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Getting married in a Castle has long been a dream for many brides.
We at Lamber de Bie Flowers are delighted to help this dream to come trough for many brides over the past ten years. With two flower shops in Waterford, close to Waterford Castle we arethe choice florist for many brides getting married in Waterford Castle, a magnificent castle on it’s own island in the river Suir in Waterford, Ireland.
These photos are from the wedding from a beautiful bride that decided to have her wedding in Waterford Castle and as so many brides getting married in the Castle, chooses Lamber de Bie Flowers to look after the flowers for her big day.
We looked after the flowers for the bride and brides maidsbouquet, both contained a selection of pink, purple and lilac flowers such as the Blue Curiosa rose, pink ranuncules, blue hyacinths and lilac Sweat Pea. It’s somewhere between Spring and Summer. The Anemone and Ranunculus tell me it’s still kind of Spring and the Sweat Pea and Veronica are reaching out to the Summer.
The Groom and the Best Man wore buttonholes of lilac Sweat Pea flowers. In the beautiful Crook Church in Passage East, Co. Waterford we used lilac Calla Lilies, Hydrangeas and a selection of flowers in pinks and purple.
Back at the castle after crossing the river by the castle’s own ferry the guests were welcomed by music by a sting quartet at the entrance of the Castle decorated with urns filled with pink and lilac flowers while the sun was shining across the island of Waterford castle.
For the wedding dinner in the castle we used locally producedhandmade candles in different tones of pinks and a selection offresh flowers in pinks, purples and lilac.
Royal weddings have been the inspiration for many brides-to-be when it comes to planning their own wedding. wether it is the dress, the flowers, the cake or any other detail of the last big wedding.
I am looking at some of the biggest royal weddings in europe and what they did with their flowers.
As a Dutch Master Florist, with great love for our Dutch Royals living and running 3 Flower shops in Ireland, where we do not have our own Royals but more or less adopted the british Royals, I have put together a chronological list of royal weddings focussing mostly on the Dutch and British Royals.
Queen Victoria. She married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in 1840.
As for her bouquet, Queen Victoria carried a small posy made up solely of snowdrops (Prince Albert’s favorite flower). In reference to bridal bouquets, there is a royal wedding tradition of brides including a sprig of myrtle in their bouquets. This bush was grown from a cutting brought from Coburg by Prince Albert. Sprigs have been included in the bouquets of all royal brides since the 1850s.
The 19th century bride even decorated her gown with this symbol of fertility. But it was Queen Victoria who created the vogue for the sweet smelling blossoms when she wore them in a grand wreath for her 1840 wedding, and the classic floral theme for the Victorian bride was set. The very influential etiquette journals of the 19th century dictated that every bride include the blossoms in her wedding. This was so opulently obeyed, that by the 1870s, one of the powerful arbiters of good taste in England, John Cordy Jefferson, was begging for a change from the all-white headdresses, stating ” ‘not one lovely girl in a thousand could wear without disadvantage the solely yellow-white orange-flowers’ “, according to Ann Monsarrat. And it seems that “he also found the connection between orange blossoms and fertility extremely distasteful”. Those Victorians!
When real orange blossoms were in short supply or in northern climates where citrus fruits did not flourish, wax replicas were used instead. However, reports in society newspapers of some extravagant Victorian weddings would specify “real orange blossoms” were used and the effusive accounts of the nuptials told of lush scents wafting through the air! These exquisite folkloric flowers, either genuine fresh blossoms or wax replicas, continued to be used to “fulfill the demands of tradition” well into the 1950s. The wax reproductions so prized during the Victorian era have become extremely precious today. Whether it is an entire vintage wax flower wreath that has been restored to wear again or some individual flowers saved to nestle into a newly made headpiece, these harming wax replica orange blossoms are being treasured again, and being used for their uniqueness, beauty and sentiment.
