A few weeks ago these beauties hit my inbox from the wonderful Benjamin Stuart Photography. We were lucky enough to both be involved in Natasha and Sam’s romantic country wedding at Combe Manor in Hungerford, Berkshire. I think you’ll agree Benjamin has captured our flowers beautifully and the images really are a feast for the eyes.
We were lucky enough to deliver Natasha’s bridal bouquet to her at Combe Manor, it has to be one of my favourite parts as a florist. Suddenly this wedding bouquet, which you’ve spent months planning, writing about, tweaking until its perfect is delivered to the Bride. All that love and emotion we have put into creating the wedding bouquet then takes on a whole new meaning as she walks down the aisle.
Natasha and Sam tied the knot in late May, its such a gorgeous time for flowers, with some of my all time favourite blooms in abundance. I literally cannot get enough of sweet peas during the summer months, and for me they are the most perfect wedding flower. Having scented items (unless you are suddenly going to be struck down with a major allergy) should be something top of your bridal agenda. There is something completely magical about the power of smell. Who wouldn’t want to be reminded of their big day when they smell the delicate scent of sweet peas in the future.
All the flowers were designed to compliment a soft romantic yet rustic theme. Combe Manor is set in the most idyllic Berkshire countryside one could wish for, and the reception barn is really something else. With bags of character from the hanging murals to big black barn doors, the space really suits some light, dreamy flowers to compliment the drama.
Natasha and Sam tied the knot at St Swithun’s Church next to Combe Manor, with this beautiful archway reaching high into the rafters. Filled with tons of scented foliage, as well as seasonal stocks, daisies and roses, the arch really brought the space alive. I love the idea of an internal archway too, and then it can be enjoyed throughout the service.
The tables were adorned with rustic matt zinc jugs each holding chic country hand-tied bouquets. These were filled with sweet peas, alchemilla mollis, scented stocks, Sweet Avalanche roses, daisies and lots of scented foliage.
Thank you so much to Benjamin Stuart for sharing the love with these wonderful photographs, I think you’ll agree he’s one to watch in 2014/2015. We can’t wait to work with you again.
Spring has well and truly sprung … our gorgeous flower stand is filled with some beautiful seasonal blooms from scetned muscari through to poppy like anemones, what a perfect time of year to get married!
Harriet and Rory certainly chose a beautiful weekend to tie the knot in the Tithe Barn in Yattendon. With their rustic, country vibe perfectly reflecting their surroundings. You are in for a treat when you look at all their gorgeous DIY detailing!
We had a selection of flowers that screamed country garden. From sea holly, gypsophilia, spray roses, iris to anemones and muscari. Bring on country styling …
Harriet’s wedding bouquet contained clusters of gypsophilia, iris, scented anemones, groupings of sea holly, ivory Majolika spray roses and scented foliage. This completely summed up the country wedding brief to me.
Harriet’s bridesmaids bouquets were filled with seasonal hyacinths, scented muscari, ivory Majolika spray roses, hints of eucalyptus and gypsophilia. Beautifully rustic and the perfect compliment to the bridal bouquet wouldn’t you agree?
We got a little bit snap happy when we visited the Tithe Barn in Yattendon … boy oh boy had this couple put in a lot of work. We literally walked in the door and our breath was taken away! Greeted by 3 trees filled with origami escort cards through to hay bale sofas draped in old quilts and cushions, through to old wire reels used as poser tables. We were in Pinterest wedding heaven!
I love banqueting style layouts, and a barn really lends itself to this informal table layout, especially when said tables are covered in old doilies, book stacks and amazing folded books acting as menu holders.
I want the bride to come and style my wedding now! Oh and yes that is a home made wedding cake … gorgeousness
If your a regular reader of this blog, or a customer who frequents the shop you will know there is nothingI love more than a vase of sweet peas! They are just one of those flowers that I could stick my face in for hours and keep on breathing in their heavenly scent. For that reason alone they are one of my all time favourite wedding flowers.
If they are in season they will be in for a mention in a wedding consultation. I don’t think I’ve met someone yet that doesn’t like them!
When I met Kathleen and Jay to talk wedding flowers back in gloomy January, the sweet pea was mentioned as one of their must haves. I won’t go into the ins and outs of seasonality, but the beginning of April is a touch early for my most favourite wedding flower. We somehow managed to get in these lilac beauties pictured above in Kathleen’s wedding bouquet and I think you’ll agree they are absolute stunners!
Teamed with scented seasonal muscari, deep purple lisianthus, Amnesia roses, Ocean Song roses, fresh lavender and scented eucalyptus, this wedding bouquet really smelt absolutely divine.
