October 23, 2013
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.
Combing texture and scent, the bridal bouquet contained Norma Jeane and spray roses, astilbe, green bell foliage and delicate brunia berries.
Fifteen tables filled the church’s stunning interior, which we dressed with garden style arrangements full of summer florals.
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!
October 19, 2013
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!
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.
Liat’s bouquet featured a beautiful combination of Faith and scented Norma Jeane roses, spray roses, dahlias and jasmine.
A box of pretty waiting to be delivered before the ceremony! The bridesmaids’ bouquets contained spray roses, dahlias and astilbe.
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.
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?
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.
September 16, 2013
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.
The bridal bouquet, with just a hint of sparkle.
All set for the ceremony.
All dressed in white for dinner.
A floral collection.
September 13, 2013
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.
September 12, 2013
We love a Wilton’s wedding, and why wouldn’t we?! As a remnant of London’s amazing history, Wilton’s in a true survivor. Tucked away as it is beyond Tower bridge and in the shadow of the Dockland’s light railway; the last remaining grand music hall in the world is perfect for anyone wanting somewhere out of the ordinary for their wedding.
Our lovely couple for this wedding wanted a very relaxed and informal feeling for the flowers, complementing the wonderfully shabby chic setting of Wilton’s. For the bride, a bouquet of white peonies, scented stocks and roses, astilbe and scabious flowers and pods toned beautifully with her attendants; who all carried bouquets of similar flowers in blush pink.
A whimsical combination of peony buds, hydrangea and green bell made delightful buttonholes.
To complement the well worn atmosphere of wilton’s, stacked apple crates filled with collections of flowers created a focal point for the ceremony, which took place on the stage.
You just have to go with the flow with a venue like this. There isn’t a straight wall or a level floor board in the place, so whatever we do has to work with, rather than against it. Informality works best here, and ivy clad bannisters and simple bunches of garden style flowers are always a winner.
As were the botanical collections for the reception tables, including roses, astilbe, dahlias, scabious, sedum and blackberries. There’s a cake recipe in there somewhere (or should be; maybe we’ll have to come up with one!)
September 11, 2013
It’s always good to do something different, and we love the simplicity of the orchid inspired wedding at Dartmouth House in Mayfair. Using Cymbidium, Vanda, Dendrobium and Phalaenopsis orchids in tones of hot pink, purple and green, we created striking arrangements throughout the house, which were perfect for a modern city celebration. On arrival guests were greeted by a statement collection of vases on the main staircase, filled with multi-headed stems of cymbidium orchids, accessorised with smaller vases of vandas.
Against the rich walnut panelling of the Churchill room, vibrant orchids made the perfect backdrop for the ceremony.
Snazzy buttonholes in hot pink tones were guaranteed to stand out on the day, we love them!
August 12, 2013
This summer white and green are definitely proving to be a popular colour choice for our weddings. The location for this celebration was Hedsor House, which is a wonderful venue perched high above the Thames valley. Working with wedding planner Isabel Smith, and using a classic flower palette, the ballroom was re-carpeted in white to create a light and airy reception space. To set an elegant tone for dinner, soft silver linens and etched glassware were chosen to dress the tables .
We varied high and low arrangements for interest and filled them with lush combinations of hydrangeas, peonies, roses, spray roses and stephanotis. Perfect for a summer wedding.
The floral theme continued on the beautiful cake from Boolee Scrumptious, which looked stunning dressed with a cascade of scented stephanotis. It looked almost too good to eat (well almost!)
August 9, 2013
What a wonderful way to end the week! We are absolutely thrilled that our flowers have been featured in the latest issue of Wedding Flowers and Accessories Magazine. We’re even more excited though, because we’ve also made the front cover! If you’re looking for wonderful floral inspiration for your wedding, make sure you get your copy now.
July 29, 2013
White and green never goes out of style, and this beautiful wedding at Stoke Place was as stylish as they come. Co-ordinated by Isabel Smith Wedding Design, this event will forever be known to us as “urns with ferns”, because the bride absolutely loves ferns and foliage. The floral design was hugely important for this event, so we focused on foliage for the ceremony, a pop of colour for the personal flowers and drinks reception, and a classic palette of white and green for the reception.
The brides bouquet combined white peonies, philadelphus and fragrant herbs, while the bridesmaids carried posies of peonies, yellow freesia and those all important ferns!
Classical urns filled with summer foliages greeted the guests at the entrance to the church, while the simple space at the altar was flanked by an imposing pair of statement arrangements.
Arriving back at Stoke place for the drinks reception, guests were greeted by a gloriously zingy combination of orange eremurus, asclepias, yellow achillea and ferns. Was this a taste of things to come?
Well no…..we dressed the ballroom with high and low arrangements to create visual interest. Glass comport dishes overflowed with peonies, stocks and ferns, while trumpet vases with cascading trails of scented stephanotis and spires of larkspur added height and drama to the room.
Finishing touches to the tables included miniature rose and fern plants and plenty of mercury silver votives, because softly flickering candlelight makes a wedding!
July 25, 2013
It’s fair to say that we’re known for the fact that we specialise in wedding flowers, but we also love a good party! This recent event was doubly special because it was a party to celebrate a fortieth wedding anniversary. Co-ordinated by Bernadette Chapman from Dream Occasions, this was a real delight for us because the clients are very keen gardeners!
Having created and restored their garden around a former vicarage, our brief for the floral design was simple, “bring the garden in”! So, off we went to beautiful Suffolk loaded down with gorgeous garden flowers in shades of hot pink, red, orange an purple.
Before we’d even left the studio, we’d already started the styling process!
Jam jars filled with flowers including, stocks, roses, alliums, asclepias, verbena and achillea decorated the summer house.
Outside the dining tipis we were supposed to decorate the gate posts, but plans changed at the last moment resulting in an impromptu herbaceous border filled with foxgloves, lupins and poppies.
We wanted the flowers for dinner to feel opulent yet informal, so we filled smart glassware with abundant arrangements of peonies, stocks, clematis, garden roses, asclepias, alliums, alchemilla and hornbeam (which turned out to our client’s favourite foliage).
It would have been a crime NOT show you a picture of one of the stunning poppies that we used. Isn’t this good enough to make your heart sing?