Affordable Bloom of the Moment: Baby’s Breath

One Virginia florist’s upside-down arrangement turns an ordinary flower into something extraordinary

Baby’s breath also make striking bridal bouquets and tall centerpieces. Photograph courtesy of Holly Heider Chapple.

Most people think of baby’s breath as a humble “filler” flower, but Lucketts, Virginia florist Holly Heider Chapple proves that it really can be the star of the show. For a recent event at the Halcyon House in DC, Chapple planned to create an outdoor party with a “Southern, charming, and quaint” vibe. Because of the heat, the event was moved indoors to the Halcyon’s contemporary studio, and Chapple was faced with a dilemma: creating a homespun feel in a modern space. “We had buckets of baby’s breath from an event a few weeks ago, and I thought that hanging it from the ceiling, as though it was drying in a barn, would soften the space and give it more of that ‘country’ feel,” says Chapple. “It worked like a charm.” We recommend using hanging arrangements in a “blank canvas”-type venue—it would be particularly lovely at a tented reception.

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