Flowers, Pretty Things, Supplier focus, Wedding Flowers

Supplier Focus – Hannah McClune Photography

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.

Photography Hannah McClune Photography Flowers by Green Parlour

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

Photography Hannah McClune Photography Flowers by Green Parlour

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!

I think you’ll all agree, Hannah’s photographs are wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing them with us. We’re really looking forward to working with you again in 2014

DIY inspiration, Flower trends, Pinterest inspiration, Some little thoughts, Wedding Flowers

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Images courtesy of Pinterest

Getting married? Flower crowns are my must have for 2014. Boho meets vintage meets garden meets etherial. Go large using peonies, roses and dahlias or create a dainty woodland vibe with nigella, gypsophilia and clematis buds.

Our super talented wedding team would love to create you your own bespoke floral crown for your big day, or if you fancy a little bit of DIY take a look at our tutorial here: floral crown tutorial

We’d love to hear what your planning for your hair flowers! Let us know your must have trends below

Flower trends, Pinterest inspiration, Some little thoughts, Wedding Flowers

Mint Green and Silver Wedding Inspiration

Clockwise from top left 1. Cake by Sheri’s Edible Designs photo by Birds of a Feather 2. Invitations by Elegant Wedding Invites 3. photo courtesy of Party Mosaic 4. Flapper headband from Etsy 5. Bridesmaids dress from Rock My Vintage 6. Wedding dress by Vera Wang 7. Buttonhole by Green Parlour

We have a little obsession with anything green and as a continuing trend for 2014, mint tones perfectly suit spring/summer weddings. If you want to update this look, combine shiny metallic silvers, burnt bronze tones and a myriad of emeralds, sage grees and deeper leafy tones for an elegant, up-to-date flapper inspired wedding day.

For me capturing the colour green is all about textures, tints and tones. Gather lots of different foliages, using handfuls of eucalyptus (try populus, nicholi, cinerea and baby blue) combine with dusty millar, flowing winter jasmine (or as a summer alternative clematis would work wonderfully) and hellebores for a striking, natural look.

If your after the glitz and glam, keep your flowers simple, again lots of foliage combined with soft domes of ivory ranunculus. This style would work perfectly next to a detailed flapper style dress or the gorgeous Vera Wang number featured above.

Image courtesy of After Yes Weddings

Weddings are all about YOUR detailing. Every little bit you add transforms the flowers, the venue … everything into YOUR day and not the normal wedding. Try adding detailing to your bouquet; I love the sequinned ribbons you get in most haberdashery stores, how wonderful do they look tied around a bouquet for a glitzy streamer look!

Book an appointment with our wedding co-ordinator for more top tips and floral inspiration for your big day

Flowers, Some little thoughts, The Olde Bell, Venues, Wedding Flowers

Anemones and Roses at the Olde Bell, Hurley


Photography by Kathryn Edwards Photography Flowers by Green Parlour

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!

Photography by Kathryn Edwards Photography Flowers by Green Parlour

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.

Photography by Kathryn Edwards Photography Flowers by Green Parlour
Photography by Kathryn Edwards Photography Flowers by Green Parlour

Thank you again to Kathryn who sent through these images, you must go and see more of her work on her website here. See the full feature on Rock My Wedding




Pinterest inspiration, Pretty Things, Some little thoughts

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Forget diets … January is all about THE CAKE! We’ve been getting our Bake Off grove on, but I have to admit that our efforts are not a patch on these beauties above.

Image by Evelyn Alas Photography via Style Me Pretty. Cake by Charm City Cakes

Style Me Pretty have done it again featuring my favourite wedding cake, possibly ever! Made by the super talented folks at Charm City Cakes (I’ve been browsing their site for at least 2 hours looking at all the deliciousness, its filled with tons of inspiration) and shot by Evelyn Alas Photography for a Peter Pan inspired photo shoot.

Get ready for your goldspiration wedding cake extravaganza …

Clockwise from top left: 1. Cake by: Tallant House, image by: Alante Photography 2. Cake by: Diannes Delights, image by Jessica May Photography 3. Cake and image by: Signesugar 4. Cake by: The Caketress, image by Vicky Starz Photography 5. Cake by Sweet on Cake 6. Cake by Ron Ben-Israel Cakes

Ladies (and gentlemen of course), gold is going to be BIG in 2014! We’d love to know your latest trend watch for 2014, drop us a note below xx


The Elephant Hotel, Venues, Wedding Flowers

Jo and Nuzrul Tie the Knot at the Elephant Hotel

Bridal bouquet filled with Amnesia roses, poppy seed heads, lisianthus, rosehips, snowberries, skimmia, spray roses and berried eucalytpus

Jo and Nuzrul tied the knot at The Elephant Hotel in Pangbourne back in late October. I have to admit, its one of my favourite times of year for wedding flowers. All the gorgeous early autumn berries are still around and the winter foliage is just making its first appearance. Arrange all the gorgeous greens with dusky roses, deeper red dahlias, berried and for me, you have the perfect late autumn bouquet.

Bridal bouquet filled with Amnesia roses, poppy seed heads, lisianthus, rosehips, snowberries, skimmia, spray roses and berried eucalyptus

Jo’s bouquet may well be one of my favourites of the year, I love the little splattering of rosehips!

