It's not often that a bride asks for orange wedding flowers. But that's exactly what the lovely Anna did last October.
Perfect colours for Autumn in a really cool setting.
When I chat to brides about their wedding ideas, they often seem to go for soft, pastel and nude tones for bridal bouquets. Not that there's anything wrong with that! 'Blush' is definitely a word I seem to find my self seriously over-using to describe that kinda-pinky-but-not-baby-pinky-natural-rosey- but- very-pale shade everyone seems to love (myself included). So when I was asked to do a wedding full of big bold orange for Anna and Jamie, I was really looking forward to it.
The venue was Stoke Newington Town Hall on Church Street; a fairly modern building with orange drape curtains inside the circular ceremony room. Anna wanted to keep things simple and stylish with her bridal bouquet, 4 bridesmaids, buttonholes and table centres for the reception, which was in a lovely pub just up the road.
We decided to go for orange roses as the main feature with each of the bridesmaids having more of one particular shade so they were all slightly different, to compliment the orange tones of their dresses. The roses included varieties such as 'coffee time', 'miss piggy' and 'cherry brandy' (such good names!) and I used seeded eucalyptus to add a grey tone to compliment the warm colour palette. I also mixed in some ivory roses to give the bouquets a slightly more natural look and to fit in with a certain white dress.
Here are some of my favourite pictures...
It was so hard to pick which photos to include in the post as not only did the photographer Pippa Heath (www.pippaheath.com) do a great job but the bride was seriously glamorous and the groom very handsome...a model couple in my opinion!
For the reception table centres, I added touches of rose hip berries (very seasonal and gorgeous at that time of year), bright 'friendship' dahlias, orange freesia for scent, peach euphorbia and seasonal bay foliage. I also added a few berries to the peach rose buttonholes for the extra hint of Autumn. Anna wanted small vases to add a splash of colour to the reception room, without large arrangements blocking the view. The photos of the reception are equally great and I'm sure a good time was had by all. I loved Anna and Jamie's personal touches too.
Congratulations guys and thanks for having me as your florist!
With special thanks to Rachel at capstonsecond.co.uk for putting me in touch with the couple and to Pippa Heath Photography for these brilliant images.