Colin Cowie is party planner to the stars, so it's always a pleasure when he shares his thoughtful wedding day touches with us!


A garden or backyard wedding is a gorgeous combination of a woodland fantasy and touches of nature. Choose a bouquet that’s fresh and natural - but still glamorous - to bring all of your wedding day details together.

I love garden roses for their thicker, woodier stems and pillowy petals. For a bouquet that’s soft and sweet without looking too prim, gather 15 stunning garden roses in a soft pink hue and wrap the stems in a white satin ribbon. Add a touch of sparkle by draping a garland of pink crystals around the handle of the bouquet. This extra detail is inexpensive and gives your bouquet a personal touch.

Make sure not to cut the stems of the bouquet too long – two inches below where you’ll hold the bouquet is plenty. Any longer, and it will look like it’s growing from your belly!

And here’s a tip I give every one of my brides as they prepare to head down the aisle: Take a deep breath, hold your head up and hold your bouquet low instead of clutching it up by your belly button. By holding your bouquet lower, you’ll look taller and more slender, as well as more confident.