Lilac. A beautifully fragrant cluster of blooms billowing from woody stems and branches make up the romantic lilac. Named for the glorious shades of its namesake from barely there lilac to rich violet and the less common, white, Lilac is a true spring flower, in bloom for a fleeting moment and believed to evoke signs of first love and emotion.
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Lily of the valley. A French good luck offering to loved ones on May Day, Lily of The Valley has a long association with weddings. Delicate, sweetly scented sprigs, white bell shaped blooms, and slender leaves comprise this dainty delight. Signifying the return of happiness, and famously used in Catherine Middleton’s bouquet, Lily of the Valley is a timeless classic adding a romantic touch with a hint of nostalgia.
Delphinium. Conjuring images of an English garden, the long stemmed delphinium is characterised by the dense cluster of blooms collected along the length of the stem, tapering off to form a striking spike of a flower. Hues from royal to powder blue to mauves and white, it can be used long in a sheaf style bouquet or individually wired to add blue highlights to your bouquet.
9. Blushing Bride. The name says it all! Part of the protea family and heralding from South Africa, these mini blooms seem a less traditional choice. With their waxy cream petals and blushing pink buds, the blushing bride can be mixed with more conventional roses and foliage, or arranged with other wildflowers such as flannel flowers.
Rosemary. This herb adds a rustic charm paired with wildflowers or cottage style blooms, such as hyacinths, roses and sweet peas. Create a garden setting at your reception by potting it in rustic wooden crates or little glass jars.
Bearded Iris. A more decadent and flamboyant cousin of the Iris, the Bearded Iris is quite breathtaking. With billowy folds of petals that fade from rich plum to a golden champagne hue, they are stunning on their own and a more contemporary option for the non-traditional bride, with a sweet promise in love, faith and cherished friendship.
Dogwood - Cornis Florida. Given to unwedded ladies during the Victoria era as a sign of affection , their acceptance meant they too where interested and love may blossom. A large deciduous tree, with woody stems and 4 petals that surround the actual flower, in a sweet dusty pink, and white, they are a popular choice for bridal blooms in North America.
Guelder Rose. A shrub bearing the most pastel green domes of the daintiest blooms, the Guelder Rose adds romance and English garden whimsy. Also known as "snowball" due to the near whiteness and the snowballs they resemble, it can be used throughout a bouquet and is quite stunning kept long and shrubby for taller ceremony arrangements.
Poppies. With petals as though fashioned from crepe paper, and rosé hues of peach, coral, pink and white to the more vibrant yellows, oranges and watermelon. Choices come in mixed colour and sized bunches, poppies add a freshness and are a carefree choice. Sweet in little vintage bottles for relaxed table settings, and kept loose and layered for fresh and organic bridal bouquet.
Lotus pods. A large muted green flat pod, comprised of smaller, bean like pods buried within, resembling that of a vintage showerhead. Belonging to the grand Lotus Flower, highlighting bloom or pod that really adds interest to any bouquet . Nestled in tropical leaves for an exotic look, or placed with blown David Austin roses, a truly versatile addition for any style or theme.