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 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.