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Felicity and Ed’s Dreamy Country Garden Wedding Flowers


English country garden wedding bouquet goals right here! This bridal bouquet shows you how beautiful a blue and white colour palette can look. Find your wedding flower style head voer to our blog to take the quiz www.greenparlour.com/blog

Felicity and Edwards country garden wedding

If you adore country garden wedding flowers, then this has to be the post for you. Felicity and Edward’s day was filled with buckets of our favourite seasonal blooms, with a just picked vibe. The perfect ingredients if you are looking to create a natural ‘undone’ wedding.

Felicity and Edward’s amazing wedding took place waaaay back in September. Its taken me forever to blog about this beauty, but the best things come to those who wait and believe me, I cannot wait to tell you all about it!

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Choosing the Right Tribute for a Funeral

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When your faced with choosing flowers for a loved ones funeral its so difficult to know where to start. A lot of undertakers have an in house florist with some set designs that you can choose from, this can make life a lot easier, especially when there is so much to organise, but what if you don’t want to organise a standard arrangement – you want something a little bit more personal.

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Wedding Flowers for Men – Buttonhole Recipe’s for Winter

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Every man should wear flowers … and not just on his wedding day. I’m such a firm believe in this – a little nod to the seasons pinned onto ones jacket certainly gives the wearer such an air of distinction it would be a shame to limit this effect just to your wedding day.

 

And boys, guess what – you don’t have to wear a single rose with a teeny tiny leaf … no! The modern man dons a tiny collection of fleurs fully embracing the season. Here to inspire (as always) are 3 of our winter buttonhole recipes (or if your feeling awfully posh, boutonnieres)

 

I’m still pinning down a name to call them, I know everyone KNOWS what a buttonhole is, but it just sounds so … none floral! Perhaps a floral jacket pin … or a jacket posy …. Ideas very much welcome!

 

 

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A Hanging Floral Instillation

So normally I start off gushing about the bridal bouquet – and although Lara’s bridal bouquet is possibly my favourite of the season, we just have to start off sharing this ultra huge giant wreath constructed especially for her big day.

Lara and Ben tied the knot in the grounds of a school where her parents worked. Marquee constructed, Lara set to work planning all the intricate elements that would make up her big day. When we first met we looked at a load of images together – this is such an important stage and one of the reasons we only give quotes after a face to face consultation. Spending this time together, getting to know the in’s and out’s of our couples big day means we can really get a feel for their personalities, wants and floral desires! One of the images we stumbled across was of a hanging wreath suspended over a table filled with folaiges and flowers. The challenge was set! And our large scale wreath adventure began.

Frames were made, transportation issues overcome and finally we got to start foliaging the monster 2 meter frame! Using lots of different leaves, the wreath began to take shape with tons of texture, tints and tones. Watch out 2015 weddings – the giant wreath may be coming to a venue near you!

Lara’s bouquet was filled with all sorts of beautiful. Soft ammi majus, scented sweet peas, dolomiti roses, veronica, astrantia, berried eucalyptus and scented herbs. I think you’ll agree its an absolute stunner of a bouquet and I can assure you, those sweet peas smelt a little bit like heaven. Delicious!

Lara recently sent us this note about her big day, it was such a joy to work on a large scale instillation, we can’t wait for the next challenge!

“Friendly, enthusiastic, professional, talented and with a portfolio to back that up. It was an easy choice and I couldn’t recommend her highly enough. A huge personal thank you from me and Ben. You truly were wonderful and you really did add to the excitement of the day.”

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Top 5 Country Bridal Bouquets for Your Barn Wedding

Country weddings are big business at the moment, the current trend for big beautiful barns, yards of bunting and blousy blooms is right up our street!

If your after an English country wedding, our top 5 country bridal bouquets will be the perfect compliment to your relaxed wedding day.

Read on for some jaw dropping gorgeous floral inspiration …

Looking Peachy!

You can’t get much more country than the blousy David Austin roses. The Juliette rose is an absolute favourite of mine, I can’t help but think ‘huge peach marshmallow’ every time I see them. Combine this gorgeous specimen with some of my favourite country flowers including sweet peas, veronica, scabiosa and berried eucalytpus. Wrap the bouquet with hessian to complete the look and you’re ready for your big barn entrance with this beauty!