In August 1935, Lady Alice became engaged to Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, the third son of King George V. They were married in a private ceremony, in the Private Chapel, Buckingham Palace, on 6 November of that year. A much more elaborate wedding was originally planned for Westminster Abbey; but after Lady Alice’s father died of cancer on 19 October 1935, and in consideration of the King’s own failing health, it was decided that the wedding should be scaled down to a more private setting. Her bridemaids were her sister the Lady Angela Scott, her nieces, the Lady Elizabeth Scott, Miss Clare Phipps, Miss Anne Hawkins, her husband’s nieces Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose of York, her cousin Miss Moyra Scott and her husband’s cousin the Lady Mary Cambridge.
She wore a large traditional “Crescent” bridal bouquet of mainly english garden roses.
On April 18, 1956 Grace Kelly and Rainier had both civil and religious weddings. The 40-minute civil ceremony took place in the Palace Throne Room of Monaco , and was broadcast across Europe. The following day the church ceremony took place at Monaco’s Saint Nicholas Cathedral. Kelly’s wedding dress, designed by MGM’s Academy Award–winning Helen Rose, was worked on for six weeks by three dozen seamstresses. The ceremony was watched by an estimated 30 million people on television.
Grace’s bridal bouquet was of lily-of-the-valley, and the ribbons of her bouquet had small sprigs attached to them. She left the bouquet on the altar of the Chapel of St. Dévote after the wedding.
Grace Kelly’s “Juliet cap” headpiece was decorated with orange blossoms.
Grace’s matrons of honor carried bouquets of tea roses, and the flower girls carried white daisies.
On the 10th of March Crown Princess Beatrix marriages Claus von Amsberg, First in a civic ceremony and later that day in a religious ceremony in Amsterdam.
The balcony of the Palace in Amsterdam was decorated with white tulips.
The bridal bouquet for Queen Beatrix, than princess Beatrix, was made from the pure white, stunning Eucharis flowers and white Lily if the valley flowers.
The Eucharis flower is a stunning pure white flower that at times looks like a perfect open single daffodil flower. It is however part if the Amaryllus family and is available in the spring.
On 4 July 1973, Camilla married Andrew Parker Bowles, at the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, London. Camilla wore a bouquet of large open “Longi” lilies and Stephanotis flowers (also called the brides flower).
On 29 July 1981 Twenty-year-old Diana became The Princess of Wales when she married Charles at St Paul’s Cathedral, which offered more seating than Westminster Abbey, generally used for royal nuptials. It was widely billed as a “fairytale wedding,” watched by a global television audience of 750 million while 600,000 people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of Diana en route to the ceremony. At the altar Diana accidentally reversed the order of Charles’s first two names, saying Philip Charles Arthur George instead. She did not say that she would “obey” him; that traditional vow was left out at the couple’s request, which caused some comment at the time. Diana wore a dress valued at £9000 with a 25-foot (8-metre) train. The couple’s wedding cake was created by Belgian pastry chef S. G. Sender, who was known as the “cakemaker to the kings.”
Diana wore a large cascading wedding bouquet of white roses white scented stephanotis flowers. The wedding bouquet that Diana, Princess of Wales carried for her wedding in 1981 was made by Longmans Florists, who also designed and made the bouquet for the Queen when she married in 1947. The bouquet was a gift from the Worshipful Company of Gardeners.
The bouquet, 42″ long and 15″ wide, was of a cascading shower design similar to those from Edwardian times. It set a trend for wedding bouquets which up to that point at been comparably small. The designers of her wedding dress, David and Elizabeth Emanuel wanted Diana to have a large bouquet, as a small one would have obviously been dwarfed by the size of her dress. The flowers that comprised the bouquet were:
Gardenias, Stephanotis, Freesia, Odontoglossum Orchid (Royal Wedding), Lily of the Valley, Earl Mountbatten Roses, Hedera (Ivy), Tradescantia, Myrtle and Veronica (Hebe)
It’s worth noting that it is a royal wedding tradition for a sprig of myrtle, from the bush grown from the original myrtle in Queen Victoria’s wedding bouquet, to be included. The Earl of Mountbatten roses were a tribute to Prince Charles’ “Uncle Dickie” Lord Louis Mountbatten, who had died in 1979. The yellow color of the rose incidentally inspired the bridesmaid dresses.
