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?

xox