Bright, Bold and Beautiful!

Getting married between May and June? In that case peonies just HAVE to be on your country wedding flower list. One might say that they are the ultimate country wedding flower with tones from soft pinks, the most amazing coral, blush and white. Going bold? Combine the peony with marigolds, sweet william, clematis, veronica and babies breath. Tie up this beauty with multi-coloured ribbon trails for the ultimate wow factor.

Photo courtesy of Benjamin Stuart Photography

Trail the night away!

Ok, Ok I admit it this is my favourite, probably because its the bouquet I chose for my big day! Delicate flowers are complimented with tons of textures and foliage. The bouquet was jam packed with ferns, berries, sweet peas, Caramel Antique roses and eucalyptus. If woodland imp is your look, this is the bouquet for you.

Elegant in white!

This elegant country garden wedding bouquet is filled with sweet peas, roses, ammi majus, berried eucalyptus, veronica and astrantia. I adore the neutral colour palette of this bouquet and the scent was just to die for! Delicate sweet peas are perfect for bridal bouquets, filling them with keep-on-breathing-in scent. Lets hear an mmm….

Spring Woodland!

Early spring brides don’t despair! There are tons of gorgeous blooms available to help create the garden look your heart desired. Use snowdrops, paperwhites, helleborus, guelder rose and blossom to create a delicate loose springtime bouquet filled with beautiful texture and soft romantic colours.

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Natasha and Sam by Benjamin Stuart Photography

A few weeks ago these beauties hit my inbox from the wonderful Benjamin Stuart Photography. We were lucky enough to both be involved in Natasha and Sam’s romantic country wedding at Combe Manor in Hungerford, Berkshire. I think you’ll agree Benjamin has captured our flowers beautifully and the images really are a feast for the eyes.

Natasha’s bridal bouquet contains Majolika spray roses, sweet peas, blush Safi roses, eucalyptus, astrantia and ivory Akito roses

We were lucky enough to deliver Natasha’s bridal bouquet to her at Combe Manor, it has to be one of my favourite parts as a florist. Suddenly this wedding bouquet, which you’ve spent months planning, writing about, tweaking until its perfect is delivered to the Bride. All that love and emotion we have put into creating the wedding bouquet then takes on a whole new meaning as she walks down the aisle.

Natasha and Sam tied the knot in late May, its such a gorgeous time for flowers, with some of my all time favourite blooms in abundance. I literally cannot get enough of sweet peas during the summer months, and for me they are the most perfect wedding flower. Having scented items (unless you are suddenly going to be struck down with a major allergy) should be something top of your bridal agenda. There is something completely magical about the power of smell. Who wouldn’t want to be reminded of their big day when they smell the delicate scent of sweet peas in the future.

All the flowers were designed to compliment a soft romantic yet rustic theme. Combe Manor is set in the most idyllic Berkshire countryside one could wish for, and the reception barn is really something else. With bags of character from the hanging murals to big black barn doors, the space really suits some light, dreamy flowers to compliment the drama.

Natasha and Sam tied the knot at St Swithun’s Church next to Combe Manor, with this beautiful archway reaching high into the rafters. Filled with tons of scented foliage, as well as seasonal stocks, daisies and roses, the arch really brought the space alive. I love the idea of an internal archway too, and then it can be enjoyed throughout the service.

The tables were adorned with rustic matt zinc jugs each holding chic country hand-tied bouquets. These were filled with sweet peas, alchemilla mollis, scented stocks, Sweet Avalanche roses, daisies and lots of scented foliage.

Thank you so much to Benjamin Stuart for sharing the love with these wonderful photographs, I think you’ll agree he’s one to watch in 2014/2015. We can’t wait to work with you again.

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The Flower School by Green Parlour

 

Summer is definitely in full swing in our lovely flower studio. We’re bursting with gorgeous peonies, scented stocks and our favourite delphiniums. I think the heady scent is getting to us as we’re busy planning our next flower school course on Tuesday 10th June.

