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This little beauty is a humble edition to any arrangement. It never tries to steal the spotlight but in my opinion does so much to enhance the look.

Scabiosa lends itself well to natural themes and being in season during spring and summer it pairs as beautifully with pastelly coloured fluffy flowers as it does natural tones and a more rustic or whimsical look.

Flores Del Sol & JL Designs

The bouquet features echeveria succulents, Champagne and Metallina roses, scabiosa pods, smoke bush, unripe blackberries, and peach hypericum made by housemartin,  and the gorgeous hairpiece seen on Brooklyn Bride

This bouquet freshens things up using peach calla lilies, pink roses, fiddlehead ferns, scabiosa pods and more, by Branch Out Floral and Event Design in San Francisco.

image found via brushfire photography

by finch and thistle

this happy wedding  and its bouquet I found at Calie Rose

bouquet bouquet

these couple of images below from designs by audrey are just beautiful!!

and some more cute boutenneires…

The above image includes white and yellow ranunculus, beige scabiosa pods, white lisianthus, yellow billy balls and gray dusty miller I found on bouquet bridal

This one below from sweet pea floral is so colourful and stunning…I had to give it two images!!! I love that thank’s to a brides relaxed vision, the designer was free to collect the most charismatic flowers from the market.  Orange dahlia, coral zinnia, fuchsia anemone, purple sweet pea, red cockscomb, red and green ranunculus, scabiosa pods, english lavender, and veronica. LOVE IT!!!

simple classic combination of dusty miller, ivory roses and scabiosa pods. found here

found at love & lavender

found here

unruly things

Scabiosa is not the star of the show…but sure is one hell of  support act with so many different styles!!!


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A couple of posts ago, I touched on using herbs (more specifically lavender) at your wedding as a beautiful scented element to your wedding day. (Wedding sights,sounds…..and scents?)

I have been thinking about this idea alot, and how potted herbs as a centrepiece would work. I have come to the conclusion that  really like the idea for the right type of event. It would add a really rustic, country feel to the wedding spread. Imagine if your food complimented the herbs so guests could pick seasoning for their meal straight from the plants in front of them! OK ok, the last idea might is a little crazy, and you would have to have plants completely free of pesticide……but you have to agree its a nice utopian idea anyway!

Idealism aside, I think it could be a really great ‘wallet friendly’ option for brides and also can double as a favor that guests can take home with them. (This post has some cute DIY  lace and burlap herb favors  as shown below)

I have done some searching to see whats out there to inspire me and you!

jules wedding ideas

will you marry moi

I love the lemons in this image too…very Mediterranean

If you want a really simple, and rustic look this wedding featured on once wed went very basic incorporating herbs into the decor. I think its great that the ‘green thumb’  grandma helped with them all too!

Herbs are a cheaper option from a  florist than floral centrepieces…but I think it is a definite DIY option if you have the space, the time and are laid back enough to accept that there will be some deaths amongst your brood of beautiful herbs in the lead up the big day!

When purchasing the herbs, look for small plants in a variety of colors, heights and textures. Sage has a beautiful grey green colour,  thyme are pretty low plants, and rosemary not only adds height, but smells DELICIOUS, and also has a beautful soft colouring in my opinion. Chives, lavender and chamomile all have the potential to add a floral element (check the seasonality) Chamomile looks delightful mixed with vases of poms and peonies at this wedding below I found on once wed

If you cant get the seasonality right with flowering herbs, it would be extra special to mix in some vases of flowers to the grouping just to freshen it up. The extra cost would be worth it I think.

The best post i have found so far that shows how to use herbs at a wedding in a modern and classic way is on project wedding…I love how the photoshoot uses repitition to their advantage for this table spread.  Incorporating the herb into a few elements is gold and with a backdrop of natural fabrics and whites keeps the focus on the beautiful fresh green colour of the herb . I also think it makes a world of difference that the herbs look so  healthy and lush!

I do adore the one above, and other images I have found but I do have to say, I was really hoping to find just a couple of crazy big ideas using herbs…. ones that scream wedding!!! I know that would take it out of the ‘economical/DIY’ category, but its always nice to have a some crazy inspiration. So if you know of any weddings or events where this has been done please send the link or image, I would love to see it and share…I believe the humble herb has it in them to become a feature that really holds its own!!

If you do choose this as your own DIY option, remember to have fun!!!!,  perhaps have a backup plan, and most of all enjoy the process of mixing and matching ….you never know you might discover a green thumb!!

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I obvviously have a thing for large flowers at the moment but lately I have been loving the huge Dinner plate dahlias in the cooler!

I used them this week for a feminine arrangement….

So how about using these as a wedding flower?

Here I was thinking they would be too big and delicate but I was overwhelmed with the array of amazing bouquets out there…I think I have a new flower crush!

Here are some amazing bouquets sourced for yours (and mine) viewing pleasure!


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This beautiful bouquet used dinner plate dahlia, scabiosa, tweedia, and delphinium …all wrapped in natural twine! I found this simple beauty at the floral lab

The next few images I found via Lovely little details blog….(on a side note, this is a great little site to explore)

Yumiko Fletcher of Hana floral design created this stunning bouquet.  The bride was so smitten with her bouquet!  It is a lovely little post on sparkle and hay that shows how much your bouquet can add to your whole day and experience!

The dahlia caters to a bide who prefers a clean, classic white look…but still wnats to stand out from the crowd. The flowers above found at Elizabeth Ann design blog

the bouquet in the images above are designed by the talented little floral team at poppies and posies

…and I normally dont like long trailing things coming out of a bouquet! but this bouquet by Martha Andrews just makes my heart swoon!

I lOVE the work by la partie events…and she has not let me down with the dinner plate dahlia bouquet! This girl is forever a source of inspiration to me

So there you have it…The feminine yet still so funky Dinner plate dahlia.

I could keep going on forever but I think it is a becoming a little obsessive this sifting through so many gorgeous images of dinner plate dahlias…I have to stop somewhere! I focussed only on the bouquets this time but dont you worry…I will be back looking at them in many other aspects of a wedding…sigh they are so delightful

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So to follow up my last post,  and to brighten up this overcast afternoon, I thought I would share a simple little arrangement I put together today with sunflowers, craspedia balls and some rolled aspidistra…brightens up the coffee table perfectly!

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At the moment I am loving a soft romantic bouquets and arrangements that include corals, peaches, blush pinks, silvers and greys. This colour scheme is timeless, feminine and subtle. It says wedding without the harshness of a stark white colour palette.

Sigh! They make me so happy.

Here is a selection of bouquets that a think have such a gorgeous mix of these colours and a posie so relaxed and fuss-free they look as though brides have swooped them from the garden themselves…love!!!!!

flowers by Amandas wedding shop

flowers by poppies and posies

Next up are some images from the amazingly talented lady Joy thigpen….her designs, selections and pairings are an inspiration to me

I love the soft complimentary ribbon on this bouquet, I think a bronze ribbon would be equally beautiful!

flowers by flowerwild

flowers by hanafloraldesign

flowers by serendipity

flowers by clementine

I think I am zeroing in on this colour scheme for my own wedding! It lends itself to a fancy wedding and also to more of my style- a more rustic barn wedding teamed with some beautiful natural wood tables and candlelight…sigh!!!

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Well this weekend has been rough. I was on delivery to a wedding that had a $10,000 flower budget…thats right…$10,000 just on flowers alone.

Plus about 6 more weddings across this weekend. I find it highly stressful. Let me rephrase….. I absolutely LOVE making the arrangements, I LOVE delivering and transforming the venue…. but…I don’t like the stressfulness in the shop- and being an employee, especially being new to floristry, I am always on eggshells trying to be fast, to be thorough, to do it right….plus I didnt even like the cenetrepieces for the big wedding. The concept doesnt bother me (a ball of flowers on top of a tall vase) actually I kinda like that look for a traditional and more elaborate wedding.  BUT, the type of vase, the choice of flowers and the colours just did nothing for me.  Personally, I thought it was rather ugly. Definetly not my taste, so I want to find some inspirational pictures of ball arrangements on vases that do inspire me!

found here

found here

the last two images found here

Lets just say, this has been a harder task then I would have imagined. The ones above dont blow me away but they all have elements that I like. The last one in particular is unique and beautiful…and I think the one above would look fabulous in an outdoor marquee wedding in the springtime.

Maybe its the mood I am in, but I really wanted to share examples that blow me away beautiful (especially since these guys aren’t cheap!)….I will now be on the lookout for any pictures of tall ball of flower centre pieces so I can share!


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We did 8 weddings the weekend just gone…..I am tired but happy….The fridge is full to the brim of surplus peonies!

These flowers are a favourite with almost every bride and customer and there is no wonder why. They are so soft and romantic yet have a real casualness in their beauty. An added bonus is the soft scent and reasonable vase life (proper care- lasting up to 7 days)

Some bouquet picks of mine using this stunning flower….

I am drawn toward using a peony as a more romantic casual bouquet but below are some stunning mixed arrangements using the peony…delightful

love these colours and the wedding…found here

stunning detail on this bouquet (silver blue looks great with soft pink peonies!) image source

and this wedding is peony perfection!

The colours can be traditional in white and blush pinks… to a more girly wedding with soft pinks and fushias and they even come in a fun and vibrant array of yellows, deep reds, , and who can forget the ridiculously gorgeous coral and salmon colours I have seen!

pink twig floral boutique

A simple arrangement from Once Wed

and now for a wild standard arrangement I love!

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These highly sought after flowers and in Canada are available from March through August, with peak season being April, May and June. Many white varieties bloom early in the season. In Australia we are not so lucky… from all information I can get so far,  these beauties are available for a a limited time between late october and mid january!

Oh and one more thing…we used these flowers for bridesmaids last year. Rather than carrying a bouquet, we made a huge dress corsage using a single peony…stunning!

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