Posted on January 21, 2017
It’s always an honor to be asked to flower friends’ weddings, but pretty damn nerve-wracking too. I’m sure my fellow florists will agree! Nevertheless, I was thrilled to create the bridal flowers and top table decor for Becci and James, friends we’ve made over the past year since becoming parents together. Aren’t they the cutest couple?
Becci’s ideas for flower colours evolved over time, starting with classic blush, white and sage green then she decided to switch to more vibrant shades of coral and pink to brighten what might have been a cold grey November day.
We agreed on Romantic Antique roses (a popular choice with Bloom brides last season!), alongside dreamy hot pink Pianos and pale peach Jana. Becci loves Eucalyptus so I included several varieties, alongside succulents, astilbe, hypericum and wax flower. I knew Becci and James were incorporating pine cones into their table decor, so at the last minute I decided to add teeny tiny pine cones to her bouquet to help tie the look together. It’s all about the sweet little details.
Gav and I celebrated with the couple at their Nuthurst Grange reception and it was such a fun evening, full of love, laughter and crazy dance moves. Scroll on to see snippets of my flowers for Becci and James’ special day, though the lens of the guys at Workhorse Weddings.
Posted on January 13, 2017
Suzy and Tristan’s nuptials were a quintessentially English summer affair, at the beautiful Birtsmorton Court in Worcestershire last July. Suzy wanted to capture the feel of the English countryside to showcase its beauty to her American beau and their guests traveling from across the pond.
Garden roses and herbs felt like the perfect fit, alongside many other seasonal blooms and lots of lush greenery. We chose Romantic Antique roses, which were a dreamy match for the bridesmaids’ dresses, alongside heavenly David Austin favourite, Juliette.
Suzy wanted a wild and natural undone look for table centres in the marquee, which is right up my street. I used our rustic metal urns, which worked a treat by allowing the flowers and foliage to tumble out and give the tables that natural countryside feel.
We decorated a beautiful wrought iron gate as the backdrop to the outdoor ceremony, adorned the marquee chandeliers with trailing foliage and added the showstopping roses to pimp up the simply iced cake. I loved working with this lovely couple at such a beautiful venue. Obviously I see a lot of venues in my job and Birtsmorton Court is by far one of the most beautiful! Scroll on to see more, courtesy of photographer Nicola at Daffodil Waves.
All photos © Daffodil Waves
Posted on October 29, 2016
Another Shustoke wedding, another gloriously happy couple tying the knot in their own unique way. The new Mr and Mrs Love (their real name!) – Simon and Lynsey – wed at St Leonard’s in Wiggington on a beautiful late summer day, followed by reception at Shustoke Farm Barns.
Lynsey’s flower brief was ‘rustic chic’ – she wanted to combine a soft palette of white, blush and shades of green in a natural and sophisticated way. I was so pleased with how it all came together and more importantly, so were the lovely couple and their families.
I featured some of my favourite blush roses – O’hara and Bombastic – with stocks, astilbe, astrantia, hydrangea, olive and several varieties of eucalyptus. This created a gorgeous timeless look that will never go out of style. The Love’s special day was captured by local photographer, Lucinda Smith, whose beautiful photos I’m happy to share below.
Posted on October 11, 2016
It’s lovely meeting clients who I instantly just click with… like kindred spirits in this crazy wedding world. This was the case with gorgeous Ellen, who tracked me down after viewing our wedding venue (Shustoke Farm Barns) on the morning of our big day.
Ellen loved what I’d created and had a vision for a similarly relaxed, dreamy day for marrying her sweetheart, Ollie. Lush natural arrangements, trailing foliage and an overall carefree (yet carefully styled of course) look for their nuptials at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire.
Today I’m excited to share this beautiful May wedding with you through the stunning photography of that talented chap, Chris Barber. And if you’re interested to discover more about Ellen and Ollie’s planning and suppliers, read their post on Rock My Wedding.
