Hot pink is a love it or hate it kinda hue, but I think it all comes down to what you pair it with. It’s undoubtedly a difficult colour to wear without looking like a seven-year-old disco dancer, but just see how chic that blonde looks below by toning down the neon with a chic nude coat and knit.
In flower world, there’s so many yummy hot pink blooms that we’re spoilt for choice. From roses and carnations (they’re making a come back, honest) to peonies, rannunculus and our all time favourite – the weird and wonderful celosia.
Celosia is just mind blowing, both the cristata variety (in the bouquet up there in the header) that looks like a brain and the argenta (bottom right) standing up right and demanding to be noticed. Are you a fan of hot pink or is it all a bit OTT?
hot corsages / neon & nude
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wrapped rannunculus / pink peony posy
washi tape heart / celosia argentea
We’re really excited about succulents at the moment, in fact they’ve become one of our favourite ingredients to use in arrangements. Our first use in wedding flowers was Hannah’s own bouquet (up top there in the header) and now we can’t get enough. We particularly love the Echeveria variety (below, left) and as we mentioned in the last Wedding Flowers 101 post about foliage, it too is wonderfully versatile for incorporating into buttonholes, bouquets, table arrangements and much more.
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What we really like about using succulents in bouquets and table arrangements, aside from their interesting shapes and texture, is their sustainability. When you are finished with them, you can simply plant them back into a pot or terranium and they will soon take root. This makes them super appealing to eco conscious brides and those of us who want to keep a lasting memory of our special day. For the same reason, these curious and charming little fellas – also called ‘fat plants’ – are an increasingly popular choice for favours too.
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Unfortunately, we’ve heard from a few of our brides that some florists seem reluctant to use succulents because they can be trickier to work with than cut flowers, as they are often quite heavy and can come with short stems. But we love a challenge here at BLOOM and we’re devising all kinds of creative ways to weave these little wonders into our work this year.
And wedding talk aside, we adore the delicious array of colours and shapes to choose from and they look dreamy in terrariums and little tin cans dotted around the house.
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If my beau and I had gone for a summer soiree rather than an autumn wedding, I’m pretty sure that this is the style we would have chosen. French-inspired, with an effortless easy grace, this look lends itself to romantic summer nights drinking wine and eating gooey cheese (two of my favourite things to do!) as the sun sets over windswept lavender fields.
My flower choice would of course be heaps of lavender, plus blue delphiniums and grey-green Dusty Miller, overflowing from zinc tins and vintage ceramic jugs sitting on toile fabric runners on old oak farmhouse tables. Buttonholes and bouquets would be dressed up with ivory French lace and rustic twine, and we’d be serving red wine from carafes and dancing barefoot to Motown late into the night. Why Motown? No Provence connection, but everyone loves a bit of Baby Love on the dance floor.
Handmade hair comb / purple bottles with Muscari
lace dress / purple macaroons
lavender table plan / lavender field – source unknown
blue Delphinium / cheese – source unknown
Posted by Hannah
When I worked in a florists shop, people often asked for bouquets to be made without ‘filler foliage’ and this used to really rile me sometimes. In one way, I get it: they wanted the whole budget to go on pretty flowers, but I always felt they were missing out on the wonderful world of foliage. Greenery is not something to be frowned upon, in fact, quite the contrary. It plays a vital supporting role to the flowers, but it also beautiful in its own right and should be embraced not avoided.
In some of our wedding consultations recently, brides have specifically requested greenery among their chosen blooms and it’s lovely to chat about ideas. So today, I’m sharing three of our favourite foliage you might like to consider incorporating into your own wedding flowers.
Senecio cineraria – aka Dusty Miller – has a magical quality for me with its delicate grey lacy velvet leaves. It is one of the plants that feels too perfect to be natural. It’s popping up on many brides’ Pinterest boards and we’re excited to use in all kinds of floral designs, from bouquets and button holes, to table arrangements and garlands.
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Oh Eucalyptus, how I love thee. I am drawn to the lovely scent and greyish tones of this foliage, and its never ending versatility. Some varieties like Baby Blue and Cinerea give a wonderful architectural quality to arrangements , while others like Nicholii and Populus work well for trailing.
We’ve fallen hard for Viburnum and look forward to incorporating it into many arrangements this year. From the tiny berries in black, blue, purple and red to the fairy-like delicate flower clusters in pink, cream and pale green – it lends an ethereal feel that we can’t get enough of.
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