Something Modern : Orange Blossoms


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How traditional are you? As you’re planning your wedding, you will ask yourselves that question frequently. Many couples want to avoid the moments they find awkward (hello, garter toss), or unnerving (i.e. dancing in front of 200 people), but still may want to include traditional or superstitious touches that do have meaning for them. I love the idea of doing a modern twist on an old tradition, entwining something old with something new. As non-traditional as a couple may be, there’s still something sweet and romantic about incorporating something their great-grandparents may have had at their celebration 100 years ago.

Recently, as I was scouring the internet for the perfect bridal headpiece for a client, I came across the history of orange blossoms used in wedding bouquets and head wreaths. The practice began in ancient China, with the flowers seen as a sign of purity and innocence. The custom spread, eventually making it to Spain, France and England. Orange Blossoms were a symbol of fertility in the Victorian era, and the style grew wildy in popularity after the Queen Victoria wore a crown of the fresh blossoms for her own wedding. The fresh flowers were very expensive and in high demand, so wax versions of the floral crown began being used. Following the wedding, they would often be kept on display in a glass bell jar in the home.  Those delicate antique crowns can still be found online, and Spain’s Le Touquet  recreate headpieces inspired by what their great-grandmothers wore. If you love the symbolism of the orange blossom, there are plenty of creative ways to include the flower in your special day in unexpected and subtle ways.

Orange Blossom Inspiration

1. Vintage wax-flower headpiece. 2. Orange Blossom Cutting Cake 3. Specialty Cocktail Recipe 4. Ellie Saab ‘Le Parfume’ 5. Art Deco Orange Blossom Ring 6. Flower crown from Whichgoose

 

Need some more inspiration?

Something sweet:
Pistachio Orange Blossom Cake
Orange Blossom Cocktail
Almond and Orange Blossom Bridal Cookies
Orange Blossom & Thyme Lollipop

Something scented:
Jo Malone Orange Blossom Cologne
Nest Orange Blossom Hand Soap
Mermaid Hair Shampoo

Something lovely:
Claire Pettibone Dress
Handmade Orange Blossom Headpiece
Minted Orange Blossom Invitations

 

My bride ended up purchasing the most gorgeous antique headpiece from Ruby Lane… you’ll have to wait until June to see it!

 

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