Posted on August 26, 2016
Glamourous, relaxed and vibrant were Jen’s keywords to sum-up her dream wedding day, and I think together we got this spot on. She tied the knot with her sweetheart, Fergus, at the picturesque St Mary’s church in Bibury, followed by reception at Cripps Barn, Gloucestershire.
I got very excited when these photos filled my inbox yesterday and just couldn’t wait to share them with you. Fine art photographer Katie Julia has such a beautiful natural style, it was tricky to choose which pictures to share as they are all so damn dreamy. Here’s just a taste of Jen and Ferg’s special May wedding.
Coral Charm peonies captured Jen’s heart so these played a big part in their wedding florals, alongside striking Pink Floyd roses, sweetpeas, eucalyptus and lots more details to add interesting shapes and textures.
I absolutely adore Jen’s effortlessly elegant look and Ferg’s dapper style – few men can pull off a morning suit so well. Jen did her own make-up and in fact has recently qualified as an MUA and set-up her own business (Jennifer Brown Make-up), specialising in bridal and special occasion make-up. I can see the work soon flooding in!
All images © Katie Julia
Posted on August 25, 2016
I knew Laura and Nick’s wedding was going to be epic when they gave me a flower brief of “fun and bright” and told me their reception venue was the African heritage centre, Akamba, in Shirley, Solihull. The cherry on top was their fantastic choice of photographer in Jordanna Marston.
The couple were completely open to flower varieties and pretty much gave me free rein design-wise, which as any florist will tell you, is the ultimate dream brief. To be trusted to completely do your thing is a rare and beautiful thing.
The result was a total riot of colour and texture, which complimented their fun personalities perfectly. Laura and Nick’s wedding is a great lesson in letting go, having fun and creating a ridiculously happy celebration for your loved ones. Just look at those smiles!
All images © Jordanna Marston
Posted on August 22, 2016
One of my favourite parts of my job is getting to meet some really great couples and their families who I enjoy keeping in touch with long after the bouquet toss. This was certainly the case with gorgeous Emily, who wed her darling Dan on a beautiful autumn day last year. I got to know Emily’s mum and sister too during the planning process, making it all the more special to see them on the wedding morning and share the emotional joy of presenting Emily’s bouquet and other bridal flowers.
Emily is a hugely talented writer and shared her wedding planning experience as one of the Lovettes on Love My Dress and blogged about the big day here. The couple created such an elegant, stylish wedding, full of fun and personal touches, captured brilliantly by Mister Phil. See all the goodness below, and take a moment to swoon over Emily’s Jenny Packham gown (that she won in a competition!) and the stunning autumn evening light.
Emily was keen to embrace the natural floral style we specialise in, with an eclectic feel and nothing too neat or orderly. We decided to focus on white, cream and green in her bridal bouquet, bringing in lots of interesting textures alongside heavenly scented O’Hara and Majolica spray roses and eucalyptus. I felt that it came together gorgeously and totally complimented Emily’s twinkly gown and glossy red hair.
Elsewhere, we incorporated some warm autumnal tones of dusky pinks and oranges to highlight the season and the gorgeous red brick of St Cuthbert’s Church and Shustoke Farm Barn. We featured some of my favourite ingredients at this time of year, such as Sweet Summer Hydrangea (which we used for church pew ends) and a fabulous selection of grasses. I do love an autumn wedding!
Door table plan – available to hire from Bloom Fleuriste
LED light-up letters – available to hire fro Bloom Fleuriste
All photos © Mister Phil
Posted on August 19, 2016
As you’ve probably guessed by now, we work at Shustoke very often. Yet far from being tired of the venue, we love returning to the scene of our own nuptials and seeing how each couple styles it up differently for their own special day.
Sadie and Rob booked us to flower their wedding day way back in 2014, when Bloom Fleuriste was a fledgling business and I was immensely grateful for couples willing to take a chance on a passionate newbie florist. Fast forward two years and I was excited to finally make their flowery dreams reality. Scroll on down to see their gorgeous day through the wonderful lens of Lee Garland.
