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Jan 19

The Top 5 Wedding Flower Trends for 2017

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

I’m really looking forward to all of our 2017 weddings and here are my top 5 wedding trends that have been developing towards the end of last year and look like they are set to take hold into this year.

1.  Hydrangeas are Tipped to be the Flower of 2017

Blue and white hydrangea wedding flowers at Stoneleigh Abbey.

I’m delighted to see the increase in demand for these stunning flowers. The great news is hydrangeas are available from April to October so can be incorporated into spring, summer and autumn weddings.

White hydrangea and pale pink rose bridesmaids bouquets, Warwickshire.

I’ve been working with them a lot over the past couple of years and they work wonderfully in bridal bouquets, table centrepieces, churches and ceremony rooms.

flowers over chapel arch for wedding

White hydrangeas arranged on candelabras at Wroxall Abbey.

This big blousy flower has masses of impact and comes in lots of different colours and shades including white, pink and blue.

Blue hydrangea posy bouquet featuring ivory freesias and gypsophila.

Don’t miss my Hydrangea Wedding Flower page with more examples of the different colours and lots more of my designs.

2.  Lots of Foliage and the Love of all Things Natural

Thick greenery creates the entrance to a wedding in a wood.

I’m being asked to created designs that have more foliage in than ever, giving a really beautiful natural look to bouquets, table centrepieces and floral room decorations. I can’t decide if it’s due to an increase in outdoor weddings or a desire to have a more natural look.

Tall and low wedding centrepieces for a woodland themed wedding at Wethele Manor.

One of my favourite foliages is eucalyptus, I love its silver grey colour and it smells beautiful. In the photo below you can see it in Sarah’s handtied posy bouquet.

Ivory roses, freesias and pussy willow arranged with eucalyptus in a handtied posy bouquet.

Woodland weddings seem to be becoming really popular. I’ve worked on quite a few woodland wedding themes over the years but it looks like being very popular this year.

Natural wedding flower table decorations for a woodland wedding in Warwickshire.
We’ve been incorporating wood into room and table decorations in the form of logs, wood slices and the beautiful pussy willow twigs. I’ve also been adding pine cones into the arrangements and placing them on the table as a natural alternative to wedding confetti.

An arrangement of logs, trees, candles and flowers in a marquee.

An abundance of foliage also works really well for country wedding flowers. In the photo below you can see the table centrepieces I designed for Jenny’s autumn harvest wedding theme. I filled tall cone vases with pine cones and topped them with twigs and long branches of red leaves to give a very natural look.

Tall red leaf and twig wedding centrepieces for a country wedding at Wethele Manor.

As barn wedding venues have become more popular than ever, the rustic wedding theme has also increased. It’s really nice to incorporate the look and feel of the setting into your flower decorations.

I have so many more photos and designs so make sure you check out my Natural Wedding Theme page.

3.  Blush Colours are Proving Very Popular

blush cream, pink and peach roses in bridal bouquets.

Wedding flower colours are often influenced by the bridesmaids’ dresses. We’ve seen a big trend for delicate soft coloured dresses including mocha, blush pink, taupe and very soft pale green. These pastel colours are often reflected in the flower colour pallet.

blush pink and cream rose bouquet with natural berries foliage and veronica.

Pastel blush flower colours include soft pink, cream and peach and the most popular flower for all of these colours is the rose. We have our favourites in every colour, they are specifically chosen on quality, shape and longevity.

Below you can see our favourite cream rose the beautiful ‘Vendela’ it has a warmth to it that adds a subtle peach tone.

Ivory peonies and cream roses arranged in a posy bouquet.

Then there is our blush pink rose ‘Sweet Avalanche’. Below you can see it threaded through an ivory hydrangea.

White hydrangea and pale pink rose bridesmaids bouquets, Warwickshire.
If you you can’t decide on which one you like the best, then you can combine them to give you a soft range of colours. In the bouquet below you can see how I’ve combined the cream ‘Vendela’ rose with the blush pink ‘Sweet Avalanche’ and ivory gypsophila.

Pale pink and cream roses arranged in a psoy bouquet with ivory gypsophila flowers.

Another popular flower in the blush pink range is the peonie, you can see it here in the bridal bouquet I created for Marie Helene.

Pink peony handtied posy bouquet, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Don’t miss more beautiful images of our Pastel Blush Wedding Flowers.

4.  A Little Bit of Sparkle – Metallic Colour Palette

Sliver twigs and underwater lights to give the wedding centrepieces sparkle.

Metallic’s are predicted to be very popular this year. As there are no natural metallic flowers I often add gold, silver or copper accessories. These can be delicate embellishments to bouquets and buttonholes or large statement pieces such as metallic containers for floral room decorations and table centrepieces.

Candelabras decorated with flowers to fit in with a copper colour theme at Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire.

