2015 revisited

It is popular at this time in a new year to look back over the last one and it was quite a year in that The Flower House went from retailer to freelancer in April so the majority of our weddings were created in the Studio, hence the slight change of name.

We also had a new website designed by dn-webdesign.com, I joined Instagram and vowed to be more proactive on social media! That is something I must embrace this year too along with regular blog posts and a new portfolio for our stand at various wedding fairs dates for the next couple of month are as follows:

Blackstock Jan 15

January – Blackstock Farm Open Day 17th & Wedding Fair 24th Jan. We will also be at  Bannantynes on that day.

February – The Royal Wells Hotel 7th, De La Warr Pavillion 14th & Cooden Beach Hotel on Saturday 27th.

I am also working on our Pinterest boards, if you are a bride to be, we will create one for you and there will be lots of general wedding ideas. Many of last years weddings have appeared in previous blogs but there are a few still to be reviewed.

I usually have a little prediction at this time of year as to what I think will be popular for weddings for the current year so here goes – we will continue to see blush & grey, along with metallics, be it silver, pewter, copper or gold and this could be in the form of sequins, table ware, dress and cake embellishment and ‘luxe’ being a key word.

Metallic cake 2 Metalic bouquet 2

Thanks to Brides.com & The Bridal Detective.com on Pinterest

For flowers I think (and hope) the more natural style will prevail with foliages becoming increasingly prevalent – time will tell!

 

 

Festive flowers

As we are nearing Christmas I thought a seasonal post might be good including our trip to Germany, wreath making and weddings. It has been unseasonably warn so it was nice to spend along weekend in Germany where it snowed and the Christmas markets were in full swing. They not only have the traditional gifts and gluhwein but loads of pine wreaths, foliages and sparkle. Below are a couple of shots of Munich Christmas Market.

Munich Market 2

 

Munich Market

And as the light began to fade a florist shop lit numerous candles and tea lights, my photo’s do not do it justice, it just looked magical.

Florist in Munich Florist in Munich 2

We also visited Fussen where there is a fairy tale castle and lovely scenery.IMG_4089

And I can’t forget to mention the wonderful Christmas Tram, decked out with baubles and fairy lights!

Wreaths are always a feature in December and we did a workshop for a group of ladies who have been regulars for the last 4 years and I actually had time to do one for myself this year!

Mixed foliage wreath

I went quite traditional using foliages from the garden but did a ‘winter whites’ one for a customer with matching table arrangement. I always like this combination of grey foliages and whites.

Winter whites wreath 2 Winter whites table arr

I also really like this eucalyptus one I did a couple of years ago, you can’t go wrong using just foliages.

Euc wreath

And now to the weddings, only my photo’s at the moment.

The first one was at The Gallivant which is a great venue if you want somewhere a bit different as it is opposite the sand dunes at Camber Sands. The brief for colours was ‘whites, sea foam, mint, soft grey and blush tones to compliment the beachy location’  The general feel was to be romantic with candles and tea lights adding to the atmosphere. The styling was done by Alexandra Merri of The Bijou Bride.

We created a mainly foliage arch with hanging tea lights at the entrance and storm lanterns lined the aisle with pretty jam jars on the chairs.

Gallivant arch2

Gallivant chair jam jar

The brides bouquet and reception flowers had more colour in and complimented the pompoms nicely.

Laura's bq 3

Gallivant top table

We were then at Blackstock Barn for Amy and Mitches wedding who had similar seasonal colours of grey, a touch of blush and festive foliages. Their table centres were storm lanterns in wreaths with a touch of sparkle from the silver reindeer and pine cone place names.

Amy bridesmaid

Amy Phillips table 2

We have one wedding after Christmas which I will share in the New Year.

 

Pink flowers

You may have noticed I am trying to put this years weddings into categories rather than by the month and as the title suggests this is the pink category. However some may overlap and appear in two posts but hey if they are pretty who cares!

We start off with with Hannah and Dan’s wedding at Blackstock Barn back in April:

Hannah's bouquet  Hannah & Dan Bucket

The Bouquet and similar rustic bucket arrangement for the tables

Another Blackstock wedding in June had mainly roses in pink and ivory as the cake below shows:

Claire Buckland cake

Another wedding in June had similar colours with a touch of mint:

Laura's b'q

And with gypsophila:

Rose & gyp b't 2

Not forgetting the corsages with lisianthus:

Lisi corsages

Joanna and Steve got married in July at The Barn in Tunbridge Wells, another great venue with a pretty garden and very hospitable Philippe at the helm! I met this lovely couple at least 2 years before their wedding and we kept in touch, a change of colour along the way from coral to pink and here they are:

Joanne & Steve

With a close up of the bouquet

Jo b'q 2

And they had pretty jam jars for the ceremony which doubled up as table flowers:

Joanne & Steve jam jars

Thanks to Steve at Steve Fuller Photography – http://www.stevefullerphoto.com.

