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Wedding Inspirations; Pina Colada

When people think weddings- it is easy to assume that it needs to be white all the way. Tradition says it is so, so it must be, right? But these days really anything goes. A wedding is a celebration that brings together two peoples styles (well, in theory anyway) so essentially no two weddings need be alike.

For those who enjoy, nay love a bit of colour, a wedding can feel quite restrictive if you let your head get filled with other people’s ideas of what your day should look like. So this week, I am sharing with you a colour scheme I refer to as ‘Pina Colada’- a mixture of pink, orange and gold tones. Certainly it is not for everyone, but for those brave enough to saturate their day in vibrant colour, well, this combo may just win you over 😉

I guess something that you may take into consideration when choosing a colour palette that is a bright and vivacious as this one, is that it can dictate the vibe of your soiree also. Indian weddings are notoriously brightly coloured, and they do it so brilliantly. Using brighter colour tones can bring joy and exuberance, and less formality. Give this some consideration when you are in the planning stages.

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Colours; I like to think of this colour palette as a gorgeous sunset which means that it can cover just about anything from soft apricots, lemons and powder pinks, to mid pink, burnt orange, coral, salmon, mango, gold and hot pinks- take your pick!

If you choose to go for the more pastel colouring, the result will be far softer and can suit more vintage theming. Brighter exotic flowers will suit a coastal/beach themed celebration.

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Image; Luna and Chloe Weddings via look o on flickr

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Flowers; Depending on whether you prefer the bright vibrant hues or the paler tones you will obviously have different options of flowers to use within this theme. Of course seasonality will ultimately dictate what is available at the time of year you get married.

Poppies would be an awesome choice within this colour theme as well as peonies, roses, billy buttons, ranunculus, freesias, David Austin roses, pink or red hypericum,  dahlias, freesias, orchids, jasmine, cumquot branches, calla lilies.

Accessories; This vibrant, vivacious theme lends itself to fun and funky accessories and decorations; thongs, petal confetti, lollies as favours, coloured beverages, windmills etc. Or what about water-coloured invitations, place cards and table numbers, floral table runners and gold plated cutlery? Delicious!

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Image; Knots Villa

 

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Now if this page has had you dreaming of the coming summer, keen to walk barefoot on the beach, and (gasp!) perhaps even have a dip…. then I have done my job.   Perhaps it has inspired you to get some fresh cut flowers and brighten up your home with winter behind us TOMORROW! Spring flowers are blooming and we have a magical selection available in-store and for local Sydney delivery, so come in and say Hello!

Fwf x

 

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Garden Inspirations- Palm Springs

I love conceptualising; Looking at ideas, researching a theme or a design concept and then building on it from there. Currently, I am finding inspiration from the gardens of Palm Springs. These gardens best suit the quint essential mid century modern home, however can be appropriated to work with modern day architecture where garden spaces are sleek, grouped, and focus on the balance between planted and empty spaces.

Obviously it is always important to look at the environmental factors, such as aspect and exposure to the sun within the garden and make appropriate plant choices. What is the soil quality like? Is there good drainage? How often are you prepared to water the garden? These are all factors that need to be considered when designing a garden.

Gardens that take inspiration from the South West of America focus on the intricate differences in colour, shape, size and most importantly texture. These gardens are often defined by the absence of grassy areas, and with the inclusion of rock beds, large feature rocks, stone pavers or gravel. These are appropriate options that have been considered, and make sense for the original environment; a hot, desert climate.

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Australia’s natural environment is often compared to California, and so many of the choices would be appropriate for our climate also. Instead of using mulch, or bark to retain water within the garden beds, a rock layer is a popular choice.

Get the look;  Cactus, Prickly Pear, Agaves and other geometric Succulents, Palms, Vertical plants like Mother in Laws Tongue, Shapely feature plants such as the Joshua Tree. There are hundreds of Palms available, and it all comes down to personal choice, but the Ponytail Palm will give you that special Palm Springs inspired look. It has a bulbous trunk and crazy head of leaves. You could also consider including a Australian Grass Plant, Xanthorrhoea- which for many years was known as the Black Boy. These plants often last for hundreds of years, require little water, and are striking in their appearance.

