Summer wedding flower inspiration: Peony roses as the perfect wedding flower

Summer wedding flower inspiration: Peony roses as the perfect wedding flower

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Peonies, or as is known, peony roses, have to be one of the most beautiful flowers found in an English garden. Soft and romantic with ruffled petals, and gloriously old-fashioned. The gentleness of a flower that’s thickly lush with round faces full of happiness. A flower reminiscent of warmer days and the transition from spring into summer.

Summer wedding flower inspiration, peony roses as the perfect wedding flower.

Unfortunately, the peak season for British-grown peony roses is mid-April to the end of June. A very short season and creating much disappointment for so many brides. However, for those who are lucky, there are many creative ways they can be included.

Romance of the peony rose bouquet

The meaning of a peony rose indicates: romance, a happy marriage, honour, compassion and bashfulness. What a wonderful way to begin a wedding day. A gentle walk down the aisle at the ceremony, with so much romance ahead. The style and design of a peony rose bouquet can often create a blousy effect, Choosing to make a statement bouquet by simply using a single peony rose colour. A rich mix of colours or a supremely romantic bouquet of pastel pinks and whites with soft touches of grey foliage and asparagus fern. The combination of peony roses and other seasonal flowers such as spray rose simply adds to the overall romance.

 

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Love of a peony pedestal

Pedestal arrangements can create an image of blousy beauty or soft romance. Large blousy heads of peony roses, when combined with a flourish of summer foliage and other summer delights. For example delphiniums, larkspur, daisies and roses.They can be large and imposing or small and delicate. They can create the appearance of elegance and timelessness. Pedestals are often used to welcome couples and their guests to the wedding. Decorating the ceremony itself. Then creating an often flamboyant, entrance to the reception. Summer wedding flower inspiration peony roses as the perfect wedding flower.

 

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Happiness of a peony rose table arrangement

You have walked up the aisle with your peony rose bouquet, stood by the peony rose pedestal arrangements and recited your vows. The celebrations are about to commence. Cocktails, mocktails, seasonal drinks. It’s always handy to have little tables on which to place your glass as you shake hands, or socially distance. Small peony rose arrangements placed on these tables not only look pretty but create a cohesive effect, bringing the ceremony and reception areas together as one. Guest or top table arrangements create the final flourish. The happiness of the wedding breakfast ahead. Long trestle arrangements to individual guest table arrangements.

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Love of a ceiling installation

When you walk into a beautiful marquee or reception area, what could be more lovely than being greeted by a feeling of an herbaceous border. The delights of an English garden. English peony roses and a host of other summer flowers coming in with you. It’s a statement of beauty, awe inspiring beauty. The use of brighter coloured peony roses can often work best. They create more of a contrast against the size of a very airy marquee or grand hall, making the space seem more ‘intimate’. Pastel shades can easily disappear.

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The romance, love and happiness that peony roses, with other seasonal flowers and foliage, can bring to your wedding is fabulously amazing. So beautiful.

The joy they bring, the most popular wedding flower and with so many meanings. Summer wedding flower inspiration, peony roses the perfect wedding flower.

 

 

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Choosing Your Wedding Flowers: 10 Things You Should Know

Choosing Your Wedding Flowers: 10 Things You Should Know

Choosing your wedding flowers may begins before you even choose your florist. because The type of flowers and foliage you fall for and the styles of arrangements you dream of, will guide you to the best floral designer most suited for you. Start styling your celebrations and sourcing your suppliers with my 10 top tips for choosing your wedding flowers.

1 Featured favourites

Add sentimentality in a single stroke by choosing a flower that means something to you. It could remind you of the plants that fill your garden, of a bouquet gifted on a special occasion, or even of someone special who perhaps can’t be there to celebrate the special day with you. The beauty of flowers is that they can bring beauty and meaning in equal measure, so make the most of it!

2 Shaping up

There’s more to a bouquet than simply being big or small. There are hand-tied, cascading, asymmetric or tightly snuggled designs. You could even opt for something alternative like a floral tambourine – a gorgeous addition to any festival or garden party themed wedding. Take your time weighing up what style works best for you – bigger doesn’t always mean bolder, but it will be heavier!

3 Table it

There are also your centrepieces to consider. Trends and traditions have currently taken away the idea of table flowers such as enormous urns to jars and bud vases marching along the table. Small arrangements can provide a simple look, especially when combined with a combination of smaller and a little larger vases. That gives you a whole world of inspiration when choosing your wedding flowers. Dive into your London wedding florist’s portfolio and pick out the arrangements that make your hearts sing.

4 Earth to air

While almost all flowers will be grown in the ground, whether under glass or out in the field, many will then be flown thousands of miles before reaching their final destination at your wedding venue.

English garden blooms, on the other hand, can be grown just down the road. Working with seasons, freshness and fragrance that imported flowers simply can’t beat. Working with local flower farmers means I can wander the rows and weave only the most wonderful flowers into your wedding day.

