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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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I have spoken a little about my love of peach coloured flowers in a wedding,…I could see myself as peach/apricot bride, but at the flower shop, these brides seem to be the hardest to please! Peach is such a varied range of colours, it could be a bit more orange, it could be a bit more pink….

This past weekend at work we had a peach bride and she was not happy with her bouquets…. so here we were, 10mins before they walk down the aisle,  madly remaking bouquets!! Not something I would recommend for anyones stress levels!! She didnt think that the flowers were ‘peach’ coloured, so opted to exchange flowers for a white option.

Now, the consensus i am getting from my workplace is that there just isnt many options for peach flowers. I understand that it is a difficult to define colour but since I am madly in love this coloured flower, I want to to do some digging around to see what potential peach(ish) flowers exist for all you future peach brides!

Well, first up would have to be the rose, a elegant option year round.

Varieties below found at fifty flowers


Versilia (Blown)

Creamy peach/ peachy surprise sweetheart rose

donna peach rose


Prima donna

Cinnamon Peach



Personally, I prefer the look of the garden rose…it suits peach so much!!!

These different varieties I found at a whole blossoms

Juliet Garden Rose (my fav!!! love its shape and texture, just look at those ruffles!)

Caramel Antique Garden Rose Peach Cream

Other flowers that have a peach appearance…

Mozart peach mini calla



mini carnations




Hypernicum berries

And for another of my favourite flowers… Dahlias…in peach!!!


Ball Dahlias

There are many other flowers and varieties that can pass as peach but depending on mother nature, lighting, what they are paired with and personal opinion…anyone could disagree! Im sure you will agree that ‘peach’ can mean so many colours and I now understand why it is so hard to please a peach bride!

I am starting to believe that peach in a wedding should be selected with another colour…like peach and creams, or peach and yellows and peach whites….as this colour flower tends to have a tinge of something else in each shade. And I prefer a mix of different flowers for texture and best effect. Here is a little peach inspiration to finish off…

The next 3 images are from the sweetest occasion. Love this wedding

I think the moral of the story is that if you see yourself as a peach/ apricot bride…remember all these images and remember how peach can mean so many different things! But personally, I think if its what you want, its worth persevering!…I know I will! (Just arm yourself with an image of what you want, aim for the ‘look or feel’ and try to be forgiving on the day as mother nature doesn’t always conform to your colour chart!)

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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 …..


….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.


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I MUST share this one with you….

This is from a stunner of a wedding featured on stylemepretty.

As much as I love this, I am not sure I could pull it off , but wow…I have a friend who this would be perfect for!!

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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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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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