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Xanthorrhoea Grass plant via Trek Nature
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Amazing bulbous Ponytail Palm via Gardenia
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Besser blocks and feature rocks finish this garden design Via Kelly Go Lightly

Accessories; Gravel, Stone Pavers, Besser Block feature walls, Large feature rocks.

Colours; The gardens within this style tend to feature green, grey and white. Often the buildings are stark white, with strong coloured features (walls, entry doors, lounge/pool furniture etc). You can also include orange, red and chocolate coloured foliage plants for extra colour.

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Pavers and rocks complete with a linear design of cactus= awesome Palm Springs garden via Kelly go Lightly

The Palm Springs inspired garden is not for everyone, but if you like low maintenance gardens, it could be a good fit. The rock layer reduces the watering, and as the plant choices tend to be hardy specimens which favour a more arid environment, they do not require daily watering. This garden style will complement formal settings, and sleek, modern architecture as well as vintage styling.

One thing to note is that many of the plant varieties that feature in this garden style are costly. Golden Barrel Cactus for example are hard to come by, and are slow growers, so even small plants will set you back a bit. You also need to consider that for the cluster plantings and linear plant work in this design style, you will require substantial numbers in many plant varieties. On the upside, choose wisely and this garden design will be low manintence and have great longevity.

Fwf x

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Style Revival- Retro

‘Sooner or later, everything old is new again.’ – Stephen King

You only have to look around to see influences of days gone by and there are many terms that are used for describing design styles from our past; ‘Vintage’, ‘Retro’, ‘Antique’, ‘Mid- Century Modern’, and ‘Art Deco’. As a quick overview; When something is referred to as Antique, this generally means it is more than 100 years old. Vintage pieces are from the 20th century, however are not 100 years old, yet. Mid Century modern is a term than was coined in the 1950’s but covers furniture that was designed in period between 1930’s- 1960’s with functionality key. Art Deco generally refers to 1920-1930’s ornate styling. For many, the terms are confusing, but for the purpose of this piece, whilst much of the furniture that features tends to be mid century modern, we are looking at retro styling broadly. How can we incorporate design ideas anywhere from 1930’s onwards into our modern homes and really harness that decor with the help of fresh flowers and plants.

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Image via Instagram, Joybird Furniture

‘Retro’ is a pretty generalised term anyhow. It can pretty much cover any outdated furniture/pieces that have come back into favour for a multitude of reasons. Retro can be as personal as you wish it to be, and as kitsch! The term alone often conjours up images of psychedelic wallpaper and drapery for me, velour furniture, and just a bold use of colour.

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Image; Nous Decor

After WW1 and WW2, people wanted ‘modern’ furniture and homes that lacked the ostentatious finishes that up until then had been standard. The style instead focused on functionality with clean lines, soft curves and the use of a variety of materials (often within one piece to create contrast). You will see a lot of wood teamed with vinyl or leather, or plastic or metal features. Many replica pieces that are found currently feature the turned wood legs that were popular within this style, although it must be noted that the style utilised any and every other material they could, unapologetically and often uncovered (i.e plastic) which had not been done up until that time.

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What I love most about this broad theme is the fearlessness when it comes to colour.  Strong, bright and earthy tones featured, and while neutral colour palettes do exist within this style, and black and white is often used in geometric contrast, typical colours used in this decorating style are; Mustard, Blue, Olive, Burnt Orange, Teal, Red and Chocolate.

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The easiest way to use fresh flowers and living plants in this style is by incorporating some sort of plant stand. Turned wood plant stands are incredibly popular and easily sourced at the moment, as are macrame plant hangers. Both perfect examples of retro styling.

Ferns are ideal for hanging baskets if your preference is for something pendulous. Mother in laws tongue, a popular and easy to care fleshy plant often fits well in this style. They require little water and look ‘modern’. Some ceramic vessels or glass vases will sit well in these plant stands and provide an interesting way to display cut fresh flowers too. Try Philodendron or Monsteria Leaves in a vase for simplicity OR, try using vibrant coloured macrame teamed with a vase of contrasting coloured fresh flowers- think Orange, Blue, or Mustard.