Sadie is a self-confessed sucker for succulents so from the outset we knew they would make up a large part of their wedding florals. I featured them in Sadie’s bouquet, and potted up heaps in glass and copper votives to make up tablescapes alongside jars of hand-tied posies and single stems in vintage apothecary bottles.
Garden roses were another key ingredient (pink O’Hara and Mansfield Park), alongside astrantia, astilbe, waxflower and several different varieties of eucalyptus. Sadie also loves white hydrangea and gypsophila, so we choose to feature these in the bridesmaid’s bouquets and three huge flower balls suspended from the wooden beams in Shustoke. Stunning. The gents buttonholes featured spray roses, eucaluptus and waxflower.
It was a real treat to flower for this lovely couple. Don’t they both look gorgeous? Congratulations guys!
All photography © Lee Garland
Posted on May 23, 2016
When flowers are high on a couple’s wedding wishlist, my heart does a little dance because I really get to flex my creative muscles. This was the case with gorgeous Zoé and her handsome groom Dan, a young fun-loving couple keen to make florals a big part of their special day.
Flowering Zoé & Dan’s celebration was a fantastic return from my maternity leave and it’s always lovely to return to the venue of my own wedding, Shustoke Farm Barns.
After much deliberation, we decided upon a fresh and timeless palette of white, cream and green. I featured O’Hara roses and Majolica spray roses, with Ranunculus, Astilbe, Astrantia, Spirea, Campanula, Hydrangea and Hypericum, alongside foliage of eucalyptus, olive and Thlaspi.
For Zoé, I created an asymmetrical headdress of eucalyptus and Majolica spray roses, and a huge show-stopping freeform bouquet, finished with lace trims from her stunning gown from Tilly Trotters Boutique. Zoé’s maids carried natural posies, while Dan and his groomsmen wore clusters of berries and foliage bound with rustic twine.
To decorate the barn, I filled vintage French apple crates with meadow-style flowers, made a lush garland for the balcony and created huge flower balls suspended from the vaulted barn ceiling. Guests enjoyed flower-filled Kilner jars on the tables while they tucked into the wedding breakfast.
It’s such a treat to see this lovely couple and their big blousy spring blooms through the lens of photographer extraordinaire, Jordanna Marston. You can just feel the love and happiness radiate from these pictures. Scroll on and get ready to pin like mad!
All images © Jordanna Marston
Posted on January 12, 2016
Blush colour palettes show no sign of retreating from the wedding world. Blush is the hue of choice for many couples, and it’s easy to see why. Soft, pretty and versatile, this subtle pale pink always feels totally romantic. Blush is often a compromise between pink-loving brides and their grooms who want to tone down the femininity a little.
Jacqui and Paul embraced this shade in their gorgeous June wedding at Alrewas Hayes. Big blousy blooms, hand-painted silk ribbons and a show-stopping flower curtain were just some of the standout floral features we created for this elegant day, expertly captured by Neil Jackson.
Posted on January 2, 2016
Some brides have a very vivid image of their dream wedding day. This was certainly the case for Jo. In fact she’d fallen in love with her venue long before she and beau James got engaged.
Jo’s vision of a romantic late summer wedding at Prestwold Hall in Leicestershire came to fruition in perfect peach harmony, and it was all captured beautifully through the lens of Sarah Salotti. Scroll on to see the couple’s dreamy day, complete with windswept silk ribbons and gorgeous floral arch.
All images © Sarah Salotti
Posted on October 12, 2015
We’ve had the pleasure to work on so many beautiful weddings this summer and I’m happy to have a moment to pause from the madness and start sharing them with you. If you follow me on Instagram you will have had a taster already, but there’s nothing quite like seeing a wedding unfold through the lens of a talented photographer.
But where to start? Every wedding has been so gorgeous and unique. I’ve been struggling to decide so thought I’d begin with that to arrive most recently in my inbox: the cool and colourful wedding of Ellie and Tim, captured in all its glory by the fabulous Lucy at Everthine Photography.
