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Colourful Spring Wedding Flowers at the Olde Bell

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Bright spring wedding flowers for a March wedding 

I cannot wait to share Kelly and Alan’s beautiful bright spring wedding with you today. If you love purples, plum and cerise colours, this barn wedding is definitely for you. Add in my favourite spring flower – ranunculus, and you know THIS wedding is what its all about.

With March whizzing by in what felt like a moment, and a sea of soft pastels, Kelly and Alan’s big day came along and kicked us into full on bright, bold and colourful mode. I adore punchy colours and Kelly and Alan’s scheme didn’t disappoint. Plums, cerise, dusky mink tones and most importantly lots of texture – a florists dream!

Kelly and Alan tied the knot at their local church and then headed to The Olde Bell in Hurley for the big celebrations. We’ve been to The Olde Bell on many occasions and have floralled up so many different schemes over the years but nothing as bold and beautiful as this. Tying the knot at the end of March, we had the pick of the spring flowers to use along with some early summer fleurs making an appearance.

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Kathleen and Jay’s Big Day


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 lavender and scented eucalyptus, this wedding bouquet really smelt absolutely divine.

Watch this space for more of my adventures with sweet peas soon x

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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

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Jo and Nuzrul Tie the Knot at the Elephant Hotel

Bridal bouquet filled with Amnesia roses, poppy seed heads, lisianthus, rosehips, snowberries, skimmia, spray roses and berried eucalytpus

Jo and Nuzrul tied the knot at The Elephant Hotel in Pangbourne back in late October. I have to admit, its one of my favourite times of year for wedding flowers. All the gorgeous early autumn berries are still around and the winter foliage is just making its first appearance. Arrange all the gorgeous greens with dusky roses, deeper red dahlias, berried and for me, you have the perfect late autumn bouquet.

Bridal bouquet filled with Amnesia roses, poppy seed heads, lisianthus, rosehips, snowberries, skimmia, spray roses and berried eucalyptus

Jo’s bouquet may well be one of my favourites of the year, I love the little splattering of rosehips!

Table centres filled with dahlias, snowberries, Amnesia roses, poppy seed heads, lisianthus, rosehips, skimmia, spray roses, dusty millar and berried eucalyptus

Adding more depth and tying in Nuzrul’s burgundy tie, the table centres had punchy red dahlias entwined within the Amnesia roses and foliage. The thing that sums up autumn flowers for me is all the beautiful textures from the foliage. In the table centres we used dusty millar which has the most splendid leaf formation, texture and colour. Its already big news in the wedding flower world and combined beautifully with every tone.

Table centres filled with dahlias, snowberries, Amnesia roses, poppy seed heads, lisianthus, rosehips, skimmia, spray roses, dusty millar and berried eucalyptus

Simple hand-tied bouquets were placed within vases for the table centres. Although I love elaborate table centres from a creative stance, I have to say these practical arrangements are gorgeous, and your guests can take home a beautiful bouquet to enjoy whilst your on honeymoon.

Table centres filled with dahlias, snowberries, Amnesia roses, poppy seed heads, lisianthus, rosehips, skimmia, spray roses, Safi roses, dusty millar and berried eucalyptus

 

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Nancy and Andrew’s Big Day – a Rock My Wedding Feature

Nancy and Andrew came to see us with bags of amazing ideas for their DIY garden themed wedding. Set in the grounds of Wasing Park’s Secret Garden they really wanted to take inspiration from the gorgeous surroundings.

After choosing the wonderful Laura Babb for their wedding photography, Nancy and Andrews wedding was featured on Rock My Wedding. Read all about their big day here

All photographs copyright Babb Photo

Nancy also took the time to write us this fantastic testimonial! We loved been part of their big day!

“Thank you Emma and everyone at Green Parlour for my amazing bouquet and the super cool buttonholes! We had such an amazing day at the Wasing Secret Garden and your flowers were spot on with our English garden theme!”

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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/

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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/

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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

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Emily + Andrew’s Winter Wedding

Emily and Andrew first came to see us over two years ago, whilst this is super organized, it made the whole process of choosing the right flowers for them completely stress free. We had time to source, suggest and show them lots of different items, ideas and of course flowers!

They chose to get married at The Elephant Hotel in Pangbourne for its truly relaxed vibe and super chilled out atmosphere. The perfect setting for the winter wonderland wedding of their dreams.

The final touches to the ceremony room included these rather ‘WOW’ candelabras, which I found just days before the wedding. A rushed email to Emily and Andrew with attached pictures and they loved them too.

The flowers were designed to create a wonderfully romantic setting, with an undertone of 1940’s vintage glamour. Completely up my street!

White Akito roses, were combined with berried ivy, viburnum berries, steely green eucalyptus, scented freesias, Avalanche roses and hints of Amnesia roses to create luxurious, opulent table centres. We all absolutely fell in love with the large silver pedestal bowls and decided they were a must!

Cakes always amaze me, and Emily and Andrew had spared no expense with this drop-dead-I-want cake made by Peggy Porschen, who travelled all the way to Pangbourne to install it herself.

Emily’s wedding bouquet contained Akito roses, Amnesia roses, Majolika spray roses, berried ivy, viburnum berries, scented eucalyptus and thistles as a nod to her Scottish roots.

The bridesmaid’s bouquets were filled with Akito roses, Majolika spray roses, viburnum berries, berried ivy, eucalyptus and scented freesias. The perfect accompaniment to Emily’s wedding bouquet.

I can’t sign off without mentioning their wedding favours. Macaroons are possibly my favourite sweet treat of all time; macaroons from Ladurée are to die for.

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

Get Emily and Andrews look

Venue: The Elephant Hotel, Pangbourne

Wedding Planning: Essentially You

Cake by: Peggy Porschen

Wedding favours by: Ladurée

Book a wedding consultation for your flowers by calling 0118 984 4000 or email info@greenparlour.com

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Zoë and Ben’s Gorgeous Romantic Barn Wedding

Zoë first contacted us almost a year ago to start thinking about the flowers for her wedding taking place in The Black Barn, Rushall Farm. The barn is stunning, set in the middle of the Berkshire countryside with fields as far as you can see. With this stunning backdrop, we took full inspiration from the barns surroundings when designing the bridal bouquet and table centres for the wedding.

Zoë’s wedding bouquet was filled with English grown roses, scented stocks, sweet peas, lisianthus and hints of scented Baby Blue eucalyptus, it certainly smelt amazing!

Collections of old glass jars filled the long banqueting tables in The Black Barn, each filled with a miniature hand-tie of flowers. Queen Anne’s Lace is complimented with scented stocks, English grown roses, garden sedum, alchemilla mollis, eucalyptus, mint and agapanthus to create these wild, garden inspired wedding table centres.

The final touches involved winding ivy and fairy lights around the rustic centre pillars in the barn.

Gorgeous

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