The Swan at Streatley, Venues, Wedding Flowers

Vintage Rose Bridal Bouquet a Little Roundup

Vintage rose wedding bouquet

This week has been jam packed in the Parlour, with a total of 6 weddings leaving our doors over 3 days. I adored all the bouquets, but I have to say Laura’s vintage rose wedding bouquet totally stole my heart. With the carte blanche brief of something of a grown-up but vintage nature, we blended rose after rose after rose to create her bouquet.

Laura married her boy Phil on Sunday at the Swan in Streatley and thank goodness the sun shone for there ceremony was taking place on the beautiful barge they have registered for weddings.

Every bridal bouquet means the world to us …

We often get asked if we have a minimum order for our wedding flowers, I know this is how some florists operate, but we wholeheartedly do not! Its so amazing to be part of a brides big day, however small. Basically we just totally adore making wedding flowers, from every bridal bouquet right through to church flowers and beyond.

Laura enlisted our help to create her bouquet, a bridesmaids bouquet, something cute for her bridesmaids to hold and the all important men’s boutonnieres.

Laura’s wedding was all about the DIY – she made the table flowers herself, there was a whole bevvy of helpers to decorate her village hall reception venue and there were the most darling cakes made by friends and family.

Vintage rose bridal bouquet

Create this vintage rose bridal bouquet

To recreate the vintage gown-up vibe of this bouquet, we blended a whole host of roses including Amnesia, Mentha, Safi, Old Dutch and Majolika roses. I love using herbs in wedding work and this bouquet smelt heavenly containing flowering mint, ammi majus, oregano, berried eucalytpus, rosemary and the most amazing sweet peas.

Laura’s bridesmaids bouquet followed the vintage vibe with roses, sweet peas and scented herbs.


Watch this space for some pictures of our other creations

Vintage rose bridesmaids bouquet

Danesfield House, Flower trends, Venues, Wedding Flowers

Peach Wedding Flowers at Danesfield House

March, you are already shaping up to be an absolute stunner! Leslie and Arkadius have been blessed with the most amazing spring sunshine for their big day at Danesfield House. As well as the sun shining down on the lucky couple, Leslie also managed to choose some of my all time favourite flowers and colour combination. Peach is still huge, especially when teamed with dashes of rose gold, metallic and just the slightest sprinkle of copper.

We started planning Leslie’s wedding flowers just a few months ago, with her coming to see us with tons of visual inspiration for the flowers. She was a total joy to work with and she completely trusted our flower choices for the big day. David Austin Juliette roses were combined with Bombastic spray roses, ranunculus, orchids and hints of lilac to create a lush dome of floral gorgeousness to carry down the aisle. How much do you love the ranunculus/rose combination, it totally took my breath away.

The amazing fireplace in the Versailles Suite at Danesfield House needed something huge and natural to balance with the super grand chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Armed with ladders and wielding scissors we got stuck into the mammoth task of this huge creation. From this image you cannot even grasp the amazing scale of this beauty. Filled with hydrangeas, roses, lilac, ranunculus and tones of foliage, this fireplace arrangement created a focus point at Danesfield House. I wish so much I had a fireplace large enough to house one of these beauties on a regular basis. I also wish I could take you all there so you could see it in real time.

Rose gold and peach ran throughout Leslie’s wedding at Danesfield House. With such an ornate room as The Versailles Suite, you need something that’s going to tie in beautifully and these rose gold goblet pots held the key to tying all the elements together. Not only did they look awesome with the peach flowers, but they matched little details within the room …. AND they’re bang on trend with the metallic vibe that’s circling the floral world at the moment.

These arrangements firstly lined the aisle, drawing guests eyes to the amazing fireplace arrangement. They were then moved to the tables and given away as gifts to their guests afterwards. Filled with roses, lilac, ranunculus, spray roses and foliage, these peachy posies would have been the perfect thing to take away after their magical wedding day.

The Asylum, Venues, Wedding Flowers

Succulent Wedding Flowers at the Asylum London

Boy oh boy have I got some beautiful shots to show you today. Sometimes you make a bouquet that you just totally fall in love with and it becomes so super hard to give it away even to the most amazing of brides. Alice truly was an amazing bride, our paths have crossed through friends over the last 12 years and it was so lovely to receive her email asking if we’d arrange the flowers for her big day. Danny, her groom, helped us design various elements for the shop when we first opened. He is uber talented as a designer and is one of lifes gentlemen. Can you tell already that I think they are an amazing couple?

When I got Alice’s email with a tentative enquiry, I already knew their wedding day would be a true extension of themselves filled with  people they love and some quirky features that would ensure their wedding was remembered forever by all whom attended. When you know all this about a couple I was so intrigued to where they had chosen to make their vows, to celebrate their day. It had to be somewhere breathtaking and The Asylum in London fitted that bill precisely. Creative, vibrant, earthy, industrial and completely beautiful. I can honestly say I have never visited a venue like it before.

