Combe Manor, Flowers, Supplier focus, Wedding Flowers

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.

Flowers, Pretty Things, Supplier focus, Wedding Flowers

Supplier Focus – Hannah McClune Photography

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, scented eucalyptus, succulents and heavily scented sweet peas. Gorgeous soft pastel colours were chosen to compliment the flowers girl dresses. Each wore a different pastel tone from soft powder blue, through to pink and a subtle lilac. Beautiful!

I think you’ll all agree, Hannah’s photographs are wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing them with us. We’re really looking forward to working with you again in 2014

DIY inspiration, Flower trends, Pinterest inspiration, Some little thoughts, Wedding Flowers

These Are a Few of Our Favourite Pins – a Weekly Roundup

Images courtesy of Pinterest

Getting married? Flower crowns are my must have for 2014. Boho meets vintage meets garden meets etherial. Go large using peonies, roses and dahlias or create a dainty woodland vibe with nigella, gypsophilia and clematis buds.

Our super talented wedding team would love to create you your own bespoke floral crown for your big day, or if you fancy a little bit of DIY take a look at our tutorial here: floral crown tutorial

We’d love to hear what your planning for your hair flowers! Let us know your must have trends below

Flowers, Some little thoughts, The Olde Bell, Venues, Wedding Flowers

Anemones and Roses at the Olde Bell, Hurley

 

Photography by Kathryn Edwards Photography Flowers by Green Parlour

Firstly I have to give a huge shout out to the rather wonderful Kathryn Edwards Photography, who provided all the wonderful images your about to feast your eyes on. As you can see from the gorgeous pictures of Kuofi and Matthews big day at The Olde Bell, Kathryn manages to capture all those details and beautiful intimate moments. One talented lady!

Photography by Kathryn Edwards Photography Flowers by Green Parlour

Kuofi’s bouquet was filled with David Austin Patience roses (divine scent!) poppy like anemones, bombastic spray roses, viburnum berries, scented rosemary, ranunculus and vintage pink amnesia roses. I think this has to be one of my favourite colour combinations at the moment, especially with the petrol blue viburnum berries! I love the simplicity of the bouquet, its a gorgeous mix of vintage tones with soft ivory and rustic hints. Kuofi’s bouquet was bound in twine, reflecting the gardens at The Olde Bell, Hurley.

Photography by Kathryn Edwards Photography Flowers by Green Parlour
Photography by Kathryn Edwards Photography Flowers by Green Parlour

Thank you again to Kathryn who sent through these images, you must go and see more of her work on her website here. See the full feature on Rock My Wedding

 

 

 

Pinterest inspiration, Some little thoughts

These Are a Few of Our Favourite Pins – a Weekly Roundup

Wedding invitations have to be one of my favourite things to look at on Pinterest. I’m literally addicted to it, there are so many gorgeous ideas! So how do you go about choosing the right stationary for your big day? I always think the invite sets the tone for your guests, as well as all the important information(day, date, venue etc!), it gives them little clues to the vibe of your day.

We’re thinking long and hard about the scene that we want to set with our invites, relaxed garden setting with a few unexpected surprises … and … NOTHING FORMAL! I adore letterpress stationary and I’m big into lino printing at the moment (think posh potato stamps) and some sort of kraft paper is an absolute must.

Here are my current top 3 inspirational pictures

Image courtesy of Style Me Pretty Invitations by Yours is the Earth

So I’m pretty head over heels with this invitation bundle. Gorgeous kraft paper envelope with the collection of coloured cards making it easy for your guests to take in each bit of information. I didn’t think I was a fan of black paper, but in this context it works wonderfully.

Invitations by Lauren Owen Design

I think you’ll agree, this stunningly simple invitation packs some punches on the design front. The elongated design really caught my eye and I love the bold monochrome print and a cute monogram. Combine all of that with a custom designed by Lauren font for the couple and its a winner! How awesome!

Invitations by Artcadia Stationary Co.

Peach … blue … rounded corners. Need I say more!

Like I said there is heaps of inspiration out there so get looking, and pinning.

Follow us on Pinterest to see more stationary ideas and general craft/wedding loveliness!

