This is a purple themed wedding we did some while back. It was the wedding of Orla and Paul in Lahardane, Co. Mayo. Orlas bridesmaid's wore a purple dress and Orla wanted her overall theme to be very much in keeping with this purple and also to incorporate some hot pinks. She opted for a wild look as opposed to a neat and constructed design to her flowers throughout the church including the bridal party flowers.
|Purple Hydrangeas in Vintage Pales|
|Purple Hydrangea in vintage pales|
Orlas mother came to me a few weeks before the wedding and asked me if it was too late to order more flowers for the church. She stated that it was going to be a surprise for Orla and that she wasn't supposed to know about it at all until she would walk up the aisle. She continued to tell me how much they would love Purple Hydrangeas incorporated into the church decor and asked was it possible and how would we bring them into her arrangements. I suggested we use them on the pew ends and she agreed with the idea. She said that's exactly whats needed and Orla will absolutely love it. So I ordered in the Purple Hydrangeas and arranged them in vintage style pales with purple tulle and white straw, tied with a white tulle as shown in the pictures above.
|Podium Arrangements with Candles.|
The podium arrangements when lit create a lovely atmosphere in any church but especially a dark church. Lahardane is a lovely church but it can be quite dark inside so these podium arrangements were ideal to add to the atmosphere. Flowers used matching Orlas overall theme.
|Arrangement Underneath Altar|
|Both Underneath Altar and Altar Unity Arrangements|
|Altar Unity Arrangement|
The altar unity arrangement and underneath altar arrangement was made up of Green Trick Carnation, Liatris, Purple Lisianthus, Pink Carnation, Pink Spray Carnation, Picasso Calla lily, Hong Kong Iris, Pink Gerbera, Purple Trachelium, Large Aspidistra, Small Aspidistra, Phoenix Palm, Pink Alstromeria and Allium Gladiator. Orla wanted a wild theme throughout.
|Memorial Wreath with Candle Podiums in background|
The Memorial Wreath comprised of Pink Gerbera, Babys Breath, Purple Lisianthus, Green Trick Carnation, Leather Leaf Fern, Pink Chrysants, Pink Carnations, Pink Spray Carnations , Purple Veronica and Lilac Freesia. Behind the memorial wreath we can see our Candle Podiums.
|The Bridal Bouquet|
|The Bridal Bouquet|
|Mother of Bride Wrist Corsage|
Orla wanted the mothers to wear wrist corsages and wanted them to be in keeping with the theme. Above you can see a picture of the wrist corsages created using pearl bracelets, Lilac Freesia, Cadbury's Purple silk ribbon, Lilac Purple silk ribbon, Leather Leaf Fern and Hard Ruscus for greenery with wired pearls for embellishments.
The grooms buttonhole should always be a little bit special, afterall it is his special day too. We opted for quite a large headed Avalanche Rose with some Lilac Freesia and Hard Ruscus with no embellishments.
|Grooms man buttonhole|
Orla wanted the bridesmaids purple colour to show through on the grooms men buttonholes so we used an Avalanche Rose with some Purple Lisianthus to tie in the purple and Hard Ruscus to back it with. Again no embellishments.
The bridesmaids bouquet was also predominantly purple but with these we used green flowers to add to the wild look. Flowers used in these bouquets were Purple Trachelium, Purple Veronica, Lilac Freesia, Allium Gladiator, Hong Kong Iris, Green Hypericum Berries, and Green Tricks (the almost green grass like flower). The bouquets were tied with silk ribbon and secured with pearls using no embellishments.
|Flower girl Wand|
|Flower girl Wand|
Orla had three flower girls and opted for the wands. We used Avalanche Roses, Lilac Freesia, Purple feathers and Lilac silk ribbon. A wand is always enjoyed by the flower girls, they get to spend the day casting spells and pretending to be a fairy god mother.
|The Bouquets ready to go|