Alice’s bouquet was designed with all of this in mind. Succulents were added throughout all the arrangements to give the industrial, London vibe. I love using succulent wedding flowers, theres something about the amazing textures and shapes. Spring garden flowers of hellebores, ranunculus and solomons seal were arranged with loose foliage to create flow to the bouquets. Scent was added with David Austin roses. Foliage was key to all the designs, with ferns (I know I’m obsessed) eucalyptus, grasses and scabiosa balls. Alice’s amazing dress had beautiful embellishments around the neckline and deeper burgundy ranunculus tied this in wonderfully, and actually added depth to the bouquets. I held Alice’s bouquet with complete joy whilst making it, every moment thinking I cannot wait to see her in the morning and show her all the flowers.

5 maids accompanied Alice down the aisle, each in mismatched dresses and metallic shoes. There posies were filled with veronica, astrantia, scented waxflower, hellebores, solomons seal, tulips, ranunculus and beautiful foliage. Adorned with ribbon trails, the maids looked amazing as they walked the aisle.

Assorted pots of succulents were used to line the aisle and later moved to adorn the tables. I’m totally in love with the copper pots combined with zinc and earth terracotta. Alice and Danny both wanted something they could keep and nurture after the big day, succulents were the perfect plant!

I have to say a huge congratulations to Alice and Danny. It was a total joy to be part of your big day, I loved every moment and I know you did too.

Venues, Wasing Park, Wedding Flowers

Lizzie and Tom’s Wasing Park Wedding

You know you are going to have an absolute ball with a couple, when in your first meeting the words ‘there may be an element of dinosaur throughout the day’ are uttered and you just happen to be wearing your Tatty Devine Dinosaur necklace.

Lizzie and Tom were to tie the knot at the ever beautiful Wasing Park. A gorgeous venue where you know your bride and groom can really stamp their personalities into the space. Every time we come to do our flower thing, its completely different from ombre,to, well … dinosaurs!

I love every part of the wedding planning with our couples, but the first meetings are always such a joy. I love hearing the little details, the brides (and grooms) having a total brain dump of ideas, and getting excited about all the floral possibilities. From that moment I can’t wait to start making the flowers. I had to wait almost a whole year to get my hands on the flowers for Lizzie and Tom’s big day and I’m proud to say there wasn’t a rose in sight. The brief was seasonal blooms following purples and a plummy aubergine tone. We added in a soft blush to give some softness between the purple and white which always seems a little stark otherwise.

Lizzie’s bouquet was an absolute corker. Several times during the making process I may have wanted to run off into the sunset and renew my vows. I wanted to keep this beauty all to myself! Filled with some of my favourites including scented waxflower, marshmallow ranunculus, jasmine, ferns, eucalyptus, heather, lisianthus … the list goes on!

The maids held a miniature version, again those gorgeous ranunculus took centre stage providing the perfect contrast to their aubergine dresses.

The flower girls held the most miniature posy of ranunculus and waxflower tied with an ivory satin ribbon.

Thank you Lizzie and Tom for letting us be part of your awesome day. Who doesn’t want to be part of a wedding where the bridal march is out and the Jurassic Park theme tune is in!



Kew Gardens, Venues

Wedding Flowers at Kew Gardens

Woah! Where to start with this beauty … if you love flowers and plants, this may be the wedding for you!

Vicki an Mark tied the knot in serious botanical style at Kew Gardens at the beginning of October. Some of our favourite blooms made there way to Richmond ready to arranged in the gorgeous surroundings. Vicki and Mark used classical whites, creams and greens to create an elegant autumnal affair. Hydrangeas were used in abundance combined with Majolika spray roses and the heavenly scent of freesias.

With the elegant brief in mind, Vicki’s bridal bouquet was jam packed with Akito roses, scented freesias and Majolika spray roses. A tight dome of these gorgeous florals creates a concise but feminine design. To top it all off it really smelt devine! Scent is something I’m a big advocate of for bridal work, its such a powerful sense for an emotionally packed day. Just think, when you breath in those smells again you will be taken straight back to your “I do’s”

Delivering the bridal bouquet to The Petersham Hotel has to be my favourite part – I love seeing the brides face when we deliver their bouquet. After putting so much love into arranging the blooms, it is the best feeling handing over the all important bouquet!

The Nash Conservatory at Kew Gardens housed some gorgeous floral displays. Hurricane vases lined the entrance adding to the romance of the day. Hydrangea chair ends with floor length ribbon hung elegantly down the aisle, with large silver flute vases housing a large dome of ivory hydrangeas framed the ceremony table perfectly. With a stunning autumnal day beaming in, The Nash Conservatory has to be in my top 5 ceremony spaces, flooded with light and surrounded by specimen trees and shrubs.

Using a mixture of tall and short arrangements, The Orangery was transformed into an elegant reception venue. With dusk falling, candles adorned each table, flooding the space with romantic light. Each design was complimented by a large mirrored base to reflect the candle light around the table. I have to say I adored the short arrangements, small domes of flowers were housed in ribbed vases that caught the candle light in the most perfect way.

With hurricane vases lining the path up to The Orangery, Vicki and Mark’s guests were transported into the most beautiful space.

