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Friday Florals: Peach Takeover

Working on a project for a client at present, we've become a bit obsessed with the peach palettes and especially peach peonies we've been encountering. We thought this Friday, since it's Labour Weekend, we'd keep it simple and show you a few of our favourite uses of peach through your wedding florals. We love how vibrant yet elegant and understated peach flowers are and peonies with their feminine, graceful appeal are the perfect wedding flower.

And remember, that Harlow Garland's florals department, HG Blooms is ready and excited to help you achieve your dream wedding bouquet or floral decor with our expert floral styling tailored entirely to you.

We also think that some peach peonies would look amazing tucked into bouquets like these to the right to complement the periwinkle blues, lavenders and dusty hay hues of the thistle and straw.

#FridayFlorals: Going Dried

When it comes to flowers, your options aren't only limited to what may be in season or what can be imported, nor are you limited to using fresh flowers and petals. Dried flowers can be so effective for a variety of reasons:

They're Cost Efficient

Far cheaper to buy than fresh flowers, dried flowers can be purchased in bunches from wholesalers and specialty stores for well below what you'd pay for the fresh version. Alternatively, if you'd like to have a go at drying them yourself, you can choose bunches when you see them going cheap and prepare them yourself adding another element of DIY love to your nuptials.

They Last

While you can of course have a fresh bouquet preserved, a dried bouqet has had the work done for you already with no additional expense. The drying process also helps flowers become more fragrant, like lavender bunches or maize evoking whatever feeling you desire. If you're opting for a country theme, the scent of maize will do more than a hundred hay bales, and for a vintage or Tuscan themed wedding, the scent of lavender will create a relaxing, vintage feel to the day.

They make the best confetti

Rather than using fresh or freeze dried rose petals that may wilt in the heat and cost the earth, a quick scuff of the dried bunches can produce the best confetti, or you can even buy it already free from the stem, ready to be tossed. We love the idea of having guests fill their own cone with the fragrant goodies.

They make great favours

For an inexpensive favour choice, purchase some cheap calico or burlap favour bags and fill with a fragrant assortment of dried leaves to create fragrant drawer refreshers.

Use them as placemakers

A simple sprig of lavender or olive can be all you need to mark a guests's place. Tie them with a ribbon or raffia and add a swing tag and you have a simple and inexpensive placemarker that adds to the decor without grand expense.

Decor

Hang bunches from an arch to create a fragrant and stunningly beautiful bohemian altar. Add a mix of flowers and maize or wheat to assorted jars and create s umptuous centrepiece on each table. Tie lavender sprigs around a glass tealight holder with a piece of raffia for effective votives. Use in bouquets, as boutonnieres, flower crowns and corsages easily and elegantly. (no worrying about flowers wilting, especially in the case of flower crowns!).

Here are a few of the most common flowers used for drying:

