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Hand-tied bouquet of ‘avalanche’ roses, ‘Viviane’ spray roses, lilac, ranunculus and hyacinths, Hayford & Rhodes

The bride Katie Melua wowed onlookers when she wed her champion motorcyclist fiancé with a botanical crown adorning her glossy curls. Katie kept her bouquet classic in white and cream with plenty of greenery to ensure she looked the perfect blushing, bohemian bride. Floral crowns teamed with natural hand-tied bouquets are perfect for laidback floral charm. To maintain that ‘just-picked’ look, incorporate lots of foliage into your posy and rosebuds or hellebores into your circlet.

Crystal trailing flower and leaf headband, £98, Butler & Wilson

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Circlet of white ‘Majolica’ roses, hydrangeas and eucalyptus, Hayford & Rhodes

Look to the stars for fabulous floral inspiration for the whole wedding party

Butterfly corsage headband, £6, Monsoon


The flowergirl


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Spoil your flowergirls with pretty floral clips and headbands. Cute accessories, such as Suri’s pink headband or these jewelled clips from Johnny Loves Rosie, are perfect to co-ordinate with your colour scheme. not only will they be less expensive than fresh blooms, but they can also double up as favours for your girls to take home. Small pomanders and basket arrangements also look great, are easy for little fingers to carry and can be less expensive than extra bouquets.

Red rose enamelled hairclip, £15, Johnny Loves Rosie

Pink glitter corsage shoes, £12-14, next

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The bridesmaid

embroidered dress, £350, Karen millen

Keira KnightLey

Kate moss had her 15 bridesmaids donning floral circlets of ‘marguerite’ daisies and small ivory rosebuds in their hair, which instantly brought circlets back into the mainstream. Kate middleton’s young bridesmaids wore lily of the valley in their hair, while pippa middleton sported a fresh flower clip fastened atop loose curls. Keep your bridesmaids’ florals understated, just like Keira has done with this simple headband of small blooms.

oversized floral ‘beatrice’ headband, £38, rock ‘n rose open peony corsage in hot pink, £10, John Lewis

CompiLed by: emma VinCe, JessiCa greenham and CLaire ridLey. photography: Jo de bantie/press assoCiation; startraCKs photo/rex Features; press assoCiation. For stoCKists, see page 157

red bridal headband, £28.75, Which goose at etsy

‘Vip’ sculpted dress with flower corsage, £110, Lipsy

The guest

Leighton meester

Floral accessories make a stylish addition to any outfit, and they’re not just limited to the bridal party. go simple and chic like Leighton meester with an oversized flower corsage, or go big and bold with an extravagant floral headband teamed with tousled waves. John Lewis provides a wide selection of colourful corsages to ensure you’re the most style-savvy guest in attendance. Leave white alone in favour of bright hues to avoid clashing with the bridal party. W

Winter floral box clutch, £49, precis petite at house of Fraser

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Multi-jewelled necklace, £30, East



Kivi tealight holders, from £9.50 each, Littala

Purple rose headband, £15.95, Love Lemonade

Runway to reception

Baroque ‘n’ roll Add a touch of opulence to your wedding with vibrant dresses and bejewelled accessories

Yellow Diamond eau de toilette, £63.50 (for 90ml), Versace

Crystal-encrusted court shoe, £119.95, Moda in Pelle 'Baroque Bliss' wedding invitation, from £4, Ananya Cards


Multi-jewelled chandelier earrings, £20, Pretaportobello

WEDDINGflowers inspiration Miniature 'Bollywood' cakes, £10 each, Rachelles Cakes

Mezzo pink-purple champagne glass, £30 (for four), LSA

Glitter nail polish in Radiant and Stunning, £6.49 each, Revlon

Jewelled brooch, £19.95, Rosie Fox

Pink diamond paperweight, £9, Monsoon

Hand-tied bouquet of 'Black Baccara' roses, yellow 'Babe' spray roses, pink David Austin roses, mini phalaenopsis orchids, freesia and lisianthus, Mary Jane Vaughan