5 Scentsational

Perfumes of the past, the whole reason brides have carried bouquets down the aisle for centuries is for their fabulous fragrance, and not simply their good looks. Another big benefit of choosing a London wedding florist who works with locally grown, garden-style flowers is that the fragrance is there by the bucket load, especially with the addition of wonderful herbs. Fill your venue with these and the effect for every sense will be amazing!

6 All or nothing

Sometimes, too much choice can make selecting all the more tricky. So don’t forget when choosing your wedding flowers, you can pare your petals right back. Choosing one or two feature flowers can have double the impact of many if you choose carefully. Think statement sunflowers, punchy Icelandic poppies, romantic peony-flowered tulips or those fabulous Café au Lait dahlias florists dream about.

7 Seasonal style

Look to the time of year for inspiration when choosing your wedding flowers. Daffodils can be delightful at a spring wedding, and they’re not limited to jolly shades of yellow, but come in ethereal whites and even muted pinks too. At the other end of the year, boughs laden with berries add a wintry twist with accents of colour that glisten like jewels.

8 Something blue

Choosing your wedding flowers can mean checking off traditions too. Add blue toned flowers into your bouquet or have the stems bound in a hand-dyed blue silk ribbon.

Photographed by Venetia Norrington Photography

9 The big day

If you’re dreaming big for your wedding day blooms, then design big too! Think cascading garlands that spill into a floral showcase around a grand staircase, or doors framed by flowers. Mantelpieces topped with luxurious floral swags, or windows dressed with corner blooms. For this reason, it’s worth finalising your venue before your floral designs.

10 Aim high

If blowing your guests away is high on your priority list when choosing your wedding flowers, this tip is for you! The one feature that instantly fills a space with floral magnificence is one suspended from the ceiling.

Think an abundant chandelier brimming with blousy roses and pendulous stocks, or a ceiling covered from corner to corner in individually suspended stems. A wildflower meadow from the air. Tables arrangements are tried and tested, but ceilings are all to play for. Raise the roof with your wedding flowers!

Photographer: Rik Pennington Photography

With these 10 ideas in mind, choosing your wedding flowers will become one of your favourite planning tasks yet. Make them memorable, make them magical and let me help you create something truly unique with English garden blooms.

Helen

Floral design: Five ways with jewel tone wedding flowers to make an impact

Floral design: Five ways with jewel tone wedding flowers to make an impact

Nothing says glamour, opulence or sophisticated romance quite like those richly hued, deeply pigmented jewel tone colours. Think blazes of amber and burgundy, topaz blue or inky sapphire shades, all accented by a shimmer of gold or two. The look is dramatic, romantic and sumptuous all in one floral flourish. So, how do you create it with jewel tone wedding flowers?

Bold burgundy

Tracing the colour spectrum from ruby right through to deep port, burgundy reds instantly up the dramatic for your jewel tone wedding flowers. They are surprisingly versatile appearing in all manner of stems, from flowering grasses to roses, dinner plate dahlias, peonies and even spring tulips.

Combined with intensely orange alstroemeria or crocosmia for a bohemian take on jewel tone wedding flowers. Or, for something more whimsical, work in delicate peaches or pinks with ranunculus, roses and dahlias for a complementary contrast.

Ramp up the rose

Opting for jewel tone wedding flowers needn’t mean leaving shades of pink behind. Instead, it means working with the most vibrant pinks in the palette for example bright rose or fuchsia tones and intense coral peonies.

The trick is to incorporate them with equally decadent foliage, like eucalyptus. The silvery tones will highlight the intensity of the pink. Avoid adding white at all costs – this look is all about richness and decadence, and only colour will do. Burgundies and peaches will help create a fuller, more dazzling jewel effect.

Something blue

Finding English garden flowers in a true blue is something of a challenge, but that’s where expert advice comes in. Cornflowers are a favourite for adding pops of blue throughout your bouquets or table arrangements. With smaller flower heads, they work best when clustered together, so you’ll need plenty to make an impact.

At the other end of the spectrum are architectural beauties like echinops and eryngium, which often come in a darker blue. With dramatic spiked flowers, they become centrepieces in their own right and sit sumptuously among other jewel colours. Round off your bouquet with a navy velvet ribbon, and the look is complete.

Glimmers of gold

When it comes to adding gold to your jewel tone wedding flowers, it’s time to get creative. Some flowers can come close to the colour, like rudbeckias or heleniums, but it’s the grasses and seed heads that steal the show for this tone.

Sprays of pampas grass will add softness, texture and a flash of gold to a floral arch or bouquet. Gold-sprayed seed heads from poppies and love in a mist sown earlier in the year will add dainty dashes of delight to table arrangements.

Elegant emerald

When designing your wedding flowers, it’s easy to be carried away with the flowers. But don’t forget about the role foliage has to play too. The leaves you choose will act as a foil for your blooms, so they have a vital role. For winter weddings, the intensity of evergreen conifers is hard to beat. Earlier in the year, rich green ivy or silvery eucalyptus add the perfect flourish.

The atmosphere, scent and style that jewel tone wedding flowers bring to a celebration is second to none. I’ll work with you to hand-pick the arrangements of your dreams. Get in touch with me and we’ll make floral magic happen.