I first met Ellie and Tim at the Fazeley Studios wedding fair last autumn. I remember seeing Ellie’s eyes light up when she saw my stall and knew she was a girl after my own bohemian heart. Unsurprisingly, their flower brief was right up my street – natural, wild and colourful.
We settled on fushia and dusky pink with orange and burgundy to compliment the bright pink bridesmaids dresses. Ellie was keen to incorporate hydrangeas, roses and succulents, and pretty much left the rest of the flower mix up to me. The dream! I added dahlia, astilbe, spray roses, sedum, chocolate cosmos, amaranthus, snap dragons, echinacea, carthemus and different varieties of eucalyptus.
I created a large freeform bridal bouquet for Ellie, a new style I’ve been developing since I attended the Chapel Designers workshop in April. This look is perfect for brides after a bohemian feel, since it creates a sumptuous free-flowing design that feels delightfully lush. I created smaller versions for the bridesmaids, and finished each bouquet with bespoke hand-painted silk ribbons.
Incorporating the same hues, I designed a set of mis-matched rustic buttonholes for the gents, finished with garden twine, and beautiful feminine wrist and lapel corsages for the mums.
The colours and varieties were carried through to the church and venue decorations as well. The pops of hot pink really sang in the church and lifted the white banquet hall at the Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens. The table centres featured mix-matched collections of vintage cut-glass vases and apothecary bottles, and succulents potted in brass goblets and tankards. The top table featured a gold sequin table runner with an eclectic assortment of vessels and succulents to create an undone, yet luxurious feel. This wedding was such a pleasure to design, thanks Ellie and Tim for inviting team Bloom to be part of your special day.
All photos © Everthine Photography
Posted on April 25, 2015
Helen and Rich were our first wedding clients of the year. They tied the knot on Valentines Day at Fazeley Studios in Birmingham. I knew it was going to be a fun and personal day when I first met the cute couple and they shared their love for dinosaurs. I suggested incorporating tiny gold spray-painted toy dinosaurs into the buttonholes and it went down a treat.
The couple’s flower brief was fresh, pretty and natural with not a red rose in sight. In fact, we decided to avoid large roses altogether to protect their budget from the sky-high premium around Valentine’s Day.
Helen and Rich wanted to incorporate freesias and dried lavender, to which I added tulips, spray roses, trachelium, thlaspi, scabiosa pods and eucalyptus parvifolia. I was so happy with these designs and more importantly, so were Helen and Rich. John Charlton captured the couple beautifully, don’t you think?
Posted on March 17, 2015
We’re busy preparing for another wedding fair this week. We’re returning to the fabulous Fazeley Studios in Digbeth, Birmingham to showcase our wares and creations alongside a host of other wonderful wedding suppliers. We had a great time at the first fair in October and met lots of lovely couples, so we’re really looking forward to the event. FInd out more here. We hope to see you there.
Posted on March 10, 2015
We exhibited at the Wedding Event with a Difference in Nottingham on Sunday and what a day it was. Full of passionate, unique suppliers and a great atmosphere, it’s definitely one of the best wedding fairs in the Midlands.
We booked to do the fair at the last minute so it was quite the mad scramble to design our spot and make everything in time. Thankfully we like a challenge and the hard work paid off; the stand came together nicely and we received fabulous feedback from fellow exhibitors and visiting couples and their families.
Gav created an 8ft wooden box frame that he painted matt black, to showcase our festoon lights (new to the prop hire shop). I hung curtains of white voile fabric to create an entrance way, framed by swags of eucalyptus and gold painted succulents. Inside, we hung our handmade table plan made from reclaimed wood and chicken wire, to display a photo gallery of my wedding floral design work.
I chose a colour scheme of peach, copper and plum for the flowers. I featured Juliette and Patience David Austin roses, rannunculus, frittilaria, champagne spray roses and lots more succulents and foliage. I spray painted Panicum grass in metallic copper, which incidentally coincided with the scheme of mixed metallics used in the catwalk show design.
