Passionate Valentine blooms

A dramatic winter bride's bouquet

Interesting Valentine’s Day fact: The tradition of giving flowers to loved ones on Valentine’s Day started in the 17th century when King Charles II of Sweden popularised “the language of flowers”, which then caught on throughout Europe.

The most traditional type of flower for Valentine’s Day became the rose because of it’s association with the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. Red roses signify passion.

Red roses are beautiful but I like them most when I combine them with other flowers. I think this creation is so much more romantic than a bouquet of long-stem red roses it almost hurts (in a good way).

In shades of crimson, dusky pink and inky black, this is a ‘Wuthering Heights’ bouquet if ever there was one. Packed with wildness and texture and full of romance and drama.

The final flourish is the black eyelash lace ribbon wrapped around the stems.

Now all you need is Heathcliffe to send it to you.

Nicola

Fave bouquets 2018

2018 was quite the year for favourite bouquets and there many that were difficult to part with!  Although the colour palettes varied, many of my Brides gravitated towards unstructured loose, loveliness with natural green for that freshly-picked-from-the-garden look I absolutely love.

Take a peek at which floral creations I most fell in love with and tell me your very favourite in the comments!

Nicola
Garden-style rose bouquet
Lush peony bouquet
Coral and blush bouquet
Dreamy bouquet

Fave bouquets 2019

So I really don’t write enough here because here’s my list of top 2019 bouquets, which is only a couple of posts away from my top 2018 bouquets. Honestly, things get SO hectic in the summer months that January and February are really the only time I get the chance.

Anyway! Here’s my favourites from 2019.

We had a lot of lilac weddings this year and I think this was my favourite lilac bouquet because of the stunning Cafe au Last dahlias. Autumn brides, you may not have peonies, but when you can have blooms like these, there’s nothing to complain about!

I love a bright and bold colour palette and this bouquet makes my heart sing. I think it was my most liked post on Pinterest over the summer too, which just goes to show that a lot of people agree with me.

In November I had the great pleasure of creating Dutch Master style flowers for a wedding in Eynsham Hall. I fell head over heals with the colour palette of burgundy, red, peach and that indescribable tawny colour provided by Cafe Latte roses.

Finally, from a gorgeous wedding at Aynhoe Park in May, this modern country garden style bouquet with peonies, roses, scabious, cosmos, astrantia, veronica and honeysuckle. As Christian Dior once famously said “After women, flowers are the most divine creations”.