Floral flush

Be inspired by these real wedding flowers in summer’s prettiest shades.

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Fashion-forward brides are embracing purple and blue – both strong, dependable colours that beckon grooms too. For the best choice of flowers in these regal hues, you need to get married in the warmer months when varieties such as anemones, tulips, hyacinths, irises, lavender, hydrangeas and agapanthus flourish. Combine your chosen blooms with white for a soft, fresh feel or use several tonal displays for maximum impact. Remember that the spectrum is broad – from the palest lilac to the deepest navy blue – so don’t be shy to experiment.

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Torn between two, three or even four colours for your wedding day? Mixed floral arrangements could be the answer. Ask your florist to suggest seasonal blooms within your budget, then decide on a look – big versus small, casual versus chic - together. Multi-colour arrangements in vivid shades are instantly uplifting while an assortment of soft hues is calm and sophisticated. This look is synonymous with country-style flower arrangements bunched in buckets, watering cans and recycled jars and tins. For a more contemporary feel however, place mixed brights – such as orange, pink and red dahlias, roses, anemones and gerberas – in clear glass or black vases.

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White projects purity, sincerity and innocence, so it’s no surprise it has long been associated with weddings. An A-list favourite, white looks elegant alone or combined with strong colours such as green (cue Kate Middleton’s bouquet). It is also romantic when mixed with pretty pastels. Choose crisp white for summer-fresh celebrations and ivory tones in autumn when you want to add warmth. Stylish choices include lily of the valley, peonies, roses, orchids, calla lilies, amaryllis, tulips and irises.

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Yellow flowers are ideal for spring and summer celebrations as they perfectly capture the positive mood of the seasons. Bright yellow is instantly uplifting, but paler shades can be warm and happy too. Mix with stark white (or no other colour at all) for a contemporary look, or alternatively add seasonal green flowers and foliage to give your arrangements texture and a country-style feel. Best yellow blooms include daffodils, tulips, calla lilies, narcissus, gerberas, sunflowers, ranunculus and roses.

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The definitive choice for feminine brides who are drawn to its romantic associations, pink is possibly the most versatile and widely available colour of flower. From pale peonies and proud proteas to candy-floss carnations and fiery fuchsias, pink blooms can be classic or contemporary, subtle or striking. Mix lighter shades with peach and cream for a soft, vintage effect or embrace this season’s colour blocking trend and partner bold varieties with orange, green or red. The result is striking and irresistible!

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