My Wedding - - FASHION - By Virg­nia Thomp­son www.flow­er­

Loose, free flow­ing wed­ding bou­quets are a pop­u­lar 2014 flo­ral trend. The feel­ing of ef­fort­less­ness and ease to the bou­quet is what many florists are cre­at­ing for up­com­ing brides.

A long trail­ing bou­quet can look strik­ing say celebrity event plan­ner, Colin Cowie. “Ar­range­ments are a bit looser, more or­ganic and eclec­tic in feel. Brides are fo­cused on giv­ing their wed­ding a very per­son­alised look, and bou­quets — es­pe­cially for sum­mer wed­dings — have more of that ‘just picked, freshly cut from the gar­den’ flair.”

messy, wild and right off the vine. If you’re an avant-garde kind of girl, you’ll ap­pre­ci­ate this fash­ion for­ward ap­proach com­pared to the pre­dictably tidy clas­sic bou­quet.

That said, rest as­sured that ‘vin­tage’ is not go­ing any­where in a hurry. An­tique colour pal­ettes, han­dles wrapped in vin­tage lace and heir­looms, and loose flow­ing bou­quets and posies rem­i­nis­cent of fam­ily wed­ding im­ages from gen­er­a­tions-past. Trail­ing, vin­tage and free-flow­ing ef­fects can be cre­ated for any themed wed­ding, whether you opt for a mix of English gar­den-like flow­ers or na­tives and wild­flow­ers.

When it comes to dis­cussing flower trends I al­ways ad­vise my brides to go with what they love and what makes their heart sing! How­ever I do think that, as a wed­ding florist, it’s im­por­tant to keep up with cur­rent trends, and I’m def­i­nitely see­ing more free flow­ing trail­ing bou­quets.

Brides used to walk down the aisle with a tra­di­tional trail­ing bou­quet wired and glued into a holder. Al­though lovely, and still pop­u­lar, it tends to look very struc­tured and neat and, un­less the right soft, flow­ing fo­liage is used, can look a tad stiff. My brides are in­creas­ingly re­qust­ing me to cre­ate nat­u­ral, rus­tic bou­quets, with that just-picked look. The trail­ing part usu­ally comes from the fo­liage, us­ing things like hon­ey­suckle, jas­mine, olive leaves, ferns, eu­ca­lyp­tus fo­liage and a va­ri­ety of nat­u­ral grasses which have a soft, flow­ing nat­u­ral ef­fect. Ev­ery­thing about this bou­quet is blousy and ro­man­tic, so it’s im­por­tant to use flow­ers that have a trail­ing, flow­ing qual­ity to them such as daisies, gar­den roses, lisianthus and many more. Bou­quets for 2014 and into 2015 will have pops of bold colour, and we are see­ing more soft pinks and pur­ples.


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