Angela who runs Petal and Twig, on of our TNWC recommended florists, sent me these photos of a winter bouquet she recently designed. Made completely from garden flowers and foliage it is cleverly constructed on a handmade moss pad with a handle of dogwood.
The bouquet itself contains hellebores, succulents, variegated Euonymous, variegated Box, ferns, Skimmia (both pink and green berried varieties), Mahonia Japonica flower sprays, Spirea, Magnolia twigs and buds, and ivy. I think it’s a really unusual and beautiful example of a winter wedding bouquet that celebrates the season.
Angela also created this posy of Paperwhite Narcissi (one of my favourite winter flowers) from the Channel Islands surrounded by two types of ivy. The green ivy leaves each wrap an individual stem of narcissi to protect their delicate heads and ensure they all face ‘up’. The bouquet is finished with a piece of antique cotton lace, a brown satin ribbon, and vintage pearls.
I am so pleased to be able to share with you these lovely examples of seasonal wedding flowers. If you like these, take a look at this pretty spring bouquet of white tulips and hyacinths or these spring arrangements in vintage teacups.
I’m attempting to stick with the wintry theme just a bit longer with regards to the wedding cake – oh how I long to start showing you all the pretty flower covered cakes I’ve got saved up, but I don’t want to overlook the winter. Besides this cake is a beauty with its crown of fragrant rosemary sprigs and piles of frosted cranberries at its centre.
It would look equally at home for a winter party as a winter wedding, so perhaps it might be an idea for next year’s Christmas cake decoration? I love how the cranberries in the middle look like they are sprinkled with snow. The idea could also be transferred to different seasons, simply by changing the cranberries to some summer fruit berries for a summery cake.
Isn’t this cake heavenly! Perhaps it’s not ‘wedding-y’ enough, but maybe it’s nice to have some parts of your wedding that’s aren’t overly wedding-like.
I love how the cake is encased in those beautiful gold leaves, sprinkled on top with tiny edible turquoise crystals, and finally topped off with a striking gold twig. What more is there to say than I love it! It would make a show stopping wedding cake for an autumn or winter wedding.
‘Naked’ wedding cakes – i.e. those that don’t have any external icing and that reveal their inner sponge and fillings – are becoming quite popular, perhaps even trendy for 2013. I thought that a ‘naked’ wedding cake would be great for a winter wedding as you don’t need to worry about what to decorate it with at this flowerless time of year.
This four tiered ‘naked’ wedding cake is topped with a rather frilly vintage cake topper which complements the simplicity of the cake itself. Go on, and embrace the naked wedding cake! Just don’t tell your granny, she might be rather shocked by the idea…
Continuing with inspiration for a winter wedding cake, I thought this rather elegant cake would be fitting for a winter wedding. Now usually I love the rough, not-too-perfect icing, but here I really like the smooth sides of this two tier cake. I like that the gold tier is taller than the smaller white top tier, and finished off with a sprig of black berries tied with a gold ribbon it is just so sophisticated in a natural kind of way.
There are some ideas I see that get me really inspired, ideas that I think I’ll hang on to and maybe try and recreate one day in my own life. This simple collection of artfully arranged ferns and flickering candles for winter wedding reception tables is one such idea that I think I’d like to steal and do one year at Christmas.
Sometimes with weddings it’s all too easy to get swept up into thinking we need to do and create loads to make them look beautiful – but this idea shows that with a few simple ingredients – ferns and an assortment of candles – you can make something stunning.
Do you ever find yourself getting past Christmas and suddenly deciding that spring must be on the way? As someone who loves celebrating the seasons I’m guilty of assuming that the new year means a new season, and one where winter melts away quickly and we are suddenly overwhelmed by green shoots and pretty flowers.
So in holding myself back from already switching over to sharing lots of flower laden wedding cakes, I’m sticking the whole seasonal it’s-still-winter thing and celebrating with this simply iced cake with pine cone decoration. For this winter wedding cake I like the added touch of the icing sugar sprinkled on top to make the pine cones appear dusted with snow.