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By JESSE GRAHAM

WHEN IT comes to choosing flowers for a wedding, it’s best to plan pieces around the season and your theme, according to Healesville florist, Leah Ledingham.
Ms Ledingham, who works at Healesville’s flower and gift shop, Clarence, said that trends in wedding flowers had been shifting towards more native plants and forest-themes.
She said that succulents, gum-nuts, billy buttons (craspedias) and over-the-top flowing bouquets have all been popular choices, with all-green bouquets made up of native plants and textural pieces.
“Native (flowers) are massive, with different kinds of textures,” she said.
“A lot of the style is so it looks like they’ve all been picked fresh and put into vases – there’s loose styling.
“Forest styling, with wood and moss, people love – that’s right back in – people want earthy tones … flower crowns and armbands.”
Ms Ledingham, along with owner of Clarence, Bobilee Shahine, said it was important for brides and grooms-to-be to pick flowers that not only suited their theme, but were also in season at the time of the wedding.
“Know what’s in season, and know what style you want,” she said.
“We say ‘bring pictures, bring us styles, do a board – do a Pintrest kind of thing’, and we’ll do what you want – show us what you want and we’ll go with that.”
But, as with any creative and artistic endeavour, designs can change as they make their way into reality, and Ms Ledingham said it was important to trust your florist to come through with perfectly suited pieces on the big day.
“The main thing Bobi says is that you’ve got to trust in your florist,” she said
“If you love their style and love their work, you’ve got to trust in them,”
As for the potential for different flower pieces, the sky is the limit.
Ms Ledingham said that flower pieces could range from flowering a groom’s beard through to edible pieces, flower bombs – large balls of flowers – and even a hand-sewn curtain of carnations flowing from an archway.
Florists can also provide wrapping services on the day of the wedding, so that the wedding party and guests can get some longer use out of the flowers purchased from the day.
Ms Ledingham said one of her most important tips was to give the florists notice of the wedding months ahead of time, to ensure they’re fully prepared to plan out the pieces.
“We do weddings 12 months in advance, but it’s normally two to three months,” she said.
“Give us two to three months, and then you’ll know seasonally what’s good and what’s not good.”

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