Wedding Inspiration: Bloomin’ Lovely Wedding Flowers
Along with the venue, dresses, food and music, flowers are an incredibly important aspect of a wedding. The flourishes of scent and beauty they bring are an integral part of the aesthetic and help make the day personal to the couple and their particular theme. Flowers can be used in many aspects of the wedding decor; from beautiful blooming bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids to floral centrepieces for the reception.
The tradition of wedding flowers dates back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, where the bride and groom wore garlands on their necks to symbolise new life, hope and fertility, and brides carried bouquets made of aromatic herbs and spices. Floral bouquets came into fashion at the 1840 wedding of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert, where the Queen carried a bouquet, which included marigolds and sweet-scented myrtle, which symbolises love. Queen Victoria set bridal trends that are still followed today, including being the first bride to wear white and wearing floral garlands in her hair, which is a trend that has come back into fashion.
We spoke to Judith McCormack, West Midlands-based florist behind Pollen Floral Joy and official supplier to Rock My Wedding, to discover the versatility and beauty of wedding flowers.
Blooming Bridal Bouquets
The bridal bouquet is perhaps the most important finishing touch to a bride’s big day. Follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria and fill your bridal bouquet with symbolic romantic blooms or choose seasonal flowers to complement the season. Whether you go big or small, the bouquet is a lasting romantic touch to your day.
Bridal Bouquet by Pollen Floral Joy
“For this bright bridal bouquet, I used three different types of eucalyptus; cinerea, populus and nicoli; and the flowers were lisianthus, spray roses and delphiniums.”
Bridal bouquet by Pollen Floral Joy
“This bouquet was created for a photo shoot in May. It’s a very simple bouquet of double tulips (which look like peonies) with some olive leaves and a touch of variegated foliage. This shows how flowers can still play a part in a wedding day but as more of an accent than a main feature.”
Floral hoop by Pollen Floral Joy
“The floral hoop was for an adult bridesmaid and acted as a chic alternative to a bouquet. Soft ruscus and fern was used for foliage to soften the outline and the flowers were scented roses called Margaret Merrill, and finished with simple silk ribbon.”
Elegant Floral Centrepieces
Floral centrepieces remain a favourite among brides when decorating the reception room. Adding elegance, sophistication and stunning scents to each table, the flowers featured can follow suit with the bouquets to help keep a theme running throughout the day.
Floral Centrepiece by Pollen Floral Joy
“This centrepiece was placed on an elegant custom made metal stand. As it was a Spring wedding, there was a mixture of foliage to create different tones and textures, including eucalyptus and ferns. The flowers were anemones, ranunculus, waxflower, astilbe and sweetly scented broom.”
Footed Bowl Centrepiece by Pollen Floral Joy
“This is a footed bowl centrepiece featured for a summer wedding. It was lovely to use lots of summery colours in this and it was filled with beautiful fragrance. I used lots of scented garden roses, peonies including white Duchesse De Nemours and coral charm, stocks, nigella and delphiniums.”
Suspended floral design for marquee by Pollen Floral Joy
“This was 2.5 metres long and a really stunning feature for the wedding reception. For this I used a mixture of foliage, including pastiche, eucalyptus and soft ruscus. The flowers were snowberries, clematis seed heads and bombastic spray roses!”
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