Nathalie and Neil tied the knot at The Aviator in Farnborough. If you haven’t visited this hotel before, you must! Its absolutely stunning, with unusual views across the airfield!
Nathalie wanted to blend the formal surroundings with a more relaxed country vibe throughout the bouquets and venue flowers. I think its a look that really works, especially when the ceremony took place within a picturesque old church.
Bridal bouquet filled with flowering mint, oregano, aim Graceland, lisianthus, dahlias, spray roses, nigella, eucalyptus, scabiosa and astrantia
Nathalie was keen to have lots of scent in her bouquet, and we focused on the amazing scented and flowering herbs that are available throughout July, August and September. Flowering mint is a complete favourite of mine and a scent I find incredibly calming, perfect for a bridal bouquet.
Small vases were filled with scabiosa, dahlias, delphiniums, ammi Graceland, flowering mint, oregano, eucalyptus, veronica and nigella. Each place setting had a little setting of astrantia, scented myrtle and veronica.
Contrast to the sleek setting, mix and match vases scattered throughout the table balancing the soft country feel with the surroundings at The Aviator.
After setting up our wedding flowers at The Aviator we managed to sneak a few snaps of the amazing staircase that runs over all 4 floors of the hotel. What an amazing view!
Emily and Paul came to see the Green Parlour wedding team over a year ago to start talking about all their ideas for wedding flowers.
Brides-to-be take note! we love brides who have an ideas book or ‘look book’ its great to start visualising ideas together and means that from the off we can start discussing the type of arrangements that will compliment everything from your dress to your venue. You don’t even have to have images of flowers (that’s kind of what we’re here for!) but anything from your save the dates, to weddings that you’ve seen on all the amazing wedding blogs out there and magazines. Basically we want to see images of what YOU have fallen in love with.
Emily came to us with a book packed full of gorgeous glamourous, vintage images. Pearls were in abundance, with dusky roses, mercury glass tea lights, some quirky ‘Mr and Mrs’ letters and heaps full of 40’s glamour. Heaven or what?
We designed the bouquet to reflect all these gorgeous ideas, with a slight country twist. The wedding bouquet contained soft Amnesia roses combined with Bombastic spray roses (queue the inevitable renditions of the song by Shaggy), scented ivory sweet peas, ivory Majolika spray roses, Upper Secret roses, subtle hints of eucalyptus and wired pearls, nestled between the flowers. The bouquet was bound in a ruched nude satin ribbon, with large pearls lining the length.
The reception was held at Warbrook House near Hook in Hampshire. Set in stunning grounds, Warbrook House was the perfect backdrop for the soft sage greens, vintage pink and ivory flowers we had planned. The reception room needed some height, each table centre was placed upon a tall lily vase with a country dome of flowers sitting on top. These stunning table centres filled with white delphiniums, Memory Lane and Amnesia roses, hydrangeas, eucalyptus and Bombastic spray roses, tied the whole theme together, adding a splash of Emily and Paul’s day to Warbrook House.
The last little details make all the difference to a wedding … we fell in love with Emily’s signing tree (twigs and urn provided by Green Parlour) what a novel change from a guest book!
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.
As soon as we had our first consultation with Samantha and Kevin way back in the deepest depths of winter, we knew this wedding would be right up our street! The brief: country elegance. The colours: creams, ivory and zesty green. The venue: Lodge Park a completely gorgeous National Trust property near Cheltenham. HEAVEN!
Samantha knew from the start that she’d love hydrangeas and peonies to feature heavily, and scent was important too. I’m such an advocate for splashing out a little more for a wedding bouquet with scent. Freesias have to be one of my favourites, their heady citrus scent instantly transports me to a tranquil holiday somewhere in the south of France.
With a rather regal entrance with stunning, uninterrupted views across the Chiltons, Lodge Park needed something to bring a splash of Samantha and Kevin’s day to the venue for the ceremony. We toiled with heaps of ideas, but after much deliberation (and a sign from him upstairs) we decided on bay trees, decorated elegantly with white Avalanche roses.
