Autumn flowers of Fatsia japonica have now wintered into creamy, white, plump berries on long stems protruding from the crown heads of the plant’s branches, and are a welcome addition for adding texture and interest to bridal circlets and wirework. The flower heads of common ivy develop into plump blackberries in the winter months and are equally useful for hand-tied designs, posies, and wirework, but you would have to be quick to harvest these balls of berries before they are stripped bare by hungry, wintering birds. Another flower you may pick or forage from gardens, heaths and moors is white heather; garden centres also sell pots of heather at this time of year in various shades of white and pink. This dainty, light, and long-lasting plant is very effective in all wire and glued wedding designs, bride’s hand-tied and shower bouquets, and is particularly good for creating buttonholes with a Scottish heritage element. Available from the market, Persian buttercups are the roses of the Ranunculus family, with their full multi petal heads and striking colors varying from the most delicate pinks and creams to the strongest yellows, oranges, and reds. Their heads are so heavy and full of petals that their soft stems curve gracefully under their weight. They are beautiful for hand-tied bouquets, but care is need- ed when inserting their soft stems into the floral foam for table decorations. Another flower that has been developed into large hybrids is the anemone,
available all through our winter months, adding ‘Jerusalem Blue’ and ‘Moron Red’ to the winter colour palette. Their black centres coupled with black ivy berries can look very striking when used in jam jars for decorating tables or in a bride’s hand-tied bouquet, but this soft-stemmed flower does not take well to wiring. Many flowers can be bought from overseas, such as orchids, hyacinths and tulips. Tropical orchids come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. They are long-lasting and very useful for all forms of bridal and wedding work. Cymbidiums (boat orchids), dendrobiums and phalaenopsis (moth orchids) can be wired or glued into the most intricate and delicate designs for shower bouquets, crown headdresses, wrist corsages and necklaces, and can also be added to handbags and dresses. Hyacinths are grown in pots and are available as cut flowers from November to early spring – they are full of the most wonderful perfume and their little bell-shaped florets can be wired, threaded and glued. We think of tulips as spring flowers in the British Isles but they are imported and available from September to June, covering three seasons. Grape hyacinths are also available from November to May. They may well be thought of as a spring flower, but as their flowering season has lengthened so too has their use for bringing something blue into winter wedding designs. Foliage such as the silver-grey Senecio Maritima, with its lacy leaves, works well to interpret the frosty, wintery look in bouquets, and although available
from the market, it can also be grown in the garden and will survive moderately low temperatures. Also from the stark, dull, grey winter landscape outside, we can gather in and highlight twigs and branches with silver flourishes of paint and fairy dust to add a sparkling, frosted effect, or use some of the most vividly colored flowers to add warmth and vibrancy to any winter wedding. Silver circles around perfumed winter flowers.
A Winter Wedding The seasonal flower choices and colors for this winter wedding were made not only to blend in with the bride’s colors but as a complete contrast to the reds and dark winter evergreens used extensively in and around Christmas. Avoiding all the usual seasonal decorations gave this wedding a separate and original theme that was light, dainty, and added a touch of sparkle.