Wild, eclectic wedding flowers by Jay Archer Floral Design

Inspired by eclectic music, early mornings, late nights, and an incessant need for caffeine, the latest wedding flower Look Book by Jay Archer Floral Design is an ode to wild love affairs and rock ‘n’ roll.

Challenging the neat, pastel prettiness of popular wedding floristry, Jay hopes the Look Book will inspire 2014 couples to ‘think outside the box’ when planning their wedding flowers.

Jay Archer bouquet

Chocolate cosmos, black elderflower, and Himalayan honeysuckle bouquet by Jay Archer

The bouquet is inspired by singer Patti Smith’s ‘Because the night’; a wild, passionate love affair, or the elopement of young lovers; filled with homegrown chocolate cosmos, black elderflower, and Himalayan honeysuckle.

A feverishly layered archway of English flowers, weeping pear, passion flower vines, and clematis, make the perfect backdrop for a bohemian ceremony. The sweetheart table, arranged for an intimate wedding breakfast, is decorated with artichoke, gold leaf figs, astilbe, and astrantia.

For the table plan, Jay has taken inspiration from the Scottish hills; childhood holidays spent playing in the stream and clambering mossy rocks. Bringing a personal story to a wedding staple, the moss covered table plan is rich and earthy.

In comparison, the decadence of the amaranthus, also known as love-lies-bleeding, is wildly romantic. Using popular favorites like ranunculus, English hydrangea and peony, Jay changes the perception of using traditional florals in a truly modern setting.

You can find more photos from the lookbook and read a fantastic interview with Jay over on Love Scarlett, where she talks about the inspiration behind her designs, her passions

About Jay Archer Floral Design

Jay Archer Floral Design is an award-winning wedding and event florist based in north Hampshire and covering London and the South East. Her style is often described as natural, abundant and eclectic, with an emphasis on homegrown, seasonal and locally sourced flowers with quirky textures and old fashioned scents. For more information visit http://www.jayarcherfloraldesign.com.


Love flowers? This Valentine’s visit the ‘Roses’ installation at the Garden Museum

If, like me, you love flowers and are looking for something a bit different to do this Valentine’s Day, head to the Garden Museum in Lambeth which has just kicked off its Floriculture: Flowers, Love & Money exhibition with a spectacular installation called ‘Roses’ by floral artist Rebecca Louise Law.

Roses by Rebecca Louise Law

‘Roses’ by Rebecca Louise Law. Photo by the Garden Museum.

A Fine Art trained floral artist whose love of flowers inspires her installations and commissions, Rebecca has created this latest work from more than 3,000 blooms, hand wired and suspended on copper in the nave of the Garden Museum’s historic building.

I intend to visit the exhibition next week, which explores the history of cut flowers as well as their inspiration to painters and the art of floristry, plus their symbolism in rites of passage such as marriage, funerals and memory. I think it will be a great complement to my studies and provide a fascinating insight in to the industry I hope to soon join. Plus hopefully I’ll get to see lots of pretty flowers too!

For more information on this exhibition, visit www.gardenmuseum.org.uk/page/upcoming-exhibitions