Emma and Karl were married on 24 June 2018 at High House Weddings. They went for a pretty pastel blue and white colour scheme which looked lovely with the other decorations in the venue. The stunning 'lollipop blue' hydrangea took centre stage in the bouquets with a series of other blue and white flowers to compliment.
The bride and her 3 maids had matching bouquets with that hydrangea taking centre stage. They also included ammi, carnations, lisianthus, gypsophila and eucalyptus.
I used blue delphiniums in the jam jars for the tables to match the hydrangea in the bouquets, and simple foliage garlands decorated the wishing well and the base of the cake.
A basket of fresh rose petal confetti added a final finishing touch. Dried petal confetti can be very expensive (it takes time and effort to dry those petals, whenever I've tried it myself they just go mouldy so there's definitely a skill involved!) so fresh petals can be a great alternative and coloured roses can also be used to match the theme of your wedding.
The stunning professional photographs were taken by D&N Photography Ltd and they've captured the flowers and the joy in this wedding so beautifully!
Wishing a very happy future to this lovely couple 💙
Lauren and Gareth were married on 16 June 2018 at Lattenbury Hill Weddings. They went for a fairly neutral colour palette of mostly whites, with a small amount of lilac and pink coming through. Lauren is my step cousin so I was invited to the wedding along with my parents and the boy, it was a good day but boy was it cold on top of the hill! Probably the only time I've felt cold this summer! Haha. The wedding also featured real live alpacas which was a nice surprise, they're very cute animals.
Lauren's bouquet was a beautifully scented mix of peonies, roses, mint, tanacetum, achillea, scabiosa, veronica, astrantia, ammi, gypsophila and lavender, with three different varieties of eucalyptus. She had four bridesmaids and three little flower girls, all with bouquets of their own.
A series of buttonholes for the men were all arranged in a slightly different combination.
The venue flowers were kept quite simple - small jam jars on the banquet style table with extra vases left out for the bridesmaid bouquets to be placed into as extra decor. I also added flowers to a pair of shiny silver wellies, which was originally placed on the ceremony table but the wind at the top of the hill wreaked havoc on them so they were moved to a safe spot inside the tipi!
The cake looked incredible with a nod to the bride's love for alpacas. I left flowers for the cake maker to arrange as I had to go and get ready for the wedding!
I even got a sneaky photo with the alpaca Thunderbolt!
Wishing a happy future to this lovely couple! 💜
This year's British Flowers Week fell between 13 and 19 June 2018, and in honour of the occasion I paid a visit to The Midnight Garden Flower Farm with a group of other florists for a tour of the walled garden and a #nofloralfoam workshop using flowers from Cathy's beautiful garden.
When we got there Cathy gave a short presentation about her garden, her design style and outlined what we would be doing that day. We then went for a tour of the garden and got to suss out some of the beautiful flowers she had growing.
Some of those flowers included ammi, cornflowers, nigella, poppies and sweet peas.
There were also a number of stunning rose bushes, which had clearly been there for years and years judging by the size of them! This one below was growing up and over an old derelict greenhouse which carnations used to be grown in, and it just looked amazing! Cathy thought the only reason the greenhouse was still standing was because the rose was holding it all in place, but clearly would have been really beautiful when it was in use. Another greenhouse on the site had been restored to its former glory and that made for a really impressive building so I'm sure this one would have been no different.
There was also this beautiful red rose growing up this old brick wall which made for a great contrast. Unfortunately it didn't have much of a scent!
After finishing the tour we had a quick lunch and then it was on to making our urn arrangements! We chose a bucket of some flowers that had been prepared in advance and then Cathy let us cut a few bits from the garden to compliment them. I went for a pastel mix of white and peach, with a few pops of bright pink and some blue cornflowers. We used chicken wire to make a framework that sat inside the urn and which the flowers were then arranged into. Cathy gave us free reign to design the arrangement however we liked, and it was so interesting to see what everyone came up with!
Sneaky photo caught of us working on our arrangements - that's a strong look of concentration on my face! Either that or something wasn't going where I wanted it to go!
Me and Alana caught in the act of photographing our arrangements!
Alana tried to get a few action shots of me at work but I think it's safe to say that I'm not a natural poser!
The whole group with their arrangements.
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Jade and Mark were married on 15 June 2018 at Crabbs Barn. I absolutely loved working with their colour scheme of coral, peach, apricot and ivory and I got to use the gorgeous 'Miss Piggy' rose, along with a selection of other roses, spray roses, stocks, hypericum, gyp and astilbe, with some peonies in the bridal bouquet to make it that little bit more special.
The colours in the bridal bouquet just look stunning! Such a pretty combination, which looks great against the grey of the garden chairs at the venue. The chef walked past when I was taking this photo and didn't notice the bouquet at first and just thought I was photographing their chairs!
The bridesmaid bouquets were smaller versions of Jade's bouquet, but with more peach and ivory flowers and less of the coral. Jade went for trailing peach and ivory ribbons on all the bouquets which looked so, so pretty.
The little flower girl had a rose and gypsophila flower wand and the two mums had wrist corsages of all white flowers on pearl beaded bracelets.
The groom had a peach and coral buttonhole, with a smaller version for his little boy and all white versions with peach ribbon for his groomsmen and the dads.
For the table centrepieces Jade and Mark went for a trio of different sized vases and bottles arranged on a wooden log slice. Each table had a slightly different combination of vases on it so I came up with a numbering system to make sure they ended up on the right tables at the venue. There were 30 bottles in total, each with a number between 1 and 10 on them. Then once at the venue I just had to match up all the 1s, all the 2s etc. This way each table would have an even mix of colours from the flowers and a different combination of bottles. The ceremony/top table arrangement was a mid sized 'long and low', which sat flush with the edge of the table.
To finish off the bride and groom went for three gift bouquets to say thank you to some of their special guests.
Below is a sneak peek of the happy couple from the very lovely Tony Bruce Photography.
There's also this lovely shot of the bride with her maids that I saw on Instagram - Jade's dress is so lovely!
Wishing a long and happy future to Jade and Mark 🧡
Stevie and Sean were married on 9 June 2018 at The Rayleigh Club. They chose a classic white palette for their flowers with a beautiful mix of spray roses, scabiosa, delphiniums, tanacetum, gypsophila, lysimachia and ammi.
Stevie's bouquet was a beautiful, classic mix and was complimented with bridesmaid bouquets of all gypsophila.
The buttonholes were also all gypsophila, with the groom's matching the bridal bouquet with some spray roses and a little delphinium. The bridesmaids also had little flower combs and the flowers were rounded out with wrist corsages on beautiful pearl beaded bracelets.
The table centrepieces consisted of a log slice with a grouping of jam jars sat on top, each with a different combination of flowers - some were all gypsophila, some with just daisies and some with a mix of flowers. The cake was fun to decorate - a spray of flowers curving between the two lower tiers (the top tier hadn't been placed on at the time the photo was taken!)
The professional photographs are by Andy Griffin Photography - check them out below:
All the best to this lovely couple and wishing them a long and happy future together 💚