Butterfly and edible flower seeds, £3.95 each, The Balcony Gardener

Clutch bag, £20, ASOS

Multi-jewelled bracelet, £12, Mood at Debenhams


Jewel-print dress, £39.50, Dorothy Perkins

Jewelled ring, £4.99, Limited Edition Collection at New Look

Rice metal candle holder with birds, £49.95, Cloud Berry Living

'Dark Collection' chocolate cubes, £16 (for 12), Amelia Rope Chocolate



My little peony

Add a modern twist to this timeless bridal bloom and bring peonies bang up to date for your big day

PhotogrAPhy: Naomi keNtoN Styling: mimi Nicole flowerS: BlUSH FloRal DeSiGN

‘Vuvuzela’ roses in glass bottles

WEDDINGflowers peonies ‘Vuvuzela’ and ‘Vendela’ roses, ‘Bombastic’ spray roses, ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ peonies, succulents and astilbe


For single-stem displays, source old jars and bottles from local car boot sales and antique fairs to create an on-trend vintage look for your tables. Mixing coloured glassware is a great way to add colour while keeping a pretty floral feel. Bouquets of peonies can be enhanced by combining them with ‘Vendela’ and ‘Vuvuzela’ roses (pictured left and above) to keep it pretty in pink. Simply add bursts of green foliage for a fresh and contemporary feel. A more natural look

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Fuchsia fusion Pamela and Ben held a beautiful, colourful ceremony at Lennoxlove House, east Lothian The atmosphere... We are both from edinburgh, so ideally wanted to be close to the city but still have a relaxed, country feel. We didn’t want to fuss about small details, but do love throwing a party so it was important to us that our friends and family had a great time and felt at home. We had the ceremony and reception at Lennoxlove House in Scotland. While it had the grandeur of a castle, it was also cosy and intimate. We decorated the great Hall, where we had our ceremony, with big and bright floral displays. 46

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The look... My Pronovias dress had a sweetheart neckline and full A-line skirt. The top half was lace, which gradually disappeared further down the skirt. When i first tried it on i wasn’t sure about it because it was strapless, but the bridal shop added some beautiful lace cap sleeves and a beaded belt, which made the dress perfect for me. My sister was my only bridesmaid and we found a beautiful nude Jenny Packham dress for her to wear, which had pretty silver beading across the top. For my bouquet, my florist chose a brilliant mix of hydrangeas,

peonies, spray roses and thistles. it provided an amazing pop of colour against my dress. Being Scottish, there was no question about whether the groom would wear a kilt! The lining on his jacket matched the purple in my flowers, and we added a thistle buttonhole. The details... For the tablecentres, we used cracked silver pots, vases of alternating heights and candles. We also wanted to decorate the outside, so had candles and petals in hurricane lamps, and big posies of carnations that hung from the trees. We had a cocktail hour after the ceremony

your WEDDINGflowers

“We brought our pug to the reception. She wore a purple floral collar to match my bouquet!”

and served our favourite drinks, including French Martinis and ginger grouses. Our cake was four tiers and decorated with bright iced flowers. Later in the evening we brought out a cheese cake topped with edam. i wanted to contribute something to the day, so made delicious vanilla fudge for the favours. My favourite moment... Our pet pug is a big part of our lives, so we brought her along to the reception. Her purple floral collar matched my bouquet and Ben’s kilt. She stole the show! W

Photographer: elemental ( Venue: Lennoxlove House ( Florist: Planet Flowers ( Dress: Pronovias from Kavelle ( Bridesmaid dress: Jenny Packham ( Groomswear: geoffrey Tailor ( Cake: Liggy’s Cake ( TURn OVeR TO geT THe LOOK

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WORdS: JeSSiCa gReenHaM

Pamela’s address book



Best for a vintage vibe Capturing the charm of times gone by in her beautiful bridal designs is Middlesex-based florist, steph turpin. Her blog for fairy Nuff flowers features recent weddings with cool retro-style images of bridal bouquets and table arrangements, plus quirkily written descriptions.

