Ah Anemone. You’re one of my all time favourite flowers. I love the papery petals, beautiful range of colours and instantly recognisable blue-black centre. Anemone feel fresh, pure and youthful and I like that that they’ve been and gone by the time the big summer showstoppers appear. Anemones are normally available in late winter to early spring and come in white, pink, red and various shades of purple and blue.
A simple glass cylinder vase of pure white Anemone is one of my favourite spring sights and such a pleasant contrast to the bountiful and wild arrangements (which I also love!) filling my Instagram feed at the moment. Anemone are also incredibly striking dotted throughout a bridal bouquet full of viburnum berries and fresh lime green or icy grey foliage. Just gorgeous.
Purple anemone | Anemone arrangement
Bouquet | Pink anemones
Mixed anemones & Escort cards – source unknown
Blue anemones | Anemone bouquet
There is little more chic than black and white (or ivory). It’s the fail-safe combo I go for whenever I’m stuck for what to wear and I’ll be decorating my dream kitchen in a monochrome scheme (with exposed brick walls and concrete worktops) when we eventually get around to buying a place. I love the idea of a black and white wedding too, whether it’s a formal black tie affair or to add a chic edge to an otherwise rustic barn do. Unexpected style mash-ups are so exciting.
Black bridesmaid’s dresses are a breeze to find and will flatter all shapes, sizes and colourings. The scheme could follow through to the flowers – white anemone and peonies, with inky viburnum berries and darkest black pearl rannunulus and lots of lovely foliage. The options are limitless. As the bride, I’d do an Olivia Palermo and opt for a ridiculously chic skirt and top combo, with light make-up and a girly ponytail. You can’t go wrong. Since I’ve missed by chance to echo’s Olivia’s look for the big day, I shall be channeling it with this sequined Whistles top as a wedding guest this week.
Bouquet / Sequin top
Peonies / Black pearl ranunulus
Chocolate soldiers (Aquilegia viridiflora) / Essie ‘Marshmellow’
Crepe maxi skirt / Black & white bridesmaids