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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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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!

homegrown

vineyard gazette

LilyboxDesigns

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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I would imagine that a huge fields of sunflowers is one of the most beautiful things to see, but as a wedding flower it needs careful styling.

I love the yellow, I love its bold appearance and for its size the sunflower is inexpensive thats for sure. However, in the flower shop I work at, there is general dislike for this flower. I personally want to find some extra inspiration to show me how this flower has been incorporated into wedding in a fun,classy and modern way. Overall, I see it working in a rustic fun wedding theme.

It is adds a nice fall/autumn or summer look to a wedding and when using it the colour scheme should stay warm and sunny. Varying shades of yellow look good with sunflowers, as do browns and greens and greys… and as always there are no hard and fast rules, the contrast of the coral and teal colours in the wedding below suit the sunflower (and couple) perfectly!!   in the now

In my searching I have realised I prefer the flower on its own, it makes such a statement solo it doesn’t need the fussyness of too many other flowers. It also keeps the look fun,  with a touch of rustic home spun feel. (without the tacky ‘country bumpkin’ look) The images below I found at country living and they walk the country line beautifully and manage to stay rustic but still modern and fresh.

Cute mix of blue and yellow and the lemons! I just WISH they had taken the time to stick in cute name labels rather than write on the lemon in black marker?!!!

(On a side note I am on the hunt for these bamboo disposable plates and cutlery…awesome classy idea for an laid back event!)

As a tall centrepiece, you could also put them in a tall glass vase with the long sturdy stems visible. This has been done time and time again (especially in my home town of Perth) Don’t love, but I think it could be updated with a bundle of twine around it to give it a ‘finished’ and considered look (It IS a wedding!)

Talking of twine, I think twine and sunflowers could be best friends…just look at the inspiration from this wedding from amanada pair  (Cuuuute couple….and do love that the look is kept simple at the ceremony with greenery so the focus is in the bouquets)

Just a few sunflowers together also make a very simple bouquet. Wedding at The dior

And if you have a bit more money to burn, this Manzanita branch with bundles of sunflowers and candle votives takes you from day to night, and is sure to make the guests talk! (by Valley Forge Flowers–meaning to go back to this website and check out their gorgeous flower gallery!)

Oh, and finally some really cute pew markers…found here

I feel so happy after this post…sunflowers do work……

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A scent is a magical thing, its has an a ability to allow me to time travel back into a place from my childhood, or to last week or even bring my late mother back for a second when I catch a whiff of her favourite perfume. I would like to think that at my wedding there will be a pleasant scent, hopefully common, but distinctive enough that when someone catches it, they are reminded of the fun night celebrating our special day.

I like the idea of eucalyptus leaves on the dance floor….(I am Australian so these are easy to get, free and so much a part of home)…so as people carve it up on the dance floor, the scent fills the air…. Also throwing dried scented leaves or flowers instead of confetti would be perfect out an outdoor wedding.

Herbs would also be an easy way to add a scent to the day. Rosemary, mint, lemon grass…all would work great. Another lovely herb could be lavender, I just came across some images this afternoon from Polkadotbride.com

Alot of dried lavender bouquets I have seen, have a very straight up and down look. This can look ok, but personally, with dried lavender, I prefer a chunkier bridal bouquet just because the flowers are so delicate. The way some of the flower springs poke outwards and weep a little in the above image, also gives the bouquet some softness and movement usually lacking from a lavender bouquet.

Here is a couple of images I found of dried lavender boutonnieres…. love the simplicity, but i do think if your guys are large or are wearing black suits (which most do!), the lavender could get lost…I think I would add a backing of some sort to make it stand out more. The top bout, does that with a little piece of dusty miller.

These mini lavender table settings are cute too! If you stuck two pins on it everyone would get their own corsage two! (just take care no pins get left on the plates!)Below is a couple of images showing dried lavender as chair ties and mixed with purple hydrangea in pew markers

 There is just so many possibilities to the idea of making your wedding more that just sight and sound but also scent! I hope you enjoyed my quick sampling of using dried lavender… but just imagine the possibilities with everyother type of scented flowers/ foliage out there!!

Oh, and why not send everyone home with their own scented herb plant at the end of the night….? so simple, so lovely!

