Buttonholes, those little flower arrangements that the groom, groomsmen, suited bride or any of the wedding party dressed in a jacket, wear in their lapels, are often lower down the planning To-Do list but when they're done well, they're one of those beautiful details that make the big day extra special.
According to Johnny's Little Sister florist Bella Verrechia, designing a buttonhole is about floral matrimony: "A well designed buttonhole should complement the bridal bouquet and the other wedding flowers. I always use elements from the bouquet in the groom's buttonhole."
As the flowers should be designed to fit in with the whole aesthetic of a wedding, and the invitations are the tone-setters for the occasion, we asked Bella to create buttonholes to match a few of our on-the-day stationery collections.
"There are so many dainty spring flowers which can be used with this design. However you must be careful to choose a flower that will last the day out of water! I've used pale pink ranunculus, purple clematis, flowering rosemary and olive. Popping in a fresh herb will add a beautiful scent – great for when you’re giving guests a hug hello!"
"Here, I've used an English hellebore as they have a very subtle golden-red shade which complements the artificially sprayed-gold peppercorn berries. I often avoid using artificial or painted materials, however sometimes if you want to match a colour such as silver, gold or copper it really is the only way!"
"A mixture of olive leaf and eucalyptus – sometimes simplicity is key! I always love receiving a client brief that's heavy on greenery; there is something so refreshing and beautiful about it. When there are no coloured flowers, adding a herb gives that extra texture and keeps a purely green arrangement interesting."
"A pale pink rose with peppercorn berries and olive. I decided to use peppercorn berries as I love to use a combination of small fillers with a bold flower. Sometimes a simple texture such a the peppercorn is just enough to make the buttonhole stand out."