BRITISH FLOWERS WEEK 2017 | Why Choose a Seasonal Wedding Bouquet | Catkin FlowersTweet
Her favourite look for flowers is one of seasonal gathering from the garden and hedgerows; of simplistic whim and effortless style. She pictures Marianne walking down frothy country lanes to the village church to marry Colonel Brandon in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, laughing gaily and creating her wedding bouquet on the way, picking flowers from the cottage gardens and hedgerows and finishing the bunch off with a simple ribbon.
It’s this image of easy perfection that Rachel of Catkin Flowers loves most of all.
Whatever time of the year, wedding floristry using English flowers, herbs and delicate foliage can look stunning if you have an empathy for the seasons and a romantic mind. Choosing seasonal flowers and foliage for a January winter wedding, or a February bouquet without red roses makes perfect sense to Rachel, and I heartily support her sentiments!
For instance, check out this gorgeous Spring bouquet which Rachel created in April using flowers and foliage from her cutting garden - given a free rein to choose whatever was in the garden at that time of the year, her creative talents were let loose on hellebores, clematis, tulips, herbs, hyacyniths and eucalyptus, all tied up with a sumptuous deep crimson silk ribbon. The colours are stunning and who would have thought this was a spring bouquet?
While most weeks of the year are ‘British Flowers Weeks’ for Rachel and her team, she adores showcasing the fabulousness that emerges from her Doddington Hall walled cutting garden through the late Spring and Summer months when it really comes into its own. To achieve this, she is gardening all year round, coaxing stunning, home-grown flowers from the soil. These include sweet peas, English roses, peonies, dahlias and a huge variety of bulbs, herbs and annuals.
Other favourites are dahlias - striking and bold with gorgeous hues - which come into their own in the late summer and through the Autumn, while Spring bulbs like tulips and anemones offer endless colours and fabulous shapes.
It's also lovely to use herbs, which you may not expect to see in your wedding bouquet. An arrangement with mint, rosemary, lavender and sage is not only really pretty but smells amazing.
Imagine being instantly transported to your wedding day when you smell the herb which adorned your bouquet?
Sensory memories at their best!
The changing seasons bring changing flowers, textures and colours and Rachel finds the cycle of the seasons hugely inspirational in her work.
Alongside her bespoke wedding flowers – Rachel offers a ‘Cutting Garden Wedding Flowers’ package; a sort of off-the-peg concept where, by having a free reign to use whatever looks its very best from the cutting garden on the day of the wedding, she can offer brides and grooms a fixed no nonsense price for their wedding flowers - the sort of couple who say “I don’t care what colours and flowers you use, I know they will reflect you and be totally gorgeous!”
This is a great idea, reflects what I was writing about yesterday and is the perfect way to take advantage of the ethereal nature of working with seasonal home grown British cut flowers farmed by a real person and not a computer!
If Organic Blooms is not in the area that you are planning to get married then check out the Wedding Directory for other equally talented and dedicated florists and florist farmers in your area.
Published By: Rosie Ames
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