This week we are taking a closer look at a stunning wedding flower bouquet by Amy from Unveiling Poppy. Based in Springwood, QLD, her floral design is filled with beautiful bright blooms, many of which are coming into season again and are currently popping up at flower markets and florist shops throughout Australia.
I personally love the colour and combination of flowers in this bridal bouquet. It’s full of texture and the large design with cascading effect certainly gives a dramatic effect. Many of the clients I have worked with over the years share a love of flowers, but are often unsure of the names of different flower varieties. So let’s breakdown this bouquet and explore each flower variety in more detail.
As you can see over ten different flowers and types of foliage were used to create this stunning bouquet. From larger blooms of delphinium and garden roses, to delicate flowers like anenomes and poppies, plus lots of texture with astilbe, queen annes lace, fern and peppercorn.
A very pretty and fragrant bloom, Hyacinth is available in softer tones of white, lemon, mauve, peach, pink, purple and blue. They are a medium to short flower and have many small, star-shaped blooms clustered together at the top of the stem with tall thin surrounding leaves. The top of the hyacinth can sometimes be too heavy for the stem, so in bouquets and arrangements they often need support.
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They are available mostly in winter, so grab them quick before they disappear. For wedding designs, it can be a good idea to tape a skewer or thick wire to the hyacinth stem to give length and strength and it is then easy to place in a bouquet.
There are so many different varieties of roses, the really large blooms with many pretty petals are often called Garden Roses or clustar roses and some varieties are also known as David Austin roses. Any of these are fantastic choices for weddings as many brides just love that full petal feminine style of rose.
This season we have seen many new releases of rose varieties, a few of which I have ordered for this upcoming wedding season and I am very excited to work with new varieties and colours and see how they open and look in wedding bouquets and designs.
There are so many different types of Fern and I do love this fine fern that is quite long in length. It gives a lovely texture and softness with interesting effect as the pieces go in many different directions. It can be a little tricky to work with though, often getting tangled amoungst itself as well as having these sharp little thorns throughout that always seem to catch on my fingers and hands.
Privot Berry is a great choice when you want to add deep purple/black tones of berry to your floral design. It displays thin leaves but great chunky clustars of berry and I love to piece clumps of berry throughout a design. It adds a richness and looks amazing paired with deep pink, burgundy and plum tones like the example bouquet.
Queen Annes Lace
This green and white flower is named after its resemblance to lacework. Stems of tall Queen Annes Lace produce round and oval displays ranging in size from petite to quiet large clusters of pretty white flowers.
It is around through out most of the year, but disappears in winter, so it is lovely to start to see it again in spring. Usually used as a filler flower as it adds interesting green and white texture to bouquets and arrangements, it is very popular in garden and rustic floral designs.
I first discovered this interesting flower on my travels overseas a while ago. I had never seen tall thin stems with these unique pretty feathery tops. Now available here, Astilbe is a very on-trend flower at the moment. Used widely in wedding and event flowers for it is a feminine and romantic bloom.
A spring/summer flower, they are available in colours ranging from white to shades of pink, mauve and red. Each long stem displays clusters of tiny flowers that branch out in different directions which gives great texture and interest to a design. Perfect to piece through and accent wedding bouquets.
Anemones are a short stemmed flower, each with one bloom of multiple petals surrounding a distinctive black centre. As you can see these are really striking additions to a design as your eye is immediately drawn to that black centre. So they are fantastic focal flowers.
They are available in spring and sometimes their stems are a little short, so again for larger designs, they may need to be wired for length. Their colour ranges from classic white to bright tones of pink, purple and red.
I haven’t met a flower lover yet who doesn’t love Poppies. The range of colours includes red, plus many hues of oranges and yellows, often bright tones through to softer shades of cream, pale pink and peach. Poppies have a unique style, the stems are very long, thin and even furry in appearance. Each stem holds one poppy flower bloom that bursts open and the surprise is not knowing exactly what colour is inside.
The petals of poppies are unique. Each bloom displays four to six petals that each look like crumbled up paper, with many lines, wrinkles and ruffled edges. This would be due to it being tightly held in the bud before bursting open. They look so delicate like paper flowers. The center circle of stamens is also quite striking and eye catching.
One of my personal favourites is Ranunculus, a round shaped bloom with lots of petals similar to a rose but on tall stems with a few leaves and no thorns. They are actually a great alternative to roses for weddings. Plus, they are available in a huge range of colours and shades including, pinks, reds, yellows, oranges, mauves, deep burgundy/purple and whites.
Even though Peppercorn is technically available all year the range in quality can vary. Often it is exactly what I need for a design and locally at its peak it is so lush and full that it takes any design to a whole new level.
It is a weeping small green fern shaped leaf with pink or green peppercorn berries that appear around spring/summer time. This is a fantastic foliage for hanging installations and floral arches as it has this natural weeping effect and adds volume and effect to a floral design. Great to also use small pieces through bouquets and arrangements.
So as you can see when you break a wedding bouquet down there are often many elements including different flower varieties and foliage to a design. Each element has been carefully selected and prepared by the specialist wedding florist to be able to create a beautiful wedding bouquet like our example where each flower is at it peak and shines brightly on display.
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