Gold wedding colour theme.

Coppers and golds add warmth to a room where as silver metals, mirrors and crystals add sparkle.

Metal, crystal and mirror to add sparkle to the wedding centrepieces.

Crackled silver wedding table decorations.

It is also possible to give a very delicate dusting of metallic to some flowers with special flower sprays.

5.  Hanging and Flowing Floral Arrangements

Blue hydrangeas cascading down a wedding cake.

Cascading flowers can really add an opulent look to your wedding decorations. In the photo above you can see how I created a waterfall of blue hydrangeas cascading down Kate’s wedding cake.

A heart made from roses and freesias hanging on the beam at Wethele Manor.

I’ve also been producing lots of hanging decorations to feature as statement pieces in barns and churches. Above you can see a heart I created, hanging from the beams in the barn at Wethele Manor.

Flower garlands at Walton Church, Wellesbourne.

Hanging garlands and flower arches also make stunning decorations for the outside of churches. As well as providing a beautiful entrance to an outside ceremony.

Wedding table flowers in the long gallery at Ettington Park Hotel

I love to work with the natural shape of a flower and there are plenty of cascading flowers. Two of our most popular are the Singapore orchids and deep pink amaranthus both of which I’ve used in the centrepieces you can see here. These tall centrepieces looked perfect in the long gallery at Ettington Park.

Wedding Flower Especially Designed For You

Whether you are following a trend or just choosing wedding flowers that you love then I’m always here to help and advise you. At Pure Botanics we treat every wedding as a unique event and I’m here to take your ideas and inspiration and design your own very special wedding flowers.

“Cindy listened to what I wanted, made suggestions and came up with fantastic designs”.

Lucy, a recent bride

Jan 17

Elegant Bijoux Wedding

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Handtied posy bouquet of white calla lilies.

Martine wanted a glamorous look to her wedding flowers and chose the simple but very elegant look that calla lilies give. As she was getting married just before the New Year celebrations she wanted to add a bit of sparkle. I added diamantes to the centre of the calla lilies and a large band of diamante ribbon on the bouquet handles.

Calla lily bridal bouquets with diamante detailing.

Martine and Paul had an intimate wedding at Nuthurst Grange hotel near Solihull in the early evening. They had a civil ceremony in the Chapel and a wedding breakfast in the stables.

Round top table arrangement featuring white roses and calla lilies.

Above you can see the circular top table arrangement that I made. I placed it first on the registrar’s table for the ceremony before it was then moved to the couple’s circular top table.

You might like to see more of our wedding flowers that we’ve produced for couples at Nuthurst Grange.

Jan 05

Winter Woodland Wedding Theme

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

I had a wonderful time designing and creating Sarah and Tom’s winter woodland themed wedding flowers.

An arrangement of logs, trees, candles and flowers in a marquee.

The couple had a strong wedding theme right from when I first met Sarah and her parents in the spring. It’s always a good idea to be super organised if you’re planning a wedding over the Christmas holiday season, as it’s quite a bit more complicated than the rest of the year.

Wedding table arrangements for a winter woodland wedding theme.

Sarah and Tom embraced the winter theme and loved the idea of using all things woody with lots of foliages especially the beautiful silver eucalyptus and dark green ferns.
Tall and low wedding centrepieces for a woodland themed wedding at Wethele Manor.

You can see (photo above right) how I have filled the tall centrepiece vases full of pussy willow to link with the woodland theme. Then I set about sourcing some bark-covered containers for the low centrepieces (photo above left) . Sarah wanted to keep the flowers simple and classic so she chose ivory roses, orchids and freesias.

Roses, orchids, eucalyptus arranged around large church candles for a top table arrangement.

Sarah saw a top table arrangement that I had created for another couples’ winter woodland wedding and we used this as inspiration to design the one you can see above and below. Fir cones, twigs and moss were incorporated into the arrangement as well as the pussy willow to keep with the woodland theme. A scattering of pine cones were placed along the length of the table.

A winter woodland wedding flower arrangement.

Sarah and Tom wanted to use a lot of candles throughout the venue so I placed three large candles into the top table. Candles are magical for a winter wedding, as it gets dark so quickly. I’ve probably never seen as many candles as they had at the venue, the candles went from the entrance barn at Wethele Manor through to the marquee.

candles and wedding flowers on logs

They even had fire pits lit outside on the terrace as the guests arrived. Fortunately it was a beautiful winter’s day with crisp white frost and glorious blue skies, perfect weather for the 28th December!

A heart made from roses and freesias hanging on the beam at Wethele Manor.

I entwined ivy around candles on the windowsill in the barn and created the beautiful heart that hung from the central beam (photo above). In the photo below you can see everyone busy putting the final touches to the marquee.