I’m not a pedestal girl, I have never been convinced of their beauty. A vase filled with gorgeous spring and summer flowers … great! A hefty black iron pedestal stand … not my bag. Lodge Park needed something light, clear glass and plain unassuming plinths. Just perfect. We filled the vases with scented eucalyptus, white hydrangeas, peonies, viburnum opulus, white delphiniums, and white Avalanche roses in a simple hand tied arrangement, which complimented the stairway perfectly.
The venue: Lodge Park and The Bay Tree
The flowers: Avalanche and Snowflake spray roses, white delphiniums, white hydrangeas, white peonies, scented white freesias, viburnum opulus, scented eucalyptus and ivory stocks.
My favourite spring bulb has to be fritillaria, their beautiful checkered heads are scattered throughout this spring inspired wedding bouquet which also contains white Avalanche roses, zesty green guelder rose, clematis, black centered anemones and scented eucalyptus.
We love the fresh zing that the guelder rose brings to the brides bouquet, especially when combined with the deep rich tones of the fritillaria, clematis and another favourite of ours – anemones. Bind wedding bouquets in bold ribbons – I love the polka-dot ribbon on this bouquet.
We are actually in love with this bridal bouquet we created this week! As much as we love roses, its so lovely to play with hedgerow texture, allowing us to create this gorgeous relaxed country bridal bouquet – designed to feel as if it has been gathered from the meadow on the way to the church. Filled to the brim with ammi majus and daucus carota, flowering clematis, scented eucalyptus and secured with an antique lace trim, this bouquet is perfect for a country inspired bride.
Miniature lace detailing on the Groom’s buttonhole of flowering clematis, viburnum berries and eucalyptus … perfect!
Large mismatched jam jars finished with antique lace detailing to match the bridal bouquet adorn the centre of the tables.
Today I was spurred into action by the wonderful Wedding Sparrow who tweeted she was going to nose at the blog for some inspiration before a meeting with her wedding florist in a few weeks time. Hugely flattering but I also realised everything was looking a little out of date so my interim offering, before I upload lots of gorgeous wedding photo’s, is another homage to the white rose. Not only do I love its simplicity, its romantic ivy collar and the satin bow (I’m big on bows right now) but I also love my model mannequin with wooden arms.
She is called Dolly if you were wondering …
I am such a white rose girl and they are the perfect for a classical, elegant wedding. I think my favourite thing of all has to be spray roses, I am a complete sucker for them especially when you get these gorgeous green buds poking out between the Akito roses. We filled this wedding bouquet with yummy scented freesias and had one happy bride! hurray!
The Green Parlour girls got pretty excited when I told them about our VIP guest appearance from Kat at Rock n Roll Bride! Not only was she coming to say a massive hello but we invited her in to experience a day in the life of, well us, with some DIY tutorials to share with all of her beautiful readers to boot. Just the ticket to brighten up a dark Wednesday in January me thinks.
Take a look at our day with the pink haired beauty here and watch this space for an announcement on some new flower school bridal courses we will be running … the perfect way to come and play with gorgeous blooms with your bridesmaids, mums and friends.
Big love to Kat at www.rocknrollbride.com not only for writing such an awesome wedding blog but she’s a pretty hot trainee florist too.
There is something about white wedding flowers that I love. Perhaps its there timeless elegance and the fact they can be a complete chameleon! Able to transform from crisp modern orchids right through to a relaxed, English country garden theme, they retain their simplicity and grace of style no matter what venue, vase or dress they find themselves near.
I personally love white flowers in a relaxed country feel, a look that suits Bradfield College perfectly, complimenting the dark wood that is present throughout the Main Hall and bringing a taste of the buildings gorgeous grounds inside. Filled with Avalanche Roses, white Veronica, scented Eucalyptus, Majolica spray Roses, Astilbe and Waxflower these glass cylinder vases work perfectly with the relaxed but elegant brief we were given!
I had to take a snap of the Bride and Groom’s cake of cheese, the woodblock is amazing! and the theme of the white flowers become a little more obvious.
Anyone who reads a few of our notes will know that I have a huge amount of love for kissing balls! This one is a particular favourite of mine, the heavy oak door leading to the Main Hall in Bradfield College would not be out of place in a Harry Potter film is the perfect backdrop for a kissing ball filled to the brim with scented Eucalyptus, Ammi Majus, white Veronica, Majolica and Avalanche roses. Yum!