Best Wedding Color and Flower Ideas for California’s 2017 Summer Season

Posted on April 18, 2017

Trendy flower arrangements are a great way to personalize your wedding style.

The Magnolia flower was Sandra’s grandma’s favorite. Her own family had a magnolia tree back when Silicon Valley was still known as the Valley of the Heart’s Delight. Jeremy’s grandma always preferred succulents, and their deck garden was overflowing with drought-friendly arrangements of all colors.

These two favorite plants were an unlikely pair, but Sandra and Jeremy felt strongly enough about incorporating this sentimental inspiration into their wedding plans. They worked with a Bay Area florist and their wedding planner to envision a rustic green, natural, and white color theme that relied heavily on the true forest setting of their venue. The simple tiered cake had white icing that was textured like magnolia petals with just one large and one small Sedum succulent peeking around the lowest tier. The bouquets were a creative mix of hardy, silvery teal succulents, as well as soft, white magnolia blooms. They even brought some of Grandma’s decades-old potted Jade plants to stand as sentries around the reception courtyard.

Our Favorite Color and Flower Trends for Summer Weddings in 2017

That was last summer season. For this coming summer, we expect to see even more organic and muted color tones—especially those that blend well in outdoor spaces rich in natural decor, as well as with greenery blended right into the arrangements. Summer wedding color schemes continue to evolve with understated shades, coming together through sophisticated combinations of texture and urban aesthetic.

More and more couples are also interested in sourcing their flower arrangements locally and responsibly. One of our preferred vendors grows most of their own flowers from seed in an organic garden, cutting fresh arrangements right before your wedding day. Plus, that loose, cascading, just-gathered-from-the-garden look is definitely in, replacing those tight, traditional bouquets of yesterday. Considering what will be in season here in California, let’s look at some of the popular color and flower trends for 2017.




Introduce bright pops of color among more muted flowers in your centerpieces.

Variations of champagne, blush, and rose gold still dominate the idea market for weddings. Full-color bouquets are stepping aside for softer combinations with pops of pink, red, purple, and blue—especially for summer weddings. Aqua offers just that soft color pop, and you can bring unique personality to your wedding style with aqua ties, bowties, pocket squares, ribbons, cake decorations, chair dressings, shoes, and even lighting.

For the blush, cream, aqua scheme, look for these in-season California summer flowers:

  • Cafe au Lait Dahlias
  • Lisianthus
  • Zinnias
  • Garden Roses
  • Spray Roses
  • Hydrangea
  • Calla Lily
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Stock
  • Queen Anne’s Lace
  • Ranunculus




The possibilities for customizing yourMore couples are planning their weddings in order to bring the outdoors inside with organic features and decor or to incorporate natural scenery into outdoor weddings. In 2017, we expect to see plenty of elaborate wreaths, arches, trailing centerpieces, and hanging arrangements that incorporate lush and leafy greenery alongside soft-colored florals.

Bring on the succulents—which provide their own gorgeous varieties of green and flowering pink hues. This modern aesthetic works really well with all the shades of gray that continue to be very popular among grooms’ suits, bridesmaids’ dresses, and other thematic elements like invitations and linens.

For the rose, sage, blush color scheme, look for these in-season California summer flowers and plants:

  • Chrysanthemums
  • Ranunculus
  • Lisianthus
  • Dahlias
  • Spray Roses
  • Calla Lily
  • Bouvardia
  • Various Succulents
  • Branches and Trailing Greenery
  • Eucalyptus
  • Olive
  • Bay

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Countless couples have visited our venue and been inspired by the colors that thrive throughout the landscape. Our lavender garden fits right in with the trend of soft, organic arrangements made even more stunning with asymmetry and movement. As shades of green grow in popularity, we find more room for creativity in both flower arrangements themselves and in capitalizing on the surrounding landscape, whether it’s a forest, mountain meadow, or ocean view. With this green, pink, and purple color scheme, too, we find that succulents and flowing green elements work well to introduce down-to-earth fullness.

Lavender pairs well with pink and green for summer wedding flower arrangements.For the green, pink, lavender wedding palette, look for these in-season California summer flowers and plants:

  • Hydrangea
  • Zinnias
  • Roses
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Bouvardia
  • Lavender
  • Ranunculus
  • Succulents
  • Diverse Branches and Leaves


Flowers Themselves Are Short-Lived, But the Wedding Memories Last

As their wedding reception wound down at the end of the night, Jeremy and Sandra encouraged everyone to grab one of the small succulent planters from the tables and take it home. Underneath each one was simple instructions for replanting it, since succulents are so resilient. Today, the happily married couple have succulents dotted throughout their home garden, most of which came right from the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere. They enjoy the constant reminder of that day and continue to nurture those living memories along with their life together.

When couples choose Kennolyn to host their wedding day, we offer generous attention and support right from the start. With so many ideas and inspiration to narrow down, it’s so helpful to put themes and schemes into perspective early on. Get in touch and let’s talk about how Kennolyn might be the right fit for your California summer wedding.


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