Helen’s Note 2015

It has been an amazing start to the year, we decorated the Starship on Sydney’s iconic harbour, it was a red rose Haven.

Loren and Dane's Red Rose Wedding by Flowers By Helen Brown Loren and Dane's Red Rose Wedding by Flowers By Helen Brown Loren and Dane's Red Rose Wedding by Flowers By Helen Brown

We cut and conditioned 3500 red roses into bouquets, table centres, cake flowers, bridal table and a gorgeous dog collar.

Loren and Dane! Photography: Rachael Muller Florals: Flowers By Helen Brown

Loren and Dane! Photography: Rachael Muller Florals: Flowers By Helen Brown

We also celebrated the 12 Days of Christmas with our 12 Days of Wedding Flowers Giveaway which ended on the 5th of January. A big thank you to all those who entered, it was lots of fun.
Each day of the 12 Days of Wedding Flowers we gave away a different item:
1. Ceremony Arrangements… Congratulations Mandy L!
2. A Bridal Bouquet… Congratulations Kristina M!
3. A Floral Circlet… Congratulations Alicia C!
4. A Home Arrangement… Congratulations Sonia I!
5. A Bridesmaid Bouquet… Congratulations Kelly S!
6. 12 Pew Bows with a Rose Bloom… Congratulations Donna-Jo S!
7. A Flower Girl Posy… Congratulations Allison D!
8. Wishing Well Flowers… Congratulations Clare E!
9. Parents Accessories (2 buttonholes, 2 Corsages)… Congratulations Jenna C!
10. Groom’s Party Buttonholes (1 Groom, 4 Groomsmen)… Congratulations Michelle T!
11. A Signing Table Arrangement… Congratulations Kevin S!
12. A Bridal Table Trough… Congratulations Nicole I!

Reflecting back over the year, styles and designs have dramatically changed. There were some clear floral trends in 2014 and we expect to see some of them throughout 2015…

Garden-picked: earthy, rustic themes and colours have been a top pic for many brides. Using materials such as burlap, jars, hessian, and twine and romantic flowers such as David Austin roses, spray roses, lissianthus in pastel colours have been perfect for a relaxed casual wedding, whether dining in your parents gorgeous garden or Centennnial Dining in Centennial park.​

I imagine this look will be continuing throughout the year as a favourite with a few twists; the use of more wildflowers and native blooms. As well as introducing new textures by using herbs and dainty flowers accompanied by fewer large blooms.

Glamorous glamorous: inspired by the movie ‘The Great Gatsby’ and of course Kim and Kanye’s wedding. The Cala lily, phaleanopsis orchids, roses and peonies in white and light pastels of mint, blush pink and peach have been perfect for the bride that loves luxury and elegance. We’ve seen this look paired with vintage vases, ostrich feathers, candelabras and tea-light adorned venues, it’s gorgeous.

Bright blooms: my absolute favourite this past year! Raspberry colours, corals, hot pinks, oranges and yellows are definitely where only a bold bride dares to go, but it looks stunning! Just look at the photos from our lovely bride Linda…

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Gypsophilia Revival: we have loved working with Gypsophilia in 2014. Baby’s Breath (Gypsophilia) is no longer that unloved filler flower, the demand for Gypsophilia has definitely risen, soft airy fluffy clouds of tiny little babies breath flowers, just adorable. This is one of my favourite flowers for brides on a budget it’s inexpensive, versatile and long-lasting. Baby’s breath can be bunched closer together for a more white fluffy look or loosely for hints of green, it looks great on it’s own in bouquets, buttonholes and all sorts of arrangements. It’s beautiful flowers will also compliment and soften arrangements with other blooms.

Lastly, we have seen more and more brides venturing away from only the traditional table flowers and ceremony arrangements for floral chandeliers, floral adorned arches and flower walls. Hanging gardens and chandeliers have been challenging installations, but look nothing short of amazing and have been such a statement piece and a conversation starter. No doubt inspired by Kimye’s wedding and their famous flower wall, it is a look for a bride with a big flower budget. Lush and full flowers using phaleanopsis orchids, roses, hydrangea and stock in soft, creamy whites and gentle pastels make for a timeless, romantic luxury wedding and we hope to be creating many more of these beautiful installations throughout the year.

Without doubt, brides have become more creative bringing their own style and personality to our consultations. I feel that the traditional wedding look is slowly fading and originality is what is inspiring the modern bride. Each envisions something different from the last wedding, both myself and the Team at Flowers by Helen Brown are excited to be helping bring their ideas to fruition.