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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Country garden wedding flowers are often on the cards as I work floral magic for couples in the South West. Whether you’re tying the knot in an enchanting flour mill, an elegant country manor or in an orchard marquee, country garden arrangements will add character, style and a scent like no other. So, which blooms could you include in your Devon or Cornwall wedding flowers?
Standing tall in a vase, the pastel haze of blue, lavender, pink or white delphiniums adds instant dreaminess to a country style space. They also look exquisite blended with tones of cream and white, like fluffy peonies in early summer or Café au Lait dahlias later in the year. Mingle them into abundantly filled floral urns for the ultimate romantic look for your Devon wedding flowers.
One of the go-to country garden wedding flowers for any Devon wedding florist are hydrangeas. With huge flower heads made up of countless individual petals, these large delights add a stunning focal feature. They come in a gorgeous array of hues, from fairy-tale whites to pale pinks and cornflower blues, inkier navy and ruby tones. Many also change colour as they age, adding a richness, vintage feel.
No Devon wedding flowers with a country garden aesthetic would be complete without roses. David Austin varieties are the way to go, and they’re available all year round, whenever you plan to celebrate!
This annual is invaluable for country garden wedding flowers. Also known as nigella, the flowers themselves come in a wash of whites, blues and soft pinks. They’re delicate, whimsical and a great addition to bouquets. Then as the flowers fade, love-in-a-mist sets seed with exquisite seed heads that add a wild, sculptural element to arrangements from autumn through winter and into spring.
Many couples come to me hoping to bring a natural garden aesthetic to their Devon wedding flowers. What better way to do so than to create arrangements that hark back to the wildflower meadows that fill the countryside? Feverfew’s dainty daisy flowers add buttons of colour to bouquets and table arrangements, with a laid-back and fun country feel.
The wild variety adds spires of hot pink across the English countryside, but bring these beauties into cultivation at local flower farms and you’ll discover a dreamy palette of colours. I love to incorporate foxgloves in apricot tones, barely there pinks and pure white to add height to bouquets with a country twist.
Best known for their flashes of purple, pinks and white, salvia flowers come in so many shapes and sizes. Think of these as floral finishing touches to your bouquet. They’re brilliant for adding that little twist that elevates the entire effect.
Peonies are the perfect choice for country garden wedding flowers – there’s no two ways about it. Big, blousy and bursting with ruffled petals, utterly romantic. Layer them up with foliage and relaxed spring flowers for a more rustic feel, or opt for peonies exclusively to really ramp up the garden charm. Sadly, they have a very limited season lasting from May to early June.
While it’s not your average choice for country garden wedding flowers, it can be one of the most creative! Armfuls of wheat in large-scale arrangements beside bundles of lavender or sprays of rosemary will add bucket loads of rustic charm. Cluster them together in vintage metal milk churns or have a pitcher of each cascading down a reclaimed wooden ladder.
Think of tulips and you imagine tall, slender flowers in any colour you can imagine. But the floral possibilities don’t stop there for your Devon wedding flowers. Ask your English garden florist about the double, parrot or super tall French varieties, which create a dreamy painterly effect and even emulate peonies!
Bring your country wedding flower dreams to life. Get in touch and let’s talk about floral inspirations and wedding flowers.
What comes to mind when you think of romantic wedding flowers? Blousy blooms, a sea of pastels and the sweetest scent, perhaps daintily tied with hand dyed silk ribbon, or entwined around a silver birch archway. If you love this look, here are five soft and dreamy ways to choose romantic wedding flowers for your big day.
In the floristry trade we call these types of flowers doubles. You’ll spot them by the tightly packed ruffle of petals that swirls from the centre of each flower head. Gradually opening to produce a most luscious, dense flower. Think dreamy pastel ranunculus in spring, David Austin roses that smell delicious, and decorative dahlias like Cafe au Lait to carry right into autumn. Lisianthus are available all year and can easily be substituted for roses if preferred. As a London wedding florist, I sink my green fingers into the full selection to give couples maximum choice and maximum romance.
Some petals are so delicate they appear to be paper thin. If you hold them up to candlelight, you’d be able to see through them. The petals can be big, blousy, and oh-so delicate on varieties like anemones and Icelandic poppies. Beautiful dried honesty providing a wonderful texture and appearance, going through autumn and into winter.
