The romance of vintage wedding flowers

by Charlotte.Barnes on July 28, 2010

8-4-10 kingsnorton-038182We talked to Joy Gill, of the Flower Centre in Northfield, to get an insight into the trend of beautiful vintage wedding flowers.

Joy used some fantastic roses to create these designs. She said: “I was very excited to have the opportunity to create these wedding designs using David Austin roses.

“So many brides now seem to be looking for a very pretty, floral theme for their weddings and these roses are perfect. I’ve added in fresh herbs and ‘countryside flowers’, which I hope will set the scene for the designs.”


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A delicate fairy tale shower bouquet in soft pinks accentuated by rich burgundies. Joy says: “The inspiration came from the material. I wanted to create something very soft and quite girlie.”

Green hellbore, scabious seed heads and Astrantia combine to give texture, while still keeping with the English cottage garden theme. Asparagus fern wound into a ‘rope’ with silver wire and pearls loop round, bringing the bouquet together.

Promise me

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What bride would not want to walk down the aisle with this tied posy of scented peony-like Rosalind and raspberry red Darcey roses? The fluffy lime of the Alchemilla mollis provides a lift to the jewel-like colours of the flowers and adds a little softness as well.

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And, of course, if there’s a wedding, there have to be cupcakes (it is the cake trend for 2010, after all). This cake stand has been filled with freshly made cakes decorated by simply adding the occasional rose.


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This is a perfect pedestal design where space is limited. Ammi visnaga towers over Emily roses, which rise out of a garden of hydrangea, Fritillaria Ivory Bells and rosemary. Structure is provided by the pinky grey branches of magnolia, while ivy and the moss-like Dianthus Green add a rustic charm.


Sweet Hearts

Carrying through the vintage rose theme are these pretty pots, edged with ribbon and lace and filled with hydrangea, roses and fresh herbs. They’re ideal for dotting along a top table or for where occasional decoration is called for, perhaps a windowsill, cake table or bar.

How does your garden grow?

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A table design that is not only practical but also pretty and scented. The absolutely stunning Peach ‘Juliet’ rose, Bouvardia and Ammi visnaga tumble out of this vintage tin to create a real country chic look.

The container, which came from a Dutch wholesaler, was lined with cellophane before being filled with oasis foam. Trails of ivy and hazel complete the natural ‘just gathered from the garden’ look.

A big thank you

To David Austin Roses for sponsoring the flowers and providing us with such a beautiful selection and to Joy Gill and all within the creative team at the Flower Centre.

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Charlotte Barnes

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Scott Spinella 28 Jul 2010 at 1:51 pm

Great post.Thanks for sharing your post with us.I felt really good after reading it.Thanks again !!!

Theresa 30 Aug 2010 at 8:11 pm

Vintage is such a delightful idea for weddings, lovely.
Thank you for the piece I enjoyed it very much.

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