Last night, I went to the book launch of Paula Pryke OBE’s new book, ‘Wedding Flowers’, in London. It was lovely to see Paula and her team, plus chat to lots of people involved in the floristry industry.
I recently received a review copy of the book, which is officially released tomorrow. And in this week’s Wedding Wednesday blog post, I’m delighted to feature a review of it.
If you’re a bride-to-be looking to add impact to your big day with colourful blooms, then this is definitely the book for you! Paula is renowned for her use of colour and ‘Wedding Flowers’ is brimming full of gorgeous floral designs, rich in a kaleidoscope of different hues.
She says: “I probably owe my career as a florist to the sighting of these beauties (ranunculus) in a shop window in the Swiss ski resort of St. Moritz. I was already contemplating a career change to floristry when in the spring of 1987 I went skiing with my then fiancé, Peter. Beguiled by the window display of these brightly coloured petally flowers, which I had never previously set eyes on, I had an epiphany. I determined to change from being a history teacher to a florist, and eighteen months later I opened my first flower shop….That day, I learnt that if you use brightly coloured flowers of the same intensity, with the absence of white or pale colours, the effect will arrest and delight.”
Aren’t the multi-coloured ranunculus in this bridal bouquet below just exquisite?!
The book comprises of four main sections: Wedding Flowers, Wedding Themes, Floral Decorations and Flower Palettes. In the first section, there are overviews of popular wedding blooms from ranunculus and peonies with their masses of ruffled petals, to classic roses and blowsy dahlias.
In Wedding Themes, we’re treated to eight different styles on which to base your wedding flowers. From Bright Glamour and High Country to Hot Pink Shades and Glowing Garden.
Floral Decorations is the section where you’ll find a wonderful array of wedding flower designs themselves including Bridal Bouquets, Buttonholes and Corsages, and arrangements for The Reception.
In the last section, Flower Palettes, Paula takes you through the seasons and provides details about flower availability from early spring to winter.
And throughout the book, there are 29 step-by-step projects for bouquets and arrangements for those who would like to do their own wedding flowers.
Published by Jacqui Small, ‘Wedding Flowers’ is the perfect book for not only brides-to-be, but also florists-to-be and florists who are looking for inspiration. If you would like to order the book at the discounted price of £24 including p&p* (RRP: £30.00), telephone 01903 828503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote the offer code APG273. *UK ONLY – Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.
P.S. To read more about Paula and her floristry career, here’s a link to an in-depth interview, which I featured on Flowerona last year.
(Images: Tim Winter)