Three bouquets were made, one for the practice the night before the wedding, the second was delivered to St. James’ Palace. The third was taken to Buckingham Palace on the day of the wedding and used for the formal photographs. As per royal wedding tradition, at least one of them would have been placed after the wedding on the tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey.
According to the press release for the wedding bouquet: ‘It is well balanced,and although heavier than most carried nowadays the distribution should not be too tiresome for the Bride.’
Whatever the weight, lets hope there was no bouquet toss; she could have seriously injured someone in the process!
On 17 March 1986, Prince Andrew, Duke of York (the second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and fourth in line to the throne) and Sarah Ferguson announced their engagement, having met at a party at Windsor Castle the previous year.
After securing the Queen’s permission (which is required by British law for children of the monarch) Andrew and Sarah were married in Westminster Abbey on 23 July 1986.
In her arms, Sarah carried a crescent-shaped bouquet created from gardenias, cream lilies, yellow roses, lilies of the valley and a sprig of myrtle – traditional in all British royal wedding bouquets.
Dutch Crown Prince Willem Alexander marries Maxima from Buenos Aires (Argentinië) on 2nd of Feb. 2002.
After the wedding ceremony Prins Willem-Alexander and Prinses Máxima tour trough Amsterdam in the golden Carriage.
This carriage was also used in 1966 for the wedding of the current queen of The Netherlands, than, Princess Beatrix en Prince Claus, in 1937 for the wedding of Beatrix’s mother than Prinses Juliana en Prins Bernhard and in 1901 for the marriage of queen Wilhelmina and Prins Hendrik.
Maxima choose a compact bouquet with a slight teardrop shape with the magnificently scented Gardenia flowers, pure white roses and Lily of the Valley flowers for her wedding bouquet.
The balcony was decorated with large white lilies, white roses, green Viburnum flowers and white gypsophylla flowers.
On April 9 2005 Camilla Parker Bowles wed Prince Charles. Williams father. As this was a second marriage for both of them it was kept low key and Camilla wore a silver silk wedding gown, teamed with a stunning hat created by milliner Philip Treacy.
Her bouquet consisted of yellow, purple and white primroses with traditional lily of the valley flowers and myrtle foliage. Like many Royal weddings, her bouquet contained flowers mostly taken from Queen Victorias garden on the Isle of Wight.
On 6 May 2006 Laura Parker Bowles, daughter of Camilla Parker Bowles, married Harry Marcus George Lopes (former Calvin Klein Model), born 7 October 1977, son of the Hon. George Edward Lopes and his wife, the Hon. Sarah Violet Astor. Lopes is also a grandson of the 2nd Baron Roborough and the 2nd Baron Astor of Hever. The wedding took place in St. Cyriac’s Anglican Church, Lacock, Wiltshire. Laura wore a diamond tiara on her wedding day that belongs to her mother’s family. Some 400 guests attended the wedding, including Kate Middleton, the fiancée of stepbrother Prince William.
She had a very simple choice of flowers for her bouquet, all one type of flower, and her choice was Lily of the Valley… and lots of it. Laura’s bouquet was in a cascade shape, and surely was the result of some floral designer going home with terribly aching fingers and hands. Each spring of L O V has to be individually wired and taped, and with meticulous care, for their stems are very fragile. I would think that a team of designers and floral shop employees teamed up for the wiring and taping of all these tiny stems, probably to be brought together into one bouquet just hours before the ceremony. Lily of the Valley, not only fragrant, delicate and pretty, is also difficult to keep fresh once the smaller shoots are cut from the main stem or “pip”. At any rate Laura’s bouquet is a lovely one, and well worth the intense labor and technique involved.
Three florists, including Simon Lycett (who did Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla‘s wedding) are preparing flowers for the grand event. Among the stems: gardenias, lily of the valley, delphinium and roses all grown in Britain. “It will be white and very scented, along the lines of an English garden.
White flowers are the most popular choice for wedding flowers.
