By Carolyn

August 11, 2021

bride holding a wedding bouquet full of tropical flowers like protea, leucadendron, palm leaves, and grevillea


I am so excited to share some incredible images today from this fashion-forward beach elopement using tropical flowers! We don't normally think of tropical flowers and palm trees when we think about Washington beaches. However, this combination provided truly stunning imagery for K+M's intimate beach elopement on the Olympic Peninsula. These two got married in April 2021, but didn't let COVID stop them from having a gorgeous, heartfelt celebration with their close family and friends. Every photo is more beautiful than the last, all beautifully captured by Elissa Deline. And designing for these two with 100% American-grown tropical flowers was so much fun!

a newlywed couple walks along the beach holding the bouquet


The vast majority of our couples already have a unique vision for their wedding, aesthetic inspiration, or some kind of dream they want to come true. They have BIG IDEAS to make their day as special and perfect as it can be! But they need some expert help in making it happen. That's where we come in!

a tropical flower bouquet sits in the hallway

K+M came to me with one such creative, big idea: wedding florals that could be fresh for their elopement, but that could be preserved and dried afterwards. Additionally, they wanted a floral palette that used tropical flowers from Hawaii, which is where K's family is from. And of course, K asked for an amazing tropical flower crown. Challenge immediately accepted!! I loved all of these ideas, and was all in from our first meeting.

the flower crown, rings, and a heartfelt note


K+M started their day just south of Seattle, but drove out to the Olympic Peninsula with their closest family and friends. They set up in a cute boutique hotel to prepare for their ceremony. The moms helped pin the tropical flower crown and boutonniere in a series of heartfelt moments. The whole crew then set out for the beach ceremony.

mom pins a boutonniere on the groom
mom pins the tropical flower crown on our bride
mom hands the tropical flower bouquet off to the beautiful bride
the bride holding her tropical flower bouquet with a tropical flower crown


K+M gathered with their closest family and friends to celebrate their love together. Getting to the ceremony location required a bit of hiking and several assists to preserve the stunning wedding dress! We love how K added furs and pearls to complement the ethereal texture of her gown. Officiated by another close friend, K+M exchanged heartfelt vows at the water's edge. Their love shone through every bit of this ceremony.

the bride and her sister trek through driftwood to head to the beach ceremony
the groom puts a ring on his bride in a beautiful beachfront elopement ceremony in washington on the olympic peninsula
A couple kisses on the beach holding a tropical bouquet full of colorful flowers

After the ceremony, the group returned further inland to sign the marriage certificate. I love how guests could not resist touching the textural tropical florals! Later, everyone shared a champagne toast, wedding macarons, and a socially-distanced meal. 

the bride signs the marraige paperwork
a wedding guest touches the protea in the tropical wedding bouquet


I had to do some homework to make all of this magic happen. First, I chatted with growers in Hawaii to ask about tropical flowers that dry well that I might not have considered. (Being a member of the Slow Flowers Society has a ton of perks, but one is that I now know wonderful flower farmers in every state in our nation!) I also conducted some experiments of my own with drying tropical flowers over the winter. It was mad science floristry, and so much fun!

the groom's boutonniere as he reaches for his vows

Once I decided on what botanicals to use, I contacted the Seattle Wholesale Grower's Market, which is my go-to source for local and American-grown blooms. Together, we sourced all sorts of tropical flowers and hardy botanicals that would dry beautifully. Most of these products came from Hawaii and California - although we also snuck in some local dried strawflowers from our friend Sarah at SUOT farm. I also made sure to source some beautiful hand-dyed silk ribbon from local Seattle-based artisans Of the Earth.

a couple holds each other after being married


bride holding a wedding bouquet full of tropical flowers like protea, leucadendron, palm leaves, and grevillea

I was 100% in love with the results, which were also 100% American-grown! Here is a breakdown of what we used in this amazing bouquet and wearable flowers:

  • Protea
  • Leucospermum (pincushion protea)
  • Leucadendron
  • Berzillia
  • Grevillea
  • Craspedia
  • Pussy willow
  • Strawflower
  • Eucalyptus
  • Palm fronds
  • Dried palm fruits
detailed close up of tropical flowers including protea and grevillea

And a bonus update: K tells me that the bouquet is preserving beautifully, months later.

Thank you to K+M for trusting us with you BIG IDEA and letting us be a part of your wedding day, as well as allowing us to share this beauty. We are so happy for you and so thrilled we could make your wedding the gorgeous, memorable day it should be!! If you are ready to chat about your dream, you can inquire below.

bride and groom embracing on the water surrounded by forest
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