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
May 23, 2014
A couple of gorgeous images landed in the Euphoric inbox yesterday morning, with a delightful thank you message. We provided bouquets and buttonholes for a wedding at the beginning of May in North London for a lovely young couple who we met last year. It is always very heartwarming to receive thank you’s, especially so quickly! It means the world to us and makes our job so worthwhile. Photographs by Anthony Hurren.
Bridal Bouquet of white peonies and white ‘Avalanche’ roses.
Bridesmaids bouquet of ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ peonies, ‘Sweet Avalanche’ roses and pink ranunculus.
May 9, 2014
Dartmouth House is one of our favourite London venues, and we are delighted to be on their preferred suppliers list. This particular commission was unusual in that we didn’t meet the bride until the wedding day itself!! The couple live overseas and so everything was planned via email.
The wedding took place last September, and had a gloriously rich colour palette of raspberry, plum, magenta and red, perfect for the time of year. We sourced English grown dahlias and hydrangea, which were a stunning compliment to the rich red garden roses , feathery astilbe and dramatic tumbling amaranthus, a perennial Autumn favourite.
The bridal bouquet of red ‘Piano’ garden roses, ‘Blueberry’ roses, blush pink astilbe, garden hydrangea and amaranthus.
Beautiful English grown dahlia and hydrangea ensured that all six bridesmaids posies were different.
And here they all are!! We think you’ll agree those rich colours worked perfectly with those stunning french navy gowns!
April 15, 2014
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!
March 27, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
These glorious images are courtesy of Marianne Taylor, and you can read the whole story and see the gorgeous details on her blog here.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!