We had 2 very pink weddings in September, Sally and Matt at the lovely Wadhurst Castle:

Sally & Matt

In the pink

In the pink

Thanks to Jenniferjanephotography – http://www.jenniferjanephotography.co.uk/kent-wedding-photographer-wadhurst-castle-wedding – click here to see more of the wedding.

And Lizzie & Marc at The George in Rye with mainly roses, freesia and lisianthus:

Rose & freesia table arrangement

It is difficult to know where to draw the line on colour as we had a number of other weddings with pink flowers but more of a mixed bunch so that is where I think I will put them. But to finish up here is a lovely ‘antique’ rose bouquet with mixed muted pinks, rosemary and eucalyptus foliage.

Mixed rose & euc bouquet

There is a great blog about the wedding and more images if you go to http://www.nikismakeupvault.blogspot.co.uk written by the bride’s daughter.

Weddings at The George in Rye

The George is a great venue for a wedding with couples having the choice to hold the whole affair there or just the reception with the ceremony in Rye Town Hall or local Church. We have had the pleasure of providing many couples with flowers for their weddings at the hotel and this year was no exception. Firstly we have the most wonderful photo’s supplied by Nick at ‘Parkershots – Kent Wedding Photographer’ for Becki & Al’s wedding back in May. The images tell the story beautifully starting with Becki who looked stunning and wanted a summer English country garden mix for her flowers, they included delphinium, peony, astilbe, David Austin roses, thistle, dahlia…

 

Becki Crutwell 2 The Bride

  Becki Crutwell bh

The Groom’s buttonhole

Beckie with Dad & Groom

Nearly!

Beckie & Al

Done!

          Beckie - flowergirl 2 Beckie - maids

                         A Flower Girl                                All together

And from The Town Hall to the reception with my images.

Becki mantle vases 2 Becki table vases

Beautiful vases on the mantle and grouped on the table, all decorated by the bride

Finishing touches, again with thanks to Nick at pakershots

Beckie - maids hair

Delicate wax flower for the bridesmaid’s hair

                  Beckie - cake                Beckie - bq

                       One of many cakes                                     The Bouquet

And on to August when Gary and Lauren got married in St. Mary’s Church with the reception at the George. The lovely photo’s here are by Kerry Ann Duffy Photography who really captured the spirit of the day. Lauren looks amazing as she steps out ready for the day!

Lauren

Lauren & maids

Here we have alll the girls

            Lauren bq Laurens flowers

A close up of the pretty pastel mix of country flowers with roses, scabious, stocks, lisianthus…                        Lauren & Gary 2  Lauren & Gary

The Bride and Groom

Birdcage - The George Birdcage - The George - Lauren 2

Birdcages for table centres and below jam jars in the Church which were put on the mantles

Lauren - jam jar

And another perfect day, do take a look over on kerryannduffy’s blog too for more of this one.

We have done a few more at The George but only have my photo’s – Elen & Tom back in June went for coral and ivory, I am hoping to get some of their photo’s as Elen wore a red dress and it is always good to see something different!

Coral. peaches & cream vase

Caroline and Adam’s wedding in September was great, I had the enquiry on the 5th September, saw them the following day and they married on the 23rd of the month! Now that’s a good way to do it, no faffing, decisions made and done. They had an intimate gathering for 12 and were having a bash on return from their honeymoon. They chose ivory, grey and blush:

Carolines bq 2

The Bouquet

The George mantle - pinks

Pretty vases for the mantle

Later that month Lizzie and Mark tied the knot in The Town Hall and back to The George for the reception. Varying shades of pink and ivory were the colours, roses and freesias the main flowers. It started with an ivory welcome heart to the Ballroom:

The George Ballroom Door Heart 2

And mixed vases on the tables:

Rose& freesia table arr

Again I am hoping to have some of the official photo’s as the brides neice made a gorgeous flower girl.

We have another couple of weddings to go at this lovely venue in December which will be featured next year.

Grey is the colour!

Having done the last post and looking through this years weddings generally, a colour I over looked in my predictions was grey! It has popped up time and time again in varying shades for bridemaids and bouquets and you can see why as it is very versatile going so well with pinks, blues, mauves. And don’t forget silver and white which are particularly good as we go towards winter! There are numerous grey foliages which give great texture too.

Leanne Winton bouquets

Here is Leanne with her bridesmaids before the wedding at Blackstock Barn

Sally & bridesmaids

Sally and her bridesmaids at Wadhurst Castle – thanks to Jen at Jennifer Jane Photography for the image.

Emma Croyden table 2

Here we have the grey foliage and silver vase which is extremely useful as the images below show!

Silver, grey & blush 2

Victoria's vase

Love the Dennis Bowden mimosa in this one, a real favourite of mine.

There will be more grey and silver before the year is out and that’s a fact.

