Winter Floral Inspiration from Blush Floral Art

Happy new year, everyone :D Regular contributor Verity from Blush Floral Art is back on the blog to kick off 2014 with a gorgeous post on winter blooms. We know  a lot of you have picked winter as your wedding season, so here’s so inspiration for how to style your bouquet! :)

Baby its cold outside. . .Flowers inspired by the season

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It’s that time of year to cuddle up and get cosy, so grab your blanket and a mug of tea and settle in to read some tips on florals for winter weddings! The best way to go is to celebrate the best of the season and enhance the mood with the flowers you choose, from rich and dramatic or cool whites and ivory to silvery winter wonderland sparkly, the winter season can offer heaps to inspire brides.

Dreaming of a white Christmas. . .

We’ve chosen some wintry white ideas to inspire your floral decor for your wintery weddings…

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Wintery whites conjure up icy winter mornings – this could suit a rustic theme with frosted twigs and berries, or you could try amping up the glamorous winter sparkle with a touch of glittery frost inspired decor. Pair flowers which are easily available in winter like roses, frilly carnations, the first of the white narcissi from the Isles of Scilly, berries, moss and snowflake-like baby’s breath with gorgeous accessories like pearls or crystal to enhance up the ‘frosted effect’.

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Cerrianne’s Winter Wonderland wedding theme

The table plan featured a white glittery bitch tree hung with handcrafted welsh birch hearts trimmed with pinecones guinea fowl feathers and ‘snow’. The birch was a running them with the buttonholes doubling as keepsakes and flower girls carrying tiny decorated birch hearts.

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The wintry bouquet included icy white amaryllis a dramatic trumpet shaped flower (in season during the winter months). It also had white roses, white anemones, silver brunia, pinecones and tiny sprigs of birch, as well as silvery moss to create a full textured shape with a glamorous feel.

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Amaryllis image courtesy of Power of the Flower

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Lighting and flower arrangements can also help to create atmosphere. Cerianne’s glamourous winter theme featured centrepieces of lit silvered branches of birch, more moss and pine cones for a twinkly woodland effect and tables also featured tiny candle votives and smaller low flower arrangements around the base of the main arrangement.

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And there you have it, some tips on styling your winter boquets :) I hope the look into winter wedding flowers has been useful – if you need more floral inspiration then you can read all of the posts I’ve written for Cwtch the Bride here :)

Happy New Year!

Love

Verity x

www.blushfloralart.com

All About Buttonholes by Verity at Blush

This is the fourth in a series of posts from South Wales florist, Verity at Blush Floral Art (see the full set here). She’s going to be delving into the world of floral trends, tips and advice for making the most of your bouquets and inspiration for your big day. In this post she’s giving you ideas for buttonholes and has put together a tutorial for making your own buttonholes too – thanks Verity!

It’s not very often that you get the excuse to accessorise an outfit with fresh flowers or corsages. Weddings are a great opportunity to accessorise and today’s blog post focuses on floral detailing from buttons to corsages. It’s not all for the girls either, this is the boys chance to really go to town on detailing :)

The main things to think about when designing your buttonholes are colour, style & size – another important thing to think about is flower choice (some flowers will stand up well to a full day out of water without drooping, whilst others might start to wilt quite quickly if it is a hot day!)

This anemone buttonhole was a special choice for the groom & each of the ushers had a different ‘posy style buttonhole’ but because it is a delicate flower, it was kept in water until the last minute to keep it looking perfect for the main event! Star shaped astrantia gave the buttonholes a delicate feel.

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You could choose to coordinate the father of the bride and the groom’s button with the bridal bouquet, but make them a little different from the rest of the Groomsmen to let them stand out.

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Gorgeous and statement with a ribbon wrapped stem, choosing covered or wired stems immediately gives a more ‘finished’ formal feel. This is a beautiful example of  a larger style buttonhole with a vuvuzela rose and peachy astilbe, which would look gorgeous against a charcoal grey suit :)

Bare stems and a ‘posy style’ can give a different more ‘relaxed’ informal feeling. This buttonhole was designed to fit in with the autumnal theme and the orange ranunculus and rose hips are designed to tone in with the orange silk ties. Using twine instead of ribbon gives it a rustic feel.

