It’s July and Northern Ireland celebrates Rose Week, it’s the 50th anniversary this year and from 21st to 27th July the city celebrates the most spectacular rose display in the International Rose Gardens at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park.
Having worked in tourism PR this pic of me is from a photoshoot taken a few years ago to promote the event lol!
Northern Ireland has a very rich heritage of rose breeding dating back to the late 19th century and here you will find one of the world’s oldest rose breeding families, the Dickson’s of Newtownards. Colin Dickson is the sixth generation to carry on the tradition! Famous roses produced by the Dickson’s Nursery include ‘Shot Silk’, ‘Sea Pearl’, ‘Grandpa Dickson’ and ‘Elina’, which was added to the World Rose Hall of Fame during the International Rose Convention meeting in Japan in 2006.
Therefore the rose is the perfect flower of choice for NI brides and the rose is often hailed as the most romantic bloom. It really is a staple in bridal bouquets and widely thought to symbolise love. Today there’s a trend for the English Garden Roses, big cabbage like roses that are soft, romantic and very sweet smelling – this look is perfect for the vintage-loving bride who is inspired by beautiful garden blooms and ‘just picked’ styling.
Wedding flowers aren’t just for bouquets, buttonholes and table centrepieces though; accessorising bridal hair with your favourite blooms is big news this season #floralcrown #floralheadress and think #corsage rather than buttonhole!
Rose inspiration doesn’t have to stop with your wedding flowers – get creative with food and drink, thinking rose flavoured cocktails and desserts, perfect for a garden party or afternoon tea reception. Or carry the vintage rose motif through to your wedding stationery to continue the theme.
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.
Mini Cymbidium Orchids with Aparagus Fern, Ivy and berries/decorative wire #buttonholes
Perfect for the Groom and Groomsmen #buttonholes
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 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