 

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Image; This Little Street featuring a Case Study pot and plant stand via Modernica
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Have fun!

Fwf x

 

 

 

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Style Revival- Coastal

The Coastal look has always been a popular choice for holiday homes but the style has recently seen a rise in its popularity, making it’s way into firmly mainstream decorating as well. It is perhaps not so much a revival (as my title suggests) as a re-appropriation.

In general, Coastal decorating sets to highlight the lifestyle and luxury of beach side living.  Think soft linen furnishings, lime washed or chalk painted furniture pieces, hessian, sisal and jute, recycled glassware, driftwood, shells, candles and ALOT of distressed wood!

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Image; Sand and Sisal

 

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If you want to add touches of this theme to your current decor, it is usually pretty simple, provided you have a fairly neutral base. By choosing your key furniture pieces in neutral tones, you can quickly and easily alter you theme to breathe fresh air into your living spaces. What do they say…. a change is as good as a holiday-  it’s never truer than with this theme; by adding some coastal elements to your home, you might just feel like you have had a short sojourn somewhere exotic.

The easiest way to change a room is by changing your soft furnishings; cushions and lamp shades for a living room for example, or Manchester for your bedroom.

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Colours;

Undoubtedly this style features a variety of blues tones paired with white, sometimes with greys, beige or aqua/turqoise highlights.  The result is light and airy, fresh and calm.

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How to Use flowers or plants;

Plants are generally pretty undervalued, but they are a favourite in my house, because there is nothing I hate more than cleaning vase water….even after 15 years of floristry (or perhaps especially so). I love this simple idea of planting succulents in a shell home. Succulents do require good drainage so consider a charcoal based potting mix.

To continue with the coastal theme it makes sense to feature tropical foliage such as Ferns, Monsteria, or Anthurium leaves alone in a vase, or with simple white or soft blue flowers; the leafy greens will make the room feel fresh and bright and will not detract from the other elements within. You could use scented Oriental lilies, Hydrangea, Gardenias, Peonies or Roses to add a softness to the room. Despite the theme being coastal, interestingly, it rarely utilises tropical flowers such as Anthuriums or Heliconias, largely because of the basic colour palette, but also as tropical flowers tend to have a more plastic-like texture, and lack the softness and luxury of the more feminine blooms that are favoured.

You could also consider simple decorating ideas such as floating flower heads in a bowl, which is easy for even the least creative person. Lilies are a great choice for this, or Frangipanis are also perfect (but are only available through the warmer months)

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Accessories;

Many plain items can be upcycled to easily match this theme- think about adding rope to a basic glass vase, white washing tired wooden furniture, adding sand, shells and starfish to transparent vessels, add a piece of driftwood to your sideboard (and if you are game, create your own air plant and succulent garden in it)

As with any style, Coastal isn’t going to be for everyone, and some homes will not be easily transformed into an Oceanic Oasis. BUT if light and bright, soft and airy is for you- Coastal Chic may be just what you are looking for….

Fwf x

 

 

 

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Creating a Christmas theme- Precious Metals

There’s a part of me that cannot believe that we are now counting down to Christmas, but I feel like I almost sped the entire year in denial these days. It was a hard kick in the butt the other day when I saw a sign up declaring there were just 41 sleeps til Christmas day, and meanwhile, I hadn’t begun my Christmas shopping.

When you have a house-full, there really are so many things to organise, and getting to the shops is hard enough, let alone shopping with a clear head and no distractions. Certainly decorating the house for Christmas is one thing that I count as pretty important especially having three young kids. It is a special time of year, and I find that as each year passes we are creating our own little family traditions, and amongst all the chaos, there are lots of moments of pure joy and fun.

Creating your theme each year can be a exciting project to sink your teeth into, and you need only be limited by the amount of time you have, your creativity, and (if your household is anything like mine) your husband’s idea of what an appropriate budget might be! Hubby tends to think the idea of starting fresh each year is ludicrus, which is fair enough, and in some ways it forces me to think more creatively in order to reuse, and up-cycle some items I already have.