Using White Wedding Bouquets it’s a perfect ideas if you planning having a white wedding. There is nothing lovelier than an all white wedding and their cherished by brides for generations. White wedding bouquets provides elegance for both simple ceremonies and formal affairs. There’s no doubt about it, the all white bridal bouquet is coming back into style.
Almost any flower that you could ever want is available in white. That mean, you will have a world of choices when designing your white wedding flowers bouquet. White flowers come in different shades, there are paper white, cream and ivory and have distinct elegance and formality. A classic white bouquet works well in all seasons and can make a casual wedding graceful and refined.When choosing White Wedding Bouquets, however, it is important to consider the shade of white of the bride’s dress and if you want it to match or contrast with your gown or bridal accessories. White wedding flowers have different hues, so do wedding gowns, and taking a swatch of fabric along to the florist will insure a complimentary combination.
Though fragile, this late spring flower representing eternal love and passion and provides a simple, elegant appearance to bouquets and centerpieces.
Spring brides will have wonderful choices for their White Wedding Bouquets. If your style is simple and clean, then white tulips can makes the perfect bouquet for you to carry. Finish it off with an extra wide satin ribbon bow on the stems. You can use a white bow, or add a splash of color by choosing a ribbon in a different color.
Available in late spring and early summer, this delicate bloom means lasting pleasure and is a favorite for bouquet accents and filler.
Lily of the Valley
These tiny flowers with their classic bell shape and symbolic meaning of unity and happiness are a favorite choice for weddings. They are available throughout spring and summer.
If you like an old fashioned bouquet, consider white flowers like sweet pea or lily of valley. These will make delicate bouquets with lots of great texture. These smallish white flowers combine beautifully with other round blossoms, such as roses and peonies.
Available in late spring and summer, these large blooms suggest bashfulness and a happy marriage, and are a frequent choice for bouquets and corsages.
By far the most popular wedding flower, the rose symbolizes love, purity, joy, and beauty. It is available all year and is suitable for any arrangement.
Speaking of peonies, nothing could be more feminine and lovely than a big round bouquet featuring these classic beauties. A peach or pale pink grosgrain ribbon would be the ideal accent around the stems. If you like the look of big, open flowers, also consider roses.
White wedding flower are appropriate for different types of bouquets, including classic cascades, nosegays, and hand-tied bundles. White Wedding Bouquets have one consideration that colored bouquets do not. If not chosen carefully, the details and elegance of a white bouquet can be lost in the white of the bride’s gown. A bouquet made up of white flowers with different shapes will sometimes look more dimensional than one packed with one type of flower.More flower choice for White Wedding Bouquets is: calla lily, anemones, orchid, white tiger lily, gladiolus, gardenia, stephanotis, freesia and hydrangea.
White signifies purity, innocence, humility and a new beginning, it also depicts faith and is associated with light and is considered the color of perfection. With so many choices, you can create a unique and beautiful bouquet for your wedding without adding any color. The all White Wedding Bouquets are a classic choice, and it is a wonderful way to enhance the beauty of your wedding gown, without using any color that could be distracting. After all, you want your bouquet to be a special part of your bridal ensemble, but the center of attention should always be yourself.
All of the photos of the white bridal flowers and white wedding flowers are a selection of recent work by the wedding flower experts from Lamber de Bie Flowers. Look at more wedding flowers by clicking on the picture below.
Your wedding day really is one of the most important days of your life. Making everything perfect for this day is a daunting task. Finding the correct venue, selecting the perfect wedding dress, picking the most beautiful invitations, and choosing wedding flowers, are just some of the things you have to contend with.
Let’s see if we can’t make these tasks simpler. Today we will go over everything involved in getting the right flowers for your wedding. Finding the perfect flowers starts long before your wedding day. Here are some things you should consider beforehand.
What colors are you using in the wedding? This is a very important factor affecting the whole wedding. Flowers are available in almost every color these days. You wouldn’t want to fall in love with a certain flower and then find that it doesn’t work with your color scheme at all.