An ethereal choice for romantic wedding flowers, whether spilling from an urn or featured in a bouquet. Their large flower heads also make them a key feature, which can be supported by subtler florals and foliage for a frothy, fairy-tale look.
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It’s not all in the accents. The filler flowers that support the stars of your bouquet are just as important for romantic wedding flowers. Think clouds of honesty or gypsophila, feverfew or forget me nots, catmint or lavender. Sweet peas or salvias, love in a mist, even grasses too.
Each adds texture and softness that is an irresistible element of any romantic wedding flowers. They’re also an excellent way to pick up complementary colour shades.
Channel the pastel
Nothing says softness and elegance better than pastel flowers. Within the palette are a huge range of colour schemes, from blush pink and white to peach and cornflower blue, lilac and the silvery tones of silver dollar eucalyptus, lamb’s ears or rosemary. At our floral consultation, we can work through flowers, palettes and styles to find the designs that really appeal to you and connect with your vision.
The most romantic wedding flowers are those that fill a room with beauty and fragrance. To create the effect, include as many as you possibly can – without overpowering! Think trailing jasmine winding delicately between flowers along a table, or overflowing pedestals to frame the aisle. Milk churns beside doorways or garlands draped over a mantelpiece.
Remember to keep a few extras vases ready to hold your bridal party bouquets, which can then pretty up other corners of your venue too. Bring the entire scheme together with one statement flower, like a hydrangea, woven through every arrangement.
English garden blooms lend themselves intuitively to romantic arrangements. Often delicate and pastel toned, with a whimsical flourish I work them into the dreamiest floral masterpieces. Discover more about the whimsical effects I can create for your wedding day.
Today I am delighted to share that I was recently asked to do a London event flowers demonstration at Farrow & Ball in Battersea in celebration of their new range of gorgeous colours.
I was incredibly excited and flattered that they got in touch, and that they enjoyed my use of colour enough to contact me. I love working with colourful flowers because simply put, I feel it brings out the best in me. It makes me happy, free and alive. It feels contagious as my clients then trust me and I become more creative. I love to reflect the mood of my clients in my creative work, without limitations. Working with Farrow & Ball, I had the freedom to florally interpret their new colours which was wonderful.
At this event, I shared how to make paint palettes come to life in the form of flowers and how to display them, starting an interior design explosion! I particularly loved sharing how to demonstrate confidence in playing with colours, opening an entirely new world. I love using a mix of traditional and modern use of flowers, and showing how exciting it can be to not be afraid to experiment.
I firmly believe colour is a very personal thing. It comes from existing colours which can be blended to create others. This is exactly what Farrow and Ball do with their paints and I do with my flowers – creating new atmospheres.
I was delighted with the feedback from the attendees, and the organiser sent me this today:
‘Another huge thank you for everything you did to make Thursday evening such a success, we have had some lovely feedback and the showroom has looked bountiful all weekend!’
At the workshop I shared how textures and colour combinations can greatly affect the style and atmosphere you create, from the simplicity of using one flower colour, onto a mix of colours which reflect tones of a particular paint or to form a complete contrast. Working with a company like Farrow & Ball was wonderful, a company that epitomises style, quality and passion for their product which I believe reflects my own enthusiasm.
If you’d like to see more of my event flowers portfolio, please enjoy your browse!
Many thanks to Angela Bunt Creative and the Decor Cafe for taking these photos. I’ll share the official photos from the event soon!
If you’ve chosen a winter wedding, your big day could be one of the most magical of all. Imagine waking to a gentle frost – just enough to make the surroundings sparkle, without any impact on your travel plans. Imagine the gorgeous crisp light that adds so much romance to your photos. And imagine the roaring fires that add that irresistible, crackling warmth to the room.
Picturing your winter wedding flowers, on the other hand, may feel like more of a challenge. The shorter days and cooler temperatures mean fewer flowers are in season. But that doesn’t mean dreamy winter wedding flowers are off the cards. I mix and match English garden florals with some flown-in to give you a bountiful selection in the depths of winter too. Discover my top picks as a Devon wedding florist to inspire you.
If you’re not afraid of a festive feel, then holly berries are a classic choice for your winter wedding flowers. The spherical shapes and burst of colour punctuate bouquets and arrangements with drama – perfect for a glamorous celebration.
But one size does not fit all when it comes to these natural jewels. You can find berries in a range of tones from inky navy to rich purple, which complement more rustic or bohemian themes.
