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Firstly let me just warn you, this an epic blog post of enormous proportions, which isn't bad to say there's only 3 flowers involved...
So this was the brief, just three flower varieties Roses 'Sweet Avalanche & Avalanche', 'Schneeball' Hydrangeas & 'Par Excellence' Gypsophilia, nothing more and nothing less, Rebecca & Matt knew exactly what they wanted and we were more than happy to oblige, these two are so absolutely on the same page and a huge pleasure for us to work with, what a tremendous day this was...
Rebecca & Matt had made the biggest Mood Board ever it had it's very own space in my office, I felt I knew it better than any other mood board, I really miss it now!! it was filled with the glorious designs that Rebecca & Matt had in mind, simple, elegant creations made with only Roses, Hydrangeas and Gypsophilia, they were also clear about colour, mainly pink for the Bridal bouquet and then everything else to be mainly ivory with a hint of pink, shapes were also important everything had to be very round, spherical almost. There were some other really unique aspects too, not least the fact that there was a wedding arriving at Church not 5 minutes after our wedding had left and we needed to remove the door arch and pedestals before they could go in with their flowers, and a rather special arched top table made by the family, but more of that later.
We enjoyed working with Paul and Emma so much, what a great couple and though we always managed to have early breakfast appointments we always seemed to laugh a lot mostly at the antics of their new puppy. We'd never been to Crabwall Manor before so it was a voyage of discovery, it's always a pleasure to visit new places and meet new suppliers, Paul & Emma had booked some lovely wedding professionals including SMH Photography from Chester, we'd never met them before and had a great day working alongside them and Jayne Fairclough from Hair By Jayne, Jessica Mooney from Jessica Mae MUA, there was a stunning gown from the Blu Collection by Morilee from the great folks at Always & Forever Bridal in St Helens
In March last year we got together to go through their lovely mood board, we discussed their ideas and came up with a plan, Emma & Paul didn't like tall designs on the tables but wanted pedestal designs for their ceremony...
We met up again in July for an early appointment 8am on a Saturday is a big ask but they made it bright and early, we'd created a full set of sample bridal designs for them to see...
The Bridal Bouquet we'd made for Emma was a gorgeous collection of Roses, Lavender, Eustoma, Oregano, Rosemary, Hypericum, Senecio, Thalaspi, Grasses and Eucalyptus in pretty shades of lilacs, Lavenders, pinks and violets with green shades
The stems were left semi naked and were bound at the holding point with ivory satin ribbon
We'd made a sample boutonniere for Paul to see and decided on having a larger Rose in his actual boutonniere on the big day
Our Brampton Lantern looked great as a table centrepiece, set on a mirror plate and surrounded by posies of fresh flowers
The Top table design featured a series of bottles each filled with a posy of fresh flowers set on a row of mirrors illuminated by mirrored tea light votives, the Bride's bouquet would feature in the middle of the table and Bridesmaids bouquets to the outer edges
Before we knew it the big day had arrived and Jason was at Crabwall Manor bright and early ready to present the bridal bouquets
The FD Flower Box was filled to bursting with glorious Bridal Bouquets
Jason showed Emma how to carry her bouquet perfectly
The Boutonnieres were all lined up ready to be pinned to the lapels of the Groom's Men and special guests
Emma's super handsome Bride Groom the lovely Paul was first to have his rather special Memory Lane Boutonniere pinned to his Lapel
Jason pinned on all of the Boutonnieres ensuring each one was positioned perfectly
Inside Crabwall Manor the scene was set for the ceremony with our Brampton Lanterns lining the aisle and two gorgeous pedestals framing the Registrars table
The beautiful pedestals featured Lilac Delphiniums, Purple Larkspur, Roses, Hydrangeas and Purple Dahlias
The Registrars table was decorated with a collection of glass bottles each one filled with a posy of fresh fragrant blooms
We had such a brilliant day over at Bartle Hall for their Winter Showcase Event a couple of weeks ago, we've had a completely different approach to the showcases we've been providing flowers for in 2018, we've treated the venues as if they were our Bride & Groom, we've learnt about them, about their history, about what's important to them and what little details will make it look and feel even more special.
