Archive | April 2012

Hydrangea and Freesia Wedding

It is early in the flower season but hydrangea is now properly available in the flower markets and I am delighted.  Hydrangea is without a doubt, one of my top-five favourite flowers.    I love its smell – it has a lovely clean aroma which I find so refreshing and soothing.  My bride this week choose green hydrangea accompanied by cream freesia and they complimented the bridesmaids dresses perfectly.  If I had a painters pallet the colours could not have been better selected.  I get a real buzz when that happens.

The bride choose cream freesia and avelanche roses dressed in a green collar for her own bouquet.   The little flower girl had a wand of one perfectly formed rose and a collar of freesia.  The green and cream theme was continued on into the church.  The pews were dressed in stock and satin ribbons; the alter had two super stock arrangements standing sentinel and the back alter had a stock and hydrangea front facing arrangement.   There was no unity arrangement for this wedding, instead of lighting candles the couple have a water ceremony.

Enjoy the photos.

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Glycerin Rose – The Fresh Flower Alternative

Glycerine roses are the ideal fresh flower alternative.  You will have seen glycerine  roses featured on this site previously when I made a glamelia or ‘carmen’ rose from the petals of a glycerine (stabilized) rose – by the way,  this is still as perfect as the day I made it!

I have been busy in the last 5 days making two sets of candelabra flower displays from stabilized/glycerine roses and greenery.  It was a mammoth task, each rose had to be wired and covered in wax tape (I was dealing with roses in the hundreds here!!!!!!!) before the piece was assembled.   The customer wanted a set containing red roses and a set containing pink and champagne coloured roses.  The brief was to keep the posy so as to avoid contact with the candles.

I find it very difficult to photograph red roses – I have tried to do it with and without a flash to try and show the beauty of the rose.  The colour is so vibrant  and striking (the Polish hotel staff who came along to have a look could only come up with one adjective – ‘sexy’, which I was fairly pleased with).   The candelabra in the pictures are displayed on high pod tables.  I think when they are on dining tables en-masse  they will look fantastic.

Pretty ‘n Pink Wedding Flowers

Pink was the winning colour when selecting flowers for Laura and Stephen’s March wedding.  Teal satin was being worn by the two bridesmaids and  the options on the brides list were sun-flowers,  white roses and perphaps  red roses – there was no mention of pink at all!  When I saw the the bridesmaids dresses I felt that pink would be a fantastic option.  When the bride and groom saw some pictures of  hot pink flowers they were bowled over instantly.

The bride wanted her bouquet to be different from the bridesmaids so opted for a mixed flower posy bouquet – I choose gorgeous pink bouvardia, sweet avelanche rose, avelanche rose, ammi, aqua and sweet duet roses for depth of colour and finished it off in a collar of leather leaf – I dressed the handle in the usual double faced satin ribbon.   The choice for bridesmaids was mixed roses – hot pink and white.  I like to include a few white roses as it enhances the pinks.

The flower-girls had a small posy similar to the bridemaids with the handle left about 2″ longer for ease of holding.  The smallest flower girl had a wand which she loved – I loved it too.  It was just one fabulous sweet avelanche rose with a collar of opened bouvardia.