Mr and Mrs Shepherd’s day

Two years ago, Sally walked up the aisle and married Charles. Their day was full of Autumnal warmth and gorgeous rustic beauty.

The flowers were beautifully textured, with Peach Avalanche roses, Sea Breeze roses, peach Hypericum, white Hydrangea, and a few twisted birch twigs for that final flourish.

I didn’t share the day with you at the time, it predating this blog, so thought I’d take their anniversary as a prompt to share now! So, put the kettle on, get comfy, and enjoy their peachy lilac blooms!

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Happy Anniversary Charles and Sally!

Wedding Theme: Phalaenopsis Orchids

Orchids. Nothing says class and glamour quite like them, does it?

It’s not surprising that they are a popular wedding flower, either on their own as a statement, or mixed in with other blooms and textures.

But they need not be in-your-face and over-the-top. Oh no. With some clever design they can seem almost understated, the perfect finishing flourish to an already beautiful day.

 

Wedding Theme: 1920s Glitz and Glamour

With the release of The Great Gatsby in 2013, the glamour and glitz of the 1920s and 30s has been increasingly popular with the modern bride. And why ever not? It really is a theme that you can embrace and inject into all aspects of your day, from classy Art Deco invitations to a cocktail reception, glittery beaded dresses to peacock feathers and diamonds.

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There are two directions you can go with your flowers, although both are on the extravagant side. Either keep it all whites and lime green, fresh and clean, with ample opportunity to include accents of gems, white feathers and exotic blooms.

Or go bold and vibrant with turquoise, cerise, and limes, complimenting the peacock feather colours, and showing off a good variety of exotic blooms. these would have been the ultimate expression of wealth along side the free flowing champagne!

 

 

Pictures from top to bottom: 1. Glitzy secrets; 2. Invitations by Dawn; 3 and 4. DeerPearlFlowers; 5. Hot Chocolates Fountain Hire; 6. Love My Dress; 7. Rock My Wedding. Featured Image: Chic Vintage Brides.  All via Pinterest

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

 

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.

 

An exciting Summer

You went away as a happy girlfriend to catch some rays, and came home a fiancée… How exciting!

And now that you’ve shared your happy news with your parents, your siblings, friends, aunties and uncles, acquaintances, the postman, the cashier at the supermarket…. it’s time to start planning.

It’s quite a task, planning a wedding. There are so many elements you have no idea about as a guest, that suddenly gain incredible importance as an engaged couple. Like the length of an aisle, the correct choice of post-ceremony pre-reception drinks, and where to have your guest list registered. Who knew.

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But also, there’s the fun stuff, like picking out The Dress, getting all your favourite girls and boys together to help you on the day as your bridesmaids and best men, and of course the flowers.

I may be a little biased on the last point there, being a wedding florist and all, but actually picking a theme and choosing how to express it through the day is fun. And flowers play an important role in that.

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Finding a florist who you’re comfortable with, who you trust, and whose style you like is vital. They need to take your collection of ideas, likes, and needs, and transform them into the beautiful arrangements you’ve thought about since playing make-believe in the playground.

I like to get to know you a bit, and find out all about your plans for the day, from venue to food, dresses to music. From there, we build a design scheme together. We can meet in person, or if that’s a little logistically tricky, we can chat via email.  You can take a look at some of my past weddings on my website or Facebook . You’ll find some testimonials there too from some of my lovely brides and grooms.

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So, why not get in touch, and get some of those ideas down on paper. Or, if you haven’t a clue where to even start, fear not – that’s what I’m here for. We florists love talking flowers, so can put you at ease and get you sorted in a jiffy!

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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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]