Charlotte and Bill were married on 28 October 2017 and held their reception at The Compasses at Pattiswick. They went for a stunning mix of plums, deep reds and purples with a bit of navy for their flowers which included roses, astilbe, clematis, cosmos, viburnum, leucadendron, waxflower, daucus and homegrown sedum. I only made the bridal flowers for this lovely wedding, but that included a lot of buttonholes!
These bouquets are among my favourites of last year as well - I love the colour combination and there was so much texture in there. I used a painted table in the garden to shoot the flowers on and I think the blue colour really compliments the colours in the flowers.
Charlotte and Bill ordered a whole load of buttonholes and corsages, all slightly different according to who they were for - there was one design for the best men, one for the groomsmen etc... In order to keep them all organised I labelled each of the vases I kept them in overnight. It would have worked well if the post it notes didn't keep falling off! They all ended up correctly labelled and on the right person though.
The beautiful professional photos were taken by Eyeshine Photography - check them out below:
This lovely couple were so much fun to work with and I hope they had an amazing day!
Kate and Ian were married on 7 October 2017 at a church in Colchester, followed by a reception at Wivenhoe House. They chose an absolutely gorgeous, deep autumnal selection of aubergine, purple and cream flowers; including dahlias, carnations, calla lilies, astrantia, roses, tulips, waxflower, hypericum and clematis.
Kate's bouquet is right up there as one of my favourites from last year - I love the shape, the colours, the texture - everything! The bridesmaid bouquets complimented beautifully, as did the buttonholes and corsages. Ian had initially mentioned having a lily in his buttonhole because he liked them, however the lilies he was thinking of would have been a bit too big for a buttonhole. Whilst ordering the flowers I found a calla lily in the perfect colour to match the rest of the flowers so I just had to order them - Ian got his lily and the rest of them blended so beautifully with the other flowers.
That's one full van! I ran out of space in the back so the bride's bouquet rode shotgun in the passenger seat!
The church featured two huge pedestal stands, pew ends and a large long and low arrangement, all of which were later moved over to be used at the venue.
The candelabra table centres were decorated with simple foliage garlands and a small grouping of flowers, but they didn't need anything more than this and they looked so impressive across the room. The pew ends were later put in Tiptree jam jars (I knew I was collecting them for a reason!) and displayed across a couple of elegant mantelpieces at the venue. And not forgetting the thank you bouquets!
The stunning professional photos are by The Humble Photography Company - take a look below:
Amie and Jon were married on 14 October 2017 at Maison Talbooth and held their reception at sister venue Le Talbooth. I'd been looking forward to this wedding all year - Amie had some really exciting ideas which I couldn't wait to design. I used the beautifully scented 'Yves Piaget' garden rose as a focal flower in Amie's bouquet and on the cake, and the bridal bouquet and groom's buttonhole also featured succulents.
The bouquets were so beautiful with all the bright colours. I also made a couple of cute little gypsophila wands for the flower girls, along with corsages, a special buttonhole for the groom and buttonholes for all his men.
The marquee was so white everywhere that the flowers added a really bold pop of colour to the room. The wedding was a small one with only four tables plus the top table, and the couple went for two different designs for their centrepieces. The first one was using my gold candlesticks which again showed how versatile they are by working with absolutely any colour palette. On the other two tables was a trio of ribbed sweetie jars which included a lovely mix of flowers from the wedding. The gorgeous cake was by Lucky & Co and it smelt absolutely divine. There were groupings of different jam jars placed throughout the room on different tables a and surfaces.
The real statement piece to this wedding was these stunning willow trees 'growing' up the marquee poles. They made such a great statement in the venue and were so fun to make - you can see Alana here in action making the final touches to them! It was such a shame to have to take these down after such a short time - so much so that I've recreated one outside my workshop (just with fairy lights rather than flowers!)
The stunning professional photographs were taken by Stylish Wedding Photography - they've captured the colours so beautifully. And what a great shot of the bride's bouquet! This is the sort of photo a florist loves to see!
How stunning is Amie's dress!! The back was so intricately detailed, I got a glimpse at midnight when I went back to clear down. Congratulations to the newlyweds, thank you for letting me have so much fun with your wedding flowers!
Last week I spent a couple of hours having a 1-2-1 with the lovely Danielle from Danielle Smith Photography to learn how to use my camera and how to take decent photos of my flowers. She took me through some of the key terms like ISO, aperture, shutter speed and depth of field, and I can now gladly say that I know what they all mean! I told her I wanted to take light, soft, dreamy photos of my flowers and this is exactly what she showed me. I'm sure we only covered basics (I'm not looking to be a photographer after all!) but it wasn't anywhere near as complicated as I thought it was going to be. We also touched on composition and social media, and I've definitely picked up some really helpful tips.
I got some flowers in and put together a bouquet in my signature style - loose, natural, pretty and romantic. This gave us a subject for the photographs. I've always been reluctant to take photos inside my workshop as it's so busy and I've always thought the lighting was a bit rubbish. However, Danielle showed me how to take advantage of the lighting available to me and with my new 50mm lens I was able to take photos with a shallow depth of field. AKA give the photos a blurry background so the flowers in the foreground are the only thing in focus. She also took me through some basic editing but explained that if my camera is set up correctly then I shouldn't need to edit too much.
Take a look at some of the photographs I took below. All of these are straight from the camera with no editing, no filters - I'm amazed!
To any florists out there looking to improve their photography skills I would highly recommend booking in some time with a photographer local to you whose work you admire. And if you're in Essex then Danielle is your woman!
Danielle has also blogged about our day and you can read her post here.
Heather and Andy were married on 5 October 2017 at a church in Kelvedon and then held their reception at Layer Marney Tower. They went for a beautiful lilac and blue colour combination, with flowers such as roses, delphinium and hydrangea.
I made up mixed bunches of flowers for the pew ends, which were later moved over for additional decoration at the venue.
The tables were made up of vintage style birdcages and a large 'long and low' arrangement made up the top table.
Here are a few lovely photos of the bride and groom and bridesmaids shared with thanks from the bride: