Foliage Wedding at Waddesdon

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We always knew that Melanie and Robs’ wedding was going to be a favourite, because it was all about the foliage! Having been told by other florists that their ideas were too off piste for a wedding, we were more than happy to create a design scheme where greenery took centre stage. Luckily for them (and us!) it was a November wedding, and a beautiful Autumn, filled with intensely rich colour.

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Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Dairy at Waddesdon Manor is the perfect setting to bring the outside in for the Wintergarden ceremony. Using richly toned foliages and berries, we got carried away filling the classical urn with an abundant arrangement of seasonal goodies including beech, oak, birch, trailing ivy, rhododendron and callicarpa.

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We’ve always loved the West Hall at the Dairy. The combination of honey coloured stone and warm oak makes it a wonderfully inviting space, particularly in the Autumn. Roaring log fires and flickering candlelight set the scene for Melanie and Robs’ woodland inspired reception. Log slices topped with foliage rings and candle lanterns dressed the tables, while garlands of greenery and berries filled the mantels. With just a hint of flower in the form of delicate white hellebores, the emphasis was on berries, seed heads and textural elements.

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We loved working with Melanie and Rob, a couple who wanted their celebration to be different and reflect the amazing season that is Autumn.

British Flowers

 

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We make no secret of the fact that we love using seasonal British grown flowers. They are what inspire us and are part of the ethos of Euphoric Flowers. From our earliest days as florists, the herbaceous garden look has been at the heart of what we do, with its informal and painterly style and use of seasonally available flowers and foliage.

A world away from their imported cousins, British flowers are the perfect way to celebrate the seasons. Because of our unpredictable weather, there can be problems with availability, but this is all part of the natural cycle. A cold Spring can make the blossom late, and a hard frost will finish off the hydrangeas, but this is why we love the seasons. They’re never the same and you never know what you’re going to get!

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As more of our brides are now asking for British grown flowers, here are our tips for getting the best out of what’s seasonally available?

Be Flexible! As the weather changes, so do the flowers. If you have your heart set on peonies, a cold spell can delay their availability, so give your florist a brief that isn’t set in stone, a good florist will always do their best, but ask about other suitable varieties as a second choice if supply changes.

Be Aware! Imported flowers are grown for their long straight stems, perfect blooms and even colours, which often have no scent. British flowers often have shorter stems and uneven colours, but are more interesting, and often have wonderful scent.

Be Clever! Ask your florist which seasonal British flowers are most available at the time of your wedding and trust their advice. Demand for the most popular flowers puts growers under pressure to produce more, sometimes at the expense of quality. Seasonal flowers will always be premium!

Celebrate! By choosing British flowers, you’ll be celebrating our wonderful growers and do your bit for our wonderful industry!

Photogrphy by Julian Winslow

 

 

 

Waddesdon Manor Dairy Discovery Day

Event flowers by Euphoric Flowers at Waddesdon Manor Dairy

The Dairy at Waddesdon Manor has long been one of our favourite venues, so when Kelly Chandler from The Bespoke Wedding Company invited us to supply the floral decor for a Discovery Day lunch, we knew it was going to be special. Working closely with Kelly, we produced a design scheme that was a celebration of Spring and really looked forward to brighter days ahead. To welcome guests as they arrived in the Wintergarden, we filled the huge classical urn there with winter foliages and branches.

Tealights warm a winter's day in Waddesdon Manor Dairy

Delicate tealight globes added warmth on a bright but chilly day!

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You can very often expect to find Simon somewhere up a ladder!

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Beautiful boxes of Primroses, Hellebores, Tulips and Narcissi waiting to make their debut at lunch. Images by Stuart Bebb.

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The pavilion in the secret garden dressed with spring flowers for a ceremony. Image by Stuart Bebb.

 

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Lunch was served banquet style, with our Spring tablescape strecthing far into the distance. So much to see!!

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Above the table, an installation of paper parasols complemented the table display with their fresh and vibrant colours.

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A guest’s eye view!

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Miniature topiary bunches of deliciously fragrant narcissi.

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An apothecary jar containing a delicate stem of hellebore.

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Potted primroses and hellebores nestling in the tablescape with mossy balls.

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A vision on Spring greeted the guests as they entered the West Hall, with natural hessian, wood, moss, terracotta, glassware, cut flowers, plants and soft flickering candlelight. The mossy balls were a big hit! Ladies and gentlemen, luncheon is served.

 

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Hampton Court Autumn Wedding

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Bryony and Simons’ Autumn wedding was a feast for the eyes! The couple wanted to treat their guests to a journey of discovery, and their “Enchanted Elegance” style shone through with the design they chose. Florally, Autumn is a glorious time of year for weddings. With an abundance of rich colours and textures, the warm wine tones that Bryony and Simon chose were the perfect foil for the amazing collection of props, accessories and objets d’art that they combined to create a look of old world discovery.

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Bryony’s bouquet combined scented “O’Hara” roses with garden hydrangeas, dahlias, Queen Anne’s lace and soft trails of jasmine. Her bridesmaids bouquets of hydrangeas, dahlias and astrantia complemented their gowns beautifully.

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In creating the look for the reception marquee, we worked closely with design house, Pocketful of Dreams. How to transform a marquee? You install foliage chandeliers of course! Hugely on trend, hanging installations are the perfect way to lift the eyes, add drama and create interest. We complemented these with a waterfall runner of foliages along two sides of the marquee, so that wherever guests looked there was always something new to be seen.

