Clouds of peonies


Is there anything lovelier than a cloud of peonies? Lush, fluffy, romantic and totally captivating, it’s no wonder peonies are the flower most asked for by my brides. However, these gorgeous blooms have a short season – late April through to the end of June – so if they are a must for you, plan your wedding date accordingly.

The dark secret no-one ever tells you about peonies is just how stubborn they can be. Often they arrive from the wholesaler in bright, hard green little buds. Days of coaxing then ensue to make sure those buds open up into beautiful, full, heart-singing blooms. Want to know the best way to make that happen? Bash those little buds hard on a table. Seems like a cruel way to treat such a beauty doesn’t it? But it helps open the hard green outer sepals like a charm. Many a florist has lost sleep over these darlings but they are so worth it!





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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.”