Xanthe Ivory of Ivory Flowers writes a fantastic guest blog on what she perceives to be the next stunning step from the Vintage Flower trend.
This autumn and winter we are seeing a new trend in vintage inspired flowers. Like most wedding flower trends this started with a change in fashion trends in clothing and interiors which has seen reinvigorating chic looks from the 1940s, and the glamour from the Downton Abbey days of the 1920s/early 30s.
Stephen took some amazing photos at a recent photoshoot of our bouquets to capsulate this style which for this blog we’re terming ‘new vintage’. Gone are the pale tones of roses, peonies and ranunculus and in sweeps the dramatic autumn inspired colours of red dahlias and rose hips.
We always pride ourselves on our bouquets having a rustic feel with foliages and textures that look like they have been foraged. The white bouquet included white freesias for their lovely scent, asparagus fern which was frequently used a lot during the 1920's and variegated pittosporum for that foraged effect as this is often found in gardens. These were mixed with white wax flower and green amaranthus and tied with long trailing ribbons.
Red dahilas are very seasonal at the moment and are also often found in people’s gardens. The red rose hips also complemented the asparagus fern and pittosporum and they were all finished off by being tied up with string.
A lot of the bouquets in the 1920's to the 1940's were very large and also trailing. We’re starting to see a real trend back to this which complement the continuing trend of vintage inspired wedding dresses. The style and shape of this kind of bouquet suits such dresses perfectly.
We also used some old photos, vintage treacle tins and terracotta pots for the photoshoot. The props helped to evoke that ‘new’ vintage style which is all about being a bit more subtle about the look you’re trying to achieve. By collecting things yourself to showcase these beautiful flowers that will help to keep costs down, but only increase the effect they will have.
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