This week has been jam packed in the Parlour, with a total of 6 weddings leaving our doors over 3 days. I adored all the bouquets, but I have to say Laura's vintage rose wedding bouquet totally stole my heart. With the carte blanche brief of something of a grown-up but vintage nature, we blended rose after rose after rose to create her bouquet.
Laura married her boy Phil on Sunday at the Swan in Streatley and thank goodness the sun shone for there ceremony was taking place on the beautiful barge they have registered for weddings.
Every bridal bouquet means the world to us ...
We often get asked if we have a minimum order for our wedding flowers, I know this is how some florists operate, but we wholeheartedly do not! Its so amazing to be part of a brides big day, however small. Basically we just totally adore making wedding flowers, from every bridal bouquet right through to church flowers and beyond.
Laura enlisted our help to create her bouquet, a bridesmaids bouquet, something cute for her bridesmaids to hold...
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...
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....
Woah! Where to start with this beauty ... if you love flowers and plants, this may be the wedding for you!
Vicki an Mark tied the knot in serious botanical style at Kew Gardens at the beginning of October. Some of our favourite blooms made there way to Richmond ready to arranged in the gorgeous surroundings. Vicki and Mark used classical whites, creams and greens to create an elegant autumnal affair. Hydrangeas were used in abundance combined with Majolika spray roses and the heavenly scent of freesias.
With the elegant brief in mind, Vicki's bridal bouquet was jam packed with Akito roses, scented freesias and Majolika spray roses. A tight dome of these gorgeous florals creates a concise but feminine design. To top it all off it really smelt devine! Scent is something I'm a big advocate of for bridal work, its such a powerful sense for an emotionally packed day. Just think, when you breath in those smells again you will be taken straight back to your "I do's"
Delivering the bridal bouquet to The Petersham Hotel has to be my...
What a stunner on the blog this morning! Emily and Alex tied the knot at the end of September at the beautiful Rivervale Barn. September has been jam packed full of beauties this year and none more stunning than this one.
Emily and Alex first came to see us at the beginning of January to start talking about the grand plans for their big day. We always love to ask if the couple have any particular favourite flowers that have a significant meaning, and, as Emily and Alex got engaged in Singapore surrounded by orchids, they became our MUST include flower!
Peach has to be the colour of 2014, and David Austin Juliette roses are the perfect way to work the hottest floral trend. These dishes of scented delight are combined with oriental orchids, lisianthus, spray roses and berries. What a stunner of a bouquet for Emily to walk down the aisle with.
The beautiful barn at Rivervale is expertly designed to allow each couple to put their own stamp on the venue. Emily had tons of vision and bags of ideas...
Spring has well and truly sprung ... our gorgeous flower stand is filled with some beautiful seasonal blooms from scetned muscari through to poppy like anemones, what a perfect time of year to get married!
Harriet and Rory certainly chose a beautiful weekend to tie the knot in the Tithe Barn in Yattendon. With their rustic, country vibe perfectly reflecting their surroundings. You are in for a treat when you look at all their gorgeous DIY detailing!
We had a selection of flowers that screamed country garden. From sea holly, gypsophilia, spray roses, iris to anemones and muscari. Bring on country styling ...
Harriet's wedding bouquet contained clusters of gypsophilia, iris, scented anemones, groupings of sea holly, ivory Majolika spray roses and scented foliage. This completely summed up the country wedding brief to me.
Harriet's bridesmaids bouquets were filled with seasonal hyacinths, scented muscari, ivory Majolika spray roses, hints of eucalyptus and gypsophilia. Beautifully rustic and the perfect compliment to the bridal bouquet wouldn't you agree?
We got a little bit snap happy when we visited the Tithe Barn in Yattendon ... boy oh...
If your a regular reader of this blog, or a customer who frequents the shop you will know there is nothingI love more than a vase of sweet peas! They are just one of those flowers that I could stick my face in for hours and keep on breathing in their heavenly scent. For that reason alone they are one of my all time favourite wedding flowers.
If they are in season they will be in for a mention in a wedding consultation. I don't think I've met someone yet that doesn't like them!
When I met Kathleen and Jay to talk wedding flowers back in gloomy January, the sweet pea was mentioned as one of their must haves. I won't go into the ins and outs of seasonality, but the beginning of April is a touch early for my most favourite wedding flower. We somehow managed to get in these lilac beauties pictured above in Kathleen's wedding bouquet and I think you'll agree they are absolute stunners!
Teamed with scented seasonal muscari, deep purple lisianthus, Amnesia roses, Ocean Song roses, fresh...
We love love love setting up wedding flowers at Rivervale Barn. Such a gorgeous venue, with (amongst other things) the most beautiful bridal suite!
Our beautiful Bride and Groom, Lindsay and Craig, also fell in love with Rivervale Barn and kicking off our wedding season in style they chose our favourite colour palette of creams, whites and greens with a big dollop of seasonal zesty green. Spring has definitely sprung with these gorgeous arrangements - I hope your with me on how gorgeous Lindsay's bouquet was!
the wonderful setting and lovely staff at Rivervale Barn and
we were lucky enough to be involved with their wedding flowers.
Filled with tons of seasonal ranunculus, gorgeous succulents, Akito roses and (another!) one of our favourite's ... guelder rose! The bridal bouquet was bound in a lime green ribbon to tie in with the bridesmaids dresses. Such a perfect mix, blending rustic elements with an elegant wedding.
Succulents we're definitely the star of the show! These little posies sat along the top table between vases to hold the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets. Its one of my top...
Today we are bringing you some vintage wedding flower loveliness from Louise and Andrews big day at The Mill House Hotel, Swallowfield.
You can't get much more vintage than these gorgeous Amnesia roses, complimented with ivory Majolika spray roses, scented eucalyptus, hints of lisianthus and scented eucalyptus. Louise really wanted the old Hollywood vibe to her day, and subtle pearls, wound throughout the flowers provided the finishing touches to her romantic rose filled bouquet. I love the subtle colours, they make the most perfect wedding flowers.
Louise (and family!) got to work crafting lots of jam jars for table centres, wrapped with pretty lace and adorned with a few pieces of jewelry. I love these little home-made touches and I have to say the attention to detail on these little jars were second to none. The jars were filled with flowers designed to compliment Louise's wedding bouquet, with vintage Amnesia roses, lisianthus, veronica, ivory Majolika spray roses and scented eucalyptus. I think you'll agree they looked perfect on the tables.
Congratulations to Louise and Andrew - we had such a ball making...