Win your Bouquet!

Given the interest from brides in my last competition to win a gorgeous bouquet, I decided to run another competition for people attending the Haycock Hotel Wedding Fayre last Sunday. Who could possibly resist the chance to win a beautiful bouquet in their own choice of style and colour?! So if you attended the wedding fair but didn't enter the competition then, read on....

It was a fabulous day and I had the chance to talk with lots of lovely couples about their plans for stunning wedding flowers. And I'm pleased to say that lots of you were keen to enter the competition, so I think you must like my flowers!!

To be entered in the draw you need to have subscribed to my monthly wedding flower newsletter before 10pm on Sunday 2 March - you can find the 'Subscribe to Newsletter' form here. But don't worry if you signed up at my stand on Sunday as I will do the subscribing for you. And I'm sorry but this competition is just for people who attended the fayre - regular newsletter subscribers will know that I often have other offers running that you can take advantage of if you are not eligible for this competition. 

Full prize draw rules are at the bottom of this blog.

So, do you want to win one of these?

Spring flowers brides bouquet

I'm a Regional Winner!

Congratulations! You are a Regional Winner!

…announced the email I received on Monday morning. ME? – The winning wedding florist for the whole of the East of England!!! You could have knocked me over with a feather.... 

Christmas is coming!

I don't know about you, but I really love the build up to Christmas and that sense of excitement and anticipation. I still think back to the preparations that took place when I was a child... helping Mum to stir the Christmas cake while making my wish; sending letters up the chimney to Father Christmas; helping to decorate the house so that it felt warm and welcoming. And I tried to keep some of those traditions going when my own family was small - I certainly didn't have the time (or skill) to make all my own festive floral arrangements in those days though!

Now I look forward to my grown up daughters coming to visit at Christmas and I have a little more time and space to indulge my passion for all things floristry-related! So it's great to be able to decorate my own home with gorgeous things - wreaths full of fruit and spices; garlands of leaves and pine cones and glittery bows and baubles; flickering candle arrangements with the scents of fir and pine. But believe me, I am definitely no domestic goddess!! If I can manage to make some of these things at the same time as getting all the other Christmas preparations in hand I think I deserve a huge pat on the back! And I would be delighted to be able to give you a helping hand to create something gorgeous for Christmas too - just because I know how satisfying it can be.... and because it will give you a well-deserved break from catering for the rest of the family's needs.

So, here are a few ideas for making something beautiful for everyone to admire this Christmas....

Think Theme....

If you’re having trouble deciding on the sort of ‘look’ you would like for your wedding and your flowers in particular, it can be helpful to think about different themes – for example, do you like vintage styles, the country garden look or do bold contemporary styles suit you more? If you are having a theme for your whole day it will work well to reflect this in the style of flower designs that you choose too, so that all elements of your wedding work well together.

Earlier in the summer I described how you might think about colour [Think Colour] and about floristry styles [Think Style] as a starting point in planning your wedding flowers, and moving on to think about themes is the next step in this process.

However, don’t feel that you need to rigidly stick to the idea of a specific wedding theme – it’s just a helpful way to be inspired to create a look that is special to you and reflects your own personality. And it can also be a useful way to start the conversations with your wedding florist.

You will see that the [Galleries] on my website are organised into themes in order to make it easier for brides-to-be to see how these different looks work. But feel free to pick out the different elements that you like from across the themes and work with your florist to create your unique look.

Wedding flower themes

Purple & pastels

I so enjoyed working on the wedding flowers for Elizabeth and Julian's wedding earlier this summer.  The colours Liz chose were a lovely mix of pastel shades including pale dusky pink and lilac, and as it was early summer we were able to include beautiful pale pink Sarah Bernhard peonies.  Other flowers used in Liz's designs included pale creamy pink Verena hydrangeas, dusky Memory Lane roses and lilac Ocean Song roses, as well as freesias to add their gorgeous scent.

The light colours of the flowers contrasted beautifully against the deep purple of the bridesmaid dresses and Liz brought in touches of the purple colour through her other decorations.  To see more photos from this beautiful wedding (including some from fabulous photogrpaher Veena Cornish), do pop across to the featured wedding slot iin my website galleries: 

mix of pale pastel flowers

Win a fabulous bride's bouquet!

Just in case you haven't spotted it on my facebook page, I'm running a special prize draw this week and the winner will receive a fabulous bride's bouquet designed to suit their style and wedding colour scheme!  To be eligible for the draw you need to have subscribed to my wedding flowers newsletter before 10pm on Sunday 6 October - you can find the 'Subscribe to Newsletter' form here.  Full prize draw rules are at the bottom of this blog.

So, do you want to win one of these?

Blue & white spring wedding

Blue and white flowers are a fantastic choice for a spring wedding as the colours look so fresh and the choice of blue flowers can be a little wider at this time of year.  Louise and Gareth were keen to feature some seasonal flowers in their wedding designs and so we chose white ranunculus, which is one of my all time favourites flowers for spring, along with pretty blue muscari.  Delphiniums were also used in the designs which needed a stronger royal blue colour - although these are not a spring flower they are the perfect choce for that particular shade of blue and individual heads can be wired into the designs if other blue flowers are hard to come by.

Louise's springtime bouquet featured ranunculus, roses and scented freesias in white and ivory shades, with touches of blue muscari to work with the blue and white theme.  To see how the other designs were worked, pop across to see my featured wedding spot:

PS - don't you just love the detailing on the bodice of Louise's dress - absolutley gorgeous!  And yes, we did add a few pearls into the bouquet to match....

Fabulous country style

Just loved working on the flowers for Sarah and Jason's beautiful country-themed early summer wedding, which took place in the middle of the Rutland countryside.  Sarah wanted a very natural look for her bouquet and posies - in fact 'the wilder the better' was my remit!  So I used lots of native flowers, including daisies, cornflowers and of course Sarah's favourite flowers, creamy peonies.  I hope you agree the results were worth it!  This lovely wedding is now showing in my featured wedding gallery, so do pop across to see more of these country-inspired flower designs:

Congratulations to Sarah and Jason!


Lavender's Blue

Emma and Tom's marriage blessing featured flowers in gorgeous shades of blue, lavender and lilac, which looked just right in the spring sunshine when their celebrations took place in the village of Hambleton on the banks of Rutland Water.  The colours were chosen to work with the lavender coloured bridesmaids' dresses and the same colour was used for the flower girl sashes - such a gorgeous shade!

Think Style....

So you’ve had a good think about the colours you would like to include in your wedding flowers and whether these will compliment or contrast with other features, such as the bridesmaid dresses, venue decorations etc. (Not sure yet? Take a peek at ‘Think Colour’).

But where do you go from here….. It’s a good idea to look at lots of pictures of different flower designs to get a feel for the sort of style you prefer – wedding magazines are a good place to start and florists’ websites will also show you some fabulous designs. I share lots of pictures on my website too, so do take a look in my galleries. I find that brides generally have a strong preference for a particular floristry style and this will show most clearly in the sort of bouquets they like – which style appeals to you most?

Compact rose bouquet