Table centres filled with dahlias, snowberries, Amnesia roses, poppy seed heads, lisianthus, rosehips, skimmia, spray roses, dusty millar and berried eucalyptus

Adding more depth and tying in Nuzrul’s burgundy tie, the table centres had punchy red dahlias entwined within the Amnesia roses and foliage. The thing that sums up autumn flowers for me is all the beautiful textures from the foliage. In the table centres we used dusty millar which has the most splendid leaf formation, texture and colour. Its already big news in the wedding flower world and combined beautifully with every tone.

Table centres filled with dahlias, snowberries, Amnesia roses, poppy seed heads, lisianthus, rosehips, skimmia, spray roses, dusty millar and berried eucalyptus

Simple hand-tied bouquets were placed within vases for the table centres. Although I love elaborate table centres from a creative stance, I have to say these practical arrangements are gorgeous, and your guests can take home a beautiful bouquet to enjoy whilst your on honeymoon.

Table centres filled with dahlias, snowberries, Amnesia roses, poppy seed heads, lisianthus, rosehips, skimmia, spray roses, Safi roses, dusty millar and berried eucalyptus


Pinterest inspiration, Some little thoughts

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Wedding invitations have to be one of my favourite things to look at on Pinterest. I’m literally addicted to it, there are so many gorgeous ideas! So how do you go about choosing the right stationary for your big day? I always think the invite sets the tone for your guests, as well as all the important information(day, date, venue etc!), it gives them little clues to the vibe of your day.

We’re thinking long and hard about the scene that we want to set with our invites, relaxed garden setting with a few unexpected surprises … and … NOTHING FORMAL! I adore letterpress stationary and I’m big into lino printing at the moment (think posh potato stamps) and some sort of kraft paper is an absolute must.

Here are my current top 3 inspirational pictures

Image courtesy of Style Me Pretty Invitations by Yours is the Earth

So I’m pretty head over heels with this invitation bundle. Gorgeous kraft paper envelope with the collection of coloured cards making it easy for your guests to take in each bit of information. I didn’t think I was a fan of black paper, but in this context it works wonderfully.

Invitations by Lauren Owen Design

I think you’ll agree, this stunningly simple invitation packs some punches on the design front. The elongated design really caught my eye and I love the bold monochrome print and a cute monogram. Combine all of that with a custom designed by Lauren font for the couple and its a winner! How awesome!

Invitations by Artcadia Stationary Co.

Peach … blue … rounded corners. Need I say more!

Like I said there is heaps of inspiration out there so get looking, and pinning.

Follow us on Pinterest to see more stationary ideas and general craft/wedding loveliness!

Flowers, Pretty Things, Some little thoughts

In the Shop … Summer Blooms

Our top 10 summer flowers – the floral equivalent to our summer soundtrack at Green Parlour.

We are completely spoilt at this time of year, so many gorgeous blooms available and so many delicious varieties. Although my heart lies in Spring, I have to admit my heart flutters slightly when I start to think about vases filled with delphiniums, the scent of flowering mint!

Each of the above flowers has a special place in my heart. I know there are a few marmite flowers on there, dahlias in particular seem to have a bad rep, but I cant understand how people don’t fall for them in all there multicoloured glory. I’ll have them over sunflowers any day of the week.

Scabious and later on in the season their gorgeous seed pod heads, are perfect for a summer wedding with a country vibe. Fill a jug with seeded grass and scabiosa for a lovely addition to your table.

Hydrangeas with their brash bold heads work perfectly in a vase on their own. I may even go as far to say that they are my favourite flower of all time. A bold statement from a florist!

A vase filled with some more of our favourite summer flowers including astrantia, nigella, lemon balm, veronica, scabiosa seed pod heads and Memory Lane roses.

I love the simplicity of the glass cylinder vase, perfect for a pretty hand tied arrangement of flowers. Everyone gets worried about arranging in vases, we can arrange a bouquet in any vase you have lying about the house. Pop one into the shop for some expert advise on what would bring your vase to life.

Whats your favourite summer flower?



DIY inspiration, Some little thoughts

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Images courtesy of Pinterest

We are a little addicted to craft at Green Parlour and Pinterest is full of gorgeous crafty ideas to get your teeth into. Here are a few of our favourite pins from our Pinterest adventures this week …

Image courtesy of four square walls you must check the site out

I stumbled upon this amazing Runaway Coffee Date dress pattern when it was re-pinned by Tilly (from Great British Sewing Bee fame) who runs Tilly and the buttons and of course I clicked right onto Four Square Walls to see where I could get such an ace pattern from. I should have known Etsy would be involved! If your after some unique patterns Pattern Runway do some lovely bits and pieces, well worth a look if your longing for some dress making time.

Image courtesy of Beyond Beyond

String, wool and some cleverly placed nails. Now all I have to do is convince the other half that this gorgeous DIY idea HAS TO grace to walls in our little abode. Such a simple idea, now to choose a word…

Check out some more of our favourite pins here or come and look at all our boards by following us on Pinterest

Ufton Court, Wedding Flowers

Hannah and Lex at Ufton Court

Hannah visited with her mother, Diane a few months ago to discuss all the flowers for Hannah’s big day. Filling me in on all 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