Today’s post comes from the super talented Rachel Husband of The Rose Shed Flowers.
The Rose Shed is an independent florist operating within Bristol, Bath and throughout the wider South West region offering a friendly and creative floral design service, specialising in weddings, events, corporate contracts and the decoration of private homes.
“I have huge passion and excitement for all things floral and the belief that flowers enhance and add beauty to any occasion. The Rose Shed has a natural and rustic philosophy, inspired by the real beauty of flowers, country gardens, vintage containers and treasured finds.
I place a high value on using seasonal and local flowers where possible, cut from my grower’s gardens in the Somerset countryside. In my mind there is nothing better than picking a posy of narcissi and pussy willow in the spring, and scooping up handfuls of sweet peas in the summer. Flowers are lovingly prepared for you in the workshop, where I work happily alongside my little helper Murray the Jack Russell, to create the most unique and stylish flowers one could wish for.”
Use clashing bright colours in your wedding flowers to achieve a unique look perfect for a high summer wedding. Vibrant cerise, yellow and orange roses, gerberas and callas are brought even more to life by this vivid lime green mollis.
Some brides are opting for a more natural, rustic, looser style of bouquet – emulating a bunch which could just have been picked from a summer meadow. The mixture of colours and textures, and the longer stem length offers a stylish alternative to a traditional hand-tied bouquet. The trend for using British grown flowers is growing and something I feel passionately about, this bouquet uses aquilegia, cow parsley, daisy, ragged robin, lupins and catmint.
Textural Plant Material
These scabiosa seed heads are a way to add texture to a blousy, feminine hand-tied bouquet, by adding interest without jeopardising the softness of the bouquet. They are a firm favourite of mine and perfect for using in buttonholes too! This effect can also be achieved by using textural grasses and the increasingly popular use of succulents in bouquets.
Plants as Table Decorations
A great idea for wedding receptions is to use plants and planted arrangements as table decorations. You could use hyacinth and narcissi bulbs in the spring, or marguerites and herbs for a summer wedding. The table centres can then also double up as gifts, whereby guests can take them home at the end of the night and have a lasting memory of your special day.
Brides are always on the lookout for cost effective ways to decorate wedding venues. Keep an eye out for any containers that have an unusual print or design on them that would complement your wedding and give to your florist to fill with your chosen flowers. It could be anything as simple as this can of figs, which was specifically bought just for the pattern and not for the content!
Once thought of as an old fashioned grandma’s favourite, dahlias are now taking centre stage in the flower world. Available in a huge array of colours and typically in season from July right up until the Autumn, make dahlias a staple favourite for any bride planning their big day. Here bright yellow dahlias have been placed at varying heights in vintage terracotta bottles – ideal for decorating venue mantle pieces or by placing down the centre of long tables.