Pussy willow used in the tall wedding vases to give them a woodland theme.

Sarah and Tom’s wedding took place in the chapel at Princethorpe College where they had both been at school and I’m guessing this is where they met.

You can see the posy bouquet that I created for Sarah, she wanted a really loose look with plenty of foliage and pussy willow to link with the woodland wedding theme.

Ivory roses, freesias and pussy willow arranged with eucalyptus in a handtied posy bouquet.

Sarah’s bridesmaids had smaller versions of the bridal bouquet and the flower girls had miniature versions.

Freesias and fir cone buttonhole for the groom at a winter woodland wedding.

Tom’s buttonhole you can see above had a very small fir cone arranged with the white freesia and the gent’s all had miniature fir cone buttonholes.

Fir cone buttonhole backed with eucalyptus.

Even the mum’s corsages were linked with the wedding theme (photo below).

A freesia and eucalyptus lapel corsage.

It’s always really exciting for me to see everything coming together on the day as lots of planning had gone into making everything so magical. I love designing new flower arrangements to fit with couple’s themes.

Jan 04

White Christmas Wedding Flowers

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

It’s been a fantastic end to the year with three fabulous weddings between Christmas and the New Year.

Ivory rose handtied posy bouquets for a Christmas wedding at Ettington Park.

Here you can see the stunning bridal bouquets I made for Jackie’s wedding on the 27th December at Ettington Park Hotel. She chose these classic ivory roses with a hint of purple lisianthus to pick up the colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses.

Ivory roses and purple lisianthus shower bouquet for a Christmas wedding.

It was wonderful to hear from Jackie this morning, here is what she had to say about her Christmas wedding flowers:

“A massive thank you for the beautiful flowers you supplied for our wedding day, we brought them home and they’re still going strong. The bridal bouquets were out of this world, well all the arrangements were really. It was a fab day and your floral arrangements really made it.”

We have a vast amount of experience of creating wedding flowers over the Christmas holiday season. It’s a lot harder than other times of the year as the wholesale market is closed over the holiday. However with lots of care and planning it’s always been possible to supply beautiful flowers. It just means that instead of sitting on the sofa on Boxing day the Pure Botanics team were back in the workshop busy putting the final preparations together!

Check out the next couple of posts coming soon for the other two Christmas weddings that we created flowers for.

Dec 13

Christmas Floristry Workshop – Warwick Arts Centre

By Cindy | News

Flower wreath workshop at Warwick Arts Centre.

We had another sell out Masterclass at the Warwick Arts Centre, everyone got in the festive spirit creating fabulous Christmas flower decorations. This is the third time that I’ve presented a workshop at this venue; it’s such as wonderful environment to learn new skills.

Creating a Christmas door ring featuring red roses and berries.

The first creation for the day was a Christmas door wreath featuring red roses and ilex berries. Everyone produced amazing results with a beautiful wreath to take home.

Students creating Christmas door wreaths at Warwick University.

Making a Christmas door ring.

After lunch we set about creating a floral centrepiece featuring white gerberas, stocks, gypsophilia, daisies and seasonal foliages.

Students making a Christmas table decoration.

Gerbera's, gypsophila and stocks in a Christmas table centrepiece.

The course concentrates on learning floristry skills as well as taking home three beautiful flower arrangements and having fun.

Students making Christmas table flowers.

The day finished by creating a unique glass bauble arrangement featuring a gold cymbidium orchid with red rose buds and ilex berries.

Glass baubles with fresh flower decorations.

If you are interested in hearing about future courses then please feel free to email me or check out the Warwick Arts programme of events under the ‘Masterclass’ section.

Dec 03

Wedding Flowers at Nuthurst Grange – Solihull

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

It was wonderful to be working on Katie and Edward’s wedding flowers at the Nuthurst Grange Hotel, Nr Solihull.

Vintage style wedding flower centrepieces at Nuthurst Grange, Solihull.The new wedding breakfast room looks fabulous after the re-fit. It’s great to have such neutral colours for the interior as it doesn’t have any influence on the wedding colour theme.

Hydrangea, rose and gypsophila low wedding centrepiece.Katie and Edward chose these beautiful pastel colours of soft pink, cream and ivory. I used the beautiful soft blush pink ‘Avalanche’ roses, cream lisianthus, ivory gypsophila flowers, freesias and hydrangeas.

The couple wanted a sophisticated vintage style so I created the table arrangements in our pearl white glass urns.

Low wedding centerpieces for a summer wedding at Nuthurst Grange.The room look so pretty when everything was finished.

Below you can see the top table arrangement on the registrar’s table for use during the ceremony in the stables.

Top table arrangement on the wedding ceremony table at Nuthurst Grange.If you’re planning your wedding at Nuthurst Grange I would be delighted to help you create your unique wedding flowers.