  • Achilia (Achillea filipendulina) Widely used as a dried flower accent
  • Acroclinium (Helipterum roseum) Suitable for air-drying
  • African Daisy (Lonas inodora) Suitable for pressing and burying
  • Ageratum (Lonas inodora) Suitable for pressing
  • Amaranth (Amaranthus caudatus) This is an excellent flower because the pendant plumes are a rich red when dried it keep their natural colour. The long drooping flower with the green leaves adds a nice whispy touch to a bouquet
  • Ammobium (Ammobium elatum) A very nice dried flower accent used in clusters or single point of pure white daisies
  • Anaphalis (Anaphalis margaritacea) Enhances the beauty of a dried flowers arrangement
  • Annual Statice (Limonium sinuatum) The collection of blue flowers is brilliant with their evergreen leaves, a stunning combination
  • Artemisia Artemisia albula) Also popular as ´Silver King´. Wreaths made with artemesia are simply great
  • Baby's Breath (Gypsophila paniculata)- It has stiff woody stems with dried flower blossoms
  • Blue Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro)- Beautiful, dense, blue, spiny globe-shaped dried flower heads on sturdy stems
  • Blue Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) The name is derived from a Greek description of the shape of the seed heads that were thought to resemble Greek water vessels
  • Blue Salvia (Salvia farincea) Suitable for pressing and burying
  • Broom Bloom (Cytisus scoparius) Excellent for dried flower filler offering an array of colour
  • Bunny Tail (Lagurus ovatus)
  • Canary Grass (Phalaris canariensis)- Enhances the beauty of a dried flowers arrangement
  • Feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium)- A beautiful white flower that looks very similar to the daisy and chamomiles, having a yellow center disk with white rays
  • Hare's Tail (Lagurus ovatus) Grass variety, suitable for drying
  • Honesty (Lunaria annua) Popularly known as ´Money Plant´, suitable for drying
  • Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantina) A dried product of the silver-gray, velvety foliage that is soft and fuzzy, like a lambs ear
  • Larkspur (Delphinium consolida) Light pink, true blue or white shaded dried flower blooms densely set along tall, tapering spikes
  • Lavender (Lavandula adentata) Lavender´s sweet scent and pretty little blue flowers are very enchanting
  • Lemon Leaf (Gaultheria shallon) Enhances the beauty of a dried flowers arrangement
  • Lepto (Leptospermum laevigatum) In the spring they are most attractive with a profusion of white or pinkish flowers which retain their colours even as dried flowers
  • Love-in-the-Mist (Nigella damascena) - It has a delicate and lacy covering from where the beautiful name. These soft, pastel green pods also have vertical lavender stripes
  • Millet (Setaria macrochaeta) - Mixed with grasses for a stunning ´textured´ dried flowers arrangement
  • Monkshood (Aconitum napellus)- Enhances the beauty of a dried flowers arrangement
  • Nigella (Nigella damascena) -Also known as ´Love in the Mist´ because of its delicate and lacy covering
  • Oats (Avena sativa)-The oats add texture to any dried flowers arrangement
  • Penny (Thlapsi arvense)-It is a strongly scented herb that has light blue to light lilac colored flowers that fork whorls along the main stem
  • Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)- The flower heads are very small but several occur on each stem. Each one consists of many pearly white papery bracts surrounding the tiny yellow flowering part in the center
  • Rodanthe (Helipterum manglesii) - Loose white to soft pink dried flowers 1-2 inches across. Rodanthe is a nice bright dried flower accent
  • Salal (Gaultheria shallon)- The leaves are perfect for wreaths or floral swags
  • Strawflowers (Helichrysum bracteatum)- Combining these dried flowers with wild apple and pomegranate,an excellent arrangement can be generated
  • Tea-tree (Leptospermum laevigatum)- Tea tree is not only great to have as an oil to enhance your skins life, it also looks charming. It adds height to a foyer display or a large public display
  • Wheat (Tritacum spelta cv.)
  • Yarrow (Achillea filipendulina) - It has flat umbels of small white dried flowers with a more open appearance. Yarrow is a nice large dried flower head used as a dried flower accent

#FridayFlorals: What's Your Bouquet Style?

'Wild' Flowers by Harlow Garland for our Industrial Winter Shoot

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Harvest flowers by Harlow Garland

When it comes to choosing the style of your bouquet, your options are vast - and some opt to eschew flowers altogether in favour of more unconventional bouquets of nuts and foliage or brooches and buttons.

Whatever your personal style, there's a bouquet out there to suit you. In this post, we've highlighted a few of the many, many options.

Fruit/ Floral Combo

A mix of fruit or berries and flowers makes a stunning bouquet, use pomegranate and tamarillo for fall or winter bouquets as the deep reds and oranges will bring depth to the dreary winter weather and if you're lucky enough to have a blanket of snow outside, the reds will really look incredible. If you're looking for a more quirky summer bouquet, something like this lemon and lavender bouquet will fit the bill.

Harvest Bouquet

Mix flowers in autumnal hues with maize and a burlap ribbon like the example shown or opt entirely for dried flowers - dried lavender, thistle and twigs makes for an unconventional bouquet, especially suitable for winter weddings -like our example from our Industrial Winter shoot- and lend a heavenly, relaxing scent to your bouquet.

The Wreath

Instead of carrying a traditional bouquet, why not opt for a wreath - crafted to leave a handle, the wreath is an inexpensive bouquet option which will look effective as you walk down the aisle but also on the back of your chair at the reception or hung as part of your bridal table decor.

The Button/Brooch Bouquet

For the quirkier bride, this bouquet can be handcrafted to suit and can be kept for years after as a memento. Made from buttons, sparkly brooches or really anything that takes your eye, the button/brooch bouquet is a fantastic option for the DIY bride.

The Trailing Bouquet

These bouquets are in hot demand and can be made from a variety of blooms and foliage. For a Tuscan themed wedding, opt for greenery like olive or ivy and intersperse with delicate white flowers or multitonal foliage. For a lavish winter wedding, opt for deep reds and greys in interesting textures.

Moody

These bouquets opt for muted colours and darker tones like greys, deep purples or reds and greenery and usually incorporate a variety of seasonal textures. They're best suited to winter weddings but if you're after more of a muted palette for your big day, these bouquets will suit perfectly.

Nut Bouquet

Another variation for the DIY bride or for a memento to last the years, this bouquet is a simple yet effective bouquet option and one that is very inexpensive to create. It would suit bohemian or woodland themed weddings and can be incorporated into the bridal table decor after the ceremony.

The Spring Bouquet

Crafted from pastel or peach tones, this bouquet is a fresh and feminine bouquet that can suit weddings of all formalities. Look for texture to pair with the peach tones like those featured in the example image.

