Aimie and Colin were married on 26 January 2019 at Hedingham Castle. They chose a classic white and green colour scheme with a few peacock feathers in the bridal bouquet which looked amazing. Designing a shower bouquet is always a little tricky as it's not so easy to hold in your hand and add the flowers in at the same time! I therefore used the box that I delivered the bouquet in to hold the foam holder in place, and had to put the box on the floor to design onto - on my workbench it was too high up and for a shower bouquet you need to be able to see the bouquet in full.
The bridesmaids carried bouquets of all gypsophila, finished with natural jute ribbon wrapped round the handles and held in place with pearl headed pins.
At the venue I added some decor to the Banqueting Hall at the castle - this stunning venue doesn't need much in the way of decoration so sometimes it's better to keep things simple. Along the front of the ceremony table I created a garland of soft ruscus and ivy trails, with white flowers dotted throughout.
The reception set up in the Tapestry Room was equally as stunning, with elegant gold candlesticks and the same foliage and flower garlands running down the tables.
With tables set up in this banqueting style foliage runners are one of the best ways to decorate, they don't take up too much room and they ensure all of your guests have something pretty in front of them.
Wishing so much future happiness to this lovely couple 💚
Emily and Joe were married on 29 December 2018 at Newland Hall. They went for a super soft blush pink and white colour scheme for their flowers, with some wintery grey foliage and berries.
Emily's bouquet was so pretty - soft and delicate with a lace finish to the stems.
Emily had three bridesmaids who carried smaller, simpler versions of her bouquet.
The men's buttonholes featured a spray rose, veronica, brunia berries and a mix of foliage - all finished with a pretty pink ribbon.
The van all loaded up ready for delivery!
Getting to the venue just as it was getting dark was lovely - to see all the lanterns lining the pathway and the candles and lights inside it all looked so lovely.
Their tables looked stunning in the venue; with a log slice, foliage garland, bud vases, lanterns and tealights - the venue looked so festive and cosy!
Wishing a long and happy future together for this lovely couple 💕
Karen and Dave were married on 27 December 2018 at Leez Priory. They chose a pretty blush pink and pastel blue colour scheme for their flowers, with some white flowers and a little bit of foliage - a beautiful colour combination that works well all year round. I used delphinium, roses, spray roses, brunia, gypsophila and eucalyptus.
Karen's bouquet was so pretty, so soft and delicate and so much texture - all my favourite things!
Karen's two bridesmaids carried bouquets of all gypsophila. They wore dresses in pastel blue (I got a sneak peek when dropping off the flowers!) which would have complimented the flowers so perfectly.
Ready for delivery!
The groom wore a buttonhole with a white spray rose, some delphinium, gyp and eucalyptus - the perfect accompaniment to the bridal bouquet. The groomsmen had buttonholes of all gyp to match the bridesmaids and the ladies' corsages were similar to the groom's buttonhole.
Karen and Dave chose to reuse the venue flowers between the ceremony area and the reception. This is a great way to make the most out of your flowers and really helps with budgeting. In this instance the long and low on the ceremony table was later moved to the top table and the gyp chair ends were moved to vases to make up some of the table centrepieces. The other tables had similar vases with mixed flowers and foliage to match.
I hope Karen and Dave had an amazing day and a long and happy future together 💗💙
Rosie and Peter were married on 27 December 2018 at Fennes. They chose a gorgeous colour scheme of reds with some blush pink, an abundance of foliage and the real star of the show - those pheasant feathers!
Because of the Christmas period I thought this wedding, along with the three others in the same week, was going to be tricky but everything went so smoothly and I didn't have to do any work on Christmas Day! The most important thing to ensure everything goes to plan is to ensure you've got all the prep work done in advance so as soon as all my Christmas wreath decorations were tidied away I made sure all the prep was done. Each wedding had a little section in the wedding and everything was organised - candles, vases, delivery boxes etc. I have a recipe I work to for each wedding, with an exact plan of which flower is going where. Some florists don't like to work like this because they find it restricting but I have to be completely organised as I don't want to risk making any mistakes!
Rosie's bouquet was a stunner! A beautiful mix of different foliages - eucalyptus, cupressus, soft ruscus, hemlock and ivy - and flowers including roses, spray roses, waxflower, eryngium, hypericum, scabious and astilbe. And not forgetting the pheasant feathers! The bouquet was finished with trailing ribbons in shades of burgundy and plum.
Rosie had a large bridal party - four bridesmaids, two junior bridesmaids and five flower girls. The bridesmaid were smaller versions of Rosie's and the junior maid bouquets were then smaller versions of that!
Each of the maids, junior maids and all but one of the flower girls had floral hair combs as well - these also varied in size according to the age/size of the maid. So cute!
I loved the flower girl wands - gold sparkly hearts with little groupings of flowers attached to the front with trailing ribbons to match the bouquets.
All packed up and ready for delivery!
For Peter's buttonhole I drew flowers from the bridal bouquet and also added a couple of small feathers because I couldn't resist! The other buttonholes featured a thistle with some foliage. There were also some little page boys who just had foliage and two corsages which matched the groom's buttonhole.
Each of the buttonholes/corsages went into individual glass vases which were each labelled with the wearer's name. Doing this helps prevent any mix ups and ensures everyone is wearing the right one!
