The Royal Wedding is hot on the lips of the British public at the moment and it is generally agreed that it was a beautiful day with Harry and Meghan a stunning couple very much in love.
Leading up to the grand day we as florists eagerly awaited the announcement as to who would be producing the floral arrangements and we had high expectations as to what they would design. When floral designer Phillipa Craddock was announced she did not disappoint.
In contrast to William and Kate’s wedding day the entrance to St George’s Chapel held the focus with regards to the floral design. The flowers and foliage began at the bottom of the steps, trailing up either side of the staircase and climbing dramatically to meet in a wide, impressive archway backed with birch trees for the happy couple to walk through.
Inside the church itself the entrance display was seamlessly transformed into a triple archway of matching style, and at the top of the aisle two pedestal arrangements stood boldly either side of the alter, where the ceremony took place.
Philippa and her team used seasonal flowers that bloom in the month of May for all of the floral displays, creating a natural, wild looking backdrop to the wedding in pretty shades of green and white. The design incorporated peonies, garden roses, stocks, cow parsley, lisianthas and foxglove amongst branches of birch and beech. Additionally The Royal Parks supplied a selection of plants from their wild meadows to add into this creative medley of beautiful and ethical foliage and flowers.
Meghan’s bridal bouquet wasn’t over the top in any way – a simple and elegant, compact bouquet with stems of astilbe poking delicately from the top. In whites and greens to match the floral decorations, the flowers themselves were personally picked by Harry from Diana’s garden. The six adorable bridesmaids then had matching bouquets to Meghan which unusually were the same size as the bridal bouquet.
There is sadly a lot of wastage in the wedding and events industry and we were pleased to hear that after the big day came to a finish all of the flowers were recycled by Philippa’s team. These hard working florists redesigned all of the flowers into new bouquets and distributed them to charitable organisations, so that the joy the wedding guests experienced from these stunning flowers was then able to be shared and enjoyed by many others as well.
If you’ve decided to break with convention and host your wedding in autumn as opposed to summer, there are a lot of different things to consider to ensure that your day is perfect. From picking the right venue that factors in the colder climate to making your menu fitting for the time of year, it’s important to tailor your day to the season that you’re in.
Luckily, autumn is synonymous with some gorgeous colours and textures, so picking flowers couldn’t be easier.
Read our blog on some of the best bouquets and table pieces for autumn weddings.
A rustic bundle
If you like something that has a dishevelled appearance and isn’t as put together as some bouquets, choose a rustic arrangement that will give the effect of just being picked from a garden or farm. To create this look well, incorporate protea and craspedia and tie all the flowers together with a loose white bow. You could even add in some berries to enhance the natural feel of this bouquet.
This bouquet is sure to win the hearts of a classic bride who likes things to appear just so and is keen on keeping things traditional. While orange is a colour that is associated with autumn, if you want something more neutral that will blend in easily to an understated wedding, choose lighter, peachier tones. A bouquet using dahlias and roses will look stunning and soft and these flowers also work well as a table piece.
Orchids are a stunning flower and a very popular choice amongst brides. While they can appear summery, especially when white ones are used, if mixed with other flowers they can create a truly eye-catching bouquet or centrepiece for any autumn wedding. Add in some ranunculus, celosia and pincushion for an eclectic bouquet that will have your guests gasping with delight. If you want to use them for a centrepiece, frame the flowers using umbrella ferns and place one on each of your tables.
Effective centrepieces can transform your reception tables, and this particular one is simple but will still have your guests talking and snapping pictures. Carefully wrap gorgeous orange and red flowers of your choice in a long glass vase, fill with water and finish off with floating tea lights. The candles will look great at night and will enhance the cosy feel of your chosen venue.
Your guide to wedding anniversary flowers
Most people know that anniversaries have names associated with them – from paper to celebrate your 1st year together to platinum to signify an incredible 70 years of matrimony. But, did you know that each anniversary also has a flower associated with it? There’s a flower for each year until your 15th, and then there’s one for every five or ten year milestone after that. Here’s a guide to the flowers you should buy your other half when your anniversary comes around.
1st Anniversary – Carnation
The traditional carnation is the perfect flower to celebrate your first year together. The symbolise commitment and a sense of optimism.
2nd Anniversary – Lily of the Valley
On your second anniversary, lily of the valley signifies the purity of your relationship, as well as modesty and devotion.
3rd Anniversary – Sunflower
A gorgeous, cheerful flower, the sunflower celebrates three joyful years together and represent the strength of your bond.
4th Anniversary – Hydrangea
There’s no better flower to symbolise your appreciation and gratefulness for you love on your fourth wedding anniversary.
5th Anniversary – Daisy
On your firth anniversary, daisies are used to symbolise your strong and growing bond.
6th Anniversary – Calla Lily
The elegance and sophistication of the calla lily is used to represent the way your love has grown over 6 years together.
7th Anniversary – Freesia
To symbolise trust and eternal faithfulness, the freesia is the classic flower for your sventh anniversary.
8th Anniversary – Lilac
After eight years together it’s the perfect time to reflect on your life and relationship, lilac is the perfect bloom to do just that.
9th Anniversary – Bird of Paradise
A magnificent flower to signify nine magnificent years of marriage, the bird of paradise shows the beauty and boldness of your love.
10th Anniversary – Daffodil
To symbolise the brightness and vibrant of your love, there’s no better flower than a daffodil to celebrate ten years of happy marriage.
