These soft white blooms are known for their strong floral fragrance and are often used as a powerful ingredient in perfumes. As a wedding flower they can make an elegant and fragrant addition to bouquets and centerpieces. Gardenias must be handled carefully, as their petals brown easily if touched too much. They look beautiful floating in a glass centerpiece and also as hair pieces, though because of their delicate petals, silk gardenias are a better choice for hair flowers. Gardenias are thought to represent hospitality, grace, and secret love. I think they look lovely as stand-alone blooms or in combination with rose buds, as seen on the lovely pink cake below, or with the silvery leaves of dusty miller, as seen in the first bouquet below. And of course, the Elizabeth Fillmore ‘Gardenia’ gown would look stunning with a gardenia bouquet.
Gardenia Bloom: A Garden Party llc / Cake: Jean-Paul’s Creative Cakes / Double Hair Clip: Hair Comes the Bride / Bouquet 1: The Wedding Box Events / Gardenia Solid Perfume: Simple Traditions / Gardenia Necklace: Moira K Lime / Bouquet 2: Elizabeth Scott Photography / Centerpieces: Tana Photography / Gown: Elizabeth Fillmore Bridal