Wedding Theme: Coral

As wedding themes go, coral is up there with my favourites. It’s so versatile, looking good with ivory, pink, peach, orange, purple…

Go country rustic and loose, or contemporary clean cut, coral flowers really work hard for you. Although still a relatively new trend, there is quite a selection of coral blooms to choose from – Roses, like ‘Miss Piggy’ and ‘Vuvuzella’, Dahlias, Gerberas, Gladioli, Antirrhinum, Celosia, Ranunculus, Hypericum…

 

 

 

It’s certainly a theme you can have a lot of fun with, and pair with a tone that compliments the season.

 

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Cobalt blue celebration

Last week, we had a Thursday wedding with a very distinct theme. The main colour featured was blue, and I mean bright blue – like you’d seen in a tropical sky. This was complimented with the light fluffy white of gypsophilia, and the two worked perfectly together. Throw a tough of rustic hessian into the mix, and that, my friend, is a well thought out theme.

Jemima carried a handtie of blue hydrangea with a gypsophilia and eucalyptus collar, with her bridesmaids having simple collections of just gypsophilia.

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The marriage itself was at Royal Russell Chapel, where my couple opted for a sprinkling of gypsophilia in the way of pew ends.

The wedding celebration was at Oaks Farm in Shirley, a beautiful venue needing little additional decoration. A few jars filled with clouds of white and blue, and the job was done. Gorgeous.

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Congratulations Jemima and Jamie, hope you had a fabulous day celebrating with all your family and friends!

Wedding Theme: Mint

In recent years, mint has become increasingly popular as a wedding theme. Bridesmaid dresses, table runners, and stylish invitations all carry the soft accent, and look classy to say the least.

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Image from DeerPearlFlowers, via Pinterest

 

When you think about it, there are not many, if any, mint coloured flowers. But the tone can be brought in via foliage elements, such as silvery blue Echeveria (succulents), Senecio cineraria (Dusty Miller), and Eucalyptus. And it’s a tone that can be paired with either complimentary or contrasting colours – think ivory, pink, coral, or even purple.

As always, the most important thing is to take your theme and run with it. Don’t shy away from letting it sing!

Question: Bouquet Shapes

When it comes to thinking about your wedding flowers, one of the first elements you’re asked about is what your dress is like, and what flowers you’d like to carry. It’s worth getting your dress before looking at flowers, as the outfit you go for may dictate a particular style for your flowers. There are more than a few options besides the ever-popular hand tie for the bride, so I thought I’d jot a few down here.

Hand tied bouquet, also referred to as a posy or round bouquet. There’s a reason these are such a popular choice with brides – they are simple, elegant and easy to carry. With your choice of flowers, this style of bouquet can suit various wedding themes. For a modern, tidy look, go for compact stems, either all one variety of flower, like roses, or a mix to add texture. Perfect to sit against almost any style of wedding gown.

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At the other end of the scale, a hand tie can be loose and country style, perfect for a more relaxed day. With a selection of soft foliage and either big blousy blooms like English roses, or delicate meadow type flowers, such as Nigella, Astillbe and Daisies. Perfect to carry against a vintage or lacy dress. And why not follow the current trend of a floral headdress to match?

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Pageant, or over arm sheath. This style of bouquet utilises long stemmed flowers, tied and cradled in the arm. Again, it can be very modern, using bold, choice flowers such as Calla lilies and Phalaenophsis orchids, or very ‘boho’ with masses of trailing foliage and sparse flowers. Gladioli, Delphinium and Campanella suit this style well. They look great against a silky, fitted dress.

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Shower bouquet, also know as a cascade bouquet or teardrop bouquet. A classic, traditional choice. They fell out of popularity with the rise of the handtie, but are now enjoying a revival – and rightly so. They are beautiful arrangements, drawing the eye down your dress, so are perfect to compliment an a-line skirt or ball gown. They can be small and delicate, like Kate Middleton carried, or large and fuller, like Princess Diana’s.

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If you’d like to carry one of these while wearing a mermaid or sheath dress, you can go for a more modern, minimalist drop-bouquet. This way, you’re silhouette won’t be too hidden behind your flowers.

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Crescent bouquets are similar to shower bouquets, but the flowers are placed in a crescent shape – ideal if you have detail at the front or down one side of your dress that you’d rather not hide away.

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Pomander. These are a essentially a compact ball of flowers, hanging from a ribbon loop handle. A fun choice for flower girls who like swinging them down the aisle, but they’re also gaining popularity with brides. They go wonderfully well with a knee-length, flared skirt dress.