So Bartle Hall holds a hugely special place in our hearts, it's a venue we've been supplying flowers to for over 20 years, we are there for one thing or another almost daily and they have a stellar squad of wedding professionals headed up by the brilliant husband & wife team Nicola & Andrew Haworth, together they ensure each Bride & Groom have a very personal and memorable experience. I know that from the minute you're greeted at reception by Tracey, to your first meeting with the super efficient Georgie to eating Ruth's home made bread & Carl's incomparable attention to detail, Martin's perfect running of a perfect day to the lovely Peggy serving your breakfast the morning, your experience will be sublime.
Only yesterday I had a gorgeous couple in our studio, Craig & Lauren they'd brought in their mood board and we were chatting about their wedding plans, they are just so delighted they picked Bartle, bursting with excitement ahead of what they know will be a wonderful day, they absolutely love Bartle Hall and have had the very best experience, they couldn't sing their praises highly enough and can't wait to share their day with friends and family in these magical surroundings!!!!
I few weeks before the showcase Vicky, Shirl, Chloe, Jason & I sat down in my office and shared our ideas, thoughts, memories, what Bartle Hall means to us, much like we ask our B's & G's to do to think about what their day is all about, here's what we came up with and here are the designs we created....
'Bartle Hall's Secret Garden'
Our mystical and magical 'Enchanted Tree' the perfect design, we could imagine it just behind the hidden gateway that leads through to their very own 'Secret Garden' (First image by James Jebson Photography)
There was a suggestion of fairies and magical happenings in our designs with lots of gorgeous details
I love how our trees change with the seasons and never ever look the same
A section of the eclectic top table was dedicated to our Secret Garden theme
Image by James Jebson Photography
Just behind the Top Table on the shelf one of miniature Enchanted Trees
Our 'Secret Garden' Lanterns too suggested fairytales and included the ancient keys to the hidden gateway
'Bartle Hall's Orchard & Afternoon Teas'
Our Verdi Gris Candelabra design was inspired by the old Pear & Apple Orchards surrounding The Balmoral Suite
We'd included littles Cake Stands and Silver Tea Pots all dressed with fresh flowers a homage to the famous Bartle Hall Afternoon Tea
These designs were inspired by one of our Bridal Couples, they'd given us their mood board to work with and we'd agreed to meet up with them at Bartle giving them the unique opportunity of seeing their designs in Bartle Hall
The super tall elegant table design was set on our crystal candlestick topped with fresh Avalanche Roses, Hydrangeas, Jasmine, Phalaenopsis Orchids and Shamrock.
The Bridal bouquet looked so crisp and clean, a gorgeous design of fresh Phalaenopsis Orchids with Crystal Blush Calla Lilies, fresh fragrant Jasmine and Pussy Willow
'Clay Pigeon Shooting Party'
This design was suggested by Jason, he'd been to a fabulous event organised by Bartle Hall, the day started with a delicious breakfast in The Windsor Suite followed by test driving Porsche's, a Clay Pigeon Shooting tournament (Jason won!!) and ended with the most delicious Afternoon Tea.
Our designs included cartridge shells, Pheasant feathers and rustic designs in natural wooden vessels
I loved the wedding bouquet we created to go with this theme
We have absolutely loved working with these two gorgeous folks, they had the most amazing day over at Eaves Hall, a day filled to bursting with love, family, friends and flowers. Right from our first meeting we knew how important each of those elements were to Laura & Liam, they had put so much thought into the planning, we'd first met up with them at FD HQ a good year or so before and we knew then that no stone would be left un-turned in their pursuit of the perfect wedding day and that's exactly what they had...
At our second get together Laura & Liam presented their beautiful mood board, it was so detailed and included everything we needed to know ahead of their samples appointment. We had the full low down on the exquisite Bride's gown (in the envelope) the Bridesmaid's dresses with fabric swatches, Mum's outfits, ideas of flowers they love and bags of useful information too.
A few weeks later they were back over at our studio to see the sample designs we'd put together just for them
Liam loved his boutonniere which featured his beloved Yorkshire Rose
Laura was delighted with her Bridal Bouquet
The sample table designs were a hit too...
