it’s all in the details…floral crowns for all!

Yes that’s right…floral crowns for all!!

Its a new year full of promise and plans, as well as a host of beautiful bridal-wear trends: floral wedding dresses that look like watercolour paintings; bling-tastic embellished frocks and my favourite, the wedding crop-top!

When it comes to florals, trends can move even more quickly. Air plants, succulents and vegetables in bouquets may have been unheard of a few years ago but no one will mind if these appear in your 2016 wedding! Same goes for cacti centerpieces and macrame backdrops. What would Granny think? One trend that stands the test of time is the floral crown. As a bridesmaid in the mid-80s, I loved wearing a handmade headdress of gypsophilia tangled into my Kylie-esque permed hair-do.  Little did I know I was wearing something with a long history and a promising future; check out this wonderful Vogue article about The Flower Crown before you decide only Coachella-going chicks can pull off this look!

As Rebecca has seen this style interpreted in so many different ways, we thought a round-up of blooming gorgeous ideas will get you thinking about this style for your own special event! Also look out for invaluable hair-styling hints from our friend Olivia Howarth at Vintage Styling.

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{Source: Claire’s colour burst wedding captured by London-based photographer Charlotte Hu; flowers by Ivy, Pip & Rose} This is exactly the kind of wedding I love: fun, feminine and bold. The ranunculus in Claire’s headpiece complement her simple twisted up-do and stunning minimalist wedding dress. Did I mention how much I love this wedding?

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{Source: Florals by Ivy, Pip & Rose, styling by Violette Niandu Ngoy, photography by the wonderful Katy & Co} This is one of my favourite floral headdresses – loaded with interesting textures and softening the sleek glossy hair style. Hair stylist Olivia Howarth of Vintage Styling says a key word when wearing a flower crown is balance: “A floral crown has to be complemented by the right hair style. We may also need to consider hidden support for the crown”. Consider the overall shape you like and ask Rebecca to suggest how your favourite blooms could help to create it.

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{Source: Hello May} I love all the crowns created by my favourite Australian florist Kamisha at Little Wren Flowers, but this one stood out to me because the individual textures of the flowers really pop out. There is a beautiful vintage vibe to this design and its a more subtle way to wear a crown if you are a little bit less confident about huge blooms on your head! Beware of going for a crown so big that it overshadows your face or hair; Olivia mentions that a huge crown might be photogenic but not everyone suits them.

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{Source: Ivy Pip & Rose} A half headdress is a pretty alternative for younger bridesmaids, and I love just using one kind of flower.  This one is modelled by Isabelle, Rebecca’s beautiful niece, made from an abundance of clematis that was covering the garden shed!

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{Source: Ivy, Pip & Rose} Rebecca has been sourcing some fantastic preserved ‘everlasting’ flowers lately. She says: “These are perfect if a bride is getting married overseas and needs to take her flowers with her. They are fresh flowers and foliage that have been preserved with glycerine, which replaces the moisture in the blooms. My favourites are the preserved gardenias as they are so simple and elegant”.  Talk to Rebecca if you think these gorgeous flowers could work for you.

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{Source: Ivy, Pip & Rose} Preserved gardenia headdress.

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{Source: Ivy, Pip & Rose} This informal headdress has plenty of texture using preserved hydrangea, rice flower, dusty miller, eucalyptus, cream roses and a gardenia.

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{Source: Flowers by Camilla Floral Design, discovered via Bride Chic} The clusters in this half-crown arrangement are so feminine and draw attention to the natural curls in the bride’s hair. I love the timeless quality of this style and the mix of orchids, roses and face-framing foliage.

{Source: Florals by Oui Fleurs, photography by Serena Cevnini, via Le Frufru}  Grab a long drink and sip your way through the stunning images from this country wedding. The brides headdress is in a few pictures, so pin away. Olivia of Vintage Styling has seen some beautiful bridal trends emerging with jewels and ornaments and this approach would work well with a simple headdress and long veil like this one.

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{Source: Feature in Hello May with florals by Sydney-based The Fragrant Bloom and atmospheric photography by Dan O’Day} Now this is the way to do a floral crown! The pops of colours in the bride’s headdress and the muted use of leaves in the bridesmaids keep the overall design looking fresh and sassy. This approach could be interpreted in many ways and won’t have your bridesmaids freaking out about wearing some flowers on their heads!

We hope you’ve been inspired to give floral crowns a chance! Experiment, be bold, talk to Rebecca about your ideas and most of all have fun with it! Olivia says, “it’s exciting to work with brides who want to be creative and push the boundaries on a traditional flower crown!” Maybe you will be that bride? Let us know!

Until next time,

x Jo