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Composite bouquet, or glamelia, is essentially one large flower made up of lots of petals, often from a rose. They are a particularly skilled piece, with each petal being painstakingly attached by hand. It’s a shame they’re not that popular in the UK because they are gorgeous! They’d suit a modern themed wedding, against a fitted classy dress.

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Free form bouquets are similar to a handtie, but follow a random shape. They suit a very relaxed laid back event, for the bride going for a ‘gathered from the garden’ look.

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I hope this helps you choose which direction to go in with your flowers. Don’t forget to ask your florist’s opinion too! They are, after all, the professionals, and have a wealth of information and experience to dip in to. Most of all, enjoy this fun part of the planning!

 

 

[Calla lily Pageant bouquet from Colin Cowie Weddings; Boho pageant bouquet from Bajan Wed; Lily of the Valley shower bouquet from MODwedding; Pink minimal shower bouquet from Carlyanes.com; Crescent bouquet from The Knot; Composite bouquet from lisaflorist.blogspot.se; free form bouquet from greenweddingshoes.com – all via Pinterest]

 

Classy white and green

Somehow, and I’m really not sure how, two years have passed since Lucy and Dan got married. Their day was full of glorious sunshine, laughter among friends, and some serious dance moves in the evening. It was a privilege to share the day with them, even more so to provide their gorgeous blooms.

The couple’s vision for the day was classy and clean cut, with crisp whites, vibrant lime green, and hint of contrasting navy blue. Absolutely stunning.

We used peony, hydrangea, stocks, ‘Green Tricks’ dianthus, ‘Kermit’ chrysanthemums, hypericum berries, gypsophilia, and ‘Avalanche’ and ‘Green Tea’ roses, with a few pearls in the mix too.

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The venue décor followed suit, with groupings of white and lime on clear glass cylinder vases.

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Happy anniversary Lucy and Dan!

Photography credit to the amazing Steve Ayres of I Will Weddings – definitely check him out if you’re after a wedding photographer (or to do Marry-oke… his videos look like that’s great fun!)

Wedding Themes: All White

It’s a well know fact that an all white wedding looks classy. It oozes classic style and simple beauty.

The flowers of a white themed day can be strikingly modern and elegant – a compact handtie of all white roses and peonies, a waterfall bouquet of phalaenopsis orchids.

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A hint of lime green lifts the striking white peonies and hydrangea

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Gorgeous orchids say it all [image from flowerdesignstannes via Pinterest]
With the right accents, all white can also give a vintage and rustic feel to the event – think scented stocks, garden roses, fluffy astillbe, ranunculus, little daisy-like matricaria, loosely collected blousey blooms…

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10551076_885465791467766_8929195733545914328_nThe simple buttonholes, taking a focal flower from the bride’s bouquets, look clean and fresh, letting the flowers be the main event.

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If you’re going for such a distinctive theme, it’s important to carry it through all of your special day, including your dreamy, romantic table decorations.

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All white is beautiful, but there are a few things to watch with an all white theme. Firstly, with white against white, there’s a risk that your flowers won’t ‘pop’, that your bouquet will merge into your dress, or that the overall effect across the venue will look rather drab and dull. To avoid this, make sure you include different textures within the arrangements – for example, bubbly gypsophilia alongside smooth gerberas. Also, use a variety of shapes of bloom to create interest, like spikes of veronica amongst star shaped dahlias. Consider using carefully chosen foliage or a very soft feature colour (like silvery grey or creamy buttermilk tone) to help lift and accentuate the flowers.

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Using seasonal, Wintery foliages brings a different element to these table centres

Another thing to ensure is that there is contrast between your flowers and decor. If you’ve got a dress with a large skirt of layered fluffy tulle, pair it with a simple bouquet of just one or two types of flowers, making them stand out from your outfit. Or if your dress is a silky fitted fishtail dress, be a bit more detailed in the flowers you carry – it doesn’t have to be fussy, just a statement, such as including some sparkle amongst your favourite flowers.

Planning an event with a strict colour scheme is tricky, but with the right focus and imagination, it can be very effective.

 

Question: Who has flowers?

When you’re planning your wedding, there’s a lot to learn. For many of us, this is the first (and only) time you’re going to do this, so it’s a steep learning curve with only one shot to get it right! Looking online and in magazines, and asking friends and family for their two-pennies worth, it’s clear there is a wealth of often contradicting advice on how it should be done.

The flower department is no exception. The magazine might suggest reserving 10% of your budget for flowers and venue decor, the trendy DIY wedding blog might suggest popping to your local farmers market the day before your wedding and getting the girls together to create your floral decorations, or your cousin Sarah might tell you that her florist advised on seasonal flowers to help her modest budget go further.

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Traditionally, there are several girls and boys who would anticipate having flowers for their part in the day. I suppose it could be generalised as those who will be prominent in playing a roll in the service and seen in all the photos.

