Expert advice about flowers & bouquets

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourberksbucksoxon.wedding

 

In full bloom

In full bloom

Q. We have postponed our intimate wedding until late autumn because of the recent restrictions. We love flowers and want them to take centre stage, reflecting the colour palette for the season. What can you suggest?

A. Heather Reilly says: MEET THE EXPERT: Heather Reilly is the owner of Sonning Flowers, an awardwinning florist based in Reading, Berkshire. Weddings are one of the favourite things that they do, and they also deliver fresh, beautiful flower arrangements locally and throughout the UK as well as offer a Flower School for students of all levels.

Heather says: For a classic autumnal colour palette, consider bold shades of burnt orange, deep red and vibrant yellow or a more muted colour scheme incorporating rich burgundy and blush tones with accents of rose gold or copper. Many flowers are available throughout the year but consider picking ones synonymous with the season such as show-stopping dahlias, velvety cosmos or dramatic trailing amaranthus. The texture is key - consider adding berries, feathers, pine cones, dried grasses and seed heads such as echinacea or scabiosa paper moon seeds to reflect the season.

Feature statement pieces at your wedding, such as a dramatic archway or pedestal arrangements. Line your aisle with candlelit lanterns or hurricane vases. If you're planning a smaller reception, create a cosy atmosphere with low centrepieces and lots of candles, or perhaps have one large table for all your guests to sit around topped with a dramatic garland of flowers. Add elements such as pine cones, moss, log slices and leaf confetti to bring the outdoors in.

Heather Reilly,Sonning Flowers
www.sonningflowers.com/contact

 

Designer look

Designer look

Q. I really want a showstopping bouquet for my autumn wedding day. What blooms do you suggest?

A. Danielle Harvey says: No matter your overall wedding theme, autumn and winter floral decorations have come in to their own in recent years, no longer over-shadowed by the popular summer nuptials!

Enhance a rustic wedding day with a wild-looking bouquet of textured grasses, or wildflowers that look straight out of a field. Soft, muted hues will never lead you astray either, no matter the time of year, but don't be afraid to branch out of the typical autumnal palette: bright red, orange, and yellow blooms all make for major head-turners, and you can even pare them down with greenery and pastels for a sleek seasonal contrast.

Whatever design you opted for, big and over-flowing, or structured and demure top off the look with a piece of velvet ribbon - perfecto!

Consider: anemone, aster, astilbe, carnation, chocolate cosmos, dahlia, delphinium, freesia, gypsophila, hydrangea, lilies, lisianthus, orchids, ranunculus and roses, asiatic lily, celosia, orange gerbera, purple alstroemeria, calla lily, chrysanthemum, disbud, leucadendron.

Danielle Harvey,Your Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wedding
www.yourberksbucksoxon.wedding

 

In bloom

In bloom

Q. After a whirlwind romance, we're planning a wedding at short notice, and I haven't done anything about the flowers! What can you suggest in terms of on-trend summer florals?

A. Sandra Green says: The big trend this year is the Colour of the Year 2019 released by Pantone called Living Coral. It's a warm coral hue with golden undertones that puts you in mind of hot summer days, walks on the beach, sunsets and holidays far away.

This colour is well represented in the flower world. Choose coral charm peonies, Miss Piggy or vuvuzela roses, aazur salmon ranunculus, and coco yuko hypericum. Don't worry about mixing in a few exotics for added texture, such as orange leucospermum, ananas (baby pineapples), and banksia. Complement with blue grey foliages of hebe, rosemary, sage, dusty miller, echeveria and eucalyptus.

If a paler scheme is preferred, then one of the style trends this year from the Flower Council is called Soft Landing. Consisting of harmonious pastel shades, and comfortable shapes, even hard materials such as containers should have a soft appearance. Think feathery plume-shaped flowers such as celosia, astilbe, veronica, and grasses, or pillowlike hydrangeas and alliums. Colours range from cream, through blush pink, to lilac, with soft velvety foliage, or tiny flowers that create a cloud-like effect such as gypsophila.

Sandra Green
www.larkriseflowers.com

 

The florist

The florist

Q. How did Emma combine rustic barn décor with a modern twist in our 'get the look' special?

A. Emma Curtis says: “Emma went above and beyond in supplying us with far more than what we'd asked for, and her floral contributions really made the shoot.” – Sarah.

Emma Curtis
www.emmacurtis.co.uk

 

Pruning back

Pruning back

Q. How can I keep down costs with our flowers yet still stay on-trend?

A. Lucy Brooker says: Flowers create a beautiful impact on any wedding day, but they can be expensive. Opting for in-season blooms will help maximise your budget, as will repurposing. Utilising flower displays and décor first for your ceremony, we can then reposition and repurpose them as centrepieces for your dining tables or place them around the venue for example, so you and your guests can continue to enjoy them for the rest of the day.

We are seeing two main trends. The first is for displays arranged in a neat, compacted and structured design. This type of styling typically uses lots of flowers (more often large, big-headed blooms such as roses, peonies and hydrangeas) with little or no greenery or foliage.The second trend is for loose, free-flowing and organically styled bouquets and centrepieces, using a mix of flowers (of all sizes) and lots of types of assorted foliage to create an arrangement full of texture that has that freshly picked and gathered together look and feel. And following the Royal Wedding last year, arches and gazebos adorned with flowers, foliage and fairylights are becoming increasingly popular. They're ideal for creating a romantic ceremony area to stand under while exchanging the all-important vows and are also a perfect backdrop to frame your top table during the wedding breakfast.

Lucy Brooker
www.seventh-heaven-events.co.uk

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