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Wedding Flowers: The Protea


Every time I post a protea wedding on the blog I get a great reaction and it’s no wonder – not only are proteas breathtakingly gorgeous, but they’re statement flowers that are gathering quite a bit of steam in weddings worldwide right now. And it’s super that the rest of the planet is catching on, but for us in South Africa, the protea already holds a very special place in our hearts. For one thing, the King Protea is our national flower. For another, the flower meanings of proteas are courage and diversity, which I think pretty much sums up our fiesty little nation. Proteas last brilliantly and dry well, which makes them great for arrangements, and their size means as little as a single flower can be used for a bouquet. I’m so happy that more and more brides are choosing them, and I hope to see more shapes and colours coming through alongside the traditional muted pinks we love so well.

So… to help you get your protea on, here’s a selection of eye candy from our archives. I am seriously still swooning over every one of these beauties!

Wedding Flowers: The Protea | SouthBound Bride

Row 1: 1. Kira & Jason/Just Judy Photography; 2. Hayley & Paul/Natural Light Photography; 3. Lenore & Adrian/Theunis Stofberg
Row 2: 1. Michelle & Frans/Love Made Visible; 2. Ashley & Malan/Joe Dreyer; 3. Nadine & Deon/Nikki Meyer
Row 3: 1. Helen & Julian/Photography by Claire Nicola; 2.  Michelle & Frans/Love Made Visible; 3. Carlien & Rudolph/Gavin Casey
Row 4: 1.  Ashley & Malan/Joe DreyerMichelle & Frans/Love Made Visible
Row 5: 1. Marlein & Hennie/Joanne Markland; Catherine & Marcin/Big Day Big Picture;  Ashley & Malan/Joe Dreyer

  1. I just love protea! They are so unique and whimsical. We used some orange ones for a shoot a while back and they were just so striking! If only more of our brides and grooms would use them! I love them!

    February 2, 2011
  2. Proteas are absolutely stunning there is no doubt about that. Would make any wedding one to remember for sure.

    February 2, 2011
  3. Thanks for the info Gaby! I have been wondering about these. I thought they were flowering artichoke hearts. Are they related to artichokes in some way?

    February 2, 2011
    • capclassique #

      According to Wikipedia they’re some sort of cousin! ;)

      February 6, 2011
  4. Such gorgeous blooms! There’s something almost aggressive about them, which I love!

    February 2, 2011
  5. Such an amazing flower!! Love how you can just buy a single stem to make a statement too.

    February 3, 2011
  6. Stunning photos! The flower arrangements are all lovely. I love the color combination of all the flowers. Love the pink ones!

    May 27, 2011
  7. Beautiful photos! The flower arrangements are all lovely. I love the color combination of all the flowers. Love the pink ones!

    May 27, 2011

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