our dining room table; our blue mason from Mimi never goes empty and I just picked up these lilacs from the farmer’s market last week.

I hope you all have a lovely week!

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

colores April 11, 2011 at 12:09 AM

Oh my GOd, this is more than gorgeous! I love lilacs and the perfume is so intense!! I already saw some lilacs here in Germany in plenty blossom! Surely I will buy a bunch soon!
I have not seen for a long ttime such lovely compositions like this post! congrats!


Maggie Eisenstat {I Do Love It} April 11, 2011 at 5:33 AM

Wow that one from Daily Petal is amazing!! Love the rich purple mixed with the lilac. I’m always a sucker for tone-on-tone. Great round up!


Laura *You Stir Me* April 11, 2011 at 5:50 AM

right there with you. I used to love when all the lilac bushes would bloom around the farm up in NH…I know if I come home in May, there will be a fresh vase of pretty white and purple lilacs waiting for me on my bedside table! So pretty and some of the prettiest smelling spring flowers. So jealous you can get them in April out in California!


Lisa April 11, 2011 at 6:35 AM

The smell of lilac always reminds me of growing up in Virginia, so it is one of my favorite scents! And I always seem to buy lilac scented candles, haha :) I tried to pick a favorite picture, but I couldn’t…I love them all!!
Hope you have a great day!


LAG - Southern Aisle April 11, 2011 at 8:40 AM

I never buy these and I SO should! They make such gorgeous arrangements. Thanks for showing me the light! ;)


Leah April 11, 2011 at 8:44 AM

I love this flower- the color and the scent..ahh! :) Thanks for sharing such pretty images!


anastasia April 11, 2011 at 8:48 AM

i looooove lilacs! there are so many memories tied up in scents, and lilac is lucky to be associated with all things wonderful-springtime and family and climbing trees. i planted two in my yard this year, and though they won’t bloom in earnest for another year or so, the white one looks like it’s sure trying this year! i can hardly wait!


Ghenet April 11, 2011 at 9:30 AM

They are SO gorgeous!! My favorite color is purple so if I’d had a spring wedding, I would have loved to include these. :)


Anna @ Acquainted With The Night April 11, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Ha we love lilacs in my family! I had no idea about the slit up the stem to help them bloom! It would be so hard to plan the wedding around when the lilacs were going to bloom! I’ve thought about it (for fun) and it just seems impossible!
They’re already blooming in Southern CA!


Julie Edmonds April 11, 2011 at 9:53 AM

My parents have a white lilac tree (bush?) in the backyard and the short time it blooms it is the most beautiful thing! these are gorgeous pictures!


Claire April 11, 2011 at 1:00 PM

I think lilacs are SO GORGEOUS.


La Tache April 11, 2011 at 1:07 PM

I love love love the color! It is so beautiful!


Jessica April 11, 2011 at 1:12 PM

The pop of purple is gorgeous, love me some lilacs!


erin * sparkle & hay April 11, 2011 at 3:07 PM

I.LOVE.LILACS!!!! (and am SO ready for some to bloom asap!!!) if i was a spring bride these would definitely be a part of my florals!!!


Marie April 11, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Does anyone know where the bridesmaid dresses in the Sweet Monday Photography picture are from?!
They are gorgeous - and in blue would be perfect for my wedding!


Courtney April 11, 2011 at 7:17 PM

I’m particularly smitten by the Red Lotus Photography and Floral Artistry bouquets. I have a bit of a thing for greenery in bouquets; I can’t explain my love for it.

But that DIY bouquet! It’s so pretty and sweet and perfect!


lucinda April 13, 2011 at 5:21 AM

Lilacs will forever be my favorite…..The 200 year old white lilacs at our house is what sealed the deal in buying it!! LOVE the post!


Kate/MagnoliaRouge April 17, 2011 at 12:25 AM

These are just heavenly!! I need to find out if they grow here well and if so I’m heading out to by a lilac plant!!


Laura April 18, 2011 at 10:28 PM

lilacs are my favorite too! I cannot wait for them to bloom next month, Im so excited! i love this post and the florist to help them get water :)


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