10 Beautiful Bridal Bouquets from the 2015 Top Gun Competition

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With the annual Tesselaars “Top Gun” Wedding Flowers Competition now in full swing, sifting through the insanely gorgeous competition entries is proving quite the task!

There were so many amazing floral designs, that I thought this week it would be best to focus on the floral piece that is an absolute must for every bride: her bouquet. The possibilities and choices for brides are as endless as the colours and varieties of flowers found in Mother Nature and the imagination of floral designers. So grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy this sampling of some of the best bridal bouquets from around Australia. (Continues below…)

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Top Gun 2015 entry by Sorella Flower Merchant

 

Simple & Traditional Wedding Bouquets

Starting out simple and traditional, Ashka Designs, gives us a classic round posy bouquet of roses, lisianthus, carnations and gypsophila. It is a bouquet style that will always be popular and fashionable. With the soft colour palette of whites and pale pinks, it’s a perfect, pretty posy.

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Keeping with the round posy bouquet, we now spin the colour wheel, moving away from pastel shades and turning up the brightness to hot pinks, yellows and lime greens. For the outgoing happy bride, this combination of roses, molluca balm, button chrysanthemums and carnations from Charters Flowers is sure to make everyone smile.

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Single Flower Variety Posies

Another great example of a round posy bouquet technique is to use only one flower variety. Flowers grouped en masse this way can have a dynamic visual effect. For example, check out this 2015 competition entry by Gentle Flowers (last year’s competition winner for Flowers To Carry) in which vibrant, red anemones have been used to stunning effect. Their black and white centres really draw your eye.

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Moving on to a bouquet design that is still round but less structured, with more textural blooms, berries and foliages. Lovely Bridal Blooms have also used anemones, this time in white, combining them with freesias, blushing bride, andromeda and blue gum for a less formal look. I love the soft grey, pale pink and white colour palette and how it brings all of these elements together.

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Textured Bridal Posies

These next two examples are of posies but again with lots of texture so they aren’t perfectly round like the classic traditional round bouquets. Sorella Flower Merchant adds texture with lavender, foliage and poppy buds while Lilygrace Flowers uses feathery foliage, buds and seaholly.

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Cascading Bouquets

Next, are two great examples of cascading bouquets. They are even more unstructured, free flowing and wild in their design. Gold Coast Florist displays a beautiful combination of roses and freesias with many different textural foliages and berries.

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Meanwhile, Flower Nation pairs quite masculine, native elements with soft, feminine flowers to create the unique bouquet below.   Even the colour palette is unique with pink, white, red, yellow, green and brown – yet the overall design is very balanced and pleasing to the eye.

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And of course we can’t talk about bouquet design without mentioning the hottest trend of the season, the garden posy. I would have to say that it is the sheer romance of this style that leaves brides totally in love. The below design from The Botanical Heart is simply one of the best of its kind – the combination of blooms, the cascading ribbon – like any great romance, it leaves you breathless.

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Finally, there is this sweet, pretty design from Flowers for Mrs Harris. It is one of my personal favourites, it just says ‘wedding’! A cute little teardrop design of baby pink and white roses, blue gum, ivy berry and white Singapore orchid. The little tag saying “Bride” finishes it off so perfectly. What a lucky Bride; she would have been tickled pink with this beautiful bouquet on her wedding day.

So many wonderful entries from talented Aussie florists coming in every day, stay tuned for more. Be aware that the competition closes for entries on the 31st October 2015 – check out how easy (and free) it is to enter, and how cool the prizes are!

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Kyla Helgeson is one Australia's top wedding florists operating as The White Orchid Floral Design. Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Kyla has studied in New York and is a former finalist in Tesselaars floristry competition. In 2015 Kyla joined the Tesselaars marketing team as our floral content advisor and has since authored over 50 popular floral style blogs.

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