Trends for 2018


Like many others I find it interesting to look at what is predicted to be big in the coming year. Of course we have to start with flowers! Dahlia’s are set to be the new peony and you can see why, they are big and blousy and come in many colours but there are also smaller, dainty varieties.  Cafe au Lait is a real wedding favourite.

Green was Pantone Colour for 2017 but I still believe it will continue to be popular this year with foliages taking centre stage too.

autumnal bouquet

Eucalyptus garlands help to bring the outside in as do the recent trend in ‘glass’ or clear roof marquees. The leads on nicely to the style of flowers, the term ‘woodsy’ is turning up to replace meadowy or rustic. It just means a very natural style with lots of different foliages and textures.

And whilst the over sized bouquet will continue to be on many brides wish list, some may opt for a more simple design to go with the increasing number of smaller weddings, with guests all on one long table making it much more informal. Such gatherings are in pubs, industrial spaces or village halls and some couples are going for more of a family weekend affair.


Metallics will be seen adorning tables but more likely rose gold and copper with geometric shapes like these lanterns and copper flower ‘tins’. Cakes are also reflecting this trend along with marbling.


For bridal wear, separates appear to be popular which will be really useful as you can mix & match! This seems to be the case too for wedding themes as a wedding may be informal and laid back but the groom will be sporting a bow or black tie as was the case with a recent wedding of ours.  The lovely Apolline and Brian coming down from Rye Town Hall captured by Matthew Page

And we cannot forget the influence of this years Pantone colour – ultraviolet!  Hows this for a splash of colour courtesy of


So what will you choose?

Reflections on 2017

It’s that time again at the start of a new year when there is a bit of a lull and therefore time to look back over the last year. It was certainly a busy one right up to the end. Blush was certainly popular along with greens and whites.

But it was also refreshing to have the a handful of colourful weddings interspersed. Chloe and Mark’s is a great example, they wanted a festival feel with a riot of colour. Nikki captured the day brilliantly as you can see and more on her website –

This is a real vibrant mix for Emma’s bouquet.


Burgundy/wine/masarla, call it what you will popped up quite a lot in autumnal weddings often with blush; anemones, ranunculus and skimmia particularly providing the essential colour:

White anemone’s have to be the flower for our winter weddings and succulents made an appearance on quite a few occasions for buttonholes and in bouquets as can be seen in Nadine’s bouquet photographed by Matt Harquail.

And we cannot forget hanging arrangements, loved doing this ‘plank’ for Jo and Morgan’s wedding back in September as seen here in a marquee by

So that’s a snap shot of our year. I will be returning to individual weddings in more detail in future posts.


Glamorous December Wedding at The George in Rye

I had to share this lovely wedding with you, it was pure Gatsby glamour that fitted so well with the season. The colour scheme was navy and gold so the bridal flowers were ivory, blush with a hint of blue and grey. Being December The George in Rye looked splendid with Christmas tree, fairy lights and all the trimmings. Photographer Joe Kingston took stunning photographs capturing the spirit of the day.

Kathryn and Mark had paid a lot of attention to detail and it paid off as the following record of the day shows.

About to tie the knot

Happy times

A moment alone

Bouquet of roses, thistle, lisianthus & eucalyptus against that lovely Jenny Packham dress

Mr & Mrs walk about in Rye

Setting the scene in gold

The Ballroom in all it’s glory

And to finish

And that’s it folks but for more detailed photo’s do pop over to Joe’s website –





2016 Weddings

2016 got off to quite a slow start but went right through the year with our last wedding on the 29th December. Quite a few trends came through with grey being very popular particularly for bridesmaids dresses and foliage, blush pink for flowers and metallics crept in for accessories. Yellow made an appearance a few times and gypsophila stilled proved popular but with the addition of lavender in some cases. Style wise it was very relaxed, country and even wild in some case – just how we like it!

Below is a snap shot of some of our weddings and I will be featuring some in more detail in later posts.

Blushing Brides!

Love the expressions caught by Jacqui McSweeney Photography

Amongst the confetti by photographer Steve Fuller with mixed ‘vintage’ pink roses

The lovely O’Hara roses giving a hint of blush here. Photo by Craig George

The Wild Ones

Jason Pierce-Williams snapped a personal moment between Rachel & James at their outside ceremony with meadow inspired flowers


Yellow, cream & white bouquet for a coastal wedding

And here we have the ever popular gypsophila!

And with a touch of lavender

Milk churns and naked cakes were popular too!

Photo by Steve Fuller

Blues and white for this September wedding

Looking good enough to eat!

