Despite the seemingly endless ranges of hue and texture that Mother Nature makes available in fresh flowers, sometimes you can’t find just the right shade of blossom that you have in your head for your wedding flowers. Maybe your wedding falls in the wrong season for your perfect flower. Maybe your dream color scheme needs something just a little outside what exists in nature. Then what?

I recently was thrilled to be invited to my cousin (ok, maybe a few [hundred] times removed!) Julie’s wedding in Northern Ireland. I was in! The trip and the wedding was amazing (a story for another blog), but I was looking forward to seeing how wedding flowers are used “across the pond”.

Julie had found a stunningly rich, deep, teal dress for her bridesmaids – just perfect for an early September ceremony, right on the cusp of fall. So elegant, when paired with ivory flower girls’ dresses and handsome black tuxes. The simplicity of the single accent color would have been offset by introducing other colors into the mix. But there’s no such color in the flower world, and she came up with a great solution: silk flower accents.

Julie combined white mini calla lilies, white gerbera daisies (with a black center) and some lush green ruscus with a touch of deep teal silk flower to pull it all together. The result was just beautiful; all the splendor of fresh flowers, and just that little pop of drama from the silks. It was a great alternative to trying to dye flowers to be “just right,” but still having the lushness of fresh flowers on her special day.

A Northern Ireland wedding in Carryduff
Julie’s Wedding Party

Julie's Wedding Bouquet
Julie’s Wedding Bouquet

Lovely Lisa and Emma
Lovely Flowergirls Lisa and Emma

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