Great news guys – colour is here and if you’re a full blown colour enthusiast such as I you will find this pretty exciting. Last year’s wedding season saw a rise in people opting to have stronger notes in their flower colour palettes, a splash of cerise pink to brighten up the overall look or some yellow to add zing. Colourful wedding flowers are a great way to really brighten up a ceremony or reception room. Uplifting zesty, citrus colours have become very popular along with peaches and corals being a 2016 favourite.
Before I was fully immersed in the wedding world it hadn’t crossed my mind that there would be such a thing as wedding fashion trends, I thought people got married and simply chose colours that reflected them or which worked well with the venue or season. But nowadays there are so many visual references, particularly Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook where we are surrounded by fabulous pictures of these amazing events it is hard not to be unknowingly sucked into following the trends. I am happy when the trend is for bold and bright, it is always really fun to work with punchy colour schemes.
We’ve been seeing a rise in relaxed and more personal weddings in the last couple of years and 2016 saw many festival and fiesta style celebrations taking place. Personally I have seen a reduction in the pale rustic jam jar style wedding an a rise in the brighter bolder Mexican fiesta style. Small jars and vases are still popular though, having clusters of smaller arrangements rather than one large one on each table remains a popular reception decor choice.
January is one of the busiest times of year for wedding planning with many newly engaged couples getting excited and starting to plan their big day. I’d advise getting started with a Pinterest board, pin away with any images you are inspired by – even if you aren’t sure on the style or colour scheme you are going for. Over time you will start to see a pattern emerge and it seems to come together in terms of a theme, or if you can’t see the theme then I often can – and that is where your florist will help you out!
I truly love working with the seasons and I’m pretty sure Autumn is my favourite (but ask me again in Spring and I might tell you something different!) Vivian and Sam tied the knot in the beautiful gardens of the Chiddinglye estate, a gorgeous farm tucked away in Sussex with Patrick’s Barn ready and waiting onsite to hold a fabulous reception in. There’s the added bonus of having your food freshly prepared right next door by Becky who runs The Garden Chef (I strongly urge you to try her chocolate brownies, so good! Becky very kindly kept me fed whilst I was setting up!)
Vivian and Sam wanted the focus of their wedding to be seasonal blooms and full of luscious foliages, I was pretty happy to be allowed to get stuck in to rich Autumnal colours. Dahlias, amaranthus, euphorbia, roses, crocosmia, the most gorgeous colour cerise vanda orchids, a whole load of green goodness including asparagus and sword ferns and eucalyptus were all used to create a natural wild look with a pop of colour.
Vivian’s bouquet was a natural looking, cascading posy full of gorgeous greens and rich Autumn oranges and pinks.
The ceremony took place in the gardens and it was touch and go with the weather – but they did it and it looked amazing!
Patricks barn looking awesome, I love the colour of the lanterns against the flowers. The clever folk at Not Your Average I Do provided and installed the lanterns and fairy lights which really adds to the atmosphere of the barn.
I really enjoyed working on this wedding, congratulations to Vivian and Sam and thank you for choosing Bettie Rose!
What a beautiful wedding to start off this year’s wedding season with a Pangdean Barn Spring wedding! I love working at Pangdean Barn, everyone is so lovely and welcoming and it is a really pretty location – and not to mention nice and local to me just outside of Brighton!
The spring flowers were in full bloom and ready to be made into fabulous wedding bouquets. Katie and James chose a really pretty mix of seasonal flowers in pale blush pinks and whites with loads of loose and lovely rustic style foliage. The bouquets featured, tulips, ranunculus, roses, wax flower and eucalyptus.
For the tables at Pangdean we used rustic log slices and placed jam jars of pretty pink and white spring flowers which fit in nicely with the barn’s low key relaxed feel. We also decorated the table plan (which was made out of an old door!) with garlands of eucalyptus and gypsophila.
How it all begins, buckets full of beautiful blooms…..
The above photos are my own. The beautiful pictures below are from lovely local Brighton photographer Sara Reeve. If you’d like to see more pictures from this wedding check out Sara’s blog post on her website Sara Reeve photography – they are really beautiful pictures. Thanks Sara for letting me use them on my site.