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Todays wedding inspiration is based on happy and cheerful rainbow colours.  Apart from being a really fun colour scheme it can solve a few problems, if can’t decide on just one colour, have seven.  If your Bridesmaids can’t agree on which colour they all like and will wear, give them seven colours to choose from.  This is the perfect theme for anyone who feels restricted by traditional colour schemes of one or two colours.  If you are on a tight budget your bridesmaids don’t even need to have matching dresses for this theme, as long as they pick dresses in rainbow colours.


For flowers there are a couple of options to suit rainbow schemes.  Firstly you could have a different colour bouquet for each bridesmaid to tone with their dress.  Or you could have all the bouquets the same, just pick flowers in various shades of the rainbow.  To make the second option effective, I would have compact hand tied bouquets using flowers like roses, dahlias and gerberas to give blocks of colour.  Small delicate flowers won’t have much impact in this colour scheme.  Alternatively for outdoor weddings your maids could carry brightly coloured parasols instead of a bouquet to match their dress.  To carry the theme through for the gents, the men could all wear a different colour tie or cravat in a rainbow colour with matching buttonhole.

For venue flowers pick designs that are simple and modern to suit the rainbow theme.  Try a cluster of small glass vases on the tables with different colour arrangement in each vase.  There are plenty of opportunities to incorporate the rainbow theme on your reception tables.  Each place name could be in a different rainbow colour, you could give guests mini rainbow swirly lollipops as favours, or little bags of sweets in rainbow paper bags.  To keep kids entertained give them packs with colouring books and rainbow crayons.



This fabulous cake is probably more suited to a small wedding party as it would be a nightmare to cut into lots of pieces.  But I love the idea of it appearing to be a simple white cake and then revealed as an amazing multi-coloured masterpiece.  A simple cake iced in white would look stunning dressed with fresh flowers in rainbow colours, or you could have a white cake iced with tiny rainbow polka dots.   If you want full on rainbow for your cake, cupcakes might be a better option with rainbow buttercream topping.

Rainbow mood board images:

Rainbow lollipops – 3 bears one stop gift shop,

Parasols - by Christian Cruz

Bridesmaid dresses – indie bliss

Rainbow macarons - Steph Goralnick populagram

Invite –

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Essex based florists Curtis & Ford have been awarded two medals in the RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year competition 2012. An amazing achievement! they are only business to gain two medals in the same year.  The floristry competition attracts hundreds of entrants from around the country and showcases the best in professional floristry.  The double success comes after winning international awards in 2011.

The brief was to design and produce a large Chandelier to be hung at a Jubilee dinner for the Queen.  Amy Ford gained a Silver-Gilt medal for her stunning white and lace chandelier design.  Amy Curtis was awarded a Bronze medal for her beautiful design that had a very natural and organic feel to it.


Amy Curtis
Amy has worked in floristry for 9 years; she has studied business management at A Level and gained a Foundation Degree in professional floristry at Writtle College.  Amy is relatively new to competing and was thrilled to qualify for this years Chelsea Flower Show.  She said “Many florists compete to qualify for the Chelsea final their entire careers without ever qualifying… so the fact that one of us qualified was fantastic but to both qualify and to both achieve a medal is just fantastic, we are very proud of all the hours of work we have put in!”


Amy’s design featured hundreds of branches bound with paper covered wire holding tiny test tubes.  The tubes contained phalaenopsis orchids, freesia, roses, eryngium, anemones and spray roses.  It was adorned with beads, crystals drops and diamante brooches. The intricate design took over 350 hours to complete.

Amy Ford
Amy has completed A Levels in Art & Design, Photography and English Literature.  She found floristry at 21 after studying Glass design.  Amy has since gone on to complete levels 2, 3 and 4 in floristry.  Amy gained the highest practical grade in the country for her Level 4 exam.


To prepare for Chelsea piece Amy painstakingly made over 100 panels with fabric, beads and wire.   They were sewed, crocheted and beaded; each panel took 2.5 hours to make.  On the competition day Amy worked from 4am on Wednesday right up until the final whistle at 12.45am Thursday to finish her design.  She used various techniques on her piece, she layered and wove bark and leaves onto the panels and dotted flowers throughout.  Amy made 18 beaded panels for each tier using a total of 20,000 beads!


Many of the flowers were glued onto the design but some of the more fragile flowers were placed in tiny test tubes.  Most of the flowers were arranged in a massed style, Amy used reindeer moss, phalaenopsis orchids, white Lydia spray rose, Romantic Pepita spray rose, tanacetum, triteleia, spray carnations, brunia, cotton bush and hyacinth.

Both designs are now on show at Serenity Bridal, 17 St.Botolphs Street, Colchester.

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Following on from yesterdays post, here are the final 5 of my top ten green flowers.


5 – Viburnum Opulus
Each viburnum flower head is a cluster of lots of tiny pale green flowers. There are several heads on a stem and each heads delicately bobs about.  Their soft green colour looks very natural mixed in any type of arrangement from bouquets to table centres and larger arrangements.

