Floral Trends | Wedding Flowers | 2015

If you’re planning your 2015 wedding then you need to know my top floral trends!

We seen the vintage, rustic and handmade trends recently and I want to move onto new styles and designs.  It seems that America often initiates many new floral movements and we quickly see them spread over to the UK.  Across the pond, bespoke design­ers in Canada and the United States are embrac­ing the local flow­ers and green­ery trend. More and more designs are fea­tur­ing lots of green­ery and gar­den flowers such as roses, peonies, hydrangea and dahlias. Flo­ral designs take on a less tra­di­tional shape with a decid­edly asym­met­ri­cal feel.

In the UK this trend has been labelled the ‘just-picked-from-the-garden’ look, it was just starting to be popular with brides in 2014 and it looks like this gorgeous trend is definitely staying for 2015 weddings.  Judith Blacklock of The Judith Blacklock Flower School is quoted saying:

“This summer, brides will choose softly-coloured blooms that reflect the gentle tones of the English garden.”  

So, instead of having a massed rose bouquet or other bouquet of one single flower, choose mixed flowers that look like they could come from the garden. If you’re having an autumn wedding, then why not choose flowers inspired by the woodland. Think ferns, foxgloves, trailing ivy and blowsy roses.  The look you’re going for is unstructured and wild. You could even use acorns, oak leaves and moss in your centrepieces to really reflect the season.

Early Summer Wildflower Bouquet
Early Summer Wildflower Bouquet

Annu­ally the Pan­tone Color Insti­tute declares a par­tic­u­lar hue to be the ‘Colour of the Year’.  For 2015 it’s ‘Marsala’.  Sen­sual and bold, deli­cious Marsala is a dar­ingly invit­ing tone that nur­tures; exud­ing con­fi­dence and sta­bil­ity while feed­ing the body, mind and soul. Much like the for­ti­fied wine that gives Marsala its name, this robust shade incor­po­rates the warmth and rich­ness of a taste­fully ful­fill­ing meal, while its ground­ing red-brown roots point to a sophis­ti­cated, nat­ural earth­i­ness.

Look for dusty reds and light bur­gundy flow­ers to find col­ors that will match a 2015 Marsala flower design palette. Pic­tured below are clock­wise from top left: Bur­gundy Baby Arti­choke, Brown Lisianthus, Blaz­ing Fury Cym­bid­ium Orchid, Black Prince Echev­e­ria, Choco­late Cos­mos, Dark Pink Astran­tia, Sumathi Maroon Vanda Orchid and Leu­ca­den­dron Tereti­fo­lia.

2015 Pantone Marsala Flowers
2015 Pantone Marsala Flowers

Marsala fits the new ‘Bohemian’ trend for weddings – rich jewel like tones of red, cerise, purple and emerald used in free flowing, natural style bouquets.  Buttonholes which feature seed heads and textured foliages rather than a focal flower make a ‘manly’ floral statement for the groom.

Scabious Seedhead buttonhole
Scabious Seedhead buttonhole

And once reserved for Pinterest, more and more brides are now embracing the ‘Flower Crown‘. However, I’ve yet to encounter a bride brave enough to order one for herself but the trend is definitely being manifested in flower girls and junior bridesmaids.  Maybe this year as I can’t wait to create my first bridal crown!

Floral Crown by Chic Vintage Brides
Floral Crown by Chic Vintage Brides

Finally, ‘Jam Jars‘ are here to stay – especially if you are having a barn wedding or rustic theme. Nothing compares for cost effective cuteness.  They can be decorated to suit your theme and are perfect posy size.  Use as cost effective table centres or gifts for the Mothers.  Think about hanging them from pews in the Church or from a distinctive tree if you are having an outside ceremony.

Wildflower Posy Jar by Ditsy Floral Design
Wildflower Posy Jar by Ditsy Floral Design
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Wedding Blog | Gillian & Ken | 4th October 2014

I love it when an email from a past bride pings into my inbox.  Especially when they are sharing some of their professional photography.

The bride in question is Gillian who wanted me to create her ‘romantic roses’ vision for her wedding flowers. We browsed over magazines and pinterest before settled on toning pink roses and a wild and rustic rose and foliage garland.

The flowers combined the beautiful big headed Secret Garden roses and smaller stronger coloured Keano rose with pink snowberries and soft eucalyptus foliage.  The foliage was locally grown by Foliage Works.

The wedding was on Saturday 4th October with a church venue in Lisburn and the reception in the sumptuous Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle.  Photo credit to Matt Symons Photography.

A Winter Wedding with a hint of Hepburn Glamour

I am so bad at this blogging lark lol!  Just getting time to catch up on some recent weddings…

A winter wedding with a soft and delicate floral brief with a nod to the bride’s Scottish heritage and just a sprinkling of Hepburn glamour and vintage styling.

