Lily Anna Rose are delighted to introduce Sarah Guild Floral Design. Sarah finds inspiration all about her as she works from her rural cottage in nearby Wickham, Hampshire. She creates beautiful flowers for weddings and special occasions. Sarah shares, with us, her passion for best seasonal ingredients to create winter wedding flowers.
Over to you, Sarah...
A few weeks back I met Lily Anna Rose at The Long Barn in Alton; we were showcasing our work at their bi-annual wedding fair, we got talking about flowers and seasons... one of my favourite topics. I could talk flowers forever, there are endless possibilities – you only have to spend five minutes on Pinterest to create colour schemes, themes, and lists of things you might wish to make, one day. I often meet couples who aren’t sure how to refine things, what to choose; so in an age of information saturation what are the ideal types of flowers which would be the best choice for a Winter or Christmas wedding?
Over the years I have developed quite a natural-rustic-gathered style of floristry; this lends itself to a wedding set amidst the cold winter season. I’m seeing more and more clients who are looking to embrace nature and the seasons as part of their own wedding celebration. Flowers are springing off the tables, and people genuinely want to deck the halls; winter foliage such as pine, evergreen eucalyptus, ivy vines – all perfect for creating a depth of rich green colour. You can be inspired by a simple winter walk and observe hedgerows – here you can find seed-pods, berries and textured branches, like old man’s beard – which looks wonderful in wreaths, hoops and garlands.
So, to keep your look celebrating the cooler season; what are appropriate winter flowers? If you’re looking for British Flowers; there are flowers available, but you need to look a bit harder. British grown roses, berries and irregular Chrysanthemums add a really beautiful flair to bouquets and table arrangements. Looking further afield, we’re lucky that imported flowers are readily available in most seasons – our winter is South Africa’s summer, so for texture and rich coral, pink and dark tonal colours Protea are becoming really popular combined with foliage, berries and greens.
If richer warming mulled wine tones aren’t you’re cup of tea; winter weddings lend themselves beautifully to a classic green and white scheme. Mix garlanding with lots of bud vase bottles, possibly a candle or fairy light. You can create a hygge (pronounced "hoo-ga," this Danish concept cannot be translated to one single word but encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life). atmosphere which is clean and fresh. Joining the internally grown roses at this time of year are also early flowering bulb flowers like an anemone, narcissi’s and hyacinth. These flowers bring us feelings of hope; hinting that Spring is on its way. I love the look of bulbs growing amongst moss; these can be used as favours and gifts as well as decorations. I always encourage my clients to share their wedding flowers; it spreads the joy and loves it takes to put them together – which possibly is what this season is all about. Warmth, joy, peace and love, a beautiful time of year to get married.
Happy Christmas, with lots of love, Sarah x
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