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Floral Opulence
Book Review

Floral Opulence

Dec 21, 2015

If you are planning a wedding or engagement and looking for some inspiration, get yourself a copy of Soulebration. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and the captivating photographs in Soulebration let the work by FNP Weddings do all the talking. FNP Weddings is the wedding division of Ferns n Petals (FNP), the organised floral and gifting solutions brand.

The lavish structures, props and seating arrangements featured in this coffee-table book show just how much attention to detail the company gives to each event. The main focus is the customised eclectic and sometimes ethereal wedding decor created after hours of craftsmanship using hundreds of flowers and props. The text isn’t too distracting and leafing through the book becomes a delight.

The decorations are one of a kind, with fresh floral arrangements that brim with elegance and creativity. These floral arrangements are crafted into creative centrepieces and decorations, from traditional bouquets to petite gift packages. For example, renowned event planner and floral couturier, Preston Bailey, presented his magnificent world-famous floral dog at his first ever event in India. The imaginativeness and boldness of this work of art gives you the impression that FNP will pull out all the stops to suit their client’s tastes.

Soulebration is authored by Vikaas Gutgutia, Founder & Managing Director, Ferns n Petals, and published by FNP Weddings. The title makes you ponder over the world of wedding design. The cover features a flock of floral flamingoes created by FNP, for one of designer Sumant Jayakrishnan’s events. Opulence and creativity never looked so good; you could almost say flowers wed luxury on that occasion.

Inserts with slokas and their meanings and different aspects of marriages and what they truly signify are sprinkled throughout the book. Beautiful explanations about the various ceremonies and rituals add to the main theme and offer bits of information while one browses through. One reads thus: “According to Hindu mythology, the lotus is symbolic of the soul; despite living in turbid waters it blooms to the point of enlightenment”.

A candid foreword by Gutgutia talks about how his business has been around for 20 years and how it grew to what it is today. The role of destiny and people in its success have been acknowledged and the analogy of the company’s central theme, flowers, with the organic way in which they rose to the top is sincere.

Vibrant splashes of lights and colours with a hint of drama are woven together by threads of text that give you an insight into FNP’s floral world. The dark backgrounds highlight the images to their best effect. The colours of dusk blend beautifully with the pages, lending the images a certain je ne sais quoi. Photographs from daytime events too look great against white backgrounds.

The company’s drive to fulfil a customer’s every wish has helped them be the best. Apart from weddings, FNP also brightens up birthday bashes and corporate dinners with their exquisite designs.

A few more interesting titbits about rituals or love and romance could have upped the book’s interest level. But, the book takes your breath away all the same just on the basis of the work done by FNP and can inspire those planning
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