Today we hand over to Petra of Sussex Florals to talk all things bridal bouquet…
The bride’s bouquet to me is the most important element to get right before we plan the rest of the wedding flowers. It not only sets the tone of the décor for the wedding, but it’s also the first thing guests see when the bride walks down the aisle.
Once we get the bouquet sorted everything else falls into place.
Some brides come to me full of ideas and others need a bit more guidance, but we always get there in the end. There is so much to think about; the style (wild and loose, rustic and so on), the colours, and which flowers to choose of course. I can literally spend hours going over it in consultations, but once we get the bouquet sorted everything else falls into place.
Over the years I have created so many different style and colour combinations and here are a few of my fave’s to give you a little inspiration:
The Wild Meadow Bouquet.
This was one of my all-time-favourite bouquets to create as the style was very much ‘me’. A relaxed country meadow feel was the brief and we used some gorgeous pastel nigellas, scabious, garden mints, little dainty asters and a mix of ornamental grasses to get the look. My favourite part of the bouquet though was the gorgeous home-grown sweet peas that the bride’s father grew especially for the big day, on his farm. They just tied the whole look together and the scent was incredible. On the morning of the wedding we added more than 300 stems of the freshly-grown sweet peas to the other flower arrangements which tied everything together so beautifully.
The “Give me a Rainbow Please”
From my first meeting with the bride and her mother, it was all about colour. ‘Every colour of the rainbow’ was the brief. This bouquet had it all and the whole scheme was created around the bold and beautiful bridesmaid dresses. It just shows that with flowers there are no rules on colour and I just love how everything blended so perfectly in the end.
The Classic White and Green.
I have been asked so many times what my favourite colour bouquet is and the classic, timeless combination of white and green is still at the top of my list. There is just something about the simplicity that I just love so much. It is perfect for a rustic barn wedding or can be made a bit more glam for a chic manor house do. This particular bouquet combined fluffy carnations (the bride’s favourite flower), spray roses, hints of gypsophila, and the ultimate in greenery, the gorgeous silver-toned eucalyptus.
When I was asked to do a 1920s shoot at Great Betley Farmhouse I was super excited as I just love the Art Deco style. The idea for the bouquet was inspired around peacock feathers and I wanted to create something really flowing and wild but also elegant with a little grandeur. I just love how it turned out and this is a gorgeous example that a cascading bouquet can be a little different and less traditional than the old-fashioned teardrop ones we often see.
It has been a challenging time for weddings and I cannot believe how quickly it has all gone. Last year so many couples had to change their wedding plans. For me, one thing that did not change was that the bridal bouquet was still star-of-the-show, and I was lucky enough to create them for a handful of couples that were able to tie the knot in 2020. This year we are all crossing every finger for large gatherings to return and I for one can not wait to create some stunning bouquets and wedding flowers for my lovely couples this summer. If you are planning a wedding in 2022 do get in touch soon and we can get planning your big day, it’s going to be a busy one.