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Image Master the Masses via Pinterest

For anyone who has been reading this blog for some time you may remember that last year I did an inspiration piece called “Seas and Greetings”, creating a beach themed Christmas using soft emerald greens, blues, silvers and whites. So in the spirit of reusing and recycling, this year we can utilise all the silver elements again, integrating them easily into a Metallic theme. Coppers, golds and silvers are definitely versatile additions to any Christmas box, so hubby can calm down knowing that I will be able to use many of these pieces again at some stage over the coming years. Phew.

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Starting with a fairly plain or neutral base is key to being able to reuse elements. For instance, I would pick a green tree for starters- that is of course if you favour an artifical tree. By using a green tree you can easily change the look dramatically each year simply by changing the baubles you use.

Copper tones have been popular over the last year, and you are able to personalise the look by adding other colours. Think soft pink….this will make make it look like you have chosen to decorate in precious metals; white gold, yellow gold and rose gold.

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To tie in your fresh flower arrangements you have a variety of options. Add sprayed pine cones, berries or holly leaves to your table arrangements to easily add touches of your metallic gold, silver or copper tones to fresh flowers and green foliage. Alternatively you can use materials that naturally come in these sorts of tones like; dusty miller, eucalyptus leaves, copper backed magnolia leaves or you can even use clusters of wired matching baubles within an arrangement in neutral tones.

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With a little over a month to go, we are certainly on the countdown til Christmas! Keep you eye out for our new Christmas range, but for the moment you can start gathering ideas for home or gifts here.

Fwf x

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Wedding Inspirations: Watercolours

My latest infatuation for wedding themes is Watercolours. The options are truly endless, but the one commonality is the soft blotted texture and the blurred lines between the colours. Choose between soft pastel colourings, or stronger pops of colours to personalise this theme.

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WELCOME BOARD Image: Etsy via Pinterest

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The thing that is great with using watercolours throughout your wedding is that you can use it as a stand alone theme, or choose to combine it with another theme.

Do you want to have a botanical influence? Or perhaps a bohemian affair with feathers? Something geometric perhaps?

Alternatively, you can choose to just use blotted colour blocks throughout.

Aside from using it on invitations to introduce the wedding theme, you can purchase key items like the bridesmaids gowns (or even wedding gown, if you are game) to emphasise this theme.

 

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WATERCOLOUR FEATHERS Image: You tube
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WATERCOLOUR GEOMETRIC Image: Etsy via Pinterest
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WATERCOLOUR INVITES Image: Colour Lovers

 

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Wedding Gown with softly blotted colourings Image: Southbound Bride

Colours:

The brilliance of this theme is that there are no limitations to the colours you can choose, but before you get started you certainly have to choose what direction you wish to go and tie everything together from there.

For me, the Watercolour trend works beautifully with a blend of soft pastel tones in an almost ‘ombre’ range. Think soft pinks, peaches, salmon and corals. Or what about soft grey together with pewter, browns and oyster tones accented with amethyst and pops of purple.

But like I said, there really are no limits, so you could choose to use more vibrant, iridescent colours within this theme also. What about gold, coral and fuschia tones with accents of black and lime green?

Even a Monochromatic, black, charcoal and white theme would work with this technique, just be sure to soften some other details, like the fabric you choose for gowns.

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Textured elements:

Using watercolours on invitations, place settings, table plans and welcome signs certainly makes sense as it is easy to see the colour link. More so though, choose the texture of the paper/card carefully. Papers with a texture or pulp throughout will emphasise the blotted paint, central to this theme.

Similarly, use foliage and berries or buds throughout the bouquets tobreak up the blocks of colour. This will create a more ‘blurred’ appearance. If the colours are too strongly blocked, the softly blotted look of the watercolours will be lost. By ensuring you use a variety of sizes and shapes within the bouquet you will also help blur the lines within the bunch. So increase the variety of flowers you use rather than sticking to one colour tone, or one shaped bloom.

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Feature flowers:

This will be guided by you colour choices of course, but in keeping with the soft blotted texture of watercolours, I would choose flouncy, soft, textured, rambling blooms. This could include papery poppies, fluffy peonies, rambling roses, ranunculas, gildarose(snowball) lisianthus, anenomes, cosmos, zinnias, berries, leafy greens and lacey cineraria.

Accessories:

Think soft capped sleeves, flowing gowns, honeycomb party decorations, confetti, splashes of colour on cakes, rock salt dyed silk table runners or drapery, coordinated candles. Channel you inner artist and get creative!

 

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Wedding Inspirations- Using Blue as your Primary Hue

As florists, the most challenging colour to work with is undoubtedly blue. Whilst blue is a primary colour, and what could be classed as a fairly conservative colour perhaps when thinking about Navy Blue, when it comes to flowers, it proves quite difficult. Despite this, varying shades of blue remain popular. One major factor that I believe contributes to blues popularity is the fact that in one of its varying shades, it seems to be able to complement most complexions. Aside from that, blue is a fairly conservative colour and therefore should stand the test of time, and when it comes to weddings, timeless is key.

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But Blue in nature, doesn’t tend to be an easy task…..Blue, from soft powdery baby blues to strong navy blue in fabrics, no worries, but as soon as a client wants to ‘match’ that fabric…..well, that opens a whole world of trouble. The difficulty with blue when working with flowers is that very few flowers exist in straight clean colour tones, making it near impossible to ‘match’ them. As a florist, I do not see this as a major issue as it is not essential to match every element, but rather use complementary colour tones to create a harmonious colour palette. Some blue blooms are more silvery or dusty, with an almost grey over tone,  others tend to look more purple in some lights. There are several blooms available in more powdery baby blue tones, so if you do prefer to match colours, then this may be the best choice for you!

In order to incorporate true primary blue tones you may need to look beyond flowers. Think about ways you can add your chosen feature colour in unique touches throughout your day. Why not use coloured glassware on your tables, or bottles as your pew ends, ribbon details on plain dresses, or choose strong primary blue bridesmaids gowns.

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If you favour softer, more powdery baby blues you can sprinkle touches of this colour thoughout most elements as it is not as strong or contrasting as a primary blue. Gorgeous flowergirl outfits can incorporate baby blues easily, soft blue semi precious stones in jewellry, soft blue toned flowers are easier to come by, men’s ties or handkerchief details, even powder blue suits, cake icing, or check out these gorgeous doors that you could hire as your ceremony backdrop!

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Navy blue is the most conservative of all the blue hues. It is a strong, sleek tone that can easily be incorporated into bridal party outfits, with navy suits, bridesmaids gowns and navy detailing on flowergirls dresses.

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I love the way this cake utilises some softer blue flowers on top, and then used blueberries at the base. Pieces of navy lace can feature on invitations, bouquet handles, and even as a trim on the cake.

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By no means am I trying to deter any beautiful brides-to-be from using blue, but rather trying to show alternative ways the colour can be used throughout your day with some gorgeous results!

Can we give you a helping hand with any other colours you may be considering using for your upcoming wedding? Drop us a line and let us inspire you!

Fwf x

 

 

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Wedding Inspirations- Winter Wedding Flowers

Whilst Spring is undoubtedly the most popular time to get married, each season has unique qualities on offer that may appeal to different couples for a variety of reasons.

Aside from the temperature differences between months, the colder climate usually offers a larger choice between venues due to less bookings, as well as more flexible access, or even longer hire times. For us as creative professionals, it also means we get the opportunity to use a variety of products that are only available at this time of year.

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Using flowers that are specific to a season, rather than available throughout the entire year, means that each year, when those flowwers begin to appear again, you will be reminded of your special day.

The Australian winter has an array of wonderful blooms available that can certainly make your wedding stunning. As an added bonus, many of the winter bulbs are also highly fragrant. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, fragrance has the amazing ability to instantly transport you to another time and place- and what a way to remember your wedding day!

Some of our favourite winter blooms include:

Tulips

Johnquils

Hyacinth

Poppies

Blushing Bride

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Arum Lilies

Green Goddess Lilies

Daffodils

Violets

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Sweet William

Snow Drops

Delphinium

Forget Me Nots

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Freesias

Geraldton Wax

Hellebores

Pussy Willow

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Budded Magnolia Branches

Rhododendron

Anenome

Holly

Cymbidium Orchids

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Winter weddings also lend themselves to warmth, fire, and candlelight, so you may choose to bring candles into your centrepiece design. You could choose to do this in many ways; tealight votives have been around for years now and are certainly not specifically on trend, however you will notice that the details on them is evolving and many shapes, colours and styles are now at your disposal. Tealights will illuminate your room beautifully, adding a soft glow to the room, and added intimacy.

