Inspirations Weddings

European influences on floral design

9th August 2017

Wedding trends are continuously evolving, in the last few years we’ve seen an eclectic and luscious array of fashions coming and going. The use of flowers at a wedding is a key component for creating the mood and and the feeling of this special day. When it comes to floral design, there are impactful arrangements that have inspired us for centuries, and they are not going anywhere anytime soon!

Since the earliest days, humans have used flowers as adornment and decoration. To create memorable events, today’s floral designers still look to the past and continue to be influenced by five European historical styles: Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Georgian, and Victorian. Let’s look at them more in detail.

1. Renaissance

The Renaissance, or Rinascimento to use the Italian term, began in Italy in the 1300s and spanned until the 1600s. This is an age that looked at the Classic world to find its inspiration, the artists of the Renaissance painted impressive floral arrangements in bright, contrasting colours, often together with foliage, vegetables and fruit for a still-life effect.

Today, wedding floral design influenced by the Renaissance art is recognisable by the use of vessels popular at the time, such as classically shaped urns and vases, tall and highly decorated compotes, or woven baskets. Despite that, these floral arrangements still have an open and airy feel.

Common flowers and foliage of the Renaissance period include roses and primroses, olive and ivy branches, daisies, lilies, irises, tulips, poppies, jasmines, lilacs, violets,  and laurel dianthus.

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As seen in: Sarah Winward // Photography: Erich McVey // Floral Design: Sarah Winward Continue Reading

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