December 17, 2014
As we approach Christmas, we can honestly say that 2014 has been incredibly creative for us. We’ve loved the fact that our brides have chosen the most wonderful array of flowers, and really embraced the seasons. So, what better way to end the year than with a round up of 12 of our favourite bouquets. So, in no particular order they are…….
Garden roses have been the stars of the show this year, and David Austin’s “Keira” and “Constance” have been leading ladies.
English garden hydrangeas, divinely scented “Peony Pink” roses, flowering mint and fragrant jasmine.
Wildly exuberant with garden roses, dog rose trails, cow parsley, cottage scabious, japanese anemones and jasmine.
Sweetly fragrant with clove scented stocks, peonies, scabious, sweet peas and herbs. Long ribbons have also been very popular.
Trailing clematis, jasmine, stocks, peonies, sweet peas and roses in a softly cascading mid-summer bouquet.
From coral to apricot, pale pink and blush in a beautiful combination of roses, peonies and hydrangeas.
Forget me nots, grape hyacinths, peonies, ranunculus, lily of the valley and jasmine in a soft waterfall bouquet.
Fuchsia pink anemones, roses, lisianthus, ranunculus, clematis, lilac and rosemary for remembrance.
Citrus fresh with peonies, spray roses, camomile, craspedia, rosemary, sage and asparagus fern.
Good enough to eat with “Coral Charm” peonies, “Bombastic” roses, star jasmine, rosemary and soft grey dusty miller.
Blush, blush, blush, just the blushiest of peonies and spray roses in a classic bouquet.
The most romantic trailing bouquet of spray roses, astilbe, Queen Anne’s lace, spirea, ivy and jasmine trails.
We are really looking forward to a wonderful year of weddings in 2015, but until then we wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas.
Simon and Victoria xx
November 25, 2014
If ever there was a wedding that celebrated life, love and family, then Tabitha and Spencers’ joyous celebration was it! From the moment that we met Tabitha, we knew how important flowers are to her. Reflecting her vivacious personality, we used a gorgeous summer palette of flowers that celebrated everything that is joyous in life. We worked closely with Vicki and Michelle from Pocketful of Dreams, who designed, styled and co-ordinated a wedding that was truly representative of both Tabitha and Spencer.
Tabitha’s wildly exhuberant bouquet featured scented garden roses, scabious, Queen Anne’s lace, jasmine and dog rose trails.
The traditional style marquee from LPM Bohemia took centre stage in the garden of Tabitha’s parents, and featured a vibrant lining that complemented the banquet tables perfectly. Incorporating a wide variety of eclectic props, vases books, vases and containers, we brought the garden in with naturalistic arrangements of herbaceous and meadow flowers, herbs and ferns.
We wanted to create interest wherever guests looked, so this is where our extensive collection of props came into their own. With such an abundant choice of flowers, it was a case of “let your imagination run riot”!! Scented roses, hudrangeas, dahlias, rosehips, penstemon and scabious rubbed shoulders with fragrant herbs, and even blackberries.
If you’re going to have a hanging inatallation that reflects the grooms’s love of geometry, then you might as well put some flowers on it!
Even Tabitha and Spencers’ love of tea was catered for with props and beautiful furniture from Vintage Style Hire……and a few flowers from us!
If you’d like to see more of this wonderful celebration, then take a look at this beautiful film by Reel Weddings .
Bridal party photography courtesy of Chris Barber.
October 8, 2014
There are so many ways of describing a wedding. Romantic, magical, dreamy are just a few of the many words we use when writing about our work. Tara and Bens’ wedding however, really was one of those celebrations that makes you want to run away with a dictionary; especially when the day was so beautifully captured by photographer Naomi Kenton! To start with, they had chosen one of our favourite venues, Barnsley House deep in the Cotswolds. Not only is this boutique country house hotel the most perfect location for a wedding, but it’s also renowned for its garden created by former owner Rosemary Verey. It was in this garden setting then, that Tara and Ben celebrated their wedding with their ceremony in the gothic summerhouse and reception overlooking the potager garden.
The beautiful gothic style summerhouse, set in a secluded part of the garden was the perfect backdrop for the ceremony, and the sun shone too!
All Tara’s bridesmaids wore flower crowns of white gypsophila, and carried garden style bouquets of hydrangeas, roses, scabious and herbs.
