Blooms to Bouquets
A COUNTRY GARDEN INSPIRED SPRING BRIDAL BOUQUET RECIPE
I love flowers, but I struggle to tell my Dahlia from my Daisy! And even 5 years later I remember all too well how my head spun after our first consultation with our florist – seasons, scents, colours, cost, there was just so much to consider. Knowing many of you may be feeling the same, I am pleased to welcome Napier florist Toni of Magdalen Hill to Forever & Always today for the first in what will be a regular floral series.
Every month she is going to pop in to lend us her experience and expertise, and hopefully shed a little light on all things floral, by sharing the recipe for some of her favourite bridal bouquets (and they are seriously beautiful!). As well as revealing exactly what blooms made up her stunning arrangements, Toni will also let us in on the cost for budgeting, when the flowers are in season (as that affects the $s significantly) and, most importantly, exactly what to ask your florist for if you find one you love – which I have no doubt you will!
I am so excited! Especially because this first bouquet is an absolute stunner, and just perfect for the season, featuring delicate Spring blooms in soft pastel shades…..
Let me hand you over now to the lovely Toni to tell you all about it……
“Loosely based on the shower (or trailing) style, this bouquet was created as a hand-tied to give a softer, natural garden feel; perfect for the country lodge setting of the wedding and for the bride who also wore a large floral hairpiece and an intricate floral necklace.
With blooms and foliage softly flowing downwards, a bouquet like this with an elongated form has a slimming effect and also helps to add the illusion of height. To enhance the hand coloured silk of the brides gown, soft pastel shades found in peach David Austin Roses, lemon double tulips and pale pink Sweet Viviane spray roses were combined with the softest silvery mint tones found in the succulents, lambs ear and gum. Wax bud, freesia and ranunculus were added for their relaxed country appearance and beautiful scent.”
Before sharing the recipe, I have some beautiful photos of Toni at work creating this lush bouquet. The flawlessly work of the wonderful Natalie McNally who will also be a regular in this little series. Her photography is so soft, light and airy I have no doubt you will love it as much as I do…..
Now for the all important bouquet recipe – be sure to pin it to bookmark this page for later!
Bridal Bouquet Price: $$$ (Key: $ = Budget Friendly – $$$$$ = Lavish)
Season Available: The blooms in this bouquet are available from late winter through to early summer. Spring flowers can be substituted and if any of these blooms aren’t available when you’re getting married, just ask your florist for their suggestions for flowers that will give a similar effect.
Ask your florist for: A hand tied bouquet of country style flowers with a soft trailing effect.
So, what do you think? Absolutely gorgeous isn’t it. A huge thank-you to the super talented Toni for all of her wonderful insights, and Natalie of course for capturing Toni’s work so beautifully – be sure to leave them some love in the comments below! And I would also love to hear what you think: of this bouquet, this series, the blog, or if you have any questions for either of these two ladies, just drop a line in the comment section.
I don’t know about you, but I am already looking forward to the next recipe!