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The 1920s is always a popular era for vintage weddings.  The Fabulous flapper dresses and glamorous flowers make for an elegant look that you can still have fun with.

The items in my montage are all inspired by the 1920s.  I’ve based them on a black, white and silver theme with a splash of sparkle.  If you want more colour in your 1920s theme, try a strong pastel shade, reminiscent of art deco colours.

This theme adds a bit of life to a white colour scheme, with pearls, feathers and sparkle.  Headdresses were very popular in the 20s, there are lots of fabulous handmade creations on etsy and folksy, with intricately beaded designs.

The dresses featured are from LeLuxe, who make amazing reproduction 1920s dresses.  The shimmering designs are encrusted with beads and crystals, perfect for a vintage style wedding dress and your bridesmaids if your budget will allow.

The 20s was a time of prohibition, you can play on this with flower cocktails for table arrangements.  You can use groups of normal martini glasses with a couple of flowers, or large martini vases with bigger floral arrangements.

Crystal bouquets are perfect for this theme, with vintage brooches, pearls and diamantes.  You can also include lots of vintage touches in your fresh flower designs, like strings of pearls or crystals hanging from your vases. To complete a roaring 20s theme hire an authentic jazz or charleston band.

Image montage (clockwise):

Ostrich feather centrepieces – saveoncrafts.com

Phalaenopsis orchid vase and candelabra – cbsweddings.com by Darin Fong

Bridal headband – Erica Elizabeth Design on Etsy

Crystal floral candelabra – cbsweddings.com y Darin Fong

Invitations – StellaJenn on Etsy

Crystal brooch bouquet – lovemydress.net by Jo Barnes Vintage

White beaded dress – LeLuxe Clothing

Ostrich Feathers – saveoncrafts.com

Black and silver beaded dress – LeLuxe clothing



White phalaenopis orchids – Flower Council of Holland

Flower cocktail design – Sprout-flowers.com

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image: graziadaily.co.uk

Last weekend DJ Adrian Fillary and Jade Jagger tied the knot at a luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, surrounded by celebrity friends and family.  Jade designed her own wedding dress, an elegant white gown with a scoop neck and narrow straps, finished with diamond clasps.  She carried a gorgeous bouquet of gardenias with glossy gardenia leaves.  Jade also wore a couple of gardenia flowers in her hair.  The groom wore a cream suit with a navy tie. The ceremony took place at the Aynhoe Hotel near Banbury, which the couple booked for the weekend.

Jade’s mother, Bianca Jagger wore a black Dolce & Gabbanna suit with a white hat and gloves.  Mick Jagger wore a flamboyant lilac and purple striped suit.  Kate Moss also attended the day, her daughter Lila Grace was a flower girl.  Jade’s daughters Assisi and Amba were bridesmaids.  Mick Jagger performed at the evening reception which was continued in a marquee in the hotel grounds.


Jade’s bridal bouquet must have smelt delicious as gardenias have an exquisite fragrance. Gardenia plants have beautiful creamy-white flowers that look like garden roses when they are fully open.  The flowers are very delicate and must be handled with care to avoid bruising the petals.  Gardenia blooms are taken from plants and wired for bridal work.  Several plants are usually required to make one bridal bouquet as each plant often has just two or three flowers open at a time.

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Flower of the week – Phalaenopsis orchid

Common name: Moth orchid

Botanical Names: Phalaenopsis

Origin: Indonesia and Java

Colours: White, yellow, pink and purple

Their name is pronounced fal-a-nop-sis, which comes from the Greek phalaina meaning moth and opsis meaning resemblance. They were brought to the UK in the 1800s, and were one of the first tropical orchids grown in Victorian collections.  They are now a very popular potted plant. There is more than 50 species in the phalaenopsis family, many with fancy colours.