Tara’s bouquet was a glorious combination of scented English and David Austin roses, hydrangeas, scabious and jasmine.
We couldn’t not bring the garden into the marquee, so we dressed the marquee poles with swags of ivy and summer foliages. Banquet style tables were filled with summer blooms in soft pastel shades of blush pink, peach and white.
We couldn’t forget the cake either, so dressed it with blush pink David Austin roses, which smelled as good as we’re sure the cake tasted!
All photography courtesy of Naomi Kenton.
October 7, 2014
It isn’t everyday that a bride and groom tell you that they’re getting married at St Paul’s Catherdral, but then not every brides’ father has an O.B.E. which allows you to do so! Laura and Andy chose this iconic London landmark for their ceremony with their reception just a short walk away in Paternoster Square. Though the ceremony venue was grand in scale, this intimate wedding was all about family, friends and celebration.
Laura makes her way into the cathedral for the ceremony.
One of the perks of having an O.B.E is that it allows your daughter to get married at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Laura’s romantic bouquet combined “Amnesia” roses, anemones, lilac, clematis, lisianthus, ranunculus and herbs.
You couldn’t ask for a more impressive backdrop for your photographs really, could you?
Let them eat cake!
Vivid pink and purple hues set the tone for the reception, with lush bouquets of anemones, lilac, lisianthus and ranunculus on the tables at the Paternoster Chop House.
With such a rich history, the great doors of St Paul’s made the perfect backdrop for this lovely photo of Laura and Andy together, and even inspired some tourists to ask if they were related the Queen!!
All images courtesy of Kate Gray Photography
October 2, 2014
Cristina and Tonys’ wedding was a wonderful celebration of Summer. Set in the beautiful garden surroundings of their home, high in the Chiltern Hills, their marquee reception brought the outside in, on what was a gloriously sunny afternoon. With a palette of soft pink, blue and lilac we combined roses, hydrangeas, dahlias, stocks, clematis and lavender to create distictly elegant arrangements for the reception tables. Cristina’s romantic bouquet also included delicate scabious, jasmine trails with gorgeously scented “Keira” and ”Peony Pink” roses.
Beautifully co-ordinated by wedding planner Isabel Smith, this celebration displayed all the hallmarks of a quintessentially English wedding.
Reception images courtesy of David Craik Photography.
July 30, 2014
Beatriz and Christophs’ wedding was a truly English countryside affair. Full of personal and creative touches which combined their Spanish, French and Portuguese heritage, we worked with wedding planners Helen and Sarah from Carter Nendick to create a wonderfully romantic spring celebration. To complement her beautiful Jenny Packham gown, Beatriz carried a trailing bouquet of ranunculus, spray roses, Queen Anne’s lace, astilbe, with scented sweet peas, lily of the valley and jasmine trails.
On your wedding day, it doesn’t get much more romantic than being photographed in an English bluebell wood!
Beatriz loves the romantic feel and delicacy of gypsophila, so we used it to great effect at the church and reception.
Garlands of gypsophila lined the steps to the church for the ceremony.
The Shelleys Hotel in the pretty East Sussex town of Lewes was the setting for the reception.
At the entrance to the marquee, guests found their places from our table plan “tree”, complete with hanging tea light globes.
What a lovely name for a table, especially when it’s dressed with sweet smelling herbs and spring flowers.
Beatriz and Christoph chose husband and wife team, Dragos and Laura of Be Light in Transylvania as their photographers. We think you’ll agree that their images are absolutely stunning, and you can see the full story of this gorgeous wedding on Drago and Lauras’ blog here.
July 29, 2014
Nothing says Spring quite like cherry blossom, and Nels and Antonys’ wedding in April was ALL about the blossom! From the church to the marquee, boughs of the pink stuff took centre stage creating maximum impact at this very stylish celebration, which was beautifully coordinated by Kelly Chandler from The Bespoke Wedding Company. Guests entered the church through a lavish arch of blossom, while urns flanking the choir stalls set the tone for the ceremony.
Nel’s fragrant bouquet combined peonies and ranunculus with forget-me-nots and jasmine trails.
