Today is our first flower guide feature and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve made no secret of my love of all things floral and have even had a little training – something I wish I’d benefitted from before choosing my own wedding flowers. Hence the reason the Juno & Joy flower guide was created – to educate planning brides – in particular UK brides as to what is in season, can be grown locally…and also to inspire colour, texture and design. Today’s beautiful post comes courtesy of Joanne Truby Floral Design who is an exciting and innovative South East florist who’s passion for colour and composition is infectious….
From Joanne: I wanted to use a selection of flowers and foliage’s that are only in season during the winter (though quite a few flowers are available all year round like roses for example) and wanted to show case just some of the beautiful selection of flowers available during winter as I know that people tend to think that there is not as much choice or variety available during the winter months. This is true to some extent, however what is available should definitely not be overlooked.
For me the winter is all about texture and all the berries and foliage available (pussy willow being another favourite) and in terms of colour winter doesn’t necessarily have to mean white as colour can be injected by including beautiful Amaryllis – which is available in a variety of red and peach tones (I have used a peach shade within this bouquet). The viburnum berries I have used have a gorgeous metallic shine which almost tricks you into thinking they are not real – which they are of course!
…And there we have it – proof that winter weddings and winter blooms offer beauty in abundance…the sumptuous tones of the hellebore beside deep blue viburnum berries is heavenly. A big thank you to Joanne for putting this feature together for us – we can’t wait to see what she comes up with for spring!
Are you planning a winter wedding? And if so, which flowers are you planning on including in your floral scheme?
//Credits: Images and arrangement by Joanne Truby Floral Design
We’re excited to be publishing our first real wedding on Juno & Joy today and this one’s a rustic beauty. When the lovely Rosie Anderson sent over the images the first word that came to mind was “charming” – and quintessentially British at that! For me it perfectly captures everything we champion in a wedding; Sam and Tom have chosen classic design and style but with a modern edge – rustic simplicity is apparent throughout, offering oodles of country garden charm without being twee and chintzy and there’s personal details in abundance. Sam is the Juno & Joy bride personified – she looks breathtakingly beautiful yet comfortable and confidant in her attire – like the best possible version of herself. Have a good browse through – you’re sure to love this autumn wedding as much as we do…
From photographer Rosie Anderson: The venue was Tom’s uncle’s place – The Old Vicarage in the village of Upottery. As the name might suggest it was just a stones throw from the old village church. Sam looked adorable in her Collette Dinnigan dress and flower crown. The marquee was full of rustic décor and greenery.
Crikey it’s been a busy week and I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and kind words – we couldn’t have asked for a better launch. All your emails, tweets and Facebook love means so very much xXx
Right, confession time: I love words. Big time. I love how they sound and the sensation of forming them in my mouth, but most of all I love how they provoke reactions – that simple words, pieced together have the capacity to provoke laughter and joy, to move me to tears, to keep the peace, to enrage and inspire and comfort…and how in the moments in between words, in the silence of the breath or hiatus that sits in between speaks volumes too. I have so many favourites I think I am some kind of word tart…”lose lipped” you might say…
So when it comes to weddings I am all over the readings. If there’s an order of service, casting my eye over the choices that have been made are probably my first port of call – for me they set a tone and give insight into the couple, their joint personality – for despite the fact the bride might favour erotic thrillers and the groom has a penchant for time travel, the words at their wedding are the once chosen in unison. Special words, given to special people to read.
I know not everyone may feel this way. Perhaps for some, readings are an afterthought…worse still chosen by someone else in haste in order to have “something”. If that’s the case I implore you to think differently. To take you time to choose carefully. Rediscover a childhood favourite, think of the best soliloquy you’ve heard in film…make up your own rules and pen your make-up song for someone to quote, just don’t pick anything for the sake of having something…
…You own your wedding day – so fill up every single part of it with yourselves.
Um, this is actually a longer and more spirited introduction to our feature than first anticipated. I guess my confession should have read: Chatter box. Literary rambler.
Every-so-often we’ll be posting up excerpts from books, plays, films; poems and traditional readings; quotes, lyrics and sometimes general gobbled-goo in hope of inspiring your wedding day readings.
Here’s one from my own wedding. Chosen because I’ve read the book – maybe – eight times – first in school aged 16. Given it to countless people as gifts, performed it as a speech in an audition way back when and driven my husband mad by reciting it whenever he’s watched the film (I’ll only half watch the film as it bastardised the novel)…