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

Mint Green and Silver Wedding Inspiration

Clockwise from top left 1. Cake by Sheri’s Edible Designs photo by Birds of a Feather 2. Invitations by Elegant Wedding Invites 3. photo courtesy of Party Mosaic 4. Flapper headband from Etsy 5. Bridesmaids dress from Rock My Vintage 6. Wedding dress by Vera Wang 7. Buttonhole by Green Parlour

We have a little obsession with anything green and as a continuing trend for 2014, mint tones perfectly suit spring/summer weddings. If you want to update this look, combine shiny metallic silvers, burnt bronze tones and a myriad of emeralds, sage grees and deeper leafy tones for an elegant, up-to-date flapper inspired wedding day.

For me capturing the colour green is all about textures, tints and tones. Gather lots of different foliages, using handfuls of eucalyptus (try populus, nicholi, cinerea and baby blue) combine with dusty millar, flowing winter jasmine (or as a summer alternative clematis would work wonderfully) and hellebores for a striking, natural look.

If your after the glitz and glam, keep your flowers simple, again lots of foliage combined with soft domes of ivory ranunculus. This style would work perfectly next to a detailed flapper style dress or the gorgeous Vera Wang number featured above.

Image courtesy of After Yes Weddings

Weddings are all about YOUR detailing. Every little bit you add transforms the flowers, the venue … everything into YOUR day and not the normal wedding. Try adding detailing to your bouquet; I love the sequinned ribbons you get in most haberdashery stores, how wonderful do they look tied around a bouquet for a glitzy streamer look!

Book an appointment with our wedding co-ordinator for more top tips and floral inspiration for your big day www.greenparlour.com

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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

 

 

 

The Olde Bell, Venues, Wedding Flowers

Harriet and Romains Big Day The Olde Bell

Harriet, Romain and their families first came to see Green Parlour in the depths of winter. Talking through the garden feel they wanted to create and the summer blooms weaving  throughout all the arrangements felt like a lifetime away! But finally the time came and below is the outcome of many month planning.

We loved that each arrangement had its own personality, but still following a colour palette theme. This really works for a natural relaxed vibe. Just because a flower is in your bridal bouquet, it doesn’t have to dictate everything!

Bridal bouquet filled with freesia, delphinium, matricaria, scabiosa, lavender, English grown roses, sweet peas, grasses, alchemilla molls, honesty and lisianthus
Maid of honour bouquet filled with sweet peas, English grown roses, matricaria, nigella, lisianthus, lavender and delphiniums
Bridesmaids bouquets were filled with scabiosa, delphiniums, lavender, sweet peas, lisianthus, English grown roses and grasses.

With the ceremony taking place at The Olde Bell in Hurley, we went all out with the country theme, mix and match vases adorned the tables and large milk churns filled with the most spectacular hydrangeas framed the ceremony table perfectly.

Weeping pear trees marked the entrance and helped transport you into the garden theme of the day.

Small vases waiting to adorn the tables at The Olde Bell, Hurley.
Small vases were filled with English grown roses, lisianthus, grasses, dahlias, nigella, cotinus,cornflowers, lavender and delphiniums
Milk churns filled with delphiniums, alliums, cotinus and hydrangeas

 

We loved setting up the wedding flowers at The Olde Bell, Hurley. Such a lovely venue set up and I hope you’dd agree the flowers were beautiful! I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed making all the beautiful displays. Let us know what you think xx

 

Some little thoughts

Oh Anything Lovely… Something to Cheer Her Up!

Cheering people up with bouquets of beautiful flowers is something we seem to be doing a lot of this week but we’re not complaining! This cold snap makes the mildness of last weekend seem like a bit of a tease and its seems I’m not the only one in Pangbourne who is feeling a little under the weather!

A part of my job that I really enjoy is hearing about the person that we’ll be delivering to. Whether its an ‘I love you’ bouquet, a ‘welcome to the world’ bouquet, a bouquet being sent to someone who has just lost a loved one or my favorite – the ‘just because’ bouquet. Sometimes they say ‘I know these are her favourite’, or ‘Those colour tones would be perfect in her kitchen’ but this week its been ‘Oh, anything lovely… something to cheer her up!’ and that in itself makes me smile. That way I get to indulge and its a win-win; I get cheered up by making something to cheer someone else up!

My ideal ‘just because bouquet’ would definately have some zesty greens in it-perhaps some lovely Guelder Rose {Viburnum Opulus} and an array of spring flowers, bright ones at that! It must seem that we go on and on about spring flowers but they really are special. They are natures way of letting us know that new things are coming and it might be cold and frosty on the outside, underground the bulbs are working hard and soon those brave and optimistic Daffodils will come up and put a smile on everyone’s face!

Of course flowers are not the only way to show someone that you care, it can be little things. A hand written note popped through the door, a lovely plant. Last week whilst donning my coat to brave the cold and go home for the day I found some chocolate treats that one of the lovely girls here had snaffled into my pocket without me noticing! I was touched and it was lovely!

Some little thoughts

A Is For …

Anemone.

The windflower.

