Hello everyone and welcome back for another edition of our Ask the Experts! This afternoon...
Today I am delighted to welcome our resident flower expert Tracey from Campbell’s Flowers back to the blog to talk to us about the massive trend of Luxe flowers. We introduced you to Luxe Flowers last month when Tracey talked to you about Autumn Luxe Flower inspiration. Today she is back to explain exactly what ‘Luxe’ is and how to achieve it in your own wedding decoration. Tracey brings with her a wealth of experience and has some wonderful ideas for you all.
Hello all. Well here we are back again in our guise as Kelly’s regular floral feature contributor and our massive thanks go out to her and her team for the chance to talk all things flowery with you lovely readers of her fab blog. So, without further ado, I’d really like to introduce you to a trend which is taking the wedding industry by storm, in one word … luxe.
But what is this whole luxe thing I hear you cry and does it mean blowing my carefully planned budget? No, no, fear not. It’s just that we’re starting to move away from the vintage-inspired, make-do-and-mend, DIY philosophy towards a more luxurious, romantic look full of beautiful, blowsy blooms. Romance is back and it can be tailored to suit all manner of weddings from the classic, stylish, understated – through to the outdoor ceremony full of gorgeous tables and structures covered in seasonal pretty.
Hanging flowers are just one of our fave ways to create luxe impact at your venue. Their versatility means you can choose from a few baubles filled with flowers to hanging antique bottles – perfect for the budget-conscious bride. If you’re looking for a statement piece, a sense of drama and lots of impact, then a series of floral chandeliers might just be perfect in your marquee – think blooms in your colour palette teamed with pretty co-ordinating ribbons and you’ll be seriously embracing the luxe!
As you’ll know from reading our recent Autumn feature on Kelly’s blog, I’m all in favour of stretching your floral designs to help earn their keep and work hard for you, so think about decorating a feature fireplace or pretty window ledges in your ceremony room with a sumptuous display which can be easily moved to fill your top table with super scent and romantic candle light. I often get asked by brides for ideas on how to dress a ceremony room – understandably you want it look amazing when your guests walk in, but don’t want to spend a fortune on decorations which might only be appreciated for a short while. If you’re happy to go for it, then why not decorate features like a staircase – just perfect for those photo opportunities!
We’ve always championed seasonal flowers, designed in a very natural style and are continuing to do so next year. We’re really starting to move away, however, from decorated jam jars and are looking at simple, stylish glass, copper vessels, rose gold urns, footed bowls, white china and much more.
As ever, the shape of your bridal bouquet is very much dependent upon the silhouette of your gown and shame on any flowery person who doesn’t discuss this with you! Whether you choose a sumptuous, cascading, waterfall design or a simple all round, posy-style design, think texture, more texture and yet more texture!
We love all kinds of accessories and our grooms are happy with either focal flower or a sprig-style designs, but one thing to be sure of is that your buttonholes contain elements of the flowers you’ve chosen in your bouquet. Luxe doesn’t mean everything has to match exactly, it just means that your flowers should look like they come from the same ‘family’, so before you know it, everything will look effortlessly stylish!
So, as always I hope this feature has helped show the wealth of blowsy blooms, tempting textures and stunning scented flowers and which embrace the luxe movement. Massive thanks go to the uber talented and ridiculously lovely Sarah (or Brabbers as she’s known by Team Campbell’s!) of Sarah Brabbin Photography for her time and patience in taking all these wonderful shots at the atmospheric Whirlowbrook Hall.
If you have any questions or want some specific advice on seasonal luxe blooms, then do leave a comment at the bottom of this post and Kelly and I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.
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Tracey is an uber creative and multi-award winning artisan florist & lover of British flowers. Tracey adores individuality and is inspired by you and your special day.