Decide if you want sophisticated or simple flowers. Roses are the flower of choice for traditional wedding services. If you want something different, a little more modern, go with orchids or tulips.
The budget is a big consideration when choosing wedding flowers. Flowers such as carnations are less expensive than roses, and roses cost less than orchids. Know your budget before going to the florist to pick the flowers. If your flower budget is small, you re better of with a few large displays than a lot of small ones. For the venue you can place one very large floral display in the centre of the room that can be admired by everyone, and decorate the individual tables with just some rose petals in the colour of your wedding and some tea-lights.
How many people in your wedding party need flowers? Make sure you know the number of attendants before getting flowers for your wedding. Your wedding bouquet is the most important. Some brides have one bouquet that they keep and another to throw at the reception, so decide if this is something you wish to do. All of the bridesmaids need flowers, as does the maid of honor. The flower girl if you have one and the Mother of the bride will need flowers. You’ll also want boutonnières for the groom and his attendants.
Another thing to remember when choosing wedding flowers is decorating the church and reception hall. Some places flowers are used in the church are at the altar, on the end of pews, and the front door. If you want to go all out, throwing rose petals along the isle is nice. For the reception hall, you’ll need centerpieces for each table, a larger centerpiece for the bride and grooms table, and flowers around the wedding cake. Remember to take the colors used on your wedding cake into account when picking flowers. You wouldn’t want anything to clash.
As you can see, there are quite a few things to consider when choosing wedding flowers. You want the wedding to be beautiful, and picking the perfect flowers will go a long way in achieving this goal. A little organization and planning is all it takes to have the perfect wedding.
If you like to see some more ideas go to the wedding section on our website by clicking on the picture below.
Watching the Oscars 2011 live it stands out that Feathers are still big this year and this will deffo follow in wedding fashion for the forthcoming year.
Silver, Black and Lilac/Purple are in this year and for the jewels we saw lots of large single stones such as emeralds.
Halle Berry, wearing her wonderful stunning vintage style dress could be the next ultimate wedding dress.
And for the grooms and Best Men to-Be, the best dressed guys at tonight’s Oscars were wearing top class suits with black ties and silver or shiny black shirts; The shirt has become what the shoes were before, Shiny black tie on a well taylored black shirt or a shiny white silk tie (either traditional, skinny tie or a white silk dickie-bow) on a stunningly, understated white shirt – this doesn’t mean you guys can forget about your shoes.
Some of the best dressed guests at any wedding this year can be proud of being compared to the ever fantastic looking Helen Mirren in her stunning under stated silver / gray dress or Oprah who wore a magnificent black top with a silver / gray skirt, still showing some glitter, but after all if you are Oprah you can still do a bit of sparkling bling – even in 2011.
And, did you see the new add of Miss Dior with Natalie Portman showing a large bouquet of large, open champagne roses in a vase – It’s Vintage !!!! All the way.
Spending almost every sunday in January & February at wedding fairs in different hotels in the South-East in Ireland may result in aching feet and a sore throat, but it certainly is a fantastic way of getting up to speed with current wedding trends, as Lamber de Bie (Lamber de Bie Flowers) found out.
The main season for all the wedding fairs in the South-East of Ireland is always in the first two months of the year. Lamber and his team are attending wedding fairs in both Waterford and Kilkenny almost every Sunday during this time. Some of the hotels that Lamber de Bie Flowers were attending are; The Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny, Waterford Castle Hotel, Waterford, Langtons Hotel, Kilkenny, Woodlands Hotel, Waterford, Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny, The Step House Hotel, Borris, Co. Carlow, The Lord Bagenal, Loughlinbridge, Co. Carlow, and many more. At the many wedding shows the wedding suppliers showcase everything that is current and ‘Must Have’ for prospective brides to be. Including an incredible selection of wedding dresses. Indeed the focus of the majority of the brides was the bridal fashion shows, which provided an ideal opportunity to have a sneak preview of what’s in fashion. Big skirts are very much ‘in’ but bodices remain fitted, and in the majority of cases, strapless. There is less intricate beading and glitz about. This seems to have been replaced instead by trails and fabric embellishments.
