I found these pretty hair combs and circlets recently and have been enjoying their simple beauty. The delicacy of the honey and champagne tones make them perfect for weddings and the waxed flowers are just lovely to see as is the fine threading and wiring.
The flowers remind me of forget-me-knots, lily of the valley and paperwhites; the flowers of late spring.
They inspired me to see what I had squirreled away in the studio that might lend itself to being wired into a circlet and remembered my gum nuts and dried seed pods. I found some eucalyptus leaves and a length of vintage lace that once wired together made this atmospheric hair piece.
Finally after an early frost I decided to inject a little antique white to the palate. I love making one-off hair decorations particularly with fresh flowers and herbs yet sometimes the dried elements have a completely different atmosphere; sun bleached and frozen in time that is just as valid.
Liam and Mandy hoped for a very natural look to their flowers during the day and something a little more glamorous for the evening. The delicate simplicity of cosmos lent itself to this and I knew just the right local grower to source it from. A combination of this with astrantia, roses, senecio, cow parsley and eucalyptus fronds gave just the right balance for a relaxed look.
We discussed the possibility of mix matching vessels for the table decorations which meant I could pull out all my favourite props that I had collected over the years and it kept an air of informality whilst letting the flowers breathe.
For the evening we decided on a magenta pink colour scheme for the flowers. On every other table we suspended pompoms of these from white branches in pewter toned curvaceous vases.
Branches dripping with hanging orchids, glass beads and a carpet of candles in an array of lanterns and glass vessels gave a soft atmosphere to the party room.
The wish tree I made with glass beads and pearls.
Stunning photography courtesy of Alan and Jackie Rankine, www.rankinephotography.com