Wedding Theme: Autumn

I love an Autumn wedding. There is so much texture, colour and inspiration from the season, that it’s difficult not to get excited about creating with it!

The obvious colour palette to go with in this season is the red and yellow of the falling leave, the brown and beige of the branches now on show, and the orange of the fat pumpkins.

As with any season, you can take it in a modern direction, pared with exotic ‘Mango’ calla lilies, burgundy Cymbidium orchids, and spiky Protea. Or you can go all-out rustic, with pheasant feathers, lichen covered twigs, and seasonal berries.

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As you can see, there’s so much inspiration! And there’s no reason you have to go with the fire tones. As shown here, the introduction of berries, skimmia, and foliage can follow the theme, set against purples, pinks and blues – just beautiful!

 

Images: 1: Mr and Mrs Unique, 2: Love My Dress, 3: Elizabeth Anne Designs, 4: Chic Vintage Brides, 5: Rustic Wedding Chic, 6: The Natural Wedding Company, 7: Sortra, 8: Tricia W, 9 & 10: Fab Mood. Featured image: Photo.net All via pinterest

 

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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.

 

Outstanding Orchids

4 years ago my big brother Matt married his lovely partner, Katy, and I was privileged to create the flowers to help celebrate their big day. It was a big day, bursting with colours, textures, and fun, lots of fun!

It’s fair to say that the colour theme was vibrant. Like orange, cerise and lime green kind of vibrant. Throw in a splash of white, and they really did knock your socks off with their bright kick!

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Orchids, namely Phalaenopsis and Vanda orchids, helped achieve the dynamic palette, along side Cellosia, ‘Purple Power’ and ‘Wow’ roses, ‘Mango’ Calla lilies, and ‘Kermit’ Chrysanthemum.

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Against their green dresses, the bridesmaids carried sectioned hand tied bouquets, with more white to help lift the flowers. The buttonholes and corsages each picked out a focal flower and colour – a lovely way to continue the theme.

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The ceremony room looked the part with white trees adorned with orchids. Quite a statement at the front of the room.

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The colour extravaganza continued into the reception! There were two table designs to help lead the eye around the room, one tall and one short. Both featured sliced citrus fruit, and fun, bright collections of flowers. Calla lilies were paired with steel grass and coloured sticks exploding out of a Hydrangea cushion, and sat on a tall vase – what an impact! Mini Gerberas, Dahlias, and carnations joined the other flower varieties in tight handties stood in a flower filled glass bowl, bringing the room to life.

One of my favourite weddings to date! Happy Anniversary Matt and Katy!

 

 

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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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!

Wedding Themes: Bright Mixed Colours

I love it when a couple grab a theme and really run with it. Bright colours is such great fun, and when embraced completely, can be a real winner on your wedding day.

And your flowers are an obvious area to bring this theme to life.

It can work in a modern setting, with blocked colour roses, hydrangea or almost any single variety flower. With your bridesmaids in colourful, patterned dresses, each could carry flowers in a set colour, picking out the tones from the dress fabric. Or mix the colours up and go with a more modern take on the bouquet – long and narrow, with a bright coloured hydrangea collar. You can really go to town on your tables, with sliced fruit-lined vases, or stacked fishbowls with vibrant orchids inside.

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It works well in a more relaxed setting too, giving the occasion a real country, garden feel. With loosely tied bouquets of different shaped blooms mixed in with textured foliage, and jugs or jars of flowers for the table. This works especially well in a marque or barn setting, blending with the outside surroundings whilst also popping out from them!

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Which ever style direction you choose to go, make sure you really do go with it – not a wishy-washy hint of colour, but BOOM in-your-face bright!

For more inspiration, take a look at my portfolio of real brides’ flowers.

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!)

2016 Wedding Colour Trends

At the beginning of every year, there is a frisson of excitement to see what the floral trends for the coming year may be. Will the couples follow the soft vintage look that’s been so popular the last few years? Or will the more vibrant coral tones be more of a go-to? Or will they choose to follow the traditional colours of the seasons?

Before the start of each year, Pantone releases their ‘Color of the Year’, which they state on their website as ‘a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude’.

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‘For the first time, Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times’.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, said of their selection, “Joined together Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

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Well, what do you think? Will this guide you towards a specific colour palette? Or will you use their colours as inspiration to add to? The Rose Quartz would look gorgeous with ivory, or mint, or even a gold accent. Or Serenity could be paired with biscuit and oat tones, or brought to life with peach and coral additions.

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So many combinations, and all so lovely!

Or you could follow a completely individual colour scheme – I know I did when I planned my own wedding. We went for my favourite colours, purple and lime green, and it was beautiful, even if I do say so myself! There’s an almost limitless variety out there, so get creative! How will you be inspired?

I’ll be exploring different colour themes once a month, so keep following for a slice of inspiration!

Images sourced from Pinterest. Featured image from AA design Interior. Collage from tulle&chantilly.  Colour chart from soulsight.com