Nov 11

Should You Throw Your Wedding Bouquet?

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Many brides ask me if they should throw their bridal bouquet. It can be a difficult decision to make as the bouquets are so beautiful it can seem a shame to throw yours.

The bride throwing her bouquet.

Here you can see Elina as she throws a bouquet to the waiting ladies. It makes a great photo and is fun for the ladies in the wedding party. Elina was keen to do this but didn’t want to throw her bouquet so she used one of her bridesmaid’s bouquets instead.

Brides bouquet travels through the air to the waiting ladies.

You can see from the tussle that went on to grab the bouquet the ladies were keen to get into the spirit of things.

Ladies compete to catch the bridal bouquet.

Sometimes I make small throwing bouquet for brides that want to be involved in this traditions but are not going to part with their actual bouquet.

Oct 28

Fashionable Soft Pastel Wedding Flowers

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Vintage style posy bouquet in pastel colours.

Pale pink, cream and ivory have been such popular colours this wedding season. You can see these beautiful vintage style handtied posy bouquets that I recently made for a bride holding her wedding at Walton Hall and the church at Walton.

Delivering the bridal bouquets to our bride at Walton Hall.

All the bouquets featured roses, freesias and delicate gypsophila flowers. The soft pastel colours work perfectly with the gypsophila and give it a really romantic vintage look.

Adding rose flower garlands on the front of the church at Walton.

The bride wanted to add plenty of flower decorations on the outside of Walton Church. So I created these pretty flower garlands to run the length of the pillars on the front of the church. The garlands cascaded down and connected with the handrails to give this wonderful effect.

Flower garlands at Walton Church, Wellesbourne.

See more examples of our pastel blush wedding flowers.

Oct 01

Tropical Wedding Flowers at Jephson Gardens Leamington Spa

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

It was a pleasure to work on Eva and Adam’s flowers for their recent wedding in the glasshouse restaurant in Jephson Gardens. They wanted a tropical theme that fitted perfectly with the exotic plants in the glasshouse.

Cerise pink tropical shower bouquet.

I made Eva’s shower bouquet with a stunning arrangement of hot pink phalaenopsis orchids, Singapore orchids, roses, freesias and pale pink roses.

Low tropical wedding centrepieces

As a graphic designer, Adam had designed the wedding invitations with lots of beautiful tropical leaf shapes. We then took this idea and developed it into the table arrangements and bridal bouquet, using lots of tropical leaves.

Tropical wedding flowers featuring roses, ginger and tropical leaves.

The colour theme was all based around hot pinks and the ginger flowers you can see in the table arrangements fitted perfectly with the colour and tropical theme.

Jun 20

Popular Hydrangea Wedding Flowers

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Blue hydrangea flowers cascading down a wedding cake.

I love hydrangea’s they have to be on my very long list of favourite flowers. We use hundreds of this lovely flower during the year as it’s become such a popular wedding flower. Above you can see how I’ve added a waterfall of pale blue hydrangeas to Kate and Kevin’s wedding cake.

white-hydrangea-top-table-flowers

The good news is not only does it have a very long season May – October they also comes in a wide range of colours. My two favourites are the lovely soft blue pure and white (seen above in a recent top table arrangement and below in our candelabras). Other colours include deep blue, purple, light pink, cerise pink and green

White hydrangeas arranged on candelabras at Wroxall Abbey.
I use them to create posy bridal bouquets like this one seen below featuring the beautiful pink hydrangea teamed with peach ‘Miss Piggy’ roses and Cream lisianthus, green hypericum berries and ivory freesias.

Brides posy bouquet featuring pink hydrangeas and peach 'Miss Piggy' roses.

Hydrangeas also make really lovely chair and pew ends as you only need a single flowers. Here you can see how I’ve tied them to the chairs marking the aisle for a civil ceremony outside at Wethele Manor.

Blue hydrangeas tied to the chairs for an outdoor wedding at Wethele Manor,

Here you can see how I use them when creating low and tall wedding table centrepieces. Below you can see them in pails for a vintage wedding theme at Jephson Gardens in Leamington Spa.

Blue hydrangea wedding centrepieces.

They also look very grand in these stunning tall table centrepieces that I created for a wedding in the Saloon at Stoneleigh Abbey.

Blue and white hydrangea wedding flowers at Stoneleigh Abbey.

Here are the stunning purple hydrangea’s (photo below) that I arranged for a dinner event held by Warwick University.

Purple hydrangea table decorations at Wroxall Abbey, Solihull.

Hydrangeas are also fantastic for decorating churches. You can see how I have used the large white ones to create this beautiful flower arch.

flowers over chapel arch for wedding

See more examples of my hydrangea wedding flowers.

Need help designing your wedding flowers? Then please contact me to arrange your consultation.