After the success of the last National back in 2013, I decided to do it again. I had so much fun but the pressure was on to ensure that this time it would be even better! It was rather … Continue reading
I met Hannah, her lovely sister and mum Julia at the National Wedding show back in February. My style was very much to their taste and we immediately started talking wedding flowers! Hannah loved the lantern on my display, and this is where the inspiration for her blooms came from. This featured Sweet Avalanche & Avalanche roses, blue/green hydrangea, scabious and L’Occitaine spray roses.
We met up a few times to decide on the right look and where in the venue we would dress. Hannah’s vision was that the place should be dripping in flowers! So this is what we did!
Hannah and Fran’s big day finally came a few Saturday’s back. I’d started my work on Wednesday evening. After buying, what must have been the most flowers I’d ever bought in one go, we (being myself and the fella- whom I roped into doing a lot of tasks for me over the week!) managed to squeeze every stem into the van and get them safely back to the studio. There wasn’t much room in which to work once they’d arrived!
Sat down at 10pm for a chinese on Wednesday evening, and called it a day! Work commenced on Thursday morning again, bright and early. On my list of jobs to do were pew ends, pedestals, table decorations, fireplace arrangements, entrance arrangements, bridal bouquets, buttonholes, floral hair pins and corsages. I welcomed my gorgeous helpers Charlotte, Elly and Sarah and got stuck in!
Some of our work was done outside, the pedestals were quite big!
I found a very handy vessel for foliage:
Saturday morning came around in the blink of an eye! With just 5 hours sleep in 2 days, blinking was becoming slow! James, my partner returned in time to load the van with blooms. We set off for London.
First to the church to dress the pews and drop off the pedestals. The transportation of these was challenging. A little first aid was required once we got to the church. Luckily nothing too serious!
We then whizzed off to Dartmouth to give Hannah her flowers and dress the venue. After a morning of running around, I felt horrendous and as I walked into the bedroom of the beautiful bride and bridesmaids, I wanted to put a bag over my head! They all looked stunning. Hannah and her mother welled up when they saw the bouquets, it was such a lovely moment. It’s at this point that all of the hard work and lack of sleep paid off! I was too rushed however to take any photos of the bridal party flowers, besides a little pic of Hannah’s bouquet in the presentation box.
Dartmouth House was a stunning venue. The flowers suited so well.
The beautiful cake was designed and made by Clare Williams (http://clarewilliamscakes.co.uk/) and we worked together to fill the layers with flowers.
I created over 6 metres of bloomtastic lengths in the 3 fireplace arrangements.
Once all the titivating was done, it was ready for me to leave and for the guests to arrive! So back home it was. I got back at about 8.30pm, a bite to eat and onto the next wedding!…
Big BIG thank you to all the people that helped make this all run so smoothly. Dad, James, Elly, Charlotte and Sarah! You were all amazing.
Congratulations Hannah and Fran, hope you had a spectacular day!
Well well well, I’ve actually found the time to create my own blog site. Now, I’ve just got to start filling it with lovely wedding updates. My first of which is Emma & Gareth.
Emma is a very good friend of mine, and I was so excited to hear of her engagement last year when we lived together in Peterborough. She immediately told me I was doing the flowers! The colour scheme was to be apple green with a little pink and cream, and the theme was ‘tea party’. Emma was very relaxed about the types of flowers I could use, and very much left it up to me to come up with the perfect designs for her.
As soon as the date was set, we sat down and talked about the flowers. The look was very feminine and fresh. When I heard apple green, I immediately thought “viburnum”. A wedding florist favourite, this gorgeous little green pom pom was perfect for Emma’s ever-growing list of blooms. I teamed this with peonies, hydrangeas, roses and spray roses to give a real sumptuous, feminine look. Almost good enough to eat!
I added in a little green bell and cape flora to break up the flowers and add a little more texture. I continued with this theme for all four of Emma’s bridesmaids, 2 flower girls and buttonholes.
The pew ends were a little different:
I pinned this to Emma’s Pinterest board and she loved the idea. Just a single hydrangea stem in a paper cone to match the wedding colours. This allowed us to keep the costs down for the pew ends and spend money elsewhere!
Emma and Gareth married at St Mary’s Warmington and their reception was at The Bull Hotel, Peterborough.
So, to the venue! The table plan was something I was quite passionate about getting creative with, from the start. Emma allowed me to “do whatever”, so I had to put my thinking cap on and think of something to suit the theme.
Although I had practised this and knew the look in my head – it the table plan came together on the day of the wedding! It was a real talking point and fit in well as guests entered the reception room.
In Emma’s bouquet I sewed diamantes and pearls, along with a special pendant that belonged to her grandma, on top of an abundance of lace!
It looked very pretty next to her dazzling dress!
I was lucky enough to have shared Emma and Gareth’s day with them. Here’s a not so good iPhone picture of me with the beautiful bride herself (albeit a little dark)!
Professional pictures to come soon!
Congratulations Emma and Gareth; enjoy your honeymoon!