Our floral head-dresses and hanging lightbulb vases were the major hits of the stand, alongside Gav’s LOVE lights, which attracted a stack of bookings. We also showcased our lanterns, t-light votives, potted succulents and vintage-style Barber board, which are all available to hire from us.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by our stand and have already been in touch about floral design and prop hire. The warm response and chance to meet lovely like-minded brides and grooms certainly makes all the hard work worthwhile.
Posted on March 4, 2015
It’s our first wedding fair of the season and we are excited to be exhibiting at Save the Date’s Wedding Event with a Difference. It’s set to be a really amazing day, full of 80 hand-picked creative suppliers who are passionate about weddings and helping to make your day different. I have two sets of two tickets to give away for free – just comment here to enter and I’ll announce the winner at 7pm on Thursday 6 March. Hope to see you there!
Posted on February 2, 2015
The colour cream has never really excited me (I have a phobia of magnolia painted walls) but when it comes to flowers, well that’s a whole different story. It’s a beautifully soft and romantic hue that is incredibly versatile. Wild and natural or chic and structured, it always looks timelessly stylish. Unsurprisingly I veer towards the natural look and I adore all the ideas below, especially the cherry red lip on the cute bride to add a little surprise to her neutral look.
I’m looking forward to creating some unique venue decorations for my couples this year, like ribbon strung flowers and asymmetric floral arches (and please someone ask me to make a garland for their pony). Cream blooms with lots of lush foliage is a great way to give these statement installations a natural, understated style.
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Posted on January 13, 2015
Your bridal bouquet is one of the highlights of your wedding day and a memory you will carry with you for years to come. I loved mine so much that I barely put it down the whole day and refused to throw it, much to my friends’ disappointment. In hindsight, I regret not making a separate throw bouquet so strongly recommend considering this if you plan to do the traditional bouquet toss with your girls.
Flowers lift your heart and there’s nothing quite like having your favourite blooms close as you say your vows, thoughtfully designed into a stunning bouquet to add natural beauty to the day and make your photographs sing.
There are many different bouquet styles and it’s important to choose the right design for you, your figure and your dress, and the overall feel of your day. Florists are there to help of course, but it’s nice to think it through before your consultation. So I’ve put together this guide to demystify bouquet styles to help you on your way, and perhaps inspire you to consider something a little different.
Posy | Chic and simple, the posy is the smallest bouquet style but no less beautiful if well designed. It is often the style of choice for bridesmaids and flower girls, but can work brilliant for brides too if you’re petite, on a budget or have particularly detailed and intricate dress style and want to keep your flowers understated.
Cabbage flower & lavender posy | Source unknown
Hand-tie | The hand-tie is the most popular bouquet style as it can be infinitely customised in a variety of shapes and any size. It is constructed in the hand, with spiralled stems so the flowers fan out in a balanced structure. It can be loose or compact, wild or neat, small or massively oversized. I outline the four main hand-tied styles below.
1. Natural hand-tie | I have the most requests for this style and it is one of my personal favourites. It suits many dress styles, particularly slim cut, slinky numbers. It has a relaxed feel as it is usually asymmetrical, with different textures and stem heights for added interest and individuality. The size and level of ‘wildness’ is obviously up to you.
2. Round hand-tie | If you’re looking for something more orderly, a round hand-tie could be the one for you. This style is neater and more compact than the natural style, but it can still have texture and be given a natural look if you choose. It suits A-line dresses well.Blush & white bouquet | Source unknown
3. Dome hand-tie | This modern classic is a variation on the round style, usually constructed with a single flower type, such as rose, peony or hydrangea, tightly packed together in a symmetrical arrangement. The round form of these flower varieties gives the bouquet a dome-like shape and it is a beautiful way to show off a single favourite bloom.