The Wild Bouquet

A loose collection of interesting blooms, this bouquet is probably the most fun to create. Look for unique textures and wild blooms in complementary tones. We loved creating a wild bouquet (hero image) for our Industrial Winter shoot and we love this spring/summer bouquet in the example to the left with its polka dot ribbon and complementary tones and textures.

Harlow Garland can create a bouquet to fit your signature style, for an example of costs, head over to our Floristry page and then get in touch to chat flowers with us!

#FridayFlorals: Floral Aisle Decor

 

The Alley-oop

 

Garlands

The Woodland

The Woodland

Petals

High Floral Border

Floral Runners

Floral Runners

Pew Decor

The Floral Border

Pattern of  Petals

Pattern of  Petals

In this week's #fridayflorals post, we look at floral aisle decor and the various options you have for decorating that special walk.

The Floral Border

Vases or plinths of flowers at either regular intervals or one continuous border down the aisle. These can either be a low arrangement placed on the ground or elevated to a height that suits best - depending on your venue, a very high arrangement may increase intimacy in an exmansive space while low-mid-height arrangements make a small space feel slightly larger.

Alleyoop

We phrase this one, the "Alleyoop", a floral effect that runs the length of the aisle either on the floor or ceiling and is mirrored from the altar in an open loop. Not remotely cheap, the Alleyoop is incredibly effective and ideal for those who desire an incredibly over-the-top ceremony but it will be very cost prohibitive.

Petals

Whether scattered down the sides of the aisle, fluttered across the aisle like a carpet of deconstructed roses or artisticly swept together into a pattern or monogram, petals can be an incredbily inexpensive yet wildly effective decor addition. Even the majestic sweep of your gown's train dispersing the petals is a magical enough effect for post nuptial recession. We do advise that for the obvious reason of the wind factor, that petal decor is limited to indoor weddings, only attempting outdoors if there is zero chance of wind and utilising one of the more relaxed petal examples ie a scatter to ensure laboured efforts to create petal monograms and such don't go to waste.

Garlands

Garlands- whether you choose fragrant blooms or lush greenery, can be swagged decoratively pew to pew, chair to chair to create both a barrier to the aisle and an effective, seamless and easy-to achieve decorative effect.

Floral Runner

A floral runner is effectively a garland that runs the length of the aisle on the floor. It's effective at ensurnig guests don't walk down the white aisle before the bride does and provides a lavish effect for both bride and photographer.

Pew Decor

Small floral swags are easily attached to pews, chairs or shepherd's crooks for outdoor weddings and can add a simple yet elegant spray of florals to the aisle without grand expense. Pomanders are a similar example to this yet are usually tightly formed and pressed into spherical foam balls to hold their formal shape.

Woodland

If your sights are set on a wedding more akin to a Twilight, over-the-top, woodland themed aisle then flowers, twigs and large potted trees are your go-to. Manzanita trees can be hired or purchased and can be placed at regular intervals down the aisle for a wintery feel. Boughs of Maize will evoke more of a country feel and can be purchased exceptionally cheaply and will stand on their own without the need to hire additional props. Twigs and the like can be infused with autumnal hued florals for that warmer country feel while potted trees can evoke a more tunnel like quality and can lend an expansive indoor space an element of intimacy.

#Fridayflorals: Designing Your Wedding Bouquet

When considering the design of your wedding bouquet, choose blooms that are in season around your wedding date to save on costs.  Some exotic, out-of-season blooms may of course look incredible but necessitate international ordering and with it, import costs and associated taxes, busting your wedding budget before you've barely started. Seasonality is also paramount when it comes to roses, the price of which increases dramatically around the holidays, especially Valentines Day and Mothers Day. This also extends to construction wherein the tighter or fancier the arrangement, the more work goes in to it causing the costs to skyrocket so if you're on a tight budget, opt for more of a deconstructed bouquet rather than a tightly formed one. 

Another tip is to look at colour. The second you say 'wedding' and 'white' in a sentence to your florist, you're inviting higher than standard quotes, especially when it come to formal construction as white flowers bruise more easily and so the handling involved in formal arrangements is more likely to invite wastage as blooms bruise in the process. 

Consider filling out an arrangement with simple greenery or the addition of fruit or vegetables which complement the overall look. A bouquet of rosemary or olive leaf will look striking in a Tuscan theme whereas wildflowers, tamarillos and pomegranates make for a stunning European winter arrangement. 

Summary: Think seasonally. Pin many inspirational images in complementary styles or tones to get cohesion in the vision of your arrangement and refine the vision based on what will be available around your wedding date. Choose a loosely constructed or deconstructed style and be open to different variations of blooms and fillers to save on costs. 

Also remember that Harlow Garland can do your flowers for you at a lower cost than a traditional florist, offering you quality, professionally styled arrangements to suit your budget.