I look to all sorts of things for inspiration when creating bouquets or styling a wedding, and often find that creating a mood board for a wedding helps me with concepts and allows the bride to get an idea of the direction in which the wedding could go. It also allows them to see what I have done previously that is similar to the style or theme they want and use it as a starting point to constructing what they want.
My advice for brides-to-be who have an idea of the sort of wedding they want is to collect images and make their own mood board of ideas. This is a great source to refer back to when having meetings with your florist, wedding planner, stylist, and even something to go back to when you are looking for your dress so that the all important gown suits the surrounding of your wedding venue. Visually putting pictures of the things you like together will help you decide on important elements such as the colour scheme, the theme and the style for the day.
So, on that note, I wanted to share with you a mood board that we have done recently for a wedding where the bride wanted a chic garden party feel. This mood board that we created for her brings together all the elements that I think make a stunning garden wedding without looking too twee.
Look to your outside surroundings for inspiration and when choosing your flowers opt for seasonal blooms that can be displayed in a loose and natural way, mimicking the garden surroundings. Containers such as small urns or rustic vases are perfect for creating statement table arrangements and can be mirrored but on a grander scale on plinths in the garden or at the ceremony.
I love to include candle light in every wedding I do; I just love the ambience that it creates and especially in a garden setting I think it is a must. Varying sized hurricane lamps and storm lanterns are the perfect element to add to your garden wedding, introducing them to the surrounding landscape as much as possible while also incorporating them on your tables.
Use nature as much as you can as this is one of the easiest and most effective ways of styling your outdoor wedding. Hang tealights from trees, use potted olive trees with pea lights to create a walkway and use your surroundings as a source of colour inspirations. For this wedding I wanted to keep things soft and suggested using pale pinks, peach, white and cream so that the effect was striking but not overpowering to the environment.
Having any element of a wedding outside creates a magical factor that often you can’t simulate indoors and if it is possible to do then I think it is a beautiful element to add to your special day; whether you get married outside in the garden or have drinks in the garden or the wedding breakfast under the stars, it will be truly memorable part of the day for you and your guests.