I liked the appearance of the rich berry colours for Autumn

Autumn bouquet

And then we came to December

Lovely moment with Kathryn & Mark at The George in Rye by Joe Kingston

Magical seasonal photo by The Photography Garden




Spring Wedding

Our first wedding of the season was at the wonderful Battle Abbey and was full on spring with ranunculus, anemones, hellebores, paperwhites, tulips, genister, white thistle in fresh green and whites. The groom was keen to include snowdrops so we put them in his buttonhole and on the tables.

Katrin's spring bq 2  Chair pew ends

Thanks to Matt Harquail for the lovely professional images, some of my own have sneaked in too!

Battle Abbey   Battle Abbey 2

The venue with it’s great atmosphere and places to film

Kat's & father                                Here comes the bride and the groom is waiting!

Kat & Joe 3

It’s official!

Kat & Joe - it's officail

The Bride and Groom

Kat & Joe - married

The table flowers were a combination of terracotta pots with spring flowers and snowdrops on a wooden base

Kat & joe tables 2  Kat & joe tables

 Guests tables

Top table

  Kat & Joe table flowers 2

The top table

And here are some close ups of the buttonholes, corsage and bouquets.

Kat & Joe - buttonhole 2Kat & Joe - buttonhole

 Kat's bqs    Kat's bq

What a lovely record of Katrin and Joe’s February wedding.

Winter Wedding at The George in Rye

It does feel a bit strange posting a blog about a winter wedding when we are all looking forward to spring but I did not want to wait nearly a year to write about this wedding just because it is out of season. Gemma and Glen picked the wonderful The George in Rye Hotel for their December wedding and chose local suppliers to complete the day. Lauren-Louise Professional Hair and Makeup added the glamour and Debbie Sanderson Wedding Photography captured the day perfectly.

We provided the flowers which with weddings falling between Christmas and New Year can sometimes be a bit tricky as the flower markets are affected by the holiday season like anyone else. However Gemma knew what she wanted from the start and had chosen classic ivory roses with a touch of blue and we decided on thistle and the metallic blue/black vibernum berry.

Gemma' s flowers

Being Christmas the venue was dressed for the occasion and we added an extra touch with jam jars on the aisle chairs.

Gemma & Glen - venue

Gemma and Glen were a lovely couple who clearly enjoyed their day and included their children every step of the way. Gemma’s daughter was one of the flower girls and her son gave her away.

Gemma's flower girls 2 Gemma & Glen - ceremony

Glen chose his son for his best man

Glen & son.2

And the party started!

Gemma & Glen - reception

Right through to the cutting of the cake by Claudia of Purple Flour a simple but effective cake incorporating all the elements of the wedding, blue and white for the flowers with grey hearts and sat on a wooden crate for a more natural feel. The bridal bouquets around it and bottle in the crate gave it extra flower power!

Gemma & Glen - cakeGemma & Glen - cutting the cake

And what a lovely shots to end the day!

Gemma & Glen 2

Gemma' s bq




Weddings at The Royal Wells Hotel 2015

The Royal wells

The Royal Wells Hotel had an extensive refurbishment at the beginning of last year opening for business again in May. It incorporated the latest facilities and contemporary style, while retaining its Victorian elegance and period features and proves to be a popular wedding venue.

The Wedding of Katie and Neil at The Royal Wells Hotel, Saturday 1st August 2015

The Mount Ephraim Suite

We had the pleasure of providing flowers for quite a few couples last year and here is a snapshot. August was a busy month kicked off by Katie and Neil’s wedding beautifully photographed by Sarah Williamson Photography. They wanted mixed summer flowers to include cornflowers which the groom wore proudly!

The Wedding of Katie and Neil at The Royal Wells Hotel, Saturday 1st August 2015

Neil’s cornflower & herb buttonhole

The Wedding of Katie and Neil at The Royal Wells Hotel, Saturday 1st August 2015

Katie looking beautiful

The Wedding of Katie and Neil at The Royal Wells Hotel, Saturday 1st August 2015

The Happy Couple

And pretty mixed flower jugs for the tables:

The Wedding of Katie and Neil at The Royal Wells Hotel, Saturday 1st August 2015

Mixed Summer Flowers

Later that month Jo and Marina tied the knot again with a summer mix of of flowers but in pastel shades of pink, cream and blue including roses, hydrangea, stocks and delphiniums:

Jo & Marina2

Signing on the dotted line!

Jo & Marina

Covered in confetti

Jo & Marina 3

A quiet moment

Thanks to Denise at One Love Pictures for the lovely images.

It was then the turn of Amy and Lee in September, another beautiful day filled with blue and ivory flowers captured by Emma of els design photography:

                     Amys bq      Amy Robinson flowers

Amy bqs

The Bouquets

Amy Birdcage

Birdcages for the tables

Amy's flower girl

And we can’t forget this little one!

What a nice way to finish a post.

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, 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 & The Bridal 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 –

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 – – 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 written by the bride’s daughter.

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