Posts Tagged ‘rustic’

My guy and I have been missing Australia today.

Kind of inevitable when you live on the other side of the world, so when I saw this lovely bouquet by Botanica floral design I had to share it.

The gumnuts (a typical Australian seed pod) look gorgeous coupled with fragrant double paperwhites, kumquats on the vine, and other seasonal botanicals.


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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

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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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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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Following my obsession with Brittany’s over sized paper flower bouquet, I decided I would see what oversized flowers Mother nature has given us in case I still wanted to go with the same idea but using a real bloom ( I cant help it, I am a sucker for fresh flowers!)

Make way for the King Protea!

This stunning flower is originally from Cape Town South Africa and can get to 12 inches across…no wonder it is their national flower!

In the home they could be used as clean and  simply as this arrrangement above and they have the strength to be a stand alone flower, which is my definite preference with the King Protea. However I dont mind them being featured in arrangements if used appropriately.

I would have put this arrangement in a taller vase and I think it would work just as well in a clear vase as the grey one. A blue vase would be appropriate for a more daring space (and client!) but would look awesome

The two arrangements above suit a corporate environment in my opinion.

The colour palette of this bloom is divine, it is sturdy and will NEVER go unnoticed! Which makes it a perfect wedding flower for those searching for something very different. Once again, my preference is for them to be used solo. I find them way too dominant and harsh mixed with other flowers…. but alone? MmmmMMMMmmm!!

My inspiration pictures start with a wedding from the lovely city of Melbourne.. in my opinion the king protea is a perfect flower for a an Australian wedding and really adds a rustic vibe to the whole occasion. The pink is soft and girlie but the structure of this flower keeps the wedding from falling into sugar sweet land.  I found the wedding via polkadotbride but the masterminds behind this amazing creation is  glasshaus nursery.

To me, this is most well put together wedding bouquet i have seen featuring a king protea and the bridesmaid bouquet is the perfect compliment…congrats glasshaus

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image from Dellables

This beauty can be harvested most of the year with peak seasons in Australia during Spring, Summer and Autumn.

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I did a little boutonniere making and thought I might share!

A very simple design with (homemade) fiddlesticks, a feather, dusty miller and some purple ribbon to finish it off. It took no time to make at all but I think it would look lovely at a more relaxed, quirky wedding for a  groom looking to break away from a conventional rose.

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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!

image source : savouringsimplicity

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.

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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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