it’s all in the details…there are no rules

I’m falling hard for a less constrained, more spontaneous blend of blooms and foliage that we are seeing in the wedding world and beyond. The perception of what constitutes a well-arranged design is definitely shifting; according to the Wall Street Journal, florists are even foraging from abandoned parking lots and their friend’s back gardens to create original, organic arrangements with looser shapes and more interesting textures.

When chatting about this with Rebecca she told me that “Colours and textures in nature always seem to work and don’t clash in the same way as something man made, its just a case of experimenting to see what you like and what works for you.”  Also, plants, berries and flowers don’t grow the same way in the wild to the flowers bought from the wholesalers and it’s that curved or twisted stem which adds interest.  For many, it is often not feasible (nor responsible) to use only foraged flowers and foliage, but even a couple of stems from your garden or a hedgerow can really take an arrangement to a new level.

 

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{Source: Ivy, Pip and Rose, photographed at Rebecca’s London home by Britt Spring} Using berries in a design is a wonderful way of adding pops of colour and texture. Have your photographer capture your florist when he or she is constructing your arrangements – those behind the scene shots add to the tapestry of the day.

 

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{Source: French Wedding Style, photography by Simone Anne} This is a good example of how berries can add depth to a bouquet moving it away from twee. In this case they work beautifully with voluminous pink blooms and loosen up what our otherwise be quite a formal shape. Add and take away until you feel your arrangement looks cohesive.

 

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{Source: Amy Merrick} The sweetheart of floral design, Amy Merrick (who is currently in Kyoto, observing and absorbing) is inspired by natural textures and landscapes and has such a beautiful sense of balance and harmony. The palette in this display is fairly restrained but the rich variety of textures and shapes means there is movement and interest. Fragrant flowers will add yet another level of interest.

 

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{Source: Ivy, Pip and Rose} Rebecca created this bouquet using a variety of herbs and grasses as well as the more traditional peonies. Star of Bethlehem punctuates the arrangement, and Nigella and Blushing Bride Protea all add to the whimsical feel.

 

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{Source: Ivy, Pip and Rose for an Alchemy inspired style shoot, photo by Anna Bianco} Finally, who doesn’t want a pink pineapple in their bouquet? Rebecca added touches of whimsy to this bouquet, with the viburnum berries from the garden which help and keep the overall shape quite loose and fanciful. The foliage has a big part to play in creating interest in an arrangement; experiment with eucalyptus {which you can then dry afterwards}, various kinds of ferns and foraged leaves.

When you are thinking about your no-rules arrangements, be inspired by stylists such as Sibella Court, who mixes up treasures from her global travels. Don’t hold back! Explore your surroundings and look at floral design in a new way.

See you soon,

Jo