What a Beautiful Bouquet!

April 15, 2014

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Our beautiful bride was married at St Paul’s Cathedral at the beginning of April. Two days later this stunning image landed in our inbox, and we just had to share it! A stunner we think you’ll agree!

Euphoric in the Press

March 27, 2014

 

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We are delighted to be featured in not one, but two magazine articles which are available at the moment. First up, our Spring Fling shoot for Wedding Magazine which featured gorgeous spring flowers in pastel shades, including the ever popular ranunculus in soft pink, powder blue muscari, queen annes lace and zesty guelder.

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And this East Meets West fusion from a shoot at Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons for You and Your Wedding magazine. Rich, warm tones, incorporating lots of texture and scent, included garden Roses, Amaryllis, Rosehips and a wonderful array of autumn foliages.

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Autumn Wedding at Preston Court

March 13, 2014

Julie and Ryans’ wedding was full of gorgeous elements, reflecting their creativity and attention to detail.  Preston Court is one of our favourite venues, so the floral details were the icing on the cake. A dreamy colour palette of deep coral, apricot and pistachio with pops of orange worked perfectly for an early Autumn celebration. Using garden roses, dahlias, ranunculus, lisianthus and guelder we created blowsy bouquets and nostalgic table arrangements incorporating old books, vintage crockery and glassware with natural wood elements.

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Following an intimate ceremony under the pagoda on Julianna’s Island, the guests drank cocktails on the lawn before heading into the Barn for the wedding feast.

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These glorious images are courtesy of Marianne Taylor, and you can read the whole story and see the gorgeous details on her blog here.

Spring Is Just Around The Corner

March 6, 2014

 

The dark days of winter are finally over, the sun is shining, and the blossom is bursting! It’s time to look forward to longer, warmer days filled with scent and colour. Right now the early plum blossom is putting a wonderful display, and it’s a joy to behold!

Next month, our favourite of all the blossoms will be making its fabulous appearance; double pink cherry blossom. We don’t think anything says spring more than this beauty. Depending on the weather, all over the country cherry trees will be in full bloom from late March to the end of April. If you’re having a spring wedding, cherry blossom makes a big, bold statement and is perfect for a celebration, and best of all it’s British!

Photography by Marianne Taylor

The dark days of January

January 17, 2014

All the Christmas decorations are long gone, and the dark days of January stretch before you. You need a pick me up, and a short stroll to your local florist may be just the thing. Enhancing your home with fresh flowers is one of life’s pleasures. The choosing, arranging and enjoyment of transient blooms such as narcissi, tulips and hyacinths, full of the scent of Spring, is the perfect antidote to your seasonal hangover. Take inspiration from nature. Notice the snowdrops peeking out of the ground, jostling for space with the crocus and narcissi, and adorn your home with these Winter leading ladies. The humble snowdrop symbolises hope for the future, whilst the white tulip denotes perfect love and purity. Bring these blooms inside and feel your mood lift. Cut or planted, you don’t need a reason to bring flowers into your home.

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A fireplace without its Christmas garland may seem empty, but makes the perfect place to display your new winter flora. Group containers, vases and accessories together and fill them with your favourite finds. We tend to associate the first months of the New Year with lifelessness, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. There may be no leaves on the trees, but winter blossom heralds the first flush of a new season. Flowering trees and shrubs such as camellia, magnolia and prunus bring life into the home with their scented blooms.

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Having flowers in your home gives you the perfect opportunity to add the personal touch to the rooms that matter most to you. From an oversized vase in a hallway to a single bloom on a dressing table, flowers bring life into your home and lift your spirits. Play with scale and use flowers, plants and foliages that make you happy. Flowers may not cure everything, but they can spin a powerful spell. The starkness of winter branches, paired with fresh blooms and natural elements such as moss and evergreen herbs, make a clean and refreshing change after the excesses of the festive season.

 There’s something about this time of year when a clean, crisp palette of white and green works so well. Before the Spring and Summer bring a riot of different colours to our homes, nature leads the way with a restrained palette, infused with vibrant yellows, including daffodils, crocus and witchhazel.

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When arranging flowers, think about the areas where they will be seen to their best advantage. A lonely vase arrangement in the middle of a dining table which is rarely used, seems a shame when it could be used to greet everyone who walks through the front door! An entrance hall is an obvious place to display flowers, but every room in your home deserves a floral touch. At its heart, the kitchen is the perfect place to display beautiful flowering bulbs such as amaryllis, hyacinths and narcissus. If you love the luxurious beauty of orchids, a warm and steamy bathroom is the ideal home for these exotic beauties which grow naturally in rain forests.

