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 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


Beckie & Al


          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 & 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


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.

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