It seems like, within the last few years, flower crowns have become something synonymous with bohemian weddings. And for a good reason. Firstly, because they look beautiful but moreover, because in reality they have been a part of people's wedding days hundreds of years in the form of the Vinok.
A Vinok is a Ukrainian wreath which is traditionally worn by unmarried women in Ukrainian culture. These floral wreaths are a significant part of Ukrainian national attire, and you can see girls wearing them at festivals and on special holidays.
My mother-in-law was given a classic vinok at her wedding shower. These more conventional vinokes are made up of paper or wax flowers attached to simple wire crown and adorned with multicoloured ribbons. I was lucky enough to be able to wear this exact Vinok throughout our Rehearsal Dinner but for the day, I wanted something that was my own.
After the wedding ceremony, the vinok gets replaced by an ochipok that represents her transition into being a married woman. As someone who loves tradition, I knew this was something that I wanted as a part of my day.
I went to visit my wonderful florist, Botany, to talk with her about creating a flower crown. We chose more modern colours and delicate ribbons for the back of the crown and made sure they were slightly shorter to accommodate for the veil which I wanted to tuck into the back.
The result was stupendous. Breathtaking. A modern day interpretation of the Vinok.
The word "Vinok" is closely related to the Ukrainian word for wedding ceremony "vinchannya". After the wedding was over and the dancing had begun, a circle of women formed around my mother-in-law and me took off my vinok and replaced with the vinchannya. It was such a special moment between the two of us, quickly followed by a fantastic round of Ukrainian dancing that got everyone on their feet and embracing the culture I've come to love so much.