If your on the search for barn wedding venues in Oxfordshire, Caswell House has to be right up there on your must look round list.
It is absolutely stunning! From the rustic barn through to the amazing gardens, once you've seen it you're sure to fall in love. It was such a privilege to provide the flowers for Catherine and Glen's big day in July. As well as having the must have floral colour palette of 2014, the arrangements were also filled to the brim with Juliette David Austin roses. Winner!
There are so many unique areas to "floral up" at Caswell House and the cow briar in the main barn became quite a feature. Filled with fluffy white hydrangea plants interwoven with fairy lights it created such a magical feel to the space. Olive trees adorned the side walls, filled with fairy lights creating a truely magical feel to the space.
Rustic white washed baskets of flowers became the centre pieces, with soft peach Apple Tea carnations (I know I said the banned word, but seriously these guys are to die...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
Our vintage inspired bridal bouquet was packed with Amnesia roses, Ocean Song roses, waxflower, lisianthus, berried eucalyptus, dusty millar and Mikado spray roses
The vintage vibe is so big in wedding flowers, I don't think I'll ever tire of it! Amnesia and Ocean Song roses always steal my heart, and the berried eucalyptus is just heavenly. Combine these beautiful colours with lots of texture, as we did here. Waxflower is so versatile, with its soft ivory star shaped flowers providing a subtle lemon scent and with the silvery sage green dusty millar it ensures the roses are the stars of the show but with the relaxed vintage country garden vibe.
Bridal bouquet containing Amnesia roses, Ocean Song roses, waxflower, lisianthus, berried eucalyptus, dusty millar and Mikado spray roses
These vintage flowers can be re-created for your wedding day in different shades to suit your colour scheme. For me the key to creating a vintage bridal bouquet is keeping the flower selection simple, but using all sorts of foliage to soften the flowers. Some of my favourite foliages include berried eucalyptus, jasmine trails,...
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...
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...
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...
We were lucky enough to work with the super talented (and also very lovely) Hannah McClune back in May 2013. I know, its taken us forever to blog the amazing images she took of Tracey and Simon's big day, but, we're sure you'll agree they are worth the wait!
We know once you take a look at Hannah's images below you'll be hooked. As well as shooting fabulous weddings, she also takes baby portraits and family shots. Hannah's definately one to watch, after scooping the Wedding Industry Expert award for " Best new photographer, Berkshire" we're pretty sure she'll be on to even greater things in 2014.
Photography Hannah McClune Photography Flowers by Green Parlour
The men wore succulent and herb buttonholes. Here's simon getting pinned, the succulent is the perfect match next to his charcoal/blue suit. I love playing with textures on buttonholes, for any regular readers of our blog you'll know I've done an extensive post on boutonniers ... get the lowdown here
Photography Hannah McClune Photography Flowers by Green Parlour
Tracey's bouquet was filled with Sweet Avalanche roses, peonies, Majolika spray roses,...