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Don’t feel like you have have to stick to roses or even flowers for your buttonholes though! You can incorporate a variety of materials and elements into your designs – gems, jewellery, ribbons and paper flowers are all getting more popular.

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Here for this spring wedding we used moss, twigs and leaves with only a few tiny flowers and a beautiful spiky thistle to give a really unusual feel to the buttonholes. They also included some dried lavender which smells amazing (but a warning – it doesn’t stand up well to overenthusiastic hugging as it can be quite brittle!)

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If you’re planning a winter wedding a pinecone buttonhole makes a nice seasonal touch that guests can keep.

If you are planning on using ribbons in your designs you don’t have to choose plain satin ‘bridal’  ribbon! many of our brides this year have opted for wilder ribbon choices like lace or twine – it’s another way to incorporate texture, colour and detail into your flowers.

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If you’re not sold on the idea of buttonholes, or if your outfit has quite a lot of detail already, then you could opt for a wrist corsages or floral decoration for your clutch bag instead :)

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DIY Tutorial: Make your own buttonholes or corsage

The same technique can also be used to make floral place setting sprigs, so don’t be afraid to experiment! :)

What you need:

  • Florist tape – I like a crepe stem tape
  • fine wire (here we are just using it to wire our feathers to help them sit in our ‘posy’ buttonhole)
  • scissors to trim stems and ribbon
  • Selection of flowers, foliage & grasses or something with unusual textures works well

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Step 1: wrap wire and then tape around the quills of your feathers so that they can easily be incorporated into the buttonhole

Step 2: bind flowers & feathers and any foliage into a posy shape & tape in place

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Step 3: Once your posy is secure, chose a trim to finish it which enhances your theme. I picked twine to give a rustic feel but you could use ribbon, fabric scraps or even something fun like tinsel!

Step 4: trim your stems to size & any loose ends of twine to suit. Ta da! :)

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you could even use these as place settings or little posy favours! :)

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Hope you’ve enjoyed this post – do let me know if you decide to DIY some of your wedding floral elements!

Lots of love,

Verity x

www.blushfloralart.com

Floral Colour Palette Inspiration from Verity at Blush

This is the third in a series of posts from South Wales florist, Verity at Blush Floral Art (see the full set here). She’s going to be delving into the world of floral trends, tips and advice for making the most of your bouquets and inspiration for your big day. In this post she’s focussing on colour combinations for your bouquets :)

Hi Cwtch fans – I’m back with another post, yay! This week I’m talking about about colour! 

Pale and interesting, soft feminine colours will always be bridal classics and single colour themes continue to be popular for floral decorations, bouquets and buttons, but a trend has been arising for mixed colour themes and eclectic textured mixed bouquets. We’re going to explore some of those in this post – let’s go!

Mellow yellow with gorgeous greens

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Clashing and eclectic, a dramatic colour palette for a May wedding, you can use Vuvuzela roses, acidic greens, coral-like Celosia & yellow pom poms of craspedia for a fun textured look (with special thanks to Creative Apertures for the use of some of these images www.creativeapertures.com).

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Paired with wrist corsages for bridesmaids in clashing colours & lime green vibirnum opulus this can brighten up a rainy spring day with a splash of sunshine.

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Bollywood dreams

Blocks of colours work well in a flower-heavy display. You could incorporate orchids or roses in hot clashing colours to create a dramatic look for a bollywood inspired exotic theme. Glittered seed pods add a touch of luxe!

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A more relaxed style with informal flowers also works well with a bold colour scheme. Meadow fresh eclectic posies in bright clashing colours create a bold statement. Incorporating textures, unusual plants and even buttons and twigs and moss can help to create a dramatic look.

