Styling Flowers With Colour: Interview With Summers Floral

Kisses & Cake met with Mark Vander Straaten of Summers Floral at their gorgeous boutique in Woollahra to learn all about styling your wedding with colourful flowers. Here are their styling tips and pictures from our photoshoot with the talented photographer Dan O'Brien from Next We Meet

All photography: Next We Meet

All photography: Next We Meet

How To Style Your Wedding With Colourful Flowers

Styling with flowers and colour is a process that is really determined by the bride and what style she is influencing throughout her whole day. There are no set rules with colour; it totally depends on the vibe of the wedding. For example, if we are styling for a garden wedding, we might choose soft garden style flowers to compliment the natural surroundings - lots of soft greens worked in with pale pinks, peach tones, and creams and whites. All these tones work in well within the setting of the wedding. A gorgeous summer beach wedding may call for pops bright yellows, apricots and magentas to emulate that sunny beach vibe. There are so many combinations of colours that work well together. It's just a matter of having a overall vision of the wedding and picking out flowers to tie it all together on the day.

Compliment Your Flowers

Keep the style consistent. Your added elements such as ribbons, table décor, and lighting should flow aesthetically. Go for one look and make it great rather than trying to do bits and pieces of other trends.

For wedding bouquets, you can't go wrong with great seasonal flowers accompanied with luxurious ribbons. For the table styling, fresh seasonal flowers are key. Arrange the blooms in vases that suit your theme, whether it is crystal, copper or simple glass. Team this with gorgeous flatware and ambient lighting, and you're in business!

Seasonal trends are important when picking the most appropriate flowers. Winter calls for warm bold colours: rich tones of burgundy, aubergine, mint green foliage, and dark berries tied together with thick plum, velvet ribbons. Spring is all about soft. Apricot roses, fragrant sweet peas, and blossom flowers will become the choice of many brides.

The Process

1.       Organise all your other wedding elements first (e.g. dress, venue, style, colours, theme). Your florist can then review all the elements of your wedding and build the florals around them. If you are worried your florist will be booked out, secure the date with them upfront and organize your style later.

2.     Be flexible. Have a few options in mind as you will be dealing with Mother Nature and not all blooms will be available all year round.

3.     Choose seasonal flowers. They will always be the biggest, freshest and most abundant.

4.     Consider where you are getting married. If you are having a church ceremony it is important to consider the interior architecture. Many of the churches are beautiful and speak for themselves. If you would like a garden ceremony you may not need any decorative elements at all.

5.     Focus your money on the reception. This is where your guests will be able to sit and enjoy the blooms for the whole night. You can even move some of your ceremony flowers or bridal bouquets over to your reception, placing them on the tables, in the foyer, or in the bathrooms.  

About Summers Floral Woollahra

Located in the leafy upmarket Sydney suburb Woollahra, Summers Floral has been helping brides transform their wedding ceremony and reception venues for over 14 years. Their talented team has designed some of the most elegant floral displays that we’ve ever seen. Their knowledge of the industry, trends, and design gives them an edge over many other florists.

We were fortunate enough to spend some time in their studio recently (as they worked with us at our Introduction To Wedding Planning Workshop) and watched them effortlessly pull together arrangements that simply took our breath away.

About Our Photographer 

As most of our brides know, we only like writing about (and working with) people we truly love and believe in their talent.

Next We Meet Photography is definitely one on our list. New and upcoming photographer Dan O'Brien has an eye for the extraordinary, the edgy and the uniquely urban.

Read their professional profile here.

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