Flowers, Wedding Flowers

Spurred into Action, Dolly to the Rescue

Today I was spurred into action by the wonderful Wedding Sparrow who tweeted she was going to nose at the blog for some inspiration before a meeting with her wedding florist in a few weeks time. Hugely flattering but I also realised everything was looking a little out of date so my interim offering, before I upload lots of gorgeous wedding photo's, is another homage to the white rose. Not only do I love its simplicity, its romantic ivy collar and the satin bow (I'm big on bows right now) but I also love my model mannequin with wooden arms. She is called Dolly if you were wondering ...

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Flowers, Wedding Flowers

White Wedding Bouquet

I am such a white rose girl and they are the perfect for a classical, elegant wedding. I think my favourite thing of all has to be spray roses, I am a complete sucker for them especially when you get these gorgeous green buds poking out between the Akito roses. We filled this wedding bouquet with yummy scented freesias and had one happy bride! hurray!

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DIY inspiration, Some little thoughts, Wedding Flowers

The Day That Rock N Roll Bride Came to Play

  The Green Parlour girls got pretty excited when I told them about our VIP guest appearance from Kat at Rock n Roll Bride! Not only was she coming to say a massive hello but we invited her in to experience a day in the life of, well us, with some DIY tutorials to share with all of her beautiful readers to boot. Just the ticket to brighten up a dark Wednesday in January me thinks. Take a look at our day with the pink haired beauty here and watch this space for an announcement on some new flower school bridal courses we will be running ... the perfect way to come and play with gorgeous blooms with your bridesmaids, mums and friends. Big love to Kat at www.rocknrollbride.com not only for writing such an awesome wedding blog but she's a pretty hot trainee florist too.

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Flowers, Wedding Flowers

How to Choose Your Wedding Flowers Part 2

Part two of a three part series to help you get the most out of your wedding flowers! In part two of our guide on How to Choose your Wedding Flowers we start to look at all the fun things! The actual flowers! First on my flower list is always the bridal bouquet. Along with the dress I believe the bridal bouquet helps to set the scene for the whole wedding, introducing the look of your day and containing your personality. In this, part 2 of our guide, we show you some of the key styles, talk about ways to introduce colour and … don’t forget the groom … The bridal bouquet is always first on my list of flower requirements to talk about; it is my favourite part of the whole ‘let's talk about wedding flowers’ process, and also probably the most daunting – all the wedding ideas suddenly become super real! This is the time to whip out all the mood boards, images of your dress (I love this part!), colours that you love, plans, ideas, thoughts, all the little...

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Flowers, Some little thoughts, Wedding Flowers

How to Choose Your Wedding Flowers

Part one of a three part series to help you get the most out of your wedding flowers! Choosing the right flowers to reflect you and your wedding day can be mind blowing! First there is the style of bouquet, then you have to think about colours and on top of that flower names and what may be available at that time of year ... and it goes without saying ... cost! Flowers are so important for adding the finishing touches to your day, reflecting your style, colour theme and enhancing your dress. So where do you start in this daunting flower world? Follow our step by step guide to prepare for your first wedding consultation ... It sounds a little interior-design-meets-changing-rooms but mood boards are a great way of gathering all sorts of visual information to show your wedding florist (and other suppliers). Go traditional and get creative with your scissors and glue and grab all of those lovely wedding magazines you've been hoarding and start ripping them to shreds! Fill it with images of your dress, your inspiration; basically fill...

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Flowers, Some little thoughts

15% off Our Christmas Wreaths

Beautiful Christmas wreaths and 15% off ... All quiet on the blog posts for a week so I thought I'd show you a sneak peak of the start of our festive season online. I am particularly excited to show you our range of fresh Christmas wreaths. I am totally in love with Christmas wreaths and I have to say I've fallen head over heals with the vintage inspired wreath with dried lavender and the most beautiful old fashioned tea roses ever! I have a thing about lavender and go completely barmy for it. Although not in true seasonal spirit, it looks amazing combined with miniature pine cones, berried ivy and the natural willow twigs ... very Country Living! I think people often feel a little sad that they spend money on a wreath for the outside of their door and then spend most of the time inside not looking at it. But it doesn't have to be this way ... we always have a door wreath during December and as soon as we're entertaining and the guests are inside we whizz outside,...

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Green Parlour in the Press, Some little thoughts

Christmas Wreath Classes

Drum roll please ... ... Our Christmas Wreath Classes are back Learn how to make your own stunning Christmas door wreaths and dress your table to impress Wednesday 1st December 2010 Wednesday 8th December 2010 Wednesday 15th December 2010 Green Parlour will provide you with all the knowledge and materials to create your own Christmas door wreath. Perfect for celebrating the festive season! There will also be expert advise on the latest interior trends, as well as some inspirational ideas on how to dress your Christmas table from Lynda Tillotson at L Interiors, Chapel Row, Bucklebury, RG7 6PB. Taking place at The Bladebone Inn, Chapel Row, Bucklebury, RG7 6PD classes will start promptly at 7.30pm and finish at 9.30pm. You will be greeted with a glass of wine before a brief demonstration on how to create the perfect Christmas wreath. You will then be invited to create your own wreath for your front door. Lynda will then guide you through dressing your table beautifully for Christmas Day. Each class costs £45.00 per person, per course. Places are limited. Call Green Parlour on 0118 984 4000 to book your place...

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Bradfield College, Wedding Flowers

White for White at Bradfield College

There is something about white wedding flowers that I love. Perhaps its there timeless elegance and the fact they can be a complete chameleon! Able to transform from crisp modern orchids right through to a relaxed, English country garden theme, they retain their simplicity and grace of style no matter what venue, vase or dress they find themselves near. I personally love white flowers in a relaxed country feel, a look that suits Bradfield College perfectly, complimenting the dark wood that is present throughout the Main Hall and bringing a taste of the buildings gorgeous grounds inside. Filled with Avalanche Roses, white Veronica, scented Eucalyptus, Majolica spray Roses, Astilbe and Waxflower these glass cylinder vases work perfectly with the relaxed but elegant brief we were given! I had to take a snap of the Bride and Groom's cake of cheese, the woodblock is amazing! and the theme of the white flowers become a little more obvious. Anyone who reads a few of our notes will know that I have a huge amount of love for kissing balls! This one is a particular...

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Mapledurham House, Wedding Flowers

Wedding Flowers, English Tea, Kissing Balls and an Aeroplane

Sometimes you get the opportunity to meet a bride who wants something a little different for her wedding day, and is willing to put in the time to make it happen. It was such a joy to meet Alice (the Bride) and Penny (Alice's Mum who just happens to be handy with a needle and thread and growing flowers amongst other things!) way back at our first meeting in deepest darkest depths of February. As soon as they started describing the theme for their wedding, relaxed elegant English country garden with a fete, party feel in the afternoon. Perfect! Its exactly how I'd have my wedding. Alice's dress sounded perfect - lace with an elegant vintage feel and was having a birdcage hat specially made, their ideas for the marquee they were erecting in Mapledurham Estate just outside of Reading, Berkshire were getting more elaborate and ornate by the day. I always have images of Penny sitting there surrounded by mounds of pastel coloured triangles ready to be made into the pretty bunting that adorned the interior of the marquee and definitely...

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