This green and pleasant land …

I’ve always loved foliage but generally brides like some flowers along with their greens. But with the amazing textures and colours that are available – sword like ferns, fragrant silvery-blue eucalyptus, the bright fresh green of new birch leaves in spring, dark glossy leaves of berried ivy… it is all so wonderful and absolutely intrinsic to most floral displays

Pantone have recently announced that ‘Greenery’ is the colour for 2017 so although I don’t think it is right to follow a trend unless you like it to start with, I thought I’d take a look at what there is to offer

sinclair and andy wedding shot by claire graham

With this wedding for Maids to Measure founder Sinclair Sellars down in Portsmouth, we dressed the marquee ceiling with olive and eucalyptus foliage and used herbs and bulbs in pots along the tables

sinclair and andy wedding shot by claire graham

Photography Claire Graham

boutique bridal shoot flowers by bluesky flowers by claire graham

Now I know this bouquet has a few flowers in but it is primarily green, a mix of jasmine, pistache, eucalyptus and salal, making a fragrant and oh so pretty backdrop for the dahlias and roses

We also used ferns and interesting palm leaves on the tables and for place settings …and the odd gold pineapple of course

boutique bridal shoot flowers by bluesky flowers by claire graham

 

Shot at The Boutique Bridal Cooperative by Claire Graham

foliage shoot by blue sky flowers shot by fiona kelly

This foliage runner was created for a styled shoot (shot by Fiona Kelly and styled by Andri Benson) at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington – a fabulous place to get married btw – and comprised a mix of eucalyptus, grasses, ferns (some sprayed copper), eryngium thistles and a little wax flower with just a few majolica spray roses … but it is just as awesome as a fully flower laden version at a fraction of the cost with no less drama

foliage shoot by blue sky flowers shot by fiona kelly

foliage shoot by blue sky flowers shot by fiona kelly

We teamed the foliage with copper detailing in the form of wire place mats, individual  copper iced cakes and this wild bouquet  featuring broom, copper sprayed fern, majolica and vendella roses and pure white hydrangea and pheasant feathers of course!

rose and broom bouquet by blue sky flowers shot by fiona kelly

This next bouquet shows just how beautiful foliage can be on its own… a mix of eucalyptus, olive and viburnum opulus creates an airy, fragrant armfulfoliage bouquet by blue sky flowers shot by claire graham

Shot by Maxeen Kim

So don’t worry if you aren’t a big fan of ‘flowers’ as such since we can create a whole load of loveliness with foliage alone … x

Hold the front page . . .

It is so exciting, I can hardly type! This month’s edition of Wedding Flowers magazine features a fabulous shoot that I did last Summer with the supremely creative Helen Carter at Helen Carter Weddings and the snap happy Fiona Kelly

Whilst helping me with some succulent buttonholes for a civil partnership, Helen and I started thinking of other ways we could use these wonderful little plants in, on and around wedding displays

The ideas started coming thick and fast and very soon we had the makings of an excellent storyboard. We roped in Fiona – which wasn’t difficult as she is always up for a creative challenge – and set sail for Epping Forest!  

There were so many ideas floating around, it was quite difficult at first to pin point what we should focus on, but Helen put her creative mind to work and quickly came up with two concepts – rustic and contemporary

We realised that not everyone would ‘get’ the earthy, outdoors feel of the first treatment so Helen put a beautiful twist on the proceedings and went all chic and silvery!

I hope you agree that there is something for everyone here and enjoy looking through the photos

 

Thanks to Helen and Fiona . . . we girls make a great team