Floral Spotlight: Astilbe

{image by Windy Dougall, florals by The Floral Lab

It’s been a while since our last Floral Spotlight, but this amazing wedding on Style Me Pretty had some blooms I just couldn’t get out of my head. Whimsical, romantic and light, these gorgeous Astilbe {thanks Natalie for clueing me in to what they are!} are absolutely gorgeous. Kind of like taking baby’s breath to the next level, don’t you think?

Appropriately nicknamed “feather flower” or “false goat’s beard”, astilbe blooms in summer to early fall, and comes in shades of peach, lime, purple, white, red, light pink, and lavender. It’s also an inexpensive addition to your wedding day florals, as its rich, dense foliage and feathery, summer blooms can fill a lot of space with just a few stems. How about we take a look at these lovelies in action?

pink wedding bouquet
{florals by Bows and Arrows, image by Natalie Shelton}

Such a pretty backdrop…

{via GWS}

Loving the textures in this gorgeous bouquet by Signature Bloom {image by Lacie Hansen}…

Or this simple stunner from Fasanello Floral Design {image by Courtney Davidson}…

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{flowers by Matthew Robbins Design, image by Belathee Photography}

and oh, oh my gosh…

{flowers by White Lilac}

Do I have you hooked yet? How about this little lovely from Martha Stewart Weddings (oh and PS, Martha, I love you, but you really need to credit your images!)

Oh, hello lovely {flowers by La Partie Events}…

I found these gorgeous photo 2738858-3

See what I mean? Is this the new baby’s breath? I hope to see more, that’s for sure!

Happy Monday :)

  • jillian says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    gorgeous! these are so unique and pretty. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  • Bethany says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    Hmmm…I might just have to add these to my inspiration board! I know there was a hip feather trend for a while, and while I thought was an amazing texture, I was not hip enough for that…but this feels like a beautiful compromise! Amazing texture…and so, so sweet!

    And I hear ya on Martha. I was just thinking that the entire Internet needed to have a brush up on properly crediting images and ideas! Not that I’m flawless, I’m sure I’ve screwed up, but it irks me to no end when you love an image or idea and there’s no credit at all. You stuck at a dead end, but longing for more!

  • Katie Mattaini says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    Yay! I missed the floral spotlight.

  • Paper Moss says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    Beautiful & so delicate!! Agreed that it’s like the new baby’s breath… but better! :)

  • chandra ~ oh lovely day says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    I thought the exact same thing when I saw that SMP wedding and I’m so glad it inspired a floral spotlight from you. Gorgeous roundup!

  • Brancoprata says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    Well i have to say I’m with you 100% It’s one of my favorite for sure and I don’t miss an opportunity to use it!!! Great post ;)

  • Stephanie (@BellissimaBride) says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    Thank you for the floral spotlight. I do not have a green thumb, and almost never know what kind of flowers I’m looking at. This type is beautiful! I am so bookmarking it to show to my florist! Thanks Jacin!

  • Jessica [Shimmer+Silk] says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    Oh my goodness! Really, this is just pure heaven!!

  • Steph says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    So weird that you posted this today… I was literally JUST thinking about that flower and how I’ve seen it around.. remember someone asking what it was and finally getting an answer.. but I couldn’t remember who asked or what it was. Ultimately.. thank you!! I just love the look of this and since baby’s breath isn’t an option for us, this very well could be!! Just stunning.

  • Kristina says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    Oh I’m loving this. I am having my girls hold only baby’s breath down the isle because its my fav also. I think I might add some of the astible into my bouquet!

  • Brenda's Wedding Blog says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    OMG - I love this. I’m allergic to baby’s breath and love the idea of using astilbe instead. I have to say, it’s so much prettier too.

  • Lisa says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    Jacin, you totally read my mind! After I commented on your picture on pinterest asking what these flowers were, I thought “Hmm, I hope she does a floral spotlight on these!” :) You know I love your floral spotlights, and this is no exception…that last bouquet is to die for! Hope you had a great weekend!
    Lisa xo

  • The Perfect Palette says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    stunning florals, jacin :)

    xoxo, chrissy
    The Perfect Palette

  • ana {lucky in love sf} says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    my new obsession - so dreamy and gorgeous!

  • Aleah + Nick Valley says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    This is one of my all-time favorite frothy bits of floral goodness - beautiful as filler but gorgeous enough to stand on its own! {A}

  • Courtney says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    I definitely love this more than baby’s breath! I especially love the bouquet by Bows and Arrows.

  • Anna says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    yes!!! this is kinda funny that you have this post. i have an inspiration board scheduled this week and i have the image of the bride with the pink bouquet from the floral lab and i asked what they were because i am in love with them. and now i know! yay. for some reason they remind me of lavender if lavender were to fray or something. thanks for sharing!

  • Katie @ Lovebird Productions says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    Loving the mix of astible with flowers. Such a pretty way to compliment any floral arrangement!

  • Sarah {A Paper Proposal} says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    These are SO pretty, and I’ve actually never seen them mixed in with other flowers, and I think I love them even MORE that way! Lovely.

  • Corine says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    Love these bouquets — they are absolutely stunning. Especially love the last one from Holly Flora and the White Lilac one. Thanks for sharing!

  • Ashley Scobey says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    These flowers make me feel like I am walking on clouds. So gorgeous and light! Love them!

  • claire says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    I love these flowers, they are so soft!

  • jill@teenagebride says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    Oh my goodness!!! Sooooo beautiful!

  • erin * sparkle & hay says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    ooooooooh these caught my eye too! so light, fluffy, and romantic!!! yay for floral spotlights!!! :)

  • Liesl says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    Such a feminine, flirty and romanic flower…love it!

    Liesl :)

  • postcards and pretties says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    I’ll take Astilbe over baby’s breath any day!

  • Lena says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    HOLY GORGEOUS, I’m in love. And I couldn’t agree more about Martha and her image crediting-you know those photographers must hate never getting props!

  • Faith says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    wow, how pretty! never heard of this flower before but wow is it gorgeous! def. the new baby’s breath! stunning pictures too!

  • clearlytangled says on August 22, 2011 Reply

    infinitely better than the dreaded baby’s breath! these bouquets are gorg.

  • Kirby {Colors of Honey} says on August 24, 2011 Reply

    oh my gosh! I was just confirming flowers with my florist and she suggested these for the bouquets! they are really pretty! yay!

    xo Kirby

  • Naomi says on August 24, 2011 Reply

    I love this so much! So very much, Jacin. I have saved many images of these flowers….

  • Kate/MagnoliaRouge says on August 25, 2011 Reply

    I absolutely adore this… I’m not even sure if we get it in NZ… am going to have to do some research!!

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