Instaworthy 2 – Hanging flowers

If you’ve been mooching around Pinterest or Instagram looking for ideas for your wedding flowers, you won’t have missed all the gorgeous hanging flowers.  It’s such a fabulous way to create an instant wow factor and massive visual impact that it’s not surprising so many couples are asking for them now.  The Foxgloves and Roses team has created a fair few of them, each of them completely bespoke, so that they suit both the couple’s style and the venue itself.  Here are some of them.  Which do you like the most?

Created for an boho-style summer party at The Perch in Binsey, Oxford, this upside-down hanging flower creation really set the scene for the occasion.

The picture below goes to show just how different a wedding venue can look depending on how it is decorated. It’s of another hanging flower installation at The Perch.  This time the theme was ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and the installation in based on hoops of foliage and gorgeous white paper star lanterns.

Hanging hoops of foliage at The Perch Oxford

For a winter wedding reception in a private barn we created a stunning three metre long hanging flower installation with white and blush flowers and trailing winter greenery.  Along the underside we hung jam jars with candles so that in the evening there would be little twinkles of light.

For an Anglo-Indian wedding at Rousham House, with a colourful, tropical theme, we created a fabulous 20 metre long hanging rope of flowers.  The rope was covered in tropical leaves and bright flowers hung from colourful ribbon.  It truly was a show-stopper!

Hanging globes are another take on the hanging flowers concept.  This one was created for a wedding with a wild hedgerow theme.  It made it’s first appearance outside the Church and then made an encore suspended above the tables in the marquee.

Sometimes it’s possible to create hanging flowers by make floral additions the chandeliers and this is something we often do for weddings at Ardington House.

Hanging flowers are such a modern, different and creative way to incorporate flowers into wedding styling.  You’re only limited by your imagination and your florists’ head for heights!

Nicola

A word about buttonholes

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You know the thing about buttonholes is that they needn’t be boring. Just because your average groom isn’t really interested in what’s pinned to his lapel – within reason of course – doesn’t mean they should be overlooked. Hey, they’re going to feature in many of your wedding photos after all. In this florist’s opinion, buttonholes can be fabulous if you just sprinkle a little creativity in their direction.

One of my favourite ways to treat a buttonhole is the mix-matchy style of buttonhole creation. Of course, for many more formal weddings these wouldn’t really hit the spot, but for a boho or rustic style weddings, the more informal style of buttonhole suits the occasion perfectly. Stick to a colour palette, yes, by all means, as it can help to pull the look together, but why not have a little fun and see what happens.

These buttonholes were created for a boho wedding at the achingly cool The Asylum in Peckham. The bride and her bridesmaids carried lush, loose unstructured green foliage only bouquets, trimmed with cobalt blue sequin ribbon, and the guests wore these rainbow coloured buttonholes tied with bright twine.  I particularly loved the orange alstromeria – it was just the most perfect shade. Hurrah for non-boring buttonholes.

 

Nicola

 

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Give a wedding florist a blank slate and you get genuine creativity and swoonable flowery beauty. That doesn’t always mean the biggest budget. With big budget weddings I get to have fun (and sleepless nights) creating large arrangements like hanging flower installations, but it can be the small budget weddings where the Bride is open to ideas about flower and colour combinations that can result in real beauty.

When it suits the couple and their wedding I always enjoy being bold with colour and textures. Bold florals offer a wonderful contrast between the Bride’s dress and white table linen – and white marquee interiors. Their bright aliveness also brings sense of joy to the wedding.

For Rose’s wedding flowers the inspiration came from the beautiful coral, orange, and pink clouds in a mesmerising mid-summer sunset at the end of a hot day. Because Rose and Tom’s big day was 21 June – summer solstice – that seemed particularly pertinent to their wedding.   The fact that Rose cleverly chose ivory lace dresses for her bridesmaids too made the look of the three of them holding their bouquets look incredible.

The bouquets were created with stunning coral peonies, pinky coral roses, pink peonies, white spray roses, coral spray roses, chamomile, phlox, astrantia pink sweetpeas, white snapdragons, blue nepeta, alchemilla mollis and thlasspi. And the result was totally swoonable.

As Elizabeth Gilbert says in her book “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” “A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.”

 

Nicola