I love creating beautiful floral designs for all my couples and getting to see them published is fantastic. Emma and Matt look amazing and I am so happy that they loved all the designs we created. It makes all the late nights and early starts so worthwhile…
For the last few years, mason jars, chalkboards, floral crowns and everything ‘rustic’ has been the number one trend in wedding florals and like all trends they evolve and develop. This year there are a number of new themes which are more luxurious, abundant and romantic.
I love foliage. It comes in all shades of colour from grey through to the deepest of greens and has so much variation that you can create beautiful bouquets, table centres, hanging designs and garlands full of texture and colours. Eucalyptus and herbs such as rosemary and lavender provide gorgeous smells so not only will they look amazing they will smell gorgeous too. So if you are looking for a woodland or natural feel to your wedding consider lush greens such as sage; ferns; hops; lambs ears and eucalyptus.
Image from bride.com
Hanging designs such as swings, hoops and chandeliers
The last few years following Kim K’s wedding the flower wall provided a gorgeous photographic backdrop and an incredible ‘wow’ but this year the trend towards a fairy-tale and romantic atmosphere is seeing more lavish floral displays above tables and aisles with ideas such as a floral swings, chandeliers and moon arches being included.
Photo by Ayshea Goldberg
Navy blue is the new black
Blue especially the bright blue has been very popular and continues to be so but a deeper more navy blue is set to take over. There are no true-blue flowers but that doesn’t mean that blue cannot be incorporated into floral designs through the use of coloured ribbons, jewellery and accent items such as vases and wedding attire.
Back in the 1980’s the flower girl hoops were very popular, and this trend is back, but are more romantic, softer and smaller in size. They are not only for flower girls, but also as an alternative to the bridal bouquet and the bridesmaids too. However, unlike the 1980’s, there are no matching flower crowns!
Photo by Robyn Van Dyke Photography
The woodland feel is enchanting and romantic. Natural materials such as wood, moss, succulents and branches are all used along with seed pods and planted containers of ferns used on mass to create a very lavish, romantic, earthy and natural atmosphere.
Image from weddingomania.com
Mauve and ultra violet
Ultra violet is the pantone colour of 2018, so if you want to be bang on trend this is the colour for you. There are a vast number of purple shades and if ultra violet, which is very strong isn’t for you then mauve, amethyst or plum would be a good choice and still be on trend. Flowers such as lisianthus; alliums, freesias, alstromeria; vanda orchids; cala lilies; roses and alstromeria to name a few have a variety of purple shades which look beautiful in bouquets and floral designs. Ultra violet can be incorporated in other ways such as the grooms wedding attire, napkins, ribbons and candles.
I am one of the luckiest people in the world to be able to do what I love most – creating with flowers. 2016 has been wonderful for me and the team at Amega Fleur and I am so proud about what we have achieved, having our work published and becoming award winners, so I thought I would show some of our work and achievements here which I hope you will enjoy.
2017 is proving to be as busy and successful as 2016 and I plan to bring you some of the highlights and share information and ideas from the floral industry, weddings and sympathy areas too.
If you have any questions, or would like to meet to discuss your event please get in touch.
Winning Essex Wedding Florist of the Year 2016
“Beautiful flowers from a dedicated and professional team. Judges loved how closely they work with their couples and the lengths that are gone to, to create exactly the desired look and theme requested. Lovely relaxed consultation process and transparent pricing with no minimum spend”
Published in Nov/Dec 2016 Edition of Wedding Flowers & Accessories Magazine
Some of our beautiful weddings
Location: West Mersea Vineyard and Photographs by J&M Photography
Location: West Mersea Outdoor Centre. Photographs by K Drouet Photography
Location: Colchester Castle. Photographs by Joanna Bongard Photography
Location: Prested Hall
Location: St Ermins, Westminster, London in association with Complete Entourage Events
Location: Prested Hall in association with Complete Entourage Events. Photographs by EPS Photography
Location: Colchester Castle
Location: Leez Priory. Cake created by Heart & Soul Cakes
Location: Prested Hall. Photographs by AJG Photography.
Location: Barn & Brassarie
This year has been even busier for me – which is great news and I’m really proud of the designs that I have created for my fabulous clients, but I wanted to share some thoughts on a few of my recent projects where I have gone the extra mile to make designs more personal and when great design and flowers simply weren’t enough …..
We all read a lot about the ‘Millennial’ generation or the ‘youngsters’ and the way in which they buy online and research every detail of their event. They want the best but it must be personal and symbolic to them and include memories. I have really seen this come through in the weddings that I have done this year. Whilst the simple, elegant bouquets and table centers are still very much in demand, as is the vintage theme, I am now being asked to include items large and small, to make the wedding flowers more personal than ever – highlighting the memories that are so special to the happy couple, and I have a strong feeling that this trend will continue as this generation take the plunge and get married.
So, what might your typical Millennial look to incorporate into their wedding flowers? Well, I am certain that each will be very different and very special to them, so as a florist, we need to be able and willing to create something that uses these personal items/memories and build the floral design around it. This is great for those of us who love the design process and creating unique designs.
As an example, I was asked by a fabulous couple who were having their wedding at the wonderful West Mersea Vineyard to incorporate elements of the sea and beach along with the vineyard within their theme. They also had travelled the world and wanted to include their memories of a wonderful trip they had to New Zealand but the design itself was up to me. How do you capture those memories into the design? After numerous cups of tea during our consultations we finally settled on the idea of using driftwood sourced from the area of New Zealand they loved! Thanks to a few phone calls, my floral friends on FB and Google, I managed to track some down here in the UK and a quick drive around the M25 found a rather large container full of some wonderful pieces to work with and all from New Zealand!
Each piece of driftwood was completely unique so each design varied in shape and size. The flowers and foliages including grasses I chose reflected their delicate colour scheme and the shapes and colours reflected those you would find on a coral reef. To incorporate the vineyard we used a variety of blue bottles on alternate guest tables, along with shells and sand. The effect was gorgeous.
The result, as you can see from the above pictures was something very different and not your typical table centers. The bride and groom loved them, so much so that I was asked to also dress a family lunch to be held at the West Mersea Yacht Club the following day.
So, I am looking forward to all the wonderful ideas and memories to incorporate in designs to come – and long may couples look for something that really matters to them and not something that comes from a catalogue!