If your a budding flower designer, our Vase Arrangement course is for you! Not only do you get lots of gorgeous flowers to arrange with you also get to take home your vessel and a whole load of inspiration to boot.

Held in our working studio, we will talk you through the know-how of using oasis to create wonderful arrangements as well as touching upon hand-tied skills required for some containers.

We teach you the tricks of the trade, walking you through a step by step guide to perfect vase arrangements!

Flower School Details

Date: Tuesday 10th June
Time: 19.00 – 21.00
Tickets: £55.00
Bookings: You can book your place online at www.greenparlour.com or by calling our studio on 0118 984 4000

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Spring Urn

This beauty almost fell into my handbag on the way home today. I think it may be my favourite urn arrangement to date. These miniature metal urns are completely perfect – the right size for plants, arrangements and not too huge that they would swap a table setting for a dinner party.

They are also super versatile to arrange in. Make a hand-tied bouquet, use some oasis, chicken wire (always my preference) or those funny little pin cushion flower frogs. I’m more of a chicken wire lady myself, scrunch a tiny piece up and simply just start threading your stems through, starting with your foliage and voila! A scaled down vase suitable for any stately home (or semi-detached terrace house)

The ingredience of my urn arrangement includes; jasmine, eucalyptus, forget-me-nots, sweet peas, spirea, astilbe, helleborus and the most gorgeous to die for ever roses (aka Caramel Antique) the perfect amount of blouse, don’t you think?

For more spring/summer loveliness you should really take a little peek at our recent post about some of our favourite flowers of the season. Take a look here Early Summer Flower Inspiration

There may be more arrangements to come this week that may want to accidentally come home with me.

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Learn Professional Flower Arranging

It may be tipping it down outside but we are busy planning our next flower school course on Wednesday 14th May.

The studio is full of late spring and early summer flowers and we are literally bursting with inspiration. If your a budding flower designer, our Vase Arrangement course is for you! Not only do you get lots of gorgeous flowers to arrange with you also get to take home your vessel and a whole load of inspiration to boot.

Held in our working studio, we will talk you through the know-how of using oasis to create wonderful arrangements as well as touching upon hand-tied skills required for some containers.

We teach you the tricks of the trade, walking you through a step by step guide to perfect vase arrangements!

Flower School Details

Date: Wednesday 14th May
Time: 10.00 – 12.00
Tickets: £55.00
Bookings: You can book your place online at www.greenparlour.com or by calling our studio on 0118 984 4000

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Flower Crowns

What do you get when you leave three florists with a bucket of leftover flowers…. dress up time of course! It was flower crown central on Monday afternoon in the shop much to the surprise of our visiting customers – i think secretly they all wanted to join in!

With a few wayward stems left over from Mother’s Day we totally and unashamedly indulged our creative sides. It was such a pleasure to just go wild. Flower crowns are all over pinterest and instagram right now and it was the perfect excuse to do some in-house training with our lovely trainee Brittany, developing her own ideas and core floristry skills such as wiring and taping.

Perhaps daydreaming of warmer climes, I went for a somewhat tropical design. Vibrant apricot toned Tulips, a soft marshmallow pink blousey statement Rose and a helping of cerise Rose buds for good measure went into my asymmetric number, finished of course with neon green ribbon! All I needed to complete the look was a grass skirt and a pina colada!

Emma’s design had much more of a refined and vintage air. With textures of Sweet Williams, threaded Hyacinth pips and cloudy Gypsophila, not forgetting the beautiful open Anemones. I think her headdress was very elegant and wouldn’t have looked at all out of place on set in a 1920’s film.

And last but definitely not least – what a stunning piece from Brittany! And a first attempt to boot! She was inspired by the electric blue Delphiniums running through her crown. The Anastacia bloom is used like a living pompom with romantic swirly Lisianthus and Rose buds clustered above  – I think it looks great and she wears it so well!

Donning our floral masterpieces I think we were all pretty chuffed with the results and a mini photo shoot ensued. Well it would have been rude not to!

I wonder what next weeks leftover blooms will bring….