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Timeless Flowers for Summer Weddings

In these modern times of flux and change, couples planning the big day often express a desire to hark back to the past. For many people a wedding embodies traditional values, timeless truths and endless love. On such occasions, the consideration of flowers is key to creating a traditional day. Such blooms not only need to look beautiful, but also to carry a sense of history and significance. In this article we explore traditional flower choices for summer weddings – including their meaning, their varieties and other flowers that make their perfect partners.

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Roses

Roses are steeped in history and have long been loved around the world. The ancient Greeks associated roses with love and passion and for the Victorians they were an integral feature of their complex language of flowers. These blooms are by far the most popular to feature in wedding bouquets and decorations and it’s not hard to see why. All roses signify love, joy and beauty but different colours and numbers also have their own special meanings. While red symbolise passion and pink romance, white and ivory are ideal for traditional weddings as they represent innocence and fidelity.

Roses are perfectly suited to round shaped bouquets, and can feature in neat and symmetrical or cascading arrangements. Embellishments such as feathers or pearls enhance the delicate beauty of these flowers, and they are also ideally featured with full blooms like peonies and hydrangeas. For a harmonious wedding flower look, roses work wonderfully as corsages and buttonholes. These can reflect the bride’s bouquet in colour and additional foliage.

Lilies

The lily is a beautiful, voluptuous flower that represents purity and femininity. The white lily is also a symbol for motherhood according to ancient Greek myth due to its association with the goddess Hera, so could be considered an auspicious sign to feature at a wedding. White lilies are classic blooms to play a part in wedding bouquets and decorations and work well with pastel shades of flowers like peonies and roses. Bright pink or yellow varieties take on the meaning of the colours of joy, happiness and love while orange or red varieties add a contemporary twist.

Calla lilies provide a more modern option but have nonetheless long been popular at weddings. These tropical blooms are native to South Africa and are in fact not true lilies but are members of the Araceae family, just like caladiums and philodendrons. The calla lily’s name comes from the Greek word for beauty, but it’s aptness for a wedding flower goes beyond this. The flower has been associated with faith, purity and marital bliss since Victorian times – it is also the traditional flower for the sixth wedding anniversary.

These wedding flowers are lightly fragranced and available in spring and summer. They’re available in many shades including bright yellow, deep red, peach, pale pink and of course white. Calla lilies make elegant wedding bouquets on their own and are also beautiful paired with roses or orchids in contrasting colours.

Hydrangeas

With a name sprung from ancient Greek that means ‘water bearer’, these bountiful flowers epitomise grace and beauty. The blue variety, fitting considering their name, are the most popular, but these flowers bloom in many different shades. Bright pinks and purples symbolise love and riches, pale greens are serene and make beautiful companions to pastel flowers in bouquets, while white and pale pink flowers are ideal for a more classic look.

With their full shape, hydrangeas are ideal for wedding table decorations as well as bouquets. Featured on their own, they create a fairy tale display that evokes tradition and beauty. They are also ideal as part of more complex arrangements. Create a timeless summer look with green hydrangeas and peach flowers like roses, or a bolder vision with purple and blue varieties.

Carnations

Long a popular flower in wedding arrangements, the versatile carnation is having a comeback and can often be seen playing the starring role in wedding bouquets and displays. This frilled and delicate bloom is native to the Mediterranean and carries a subtle fragrance. Originally only a pink flower, it’s now been developed in shades of white, yellow, red, purple and green. Different colours carry different meaning: red carnations represent love and devotion, while white varieties symbolise pure love and luck.

This timeless flower can be reimagined in the modern age and really comes into it’s own with its versatility. Long strands of ivory carnations make the perfect backdrop to vows, while hot pink flowers can decorated wedding cakes or feature in full wedding bouquets featuring bright hued ranunculus and hydrangeas. A posy of white carnations embodies elegance just as well as more expensive favourites like roses or lilies, and yet still carries that timeless beauty that brides desire.

Lavender and Herbs

Surprising as it may seem, the original wedding flowers dating back as far as Roman times were fragrant herbs. Their scent was said to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck and fortune to the newlyweds. Lavender is a favourite flower for wedding bouquets – especially those with a Scottish theme and tradition to express – and their beautiful colour and mellow scent make them affordable and classic choices. They are valued for their association with calmness, serenity and grace and are ideal for outdoor summer weddings. Sprigs of lavender work well for buttonholes and place settings when tied with twine or ribbons to napkins.
A herb bouquet is ideal for the couple yearning for pastimes of folklore and nature; a perfect accompaniment to weddings with a rustic setting and theme. Foliage, heather, succulents and even vegetables like artichokes and kale can raise a herb arrangement to something truly sensational while still fulfilling the timeless style. Flowers can be added for texture and beauty: such as a white rose and rosemary arrangement, peonies with sage or wildflowers featuring chamomile daisies. Spices like cinnamon sticks and cloves will create an even fuller scent sensation.

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