Orchids grow naturally in many climates, although they prefer warm temperatures between 19-30 degrees Celsius.  This makes them tolerable to centrally heated houses.  Humidity is important for these orchids, they prefer to be placed in bathrooms or kitchens but spraying the leaves will also help.

The arching stem that provides flowers will bear up to 15 large flat flowers with a waxy texture. They are easy to keep at home and will often flower for several months if they like the conditions.  They should be kept away from fruit, vegetables and old flowers as they are sensitive to ethylene gas given off by them.  The plants are good at removing xylene released from computer screen, paints and varnishes.


Orchids have always been a premium flower prized for their rare beauty and elegance.  They are available all year round and are one of the few flowers which wholesalers sell per head, compared to per stem for other flowers.  Although the flowers heads are often have much larger than those of potted orchids.  As phalaenopsis orchids are one of the dearer cut flowers they tend to be used mainly in wedding work.  They are exquisite in bridal bouquets and gently flutter like a butterfly when carried.

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Woodland themes have been very popular since Breaking Dawn was released last year featuring a magical woodland wedding.  Outdoor weddings may not be possible in our unpredictable British climate, but you can certainly bring the great outdoors into your venue with your flowers and décor.  For this woodland inspiration I’ve focussed on using birch and bark to make your decorations, mixed with flowers in a classic white and green palette.

Birch can be used in a variety of ways to enhance the woodland feel of wedding décor.  The thin bark strips can be used in flower arrangements or wrapped round glass jars to make log vases.  Birch logs can be cut into sections and used to hold place name cards, or hollowed out to hold tea lights.

White flowers work beautifully in a woodland theme, arranged with natural foliage to appear as though they are growing.  Ferns, moss, lichen covered branches and bark help add to a natural look. The table arrangement in the mood board looks like a patch from a forest has been scooped up and placed on the table.  It’s got all-sorts of interesting foliage in it like maidenhair fern, lotus seed heads and ivy.  The flowers used are anemones, sweet peas, freesia and viburnum.


image: apottingshedstyle.com

Small plants wrapped in birch bark can be placed around your centrepiece, anything like ivy or ferns.  To continue the natural look wrap tea light holders in ivy leaves and secure with raffia. The flower arrangements can contain natural elements that you can collect from your nearby woods such as acorns, pine cones and fallen branches like larch.


Large flower arrangement – apottingshedstyle.com

Tree bark cake – weddingchicks.com by Sergio Mottola

Birch container flower arrangements – bbbcraft.blogspot.co.uk

Birch heart lanterns – This Is Pretty, notonthehighstreet.com

Table arrangement: francoiseweeks.com

Birch place name holders –intimateweddings.com

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photo: Springbank Flowers

photo: Springbank Flowers

Joe Massie created a floral sculpture of David Attenborough to launch Sky 3D’s new series Kingdom of Plants 3D.  Joe is the current Chelsea Florist of the year, a title he has held since 2009.

50 species of plants and over 1000 flowers were used to create the lifelike design.  It features phalaenopsis orchids, delphiniums, muscari, vanda orchids, hydrangea, roses, nigella, passion flowers and stachys leaves amongst others.  The focal plant in the hands of the sculpture is a phalaenopsis orchid.  It took Joe and his team of 6 florists 2 days to complete.

photo: badwilf.co.uk

photo: badwilf.co.uk

The close up image shows how detailed the design was and the beautiful selection of materials Joe used.  Joe said “ It was a great challenge to take on. The finished sculpture embodies everything that the series has to offer: Sir David with the world of Kew’s exciting plants all set in a 3D form. To have the man himself come face to face with the sculpture really completes the scene and I hope he is as thrilled as we are with the finished work.”

Kingdom of Plants 3D was filmed at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew using ground-breaking technology and 3D time laspe techniques. The three part series starts tonight on Sky 3D and in 2D on Sky Atlantic at 6pm.

David Attenborough said  “This is certainly a first! I never imagined that I would come face to face with my floral double – Joe worked extremely hard on the artwork”

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