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Certainly the colour tones you choose should also reflect the atmosphere you wish to create; warmer, richer hues will make the wedding feel more intimate and cosy. Think copper and rose gold highlights for a change from the standard silver details.

Alternatively you could utilise hanging tealight globes. They elevate the lighting and add a feeling of intrigue and magic to your room, especially if the overall lighting of the room is kept low.

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Winter weddings concentrate on texture; from the contrast in fabrics of the gowns and the fur/woolen shawls, perhaps you introduce vintage velvet blazers or earthy wooden elements like tree stumps.

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Colour schemes should be warm and rich; Try using pink with charcoal, rose gold and copper or Chocolate teamed with dusty blues, vanilla and navy blue. I think the key is teaming richer, darker elements with lighter tones to lift the mood and create contrast.

There is no reason why a mid Winter wedding need be cold and miserable. Choosing key elements like the venue, and the wardrobe are crucial in making sure everyone feels comfortable and warm, so be sure to keep that paramount in your planning.

Above all, enjoy the planning, and chill out 😛

Fwf x

 

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Wedding Inspirations: Featuring Pantone’s Twin Tones of 2016

When you look back on photos, some things clearly give away the time and place of the picture, whether it be the fashion, the hairstyles, or even the decor and setting. Things that were at the height of fashion at the time, can seem so dated when looking back, and we find ourselves cringing at the choices we made for ourselves, or that our parents made for us as children (Hey, there has to be someone to blame right?)

Weddings are no different. The dress, the decor, the engagement ring even, can give away the time frame that the event took place, and just as fashions come, fashions go, and no matter what choices you make, there is a good chance that at some point in your lifetime, your tastes will change.

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No matter what, your pictures will take a snapshot of this time and place in your life, and at 80 years old, sitting up in the easy chair looking through your wedding album with your beloved, I can hardly imagine that you will be regretting what colour scheme you chose, or how you did your hair.

For a clear snapshot of the year that was, why not incorporate the colour of the year in your wedding palette. For 2016, Pantone chose two subtle tones, Serenity, a soft blue, and Rose Quartz, a pastel pink tone. And, as an added bonus, by choosing this colour scheme for your wedding, any traditionalists will find it easy to include ‘something blue’ with no trouble at all.

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Pastel tones work well for wedding palettes as they add soft bursts of colour without providing too much contrast against a light ivory/white/cream dress. The benefit of Pantone’s choice this year means that you can also incorporate the colour in key items such as the groom/groomsmen suits/ties.

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Get the look for your bouquets by using a blend of flowers in the two Pantone tones. You can certainly add white/ivory/cream to tone the colours down, or include a third tone to make the blend a more harmonious pastel blend.

Soft pink choices could include: hydrangea, roses, hyacinth, sweet peas, dahlias, blushing bride, astibille, veronica, ranunculas, peonies, freesias, geraldton wax, jasmine, singapore orchids, celosia, cherry blossom, peppercorn,

Dusty Blue flowers could include: Sea Holly (Equinox/thistle), hydrangea, grape hyacinth, hyacinth, veronica, celosia, delphinium, forget me nots,

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There are amazing seasonal flowers that are available throughout the year. What is available to you, obviously depends on when you are getting married. I think that it is important to stress that the particular tones in this colour palette are soft and muted. This really means that any dyed varieties of flowers are out. The blue and pink tones achieved with systemic or dip dyes are far too intense to work within this theme. (Phew!)

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The softness of the blue and pastel pink tones  lend themselves to a decidedly old world feel, reminiscent of Royal Albert vintage tea sets. They are particularly soft and romantic, and work well in gathered garden style posies, as well as cascading bouquets.

