Seasonal Flowers: Considerations From The Experts

Seasonality and wedding flowers. Here’s some advice and considerations from the experts!

When it comes to choosing wedding flowers, seasonality isn’t always something which is considered. For many of us Pinterest and to some extent, Instagram, often conjure up multitudes of imagery which doesn’t truly illustrate which flowers are available in which season.  

Now here at Wed in The Wild we absolutely adore flowers…but we are no experts! However, we do have lots of super talented florist friends who are completely passionate about growing their own blooms and recommending the best in season florals to their lovely brides and grooms.

So what is ‘seasonality’? Well, it’s essentially what is in flower at different points of the year. We likely all know sunflowers appear in the summer, and that mistletoe makes an appearance in winter…but how much do we really understand the workings of our natural world?

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When it comes to seasonality Patrick, from the Country Garden Flower Company based in Essex, UK,  explains that some of his clients are keen gardeners or have experience with their parents or grandparents gardens and as such, have a general knowledge of what may or may not be available at a certain time of year. However, he goes on to explain that with “the average person being exposed to every flower, nearly, at more or less all year through in supermarkets/conventional florist shops, you cant really expect folk to know exactly whats in season”.

Living in a world where we can access most things we want, whenever we want, Morgan Howells from Fleur.ish (California, USA) explains that most of her customers are “not entirely informed as to whether or not their first pick flowers are in season”. It is her job, as with many other florists, to explain what flowers are in season and give possible substitutions that will be in season at the time of their clients event.

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Caroline, of Fleur Provocateur (Somerset/Dorset, UK), encourages her clients to look out of their windows, and their car windows, a year before their weddings so that they understand what is naturally on offer; berries in the hedgerows, leaves on the ground, roses in gardens.

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So, we guess it’s not always easy to tell when a particular bloom is in season?

Allison Schreck of Bramble Floral Design (Oregon, USA) explains that to the untrained eye, it is super tough to tell what season a bouquet or installation is from, especially when there are so many parameters…different counties, states, countries and continents all have different growing cycles so sometimes, it is really impossible to tell.

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For Patrick, who grows and cuts all his own flowers, online planning tools have made it all the more difficult to manage client expectations. He goes on to explain that whilst a great tool for showcasing a couples leanings on general styling, “Pinterest descriptions are only as good as the person who uploads and has labelled the picture’. What Pinterest doesn’t account for is arrangements created by florists that have free access to blooms with season stretched availability, rather than what is naturally available to florists utilising their own homegrown blooms.

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Equally, Caroline goes on to say that Pinterest needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. It’s an “absolutely fantastic place to start for inspiration, but couples need to remember they are shopping without a price tag, and the many of photos are taken from styled shoots”. Pinterest has no seasonality reference point, and this is the role of your florist. 

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It is so refreshing to hear the views of four very talented people who are so passionate about seasonality and so welcome to sharing their knowledge with their clients for the best possible outcome. To leave you with some parting comments, we asked each florist why they are so passionate about seasonality…

“My clients love a natural, elegant, slightly wild feel…they love Oregon and the PNW. The best way to honor those loves and to best showcase them is through seasonality! And also, because it enables me to buy local – supporting local, using things out of my garden, and avoiding crazy elaborate shipping situations.” Allison

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“I love that the seasonality of flowers is constantly giving us designers a new pallette to create with! Mother Nature is a miracle and I am always looking forward to what beautiful bounty she has for me every week at the flower market. Flowers make people smile, feel loved, feel appreciated, feel special…I love that I get to share that with the world!” Morgan

“As a passionate gardener, using seasonal flowers is more appropriate and best! In the future when a bride looks at her photos, you should be able to tell what time of year the wedding was held, from looking at the flowers.” Caroline

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And the one that gets us every time…because, you know, we need to look after the bees!

“When you use seasonal flowers you are getting the best blooms that are flowering in their natural, unforced, time. When you get to grow and use these guys to bring to life some ones special day there is nothing better. A flower doing what its supposed to do, with added bonuses, usually scent. This is too often missing from forced imported counterparts but how much does this add to any flower. Another bonus is knowing just how many pollinators you’ve helped along the way; the garden is alive with bees and butterflies throughout Spring to Autumn. We even have neighbours that have taken up keeping bees knowing they will get well fed!” Patrick

Supplier Profiles:

Patrick – The Country Garden Flower Company (Essex, UK). Specialises in providing home grown and other British seasonal flowers to brides and and party throwers for their special days. Pushes design styles and concepts just that little bit further using flowers combined with a whole host of other materials in a wild but beautiful way – always up for a challenge!!

Website | Instagram

Morgan – Fleur.ish (California, USA). Has been in the industry for 25 years, and just as passionate about floral design today as she was when she was 15. She is as eclectic in life as she is in design, and she loves to create the unexpected, nay, the impossible! Her company thrives on our commitment to create happiness and cultivate kindness. “Floral Design with Humanity in Mind”  and they will take any opportunity to be good humans.

Website | Instagram

Allison – Bramble Floral Design (Oregon, USA). Values sustainable, low environmental impact practices. She cares about making your flowers feel like a part of the setting, like they’ve always been there and they belong there. She sees wedding flowers as the element that ties everything together and makes the whole wedding feel the way you want it to.

Website | Instagram

Caroline – Fleur Provocateur (Somerset/Dorset, UK). Established ten years ago as a leading flower design company in the South-West. Passionate about flowers, inspired by the countryside, and lead by professional design backgrounds.

Website | Instagram

Featured image by Greg Coltman Photography

 

 

Our Top Five Boho Wedding Designers

We recommend some of our favourite boho designers; think fringes, tassels and intricate laces.

