Our Wedding Day; Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid’s Bouquets and Button Holes.
When I started to think about flowers for my own wedding it was the most challenging commission partly because I had to make all of the decisions!
We were married on the 11th of November; Remembrance Day. We wanted an autumnal wedding, I love the rich colours of autumn, ironically it rained all day so we didn’t have any pictures outside. We had anticipated this and picked a venue with everything under one roof, our black tie theme worked perfectly and was set off by the bold colours in the flowers.
For my Bridal bouquet I decided on Royal Blue Lisianthus to mirror the colour from my engagement ring. Lisianthus are similar to roses apart from having torn instead of cut edges. They have around 12-15 petals whereas roses have around 25. I have used gold, white and silver beads for the pollen within the Lisianthus, tying together all of the bridal colours with the gold of the grooms wedding band. I included Red Poppies to honour Remembrance Day. The central piece to the poppies is made from the black pre-paid parts of envelopes where possible, I have come across the odd black envelope but they’re rather rare. Small rolls are cut & glued around a central stem and small black petals added before the 5 large red petals. The underside of my bridal bouquet; layers of lace and ribbon, doing the job of foliage, keeping everything in place and completing the look.
Silver Cherry Blossom – Button holes. Each petal has been cut individually and glued on to the inside of a small piece of drinking straw, centrally glue gunned in place with the stamen. Made on garden wire and secured in place with florists tape.
My beautiful bridesmaids had almost identical bouquets to mine with White Roses, Red Poppies and Silver Cherry Blossom. Charcoal, Navy & White ribbon and lace mimic natural foliage. One of the pictures below is of my bridesmaids bouquet in progress (notice my trusty clothes pegs holding it all together!) I ended up adding ribbon and lace inbetween each posy to mimic foliage and create depth. Without greenary you struggle to soften the colours and the overall look.
See sketch above; planning my bridal bouquet, it actually came along a few steps from this early drawing. The charcoal was planned to mirror the bridemaid’s shrugs but was swapped out for the royal blue to tie in with my engagement ring.