When at last their big day arrived it was a huge pleasure for Jason & I to be at Eaves Hall together, we were lucky enough to be working alongside some great wedding professionals, a stellar team; Patryck headed up the Eaves Hall team who did the most wonderful job of looking after everyone, their photographer was the lovely Nichola Morton and creating a stunning film of their wedding day was Tom Harrington, Laura had the most gorgeous gown by House of Mooshki, Bridesmaid's gowns were by Dessy, entertaining the guests was Simon Dee and the lovely golden crockery and cutlery was from Whitehouse Event Crockery
The moment of the 'Big reveal' in one of the suites at Eaves Hall
An FD box filled with glorious wedding bouquets
I did our little FD tutorial showing Laura, Katie & Sophie how to carry their bouquets perfectly
Such a heavenly bouquet of gorgeous Roses with fresh Lily of the Valley, Sweet Peas and Dill
I'd used a gorgeous combination of Roses in this heavenly, perfumed bouquet: David Austin's iconic 'Juliet', White Ohara, Quicksand, Vuvuezela, Miss Piggy, Vendella, Gracia Creme, Bubbles and Sensation together with fresh fragrant Lily of the Valley, Dill and Sweet Peas, to keep the bouquet fresh throughout the day I'd framed the entire floral confection with some calming Eucalyptus.
The handle was bound with ivory satin and lace and finished off with Laura's own picture frame
The Bridesmaids bouquets were created as smaller versions of the Bride's bouquet
We'd made a wrist corsage for the beautiful Bride's Mum Gill
The Wrist corsage included some Forget Me Nots, Roses, Hydrangea and Sweet Peas
Downstairs in the ceremony room the scene was set and the Registrars had arrived
At the foot of the aisle two of our tall vases topped with floral gorgeousness were set on small low tables
Fresh Larkspur, Peonies, Roses, Stocks and Lissianthus topped our tall conical vases filled with fragrant Rose Petals
Candlelit aisle lanterns leading the way to the Registrars table
Two magnificent pedestals framed the ceremony space perfectly
on the side tables around the room we'd arranged low designs on crystal cake stands
We lined up the boutonnieres and corsages ready to pin them on the lapels of our Bride Groom Liam and his Groom's Men
What a magical day this was, the sun was shining the sky was blue, we had a fabulous Bride & Groom in a gloriously iconic setting Royal Birkdale, with a dreamy gown by Daria Karlozi from Bride's Room of Birkdale, some heavenly Bridesmaids and handsome Groom's Men, two fabulous families all in all it had the makings of a truly spectacular day...
But firstly let me fill you in on the flower back story, way back in April on an equally glorious day we met up with Rebecca & her fab mum Jackie at St James' Church in Birkdale Southport
We figured out where flowers could be placed in this huge and historic building
We also headed over to Royal Birkdale Golf Club the venue for the Wedding Reception
We all met up again at FD HQ to go through their beautiful Mood Board and planned for their final meeting to present the sample bridal designs created exclusively for them in line with their brief and their budget.
We set up all of the sample designs in our studio, a collection of table, ceremony and bridal flowers
A sample Pew end posy
The sample wedding bouquet
Sample Groom's Boutonniere
Before we knew it the big day arrived and Jason and I were at the Bride's family home bright and early for the presentation of Bridal Bouquets, exquisite bouquets of English Garden Roses, Peonies, Dahlias, Sweet Peas, Hydrangeas and Lily of the Valley in shades of Lavender, pink and lilac, we'd transported them carefully enveloped in FD tissue paper...
I do love the big reveal, it's such a joy to pull back the tissue and release all of that heavenly fragrance...
I handed over the bouquets each one made to size to suit each Bridesmaid perfectly
I showed the lovely Rebecca and her beautiful Bridesmaids how to carry their bouquets perfectly, ensuring the perfect silhouette
The beautiful Bride's Mum Jackie had arranged for us to dress her handbag with fresh flowers
The Bride's Mum's handbag was dressed with fresh white Bubbles Rose buds, Oxypetalum, Hydrangea Florets, Senecio, Thalaspi and Eucalyptus
Jason and I had arranged to meet the Church warden at St James' Church so that she could over see our placement of fresh flowers, we are hugely respectful in any of the venues we dress, after all it's their space and it's important to place our designs in a way that suits them.