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For a quirky approach to your winter wedding flowers, look to the seed heads that spill over from summer. Poppy seed heads in particular have an amazing sculptural shape and look excellent sprayed a metallic silver or gold. Then there are the wilder additions, like teasels, which bring shape, texture and height to your bouquet.
Because I mix and match locally grown blooms with flowers gathered from the markets as a Devon wedding florist, I can deliver you roses year-round. The most popular tones for winter wedding flowers are fairy-tale whites, dusty blush pinks and the more opulent burgundy hues.
Known botanically as Galanthus, the pure white petals of snowdrops are incredibly dainty. With shorter stems, they’re a less traditional choice for winter wedding flowers, but fan them around the base of your bouquet and they’ll dance above your hands.
Long, arching, richly coloured feathers. Bare branches sprayed gold or entwined with fairy lights. Pine cones gathered and dipped for a two-tone effect. Look to the landscapes around you to add another dimension to your winter wedding flowers.
You can enhance your colour scheme or theme while adding a natural touch that won’t look out of place incorporated with your more traditional flowers. As a Devon wedding florist, I work with each couple on a one-to-one basis to create the perfect floral design in tune with your style and ideas.
The pared-back colours of the season often find their way into the flowers that are in bloom. Hellebores are the perfect example of this. Most often flowering with papery white, soft rose or even subtly green, the flowers add whimsy and charm to any romantic theme. And for the boldest of winter wedding flowers, your Devon wedding florist will be able to source the more unusual varieties in wine red and even almost black.
Discover more hand-picked ideas for your wedding flowers in my gallery. From your budding ideas, I’ll tease out heart-stopping flowers that will forever make you smile.
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As summer’s floral abundance froths over into October, autumn wedding flowers come into their own. Coppery tones add a touch of romance and glamour, and showy, large blooms really stand out. Discover 10 of my prettiest picks for your autumn wedding flowers.
Whether the soft muted tones of Cafe au Lait dahlias have you swooning, or you love punchier palettes, there’s a dahlia for you. Cactus varieties will add an edge for boho bouquets, sitting prettily beside tropical succulents, while blousy dinner plate blooms add whimsy to any bouquet.
Beautiful rosette-like flowers, chrysanthemums add buttons of beauty to any bouquet or wedding arrangements. They also bring bucket loads of colour, especially in jewel-like shades of amber and ruby.
Dancing fronds of flowering grasses will add an extra dimension to your autumn wedding flowers. Ask your London or Devon wedding florist for tips on which to choose, you’ll be surprised how many colours you’ll find!
You may hear these golden beauties called Black Eyed Susan, but rudbeckia have a whole lot more in store. Discover simple petalled blooms in tones from canary yellow to warm caramel.
Love Lies Bleeding
You’ll often find a London or Devon wedding florist like me whittling down a list of fillers and spillers. These are the flowers and foliage that add structure and form to a bouquet. Add an opulent twist with Love Lies Bleeding, where a profusion of burgundy spires will trail from your arrangement.
Autumn wedding flowers won’t smell better than this! Chocolate cosmos has rich, darkly hued petals that instantly add drama, but it’s that irresistible scent that really makes them stand out.
Remember that colour can come from the foliage too for your autumn wedding flowers. The soft texture and silvery hues of cineraria are an excellent choice for the season. Add bright red or orange berries for a beautifully wild contrast.
Hydrangeas are even more exciting for autumn wedding flowers, as the varieties that change colour with the season reach their peak. That means creamy panicles of flowers give way to rosy pink hues, or lime developing red edges. English hydrangeas makes a very welcome appearance. Utterly beautiful with blends of rust red, pale blues, greens. As the autumn season moves on, English hydrangea develop a richer and richer red.
And then there are the dried flower heads from earlier in the summer – perfect for creating a vintage feel. Poppies, delphinium and lavender.
The beauty of working with English garden blooms for your autumn wedding flowers is that many hallmarks of summer last long into autumn too. With regular cutting, roses send out flower after flower, meaning these beauties are available for you too! Throw in some glossy orange hips for a unique, bohemian look.
Add delicate detail to your seasonal flowers with salvias. These slender beauties come in a palette from pink through burgundy to deep purple and blue. Another brilliant way to add shape and movement to your bouquet.
I hope you’ve picked some ideas out for your own autumn wedding flowers. See the blooms in action in my London wedding florist gallery and discover more about how I can help you.