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What would a wed­ding be with­out flow­ers? It’s such a plea­sure to en­ter a venue or an out­door cer­e­mony and see a cas­cade of blooms. Flow­ers bring del­i­cate beauty or vi­brant splen­dour, fra­grance and quiet el­e­gance.

De­cid­ing which flow­ers to use for a wed­ding cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion is one of the loveli­est ac­tiv­i­ties of wed­ding plan­ning. We hope cou­ples will be in­spired by im­ages and thoughts from our fea­tured florist.

Flora Cou­ture De­signer Flow­ers di­rec­tor, Paige Wills, has over a decade of ex­pe­ri­ence. Sim­i­lar to haute cou­ture, where ex­clu­sive gar­ments are cus­tom de­signed and made, Flora Cou­ture cus­tom de­sign and make flo­ral ar­range­ments to re­flect each and ev­ery cou­ple.

Paige loves the ef­fect flow­ers have on peo­ple and says they ex­press what we some­times can’t say with words.

What are your most pop­u­lar wed­ding flow­ers?

Peonies are still at the top of most brides’ wish lists. There is some­thing so ro­man­tic about peonies. It doesn’t mat­ter how many peony wed­dings I do, I still think they are ab­so­lutely stun­ning.

Do you have any ad­vice for cou­ples plan­ning their flow­ers?

I al­ways sug­gest that cou­ples have a con­sul­ta­tion with their florist early in their wed­ding plan­ning. Even if they aren’t ex­actly sure what type of flow­ers they want, a good florist can help pull to­gether all the de­sign el­e­ments and cre­ate a co­he­sive look. Also, if a cou­ple ab­so­lutely “must have” a cer­tain type of flower fea­ture at their wed­ding then choos­ing a wed­ding date where that flower is in sea­son is im­por­tant. I have had so many dis­ap­pointed brides who couldn’t have their dream flow­ers, be­cause they didn’t re­alise they weren’t avail­able at the time of year they planned their wed­dings.

What are your favourite ar­range­ments?

I love big, beau­ti­ful de­signs with usu­ally only one or two types of flow­ers and lush fo­liage. I also love to use rep­e­ti­tion of de­signs to cre­ate a stronger state­ment, for ex­am­ple hav­ing beau­ti­ful vases filled with or­chids at the end of each of the pews or seat­ing all the way up to the arch be­hind the bride and groom over­flow­ing with the same or­chids.

This edi­tion we are fea­tur­ing Trop­i­cal, Vine­yard and even Reg­istry wed­ding ideas. What are your thoughts on wed­ding themes?

I think th­ese are great themes. For trop­i­cal I would def­i­nitely sug­gest bright vi­brant colours, pos­si­bly with or­chids, or frangi­pani or even he­li­co­nias and lush trop­i­cal fo­liage. For Vine­yard, soft ro­man­tic posies, with roses, peonies, lily of the val­ley, lisianthus and even grape vines to com­plete the look. For reg­istry I like to think out­side of the box, so a beau­ti­ful wrist­let, small ar­ma­ture (bou­quet de­signed to slide over the arm like a cuff), or even a gor­geous hair cir­clet would look stun­ning with­out be­ing too over the top.

We love des­ti­na­tion wed­dings and all things travel re­lated. What are you thoughts on for­eign flow­ers?

I have been lucky enough to work with ex­quis­ite flow­ers in all sorts of lo­ca­tions through­out the world, and while it is al­ways a treat to work with im­ported blooms, I think that the types of flow­ers which nat­u­rally grow in abun­dance in cer­tain lo­ca­tions are the most spe­cial. I’ve done wed­ding flow­ers in Fiji, and we used all frangi­pani, or Queens­land, with vi­brant or­chids or Eng­land with large headed roses and hy­drangea. If I had to choose a favourite im­ported flower it would def­i­nitely be Vanda Or­chids, they are stun­ning, and make such a state­ment.

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