A big part of my floral design work is dedicated to wedding flowers bouquets, which is very fortunate indeed because I simply love weddings and adore wedding flowers.
Each wedding is unique and I relish the challenge of designing utterly unique bouquets for my brides. Like shoes or wedding dresses, one size doesn’t fit all. The bridal bouquet is an accessory that has to complement both the style and colour of the dress, but also the bride’s figure, wedding setting and the over all theme of the wedding. So it’s without surprise that when I am asked to provide a cost for a bridal bouquet or a ‘wedding flowers package’ my answer will actually be… a whole questionnaire.
January is normally a quiet month for the wedding florists and it’s a good time to organize the portfolio, consultations’ schedule and meetings, flower mood boards and new weddings. I thought it might be interesting to show you just a snippet of our wedding flowers designs from last year. If you are in the process of planning your wedding flowers I hope you will find this post useful. If not, this little wedding flowers portfolio might be a nice browse during your lunch break.. Let me know! xSeasonal blooms in shades of white and ivory, with touches of blue and purple.
Colour and texture were the most important features of this cascading summer bouquet. We married them beautifully with clematis blooms, scabiosa and garden roses, exotic Blushing Bride protea, blue gentian and touches of white and yellow chamomile daisies.
I love the berried eucalyptus in the autumn. In this bridal bouquet we married a multitude of textures and flowers to create an unique bouquet: lisianthus, several varieties of roses, thistles, baby’s breath.
This was probably one of my favourite wedding bouquets of last year. The only brief we had was the use of blue flowers, so we combined blue cornflowers, Triteleia, sweetpea, thistles and clematis with asparagus ferns, shepherd’s purse and citrusy waxflowers to create a beautiful wedding bouquet that was received with gasps of admiration.
The dream bouquet – if I would get married again, this one would definitely be my first choice. An oversized bridal bouquet of peonies, garden roses and clematis with two varieties of eucalyptus foliage and poppy pods. (photo credit: Katya Koliban Photography)
The perfection of Vendela roses demands nothing than a simple satin ribbon treatment on the bouquet handle. Equally suited for a simple or an intricately designed dress, the rose dome remains a timeless classic that will be the favourite accessory for many brides for many years to come.
This bridal bouquet had everything: style, texture, scent and more. Loved the combination of open peonies, ranunculus, astilbe, sweet peas, roses and lisianthus.
A divinely scented mix of sweet peas, stocks, blue and white cornflowers and lavender simply bound in satin for a ‘just picked bunch’ effect.
Would you believe it? I only met Megan on her wedding day, and yet we managed to design together this beauties communicating via email alone!! Even if I say so myself, these bouquets were just beautiful: a subtle combination of cream, blush and burgundy flowers dotted with berried eucalyptus and blackberries.
I might have said it couple of times before, but could THIS be my favourite bridal bouquet from last year? This bouquet had everything: colour, texture, movement, lightness, wow factor, scent and more. And have you spotted the oh, so coveted, jasmine?
Full of colour and texture, Karen’s oversized bouquet was a show stopper; it complemented her stylish bridal gown beautifully.
When Dahlias are in season I try to use them as much as I can as I just love them. This bridal bouquet sported some really groovy viburnum berries, which contrasted beautifully with the purple wild carrot flowers.
A pastel bouquet with just of hint of peach; the white dahlias were in season and I used them profusely in all the floral arrangements for this autumn wedding in Wicklow.
You probably figured out by now that I am a complete sucker for baby garden roses – they were the main protagonists in Jenn’s September wedding in Kilquade.
This bridal bouquet is not only the happiest combination of yellow and white flowers, but it also smells divine. We combined stocks, sunflowers and chamomile with airy baby’s breath and fun craspedias (billy buttons).
Hanging precariously over the water, a delicious mix of pastel flowers with touches of lavender blooms.
Although I usually prefer a background of foliage for my bouquets, this combination of roses, peonies, astilbe and brunia had the right amount and texture to become a well balanced bridal bouquet and full of character.
Peonies seldom need any side kicks, but love-in-a-mist and chamomile proved to be the perfect partners in this bouquet I designed for a discerning bride in Kinnitty Castle in Birr.
One of my favourite flowers, the slender Astilbe is what I came to call the ‘Marmite flower’ as the brides tend to have a very clear love it or hate it relationship with it.
The perfect rose for a coral and orange wedding colour scheme: ‘Miss Piggy’ rose. Don’t let the name fool you; this beauty will make Kermit blush!!