(Hello from northern England! The following post was obviously written several weeks ago; I hope you enjoy some flowery inspiration! We are about to leave this wonderful place, Gilsland, and head to see some wonderful people in Edinburgh, Scotland tomorrow morning. Again, you can follow along with us on instagram at #stockeuro2013 or follow me at stocktontia!)
I wouldn’t call myself a florist, but for some reason I’ve ended up doing flowers for more than a few weddings in the past couple years. I guess this is what happens when you can’t say no to friends who need help, and when those friends are awesome and flexible and don’t care that you’ve never had any formal training! It’s been a blessing to be able to learn more about so many different types of flower types, how they behave, and learn tips here and there. I’ve always loved the idea of apprenticeship, and the master-tradesman/amateur relationship; however, with floral arrangements, I’ve had to do everything by trial and error on my own with the help of online searches and calls to florist friends. Maybe someday I’ll have a chance to study under a certified florist…which would be incredible. There is something about using nature to create structured chaos into beauty that is so satisfying and, well, cool.
The bride in the latest wedding I did wanted a rustic shabby chic feel, and wanted a conglomeration of wildflower-type bouquets.
The list of all the flowers I ordered are as follows:
– Purple Poms
– White Button Pom Mums
– Light Pink Wax Flower
– White Roses
– White, Purple, and Yellow Alstromerias
– Pink Hypericum Berries
– Queen Anne’s Lace
– Gunni Eucalyptus
– Large Galax Leaves
– Yellow Ranunculus
– Baby’s Breath
– Hydrangea (just for Bridal Bouquet)
Eleven milk bottle bouquets were made up of one of each below: baker fern, yellow ranunculus, queen anne’s lace, larkspur, eucalyptus, and purple pom.
The groomsmen, father, and pastor boutonnieres were made with a purple pom, hypericum berry sprig, and eucalyptus, wrapped in twine.
The mother/grandmother corsages: purple pom, white button pom, baby’s breath, and eucalyptus.
Groom’s Boutonniere: white button poms, eucalyptus, and one galax leaf.
There were 7 bridesmaids, and we used their bouquets as centerpieces during the reception.
Two medium bouquets were for the dessert tables…
…and two large arrangements were used at the altar, and then moved to the cake table during the reception.
I was so tickled with how the bridal bouquet turned out. I used two white hydrangeas, 5 white roses, hypericum berries, 4 large white mums, pink wax flower, Queen Anne’s lace, and large galax leaves.
Aand having leftovers to brighten up my home is a huge reason why I love to do this too.