Florist’s Corner – Philippa Craddock looks at incorporating flowers in this year’s hot colour trends

Morning everyone – welcome to the latest in my “Florist’s Corner” series. Today we have the marvellous Philippa Craddock take the floor with a wonderful post about how to choose flowers to match this year’s hottest wedding colour scheme trends. Flowers have always been the thing I know the least about with weddings – so these posts are as much educational, enlightening and fascinating for me as they hopefully are for you guys! Anyway, I don’t want to ramble on and ruin Philippa’s fabulous piece, so without further ado, I’ll hand over to her…

Introduction – About Us

I started Philippa Craddock Flowers in 2009.  Our studio is based in the heart of rural Sussex, surrounded by gardens and woodland at Pheasants Hatch.  From here we work throughout London and Sussex, travelling further afield for specific events, including Continental Europe. We supply weekly flowers to boutiques, hotels, salons, bars, restaurants and private homes.

We offer bespoke, in depth wedding and event consultations, where we design everything from bouquets through to styling the whole wedding and event. And we regularly contribute to magazines and blogs, supplying top tips and flower arrangements for photo shoots.

Our style is natural, abundant and elegant.  We work closely with some fabulous British designers including Jenny Packham and Temperley London.  Often our brides in particular have chosen their dresses from these two incredible designers and I feel we have a natural affinity with these classic and iconic brands.

Colour schemes for 2012 – and flowers to match

Yellows and greys

For a soft, fresh feel choose spring flowers including tulips, ranunculus and narcissi in whites and yellows for your table centres.  Sunflowers would also be a great option, available for most of the year they would look fabulous in clay pots, painted in a soft grey.

For a just picked, relaxed country look, select small, delicate flowers.  For example white and yellow daisies, yellow tansy, yellow Fever Few asters and white gypsophila.  Place hand tied posies into a mixture of glass jam jars, white ceramic jugs and a few old milk churns.

Or opt for more eclectic designs and include craspedia, soft green poppy heads, soft green/grey senecio foliage, scented eucalyptus and wired succulent plants to add plenty of texture and interest – use in bouquets and arrange in fabulous white opal glass pots for table arrangements.

All images © 2012 Anthony Craddock

Aqua and orange

Place deep orange ranunculus and roses in different shaped and sized aqua glass bottles.  Alternatively, simply use a mixture of clear glass vases, jars and bottles each tied with wraps of aqua raffia and/or wool.  An orange bridal bouquet could be secured with an aqua satin ribbon.

Spray metal birdcages aqua blue for bold table and larger marquee ceiling designs, fill each with a fabulous mixture of orange and peach roses, including Marie-Claire, Mariyo, Naranga, Sphinx Orange, Cosima and David Austen Juliet.  For your guests, fill aqua paper cones with soft peach rose petal confetti.

Fill huge vases with oranges and smaller vases with kumquats as fabulous table centres or larger focal designs for your reception.

A bright mix of colours would also work well with orange and aqua, including reds, yellows, purples and greens, combine with a fabulous mixture of satin ribbon in corresponding shades.

For a softer feel, pale pink will work particularly well with aqua and orange, using stocks, Sweet Avalanche roses, peonies, and astilbe.

Black and red

For chic, strong designs fill silver rose bowls with cordyline leaves, leucadendron Safari Sunset, red celosia, deep red Naomi roses and black Grand Prix roses.

For dramatic designs, create a garland of deep red roses and citrus green virburnum, wrapping around tall black candelabras for table centres.

For the bridal flowers, depending on your dresses, domed bouquets of red roses and single red roses for buttonholes will balance either of these designs perfectly.

Shades of pink and green

For a perfect summer country wedding, use a whole host of full bloom early summer flowers such as English garden roses, peonies, stocks and delphiniums.  Mix with pretty astilbe and delicate pink wax flowers, plus green from herbs such as dill and rosemary.

Keep the designs very light and opt for generous swathes of pink gypsophila, filling large urns, covering mantelpieces and filling the centre of tall silver candelabras.

Or go vibrant, with deep pink and citrus greens, including chrysanthemums, stocks, roses and Bells of Ireland.

Pastel pretty

For a truly elegant wedding, fill antique silver rose bowls, pewter pots and mottled silver votives with fabulous designs of soft pink David Austen Keira, peach Juliet and buttery Patience roses.

For a more relaxed wedding, using an array of sourced vases from charity shops, spray each with varying pastel tones and fill with hand tied posies of pure white flowers, including Akito roses, Jeanine spray roses, Ice Mint alstromeria and Versailles freesias, available all year round.

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