As peony season draws to a swift close and we prepare to wave a sad goodbye to our favourite June flower I thought it was the perfect time to share these images of Emily and Jay's big day at Cliveden House wedding venue. Emily was the most gorgeous bride and with peonies featuring heavily in her brief, I knew from the start it was going to look pretty wow.
Emily and Jay tied the knot at the end of June in true style at the wonderful Cliveden House wedding venue. Beautiful sweeping grounds greeted their guests with an entrance to die for and the most delightful ceremony and reception room. I've visited many times growing up, but providing wedding flowers here was truly magical.
Emily held a bouquet of Sarah Bernhardt peonies complimented with a subtle hint of eucalytpus. Perfectly simple and stunningly elegant.
The tables were to look a little more elaborate. We talked about full floral wreaths with white and pink peonies stealing the show. The French Dining room hosted both the ceremony and wedding breakfast - with guilt detailing...
In the height of summer meadow flowers are the order of the day. July to me is all about gorgeous bright summer flowers. When we got Natalie and Guy's brief I knew immediately which direction we should take their wedding flower. They'd chosen to tie the knot at the beautiful barn at Herons Farm - sometimes you just have to listen to the venue, and this venue cries out for the just picked relaxed vibe.
Natalie's bouquet contained some of my all time favourite flowers - peony, sweet pea, nigella, astrantia, craspedia, ammi majus ... the list goes on! The wildflower wedding look is really achieved with tons of different flowers with loads of texture. Tied with beautiful colourful satin ribbons the bridal bouquet encapsulates all that I adore about July.
Flower crowns for weddings are all the rage ... I have to say I'm a complete flower crown addict, but at the same time I'm not sure I have the jaunty walk or total confidence to carry one off. This delicate number adorned Natalie's head and I have to say...
March, you are already shaping up to be an absolute stunner! Leslie and Arkadius have been blessed with the most amazing spring sunshine for their big day at Danesfield House. As well as the sun shining down on the lucky couple, Leslie also managed to choose some of my all time favourite flowers and colour combination. Peach is still huge, especially when teamed with dashes of rose gold, metallic and just the slightest sprinkle of copper.
We started planning Leslie's wedding flowers just a few months ago, with her coming to see us with tons of visual inspiration for the flowers. She was a total joy to work with and she completely trusted our flower choices for the big day. David Austin Juliette roses were combined with Bombastic spray roses, ranunculus, orchids and hints of lilac to create a lush dome of floral gorgeousness to carry down the aisle. How much do you love the ranunculus/rose combination, it totally took my breath away.
The amazing fireplace in the Versailles Suite at Danesfield House needed something huge and natural to balance with...
We're so pleased you dropped by for our bright spring inspired table centre DIY. I don't know about you, but spring is the time that our house seems to come alive again. We start entertaining, people drop in and there is a whole host of blooming beautiful flowers available.
This easy peasy table centre tutorial is the perfect way to spruce up your home ready for Easter celebrations and lets face it who doesn't love a bit of flower DIY, especially with us there to hold your hand every step of the way. If you've got any questions, just leave a comment below and we'll get back to you pronto!
First things first you want to choose your container. We opted for this rather vibrant orange number, mainly because I've become a little obsessed with everything orange. I also think its perfect for spring. Who doesn't want a little (or bold and large) injection of colour after those dull winter months. If you wanted something a little more pastel you could recreate this whole tutorial in a teracotta pot or maybe...
Boy oh boy have I got some beautiful shots to show you today. Sometimes you make a bouquet that you just totally fall in love with and it becomes so super hard to give it away even to the most amazing of brides. Alice truly was an amazing bride, our paths have crossed through friends over the last 12 years and it was so lovely to receive her email asking if we'd arrange the flowers for her big day. Danny, her groom, helped us design various elements for the shop when we first opened. He is uber talented as a designer and is one of lifes gentlemen. Can you tell already that I think they are an amazing couple?
When I got Alice's email with a tentative enquiry, I already knew their wedding day would be a true extension of themselves filled with people they love and some quirky features that would ensure their wedding was remembered forever by all whom attended. When you know all this about a couple I was so intrigued to where they had chosen to...
