Country House Wedding Venues teamed up with two of the leading authorities when it comes to perfecting flower arrangements for the big day.
Jay Archer of Jay Archer Floral Design gives her top ‘Spring-spirations’ as she talks all things flower related for the perfect bouquet for the Spring Bride.
Paula Pryke OBE is an international florist and bestselling author. She tutors contemporary floral design at the digital learning gardening school my-garden-school.com.
I love a spring wedding. For me it symbolises a fresh chapter and a new beginning for a couple’s married lives together. When this combined with ladies wearing their posh frocks for the first time this year, pastel bridesmaid gowns and, of course, dodging those pesky springtime showers, just long enough to get some lovely wedding photos, it really has me swooning.
It’s exciting too, choosing cheerful colours for a spring wedding. Gone are the green and white cool palettes of winter, and welcomed in are soft, romantic and delicate pastels. From blush pink beauties such as Dutch Cloni ranunculus, to palest blue muscari and rich buttermilk narcissi, the colours really capture the exciting start of this year’s wedding season.
Blue and white schemes seem particularly popular this year, with blush and peach added in to soften the contrast.
To me, Spring is all about delicacy – dainty, scented lily of the valley, paper whites, heady scented lilac (available in white, lavender, blush and mauve), double parrot tulips and arching dicentra or ‘bleeding heart’ as it’s commonly known. Fresh greens come in the way of viburnum, solomons seal and hellebore and mixed with English alstromeria, forget me not, hyacinths and blossom helps keep costs down too, by using seasonal flowers.
Keeping with the light, airy feel cut glass and crystal works well at this time of year – consider vintage boat vases, cut glass tea lights and small antique bottles as quirky ways to dress your tables. Mercury glass works well too, especially going into the evening party as it adds a certain romance.
If you’re getting married in Spring and have chosen seasonal lamb for your wedding breakfast, why not add a complementary sprig of rosemary into the guest napkins too – it’ll add an extra detail to the table, and smell lovely!
Paula Pryke, OBE
Everyone adores spring when, after months of dormant ground and leafless trees, the sap begins to rise and the bulbs push up through the ground.
I love designing wedding schemes with branches of blossom, catkins, pussy willow, bulb flowers and mosses in early spring. It is a great time for using scent; many narcissus are scented and hyacinths are also heavily fragranced.
Muscari, hellebores, snowflakes, fritallaria, violets and camellia are all wonderful nostalgic flowers and currently very popular, with the trend for natural garden flowers.
By the time we get to the spring equinox, there is a myriad of colours to choose for your wedding scheme. Tulips come in every conceivable colour and also some delicate marbled parrots and fringed pastels. The vibrant viburnum opulus roseum makes any colour scheme zing and there is no better time to champion yellow, the most cheerful and sunny of colours.
The wonderfully-scented yellow mimosa would be a very romantic option. My favourite flowers for this season are the ranunculus, which comes in an amazing array of deep and bright colours as well as pastels. Branches and blossom and early spring greens are also at their best.
See more spring flower inspiration on our Pinterest board.