In today’s blog post, I’m delighted to feature a selection of beautiful floral arrangements created using orchids.
They were designed by florist Nick Priestly and his team at Mood Flowers for the Women of Influence Awards 2012.
Back in September 2011, the Women of Influence committee embraced Nick’s concept of bringing an orchid lunch to Glasgow in aid of the charity Action for Children.
Over the next five months, Nick met with previous winners, nominees, sponsors and celebrities to design thirty-two individual table centrepieces created using orchids.
A few days before the event, which took place this March, the orchids started to arrive and Nick’s studio at Mood Flowers was filled with hundreds of stems of cymbidium, vanda, phalaenopsis, mokara and James Storey orchids in a myriad of colours.
The design challenge lay in the variety of fields that the nominees and other participants were known in.
Nick met with Kirsty Wark and came up with a design that showed her love of cooking and Celebrity Masterchef experience using ‘French Mustard’ cymbidium orchids. And you can see the design above.
He worked with Katie Melua to encapsulate her new album cover ‘Secret Symphony’ in orchids, creating a design of phalaenopsis, mokara and James Storey orchids behind a three-sided gold embossed picture frame structure. Katie’s tablecentre is shown below.
Olympic yachtswoman and CNN reporter Shirley Robertson‘s design featured yachts with sails made from phalaenopsis orchids.
Wallpaper designer Natasha Marshall‘s table featured wrapped vases in three of her signature wallpaper designs.
There were also Oriental-themed designs, handbag and shopping bag designs, as well as centrepieces depicting wild mushroom foraging, parasols, a walking crutch, a football, a housing development, a dress, a catwalk and a broken heart to name a few.
The response to the efforts of the Mood Flowers team on the day was amazing but more importantly over £100,000 was raised for the charity at the lunch. The next challenge is how to top this year’s efforts next time.
If you’d like to see a ‘Behind the Scenes’ video, please click here.
Here are some more of the lovely floral designs…
Lesley Orr & Fred MacAulay
Lesley Sawers & Homes & Interiors Scotland
Vera Weisfeld & Slaters
Natasha Marshall, Shirley Robertson & Olivia Giles
So, I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing Nick’s beautiful orchid table arrangements.
(Images : Fiona MacNeill Photography)