This was the first outing of my new metal arch which looked amazing with mixed foliages, feathers and some suspended roses. The arch is finished in rose gold and is constructed on site, with the materials added in situ.
Along the aisle I (well my dad, who was playing florist assistant for the day!) grouped jam jars with tealights in. I can't wait to see some photos of the ceremony because I imagine this looked amazing when they were all lit up!
For the tables Rosie had sourced a few different bits that all looked so elegant on the tables - a gold stag which held the table number, a mix of gold candlesticks with dusky pink candles, fir cones, tealight holders and little santa hat favours (these were so cute!) I added a large mason jar with mixed foliages and pheasant feathers, as well as some ivy trailing in and around everything to tie it all together. The final result was stunning and so well thought out by the bride!
The photographer for this wedding was The Wild Bride and based on their previous work Rosie and Peter are going to have some absolutely stunning photographs of their wedding! Here's a little preview posted so far:
I hope Rosie and Peter had an amazing day and I wish them all the best for their future together ❤️
Wow! This has been an incredible Christmas season for Hannah Louise flowers! Thank you so much to everyone who ordered a wreath or came on one of my workshops. The prep work that goes into it is a pretty hard slog - lots of early mornings, sore fingers and spending time out in the cold - but good prep work ensured the workshops went flawlessly and there were always extra materials available for those last minute orders (there are always a few that order wreaths when they see their friends' ones on their doors!)
I do all my wreath working in stages - starting with the first step of mossing up the rings. This can be done quite early with the frames then kept outside, because the moss lasts for ages. I then cut up all the foliage and at the end of November I bound all the foliage onto the rings. And then came the fun part - the decorating! Wiring the decorations really takes its toll on my hands so I staggered this part in between workshops so they had time to rest in between. And the decorating part is so much fun that I can look past the pain!!
I showed some sneak peeks of the wreath making process on my Instagram stories.
I offer a huge range of decorations for both my wreaths and my workshop attendees - traditional fruits, cones and cinnamon, as well as sparkly bits - apples, stars and berries. It's no surprise that more than one person commented that choosing what to go for was one of the hardest parts of making their wreaths!
I made sure I had wreaths up on both the front and back door of my parents' house ready for the workshops to start - for the front door I went all out with a fabulous stag head, cotton flower, apples, stars and a beautiful dusky pink velvet bow. For the back door I kept it more simple, with mixed foliages, pussy wilow, berries and dried seed heads, and because I love it so much I used the same pink ribbon!
My wreath workshops started at the end of November and then they were pretty full on for the first couple of weeks of December. Everyone had a really great time and it was so nice to see everyone's beautiful designs. I took some action shots while everyone was working away - the concentration levels are so high when it comes to decorating! Even those who came in saying they weren't at all creative put the most care into their wreaths and ended up with some of the best designs!
There were over 60 of you that came on wreath workshops this year and you all looked so wonderful with all your lovely wreaths! I also made up some extra ones which you guys decorated for the couple of people who unfortunately couldn't attend. I had two men come on workshops this year which wad great, it's not just for women and I loved seeing what the guys came up with!
Some of my lovely attendees have sent me photos of their wonderful wreaths on their doors - it's so nice to see them in place! And I love the ones that have designed their wreaths to match the colour of their doors.
I received this lovely review from one of my workshop attendees:
"Recently completed one of Hannah’s Christmas wreath making classes. Hannah was the perfect tutor - especially so with those less creative in nature! A really beautiful venue to work in and just the perfect start to Christmas celebrations (and the best homemade mince pies I’ve ever tasted!) Looking forward to returning again next year."
As well as my workshops I also took orders for Christmas wreaths. I put together three set designs, as I find you guys prefer to choose from a photo, including a traditional red, my ever popular white and silver 'let it snow' and a vintage pink design. The majority of my pre-orders were for the 'let it snow' design and I got everything boxed up before my workshops started - had to make sure I had enough decorations!
Although I took pre-orders for my set designs I also made a fair few custom wreaths - check some of them out below. I just loved the different coloured velvet ribbons!
For one of my clients as well as a wreath I added additional ribbon around the door frame, with bows to finish off. It was a bit of a challenge getting the nails into the frame but we got there in the end!
My friend Sharon asked about making a table arrangement, rather than a wreath, so I ran a one-to-one workshop with her, partly so she could make her Christmas centrepiece but also so I could see how the workshop went. I had a few of my wreath workshop attendees ask about table arrangements so I wanted to trial it out to see if this is something I could offer for next year. I'm pleased to say it went really well so I'm excited to be able to add this to my list of workshops next year.
I also took a few orders for Christmas table centrepieces, just to finish off the season. I have something different planned for my Christmas table though so keep an eye on my Instagram for snaps of that when I've made it! I'll be at my parents' for Christmas dinner and they have a huge table (there will be 10 of us!) so plenty of space for my imagination to run wild!
It took a while but after all the workshops and wreaths I finally got round to making some of my own decor! Well, for my parents' fireplace anyway - I put together this gorgeous mixed foliage arrangement for them. I do this every year and usually make it on a length of rope but they use the fire a lot in the lead up to Christmas so it always dries out so this year I tried it in foam to see if it lasts any better. It's a tricky one with heat and central heating - door wreaths last so well because they're outside in the cold and can draw moisture from the air but inside you have to keep spraying the garland with water. And actually it may work in the garland's favour putting it up that much later!