Karen & Ian - The Bride's Bouquet

A Bridal Bouquet

Recently, I started writing about Karen & Ian's wedding in July and I thought you might like to see a few photos of the mock-up bridal bouquet.  Karen's brief for this was "a floaty summer vibe in blues, greens and ivory (hand-tied bouquet) to include; Gypsophila, Scabious, Roses (white avalanche), Eryngium, Eucalyptus and Cow Parsley tied with lace ribbon."  Inspiration was based on this though created in blue, green & ivory.

Mock-up v Final Design

There isn't much difference between this and the final design I created as the only thing missing from the mock-up was Scabious which has been notoriously difficult to get hold of this year.  I must also admit that I did reduce the size slightly as Karen is so petite I didn't want the bouquet looking ridiculous (a good bridal bouquet should complement the bride in all her glory)! 

Foraged Extras

I had great fun creating this design using a mixture of flowers brought from the wholesaler with little foraged extras found close to home.  It's amazing what can be found growing on the edges of a town car park or overhanging the perimeter walls of Harrier Court.  I love adding foraged finds to my floral designs, it somehow makes them more detailed, seasonal and authentic.  For Karen's mock-up I found and added late season bluebells, forget-me-not, elderflower and garden foliage.  

The Final Touches

I kept the design compact but natural with a slight tapering of foliage from a divine elderflower branch I spotted.  I finished the hand-tied design with a fairly wide, white lace ribbon found at Country Baskets leaving the lengths of excess long and floaty to suit the brief.  I'm really pleased with the result...what do you think?