Green-Gladioli4 – Gladioli
Gladioli has made a come back in recent years with lots of gorgeous new colours. The acid green gladioli look anything but traditional.  The flower stems are very long and suit large designs like pedestal arrangements or tall vase designs.
Green-Lady-Slipper-Orchid3 – Lady Slipper Orchid
If you want an exotic feel to your wedding flowers you can’t go wrong with orchids.  These slipper orchids are exotic and beautiful, mixed in a bouquet with other flowers or peeking above a table design.  Cymbidium orchids and dendrobium orchids are also available in green.  Orchids are one of the dearer flowers but they are striking and very long lasting.  Cymbidium orchids are perfect for submerging in tall cylinder vases.
Green-Goddess-Arum-Lily2 – Green Goddess Arum lily
These impressive flowers also known as callas lilies, have huge heads that unravel as they open.  They are very tall so are perfect for big vase arrangements or pedestal arrangements.  They are a premium flower but they offer a big impact for their price tag and will last several weeks in a vase.
Super-Green-Rose1 – Super Green Rose
Roses had to be number one in the top ten, they are still one of the most popular wedding flowers. This rose is exactly what it’s name suggests, a huge green rose. Super Green is a type of rose known as a garden rose or cabbage rose as it has lots of petals and opens up very big.  Roses work well in any wedding flowers from bouquets to arrangements.

Super green rose –
lady slipper orchid –
Green Goddess Arum -
Gladioli –

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Green flowers may seem like an unusual choice for wedding flowers, but green can be a very beautiful and natural colour scheme.  There are plenty of green flowers to choose from whether you prefer soft sage green or bright lime green, you can even get acid green flowers.  Adding green flowers to a mixed colour design will ‘lift’ the other colours.

Counting down from number 10:

Green-Chrysanthemum10 – Feeling Green Spray Chrysanthemum
This is a spray type of chrysanth so it has several heads on a stem.  The flowers are very hardy so are good for designs that won’t be in water.  The uniform shape of these chrysanths looks great in compact designs like pomanders or spheres of flowers.
Green-Trick-Dianthus9 –  Green Trick Dianthus
These unusual looking flowers are a type of sweet william, from the carnation family.  You usually see them in small bunches of pinks and reds.  This fluffy flower is a spherical shape and looks a bit like moss.  It looks great mixed with a vibrant colour in modern textured bouquets or kept simple with white flowers and foliage.
Green-Hydrangea8 – Hydrangea
For summer weddings Hydrangea are the perfect flower.  The large blooms come in various shades of green from a soft pale colour to lime to and green with hints of pink.  Hydrangeas work well with a country garden theme or a more contemporary look.  They are also  lovely grouped together for bridal bouquets. Hydrangea may seem a little pricey but they are at least twice the size of most flowers and fill a lot of space in an arrangement.
Green-Chrysanthemum7 – Shamrock Chrysanthemum Bloom
This is the second chrysanth in my top ten list, but it looks so different to chrysanth spray I had to include it.  You would be forgiven for not regconising these flowers as Chrysanthemums.  Their spiky shape and vivd lime colour is a million miles away from the old fashioned chrysanth sprays supermarkets offer.  These blooms work best in large contemporary designs and look fabulous mixed with bright exotic flowers.
Green-Amaranthus6 – Amaranthus
This flower has beautiful flowing heads that look lovely anywhere flowers can naturally trail or hang down.  The edge of a mantelpiece arrangement, hanging from a garland at the church entrance or hanging from a bouquet.  It is a pretty alternative to ivy or grasses.
My top 5 green flowers will follow in tomorrows post.
Green Trick Dianthus –
Amaranthus –

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The anticipated awards have been announced for the young florists at Chelsea Flower Show.  Joe Massie has been named Chelsea Young Florist of the Year for the fourth year running.  He is one of only three florists to gain a Gold medal in this years Young Florist competition.  The competitors designed a floral chandelier to be hung at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee dinner.  Joe’s competition piece also gained him the coveted award for Best in Show. Victoria Richards and Jessica Rose Andrews also gained Gold medals.


photo: Springbank Flowers

Joe’s exquisite design was built using a frame of clear Perspex held up by heavy duty fishing line.  It features an intricate display of white flowers and foliage including phalaenopsis and vanda orchids, aquilegia, matricaria, hellebores, tillandsia, and ceropegia sandersonii.  The design was adorned with Swarovski crystals and weighed 19kg when finished.



photo: Victoria Richards Floral Design

List of medals for RHS Young Florist of the Year 2012

Joseph Massie, Springbank Flowers


Jessica Rose Andrews, The Garden Rose
Joseph Massie, Springbank Flowers
Victoria Richards, Victoria Richards Floral Design/Lavender Florist

Silver-Gilt Grenfell:
Heidi Lawley, West Malling Flowers
Paula McLagan, Something Special Flowers
Stephanie Tue, Rachael’s Florist

Silver Grenfell:
Daisy Ellen Burgoyne, Creations Flowers
Charlotte Cooke, Hilarys Floral Design
Katie-Jane Pridmore, The Flower Cabin
Kay Willis, Fairmile Florist

Bronze Grenfell:
Siobhan Hughes, George Preston Florist
Hannah Lee, City of Bath College
Erica Tippett, Bleujen Florist

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