Colourful country garden style with UK grown flowers

These posies are designed to clash with orange dahlias, red crocosmia, alliums and purple michelmas daisies, with yellow brights from solidago and quirky pom poms of yellow craspedia. Your guests definitely wouldn’t miss this bouquet! :)

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Walk on the wild side

Using grasses twigs and seed pods will add texture and seasonal interest. Ears of corn from the family farm for a rustic wedding paired with flowering mint, nigella & delphinium, lavender from Breacon all set off with hessian and twine. Colourful bottles and containers can also add a touch of colour to table centres & venue decorations, so start saving your empty wine bottles and repurpose them into centrepieces!

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Bold colour statement with red dahlia and green chrysanthemum

We used feathery grasses to soften this look. You can always use dahlias to offer similar rich colours and bold shapes – these are a great choice for late summer brides when the range of colours and shapes available are largest & availability is good.

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Autumn is coming

Think red autumn leaves, orange and red crocosmia, oversized blowsy chrysanthemum, hot orange colours from ranunculus, cooler green hydrangea, hypericum berries and jewel like rose hips mixed with pheasant feathers to create texture and colour for an autumnal theme and a quirky individual feel. Use something with a unique shape, like kangaroo paw or protea to keep this look fresh and vibrant.

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It’s all in the details

We recently created some table centre pieces which included over 60 miniature gourds for place settings & a harvest feel. Autumnal trimmed welsh birch hearts also made a beautiful keepsake for flower girls :)

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Incorporating seasonal flowers, foliage or colours in your bouquet will make your flowers even more special as the time of year will always remind you of your wedding!

Making a comeback with colour pop trends

Once only likely to be found on the petrol station forecourt (and possibly suffering from a little bit of an image problem!) carnations have crept back into favour for their fabulous texture and colour – even making an appearance on the Chanel catwalk! Look at this gorgeous frilly pistachio green – perfect for a retro feel vintage theme with its shape and ice cream colour, as well as holding its own in a rainbow coloured posy.

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High impact

Massed together globes of carnations look lavish & textured & come in velvety colours like peach, pistachio, yellow, burgundy & bright pinks: ideal for a more contemporary look and a touch of luxe in stately urn vases :)

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I really hope you enjoyed that little insight into the colour trends and how much you can do when you set your sights high! Don’t be afraid to ask your florist to experiment (or go out and pick some wild flowers to experiment with yourself :) )

I’d love to know what colors you’ve chosen for your big day – are you matching your colour scheme? Clashing? Going for something completely different?! :D

I’ll be back in a fortnight to talk you through the world of buttonholes – looking forward to it!

Love

Verity xx
www.blushfloralart.com

Vintage Centrepieces Inspiration from Blush Floral Art

This is the second in a series of posts from South Wales florist, Verity at Blush Floral Art. She’s going to be delving into the world of floral trends, tips and advice for making the most of your bouquets and inspiration for your big day. In this post she’s focussing on vintage centrepieces :)

So our last post focussed on bridal bouquets and upcoming trends, and we gave you a sneaky peek at some of our favourites. Flowers can play a big part in setting the scene and creating atmosphere and there is so much more that you can do with flowers to make your day feel unique and special.

We have had some amazing weddings over this past year allowing us to get really creative with flowers and help our gorgeous brides (and grooms!) express their style and personality and tell their love stories.

Inspiring Vintage Centerpieces

We often use a lot of props to set up little ‘tablescapes’ incorporating special china or family portraits. This week our post focuses on vintage themes – which is still a theme going strong as it lends itself well to so many styles and venues, but particularly an ‘afternoon tea’ style.

We hire out a lot of bits and pieces to make our wedding decorations extra special – but you can collect your own, hire or borrow pieces. Sometimes with flowers less is more – a single carefully selected individual flower in a beautiful or unusual container speaks volumes!

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For gift tables and odd corners glass bell jars or cloches work well with a range of themes, and work perfectly with tiny posies or single beautiful blooms to really draw your eye.

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Think about your table arrangements creatively with your florist. Dressing a long table doesn’t always mean one long formal display! Vintage/rustic/romantic decor themes lend themselves particularly well to a more relaxed approach to dressing a long top table. One of our brides chose different shaped pewter coffee and teapots, filled with flowering mint and english garden roses for her top table display. We piled them on rustic log slices and vintage books, don’t they look great? :)

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Flowers can also help ‘set the scene’ and immediately create atmosphere, drama or ambience as part of a welcome drinks table, for example. Gift tables with props can create interesting tablescapes: incorporating family portraits and interesting or meaningful objects help set your floral displays and tell a bit more of your story.