Possibly the love of my life in the flower world.

I could gush for hours about how much I love anemones. I promise I’ll keep it short. For me, they signal the true sign of spring and a hopeful end to cold winter weather. How can one not fall completely head over heals in love with their dainty heads and delicate unfurling petals.

Coming from the Greek word for “windflower” the anemone is rumoured to have sprung from Aphrodite’s tears as she mourned the death of Adonis.

They are said to bring luck and protect against evil. Throughout mythology anemones are linked to fairies, which are said to sleep under the petals, after the flower closed at sunset. The modern interpretation is linked to anticipation.

Anticipation that warmer weather is coming.

I love them arranged in single stem vases. I have an ever-expanding selection of gold and silver numbers that are slowly cluttering up our mantelpiece. These vases are my favourite. Beautifully simple, elegant and they use up all the off cuts, snapped stems and I know summer is a little way off but what better way to display sweet peas.

A new delivery of aged zinc containers has arrived in store.

I just had to jump in and arrange this table centre for an impromptu dinner party. A table isn’t complete without flowers right?

People expect my house to resemble a greenhouse, filled to the brim with fresh flowers – I don’t want to break the spell but instead my kitchen windowsill is littered with old, dried roses. I know they are dead but I love the beauty of them, they look like an oil painting.

DIY inspiration, Flowers, Pretty Things, Some little thoughts

In the Shop Today – Spring Flowers

Always so cheery- spring flowers rarely fail to make me smile. With Valentines days seeming like a distant memory- who needs Roses when you’ve Ranunculus and Tulips!

There’s nothing I love more than Ranunculus! (other half, parents and siblings aside)

Note to self- I must try and grow these beauties! I heard said the other day that the Ranunculus is one of the few flowers that gets better by the day until it falls apart! I love love love them! Their layers and layers of papery thin vibrant petals and quite reminiscent of Peonies which are yet a distant summer dream!

I sent my boyfriend flowers once – a Kilner jar full of bright yellow Ranunculus (to match his car) and I remember careful attaching a cardboard tag with some gardening string and in black marker pen scrawling ‘incredibly thirsty! top me up with water every day but don’t put me in the pond!’. The latter a nod to his not so ideal approach to disguarding dead flowers! Also known as  a Persian Buttercup- I was sweetly amused to discover that the gift had prompted much research on the subject.

I love the quirks that the individual flowers present- as mentioned above, Ranunculus can happily drink their way through a vase of water. Tulips – to use the scientific terminology have a ‘positive photo-tropism’ in simple terms they grow towards the light and in fact they continue to grow despite being a cut stem. I love to watch them creep up through a bouquet after several days, as if they are vying for attention!

And such beautiful colours too! We had Tulips in at the weekend which I can only describe as Apricots on stems – not the dried variety that you might find lurking in a Morrocan Tagine but fresh, plump, and inexpressibly beautiful! Its funny actually that as I refer to the invoice to share with you the variety that the actual  name is ‘Mango Charm’. They got the charm bit right- but someone should check out the fruit aisle in their nearest Waitrose because they’re definitely Apricots – not Mango’s!

 

Flowers, Pretty Things, Some little thoughts

In the Shop Today

Stealing ten minutes with a coffee – a much needed aid to post-Valentine’s Day recovery, and I thought I’d share a little snap shot to remind us what lies ahead… yes I mean Summer! I know, we’ve Spring to come in between but I’m an optimist!

In the midst of the busy-ness that engulfs Green Parlour on v-day as we refer to it ‘in the trade’ we had some pretty Pinks dotted throughout the shop lodged in these lovely zinc containers. I love them and just looking at them makes me happy!

Updating the chalk boards is on our ‘to do’ list today! Valentine’s is so last season, it’s Mother’s Day next don’t you know! Peeping it’s head around the corner – Mothering Sunday falls on the 10th March this year- three weeks away tomorrow! Ahh… where does the time go!

As a treat for all my hard work this week, tomorrow I will assign the day to be spent in garden. There’s nothing quite like the first day you spend in the garden. It looked positively pretty in the snow until it melted! And I feel quite inspired with all our new ‘Burgeon and Ball’ goodies we had delivered in to the shop, I might even buy myself some new Gardening Gloves for the occasion. …Something about a new broom sweeping clean – does that translate into new gloves – greener fingers?? I do hope so!

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

In the Shop Today …

A welcome break from dust and decorating, spring has well and truly sprung in the shop with some of my favourite plants and flowers filling draws, shelves and all spare space. I just wish my home and garden looked full of promise!

Possibly my favourite spring bulb of all time, Muscari.

I think they are the perfect way to brighten someone’s day

They also smell like sweets.

Hellebore heaven …

I am super dizzy with excitement! We just got a huge delivery of the most knock-out hellebore plants and cut stems. Its making me want to create some jam jar arrangements with some scented jasmine foliage for an extra dash of loveliness.

I’ve wallowed in winter enough. To celebrate (slightly prematurely) the start of spring the girls are busy bee’s re-vamping our windows with botanical drawing inspiration.

 

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/

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