Planning a Winter Wedding? Don't be fooled into thinking this will limit the flowers you can have for your big day. Infact it offers you the opportunity to be more creative with foliages, berries and other flowers which may not be trationally used for weddings. Rustic style branches and pinecones can be incorporated with silver Brunia Berries and crisp white tulips for a fresh clean look.
For the more traditionally Christmas wedding rich red Roses, and berries can create a luxe look.
Flowers which grown in abundange throught the winter months tend to be more hardy than some of the softer summer varieties which can give greater flexibilty in what you can create.
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In October we had the pleasure of creating wedding flowers for two very special people - our Brother and Sister-in-law.
The bride Rachel was so laid back about the whole process which made our job so much easier - her brief was simple - she wanted a romantic look which would fit in with the relaxed feel of the day.
To create this look we used Gorgeous scented David Austin Roses, Memory Lane, Amnesia, Sahara and Hypnose Roses, Chablis Spray Roses for the bouquets.
Freesia, Lily of the Valley, Brunia, Astilbe and Hydrangeas were added to the roses for the arrangements and we used Dusty Miller and Eucalyptus as the greenery.
For the table centres we used a collection of antique books, teapots, glasswear and medicine bottles filler with a selection of the flowers. Logs and silver birch pots added to the relaxed look and a spectacular 18ft
With The Bridal Runway Shows Kicking off last week for the Spring/Summer 2014 Collections we thought now would be the perfect time to have a look at what is dominating the catwalk. After all, what is hot on the Bridal Catwalk hugely influences what brides will be choosing for their bouquets in the coming year.
Ombré has been around for while in fashion and hair trends, but 2014 sees this trend move into Bridal fashion. A soft ombré dress flatters a range of skin tones which makes this season's dip-dyed trend a flattering option for brides who favor color but can't quite commit to a completely pink or peach wedding dress. Fear not - we are not talking full on Gwen Stefani style- more Monique Lhuillier meets a very pale blush rose!
We reckon this trend is perfect for those brides who want to create a soft romantic look and think a soft bouqu
Fleur had it all for her big day - a fabulous Jenny Packham dress, gorgeous two birds bridesmaids dresses (in the most stunning colour - rosewater) her family and friends from around the world and the magical Temple of the Winds at Mountstewart! How could we compete with all that?? With gorgeous handpicked roses and Orchids of course!!
We used Amnesia, Sweet Avalanche, Sorbet Avalanche, Upper Secret and Wow roses, mixed with scented Freesia, Eucalyptus and the most delicate white and pink Phalaenopsis Orchids to create this special vintage look which complimented Fleur's Antique colour scheme beautifully. The Dream.
Soft white Hydrangeas (the Groom's input!) where used to decorate the chairs and tables in this stunning venue.
We also created a floral headpeace for the flower girl which added to the Art Deco feel.
And now for something a little different. For her September wedding Nicola wanted wedding flowers which were Rich and Warm but not the traditional Red's and Oranges' that we normally see at this time of year. Her Bridesmiads were going to be wearing Deep Plum so she wanted a colour which was going to tone in with this but still feel autumnal and rustic.
Together we chose a gorgeous palette of rich pruples, lilacs, blues with darker foliages and some pale pinks for the look. We used Hydrangeas, Upper Secret and Ocean Song Roses, Astilbe, Brunia, Cleamatis, Scabiosa and Scabiosa Stellata. This gave the bouquest a Rustic feel but still kept in with the colour scheme. For the buttonholes we used a combination of the roses along with astilbe and brunia which helped with the relaxed feel.
We used Jam Jars for the Pew Ends and incorporated Birdcage
This couple have to be one of my favourites ever as they simply said to us - use whatever flowers you like as long as they are bright and colourful! That takes guts!
Sometimes when we are given free reign over bridal flowers it becomes quite difficult as you are unsure of what you are trying to create. However, with this pair it was the opposite - they were so open and relaxed from the start and explained how relaxed they wanted the wedding to be - this meant we could not only create a look which would be perfect for them and the venue but also incorporate lots of flowers which were in season and therefore in great condition.
The venue of Hilden Brewery was somewhere I had never been before - and I have to say - for anybody looking for a relaxed, fun wedding but with all the amenities - this is the place for you. It has style, character an
I love a bride who sticks to her guns! Helen wanted blue and pink flowers for her wedding - so we gave her blue and pink flowers!
Lots of shades of blue hydrangeas all mixed up with soft pink peonies wouldn't normally be a combination we would recommend - but this bride knew what she wanted and we think she pulled it off perfectly.
The strong blue complimented the pastel pink to a T and we think it made the fabulous Larchfield setting come to life. It was great to see a bride really know what she wanted and how to bring a vision to life which really showed off her style and personality and it was a pleasure for us to help her do so :)
1. Consider the date
It’s a good idea to take into account the time of year in which your wedding falls and consider which flowers will be in season. Seasonal flowers are not only cheaper and easier for florists to source, they are also at their most naturally beautiful and fragrant. For winter weddings, it’s best to go for something sturdy like roses or lillies. Although flowers aren’t often associated with the winter months, there are still many blooms in season such as chrysanthemums, tulips and snowdrops.
Winter weddings are also a great time to explore greenery and berries as alternative to traditional flowers. As expected, there’s a variety of in-season blooms to choose from during the summer period, like sweet peas, hydrangea and peonies.
While seasonal flowers are great, don’t worry if your dream bouque
One of the key trends for Wedding Flowers in 2013 will be Chalky Pastel Colours - pale peach, dusky pink, off white, powder blue, mint green and pale lemons. Think the chalky hues of the exterior of french houses or colourful macaroons. Wedding flower trends are hugely influenced by bridesmaids colours and pastel is set to be big in 2013 (See Kelsey Rose 2013 collection below.) Pastel has been around for a while but 2013 will see a more subdued take on the trend. The great thing about this is that brides will be able to mix 3,4 or even 5 colours together for a soft look which cannot be achieved with stronger tones. Key Flowers will be Illusion and David Austin Roses, Pastel coloured Sweet Peas, Fully Bloomed Peony Roses, and pale pink Ranunculus all tied up with Vintage Lace or garden twine.
This month we had a few brides which went totally against this seasons popular pastel tones - the went for full on bright and colourful! As someone who follows bridal trends closely I wasnt too sure about some of these bold statements - but the brides proved they always know best - we think they look amazing!
Firstly we had Megan who choose cerise carnations and white phalaenopsis orchids for her bouquets - they looked so striking and different.
Next we had Emma who wanted to create a bright cheerful autumn look in April! For her bouquet we used Gran Prix roses with Hypericum Berries and real strawberries! For the bridesmaids we used Sunflowers, Yellow Roses, Red Gerbera, Orange Celosia, Green orchids and Red Lillies and the result was stunning!
Finally we had Janet who's relaxing laid back wedding in Killyleagh was a colourful flower expl