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I’m sure you will agree that the twin tones that Pantone named the colours of the year 2016 provide a beautiful, soft and subtle base for a wedding palette. The watercolour tones can easily be integrated throughout the wedding in small details like invitations, jewelery, and ties, or as major components such as bridesmaids gowns, flowers, and the men’s suits.

Regardless of the colour palette you choose, remember that in the scheme of things, a wedding day is insignificant within a marriage, a marriage is so much more.

Fwf x

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Wedding Inspirations- Will You Be My Valentine For All Time

So you have:

Found love    ✔️

Got engaged  ✔️

Set the date   ✔️

And with Valentines Day falling on a weekend this year, what better day to get married, right?

I guess the upside of choosing Valentine’s Day for your wedding is that both spouses will find it incredibly hard to forget an anniversary. But on the down side, it is more than likely that if you choose to go with a red rose themed event prices are going to be sky high. It is true that all flowers are at a premium price on the approach to Valentine’s Day, but red roses will certainly see the biggest increase.

You will also choose to share your anniversary evening each year with more people than any other day on the calendar. Restaurants will be full, sittings will be short, menus will be simplified BUT, the atmosphere will be joyfully loved up and romantic. I guess it is all perspective.

If you are thinking about having a Valentine’s Day wedding here is some inspiration, tricks and tips to get the ball rolling….the sky is the limit to your creativity.

Get the Look:

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Colours:

As a general rule, red roses are see as the epitome of romance. Red is the colour associated with deep passionate love, therefore it makes sense that if you have chosen Valentine’s Day for romantic, sentimental reasons, the red rose will feature.

If you want to vary the theme slightly, you could consider teaming reds with pinks. Depending on the shade of red you favour,this could include anything from a soft blush pink to a deep burgundy ot even a fuchsia. Reds also look dramatic with aubergine, chocolate and black tones.

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Feature Flower Elements:

Red roses are of course the most popular flower on Valentine’s day. What else you use depends on the direction you choose to take. Keep it simple with lush foliage, and Gypsophillia, or add amaranthus and blackberries for a touch of drama. I personally LOVE the idea of having a compilation bouquet- a bouquet made from individual rose petals all wired and constructed together into one large rose. It takes a seriously talented, experienced and trained florist to make this bouquet, as it is truly a intricate work of art. It is a nice twist on the standard red rose bouquet for this theme.

Foliage elements:

Lush green foliage looks amazing teamed with red roses simply because red and green are complementary colours (that is, they sit directly opposite each other on the colour wheel). Complementary colours are the colours that provide the most dramatic CONTRAST to each other.

If you wish to add more depth and interest to your arrangements, also consider silver suede foliage (dusty miller) or dark burgundy/chocolate tones in After Dark, Red Myrtle, or Copper Beech.

Textured Elements

Amaranthus, berries, trailing pink peppercorn, doddavine, ivy trails and celosia provides interesting textural and linear elements to an arrangement. Spray roses are also a great way to add texture without adding any different flowers to the mix. It allows you have a variety of sizes in your rose blooms, at a variety of  stages of blooming, which can soften the often ‘uptight’ and ‘formal’ standard rose posy. To take this concept even further, you may consider using David Austin roses, garden roses, glass house hybrid roses and spray roses altogether.

Accessories:

To heart or not to heart? Obviously the ‘heart’ is symbolic of Valentine’s Day, so it would be remiss of me not to mention it in terms of styling. I think this is an entirely personal choice as to whether you want to go for the obvious association with Valentine’s Day or not. But, if you choose to embrace the symbol, you open yourself up to heart shaped balloons, heart embellishments on cupcakes, or  invitation details. You can even make DIY heart shaped garlands, or bunting with the iconic motif.

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Like with a public holiday, sometimes choosing a big commercial day like Valentine’s can dramatically affect the cost of your wedding, but I guess it just depends on whether you want to have a day with already special significance as your day with special significance.

Remember folks, wedding anniversary or not, Valentine’s Day is NOT a day that you want to ignore or pretend doesn’t matter, and with less than two weeks to go, I would suggest you have your gift ideas sorted, orders in and restaurants booked! If you still need a helping hand, as a Sydney based florist you can collect in store, or we can deliver locally- either way keeping you in the good books! Check out our range here.

Fwf x

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