Morning you gorgeous lot!, if you are a follower of our Facebook page then you will already know that today in the RMW Ask The Experts column we have Paula Pryke – who is exactly that, a true floral expert. Paula has just published her fourteenth (yes 14th!!) book on all things beautiful and blooming – “Flowers Every Day” and has been running her world renowned flower school since 1994.
Paula will be around today answering any questions you may have on flowers and foliage for W-day, what’s in season, what she recommends….pretty much anything you can think of.
And in the meantime here is some information from Paula on what in terms of floral design she loves in weddings at the moment, as well as some lovely images for you to be inspired by.
Paula Pryke: I have been in the flower business for nearly twenty five years and during that time it has been my pleasure to work on many memorable weddings. My favourite summer weddings are country weddings particularly in a Marquee where you have a blank canvas. I did a great summer wedding last year in an all black nightclub in May! We festooned the ceiling with brightly coloured paper lanterns and the filled the tables with lots of garden flowers in matching colours. It was simple but very effective. Once the tables have all been clothed and flowered it is amazing how much you can transform a space.
I also like quirky venues where the venue is rather faded and has a great history. Wiltons is perfect for a shabby chic wedding. It is a hidden gem and so just finding it is like a big ‘reveal!’Currently country castle weddings are the very much in vogue and so I am often spending our weekends in the splendour of these historic buildings.
Highclere (now more famous for being the setting for Downton Abbey,) is one of my favourite castles, along with Sudeley, Leeds and Belvior. British floristry has always had a tradition of using foliage and the recent Royal wedding was an example of how dear greenery is to us here. I prefer arrangements with some greenery and I am particularly in love with silver foliages at the moment, Dusty Miller, Senecio, Eucalyptus are very popular over here and also in the States.
Most of my wedding designs this year are also including a succulent or two! This trend came from California but I am just back from the East Coast of America and the flower markets are full of cut supplements there too! The other silver plant of the moment are air-plants and of course spanish moss.
I have had the pleasure to travel overseas to design wedding flowers and Italy is my favourite place. There is something so romantic about a wedding in Venice and it is logistically challenging to move all the flowers by boat! The Venetians love weddings and so you always are warmly received when you have ‘Fiori!’ in your arms. The Italian lakes and also Portofino are other wonderful backdrops for a wedding and I also adore Umbria and Tuscany. I have one event in Rome this year and I am hoping to use lots of herbs, lemons and brown sunflowers and Dahlias. I adore the mix of colour in the Dahlia family and this will be very eye-catching. The climate and the venue are very important to the choice of colour for a wedding but I always advise my Brides to have a bouquet that suits their personality and dress.
Don’t feel the need to theme everything!
Currently, wedding style, like fashion is being influenced by the 1920’s and the 1950’s. Glamour and elegance are key and we are going back to more traditional wired wedding work. With regard to trends in the colour of wedding flowers white and green are perennially popular although in recent years we have noticed a growing trend towards antique and pastel colours to match the shabby chic trend. Small flower heads and more natural flowers are making a huge comeback and I think the ‘all one type of flower’ maybe waining in popularity.
I have a few Brides with the Great Gatsby as a theme and I am sure by the time the re-make is out on release that will influence a few more Brides to take that path! It is one of my favourite books so it does not take much to talk me into working with that as an inspiration!
Pink has been the dominant wedding choice for the last three years and it seems to be the same for 2012 although we are seeing a lot more mixed coloured weddings!
The decorations trend in the UK is to have hanging decorations rather than plinths and pedestals of flowers. We have designed many weddings around a giant floral chandelier or placed hanging floral decorations above individual tables. This kind of decoration is really suited to a marquee or a beamed venue where you have lots of potential for hanging flowers.
At the moment this is my favourite wedding decoration. We have hung individual rafts of horizontal willow over each individual table as well as making giant ones to fit over bars and dance floors!
So then lovelies – ask away (and I really want that bouquet with the small peachy pink rose and muscari…dreamy)
You can see more of Paula, her books and floral designs on her website – www.paula-pryke-flowers.com
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