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Referencing Simon’s career in science, every table was named after an element on the periodic table! Their wonderful collection of accessories included scientific instruments, minerals and quirky decorative touches, so that no two tables were the same. Wherever you looked there was something new to discover, and the rich tones of Autumn flowers and foliages filled the marquee.

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One of our favourite pieces to dress was the amazing apothecary bar. We wish we had one in our studio! Poison and medicine bottles, potted ferns, bowls, beakers and test tubes. Like small children in a sweet shop, we went to town and styled the shelves to our hearts content!

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And for the finale, how about this for a dessert station? Dressed in renaissance finery with fresh fruit, flowers, greenery, ferns and moss. We loved creating this little world of discovery, and we think the guests did too!

Photography courtesy of Nick Rose Photography

 

May Wedding at Barnsley House

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We always knew that Amy and Matthews’ wedding was going to be special. The fact that the setting was one of our favourite venues, and has one of the most beautiful gardens in England made it the sort of job that, for us doesn’t feel like work! We’ve always loved Barnsley House, nestled deep in the Cotswolds. It has a way of drawing you in, of making you want to curl up in by the fire or just wander down its secret garden paths. So when came it came to talking flowers, we knew that the inspiration had to come from the setting.

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If you’re going to get married in May, then you have to have peonies! Amy’s bouquet combined “Sarah Bernhardt” and “Bowl of Cream” with sweet peas and scented jasmine trails.

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Amy and Matthew celebrated their marriage in the gothic pavilion, where we dressed the steps with flowers and candles. The shade of ancient trees provided shelter from the unpredictable English weather, but the clouds soon passed for the garden drinks reception.

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A beautiful bride and 8 beautiful bridesmaids, what else needs to be said?

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A combination of round and banquet style tables added interest to the Potager restaurant for the reception. In this light and airy space, mercury glass vessels filled with romantic arrangements of peonies, roses, spray roses and hydrangeas dressed the tables, while mercury glass candlesticks and votives added soft accent lighting, which always adds that perfect finishing touch.

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The softest shades of blush pink set against mercury silver………

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………and a splash of hot pink for the napkins.

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……..not forgetting more peonies for the cake!

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Amy and Matthews’ wedding was defininitely one of our favourites, and if this has inspired you, then you must see the celebration in all its glory on the wonderful blog at Rock My Wedding

Elegant Afternoon Photo Shoot at One Marylebone

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On a cold January day, when we’re all looking forward to warmer months to come, this wonderfully vibrant late Summer photo shoot is a sure fire winner. The stunning One Marylebone was the perfect backdrop, where we created the bridal flowers in a palette of rich purples and deepest magenta. We wanted the bouquet to feel natural, organic and very lush, so focused on a single colour to intensify the dramatic effect. Using the best of what was available seasonally, we kept it all British too!

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The groom’s buttonhole includes, dahlia, bell flowered penstemon, verbena and berried eucalyptus.

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The bouquet was a heady combination of English flowers including scented roses and stocks, dahlias, penstemon, verbena, flowering mint, olive, ferns and jasmine trails.

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Caught in the act! Simon preparing arrangements for the shoot.

On this great day with inspiring colleagues, our fellow contributors on this wonderful shoot included:

Rupa Photography

Extraordinary Days Events

Steve Shipman Photography

Hair and Makeup – Botias

Grooms Wear – Mark Wallace

Venue – One Marylebone

 

 

The 12 Bouquets of Christmas

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…….

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Garden roses have been the stars of the show this year, and David Austin’s “Keira” and “Constance” have been leading ladies.

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English garden hydrangeas, divinely scented “Peony Pink” roses, flowering mint and fragrant jasmine.

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Wildly exuberant with garden roses, dog rose trails, cow parsley, cottage scabious, japanese anemones and jasmine.

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Sweetly fragrant with clove scented stocks, peonies, scabious, sweet peas and herbs. Long ribbons have also been very popular.

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Trailing clematis, jasmine, stocks, peonies, sweet peas and roses in a softly cascading mid-summer bouquet.

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From coral to apricot, pale pink and blush in a beautiful combination of roses, peonies and hydrangeas.

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Forget me nots, grape hyacinths, peonies, ranunculus, lily of the valley and jasmine in a soft waterfall bouquet.

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Fuchsia pink anemones, roses, lisianthus, ranunculus, clematis, lilac and rosemary for remembrance.

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Citrus fresh with peonies, spray roses, camomile, craspedia, rosemary, sage and asparagus fern.

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Good enough to eat with “Coral Charm” peonies, “Bombastic” roses, star jasmine, rosemary and soft grey dusty miller.

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Blush, blush, blush, just the blushiest of peonies and spray roses in a classic bouquet.

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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

A Glorious Summer Celebration

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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.

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Tabitha’s wildly exhuberant bouquet featured scented garden roses, scabious, Queen Anne’s lace, jasmine and dog rose trails.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

 

Barnsley House Wedding

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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.

 

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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!

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All Tara’s bridesmaids wore flower crowns of white gypsophila, and carried garden style bouquets of hydrangeas, roses, scabious and herbs.

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Tara’s bouquet was a glorious combination of scented English and David Austin roses, hydrangeas, scabious and jasmine.

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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.

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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!

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All photography courtesy of Naomi Kenton.

Wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral

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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.

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Laura makes her way into the cathedral for the ceremony.

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One of the perks of having an O.B.E is that it allows your daughter to get married at St Paul’s Cathedral.

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Laura’s romantic bouquet combined “Amnesia” roses, anemones, lilac, clematis, lisianthus, ranunculus and herbs.

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You couldn’t ask for a more impressive backdrop for your photographs really, could you?

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Let them eat cake!

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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.

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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

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