We had two huge pedestals of Larkspur, Stocks, Hydrangeas, Roses, Dahlias & Peonies set on either side of the ceremony space but a little way back to allow the Minister space to conduct the ceremony
We arranged further pedestal designs around this huge and beautiful Church
Fresh fragrant posies of Phlox, Astrantia, Roses, Stocks & Hydrangeas were placed on alternate pews lining both of the aisles
At the entrance to Church we'd lined up the boutonnieres ready to pin them on our Bride Groom and his Groom's Men
The Groom's Boutonniere was created to compliment his Bride's Bouquet and included elements from her bouquet: Roses both rolled and whole with Hydrangeas, Senecio, Acacia and Eucalyptus
We loved creating wedding flowers for this gorgeous couple, we had some fabulous themes to play with not least Declan's Irish heritage and Rebecca's stunning colour scheme: pale pink & green, we had the joy of working in the most spectacular setting at St Mary's & the stunning Inn at Whitewell with some great wedding professionals to boot, we had the pleasure of spending the day with the super talented Martin Cahill Photography, there was a beautiful gown from Wed 2B, a fabulous Church Choir The Valley Singers and so much more loveliness besides that we almost forgot we were actually working!!! xxx
So we got together with Rebecca & Declan back in December and then in April to discuss their beautiful Mood Board and again in June to create their sample designs which included Bridal Bouquets, Boutonnieres, Ceremony and Reception designs for them to see and try out
Sample table design of Jam jars on stacked seed trays
Sample Top Table design set on tree stumps
We always film the sample designs as it helps us to see them as our Bride & Groom see them
As ever the breathtaking view made my heart soar as we arrived in the suite set aside for bridal preparations ahead of the Bridal party
I love presenting the bouquets to our Brides and their Bridesmaids, Rebecca, Katy, Claire, Clare & Julie made this presentation such a pleasure.
I showed everyone how to cary their bouquets perfectly
I loved this relaxed wedding bouquet we'd included fresh Bells of Ireland a nod to Declan's Irish roots, sweet scented Freesia a super important ingredient, Peonies, Oxypetalum, Lily of the Valley, Sweet Peas and Roses with fresh Herbs including Rosemary, Mint and Eucalyptus
A beautiful Mentha Rose & Freesia Boutonniere for Rebecca's Dad Keith's Boutonniere
Jason & I headed off to St Mary's to track down Declan and his hilarious Groom's Men
Declan's rather special Bride Groom's Boutonniere featured a Sweet Avalanche Rose to represent his English Rose Bride and fresh Bell's of Ireland in recognition of his Irish roots
The boutonnieres were bound with jute string to create a rustic finish
The three Musketeers
St Mary's Church is really beautiful a hidden gem
A fresh flower swag dressed the 'Welcome' sign
Inside this heavenly Church the scene was set for a beautiful marriage service, we'd dressed the Altar with two fresh pedestal designs and the aisle with posies of fresh flowers on each alternate pew end
The Pew End posies were both pretty and fragrant, they included the signature flower Bells of Ireland & Roses together with Dahlias, Oxypetalum, Astilbe, Dill, Hydrangeas and Amaranthus
What a joy it is to share these beautiful images by the very lovely Matt Herrington, they feature the stunning Winter Wedding Day of Natalie & Eddy their big day fell in the week between Christmas & New Year over at Eaves Hall, we only create flowers for one wedding per day in this period, to allow our team to have time with their families, I always think it's so essential to hire really good professionals, folks you know are utterly reliable, our Bride & Groom Natalie & Eddy did just that so they could relax and enjoy their magical day.
Beside's the wonderful Matt Herrington, Natalie had the most stunning gown Jolie by Enzoani from the great folks at Lulu Brown, Eddy was wearing a super smart Ted Baker suit from Moss Bros, the fab team from Nala & Knott were in charge of making the gorgeous Bride & her maids even more lovely, their cake was by Finch Bakery and their stationery was created by the very lovely Charlotte Designs.