Ufton Court, Wedding Flowers

Hannah and Lex at Ufton Court

Hannah visited with her mother, Diane a few months ago to discuss all the flowers for Hannah’s big day. Filling me in on all the details including lots of DIY bunting which would be hung throughout Ufton Court. I love setting up wedding flowers at Ufton Court, such an amazing venue and each wedding we do there is completely different! Hannah had chosen a colour palette of peach, blue and yellow, based around the amazing soft lemon bridesmaids dresses and her groom’s love of cornflowers.

Bridal bouquet filled with peach Juliette David Austin roses, delphiniums, astilbe, cornflowers, lisianthus, dusty millar, succulents and eucalyptus.

I admit it … I am a complete David Austin rose-a-holic. This gorgeous Juliette rose is my absolute favourite, teamed with the soft blue delphiniums and deeper blue cornfowers, this is a bouquet I’m seriously considering for my wedding day!

Bridesmaids bouquets were filled with astilbe, delphinium, yellow lisianthus, Apple Tea carnations, dusty millar, cornflowers and eucalyptus.

I always feel a little uneasy uttering the word “carnation” but this soft peach Apple Tea carnation is perfect for weddings, just the right shade, not too orange and not too pink. I’m sure when I suggest it brides think I’ve completely lost the plot, but I hope you’ll agree, its a stunning carnation.

Do you love Hannah’s colour palette? Let us know what you think! xx

 

 

 

Wedding Flowers

Dusky Country Garden Wedding

From the moment we met Tanya and Angus way back in September last year we knew the flowers were right up our street!

Sage greens

Soft pinks

Dusky purples

Basically a whole lot of heaven.

Brides-to-be take note: Tanya provided us with the most amazing book of fabric samples allowing us to match everything perfectly. It was such a joy to have this piece of kit at our disposal!

Clusters of vases adorned the tables, each filled with peonies, Amnesia roses, veronica, scented eucalyptus and herbs, flowering nigella and Majolica spray roses.

I know I shouldn’t have favourites but Tanyas bouquet has to be one of my favourite of the year so far. Filled to the brim with blousy peonies, little groupings of ivory Majolika spray roses, darts of veronica, nigella and to top it off …sweet peas! Yum!

Congratulations to Tanya and Angus.

We love getting professional photographs of our flowers and these were provided by the Groom’s company www.angusthomas.com

Some little thoughts, The Elephant Hotel, Wedding Flowers

Roses are Red

Red and gorgeous! Marshmallow Piano roses are my current new beau … they make my heart skip a few beats.

I’ve always wanted to use them in a bridal bouquet and finally I got my chance!

How happy we’re we when a beautiful bride asked us to create the wedding bouquet filled with berried ivy (delicious – although not when eaten) scented eucalyptus, the marshmallows aka Piano roses and Red Naomi roses.

Seriously romantic, seriously seasonal, seriously gorgeous.

More please!

Take a look at some more of our wedding work here: https://greenparlour.com/blog/category/wedding-flowers/

Some little thoughts, Wedding Flowers

Spring Is in the Air

Spring is in the air

We’re a few weeks late on the ‘love is in the air’ theme, so we thought we’d skip straight to spring.

Officially my favourite wedding bouquet ever! I’m head over heals in love with this gorgeous spring inspired wedding bouquet filled with anemones, scented lilac, parrot tulips, skimmia, blush Majolika spray roses and blousy ranunculus.

I almost couldn’t bring myself to deliver it to the bride.

Want want want!

There are lots more gorgeous white wedding bouquets here: https://greenparlour.com/blog/category/wedding-flowers/white-wedding-flowers/

Some little thoughts, The Forbury Hotel, Wedding Flowers

Wedding Inspiration …

Come and see some of our gorgeous floral inspiration at The Forbury Hotel wedding fair on Sunday 26th February 2012.

We’ll be there from 11.00am with a gorgeously designed stall (Emma’s been working her magic around a vintage theme) tons of flowers and a whole heap of bouquets, table centres and most importantly some fabulous ideas for your wedding flowers.

Janine, our wedding co-ordinator will be on hand to answer any of those niggling questions you may have, or grab her by the hand and bend her ear for a few minutes for one of our complimentary wedding consultations.

For some more information on how to get there, and the low down on some of the other fabulous companies you can meet visit: www.dumdumdeedum.co.uk/news.html