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Today in part 2 of our interview with Deborah of Dartmoor Flowers, (you can read part 1 here), we’re looking at the beautiful bouquets Deborah created for Fiona and James’s wedding here in June 2015.

Of course it also helps to have a great photographer to capture the beauty of the flowers but that’s another post! Fiona and James engaged local photographer Nick Walker who took all these great photos of the wedding flowers.

Photography: www.nickwphotography.com

Photography: www.nickwphotography.com

Fiona’s bridal bouquet created by Deborah contained the flowers we talked about yesterday, pale pink peonies, cream and lilac stocks, blue cornflowers, ammi (lace flower), pale pink astilbe and in an echo of the wedding flower arch in the wedding barn, the hanging green amaranthus, all of which you can identify in the photos above.

These photos of Fiona and James show that Deborah perfectly created the feel that Fiona wanted – spring pastel colours, looking natural and hand-picked.

Photography: www.nickwphotography.com

Photography: www.nickwphotography.com

Deborah told me that the pinterest page she created for Fiona was a great help with an issue Fiona wasn’t sure about – whether to have ribbons on her bouquet.   Deborah pinned some ideas for how the ribbons might look.Dartmoor flowers 3

Fiona decided to have the ribbons for both her bouquet and her four bridesmaids’ bouquets and you can see here how they set off the flowers, adding to the feel of spring pastel colours and the just-picked, just-tied feel.  And just check out those peonies – jaw dropping…

Photography: www.nickwphotography.com

Photography: www.nickwphotography.com

A final tip from Deborah that I wanted to pass on, “The ceremony aisle jam jars were moved to the marquee tables to add to the table flowers.   The 5 large bouquets were placed in bark vases and used as centrepieces for the tables, those bouquets really earned their keep!”

It’s a great idea to re-use the bouquets during the wedding breakfast when the bouquets are not being carried.   You could either use the bouquets to add volume to existing centrepieces, perhaps on the top table if you’re having one.   Or you can use them as centre pieces in their own right as Fiona did.  Alternatively you can display them separately on the cake table, the bar, the guest book table or anywhere else as part of your decor.   I always provide additional vases so that the bouquets can have a drink during the wedding breakfast, it helps to preserve them after their long day’s work.

Some final words from Deborah about working with your chosen florist, “Choosing a florist is a very personal decision.   Fiona loved flowers and her wedding flowers were very important to her.   The ideas evolved over the months and she needed to share and discuss her ideas.  It’s important to develop a good relationship, almost friendship, with whoever you choose to design your wedding flowers for you.”

It’s been great to hear Deborah’s words of wisdom on this aspect of wedding decor which has such a major impact on the look and feel of your wedding. See our look book page here on the website for more ideas and inspiration for your wedding flowers here at Ever After.