And as for colour and styles, well vintage is without doubt the buzz word for weddings this year.
So what sums up a vintage themed wedding? Colour-wise: cream, ivory (never white) and all shades of pinks from pale to dusky with a splash of cerise. Green is also popular, particularly olive green and the soft grey/green of eucalyptus. Overall the look could be described as cottage garden, very flowery, natural and pretty.
Reception designs seem to fall into two groups, quirky or elegant. For quirky it’s ceramic jugs and pitchers, individual glass vases, bone china cups and saucers. A sort of mix and match, church hall/ marquee on the village green type of feel. On the elegant front, brides at the show loved the tall glass martini vases, filled with water and roses petals (in vintage pink of course). Storm lanterns and decorate birdcages also seemed to tick a lot of the boxes with many brides who were looking for a variety of designs for the reception, rather than repeating the same one all the way trough.
A contrast from the vintage muted shades is purple, a colour witch looks to be big over the next couple of years. A top table of trailing amaranthus and purple vanda orchids was one of the most popular items on display. – one bride even took her bridesmaids shoes out of the box so she could match them up (they went perfectly).
So to sum up the wedding look for 2011/12 – well, it’s very flowery, which is great for florists, with lots of pastel shades and natural greens accented with splashes of purple.
Flower-wise, roses are going to be even bigger this year, in particular the more (and it’s that word again) vintage colours, such as Amnesia, Hypnose, and Amalia should fit the bill.
Away from roses, hydrangeas continue the cottage garden theme, along with delphiniums, gladioli and for something a little more up-market for the bridal bouquet, vanda orchids.
Who would have thought that just a couple of Sundays at the different wedding events in the south east of Ireland could provide you with such valuable insights!
Lamber de Bie Flowers are based in both Waterford and Kilkenny, Ireland and can be contacted trough their website; http://www.lamberdebie.ie
Sunday Feb. 6 2011
It is the start of the wedding season and we will be attending lots of wedding fairs over the next few weeks.
Today we were at the wedding show in the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny, conveniently just across the road from our flower shop in Kilkenny. We had a busy day talking to all the brides to be and their friends and family who attended the wedding fair.
The Ormonde Hotel as a wedding venue is a beautiful hotel with two different wedding venues. Both were set up today and looked perfect.
There were wedding photographers, lots of wedding dresses, hair dressers and much more wedding suppliers from the South East of Ireland on display at the Wedding Fair at the Ormonde Hotel.
The Mouthwatering wedding cakes from Kilkenny based company “A Slice of Heaven” looked brilliant. It was the Ferrero Roche Wedding Cake that I found hard to keep my fingers of.
Thanks to the Ormonde Hotel, Wedding team and all thewedding suppliers that were there for putting on such a great show. But especially a big thanks to the many brides to be that visited our stand today and talked to us about their wedding flowers.
Have a look at the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny Wedding Video on YouTube
Lamber de Bie Flowers Kilkenny
Ormonde Street, Kilkenny
Tel: 00353 – (0)56 – 7770161
( we’re just across the road from the main entrance of the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny)
from http://www.lamberdebie.ie by Dutch Master Florist, Lamber de Bie.
More people are looking for Luxury Flowers Online. Over the past years more and more people are looking for very special bouquets. When sending flowers online it often means that you can not be there yourself to tell your loved ones how much you care.
In order to feel confident that your message of love, care or sympathy is delivered correctly on time and with flowers as you ordered them of the best quality.
At Lamber de bie Flowers we offer a guarantee being a established retail florist with flower shops for more than ten years now. Lamber de Bie Flowers offers it’s customers confidence trough the fact that co-founder, owner and creative director studied for seven years in one of Holland’s best floral collages to achieve the title of Dutch Master Florist.
At Lamber de bie Flowers, with their association to Interflora Worldwide and Interflora UK we have access to the latest new developments in the flower business. Lamber also travels to Holland regular to keep up to date with new developments in the world of flowers.