You know you are going to have an absolute ball with a couple, when in your first meeting the words 'there may be an element of dinosaur throughout the day' are uttered and you just happen to be wearing your Tatty Devine Dinosaur necklace.
Lizzie and Tom were to tie the knot at the ever beautiful Wasing Park. A gorgeous venue where you know your bride and groom can really stamp their personalities into the space. Every time we come to do our flower thing, its completely different from ombre,to, well ... dinosaurs!
I love every part of the wedding planning with our couples, but the first meetings are always such a joy. I love hearing the little details, the brides (and grooms) having a total brain dump of ideas, and getting excited about all the floral possibilities. From that moment I can't wait to start making the flowers. I had to wait almost a whole year to get my hands on the flowers for Lizzie and Tom's big day and I'm proud to say there wasn't a rose in sight....
Well we may have told a small fib - Spring isn't quite on its way, but we're doing our best to jolly things up a little in the shop with tons of spring bulbs. If you're after your Spring hit, well we may just be the place to poke your nose in and have a look around.
January is a funny old month. All the decorations are down, the house is looking bare. For some that's the joy of January, a fresh start, but secretly I'm yearning for the glitz and glamour of all the twinkle lights and beautiful jewel toned decorations (or maybe a toned down version of the mentioned anyway)
This yearning for decoration inevitably ends up with an influx of bulbs, all shapes and sizes, all colours, and our mantlepieces and windowsills at home and in the shop are suddenly filled to the brim with the hope and expectation of Spring.
How can one fail to love bulbs. They are completely magical, that one small bulbous thing, holding the power to create such beauty and scent. And self sufficient...
What a year! Without all of you this wouldn't be possible.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
We have wonderful customers, amazing brides, the most fantastic team of dedicated florists, delivery drivers, accountants ... everyone you don't see who makes things tick behind the scenes. There are also wonderfully supportive parents, husbands, children, extended family members who make it possible for Green Parlour to exist.
Without all of you, Green Parlour would still be my dream. I can't tell you how thankful I am each day.
Our amazing year kicked off with a bang, straight into an early wedding season and what a wedding season we've had. We met some totally amazing couples this year and 2014 was the year I decided to join them. Take a look at some of our favourites here:
We floral-ed up the wonderful Kew Gardens in October
Are you looking for a large scale wreath? Lara's bespoke wedding flowers took giant wreath to another diamention
Orchids and David Austin roses stole our hearts at Rivervale Barn
The day ombre came to flowers featuring Wasing Park
Its all go in the Parlour this week with a total flurry of Christmas activity. It is my favourite time of year. Huge installations, giant wreaths, gorgeous winter plants and a whole host of beautiful foliage to adorn wreath after wreath.
One of our favourite numbers leaving the shop this week is this huge gypsophilia wreath .Its completely brimming with the stuff. I think we may sneak to the owners house and take a photo of this beauty in its new home (the owner has a rather fabulous front door) I can help but think how beautiful these would look hanging from a barn door for a winter wedding.
We have also been table centre a go go, with our regular clients installing their Christmas decorations in hotels and restaurants. These cheeky little numbers are perfect for a table, and with such a long life, they will last from now until the big C-Day.
In the meantime Mariah is joining us for general cheery Christmas spirit and japes.
On Saturday we finished our last wedding of the year and boy oh boy did we go out with a bang. Gemma and Ben tied the knot at the gorgeous Herons Barn in Pangbourne and we were there in true Green Parlour style to floral up the affair.
I love every wedding we do for lots of different floral reasons from muscari in March, peonies in June to English roses in August. November is not skimping on the floral front either, you are spoilt for choice with some of my all time favourite flowers. November weddings should be filled with blousy marshmallow ranunculus, the emergence of anemones and the textures from the amazing foliage that is around in abundance at this time of year.
Gemma's bouquet was filled with all sorts of goodies, from textures of succulent, berried viburnum, scabiosa seed pod heads, Mentha roses, anemones, ranunculus berried eucalytpus .... the list goes on!
Dressed in rich champagne gold the 'Maids held a miniature version of Gemma's bouquet with Mentha roses, eryngium, lisianthus and foliage textures. Pretty 'Maids all in a row.