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I had a lot of fun picking out all the flowers for the wedding. My bouquet and the bridemaids bouquet were the only ones we had made professionally. The rest of the flowers in the church and at the reception my mum made herself in a flower frenzy the night before the wedding. We probably did save money but I’m not sure my mum would agree the stress was worth it!

I would love to tell you all the flowers that were in my bouquet but to be honest I can’t remember! I asked for deep reds and dusky whites and wild flowers. I also gave the florist a strip of blue velvet fabric from my coat which she wrapped around the stems and pinned in place with pearl pins.

I asked for blue anemones for the bridesmaids bouquets. The florist was reluctant to use them as they tend to droop within a few hours of being out of water but I have to say these stayed beautiful for the whole day and looked amazing.

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For those of you who are curious this is my flower shop! We’ve only been open 3 weeks but its all very exciting and new (and tiring. 5 o’clock starts are not good for the bride-to-be!). This is my first time working as a florist – so far so good! Excuse the temporary sign. We’ve been so busy with other things (learning flower names, how to arrange a bouquet and so on), that we kinda forgot about our sign opps! If only I had started this business a little earlier in the year then I might have been able to do my own flowers. Still we’re going to do the church flowers as my wedding florist in Suffolk was asking a lot of money to do these. Looks like a pew end, for example, will cost us about £4-5 to make ourselves as opposed to £30!

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We went to one of my good friends weddings on Saturday. It was the last wedding before our own in November and all the more poignant for it. When we danced, we imagined dancing at our own wedding and when the bride walked into the church, I imagined all the nerves and excitement of walking up the aisle.

At the end of the night the bride came up to me and gave me her bouquet as I was the next to get married. I was very touched.

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I’m meeting with a potential wedding florist on Saturday and she asked me to bring a swatch of my wedding dress material and also some images of bouquets I liked. So thought I’d share the images with you all.

BRIDAL BOUQUETS

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Made up of speckled begonia foliage and porcelain berries with dark red tree peonies, dahlias and Black Beauty roses

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Bit messy for my liking but love the sea holly and berries

Wedding Bouquet, Metalina Roses, Picasso Calla, Tulips, Orchids, Albiflora, Hyacinth, Muscari.

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This bouquet appeals to me on so many levels. Its made up of Metalina & Amnesia roses, Picasso Calla Lilies, Hyacinth, Lissianthus, Kochia, Eucalyptus, Begonia Rex, Evelyn Spray Roses, Tulips Black Prince and Lavender, Heather, Ivy berries, an assortment of French Herbs, Wild Orchid Zygpetalum, Albiflora Bruneii, Muscari and bear grass trails – all available in January in the UK.

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I like some of the coral colours in this bouquet.

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Really like the colour of the ranunculus and the use of eucalyptus and winterberry.

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Some nice peachy colours in there.

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This is very different form anything else I’ve seen – love the gray colours but maybe its not right for me.

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This bouquet uses cockscomb (the deep-pink ruffle-edged flower) and a thick velvet-ribbon bouquet wrap to give a rich textured effect. The idea of a velvet ribbon wrap is great as I’m wearing a velvet coat at the wedding. I could get some of this material to use on my bouquet.

BRIDEMAIDS

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For the brIdemaids bouquets I’d like deep red and pink shades

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Again I love these deep reds.

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Are you spotting a theme yet?!

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Cascading berries…gorgeous!

CENTREPIECES

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Very pretty.

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These would fit in so well with our winter wedding.

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Those swirly shapes are so perfect for us! They’re quite a motif in our wedding and are in the save the dates, invites and bonboniere.

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Excuse the two small photos but I love the idea of have hanging plums and berries as part of the table displays.

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What are those twirly twigs called?!

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I found this 1920’s wax orange blossom wedding tiara in a vintage shop. I had toyed with the idea of buying one for a while but wasn’t sure if it would look too old fashioned. I saw a similar headpiece in a shop in London for £100 so couldn’t justify buying it too see if it worked. So when I came across this in Devon for £10 I snapped it up!

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The headpiece which sits on top of your head like an alice band, came with an attached tulle veil but had tears and rips in it so I took it off.

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Now I need to do some adaptation! The tiara is made of 3 wire ‘bands’. I could simplify that to one band, taking flowers of the other two bands and wrapping those across the other band that would go across my head.

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The flowers are so pretty. I also thought I could ignore the headband idea all together and create a new hair piece using the flowers which could go to the back or side of my hair.

Maybe create something like this:

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I love the way this bride-to-be wore her vintage headpiece on the back of her head

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I guess how I wear my headpiece all depends on how I wear my hair. Or how I wear my hair all depends on how I wear my headpiece. Oh brother.

Any suggestions on how to customise my tiara (or how to wear my hair!) please post here!

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Jack-in-the-Pulpit No. IV, 1930 by Georgia O’Keeffe

Pablo Neruda, excerpt from 100 Love Sonnets

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz, or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off. I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers; thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance, risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride; so I love you because I know no other way than this: Where “I” does not exist, nor “You”, so close that your hand on my chest is my hand, so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

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This wedding featured on Martha Stewart Weddings has many adorable details including this butterfly bouquet which the bride made from silk and feather creatures secured on thin wires so that they float and flutter realistically.

If you want to create your own here’s some instructions:

Tools and Materials
Assorted floral butterflies
White floral-wire stems
White floral tape
Ribbon

Butterfly Bouquet How-To
Floral butterflies come on wires, making this project super simple. Tape the wires close to the butterfly bodies with white floral tape to cover them and create a uniform appearance. Then gather together a few butterflies and tape their wires together using white floral tape. Stagger the spacing, or tape the wires only at the ends so you’ll have lots of wire to bend.

If the wires are short, or if you want the butterflies to be able to be bent farther apart, attach individual butterflies or clusters of butterflies to floral-wire stems (lay the wire from a butterfly alongside a wire stem with a 1- or 2-inch overlap, and tape the two together). Make several clusters, and tape them together to create the desired shape. Finish the stem by wrapping it in ribbon.

To see more of this lovely wedding click here

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