As a wedding photographer I have seen some very beautiful wedding bouquets and boutonnieres, hugely varied types and styles, all matching each couple's day perfectly. I think being a florist would be a pretty cool job!
Wondering where the tradition of wedding flowers came from, I did some research. Google gave me varied results; from stories that wedding flowers likely began with the Greeks who wore floral headpieces, to the meaning of the flowers to be a gift from nature right through to stories that the flowers were held for their smell, a perfume as such! Regardless of the tradition I think flowers add personality & beauty to a wedding, complimenting all the other components of the day.
I remember putting a lot of thought into my wedding flowers. I ended up opting for flowers made from flax, because I used to suffer from hayfever and didn't want to be sneezing all day. It's an added bonus that I still have our flowers as a keepsake from our day!
Wedding flowers can end up being the visual element that ties your whole wedding theme together. Whether you go for big, bright florals or soft, pastel tones - your flowers will feature in a lot of your wedding photos.
And if you're not sure whether you really want to hold onto a bouquet all day, you could look at corsages, like the beautiful one Jayne wore on her wedding day.
Depending on the time of year you get married some flowers can be hard to source. But I've seen beautiful fresh bouquets dotted with artificial peony blossoms to get the look wanted when peonies just weren't in season. Fake flowers when done right are almost unrecognisably artificial!
Another thing we see a lot is the use of flowers throughout the day, not just bouquets and boutonnieres. Flower arrangements at the ceremony, table centrepieces, reception decorations and more.
I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest, but if there's one thing this platform is great for, it's getting plenty of inspiration! If you're looking for some inspiration for your big day, check out my Wedding Flowers Inspiration board on Pinterest.
And I cannot wait for all the beautiful wedding flowers I will get to photograph this summer!