Radiant Orchid Inspiration

When thinking of pantones that pop, the name Heike from Fleur Le Cordeur immediately comes to mind. This month we keep our eyes fixed on the Pantone colour of the year “Radiant Orchid” and of course today’s styled shoot oozes with this rich hue. Combining a line-up of A-list industry talents, every image represents a work of art and is synonym with feminine beauty and luxurious opulence and was captured perfectly by the talented Catherine Mac Photography at the beautiful Belair in Paarl.


We love white. A white wedding will never go out of fashion. Add the pantone colour of the year which is radiant orchid and you take the white theme to a whole new next level. We wanted the colour to truly pop against the white. To have a fresh, clean and modern look, but at the same time be completely timeless. We decided to add copper for a tough of ‘bling’, as oppose to gold or silver, and it certainly worked well with the white and purple shades.


As a florist, this was obviously the most important part of the shoot as that is where I draw my inspiration from. It helped that Pantone’s colour of year is Radiant Orchid, which means shades of purple orchids is a must, against a very clean white backdrop. I used white and purple flowers that are easily available to us florists and that has a more classy opulent feel to it – white and purple hydrangeas, white and purple orchids, lylac anthuriums, white and purple roses. All really beautiful and feminine and the flower selection just lent itself to this theme. We always encourage brides to go for floral accessories. Not only are they super unique, but it is the one opportunity you have to rock a real flower wreath, or belt, or neck piece or corsage. Most bride’s worry about the flowers lasting the whole night, in which case I always encourage them to at least wear it for the ceremony and some of the photos, then take it off and replace for example your floral belt with a diamante belt, or your floral wreath with a gorgeous hair clip when the reception starts.
The ruffled layered tiered cake never goes out of fashion. Maggi
from Edible Art Cakes made this gorgeous all white cake and we transformed the
top bit by adding gorgeous Anthuriums to bring a bit of spunk to it. There is a
big drive back to fresh flowers on cakes and we are not complaining.


We worked on three “scenes”:
Scene 1: A reception scene. Here we wanted to create the illusion of an “arch” using different elements rather than just an arch structure. So Kate from Something Different and I sat together and came up with this awesome Arch concept:  two plinths and a hanging structure of shapes which I will decorate with flowers. There are many ways to get the picture perfect “frame” for a ceremony set-up, and this just one way of creating it using décor and flower items.
Scene2: A cocktail scene. Here again we played with the contrast between super modern furniture, and then softer more feminine but still striking floral detail. We love the idea of putting more emphasis on the pre-drinks part of a wedding. All around the bar table and on the inside white ribbon hangs down, which is a nice way to re-invent the normal rectangular cocktail table. We also love the feathered lights above the table just adding that chicness.
 Scene 3: The lounge scene. White on white is always a winner. We just love using white furniture, and then simply adding small touches of floral detail with a bit of colour pops on the coffee tables.


Whenever you are in doubt, keep it white. If everything is white, it is so easy to just add some purple hydrangeas and orchids to a glass vase and put it on a reception table or coffee table to create this same “popping” effect of the colours. A clean canvas made out of white is very easy to transform only using flowers. As soon as it becomes too cluttered with other objects and colours, it gets difficult to achieve this look. The key here is to stay minimalistic with all elements, and then to go a little more wild with the floral touches.


Due to the floral element of this specific shoot being very busy, we liked the idea of keeping the stationary very minimalistic, but with the right colours. Copper foiling is very rare, and we were delighted that Seven Swans stationary were able to do copper foiling which tied in so beautifully with the theme.