Jo Betz Marriage celebrant

Trying to pinpont one favourite moment from your marriage celebrations can be a hard task as Hugh remembers about his urban garden party wedding.

“I do not have a single favourite memory – I have about three! My top picks would be our vows (which we wrote together the night before), the speeches (which I was dreading but really brought everyone together) and walking down the aisle whilst Frank played our song.”

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With a carpet of Autumn leaves as a backdrop for wedding photographs, Dave took the opportunity to match his outfit back to the yellow and green tones of the season. With a three-piece charcoal/blue suit from Filippa K purchased at Swensk in Melbourne, Dave added a suave cap and a botanical buttonhole for an added bit of debonair style for his relaxed Autumn wedding to Sam.

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Images by Eric Ronald Photography

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Image via Violette’s Flowers

Flowers are such a huge element of a wedding (said the florist!), and can create the atmosphere and style you wish for your wedding. Men’s buttonholes can be an afterthought, and some grooms may be reluctant to wear these tiny bunches of blooms on their lapels. Never fear! There are now so many talented florists creating stunning buttonholes from natural ingredients, you’ll wear them with pride.

If you stick with simple and natural stems, you can’t go wrong!

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Image by Sarah Tonkin Photography via Aleksandra and Shannon’s Rustic Elegance Wedding

When speaking to your florist about the flowers for your wedding day, remember to ask about the detail on your chosen buttonholes. A grey grosgrain ribbon keeps them modern and classic, as opposed to white satin, especially if it is tied in a simple knot (rather than being pinned). Even brown string can be used to create a rustic feel. Keeping the natural stems showing is a clever way to ensure the flowers look stylish yet simple. And the absence of solid backing leaves (for example, camellia) brings a subtle and botanical feel.

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Image by Oy Photography via Kelly & Sidney’s Romantic Spring Garden Wedding

When selecting blooms for your buttonholes (which will likely reflect the style if not the exact flowers in the bride’s bouquet), ask your lovely florist to steer clear of large headed flora, and request seeds, foliage and herbs interspersed with small headed blooms. Geraldton wax, rosemary, heather, grape hyacinth, hypericum berry, hops or geranium are all perfect to create this style. The more unstructured the better, which will allow for a simple design.

If you’re wanting to order corsages to look similar, but are concerned they will not look feminine enough, do not fear! A few extra ribbons and blooms will add a touch of luxury, and your florist will give advice on different styles for different outfits.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Matching back to any theme, these natural buttonholes are a smart way to add a bit of rustic – yet chic – style to your groom’s outfit!

About Nicola Goring: I’m Nicola, the florist and crafter behind rubyandjoy. I’m a gardening, fabric loving, mint tea drinking, brownie baking, book obsessed maker! I love a good adventure having just moved back from five years in Scotland (with my lovely Scottish husband).