Watch this space for more of my adventures with sweet peas soon x
We were lucky enough to work with the super talented (and also very lovely) Hannah McClune back in May 2013. I know, its taken us forever to blog the amazing images she took of Tracey and Simon’s big day, but, we’re sure you’ll agree they are worth the wait!
We know once you take a look at Hannah’s images below you’ll be hooked. As well as shooting fabulous weddings, she also takes baby portraits and family shots. Hannah’s definately one to watch, after scooping the Wedding Industry Expert award for ” Best new photographer, Berkshire” we’re pretty sure she’ll be on to even greater things in 2014.
The men wore succulent and herb buttonholes. Here’s simon getting pinned, the succulent is the perfect match next to his charcoal/blue suit. I love playing with textures on buttonholes, for any regular readers of our blog you’ll know I’ve done an extensive post on boutonniers … get the lowdown here
Tracey’s bouquet was filled with Sweet Avalanche roses, peonies, Majolika spray roses, scented eucalyptus, succulents and heavily scented sweet peas. Gorgeous soft pastel colours were chosen to compliment the flowers girl dresses. Each wore a different pastel tone from soft powder blue, through to pink and a subtle lilac. Beautiful!
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!
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.
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!
Hannah visited with her mother, Diane a few months ago to discuss all the flowers for Hannah’s big day. Filling me in on al the details including lots of DIY bunting which would be hung throughout Ufton Court. I love setting up wedding flowers at Ufton Court, such an amazing venue and each wedding we do there is completely different! Hannah had chosen a colour palette of peach, blue and yellow, based around the amazing soft lemon bridesmaids dresses and her groom’s love of cornflowers.
Bridal bouquet filled with peach Juliette David Austin roses, delphiniums, astilbe, cornflowers, lisianthus, dusty millar, succulents and eucalyptus.
I admit it … I am a complete David Austin rose-a-holic. This gorgeous Juliette rose is my absolute favourite, teamed with the soft blue delphiniums and deeper blue cornfowers, this is a bouquet I’m seriously considering for my wedding day!
Bridesmaids bouquets were filled with astilbe, delphinium, yellow lisianthus, Apple Tea carnations, dusty millar, cornflowers and eucalyptus.
I always feel a little uneasy uttering the word “carnation” but this soft peach Apple Tea carnation is perfect for weddings, just the right shade, not too orange and not too pink. I’m sure when I suggest it brides think I’ve completely lost the plot, but I hope you’ll agree, its a stunning carnation.
Do you love Hannah’s colour palette? Let us know what you think! xx
From the moment we met Tanya and Angus way back in September last year we knew the flowers were right up our street!
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
We’re a few weeks late on the ‘love is in the air’ theme, so we thought we’d skip straight to spring.
Officially my favourite wedding bouquet ever! I’m head over heals in love with this gorgeous spring inspired wedding bouquet filled with anemones, scented lilac, parrot tulips, skimmia, blush Majolika spray roses and blousy ranunculus.
I almost couldn’t bring myself to deliver it to the bride.
Emily and Andrew first came to see us over two years ago, whilst this is super organized, it made the whole process of choosing the right flowers for them completely stress free. We had time to source, suggest and show them lots of different items, ideas and of course flowers!
They chose to get married at The Elephant Hotel in Pangbourne for its truly relaxed vibe and super chilled out atmosphere. The perfect setting for the winter wonderland wedding of their dreams.
The final touches to the ceremony room included these rather ‘WOW’ candelabras, which I found just days before the wedding. A rushed email to Emily and Andrew with attached pictures and they loved them too.
The flowers were designed to create a wonderfully romantic setting, with an undertone of 1940’s vintage glamour. Completely up my street!
White Akito roses, were combined with berried ivy, viburnum berries, steely green eucalyptus, scented freesias, Avalanche roses and hints of Amnesia roses to create luxurious, opulent table centres. We all absolutely fell in love with the large silver pedestal bowls and decided they were a must!
Cakes always amaze me, and Emily and Andrew had spared no expense with this drop-dead-I-want cake made by Peggy Porschen, who travelled all the way to Pangbourne to install it herself.
Emily’s wedding bouquet contained Akito roses, Amnesia roses, Majolika spray roses, berried ivy, viburnum berries, scented eucalyptus and thistles as a nod to her Scottish roots.
The bridesmaid’s bouquets were filled with Akito roses, Majolika spray roses, viburnum berries, berried ivy, eucalyptus and scented freesias. The perfect accompaniment to Emily’s wedding bouquet.
I can’t sign off without mentioning their wedding favours. Macaroons are possibly my favourite sweet treat of all time; macaroons from Ladurée are to die for.