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...
Wow, already I feel better just writing the title of this post. Perhaps saying I dislike the whole of Pinterest is a little steep, there are some really great things about it, but equally there are some things I really hate. I figure the great things plus the hating overall balance out to a dislike.
Been in the wedding business, I should probably be raving about this crazy online pin board system. Its like a whole load of inspiration without having to buy a load of wedding magazines which publish the same stuff month after month. You've always got this fresh stream of updates and on demand inspiration at your finger tips. This is the great part about Pinterest - you search for something and sure enough there will be an image capturing what your brain is thinking about. I think its a great starting point tool of wedding planning - but when I say starting point tool that's exactly what I mean!
Combining Pinterest and floristry has its ups and downs. After a rather negative start in the title, let...
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...
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....
As the winter draws ever closer, its not just the time for film and television royalty to celebrate their award season, us weding industry professionals also get a look in.
We're so delighted to be announced as regional finalists for Best Wedding Florist for London and the South East, as awarded by the Wedding Industry Awards.
I won't rattle into my speech now, but it is a total delight to be recognised by an industry body doing something you love. I must also say a huge thanks to all our couples, firstly for letting us create the flowers for your wedding and also for voting for us. It truly means the world!
So keep everything crossed for us on Tuesday 25th November, when the regional winner will be announced. Whatever happens, we will be raising a glass. Chin chin!
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...
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...
So we feel a bit like we're bragging about all the lovely thank you's we've received below, but when we put our heart and sole into creating each of our couples wedding flowers its such a delight to hear that they loved them just as much as we loved creating them.
Read some of our testimonials below:
"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."
"I just wanted to write to say a HUGE thank you for our beautiful wedding flowers on 12th July. There were simply stunning! The shades of fuschia and purple were exactly what we were after and had so many lovely comments throughout the day.
The trees in the barn were particularly stunning and really made for a magical evening. Thank you and the team for all your hard work on the arrangements, and for...