To mark this weekend’s EDP Wedding Show at the Assembly House in Norwich, florist Ali Calver has created the perfect gown for a flower fanatic using traditional bridal flowers such as avalanche roses, white hydrangeas, lisianthus, baby’s breath, chrysanthemums and orchids.
It took 10 hours to craft the stunning dress which has a base of chicken wire, white velvet and a bodice and includes hundreds of individual flower-heads each carefully added by hand.
"I wanted to make something really special to mark the EDP Wedding Show," said Ali, 27, who is resident florist at the Assembly House and who trained at Easton College.
"In the past I've decorated a vintage fire engine with flowers and I've made unusual bouquets for brides that include things like kumquats but I've never made anything quite like this."
Ali said that Norfolk brides were becoming more adventurous with their floral choices although vintage style bouquets and all-white arrangements remained perennially popular.
"This year I've seen a big increase in brides being a bit bolder with their flower choices, I've got an orange and blue wedding for next Halloween and have had three bookings for midnight blue wedding flowers," she said.
“White and Cadbury purple are always popular and vintage pinks are always a favorite choice, they always look stunning. People want more personal arrangements now, something that reflects their personality."