Here are a few ways we have used our vintage ladder with different floral decorations and family portraits as part of wedding decor. One bride’s vintage bicycle helped liven up a corner of a marquee wedding with a display of garden roses – it also makes a fantastic photo prop!

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Wedding breakfasts are now taking many different forms and one of our favourites is the trend for afternoon teas instead of the more formal wedding breakfast. From a quirky Alice and Wonderland feel to a pretty vintage tea table with eclectic vintage china, this style of celebration lends itself really well to an mixed table display.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these inspiring centrepieces – I’d love to know what you’re planning for your tables! :) Are you going for a big display or lots of small ones? Let me know in the comments :)

Love,

Verity

www.blushfloralart.com

Twitter: @verityatblush
Email: verity@blushfloralart.com

Once a fortnight Verity will cover a different floristry subject for us, so if you have any questions or need help with some inspiration for your bouquet then leave us a comment and we can answer it in the next post! :)

You can see a selection of Verity’s work in this gallery:

 

Introducing…Verity from Blush Floral Art

This is the first in a series of posts from South Wales florist, Verity at Blush Floral Art. She’s going to be delving into the world of floral trends, tips and advice for making the most of your bouquets and inspiration for your big day. First up, a bit of an introduction! :)

At Blush we specialise in bespoke wedding flowers. We help brides to create really special, unique flowers for their day & over the next few weeks, we will help our Welsh brides with advice, inspiration & insight into all things floral! We’ve been working with our brides to create some unique special looks for their flowers, so here’s a sneak peak into some of the key trends we have seen in 2013 & are looking at for 2014.

Key Floral Trends for 2013

Our favourite moments are usually designing bouquets, so we thought we would give you a sneak peak of a few of our favourites which feature a few key trends, as well as give you a quick guide to designing your own really special bouquet :)

When choosing your bouquet, as well as the flowers you love,  try & consider the following:

  • Consider ‘the dress’ – your bouquet should compliment your dress & not overwhelm any delicate features.
  • The ‘feeling’ you want to create. Is it a relaxed country-style wedding or a more formal affair? The shape and the flowers all help to do this.

We love to use seasonal flowers & different textures to create something which tells a story. One of the big floral trends for 2013 has been a move towards more relaxed bouquet shapes and a come back of the trailing shapes. Brides are choosing a more informal relaxed take on a shower/trailing bouquet this year, which we love!Verity Blush Floral Art - South Wales Florist_029 Verity Blush Floral Art - South Wales Florist_013Verity Blush Floral Art - South Wales Florist_031

One of our favourite bouquets is this relaxed country bouquet, a hand tied style with full garden roses called Caramel Antike, wax flower & delphinium. The looser shape suits a relaxed bride, so if you’re not having a formal or traditional style wedding then this bouquet is one to consider.

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Another trend we’ve noticed this year is more personal items being incorporated into bouquets. You could add something to remember those who can’t be there – such as a vintage locket or heirloom touch – it could also be your something old or something borrowed!

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We love roses, and they remain a strong favourite year on year. We especially love the scented varieties for a truly romantic feel. The more unusual shapes & colours, Vuvuzela or Pashmina Summer roses give a softer textured look. It especially works well when you combine roses in different sizes, so don’t be afraid to mix and match :)

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Hope you enjoyed that brief look into the floral trends for 2013 & 2014! I’ll be back in a fortnight with some more floral inspiration :)

Love,

Verity

PS. I’d love to know what your planning for your bouquet!

www.blushfloralart.com

Twitter: @verityatblush
Email: verity@blushfloralart.com

Once a fortnight Verity will cover a different floristry subject for us, so if you have any questions or need help with some inspiration for your bouquet then leave us a comment and we can answer it in the next post! :)

You can see a selection of Verity’s work in this gallery. Which one is your favourite? We love the lilac roses!