2018’s Ultra Cool Colour of The Year

As we begin another year, fresh and filled with promise, for us creatives we also get a glimpse into what the year ahead may look like.  This year Pantone has announced a blue based purple dubbed “Ultra Violet” as the years unique colour. It is a colour that will feature heavily throughout 2018 in all facets of design; clothing, furniture, decorator items, homewares and of course will influence what clients choose to decorate their homes, and lives with.



This in turn will influence the bridal industry and will determine the colour palettes we will work with when creating a theme for bridal parties who are dressed in this year’s colour of the year.

Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.


Purple has been a colour for individuality and non conformity for some time. It symbolises experimentation, imagination and enables an individual to truly accept what makes them unique. Ultra Violet has also been a colour associated with the mystic and the mindful. It is often used for lighting in meditation to energise and inspire connection. Ultra Violet is also associated with being intuitive and spiritual. It is exploratory: outwardly as well as inwardly.

Over the years, designers have eagerly awaited the announcement of Pantone’s colour of the year. More recently though, the interest has appeared to spill over to the general public. It is true that we all do take more interest in colour, design and aesthetics nowadays, and perhaps it is as simple as that, however, Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Colour Institute believes that is has come to mean far more than that.

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” He says.


For florists purple is a lovely colour to work with. It is a colour that lends itself beautifully to a variety of themes. Create a soft cottage garden affair with a combination of ultra violet, silver, soft pink and whisper whites. It is equally as stunning with deep fushcia and lime green with more of a tropical feel. Or, using a selection of blooms in varying purple tones, create a gorgeous monochromatic design. And when demure is not your vibe, pairing Ultra Violet with her true opposite orange, will create a display that will demand attention. It is clashy, contrasting and unapologetic.


It isn’t just brides who will want a bit of Ultra Violet in their lives this year: Florists cater to a variety of customers. A vase full of fresh flowers in Ultra Violet by the bed, in the bathroom or in an entranceway can add just the right amount of Pantone’s chosen colour to be ‘on trend’ without having to rush out and change your complete decor. It doesn’t have to be complicated, it doesn’t even have to be mixed. A vase of fresh flower ‘en masse’ as they say, looks fabulously stylish, and anyone can do it!

Check out some of the gorgeous flowers that are available in Ultra Violet: hyacinth, stock, tulips, kale, sweet peas, anenomes, orchids, iris, asters, carnations, roses, and much much more.






So whether purple is your colour or not, we hope to see your faces back in store throughout the year,

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.


WATERCOLOUR GEOMETRIC Image: Etsy via Pinterest


Image: Wedding Party App
Wedding Gown with softly blotted colourings Image: Southbound Bride


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.


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- 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.

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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.


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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Wedding Inspirations; Exotic Tropics

Maybe you have decided to have a destination wedding on some beach in Thailand, or in a Balinese hut on the waterfront, or maybe you are excaping to Hamiliton Island for a intimate family affair….whatever the case may be, your wedding flowers should match the scene.
It would hardly make sense to be standing barefoot on a beach in cheesecloth and loose wavy hair holding an English Garden inspired bouquet. For one, those sorts of flowers just wouldn’t hold up in the balmy weather, and two, it would stunt the overall cohesion of your day. It just wouldn’t fit.
The Tropics are bright, fun, relaxed and exciting, and the flowers we find there are much the same. The colours just seem brighter; vivid purples, reds, hot pinks, citrusy yellow and limes and tangerines. The foliages are intricately patterned with colour, and have varying textures; stripey Song of India and other Dracenas, crazily colourful Crotons, burgundy to hot pink Cordyline, lush palms, Anthuriums, Monsterias, Devils Ivy…the list goes on. The shape and form of the blooms is varied; anything form softly curved Anthuriums to the pointy Heliconias or scalloped Honeycomb Gingers.
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What ever direction you choose to take will depend on the colours you have chosen for yourself and your bridesmaids. You could choose anything from Warm Sunset Tones to simple lush greens, citrus tones or vibrant pinks and purples.

Feature Flowers:
Heliconias, Birds Of Paradise, Singapore Orchids, Vandaceous Orchids, Siam Tulips (Curcuma), Globbers, Anthuriums, Oriental Lilies, Lotus Pods, Honeycomb Ginger, Lipstick Ginger, Louts flowers, Waterlilies, Frangipanis.

Textured Elements;
Vibernum berry, berzillea, doddavine, brunei, succulents, bromeliads, moss, palm husks, palm seed pods/threads.

Caladium, dracena, Cordyline, Crotons, Anthurium leaves, Hosta leaves, ribbon grass, leather fern, golden cane palm.

Palm husks, candles, water (in bowls) bamboo, lanterns, leis.

Tropical themed weddings are not for everyone, but if you have a sense of fun and adventure and a love of colour, this may be the one for you!

Fwf x

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Birds Of Paradise

Photo Sources (L-R); Hanging pieces, bridal bouquet, table centres, chair decoration, bouquet.

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Pink Ginger flowers

Photo credits:Bamboo feature piece, bright bouquet, ginger bouquet, candle display, hanging piece.

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Exotically tropical bridal Bouquets

Photo Credits: Top Left, Top Right, Bottom Left, Bottom Right.

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Exotic foliages

Photo Credits (L-R): Bright vase of foliage, husk, Cordyline, Vase of Palm.

Image: Flowers Forever Hawaii via Pinterest
Image: Colin Cowie Weddings via Pinterest
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Table Arrangements inspired by the tropics

Photo Credits;  Tall vase, Reed arrangement, 3 Cylindrical vases.



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