Best for cuttingedge creations on edinburgh-based florist Planet flowers’ blog, there are stunning images of its contemporary designs at wedding venues ranging from scottish country houses to chic hotels. And you’ll find inspiration for gorgeous wedding bouquets and buttonholes, too.

Blooming blogosphere Looking for stylish, original ideas for your wedding flowers? Here’s our pick of the best blogs for online inspiration

Best for eclectic ideas there’s inspiration for big-day blooms in abundance in flowerona’s regular Wedding Wednesday blog post series, from diY flower courses to the latest floral trends. Plus there are write-ups about wedding shows rona has visited, with photos of florists’ stands including this one of a Zita elze tablecentre at the designer Wedding show.

Best for timeless romance London-based florist Nikki tibbles’ blog for her company Wild at Heart is filled with sumptuous wedding flower designs. Whether it’s for an exotic beach wedding or a reception in the ballroom of a top London hotel, you’ll be captivated by Nikki’s spectacular floral creations. 68

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Best for all-out luxe Pure opulence and drama can been found on london-based florist By appointment only design’s blog. Javier and tony’s luxurious wedding creations are out of this world, with show-stopping floral installations including trees adorned with flowers, gorgeous bridal bouquets and striking centrepieces.

Best for boho-chic blooms for ‘just-picked’ wedding flower inspiration, Charlotte Burton’s blog for the natural Wedding Company is the go-to place. she’s also passionate about showcasing florists who use seasonal British-grown flora.

Best for classic looks

Style Me Pretty is an American blog, and a real feast for the eyes.It features chic, stylish weddings with breathtaking bridal blooms. It’s also a great place to discover wedding flower trends across the pond before they hit the British shores.

Best for sophisticated stYle east-sussex based florist Philippa Craddock’s blog is a treasure trove of stunning bridal blooms. it features recent flowers from real weddings and even step-by-step instructions for brides-to-be to create some of their own big-day designs.

be bloG-saVVY suBsCriBe By eMail some bloggers offer readers a way to sign up to receive blog posts via email. so, when a new blog post has been written, you’ll get it as an email delivered to your inbox. every company differs, so simply look on its home page for a ‘subscribe’ option.

google reader

Words: rona Wheeldon

if you plan on reading lots of blogs, then you may wish to use google reader ( it’s a tool for gathering all your favourite blogs using rss technology.

BookMarks to find your favourite blog at the touch of a button, you could simply make its url a favourite or bookmark in your internet browser.

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Words: rona Wheeldon (WWW.floWerona.CoM)

Best for modern eleGance

Based in glasgow, Mood flowers’ blog gives you a peek behind the scenes of the company, as well as a look at the finished floral designs at the luxury venues it works for. www.moodflowers.


Secret garden Let your love story bloom in gorgeous gowns embellished with pretty petals, intricate floral lace and oversized flower corsages PHOTOGRAPHY: CONSTANTINOS TSILIACOS STYLING: LIZANNE HARRIS FLOWERS: VIOLETS & VELVET

Bride: Ivory and printed grey taffeta and tulle dress, £1,035, Benjamin Roberts. Hair corsage, £98, Vivien Sheriff. Bow and tassel-detail earrings, £95, Azuni. Groom: Trousers, £155, Ede & Ravenscroft. Shirt, £30, Jeff Banks at Debenhams. Boots, £70, Clarks. Flowers: ‘Memory Lane’, ‘Miss Piggy’ and ‘Avalanche’ roses, ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ peonies, lisianthus, hydrangeas, eucalyptus and olive leaves

January/February 2013 Wedding Flowers  

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