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The Year for Big and Beautiful

18 Jan 2018

After years of rustic, meadowy and country garden themes, wedding flower style has come full circle and I’m delighted to report that in 2018 big and beautiful is finally back in vogue.

As a designer and a florist this is a trend that ticks all my boxes. There is, of course, the sheer drama, romance and sophistication that can be created with an opulent mix of large headed roses such as Sweet Avalanche, Vendela, Quicksand and Bombastic spray rose, perhaps with touches of Amnesia for a glamorous vintage twist. What is wonderful though is the complete change of look that comes from using fewer flowers and lots more foliage. When I say lots of foliage, I’m talking about variety as much as volume. Brides are often quite amazed at the effect we can create by mixing not just three or four different types of foliage, but five, six or seven. The assortment of textures and shades somehow frames the flower heads and makes everything look even more beautiful and sumptuous.

Photography by Olivia Brabbs

A huge trend at the moment is the multi-petalled rose and my personal favourite is the David Austen Kiera rose (pictured above right), which has such a lovely fragrance. I have used it very successfully with white waxflower, mimosa and trailing eucalyptus and jasmine.

A similar effect can be created with other big blooms, such as creamy lacy white hydrangea heads, the rich ruffles of ranunculus and, of course, the seasonally short-lived but exuberant and much loved peony.​ My personal preference when it comes to palette is a blend of romantic shades of pink, ivory, blush, taupe and nude.

Photography by Blossom Forest. Photographers Mario Guarneros and Jodi Baxter

Floral couture isn’t limited to the bouquets and buttonholes.  Our experience in event styling means we are frequently called upon to dress the entire venue with masses of tumbling, scented flowers. Some of our most celebrated designs have included aerial hoops of foliage and flowers created to fill the space above a tipi wedding party and dramatic urn arrangements. Statement flower walls are a stunning backdrop for photos and a flower arch is always a favourite with brides and guests alike. I have also just treated myself to some top of the range blossom trees which are very much in demand for weddings. I know I can use them to add that big and beautiful effect at a number of my weddings this year.

I recently visited the Harrogate Christmas and Gift Fair to browse some of the latest décor trends and loved the etched glass that was on display. I’ll be keeping my eye out for something along these lines to add to my collection in the workshop. These are the kinds of interesting accessories that can bring a floral scheme to life and add a personal and eclectic touch, which I know my brides love. I like to add as much twinkling candlelight as I can to complete the romantic look. 

​Photography by Olivia Brabbs

If you’d like to go big and beautiful this year, I’d love to share some of my ideas with you and help you make an impact with your wedding flowers. Call me at the studio on 01765 602 331 to make an appointment. 

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