We had performed a minor Christmas miracle in the form of fresh white Peonies in Natalie's gorgeous wedding bouquet, we also included fresh Garden Roses 'White Cloud', Schneeball Hydrangeas, white Ranunculus, Snowflake Floribunda Roses, Senecio, Albiflora, Eucalyptus and Gypsophilia Par Excellence.
The Bridesmaid's Bouquets were smaller versions of the Bridal Bouquet
Natalie's gorgeous Mum Vivienne looked fabulous we'd made her a wrist corsage to compliment her silver ensemble
Downstairs the scene was set for the ceremony with our candlelit hurricane lanterns surrounded by fresh fragrant Rose Petals lining the aisle
In the ceremony room at Eaves Hall we'd framed the Registrars table with two of our magnificent pedestals designs featuring White Avalanche Roses, White Schneeball Hydrangeas, Stocks, Gypsophilia and Snowflake Blooms
The Registrars table was dressed with glass vases filled with small posies of fresh flowers
On the side tables around the room our Candelabras dressed with fresh flowers illuminated the spaces
The Bridesmaids were wearing silver grey gowns from Dessy, they were wearing fresh flowers in their hair to match their heavenly bouquets
Too adorable for words
Natalie looked truly breathtaking...
Massive Congratulations to Natalie & Eddy from all of the team here at Flower Design Events
A beautiful Winter Wedding Bouquet of Peonies, Roses, Hydrangeas and Ranunculus
The top table was dressed with a series of vessels filled with posies of fresh flowers set on a row of mirrors illuminated with candles in silver tea light votives
You know what they say 'A picture is worth a thousand words' so I thought in absolute celebration of these exquisite images by the exceptional Eriin Browne, I wouldn't use too many words, only to say, what a breathtakingly amazing wedding this was, what a truly gorgeous couple these two are, we love you Katie & Jamie, what a spectacular venue Silverholme is, stunning views from the super atmospheric Tipi from Special Event Tipis, Katie was wearing a gorgeous gown by Claire Pettibone, fabulous bespoke lighting by Typical Type and delicious catering from Campbell & Rowleys, we will be blogging this wedding again in a couple of months with more images of flowers but less good and taken by us together with all of the flower varietal information but for now, feast your eyes on some stunning images by the great Eriin Browne...
What a spectacularly cool wedding Ashleigh & Josh had over at Singleton Lodge Hotel, we have had some fab appointments with the beautiful Ashleigh and her gorgeous Mum Kerry. Ashleigh had chosen some stunning and oh so simple Bridesmaids gowns, she preferred relaxed and natural bouquets with copious amounts of fresh fragrant Eucalyptus, in short her taste is exquisite.
We made a beautiful set of sample designs for Ashleigh & Kerry to see, including a bridal bouquet...
A sample boutonniere
The sample for the top table was created in a relaxed style our intension was for it to stretch the entire length of the table.
We also made a couple of table design suggestions
At last the big day arrived and I presented the bridal bouquets to Ashleigh and her bridesmaids
The bouquets included fresh Jasmine, Roses in muted shades of Silver greys, nude and blush with Veronica, Fresh Peppermint, Sweet Peas, Rosemary, Chasmanthium Latifolia, fresh Olive, fragrant Dill, Oregano and Thalaspi
I showed everyone how to carry their bouquets perfectly
We'd made the Bride's Mum a beautifully detailed wrist corsage to compliment her nude toned dress
At Singleton Lodge the front door was dressed with one of our foliage and moss heart
We lined up all of the boutonnieres and corsages ready to attach them to our Bride Groom and his party
The Bride Groom Josh's rather special boutonniere
The Groom's Mum's wrist corsage in pale blue Hydrangea florets and a palest champagne rose petals
The Bride's Mum's wrist corsage
Ashleigh's super handsome Bride Groom Josh, his suit jacket completed by his rather special boutonniere
I pinned on all of the boutonnieres ensuring each one was placed perfectly
We all love The Inn at Whitewell, it really is one of our all time favourite places, we all love it in our off time too, Jason & I have celebrated our anniversaries there staying in their beautiful rooms (with no signal yeah!!) and eating spectacular locally sourced dinners, our team too have a special affinity with it, we've all got beautiful memories, personal anecdotes, childhood remembrances and all of us can in our minds flick back to someone's happy wedding day. A funny thing this, but every year without fail for at least the last 20 years, when we get to the end of the wedding season and are reminiscing over the year, an Inn at Whitewell wedding always comes out as being one of our favourite weddings of that particular year, there really is a good reason for it, it's real, it's authentic, jam packed with character and characters, it's eclectic, it's posh yet it's relaxed and homely, most of all it's welcoming and we feel like we're valued both as customers and suppliers...
