It would have been hard not to miss the mark Jeff Leatham left on our shores when he visited Sydney to promote the exquisite and magnificent vases from Waterfords Fleurology range. Jeff Latham is florist extraordinaire, star of Foxtel's Flowers Uncut, and floral designer at the exclusive George V Hotel in Paris.
While he was in Sydney recently I had the opportunity to chat with Jeff, to get the floral forecast. He had one word for me. Pink. It seems this year will remain the year of the blushing bride, with all shades of pink adorning everything from the bridal bouquets to table décor and beyond.
As for how to arrange flowers for your wedding bouquet, the most popular styles are still cluster and loose posies, hand-tied with satin ribbon either coordinating with the wedding dress, the bridesmaids or the theme.
More and more brides are opting for the natural or "just picked" look and stylish florists are finding ways to add a touch of quirkiness by incorporating little extras to give the bouquet personal meaning (such as pinning a brooch or heirloom as the something old or borrowed); or finding original ways to tie the blooms to the theme - such as adding shells for beach weddings, holly sprigs for Christmas nuptials or sprigs and berries for country affairs.
Don't forget that flowers can be used beyond the expected bridal bouquet and table decorations. You can have petals scattered along the aisle as you enter, entwine them through your hair, make headbands for flowergirls, include them in wedding favours and of course use them in buttonholes and corsages to adorn the outfits of the groom, groomsmen, fathers, mothers and more.
But all trends aside, it doesn't matter what the magazines are saying and what celebrities are doing - if they're saying roses and tulips but you've loved proteas all your life then go with what you treasure and you won't go wrong.
A Little Leatham Inspiration...
When it comes to wedding flower decoration, take a little inspiration from the recent from the recent Waterford Fleurology launch, where Jeff created magic with more than 15,000 blooms at an elegant dinner (below)
Meanwhile back in Paris, Jeffs weekly creations (below) are ledgendary at the George V hotel in Paris. If you are planning a Parisian honeymoon I definitely recommend stopping in to the George V to check out Jeff's amazing floral creations with a little Champagne and Foie Gras!
I couldn't resist but to include this divine guest table Jeff created for a wedding! The mix of colours and hanging flowers are decoration perfection.
And finally another incredible Jeff Leatham masterpiece, a Coco Chanel themed wedding in Korea!!