Drawing upon the idea of a wildly romantic island wedding (all warm summer sea breezes, effortlessly tousled hair and sun-kissed skin), we wanted our latest editorial ‘Of Sun & Sea’, to feature bold, beautiful floral arrangements to extend upon a carefree mood of untamed beauty.
Think loosely arranged bouquets spilling with large, full headed blossoms like peonies and roses interwoven with delphinium, alstromeria and sweet william in saturated hues, which when combined create a fresh, relaxed summer aesthetic.
We also explored the idea of less-traditional wearable florals such as anklets and arm bands, accentuated with bold bursts of colour ranging from deep red, fuschia and coral through to soft pink and white, for an unexpected take on the trend.
Cue Perth florist Katie Cooper Floral Design (hand selected for the White Edit Directory). With Katie’s artistic eye and wildly romantic, unstructured approach to botanical design she created a beautiful balance between these spirited blooms.
We asked Katie to share her advice on recreating this flower trend and share some of the floral inspiration behind the shoot …
Types of flowers
Peonies, roses, delphinium, alstroemeria… These large, fluffy, full headed blossoms are relaxed, ethereal and epitomise my vision of summer love. Consider mixing them with complimentary florals such as bougainvillaea, geraldton wax and sweet william (a variety of dianthus).
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Peonies, known as ‘Queen of the Flowers’, are much sought after by brides but have a notoriously short season. They have been used by the Chinese in their wedding ceremonies for centuries as they symbolise good fortune and a happy marriage. In China, they were once a luxury item, selling for the equivalent of thousands of dollars for just one flower stem. Fortunately, they are available here in Australia, predominately during November and December, at a much more reasonable price! During late April through to June they are available in Europe, and can be imported to Australia.
Varieties of roses, delphinium, alstroemeria and sweet William are generally available all year round in Australia.
Peonies are most commonly available in silky whites, creams and soft pinks through to vibrant pink and maroon. Roses are available in a wide range of colours, while delphinium come in a striking palette of pale and dark blues, purples and pink as well as white. Alstroemeria range from white through to pink, to burgundy and coral and sweet william flowers in white, pink, red, purple and bi-color, with or without a contrasting centre colour.
However instead of dictating the exact blooms to be used, I’d like brides to think more about the ‘look’ or concept. Good florists are artists who can create the desired theme in such a way that it will not only last the day, but last a lifetime in people’s memory.
Wedding flowers usually have a very long day ahead of them… Even the most resilient of blooms are not keen on summer’s heat or on being handled roughly. After delivery, all bridal flowers should be kept as cool as possible, preferably in an air-conditioned environment or, at the very least, in a cool dark place. Bridal bouquets are usually delivered in a water source and should remain in it until required. Smaller items, without a water source, such as crowns, button holes and corsages can be kept in the fridge.