Huge congratulations to Vicki and Mark, we had a total blast and hope you did too!

Rivervale Barn, Venues, Wedding Flowers

Romance with Orchids at Rivervale Barn

What a stunner on the blog this morning! Emily and Alex tied the knot at the end of September at the beautiful Rivervale Barn. September has been jam packed full of beauties this year and none more stunning than this one.

Emily and Alex first came to see us at the beginning of January to start talking about the grand plans for their big day. We always love to ask if the couple have any particular favourite flowers that have a significant meaning, and, as Emily and Alex got engaged in Singapore surrounded by orchids, they became our MUST include flower!

Peach has to be the colour of 2014, and David Austin Juliette roses are the perfect way to work the hottest floral trend. These dishes of scented delight are combined with oriental orchids, lisianthus, spray roses and berries. What a stunner of a bouquet for Emily to walk down the aisle with.

The beautiful barn at Rivervale is expertly designed to allow each couple to put their own stamp on the venue. Emily had tons of vision and bags of ideas on how she wanted to create her romantic dayylots of lovely ideas on how she wanted to personalise it, from the coloured linen to having various floral designs to carry your eye around the space. Full floral circlets with romantic candlelight adorn the tables with a complimenting design of a hand-tied arrangement in gorgeous mercury glass vases surrounded by candles. Each table centre used a mirror circle to bounce the light around the space, creating an ultra romantic vibe.

These rather wow large arrangements framed the top table, with a dome of ivory hydrangeas and suspended orchids. I am a complete sucker for hydrangeas, they have loads of impact in any space, but especially in such a large barn.

I think you’ll agree, Emily and Alex had the most gorgeous day, with tons of beautiful florals to top it off!



Tithe Barn Yattendon, Venues

Harriet and Rory Tie the Knot Barn Style

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

The Elephant Hotel, Venues, Wedding Flowers

Kathleen and Jay’s Big Day

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

Rivervale Barn, Venues, Wedding Flowers

Lindsay and Craig at Rivervale Barn

We love love love setting up wedding flowers at Rivervale Barn. Such a gorgeous venue, with (amongst other things) the most beautiful bridal suite!

Our beautiful Bride and Groom, Lindsay and Craig, also fell in love with Rivervale Barn and kicking off our wedding season in style they chose our favourite colour palette of creams, whites and greens with a big dollop of seasonal zesty green. Spring has definitely sprung with these gorgeous arrangements – I hope your with me on how gorgeous Lindsay’s bouquet was!

the wonderful setting and lovely staff at Rivervale Barn and

we were lucky enough to be involved with their wedding flowers.

Filled with tons of seasonal ranunculus, gorgeous succulents, Akito roses and (another!) one of our favourite’s … guelder rose! The bridal bouquet was bound in a lime green ribbon to tie in with the bridesmaids dresses. Such a perfect mix, blending rustic elements with an elegant wedding.

Succulents we’re definitely the star of the show! These little posies sat along the top table between vases to hold the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets. Its one of my top tips if you’ve opted for a long top table, use the whole length and if you can re-use your bridal and bridesmaids bouquets here with a few smaller vases scattered between. Its a perfect way to create those full looking tablescapes that you see on so many wedding blogs at half the price.

Rivervale Barn has gorgeous almond shaped tables, making it really easy for your guests to converse across the tables. Lindsay and Craig chose a central table centre designed to tie in with the bridal party flowers using lots of the super zesty guelder rose, white hydrangeas, white Akito roses, clusters of (ahem!) carnations and ranunculus. I love the clean lines of the cylinder vases for weddings, and you can give the arrangements away as gifts to your guests afterwards!

We received this wonderful testimonial from Lindsay just a few days after her big day. We loved arranging their gorgeous wedding flowers and can’t wait to see the team at Rivervale Barn soon!

Thank you so much Ladies! The flowers were stunning!! We loved them all, couldn’t of asked for nicer people doing an amazing job xx

Mill House Hotel, Venues, Wedding Flowers

Louise and Andrew Tie the Knot at the Mill House

Today we are bringing you some vintage wedding flower loveliness from Louise and Andrews big day at The Mill House Hotel, Swallowfield.

You can’t get much more vintage than these gorgeous Amnesia roses, complimented with ivory Majolika spray roses, scented eucalyptus, hints of lisianthus and scented eucalyptus. Louise really wanted the old Hollywood vibe to her day, and subtle pearls, wound throughout the flowers provided the finishing touches to her romantic rose filled bouquet. I love the subtle colours, they make the most perfect wedding flowers.

Louise (and family!) got to work crafting lots of jam jars for table centres, wrapped with pretty lace and adorned with a few pieces of jewelry. I love these little home-made touches and I have to say the attention to detail on these little jars were second to none. The jars were filled with flowers designed to compliment Louise’s wedding bouquet, with vintage Amnesia roses, lisianthus, veronica, ivory Majolika spray roses and scented eucalyptus. I think you’ll agree they looked perfect on the tables.

Congratulations to Louise and Andrew – we had such a ball making all your flowers!