Winter Weddings…through the eyes of a florist!

Guest Blog by Willow and Bear Floral Design

Planning a wedding at any time of year should be a fabulously exciting and enjoyable experience.  Your wedding flowers are integral to the look, feel and styling of your day, evoking romance, beauty and nostalgia through the style, colour and scents from the floral ingredients that are selected for your designs. Deciding on the colour palette and seasonality will provide a key focus to your floral designs, and as each couple is wonderfully unique, this should be reflected in the floral designs that you enjoy on your special day.

The aim of Willow and Bear Floral Design is to create designs that surpass your expectations, reflecting your style to wow you and your guest. Our aim is to leave you and your guests absolutely stunned with your wedding flowers, creating wonderful floral memories to last a lifetime.

Holding a wedding in the winter months is becoming increasingly popular for couples who are looking to add in an extra cosy and romantic feel to their wonderful day of celebration.

A winter wedding offers the opportunity to add in a wonderful array of seasonal ingredients that link the outside of the venue to the warmth of the venue inside, creating wonderfully romantic floral displays. Whether an intimate wedding or an extravagant celebration, the chance to work on a beautifully unique wedding floral design, adding in lots of textures and scents is an absolute delight.

Choosing the right Florist for you
Creating floral designs in the winter can push a floral designer’s creativity to the limit. So, ensure that you are confident that your florist can deliver your floral vision within your budget. Make sure that from the outset you build a positive relationship by sharing ideas and thoughts with regular updates. I often hear couples say that they do not know what they want, or they do not know much about flowers, that is where the skill of your florist plays in to offer you suggestions and design ideas to uncover your floral taste and design wishes. It is essential that you work with a florist who understands your chosen colour palette and who will apply seasonality into your floral designs.
From your initial vision, throughout the whole design process and during the instillation on your wedding day, your florist should advise you on the best seasonally available ingredients taking care of every detail. Each wedding is unique, as is each venue, so the role of your florist is to uncover which floral choices suit you best and reflect your personality, whether this is soft and floaty or flowers with the wow factor.

Thicket Priory’s Pinterest page is a great place to find inspiration!

The results of achieving the perfect floral relationship are incredible. The opportunity for me to be able to create designs that reflect both the couple and the season to evoke floral memories is an absolute delight and a responsibility that I hold dear.

Choosing the Flowers
For Willow and Bear it is also important to choose designs using British flowers that have zero or limited impact on the environment. I believe in the principles of eco-floristry, considering the environment whenever I can and either supplying flowers from our cutting garden or from a selection of locally approved and trusted growers. By choosing British flowers you receive the freshest of seasonal ingredients, with a much wider selection of flower and foliage varieties, that offer the extra special details that your wedding and a venue as stunning as Thicket Priory deserves.

Traditionally a winter wedding conjures up thoughts of floral arrangements with bright red berries, rich glossy holly, and deep dark red colour choices. That colour palette can look absolutely beautiful, but it is not the only option that is available during the winter. The month that your wedding is being held and the weather prior to the event will have an impact on the availability of seasonal ingredients so this should be kept in mind.

During the winter months there continues to be an abundance of wonderful British foliage which that can add in the colour and textures that you are looking for. Fresh foliage such as Eucalyptus, Senecio, Viburnum, Ivy, Ferns, Spruce and a selection of fresh herbs offer you the silvery tones, gorgeous textures and scents that I used in the winter wedding featured here. Beautiful flowers such as Ammi, Tulips, Roses, Hellebores, Narcissi and Hyacinth deliver the flowery elegance and the floral scent that your floral ingredients should deliver. And finally, dried seed heads, branches and preserved flowers offer the architectural detail to create a distinctive floral statement and a show stopping design to provide the perfect floral backdrop for your photographs.

Photography Backdrops
Every wedding venue has unique features and areas for flower arrangements. Each ceremony will have different styles from floral arches, meadow aisles and free-standing floral arrangements. Each wedding is unique, so it is imperative that I work with each couple your venue style, colour schemes and budgets.
I hazard a guess that you are considering Thicket Priory for your wedding venue because of the stunning house with its abundance of cosy rooms and grandiose spaces, for the gloriously distinctive decorative interior design, the impressive history of the building and the beautifully landscaped grounds of this wonderful venue in North Yorkshire.

The venue without a doubt offers an incredible array of amazing backdrops, so much so you may be spoilt for choice. Adding the icing on the cake if you will, are the floral designs that bring your personality, your style tastes and the seasonal difference into your day accentuating the glorious venue.

For a winter wedding, it is essential that every consideration is paid to ensuring that your photographer can capture some magical moments from you or venue without the need to trudge through the rain or mud to capture the perfect image.
When designing instillations at Thicket Priory there were 3 locations that stood out to me as offering the perfect photography backdrop.

The stunning staircase is central to the whole venue and offers gorgeous photo opportunities from many angles.

The doorway at Thicket has incredible stonework that will make your floral designs stand out perfectly. By focussing the floral design at the outside of the property it enables the photographer to capture the doorway and the row of stunning chandeliers that flow along the hallway. This image conjures up a romantic vision of the bride entering a new chapter into married life through the doorway.

The next area I love to style was the fireplace within Grand Hall. The fireplace selected is the smaller of the two available but I absolutely loved its shape and the reflection of the chandeliers and the majestic ceiling décor in the mirror. With the grey of the celeing it also blended all of the components of the chosen this colour palette perfectly. As an area where the majority of the wedding will be held I would say that the creating the perfect backdrop in the hall is a must to create a real shop stopper.

The white and silver wedding colour palette is the colour choice of 2021 and beyond. But if that’s not your favoured styling option, then there are many other styling choices that you could choose from.
Some couples with weddings at the start of winter can capture the end of the autumnal colour to add warmth and seasonal tone to their floral designs.

(Ref: F&B wedding. Florals by Willow and Bear Floral Design. Pictures by Alice Little – alittlepicture.com)

Finally, a further way to add in layers of texture and interest is to create everlasting designs during the winter months is by using beautiful British dried flowers and foliage, to create a bridal bouquet that can be enjoyed after the wedding is over in your home for many years to come.

(Ref: S&J wedding. Florals by Willow and Bear Floral Design. Pictures by Lilly North Photography – lillynorth.com)

Winter White Wedding.
Floral design & styling – Willow and Bear Floral Design – willowandbearfloraldesign.com
Photography – Dani Louise Photography – danilouisephotography.com
Dress – Elise Designs – elisedesigns.co.uk
MUA – Sonia Schofield – soniaschofieldmakeup.com
Venue – Thicket Priory – Thicketpriory.co.uk