I think every woman dreams about their wedding day. And of course, dreams evolve and change over the course of time, affected by a number of factors; where we live, who we befriend, places we travel, our careers. But one thing remains prominent in the wedding planning within our minds…the dress.

Arguably, one of the most talked about aspects of any brides day is what they wear to walk down the aisle. A whole concept can be conceived and designed around one garment, so it’s pretty important that the right dress is chosen.

Here at Wed in The Wild, we are suckers for a beautiful dress…we’re certainly not shy about loving an over the top, full-on fringed, embellished, bohemian style wedding dress. And we’re certainly not averse to colour either. We’ve scoured the internet, poured over Instagram and subsequently pined for these beautiful bohemian beauties from the lushest designers out there…

Rue de Seine

The bomb diggy of bohemian dresses; Rue de Seine serves up a veritable platter of full-on boho garms for the most wild and free of brides.

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Main Image and Above Image Photography: Madly Studio

Think fringes, embellishments, lace and tassels…there are quite literally too many designs to swoon over within their three collections; Moonlight Magic, Wild Heart and Classics. Our favourites include the Adara, the Ziggy and the Dakota.

Find a retailer near you

Rish Bridal

We love Rish Bridal’s commitment to bringing flattering silhouettes to all sizes. After all, we’re not all model sized, and all brides deserve the dress of their dreams for their big day.

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Combining unique elegance and the need to feel comfortable on your wedding day, the designs from Rish mix beautiful detail with light and airy fabrics. With three collections to choose from (Sun Dance, Gypsy Glam and Bohemian Curves; a range specifically designed for curvy girls), head over to Rish now for more information and inspiration!

Visit the Rish Bridal website.

Chantel Lauren

You may recognise Chantel Lauren’s Mae skirt; one of the most pinworthy, floating skirts around. But the designer has also worked her magic across two stellar dress collections, and we are currently super excited about her 2018 collection piece, the Durango belt, which screams wild west whimsy with it’s floor length tassels and studs.

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Photography: Ty French

Although based in the US, there are boutiques offering Chantel Lauren dresses in Canada, the UK and Ireland. Click here to find a boutique near you.

Kindling Bridal

We are absolutely loving Kindling’s range of bridal gowns, and love that they are based in the UK too.

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Designer Kerri’s mission is to bring free-spirited, romantic dresses to the modern bride, utilising the finest silks and lace in her designs. We’re especially swooning over Aurora, with her gorgeous trumpet sleeves, and Pegasus.

For more information and where to order, visit the website here.

Grace Loves Lace

The new collection by Grace Loves Lace is spectacularly bohemian, with effortless silhouettes, beautiful fabrics and so much attention to detail.

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Take the Sol dress for example, with its dreamy leaf detail armbands and scooped back. The Coco design harks to Spain, with frills and detail which wouldn’t look out of place on a traditional Flamenco dancer. It looks completely and beautifully romantic.

Book your appointment in LA, London or Australia’s Gold Coast now.

Rustic Vibes, Chickens & Cows, in Beautiful BC

Wild and romantic styled shoot from Vancouver Island, BC, shot by Myrtle and Moss.

We are super excited today, not only because its launch day, but we able to finally show you this picture perfect, rural shoot set in the most beautiful location in Canada.

Kimberley Solecki, from Borrowed and Blue Events, submitted this beautiful shoot in response to our first callout on Instagram. A wedding planner from Vancouver Island, BC, Kimberley is a self confessed planning fanatic, which is obviously why this styled wedding inspiration, shot by Myrtle and Moss, is just everything.

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Comprising a stellar team of creatives and the most perfect models, the concept was realised at Birds Eye Cove Barn; a hand-cut timber frame facility which nestles into the grassy fields of the 300 acre property. Leaving the colour palette neutral, the styling, fashion and the surroundings speak for themselves. Even the farmlife matched the colour scheme perfectly…scroll down for highland cows and chickens galore!

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Kimberley told us that the team faced a few challenges. As the property is located right at the base of a valley in the inlet of a bay, the wind posed some issues. The ceremony arch broke, but the team were able to come up with a plan b…showcasing just how fast a team of quality creatives can resolve an obstacle.

It’s super hard to not love all this beautiful wedding inspiration…we particularly love the flowers by Bespoke Blossoms, the macrame on the tablescape and the beautiful Pronovias gown (loaned from Blush Bridal) worn by Jilliann, the bridal model. And who could forget, the chickens…!

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Supplier Love

Planning | Borrowed and Blue Events

Photographer | Myrtle and Moss Photography

Couple | @jilliannjones and @mrjonesisstoked

Venue | Birds Eye Cove Farm

Florals | Bespoke Blossoms

Decor, Rentals & Styling | Darling Vintage Rentals

Cocktails | Twist Victoria

Jewellery | Melissa Caron

Mens Attire | Outlooks for Men

Stationery | Emma Allen

Hair | Salon Muse

Makeup | Erica Harris

Bridal Boutique | Blush Bridal

Gown | Pronovias

Chairs | Wise Co.

Cake | Schur to Please

Fabrics & Linens | Sheer Florals

Vows | Crimson Letters

Welcome

Bohemian (n.) Free spirit, wanderer.

A person who lives a free-spirited life, independent from the constraints of convention. They believe in truth, love and freedom.

Hello, and welcome to Bride in The Wild; a curated blog for the free-spirited bride (and groom!) Borne out of a passion for all things wedding, with an emphasis on everything dreamy and bohemian, we hope you’ll find bags of inspiration for your boho wedding as this little blog grows.

Borne out of a personal dream to run a blog separate from my business, I wanted to create a space where I could write about the things I am passionate about…which is basically, anything to do with weddings!

I hope that you will enjoy following me on this journey. So, welcome….

Featured Image: Leah Lombardi