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The way we work today means that, for many a home office or study has become an essential. Here too, cut flowers and plants can play their part in enriching your daily life. The simplest bloom can add beauty to your work routine and transform your work space. Of course we can’t pretend that we aren’t biased, but we do believe that a life spent among flowers is likely to be a long and healthy one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bouquet Trends 2014

January 13, 2014

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It’s a new year and we’re really looking forward to creating some beautiful weddings over the next 12 months. To start with, don’t miss our style predictions for 2014 in the latest edition of Wedding Flowers magazine. Compiled by award winning flower blogger Rona Wheeldon, this gorgeous article will inspire and delight any bride looking for her perfect bouquet.

 

 

A Garden In Spitalfields

October 23, 2013

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One of the joys of our job, is that we get to work in some of the most outstanding buildings in London. Christ Church, Spitalfields is definitely one of those, and combines being a working church and event space in one of the Capital’s most vibrant areas. The church played host to the reception for our clients’ wedding, which we filled with a fresh and classic palette of white and green.

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Combing texture and scent, the bridal bouquet contained Norma Jeane and spray roses, astilbe, green bell foliage and delicate brunia berries.

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Fifteen tables filled the church’s stunning interior, which we dressed with garden style arrangements full of summer florals.

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With a garden theme being key to the design, we used terracotta pots throughout the reception for both high and low arrangements.  Tall topiary flower trees on half the tables of roses, dahlias, snapdragons, astilbe, dill, viburnum and green bell echoed the height of the church’s soaring main space. Complementary low arrangements added visual interest to the other tables, and all were accessorised with miniature cyclamen and rose plants which made perfect gifts for the guests to take at the end of the night which always goes down well!

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

October 19, 2013

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If only every stag had the fashion sense of this fine fellow! Well, when in Rome and all that, or in this case Aynhoe Park, for the wonderful whimsical wonderland wedding of Liat and Ed, you just have to go with the flow. Filled with an eccentric collection of wildlife including Polar bears, Giraffes, Lions, Rhinos and Otters, this glorious 18th century country house is the most idiosyncratic wedding venue we worked at yet!

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Liat and Ed were really keen to have an outdoor ceremony, so in a sheltered corner behind the house we created a whimsical arch as a focal point, using clematis vine, garden hydrangea, blackberries and grasses.

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Liat’s bouquet featured a beautiful combination of Faith and scented Norma Jeane roses, spray roses, dahlias and jasmine.

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A box of pretty waiting to be delivered before the ceremony! The bridesmaids’ bouquets contained spray roses, dahlias and astilbe.

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The dining and drawing rooms were used for the reception, with long banquet style tables dressed to perfection. Custom made hessian runners from Hessian Chic created the perfect foil for summer flowers and berries in shades of raspberry ripple ice cream! Glassware and crockery brimming with roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, blackberries, dahlias, dill, clematis and veronica.

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With so many curiosities in the house, if  your resident giraffe is wearing a fez, why wouldn’t it wear a necklace made from dahlias?

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Not forgetting Hermes in the ladies powder room, or Hercules in the staircase hall, Aynhoe is a florists delight, so we hope we’ll be back there very soon.

A Room With A View

September 16, 2013

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You wouldn’t think you were in London would you? This is the view from the Petersham Hotel, and for one of our couples this was the perfect setting for their wedding.  A pure white palette of roses, freesias, hydrangeas, dahlias and delphiniums dressed the venue for this very intimate celebration on what was a perfect Summer day.

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The bridal bouquet, with just a hint of sparkle.

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All set for the ceremony.

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All dressed in white for dinner.

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When Bike Meets West!

September 13, 2013

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What do you do when you have a wedding at the Mandarin Oriental, but you can’t get there because a cycle race has closed all the streets in Central London? You roll up your sleeves and you carry everything across Hyde Park, that’s what!

Thank goodness the ballroom had air con is all we can say! You can never predict how situations are going to go, but this was definitely one for the book. In the end of course, it all turned out beautifully and elegant glass comport dishes filled with lush arrangements of coral and pink roses, spray roses, hydrangeas and dahlias looked perfect on green silk covered tables, in one of the most beautiful ballrooms in London.

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