Archive for December, 2011

Emily + Andrew’s winter wedding

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Emily and Andrew first came to see us over two years ago, whilst this is super organized, it made the whole process of choosing the right flowers for them completely stress free. We had time to source, suggest and show them lots of different items, ideas and of course flowers!



They chose to get married at The Elephant Hotel in Pangbourne for its truly relaxed vibe and super chilled out atmosphere. The perfect setting for the winter wonderland wedding of their dreams.

The final touches to the ceremony room included these rather ‘WOW’ candelabras, which I found just days before the wedding. A rushed email to Emily and Andrew with attached pictures and they loved them too.



The flowers were designed to create a wonderfully romantic setting, with an undertone of 1940’s vintage glamour. Completely up my street!


White Akito roses, were combined with berried ivy, viburnum berries, steely green eucalyptus, scented freesias, Avalanche roses and hints of Amnesia roses to create luxurious, opulent table centres. We all absolutely fell in love with the large silver pedestal bowls and decided they were a must!




Cakes always amaze me, and Emily and Andrew had spared no expense with this drop-dead-I-want cake made by Peggy Porschen, who travelled all the way to Pangbourne to install it herself.



Emily’s wedding bouquet contained Akito roses, Amnesia roses, Majolika spray roses, berried ivy, viburnum berries, scented eucalyptus and thistles as a nod to her Scottish roots.



The bridesmaid’s bouquets were filled with Akito roses, Majolika spray roses, viburnum berries, berried ivy, eucalyptus and scented freesias. The perfect accompaniment to Emily’s wedding bouquet.


I can’t sign off without mentioning their wedding favours. Macaroons are possibly my favourite sweet treat of all time; macaroons from Ladurée are to die for.

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!


Get Emily and Andrews look

Venue: The Elephant Hotel, Pangbourne

Wedding Planning: Essentially You

Cake by: Peggy Porschen

Wedding favours by: Ladurée

Book a wedding consultation for your flowers by calling 0118 984 4000 or email

dress your fireplace this Christmas – inspiration

Thursday, December 1st, 2011


Hearth of the home.

The fireplace is the centre of most homes at Christmas, roaring log fires and gorgeous surrounds also make this the perfect place to create your dream winter wonderland setting.


Inspiration awaits…


Fill old jars with handfuls of pussy willow and place along the entire length of the fireplace for a gorgeous woodland inspired scene.

Pussy willow £10.00 a bunch

Available in store


Place beautiful finds from around your home in small groupings, scatter with pinecones and large pillar candles for an eclectic, romantic setting.

Christmas trees £15.00 for 3

Large wicker star £5.50

Available in store and online


Silver sparkle and candles go hand in hand at Christmas. These mercury glass candlesticks and tea light holders would look stunning paired with a simple pine garland.

Large mercury glass candlestick £21.50 each

Small mercury glass candlestick £12.50 each

Tea light holder £4.50 each

Pine garlands price available on request

Available in store and online


These gorgeous antique tea light holders add a perfect vintage glint to any Christmas table. Scatter amongst small hyacinths bulbs planted in glass container decorated with moss for a simply stunning way to decorate your hearth.

Tea light holder £4.50 each

Hyacinth bulbs from £1.50 each

Available in store and online


Hang your rustic willow wreath above your fireplace using lace ribbon for a romantic wonderland look. Decorate the surround with a lush garland filled with pine, berries, ivy and eucalyptus.

Rustic willow wreath £15.00

Pine garlands price available on request

Available in store and online


Garlands are the perfect decoration for any fireplace. Use English pine, ivy, berries and herbs to add the most wonderful scent to your home.

Pine garlands price available on request

Available in store