Bridal bouquet trends

In my introduction to this years weddings I mentioned how the less compact bouquet has become popular. It is less structured and very natural and works wonderfully with eucalyptus foliage. Below are a few created for actual weddings and wedding fairs. To start with is the image Charlotte sent to me, the bouquet created and it in action at Swallows Oast when she married Tom in August.

Charlotte O'Callaghan b'q ideaCharottes mixed bqCharlotte & Tom

We now have some lovely pastel bouquets in blush, greys, mauves and white.

Zena's bouquet 2

Emma Croyden bq 2

Carolines bq 2

Mauve, grey & ivory bq 3

And to finish with a warm, seasonal bunch in creams and browns with scabious seed heads and photinia foliage. Firstly before delivery and then at the wedding of Karen and Dominic at The Old Rectory in Hastings in October.

Karens bq 2

Karen & Dominic

Cheers!

2015 Weddings

Now the wedding season has slowed down I have time to reflect back over the year and share some of the weddings we had the privilage to be involved with. At the beginning of the season I pondered over what would be ‘in’ this year – muted pastels, blues for colour and style wise – natural, informal designs? What really came through was the larger less ‘compact’ bouquets with trailing ribbons and the odd sequin! But also quite a mix of colours with gypsophila and hydrangeas remaining popular. A key feature was ‘the personal touch’ with brides doing their own styling with favours, place names and venue decoration. Take a browse and see for yourselves. I have to thank all the great photographers who have sent me images and who are credited along side their shots.

So here we have Christine’s simple but beautiful mixed sweet pea bouquet for a May wedding along side a ‘country’ pedestal – the scent was was divine.

Sweetpea b't 2 Country pedestal

Staying with the populas pastels we saw the wedding of Sarah and James at Blackstock Barn who had a lovely afternoon tea theme with bunting, crockery, jam jars and beautiful photogaraphs by Libby Reed.

Sarah & James Sarah Jervis b't  Sarah Jervis cake

Sarah Jervis table flowers

More mixed pastels for Victoria and James in July at the wonderful Old Rectory in Hastings. They had some great props with birds and nests, chalk board signage and ladder table plan courtesy of Jenny at Bellaboo and Beau – Creative Wedding Styling and Design, cake by Sylvia at The Art of Cake. And thanks to Hannah at Lifeline Photography.

Vicky Sykes bq Vicky & James-218

Vicky & James-391Vicky & James-541

vicky & James cake 2

There have been many more but I will finish this post with Brogan’s pastel blue, peach and grey bouquet.

Brogan b'q

I will be back shortly with many more images from our lovely weddings this year.

British Flowers Week revisited!

I have just discovered this post I drafted but failed to publish back in June, pressures of work and all that ! However it is relevant especially as I have been able to make a few arrangements from my own grown flowers more of which I plan to grow next year. So here it is along with my contribution, the first image is helped by the lovely Splash Sensation rose but a lot is home grown:

Vibrant garden bunchGarden arr_2

‘June is such a lovely month for our native flowers and for the last 2 years New Covent Garden Flower Market have promoted and celebrated our treasures by having British Flowers Week. It has ‘grown’ year on year and now involves florists, growers, the public, the media as well as it’s original trade only participants. The coverage is huge on social media and in the press with wonderful designs from florists all using British flowers and foliage. I have always been a fan of our beautiful home grown blooms but in previous years not always found them readily available but the number of growers are increasing often on a very local scale but with the help of Flowers from the Farm hopefully there will be a much more ‘joined up’ network’.

Fresh Start, Flowers from Rye

Welcome to our new blog! Not forgetting new website. These have come about due to a change of direction after 10 years of owning and running the shop in Mayfield we are now based at home in a studio by the river Brede in Winchelsea Beach, near Rye. We have slightly changed our name and our business in that we are concentrating on weddings ands events rather than the day to day flower deliveries but still do corporate flowers. It means we can devote all our time to our weddings and the season has started well with a number under our belt already and a busy summer ahead. We cover East Sussex and Kent as before and would love to hear from you if you are planning a wedding or event.

So here is where we work
The StudioStudio 2      Inside studio 2  The View

View with ducks!A snap shot of our weddings so far, creams and whites have been popular :

Emma Spring b'qs

Spring Flower girl posy

Lois table arr

But we had a spring one in yellows with tulips, freesia and feverfew:

Bird cage Ian & Rachel

And mixed summer pastels are cropping up on a regular basis:

Zena's bouquet 2

The eclectic mix of vases and flowers is still very much on trend with brides making it all very personal with the finishing touches.

Becki mantle vases 2Sarah Jervis table

Peonies are very popular with their lovely blousy blooms and array of colours from white, through the pinks to red and corals and look good on ‘naked’ cakes:

Emma-Jayne cake

So there we have it the first blog on our new website, we will be posting our weddings on a regular basis and any other interesting snippets we feel worthy of sharing with you.

 

 

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