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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.
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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.
Purple is a classic and sophisticated colour for a bridal party. All shades of purple are rich and luxurious and look wonderful in photos.
One of my favorite purple flowers to use in bridal work is eustoma (lysianthus). These delicate rose-like blooms are available in a dark purple shade and compliment white beautifully. They are also available in a hybrid variety where white blooms are edged in purple. Eustoma are also a lovely flower to use in gents button-holes. The great thing about choosing eustoma is that it is available all year round and it will definitely add a touch of class to your wedding theme.
Another year-round favourite is freesia. Freesia is not only a beautiful flower but it has a fantastic fragrance and is available in dark purple and a lavender shade (as well as many other colours).
Summer brides can choose a purple variety from the hydrangea group of flowers. The last purple flower I want to mention here is purple anemone. Anemone is available to spring brides only unfortunately – the colour is simply fantastic – they are a ‘single’ bloom with dark purple colour and a satin sheen to them.
Brides who are thinking about incorporating purple into their wedding theme have a huge selection of flowers to choose from, only are few of the most popular are mentioned above.
Blue for Bridesmaids was a recurrent and very successful bridal party colour scheme in 2011 and I loved it. Blue has always been a favourite colour of mine and when it comes to matching flowers to it, it is so versatile. Soft pink is fabulous with blue, as is white.
If you are a spring bride and want blue flowers incorporated into your bridal theme you will have a wonderful choice at your finger tips, ranging from hyacinths, to nigella (love in a mist), delphinium and muscari. Early summer brides have the wonderful blue hydrangea , sweetpea and eryngium to choose from.
Dyed-blue fresh roses are available but I am reluctant to use them for that very reason – they are dyed! I dont take chances around wedding gowns. If your heart is positively set on blue roses you could either use blue stablized roses or the best quality silk you can find. I have seen both and they are fantastic (I have personally used silk flowers incorporated along side fresh flowers – see if you can spot it from the gallery below).