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.
We now have some lovely pastel bouquets in blush, greys, mauves and white.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There have been many more but I will finish this post with Brogan’s pastel blue, peach and grey bouquet.
I will be back shortly with many more images from our lovely weddings this year.
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:
‘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’.
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 Studio The View
A snap shot of our weddings so far, creams and whites have been popular :
But we had a spring one in yellows with tulips, freesia and feverfew:
And mixed summer pastels are cropping up on a regular basis:
The eclectic mix of vases and flowers is still very much on trend with brides making it all very personal with the finishing touches.
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:
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.