The blushing bride of course, her bridesmaids, and flower girls all carry a bouquet of flowers.

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The groom, his best man (or men), and the ushers have a buttonhole – a single flower or small collection of flowers, worn on their left lapel. Often, the couple’s dads wear a buttonhole, and mums wear a corsage.

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Buttonholes and a corsage, ready for the fellas and Mum

From there, it’s up to you how far out through the guest list you continue with a little gift of flowers to wear – grandparents, siblings, the person leading the ceremony, the family pet pooch, all the guests…

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[image from Wedding Chicks, via Pinterest]
Years ago, before table favours became a trend, each guest would receive a flower buttonhole at the church door as a gift of thanks for coming to the day. In modern times, as the wedding day itself has become more involved and intricate, with the provision of the wedding breakfast and evening buffet, dancing, drinks, and favours, it is less common to provide a flower for each person attending. Instead, if they’d like a floral adornment, they organise it for themselves.

It really is up to you! The theme and style of your day will obviously play a part in your decision, as will your budget.

Wedding themes – Romantic Red

Having looked at the hot trend for 2016 of Rose Quartz and Serenity, I thought I’d explore a few other themes you lovely brides might be inspired by. This time of year, it seems that all the talk is of romantic reds – nothing quite says ‘I love you’ like luxury velvety red roses, right?

Red. It can be deep, moody and amorous. Or you can make it more mysterious, whimsical and rustic. It’s really up to you, and your overall vision for your special day.

So, will it be the romance of the woodland?

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Pure romance, pairing extravagant red roses with rustic trailing ivy (Balikesir Cicek, via Pinterest)
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Coupling the velvety texture of roses with glossy hypericum roses, spiky thistle, and fluffy lichen covered twigs
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Take the whimsical theme through your outfit and into your hair, with Ranunculus and wax flower (image Style Me Pretty, via Pinterest)

Perhaps love in more of a modern setting?

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Give your reds a lift with a splash of pink and lime (image montage, ECInvites.com, via Pinterest)
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Michelle and Alex chose a handtie with a bespoke, handmade ribbon and wire frame, red roses and black berries, for their stylish Halloween wedding

Or go full-on opulent glamour – these arrangements ooze luxury, with grouped roses and draped jewels.

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Modern, lavish, and extravagant! (image from charlotte-design.com via Pinterest)

 

 

 

Oh the vibrant beauty

Back on August bank holiday, I provided the flowers for Mark and Yvette‘s vibrant, book themed wedding. At the time, I shared my poor attempt at photography with you. I’ve now received the official photos, and boy, do they look great! The happy couple are beaming, and the flowers certainly pop! All photography credit to Stephen Swain.

What better way to start the week than sharing the beauty with you? You’re welcome.

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The bridesmaids carried a riot of colour and textures
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Yvette’s handtie, with soft peaches, mint succulents, pops of cerise, and delicate scented stephanosis
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The beautiful bride
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Flowers ‘growing’ out of stacked vintage books, with hundreds (literally) of handmade paper flowers
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The vibrant colours were taken through the reception decoration too
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In contrast, the stairs were dressed with soft clouds of white gypsophilia
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The amazing cake, framed with fresh and paper flowers
The gorgeous bridesmaids, the flowers contrasting beautifully with the teal dresses. So worth being brave and bold!
The gorgeous bridesmaids, the flowers contrasting beautifully with the teal dresses. So worth being brave and bold!

Susan and Craig’s happy day

It’s a real joy to be part of a couple’s special day. Susan and Craig’s day was no exception.

Theirs was a day filled with family, friends, and flowers of the sweetest scents in ivory, lilac and purple. With delicate freesias, heady stocks, and beautiful ‘Avalanche’ and ‘Cool Water’ roses, the florals really were a delight. You know you’ve got the flowers right when the bride cries and hugs you on seeing them…

Susan's scented shower bouquet
Susan’s scented shower bouquet
The bridesmaids carried compact bouquets of similar scented flowers
The bridesmaids carried compact bouquets of similar scented flowers
The table arrangements, also used on the registrar's table
The table arrangements, also used on the registrar’s table

Susan emailed me the very next day to express her thanks!

“I just wanted to thank you again for the absolutely gorgeous flowers for my wedding. You produced exactly what I had envisioned in my mind and the fragrance was beautiful. I was on cloud nine all day and loved holding my bouquet for all my photos and smelling the wonderful fragrance while we sat having our Wedding Breakfast.

Everyone commented on the beautiful flowers. Thank you so much.”

just look at those gorgeous colours and textures, and imagine the scent!
just look at those gorgeous colours and textures, and imagine the scent!