The final style we’re showcasing for weddings in 2013 is an eco look with a very stylish feel. What it’s not: the color green, mountain climbing, composting and tree hugging. What it is: Natural texture with class. The hallmark of this popular look is a woodsy feel, but it’s a very refined woodsy feel. Elements from nature, such as wood, stone, and textured plants define this style and bring sophistication to our love for all things natural. Imagine a picnic—with chandeliers—and you’ve captured the look.
As wedding stylists, we’re interpreting this trend with the rich textures of more exotic-type plants like succulents, artichokes, equisetum, cockscomb, evergreens and moss. We also use intriguing foliage, pods, wild vines and various grains (such as wheat and millet), which create a “Field & Forest” motif. Florals that are ideal for this look include amaranthus, pincushion protea, English garden roses, crespedia (billy balls), cymbidium orchids, hypericum berries, and limonium.
Vincenzo Butera describes Eco-Chic as a social movement that has grown into a personal expression: “This style reflects our society’s reverence of the ecostructure, but it’s not about sustainability. We still care about the environment, but this trend is more about brides wanting the look of nature and celebrating the greatest event of their lives surrounded by the calm beauty of nature. This look is one that suits the personality and style of many brides, and it’s one that brings natural splendor to the scene in a way that sets guests at ease.”