Wedding flowers, how to choose your florist and trends for 2017. Yorkshire wedding photographer

Wedding Flowers – All you need to know about choosing your florist

December 19, 2016

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Wedding Flowers  Yorkshire Wedding Photography

Wedding bouquets and floral artistry by Stems Design

As a wedding photographer, I get to see lots of different wedding flowers. For me, a wedding isn’t quite complete unless there are beautiful flowers. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen some amazing non floral weddings, but romance never goes out of fashion and flowers seem to just complete it for me.
My favourite florist without a shadow of a doubt, is my good friend Lynnie at Stems Design. We met a few years back and since then, have worked together on numerous weddings and styled shoots. She is a creative genius. She always thinks outside the box and continually surprises me with her amazing floral art.
One thing brides and grooms might not be aware of as they get to grips with planning their wedding, is that florists do much more than just make bouquets and buttonholes. They create a scene…. imagine the impossible… and execute it with style, grace and good humour. Everything from foliage  archways, lanterns, petal strewn aisles, magical indoor landscapes with trees, billowing floral swags and classic candelabras.. whatever your heart desires, they can create it.
Recently, Lynne and her trusty assistant Steffi, were involved in producing table centres for the prestigious Hepworth Prize for Sculpture. It’s a biennial award won by the amazing Helen Marten. Lynne took inspiration from the Hepworth’s contemporary architecture to produce laser cut panels for the centre of her floral art and I was around to film it all coming together.
To find out more about what couples can expect from wedding flowers this season, I spoke to Lynne at her workshop in Yorkshire.
So what trends will we be seeing this year in wedding flowers: “Wedding floral trends will be moving to a more deconstructed and loose look with lush foliage and generous rich tones,” explained Lynne. “Bouquets will have a ‘freshly gathered from the garden’ look with woodland inspired flowers and ferns.  Moving away from the rustic ‘jam jar and burlap’ style to a more eclectic look of mismatched antique vases and mercury glassware with rich textures and textiles.”

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What should brides look for when they’re looking for a florist: “Enthusiasm, a connection, creative flair, someone who you like and get along with.  Research their social media and see if their style is one you like.”

Talk to us about seasonal flowers:As much as we can, we like to work with flowers that are in season.  Seasonal flowers just look right, a sunflower in the middle of winter would look wrong.  They are more cost effective too – they are plentiful and cheaper in their season than importing exotic blooms from far off countries.”

How do you interpret each clients ideas and work alongside them?  “It depends on the time of year – whether we will be working with lovely bright sunshine or candlelight.  If there tends to be a theme to a wedding, then styling around that is key.  We hope that we can bring a sense of uniqueness to each occasion. We like our clients to bring along to their consultation any ideas they have, fabric samples, colours, and then we talk through their vision for the day.  Quite often their ideas change as time goes on so there will be several meetings along the way.”

 Is fragrance important in wedding floristry and just how much should a client budget for flowers? “Fragrance is definitely important. It evokes memories and feelings and we can remember how we felt and where we were all just from a whiff of a scent.  Herbs and flowers are a great way to incorporate fragrance in a wedding. Budget wise, couples should budget as much as they possibly can.  Whether budgets are large or small, we give the same amount of care and attention to every wedding.”


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When should you book a florist when planning your wedding?As soon as possible – florists get booked up quickly.  A consultation early on is essential so that you can get a quote and secure the date.  It used to be one of the last things that a bride sorted but more recently, flowers have become much more important to couples so we find that we get booked up very fast.”

Stems is more than bouquets right? “Right.  Stems provides a total styling service for weddings and events not just the floristry.  Our aim is to make your dream day a reality, from beginning to end.  We have years of experience combined with our passion, creativity and attention to detail”.

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You can find more details about the Stems Design service at

To see one of Lynne’s amazing weddings, click here.

To see the full behind the scenes film, click here.