Hannah and Eric were married on 17 February 2018 at Leez Priory. Their wedding had a gorgeous colour palette of ivory and dusky shades of pink and lilac, so I used a beautiful mix of roses, spray roses, clematis, ammi, waxflower, scabiosa, lavender and eucalyptus.
The lovely light tones of the avalanche roses, clematis and scabiosa went perfectly with the more vintaged toned amnesia rose, making for a beautiful arrangement in the bouquets and so much texture going on.
I made a mix of buttonholes and corsages for this wedding - I like when they're all the same but I equally like when there are little variations. I always ask at consultations which way the bride and groom would prefer as unsurprisingly this isn't usually something they've thought about before! But it can look lovely either way so it really is down to personal preference.
Set up at the venue included large mason jar arrangements on log slices for the table centrepieces, and a small 'long and low' arrangement for the sweetheart top table.
Lynda and Martin were married on 2 February 2018 at Wivenhoe House. Their wedding had a gorgeous colour palette of ivory and plum, so I used a beautiful mix of anemones, roses, spray roses, dianthus, astrantia, ammi, waxflower, gypsophila and eucalyptus for their flowers. Just look at those anemones!!
Lynda's bouquet was an absolute stunner - and thanks to my new photography skills I was actually able to capture all that beauty!
The bridesmaids had all gyp bouquets - they complimented the bridal bouquet perfectly. One of Lynda's bridesmaids was her daughter Claire, whose wedding I'm also flowering later this year. I can't wait for that one!
A few buttonholes completed the bridal party.
I also created a large long and low arrangement for the ceremony/top tables - it was huge! I love making these arrangements, they make such an impact in the venue and look fab in photos of the couple signing the register and sitting at the top table.
Finally a vase arrangement for the gift table finished off the flowers so nicely.
Here's a sneak peek from the professional photographer - Purple Pear Tree Photography - absolutely gorgeous and looks like they had a fun filled day!
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!