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I had never encountered this flower back in oz, but here in Canada, they are everywhere at this time of year and can I just say I LOVE LOVE LOVE them.

The bigger the better….actually….the small ones are just as scrumptious! They look great alone, and look amazing mixed with other richer or softer coloured flowers. The only downer might be the slightly onion smell they can emit (well, you have to forgive them since they are a member of the onion family!)

So I am talking about the Allium. The name “Allium” actually refers to the genus of plants that includes onions, garlic, chives, leeks, and ramps.

source: karaandgroomzilla

The cut flower varieties include Bullet or drumstick allium (Allium Sphaerocephalon) – small, with about 1″ balls of flowers. The real eye catcher is  Globemaster (Allium giganteum), they can grow three to four feet tall with blossoms as large as 14 inches. (typically 5″ diameter blooms)

Globemaster allium are available in Canada from late May into June (late spring early summer), incidentally at the same time as peonies, which are a great companion for this flower!!…Exhibit A…….

So how does this whimsical fella look like in a bridal bouquet?

well for starters it look fabulous on its on as a statement (source) or maybe for your flower girls as a ‘wand’?

at this blog, the bride loves it for its scented addition to her bouquet

Or, you might like the significance that it is a vegetable…here is gorgeous mixed bouquet with all the flowers  from the vegetable family (for all you ‘foodie’ couples out there!)

And what about those arrangements? Allium are fun, whimsical and on their own can look architectural.

source: blueskyflowers

source: karaandgroomzilla
This next one would look lovely either side of the bride and groom for a ceremony.

Just for something different I saw these ball of loveliness hung from strings at one event and it looks amazing….also just as fun, placing them in test tubes so they last that little bit longer …..

weddingbee.com

….for a corporate event they are striking….

and one more inspiration…these allium inspired cute invites for a wedding by Two For Joy Paper.

Although purple is the predominant colour, the range of colors is choice, from true blue, dark purple, pink, and white. They can last more than two weeks if you use floral preservative and change the water every few days.

LOVE!!!!!!

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We had a crazy bride at the shop today…without going into details, she was seeing a sample centre piece and was driving us crazy. Her look was very romantic and country garden but there was one flower she could not get her head around. Celosia.

Now I do love this flower, for its vibrancy (you cant beat its range of jewel tones!), its uniqueness and longevity. But, it is VERY different and some people just dont get it. So I thought I would throw out some fun bouquets and arrangements using this particular flower and you can make your own mind up!

First up is this wedding stunner I found on  blog called french bouquet. This wedding is rustic, vintage and has so many elements I totally want in my wedding as well. But I am staying focused!!! So celosia ….here are a few select images of this flower at this stunning event…

the sign is heaven….and check out the pew markers…sigh…

I think the colours of this event would translate so well to an Australian wedding too!

Anyway, next is an image of a vibrant bridal bouquet incorporating lime green celosia…found at bumble bee landing

I found this delightful image here. I think these could make cute bridesmaid bouquets for a quirky wedding, although i would probably let the roses blow open a little more…I am not a fan of bullet roses!!

I am also not a fan of yellow and red flowers together…but…somehow this one below by lisa foster works!

This fun mini bouquet is by sweetwater…

And for you girlie/country wedding folk, this bouquet  (source) and bout. fit the bill

And I know you were all thinking it…this flower looks like coral! well, this floral designer takes this thought literally for an interesting take on table arrangements.I wouldn’t personally make these, but I like the idea of perhaps using this concept on mass in a much larger vase for a suitable corporate or themed event….I think that would look stunning

Now I just have to share this one too…CHECK OUT THIS CAKE!!!! wow wow wow is all I can say about those beautiful flowers (source)

Similarly, a tight group like this one below, would make a sweet cake topper

So if you are smitten with this flower here is a bit more info…. Its vase life is nice and long, anywhere between 5 to 14 days and can be dried. It has no fragrance and is thought to symbol humor, warmth and silliness.

This flower has appeared in our store already, so i would put its availability anywhere between late June to mid October in Canada. Back home in Australia, all my sources show it is available year round (mainly grown in Victoria, NSW and QLD)…I might have to look into that one!

Well, publicly the jury is out on this flower, but hopefully this post has shown you that it is beautiful and despite the angry bride that hated it today…i think it has its rightful place in a wedding too!

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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!

image source

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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