11th Anniversary – Tulip
Your eleventh anniversary is a time to celebrate your passion and look forward to your second decade together, the tulip is the perfect flower to symbolise both of these aspects.
12th Anniversary – Peony
As you embark on your second decade, peonies represent happiness and future bliss for both of you.
13th Anniversary – Chrysanthemum
In many areas of the world chrysanthemums represent royalty and in others they signify good luck, making them the perfect bloom for your thirteenth anniversary.
14th Anniversary – Orchids
To mark fourteen years, orchids represent how you’ve matured and grown together.
15th Anniversary – Roses
One of the most romantic flowers, roses are perfect to celebrate 15 happy, amorous years with one another.
20th Anniversary – Aster
In your twentieth year together, asters are a symbol of wisdom, happiness, and, above all, love.
25th Anniversary – Iris
Making it to a quarter of a century together is a big achievement, so celebrate with irises to symbolise lasting faithfulness.
30th Anniversary – Lily
Pride, beauty, and devotion are the qualities that lilies symbolise, making them the perfect flower for your thirtieth year together.
40th Anniversary – Gladiolas
Brighten up your loved one’s life with gladiolas, a vibrant flower signifying remembrance of forty years by their side.
50th Anniversary – Yellow Roses and Violets
The only year to get two flowers, yellow roses and violets are the perfect couple – just like you. Together they signify faith and virtue.
Here at Brigitte Flowers, we love creating bespoke floral designs for weddings to help pull your day together and make the occasion feel special. For most brides and grooms, flowers are integral part of their ceremony and a wedding without blooms would be like an engagement without a ring! Flowers really are an iconic wedding tradition. Here we take a moment to step back in time and discover where it all began, delving deeper into the history of wedding flowers and the ways they have been used over the years.
They date back to ancient Greek times
It is thought that the first civilisation to use flowers at weddings were the ancient Greeks. Jewellery such as floral crowns, still popular in contemporary weddings today, were made for the bride, given to them as a gift from nature. However, as well as being used as gifts, flowers at weddings used to have another purpose.
Beyond organising the dress, the venue, the photographer, the cake and more, flowers can play a central role in any wedding. Expertly designed wedding flowers can tie the entire theme of your special day together, adding a touch of class to your venue while creating a consistent, sophisticated feel for every aspect of your wedding from church to meal to reception. For something so integral to any wedding, it is important to work with the right florist to help you find the right blooms, displaying them perfectly to compliment your big day. Here are some things to look for when choosing a wedding florist.
While the winter season allowed us to enjoy a variety of wonderful blooms in deep, rich hues such as forest green, crimson red and of course, stark, crisp white, the start of spring means it’s time to introduce fresh, vibrant colour back into our floral displays! Here are the perfect blooms to inject some fun into your homes as we mark the start of spring:
Bored by red roses? Want to get away from endless pink shades? We know that the traditional Valentine’s Day colour schemes are not to everyone’s taste. So here are out top picks for out of the ordinary flowers that will make the perfect additions to any romantic bouquets.
If you’re planning to treat your loved one to some gorgeous flowers this Valentine’s Day, we can help you to craft the perfect bouquet. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Christmas is just around the corner, and that means putting together show stopping floral arrangements with a festive twist. If you’re having a beautiful winter themed wedding, or just want to decorate your home with gorgeous flowers and seasonal centrepieces, making winter appropriate selections is crucial. Here are just some of the blooms we think make any festive display special.
Every year, we all put one up in the corner of our living room to celebrate the festive season – but how much do you actually know about the Christmas tree? Here’s our guide to the history of the Christmas tree.
While Christmas has obvious ties with Christianity, the use of evergreen trees to celebrate in the winter time actually pre-dates the religion. Many winter time Pagan rituals involved the worship of evergreen trees. The lasting colour of the plants was said to bring hope, reminding people of the springtime, and, in some countries, ward off evil spirits that might want to enter the home.
A German tradition
There are a number of different stories about how the Christmas tree came into being, but one thing is certain – it almost certainly started in Germany.
One of the most popular theories is that the Christmas tree as we know it was invented by a religious reformer, Martin Luther. Legend has it that the preacher was taking a stroll through the woods late and night, and when he looked up and saw the twinkling stars between the fir trees he was struck with a moment of genius. He returned home, bringing a tree with him, and decorated it with flickering candles for his children. The trend caught on, and by 1604 Christmas trees could be found in houses all over Southern Germany.
Once again, the history books are in dispute about who started the Christmas tree trend in Britain. Many a general knowledge quiz will have you believe it was Prince Albert that introduced Britain to the tradition in 1840. However, many historians are quick to point out that Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, bought over a tree from her native Germany in 1800 to erect in the Queen’s Lodge at Windsor Castle. Queen Charlotte’s ties to Martin Luther put a little more weight into this argument, and it’s thought that when she arrived in Britain she brought a lot of her cherished German customs with her.
The Christmas tree really took off in Britain when, in 1948 during Queen Victoria’s reign, an illustration was published in the London News. Entitled “The Queen’s Christmas Tree at Windsor Castle”, the illustration showed the royals standing proudly around their tree, and popularised the tradition not only in Britain, but the US, too.
While the tree has remained steadfast in English Christmas tradition, how we decorate it has changed over time. In the beginning, a figure of baby Jesus was often put atop the tree, today an angel or a shining star is more common.
How do you decorate your tree? Let us know in the comments and on social media – we’d love to see pics, too!