A midsummer wedding calls for flowers with something of the unexpected about them, and what fun that was to make!
Carolyn had a clear vision of an enchanting, almost magical wedding which captivated me the moment she described it. Foliage was to play a key role, she wanted to create the sense that the arrangements had been there for a while and the foliage was growing in and around them. I was totally inspired by that!
Building displays with plenty of depth and texture is one of my favourite things to do. I wanted to evoke those romantic, unkempt English summer gardens that look all the better for being left alone. We played with lots of different seasonal English leaves, berries and ferns to create unstructured, undone, almost wild displays. Carolyn wanted us to make the candelabra look as though the foliage was hanging off. Nothing structured or formal here! For the low candle arrangements we had trails of asparagus fern and clematis creeping around the tables.
The unexpected colour palette also had an element of surprise about it, bold, vibrant and clashing. We mixed muted, washed out lilacs and lemons with dramatic purple and lime greens and pops of colour from the stunning coral peonies. that opened perfectly on the day. Blowsy roses and peonies with hydrangea and clematis are my favourite summer flowers and they all opened perfectly on the day. Magic!
Flower lovers, this month’s Wedding Flower magazine is a good one, and not just because we have a double page spread in it!
I’ve been thumbing through for inspiration and can’t wait to make some more bouquets tomorrow!
I made a table centre, bouquet, corsage and a hair comb (my new favourite thing to do!) Using stunningly huge English dahlia, garden roses, spray roses mixed with opulus berries, clematis and chocolate smelling Cosmos. The look is very informal and gardeny. Hope you like!
“Peonies, peonies peonies!” is what Jesse said to me when we met. So we did. In everything.
This stylish couple had designed some wonderful decor which I’ve included in this post because it is just so perfect with the flowers. I love the simplicity of the detailing, clean but witty.
Our flowers were made from a light, fresh palette of ivory, blush pinks and touches of a punchy coral. The shapes were round and full but the clusters made the tables have an airiness that works beautifully with all the clever detailing. Peonies of course were the star of show, but we also had stunning roses and hydrangea and astilble in the mix too.
Doing the flowers for Caren and Paul’s wedding was such a joy. Caren is a total babe! It’s such a privilege when lovely couples want you to do their wedding flowers.
Simple and elegant was the brief for the overall look and feel of the day. The colour palette was made from soft pastel colours of ivory, cream and blush pinks. Or ice cream hues as I like to call them! May is great time for British flowers, especially peonies, roses and hydrangea, which we used in abundance. The shapes of the arrangements were round and full with no foliage showing to create clean lines, no fuss. This look is timeless chic.
Here are the highlights of the day, I hope you like them
There are some gorgeous flowers available in Spring, delicate, pretty and fragrant. Lorraine and Mac’s elegant, intimate wedding at the Cadogan Hotel in Chelsea used a selection Spring flowers to create a sophisticated yet romantic look. We added hydrangea and roses to domes of anemones, ranunculus and narcissi which filled the tables. Crystal candlesticks and tea-lights to finish the look.
Thank you Lyndsey Goddard for the lovely professional pictures here and capturing the mood.
Don’t you just love a summer wedding?! Rhona and Pete’s beautiful day was all about the romance of delicate summer flowers and we felt the love! Garden roses, peonies, sweet peas, scabiosa and astilbe. Clematis and nigella hovered above the arrangements like butterflies. Even alliums popped up!
We wanted to add elements of a country garden to the stunning formal setting that this the Caledonian Club so used formal candelabra and silver bowls filling them them pretty summer flowers.
To keep things relaxed there was no colour palette, we kept it fresh and summery by mixing pastels. Adding the light blue muscari in Rhona’s bouquet really lifted it. I like to add a pop of colour to pastels to keep them modern and unexpected so you will see incredible coral peonies in the table arrangements.
The challenge for me was not to use hydrangea! Rhona is not a fan and we were going for a lighter, airier look. But looking at these pictures I’m really glad we used more delicate, whimsical meadow flowers to create this wedding.
The beautiful images are by Kristen Mavric. I hope you enjoy them.