Vintage couture for your wedding

by Charlotte.Barnes on July 21, 2010

inter scarb-003044It’s nice to know there are some adventurous brides out there who are choosing to move away from more traditional weddings, favouring something more unusual and individually styled. This, of course, also applies to the wedding flowers.

Kate Ward, of Louise Florist in Scarborough, took up the challenge to create something striking and unique to show brides-to-be just what can be done with their wedding flowers.

Grand designs

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For this design, Kate has taken a sisal cone, chopped it down to size and wedged a wet bouquet holder in the top. She says: “The inspiration comes from the dress. It has long flowing lines and I wanted to replicate that style in the bouquet.”

Crystal Blush Zantedeschia decorate the outside of the cone, bound with Typha grass and ribbon. There is the unusual addition of Staghorn Fern used both on the outside and inside of the design. Kate says: “I often use Staghorn Fern in my work. I cut the leaves straight from the plant and condition them only in a little bit of water so as not to lose the silvery effect of the fur.”

Ornithogalum heads, freesia buds and lime green beading reflect the detail sewn into the willow green and ivory satin corset of this wedding dress.


inter scarb-022996A contemporary bouquet set against a tartan rich in tradition. The sturdy but light frame of this design has been wrapped and interwoven with green and turquoise coloured wire. Kate says: “I chose the colours and flowers to reflect the material in the dress and the textures of the Highlands and islands of Scotland where the tartan comes from.”

Delicate heads of muscari and hydrangea have been glued onto the frame together with pieces of snake grass and lime green birch twigs.

Rehydrate the hydrangea before using it by plunging it headfirst into a bucket of water. If you leave gluing on the heads of flowers until the morning of the wedding they will stay fresh all day.

Water baby

inter scarb-003044Perfect for the modern bride, this glorious bouquet is created on a bed of mother of pearl shells, echoing the glass beads and Swarovski crystals on the bodice of the dress. It’s the strong colouring which makes this dress particularly striking.

Kate says: “I wanted to stay away from using pastel shades. I thought it would make the dress too wishy-washy.”

The choice of burgundy and pink perfectly compliments the dusky blue crepe and shimmering blue silk of the dress. Lush purple Phalaenopsis orchid, Astrantia and Zantedeschia ‘Majestic Red’ make up the main flowers and a quirky touch is added with the cerise pink Kalanchoe, which also lightens the other colours. Trails of Rhipsalis and Thypha grass mirror the concave shape of the shells and the fall of the dress.

The mechanics of the bouquet were formed from a wet bouquet holder that Kate cut in half and then glued on top of the shells, which she had previously stuck together.

Floral carousel


Such a pretty and delicate design, this table centre is just the thing for a summer wedding and is so versatile. A continuous ring of glass globes sit on a circular mirrored plate, reflecting the vibrant mix of pink and lime green, linked with strands of Typha grass.

Cocktails by the pool

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This cool and refreshing reception design, presented in an oversized cocktail glass, is given drama and height with Crystal Blush Zantedeschia, green Cornus and Asparagus ‘Meyers’. Staghorn Fern is an interesting addition, interwoven around the base with heads of white freesia tucked in between.

Buttonholes and boutonnieres

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Zantedeschia make great buttonholes as they are sturdy and require little adornment. Here Kate has simply wrapped the flower with Staghorn Fern and lime green beading. The end has been neatly wrapped with Typha grass.

An unusual and striking boutonniere design is based on nothing more complicated than a square of cardboard, which Kate has covered with Aspidistra leaf, triangles of Staghorn Fern and a ribbon to create layers and texture.

A muscari flower is held in place with a green pin. It’s a miniature work of art that is easily attached with a magnet.

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Charlotte Barnes

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