White peony and senecio bouquet | Source unknown
4. Tall hand-tie clutch | This natural style has a scooped-from-the-meadow feel, with stems left long and perhaps uneven too. It has a boho feel and is a nice option if your bridesmaids are wearing long dresses. The tall clutch is quite a style statement and a good choice for brides looking for something unusual and laid back.Lace dress bride | Wildflower clutch
Ballerina/sheaf | This bouquet style seems be experiencing a little resurgence at the moment and I’m very happy about it. Designed to be cradled casually in the arm, the ballerina is a front-facing design that has a relaxed feel yet still feels delightfully elegant. It suits tall flowers, such as lupins and delphinums, which can otherwise be tricky to incorporate into bridal bouquets. The ballerina bouquet is quite a unique look and would be my style of choice if I were to do it all again.
Icelandic poppy bouquet | Source unknown
Shower/Cascade | Long, sweeping and sophisticated, the shower bouquet cascades like a waterfall down the bridal gown. It can be hand-tied or constructed in a holder, with the flowers individually wired for stability or left natural for a more relaxed look. Due to the large amount of floral material and intricate work involved in wiring, this is often the most expensive of all styles.Orange, red & pink bouquet | Peach & white bouquet
Posted on January 12, 2015
Today’s Monday moodboard is inspired by one of my favourite Christmas gifts, Eat Drink Nap, from the owners of Soho House (highly recommend if you love the place or just want some very cool interior décor ideas). All the locations are dreamy in their unique way but I’m particularly taken with Miami Beach House at the moment. I guess it’s due to daydreaming of sandy feet and poolside cocktails amid this cold grey January weather.
Miami seems like such a laid back place, which is a nice element to bring to your wedding if stiff formality isn’t your thing. Go for a free-flowing dress, natural wavy hair and a lightweight relaxed two-piece for your guy, and you can feel the effortless look begin to take shape. Pick a mid-summer date, serve piquant fruity cocktails and choose an uplifting band to keep your guests dancing until the early hours under a canopy of fairy lights. Venue-wise, while securing an Art Deco beachfront hotel like the Miami Beach house might be tricky, this look can be created anywhere from a lush back garden to an urban roof terrace. Add succulents and coral blooms and you’re there.
Source unknown | Lava Flow cocktail
Peony bouquet | Succulent favours
Posted on January 7, 2015
Are you planning favours for your wedding? We nearly didn’t bother as I often see so many left behind after a wedding, but I had a sudden change of heart at the last minute. Short on time, we stocked up on mini Green & Blacks chocolate bars and stashed them in little polka dot brown paper bags, which I sealed with patterned fabric and washi tape. They looked cute and there wasn’t a single one left the next day so I guess they were appreciated.
Favours are far from the stalwart tradition they once were but if you decide to do them, it’s nice to go for something that your guests will appreciate rather than something that could go to waste at the end of the night. You don’t have to spend a lot at all, particularly if you DIY, and a little attention to packaging makes them feel extra special.
Foodie favours will always go down well, whether handmade or shop brought and dressed nicely like mine. Think beyond the ubiquitous love hearts and consider some of these yummy treats, tried and tested by me…
Chilli Jam | I made this delicious jam for our family’s Christmas hampers from Nigella’s recipe and it couldn’t be more simple (or tasty). Buy your jars on eBay and sterilise before use.
Bacon and chocolate chip cookies | If these sound strange to you, just trust me and try them out. You won’t regret it. They’re unique, utterly delicious and sure to be a hit. Just leave the bacon out for your vegetarian guests. Wrap in cellophane and tie with a ribbon. Recipe here.
Chocolate truffles | I first made these when I was a kid, so if clumsy seven-year-old me can do them, anyone can. Three basic ingredients (butter, cream, chocolate) and whatever flavours you fancy. Think thyme, sea salt, rum, coffee, champagne, crushed crunchie bars… anything goes. Check out Martha Stewart’s simple recipe here.
Blackberry and vanilla vodka | Fancy-sounding recipes that are deceptively simple to make is a winning combination in my book and this vodka is a case in point. It’s easy and delicious. What’s not to love? See the recipe here.