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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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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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The sun is out and the lilacs are in full bloom….a sure sign that spring is (finally) here! Only available for a few weeks, they are one of my favorites!! I love lilacs as a wedding flower but due to my wedding date in May, sadly this is not an option for me. I do plan to however fill my house with bundles of these beautiful stems and bask in the beautiful scent that will fill my home!

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Indigenous to Europe and Asia, the Lilac grows as bush, and the romantic flower clusters burst along the ends of solid stems. The fresh hues delight in white, violet, blue, lilac, pink, magenta and purple. They are typically available in the spring and sometimes onwards into the summer months. In Canada, where i currently live, that means our shop is full of sweet smelling lilacs at the moment. Back home in Australia, you will have to wait a while as they wont appear until sometime between September and Febuary.

In any arrangement they have an elegant presence. Personally I love the relaxed feel, touch of whimsy or even rustic and romantic vibe they can add to any arrangement.

image source : stylemepretty

image source: brendasweddingblog

image source : oncewed

As a centrepiece it as beautiful in its simplicity alone, as it is mixed with other flowers

The saddest news is that the Lilac is not a particularly long lasting flower. As a cut flower, out of a controlled cooler environment, it longevity is a mere 3-5 days at best. So with the few short weeks that Lilacs are here with us, here are a couple of tips to help get the most from them…..

  • Water!!!!!! They are a very thirsty flower. Some people like to crush the woody stems, but for me, I prefer to recut the stems often and place them in lukewarm water that is changed regularly (every two days) Dont place them in floral foam, this just blocks the water getting to them
  • Cut Lilacs do not love the heat, so please take care not to place them in the hot afternoon sunlight….Sorry brides, an eloborate outdoor wedding in the hot sun does not equal happy Lilac centrepieces!

In the language of flowers, Lilacs can symbolise the first emotions of love. Well, here is one person who experiences the emotions of love every year this beautiful flower appears in spring!

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Since my decision to leave the corporate world and say goodbye to my ‘safe’ job… I have been on a steep learning curve into the world of floral design.

My first job was with an events company and to say it was tacky is an understatement. The weddings I helped set up and “tear down” certainly reminded me of scenes from “My big fat Greek wedding”

All credit to the owners though…the place was certainly popular with brides and I cant complain as it gave me an insight into what goes on behind the scenes of a big event like a wedding. I loved being in the creative environment and didnt mind the all day hard work and 2am ‘teardowns’ following the events. However it didnt take me long to realise It was not my style… mountains of tulle, bling brooches, and headtables that should have been left in the 80’s, remembered fondly only through reruns of the movie The Wedding Singer….

Of all my time at this place, there was only one wedding that stood out to me. Beautiul, intimate and romantic, it set me on my search for a more suited workplace. Here are the only images I managed to keep from that beautiful day….

I spent hours cleaning glass cylinders for the candles we placed and hung everywhere.

Rose petals may have a tendency to look ‘cheap’ in my opinion. But here we kept them concentrated in one area to give the appearance of it overflowing with petals and rather than just scattering rose petals for the ceremony, we included full rose buds. This made the scene appear so much more expensive and lavish!

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