We’re an inquisitive bunch here at The Promise, we like to know things, it helps us work better and deliver more relevant and local inspiration to you all. I was delighted when seven local floral designers and artists agreed to share their favourite designs with us. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect person to create your wedding day florals, take note, we may just have found her – yes, they’re all lovely ladies!
Designer: Hollie from The Rosehip and Berry Floral Studio, Belfast
Hollies favourite: I think to date my favourite sort of arrangements have been simple, asymmetrical, free flowing arrangements like this one. This particular arrangement was made using Ivy berries, wild Clematis, Cherry Blossom, burgundy Ranunculus and Astrantia. I like the natural, simplicity of it, with subtle pops of colour.
This year I’m excited for: Stripping back my designs, mixing lots of different types of foliage, and focusing on more natural shapes. I am looking forward to some brave, vibrant colour choices, as well as the classic ivory and greens – which I will never tire of, along with lots of lovely foliage heavy weddings! I’m also excited to use some contemporary techniques I learnt during my time in Melbourne last month as well as experimenting with a few ideas of my own!
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Designer: Kim from Victoriana Floral, Whitehead
Kim’s favourite: I love this for so many reasons, it was so organic, so natural, so textured and the most beautiful contrasting colours of peach and burgundy. It was all about bringing the outside of Lusty Beg island inside.
This year’s trends will be: Bigger bouquets both cascading and asymmetric, less rounded compacted flower bouquets, and a lot more variation of flowers used, looser and loads of texture, more country garden style bouquets. A big push towards locally grown and seasonal, scent and a lot of foliage and perhaps, dare I say, in some cases less flowers?
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Designer: Janice at The Flower Studio, Dungannon
Janice’s favourite: This bouquet was a big favourite of mine from last year. The soft palette of colours, the mix of textures and of course, the focal flower, the anemone! You either love this flower, or you hate it – I adore it! It’s lovely to create a bouquet without the old faithful rose included.
For 2016 I am excited for: Two key looks, the glam formal look with lots of full open blooms in soft shades, and the loose rustic look (the new vintage), which features lots of texture and varying colours for a laid back fun day.
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Designer: Jude at Floral Temptations, Omagh
Jude’s favourite: This bouquet of South african proteas stands out as a favourite as its been so so different to my other bouquets which have trended on the vintage themes and traditional themes. The bride was South African and we added Irish heather to it to represent the local groom. Part of theme included baskets of berries which guests threw at the bride and groom as sign of fertility.
Designs I will be creating this year: I’ll be using a lot of teal with flowers in this vibrant colour. Pastel pinks and lilacs are still very much on trend too as is gyp bouquets.
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Designer: Jil at The Stables Flower Co, Coleraine
Jil’s favourite: My all time favourite wedding flower is Stephanotis. It has an incredible fragrance, its notoriously difficult to work with but so pure and beautiful looking, this bouquet was a marathon of construction!
Trends I am most excited about in 2016: Installations! Hanging installations like beams and floral chandeliers, freestanding installations like arbours and flower walls! Another exciting trend is the brides new awareness to luxury wedding flowers. We see that more of the budget is being allocated to flowers so more top end budget designs filled with lush full flower heads and luxurious foliages are being requested. Brides all want their weddings to look like it could be on a stylish wedding blog and they see the flowers can do that!
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Designer: Victoria at Tortraits Floral Design, Portglenone
Victoria’s favourite: This floral crown really stands out in my memory as it was very unique to the bride and captured the brief she gave me in which lots of foliage was to be used with accents of flowers. The crown completely complemented the style of her dress, sculpting her head – it was simple yet so very eye-catching – what made it even more special was that I d never met the bride before her wedding as she lived abroad so it was created from images and a few measurements yet it fit perfectly! The design uses several foliages – namely danae & seeded eucalyptus with accents of delicate ivory rose buds and lisianthus flowers.
In 2016 I am loving: The continued enthusiasm for freestyle/unstructured designs especially in terms of bridal bouquets. The popularity of floral arches and hair flowers is also exciting – as a florist I naturally believe that flowers are an integral part of any wedding, they bring personality and warmth – the more they feature the better! In terms of colours, we are once again polarised between subtle ‘neutrals’ and bold colours – I enjoy working within any colour palate, blending tints and tones to create unique floral designs.
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Designer: Gillian at Flowers By Mee, County Down
Gillian’s favourite: Relaxed, informal bride’s bouquet using deep burgundy carnations, rose hips, alstroemeria, eucalyptus and greenery. This is one of my favourite bouquets because of its relaxed feel, it’s simple and natural in styling and structure. I definitely was drawing inspiration from a wild garden for this look..bringing the outside in!
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Thanks for taking part ladies! The featured image is from our contemporary and colourful photo shoot, with flowers from The Stables Flower Co and photos by Photography by Marc Lawson. It’s well worth a look if you love colour! Just head, here.