Beautiful and meaningful Baby’s Breath kept the flowers simple and sophisticated.

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Buttonholes & Boutonnieres

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Country Garden Rose & Nigella Buttonhole
Country Garden Rose & Nigella Buttonhole by http://www.ditsyfloraldesign.co.uk
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Red Rose, Daisy & Scabious Boutonniere by http://www.ditsyfloraldesign.co.uk
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Rustic Country Garden Buttonhole with Rosemary, Nigella and Ammi by http://www.ditsyfloraldesign.co.uk
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Decadent Groom Buttonhole by http://www.ditsyfloraldesign.co.uk
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Pretty in Peach Rose and Anemone Buttonhole by http://www.ditsyfloraldesign.co.uk
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Rustic Country Style Boutonnieres by http://www.ditsyfloraldesign.co.uk
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Simply Sweet White Rose, Astilbe & Wax Flower Buttonhole by http://www.ditsyfloraldesign.co.uk

 

Rockin 50s Style Wedding Flowers

The most recent wedding by Ditsy Floral Design in early June was a little bit different. A quirky bride who had very clear styling ideas to complement her 50s style wedding dress and bright red accessories. I had fun working on this brief and created this mood board on Pinterest to inspire my creative thoughts. http://www.pinterest.com/elainegroves1/rockin-50s-style-wedding/

The final bridal design is a handtied posy with locally grown red charm peonies from Moorfield Flowers, white Avalanche roses, white freesia, tanacetum and home grown ammi majus from the Ditsy Floral cut flower patch.

Enjoy x

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Florist Friday

I’m currently devouring all flower related blog content and I love the flower inspired blog flowerona by Rona Wheeldon. I came across her concept of Florist Friday and that’s certainly suits me as I only ever seem to have time to write my blog on a Friday!!

I must apologise for the delay in my posts this month. I have been very busy #tiredflorist. Firstly, a house move at the start of the month set the pace. More space for the toddler and the bouncy dog – but most importantly, a garage that has been very quickly adopted as a floral studio!!

Surrounded by a sea of boxes and jam jars and only two days into the new house I found myself working on a bouquet for my first bridal photo shoot with Grace & Saviour for Rock the Frock Wedding Fair!! I’m very excited! The styling brief was pastel pinks, peach and silvery green tones in a natural and wild hand tie. I haven’t seen the official shots yet, but here is a taster…

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Ditsy Floral Rustic Hand Tie Locally Grown Eucalyptus

My style is very natural and a lot of my inspiration is drawn from nature and the countryside around me…nothing too formal. My work is more organic than that of a traditional florist. Working in this way gives my designs a variety in texture, form, colour and scent.  Here I’ve used locally grown Eucalyptus from Barbara Erwin of Foliage Works and foraged ivy from the garden with Spring flowers Tulips and Ranunculus.  My mum has always been a keen gardener and growing up in the countryside a love of plants and flowers was instilled in me from a very young age.  I love working with material from my own cutting garden and seasonal locally grown flowers whenever possible.

Next, I was lucky enough to secure a slot at the Belmont Hotel Bridal Fayre, my local in Banbridge!  I was the only florist in attendance and totally delighted with the response from brides-to-be.  Here are some pics from the night…

Ditsy Floral Button Hole

Groom’s Buttonhole

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Rustic Spring Hand Tied Bouquet

Ditsy Floral Trailing Bouquet

Wild and Romantic Rose, Lisanthus and Ivy Trailing Bouquet

Vintage Tea Cup Posy

Vintage Tea Cup Posy

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Mini floral topiary tree with Carnations and Chrysanthemums – perfect for table centres or larger versions for entrance doors!

The tail end of the month has been busy with enquires and consultations for 2014 and 2015…so lots more exciting and beautiful weddings are in the pipeline.  Ditsy Floral is really taking off!

Thanks for reading.

Beautiful Buttonholes – Practice makes perfect!

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The start of the year is always a busy time for wedding planning.  I’ve had a number of enquiries from brides-to-be in recent weeks (so pleased, big grin).  I thought I would prepare some buttonhole designs for inspiration – and to show off lol!  I’m also studying my Level 3 in floristry and I have a portfolio to prepare for my final assessment in May – a few extra buttonhole and corsage designs will be appreciated.

Orchid Buttonholes

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Mini Cymbidium Orchids with Aparagus Fern, Ivy and berries/decorative wire #buttonholes

Rose buttonholes

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Perfect for the Groom and Groomsmen #buttonholes

Corsage

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Orchid Corsage with decorative wire framework, wax flower and foliage.  This is a good option for Mother of the Bride/Groom or a handbag corsage if you are a guest. #corsage

Wrist Corsage

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Wrist corsages are a good option for bridesmaids or flowergirls and they can be very decorative.  This design features a Phaleanopsis Orchid and wax flower. #wristcorsage

Thanks for reading 🙂 x