ranunculus, and they are part of the buttercup family. I like to think of them as buttercup's fancy cousin! Chaddy just calls them "redonkulous"... he's the redonkulous one!
They are perfect for wedding cakes because like roses, they come in a multitude of colors and sizes. Spray them with almost any hue and they're still basically botanically correct.
In this case, our bride wanted a very tone-on-tone look, so we left them a basic butter cream white. I cascaded them down the front of the cake in a very artsy way, grouping large and small flowers together in clusters.
We delivered this cake to The Mill of Chattanooga and this was actually a Friday wedding - my first Friday wedding in fact!
A lot of venues in my area are offering weekday wedding packages at a great deal to the bride. Are you seeing more weekday weddings in your area?