Friday, 30 July 2010

Midnight Blue with Wild Ivy

Friday 30th July, I had the pleasure of arranging the bridal flowers for Jo Everett.
Jo wanted a wild garden look for her bouquet, with white flowers whilst incorporating the beautiful midnight blue that her bridesmaids were wearing.

I used a combination of white garden flowers including lizzy, roses, and freesia. Jo wanted calla lilies as this was a favourite of hers, but somehow it really worked in well with the garden flowers. Running through all of these was the stunning blue delphinium called "ocean angel" it was almost electric and looked superb.

The ivy theme that Jo wanted run through all of the bouquets and I looped it loosely around the edge of the posy for a wild look.

The Bridesmaids wore stunning dresses in deep blue and they held white posies of wild flowers and foliage.

I used deep blue thistles for depth of colour which stood out beautifully. The Groom had a matching button hole of white rose and blue delph.

The flower Girls held a cute posy version of the bridesmaids flowers with a dinky blue bow- so pretty!

Jo arranged her own reception flowers at the venue but I provided the centrepiece for the ceremony/ top table.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Monochrome Wedding

24th July was Rebecca Eaton's wedding. With a modern theme of black and white, I was looking forward to arranging a monochrome theme.

Rebecca held a classic shower bouquet of ivory roses an white lizzy. Although shower bouquets are more traditional, I made it to look more modern by using very limited foilage and compacting the flowers together.

The bridesmaids wore black satin dresses, they held hand tied modern posies of white roses, lizzy and white gerberas with black centres.

There was wisps of black grass and the stems were bound in matching black satin ribbon. They looked really striking.
Altogether the overall effect was lovely.

Rebecca had a church ceremony followed by a reception at the Marriott Hotel in Bexleyheath.

It was an informal recpetion and the ocassional tables were dressed with goldfish bowls filled with domes of white flowers with loops of modern black grass.

I also arranged two large displays on the buffet table which looked great. They were elevated domes on cylinders filled with crushed ice.
The cake was lovely, which I compliemented by arranging a cascading posy for the top tier.

Friday, 16 July 2010

The Art of saying Thank You: Squerryes part 2

I absolutely love my job- but it is incredibly hard work and stressful at times- particularly weddings as the pressure to get everything just perfect and to meet the brides expectations is huge.

Therefore, when you recieve a thank you letter after a wedding- it makes me feel that it was all worth it, as I made someones day. This letter from Lara's Mum- Mrs Suttie is so lovely.

"Dear Nicola,
I called to see you on Sunday but you were out, I wanted to thank you personally for the magnificent flowers you provided for my Daughters Wedding.

Your arrangements were superb and commented on, and admired by all present. (Even the caters who have done alot of weddings told me they had never seen such lovely flowers as these!) You certainly contributed to making Laras dayperfect and I am extremely grateful to you.

The buttonholes, Lara's bouquet and the martini design were all first class, not to mention the two tall arrangments at the church which we then had at our table.

We had some of the flowers here and my resisdents have all enjoyed their beauty, you have been recommended! I have taken photos of all the flowers as I doubt I shall see such a wonderful display again.

With great appreciation for all your hard work and care. From Susan. "

Monday, 12 July 2010

Summer Loving at Squerryes Court

This weekend was the beautiful Wedding of Lara Suttie and Anthony Simms. There marriage took place on Saturday 10th July at the gorgeous ChristChurch in Chislehurst followed by a marquee reception at Squerryes House, Westerham.

I first met Lara and Anthony last year at the wedding exhibition at Bromley. Lara wanted unusal flowers with a wow factor but keeping in tradition with pretty look in the church and marquee. After a few meetings and a few samples later- Lara and Anthony could visusalise the look.
It was the hottest week we have had so far and I was really struggling with the heat as I had an abundance of soft summer flowers including hydrangeas, peonies, lizzy and stocks....all of which hate the heat!
I was pleased that the church was being dressed Friday evening- at least it would be cool in there. I arranged simple displays for the alter on white stands, with the stunning stain glass window as a backdrop, the scene was easy to set.

Lara's colour palatte was blush pink, and I used a variety of flowers to compliement. The bridal flowers and the ceremony was going to be paler and romantic but then inject more tone of colour into the reception as the marquee can look bland.
Lara held a stunning shower of white phalanopsis orchids which cascaded simply with ruscus and grass. Lara is very petite and very pretty and so it suited her perfectly. Anthony had a matching buttonhole which looked really smart.

The bridesmaids wore gorgeous floor lengths gowns in a blush pink satin. They had a high scoop neck line with cut away backs- I loved the simplicity of their dresses and knew that the pefect match would be a calla lily posy. I matched the colour and the subtle tone of pink was just right. The groomsmen also had cravats in this shade so the also had matching calla lilie buttonholes.

On Saturday morning first thing I was making the buttonholes and I think it was about 70 Degrees! Phew that Marquee is going to be hot...
After setting up at Squerryes, I had a mad dash back to the church as I was moving the pedastals from the church to the marquee! All this had to be done without me being seen by the bridal party. It was like operation Pedastals! Lucklily I had arrived back in time to see the new Mr ans Mrs Suttie-Simms, walk down the aisle to Take Thats "Greatest Day" They both looked so happy and Lara looked breathtaking beautiful.
I loved the fact they had a Skype link to family oversees set up on a laptop next to the alter so they could see the ceremony- of course I gave them a wave as I whipped out the arrangements- I guess they was the first to see my plan of attack.
Squerryes is a beautiful House with stunning grounds. The perfect setting for a summer garden marquee.

I Loved the heart shaped shrubs in the gardens!

The entrance to the marquee was set with a pair of bay trees dressed with white chiffon, the scattering of white Lanterns and butterflies gave it a real sense of a summer garden party.
By now it was almost 87 degrees!
As you entered the marquee- Wow is what Lara wanted and I think she got it. It always amazes me everytime how the flowers can transform a room. On this ocassion it certainly did. Next time I must do a before and after shot to see if it has the same effect in a photo?

The gorgeous combination of the tones was just lovely, although they were brighter tones, the softness of the actcual flowers and the matt finish of the roses somehow still made them "blush"

On the top table, there was a display of flowers from the theme with added orchids from the bridal flowers.

I also made my rose petal confetti cones in complementry colours, which are personalised for a great, unique touch.

I recieved a lovley letter from Lara's Mum, which made all my hard work seem worth it and truly appreciated. See next blog......

On Saturday morning first thing I think it was about 70 Degrees.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Purple and Ivory sparkles.

On Friday 9th of July I had the pleasure of arranging the bridal flowers for Jacqui. The ceremony took place at the Ramada Hotel, Maidstone. It was a beautiful sunny day, perfect for their outdoor ceremony.

Jacqui wore a slim Aline dress with subtle details accross the bodice. Jacqui wanted a simple and romantic look to her flowers but with a few modern touches.

Jacqui's bouquet was a delicate handtied bouquet in striking purple and ivory. The deep purple lisianthus was rich against the white roses which I had studded with diamontes for extra sparkle.
I detailed the bouquet by mirroring the purple and diamontes over the white ribbon. Gorgeous!!

The Bridesmaids wore deep purple chiffon dresses and had a mixed selection of purple lizzy, white roses and lilac freesia.

I loved the injection of colour in this photo.

Congratulations Jacqui- you look so happy. x