Last weekend we had the happy task of creating flowers for the Inn at Whitewell's showcase
So we got together with Emma & Andrea at The Inn a few weeks ago and thrashed out some ideas (over the best sausage and mash ever), we got together with team Flower Design and thrashed out a few more ideas (over a bottle of red), all of our ideas were unique, unique to the individual who came up with it and unique to Whitewell, after all it's a pretty unique place...
Outside on the terrace the braziers were stoked up
The river was full to bursting
Whatever the time of year I truly believe this is one of the best views from any wedding venue in the world!!xx
Inside the marquee a warm cosy and tranquil atmosphere prevailed and our designs looked magical, we'd created our own Mood Boards for this event and instead of thinking about a Bride & Groom and all of their purchases and taste to take into account, we treated The Inn as if it were the client, we came up with a number of 'Story Boards' each one celebrating a different aspect of The Inn at Whitewell, we created wedding bouquets, boutonnieres and at least two table designs to compliment each story.
We adored the chandeliers provided by our great friends Megan & Daz from Typical Type they really enhanced our ideas and provided a finish and completeness to the marquee.
Our first story 'Woodland Nymphs & Flower Fairies' inspired by 'A Midsummer Nights Dream'
Our enchanted tree table was inspired by 'childhood memories' of family picnics in the woods around Whitewell, stories of 'Flower Fairies', mystical, whimsical, using tiny magical flowers and mysterious materials, mosses, books, 'fire flies' and fairy lights...
This table design was so detailed, so provocative, imaginative, we'd used a collection of January blooms: Californian Poppies, Oncidium 'Bumblebee' Orchids, Craspedia, Acacia, Cherry Blossom, Hypericum, Eustoma and Rose buds in a variety of shades.
Books, wrapped in moss, Ranunculus, Jasmine, Astrantia, Limonium, Grevillia and glass perfume bottles filled with perfumed flowers
We stopped short of some fairy foot prints but they were discussed!!! xx
Fresh Ivy, hidden succulents, Albiflora, pea green Hypericum and candlelit votives
A magical moss covered candelabra formed part of this table we'd dressed it with Angiozanthos, Tulips, Forsythia, Poppies, Grevillia, Jasmine and Mimosa
We leave space between each placement on our table designs, my old floristry tutor always said "leave space for the butterflies" and on this table design that seems hugely relevant.
Our wild and whimsical wedding bouquet included a whole host of fresh magical flowers and was tied up with a trails of colourful ribbons.
The Boutonniere designed to compliment the wedding bouquet included tiny mystical blooms, berries and materials
We'd also arranged this set of lower designs along the oval top table, the two higher designs would be too tall for a real top table and would probably be used on round tables in a real wedding scenario.
I loved this design so much, the promise of magic is more than a suggestion, I could look at it for hours
Details are so important, small motifs that sometimes repeat, bulbs and new beginnings are celebrated in this collection.
More 'weird' and 'wonderful' flower shapes the Scabious seed head and Astrantia so mystical.
An old lantern left in the woods, fresh flowers growing through where they'd pushed the glass out.
More Books, Birds Nests, Mossy mounds.
Another favourite of mine this ancient old Bird Bath filled with Hamamelis aka Witch Hazel, Blossoms, Rose Buds, Craspedia aka 'Billy Balls', Oncidium aka 'Bumblebee' Orchids and so many more morsels of floral loveliness besides.
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