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DESIGN PHILOSOPHY - BRIDAL BOUQUETS

My design philosophy is rooted in a deep passion for the natural world and flowers in particular. I am endlessly curious about different flowers and foliage, and never stop exploring and learning about new varieties that bring something special to a bespoke bridal bouquet recipe.


No bridal bouquet is ever replicated or reproduced here at Corky and Prince. Whilst I take inspiration from past weddings and editorials, it's so important to personalise every bouquet for the bride that will be carrying it. That's why in our client journey, there's always a separate session just to focus on this one important floral design. We'll explore your dress design, it's silhouette and the textures and details of the fabric. We'll also cover whether you will be wearing a veil - these key components of your overall bridal look will influence the bridal bouquet that I will create for you.


By designing with a seasonal blend of locally grown and imported flowers, I have the creative freedom to select flowers that have interesting stem shapes with curves, adorable wonky bits and subtle movement. That's why my signature bridal bouquets are so dreamy and soft, every stem is hand-picked for its shape and ability to gently sway as it is carried. It's these little details that matter.


Here are some of my recent favourite designs in my signature style which is a blend of garden-gathered with a more contemporary twist.



This early summer garden gathered bouquet featured many of my enduring floral obsessions - orlaya, sweet peas, garden roses, white peonies in an unusual colour palette with toffee roses adding drama to a truly romantic white and blush bridal bouquet designed for Suzanne Neville's bridal collection launch at Barnsley House Hotel near Cirencester.

Photography by Sammy Taylor.













For Leanne's late summer wedding in the Cotswolds, I created this bridal bouquet in a palette of the softest whites, ivories, creams and peaches. The stars of the season included silky Icelandic poppies which the flower farmer nurtured for me especially for this wedding.



The roses included Quicksand and Majolica and the peachy tones in the 'Creme Carame' phlox add depth. As Leanne's dress was elegant and floaty, I was able to add more textures to the bouquet to contrast with the simplicity of the gown fabric and shape. We chose a bamboo silk ribbon in a soft ivory to finish the stems of this bouquet - another design element that I love to add as it creates movement, particulary outisde if there is a gentle breeze. Photography by Katie Ingram.


Sometimes its the foliage that creates the movement and design detail that elevates a bridal bouquet and makes it feel absolutely perfect for the time and place of the wedding.



For Laura and Eddie's autumn wedding at Elmore Court near Gloucester, I added rich tobacco brown bracken and apricot berries to this bridal bouquet of David Austin 'Juliet' garden roses. Photography by James Fear.


W inter wedding bridal bouquets present a design challenge that I relish. With no locally grown flowers available, the flower receipe needs to find its unique story using only imported blooms. In


the heart of winter, berries are a beautiful choice for adding texture or a blend of fresh and dried flowers and foliage. For Kate's December wedding at Elmore Court, I added some translucent 'honesty' seed pods to this rose and ranunculus bridal bouquet in whites, creams and ruby reds.



With photography by Dan Hodge.





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