The marquee reception was held in the grounds of Somerley House, and included the beautiful fountain as part of the design. Nels wanted the space to feel like an enchanted (and very glamorous) woodland garden, so we dressed every table with leaf wrapped vases of cherry blossom, suspended tea light globes from the branches, and surrounded the base of every vase with floral collections in shades of pink and blue. We love these images captured by photographer Bibi Basch.
Having dressed the tables we couldn’t forget the beautiful fountain in the centre of the marquee. We edged it with tea lights, floated candles, peonies and hydrangeas on the water, and watched them all float to the outside when the water was turned on!
You can see more wonderful images and read more about the story on The Bespoke Wedding Company’s blog here.
July 9, 2014
Last summer, on an extremely hot day in July, we had the pleasure of flowering a wedding at the gorgeous Hedsor House near Taplow in Buckinghamshire. We had wanted to work there for some time, so when wedding planner Isabel Smith called to check our availability, we jumped at the chance! Cooling white and green shades worked perfectly in the garden setting of Hedsor, and we used the best flowers of the season, including clove scented stocks, hydrangea, larkspur, ‘Avalanche’ roses and peonies which have a mouth watering scent of lemon meringue pie! Trails of jasmine and stephanotis completed the fragrant flower palette.
The bridal bouquet consisted of purest white peonies, roses and jasmine trails.
A combination of high and low arrangements created interest across the room.
Trails of stephanotis on a bed of roses adorned this beautiful cake by Boolee Scrumptious.
Thank you to Joe Short for the use of these images.
June 24, 2014
It’s official, green is the new black! That’s what someone was kind enough to say, after our designs were featured as part of British Flowers Week 2014. From the 16th to the 20th of June, we and four floral design companies were asked to showcase our favourite British grown flowers, foliages and plants, as part of a week long celebration. Our love of greenery in all its forms, from blossom and branches to herbs and shrubs was the perfect way to promote the often overlooked beauty of seasonal summer greenery.
Mixed foliages including oak, heuchera, pelargonium, flowering privet and philadelphus blossom adorned our romantic heart.
Our moss lined urn exploded with mixed foliages including, oak, cotoneaster, privet, eucalyptus, cotinus and philadelphus.
We wanted our bouquet to have that “just gathered” feel to it, and love the combination of mixed foliages with just a hint of delicate sweet peas and lavender.
One of the things we noticed during British Flowers Week was the wonderful sense of cameraderie from our fellow florists. Our companions for the week were Okishima and Simmonds, Hybrid, Simon Lycett and McQueens. All stars, and our thanks to Okishima and Simmonds for producing this wonderful montage to celebrate the week.
Special thanks to Julian Winslow for his amazing photography throughout the week.
For the full story of the week, take a look at the New Covent Garden blog here.
June 18, 2014
Take a wonderful team of very talented professionals, a stunning venue and an abundance of gorgeous flowers, and you have a recipe for an amazing project. This photo shoot allowed us to do what we really love doing; working with seasonal British flowers in an abundant herbaceous style. It was also in September, one of our favourite floral months, a time of year that’s so full of plenty that we were spoilt for choice with flowers and foliages.
For the bridal bouquet we combined garden roses, dahlias, amaryllis and trailing amaranthus with clematis, jasmine, fern and rosehips to create a wildly romantic design.
The groom sported a buttonhole of garden hydrangea and pepper berries with acer and beech leaves.
The exquisitely hand painted decoration on the wedding worked beautifully with hints of natural floral elements.
Soft trailing foliages and delicate floral details adorned the table plan, with its scrolls of calligraphy set against a background of chinoiserie paper.
The table setting combined luxurious detailing with an abundance of late summer flowers and foliages. Hydrangeas, roses, amaryllis, rosehips, grasses and blackberry worked perfectly in this gorgeous garden setting.
Our wonderful collaborators on this shoot were:
Designer and Stylist: Pocketful of Dreams
Venue: Le Manoir
Photographer: Weddings by Nicola and Glen
Furniture: Vintage Style Hire
Bridal Dress and Accessories: Kate Halfpenny
Groom’s Suit and Accessories: October House
Model: Made by Molu
Hair and Makeup: Claire Hanson
Cakes: Cakes by Krishanthi
Paper Goods: Gemma Milly
Decor Items: Amara – Farley Prop Hire - Brollies Galore