Kate & Chris at Hampton Court House

I loved every single one of the bridal bouquets we made last year, but Kate’s flowers were right up there. If I could add a little trailing jasmine and flowing ribbons to every bunch of blooms, I would be an extra happy flower girl.

Kate and Chris married last Summer at Hampton Court Palace, before heading to Hampton Court House for a fabulous feast, and to dance the night away.

Kate is Marketing Manager for the Royal Historic Palaces, based at Hampton Court Palace, so there was only one place they would choose to get married…The Little Banqueting House, set in the grounds, and with perfect views over the Thames.

I loved our flower meetings at the palace with chat of blooms, gardening, taxidermy, and all things pretty. It was quite a setting.

We have provided flowers for lots and lots of weddings at Hampton Court House, but this was the first we had decorated, where the wedding breakfast was held upstairs, and it was super stunning.

Thank you to Simon Fazackarley, their fab photographer for sending these perfect pictures over, thank you to Kate and Chris for choosing us to flower your wonderful wedding, and a huge thank you for inviting our taxidermy squirrels to be the guardian of your cards!

x Steph

Someone is watching!

Getting ready

Boys

Boys

Bridesmaids

Blushing bride

Arrival

The boys

Kate

The bride

Beautiful maids

The rings

Mr & Mrs

The ring

Blushing bride

Mr & Mrs

Mr & Mrs

Mr & Mrs

Mr & Mrs

Mr & Mrs

The girls

The girls

Hampton Court House

Lavender

Tables

Tables

Tables

The kiss x

♥ Photographer – Simon Fazackarley
♥ Venue – Hampton Court Palace and Hampton Court House
♥ Make up – Carolanne Armstrong
♥ Dress – Miss Bush Bridal

Lois & Josh at Il Bottaccio

We honestly couldn’t have picked a better wedding to start 2014 with.

Lovely Lois married Josh at Il Bottaccio in London. We have never flowered a wedding at the venue before, but hopefully it won’t be the last time. I loved everything about it.

Lois couldn’t have looked more perfect, nor Josh more happy.

I will tell you more about their amazing day (and other suppliers), when I share some of their stunning photos with you (as captured by the ever so lovely Chloe from Caught the Light) at a later date, but I couldn’t wait to share their video with you. I have watched it at least nine times. In 12 hours.

It is all thanks their fab videographer, Will Warr, that my to-do list hasn’t had much crossed off it since I was sent it. I love everything about this video. The couple, the music, the editing. Literally everything. You’re a genius Will. I’m going to make you a badge and certificate to prove it.

I will leave you with a few gorgeous words to us from Lois, and then stop what you’re doing for 15 minutes, settle back with a cuppa, and enjoy Will’s story of their day.

x Steph

Within minutes of meeting Steph, I had turned from control-freak bride, to wanting to hand over complete responsibility for all things pretty to her  - I suddenly became excited about wedmin again! She instantly understood that I didn’t want anything too fussy or formal and helped create something fun and a little bit different. Steph managed to make our homemade décor (which was in danger of looking like a primary school art project) look really quite sophisticated(!) and very, very beautiful.

The arrival of my bouquet on the day of the wedding was one of my favourite moments – it was SO pretty and I absolutely loved the gold bling on the succulents (to match my shoes of course!).  I was a bit sad I couldn’t take it on honeymoon to Brazil.

 The best bit about it all though was the element of surprise. Because I knew that Steph understood what I was after, I didn’t feel the need to know every last detail of which flowers would be used and where, and that meant that there were some lovely surprises on the day.

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♥ Venue – Il Bottaccio
♥ Videographer – Will Warr
♥ Photographer - Caught the Light
♥ Make up – Kaz Fernando
♥Hair – Cassandra Rizzuto
♥ Ceremony & reception music - The Vernon Sisters

Mijin & David at Rushton Hall

The beautiful Mijin and David married at Rushton Hall in Northampton last August, on a gloriously sunny day.

David found and booked Rushton Hall while he was in England on a business trip (without Mijin even visiting the venue. How brave?!), whilst the blushing bride found us through Style Me Pretty. One of our favourite wedding blogs.

And so the long distance planning started. The couple live in New York, so Skype and email were our best friends, and I loved every minute of our plotting.

It was also lovely to work with a group of suppliers we know well. Sev of Hepburn Collection and Mariam Jenson were in charge of making Mijin look super stunning, just before she slipped in to her truly beautiful Suzanne Neville gown.

Sarah and Helen from Carter Nendick were on hand to make sure the day went without a hitch, and the lovely Sarah Vivienne Photography was there to capture every detail.

Mijin wanted to fill the day with beautifully scented blooms. We used O’Hara Roses, Sweet Peas, Stocks, Peonies, Tuberose, Bombastic Spray Roses and Hydrangeas in the bridal bouquet. It was one of most fragrant bunches of the year! The same mix of flowers were used throughout the day, with a few added extras along the way.

Thanks for sending over these perfect pictures Sarah, and thank you Mijin and David for choosing us to make your flowers, and for being so utterly lovely.

x Steph

Dear Steph,  Thank you so much for making our wedding so beautiful, elegant and stylish, exactly what I envisaged for it!! The last nine months of our hard work, including our numerous Skype chats, emails and Pinterest paid off beautifully on our wedding day. I got so many compliments about our flowers. You are super talented!! Thanks again for making our wedding so magical. It was so much fun working with you x Mijin and Dave

Bouquets

Bouquets

Perfect petals

Flowery hair

Wedding gown

Bridal bouquet

Bride and her maids

Bouquets

Urns

Rushton Hall

Urn

Tall vases

Close tall vase

Top table

Top table

Roses

Cathy & Gareth at Northbrook Park

Continuing my look back at last year, let me introduce you to the lovely Cathy and Gareth, who married at Northbrook Park at the beginning of September 2013.

We first prettied up Northbrook Park nearly three years ago, and been lucky enough to have flowered lots of wonderful weddings there since.

Cathy is the Marketing Manager for LSA International, so had strong ideas about how she wanted the day to look. We even got to use a few pieces of beautiful LSA glass along the way.

A huge thank you to Graham Nixon for the pretty pictures. We got to know Graham quite well as he photographed back-to-back weddings with us at Northbrook! His photographs of Becca and Matthew’s lovely wedding to come next week.

Lots of love to Cathy and Gareth, and thanks for choosing us to make your wedding day extra pretty.

x Steph

Bouquets

Buttonholes

Fireplace fleurs

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids

Here comes the bride

The girls

The walk

Three maids in a row

Ceremony

Mr & Mrs

Hanging flowers

Here come the girls!

Tables

Reception

Mr & Mrs

Sarah & Lee at Stoke Place

The wedding season is so busy, I don’t have time to blog as much as I would like. Between March and October, everything tends to be a lovely blur of brides, grooms, flowers, venues and planning, with very little time to show you what we are up to.

On that note, I came across this gorgeous set of photos from Sarah and Lee’s (very warm and sunny) wedding at the delicious Stoke Place in Buckinghamshire.

They married the day before my birthday in July, with most of the wedding being organised via Skype and email as the couple are based in Singapore. Sarah even presented me with a gorgeous birthday cake when we arrived with the bridal flowers – a clause I might put in the terms and conditions for all our weddings!

Their fab Coventry based photographers, Depict Photography were kind enough to send these pictures over, and I instantly fell in love all over again.

x Steph

Bridesmaid blooms

Bridal bouquet

Buttonholes

Ceremony

Silver bowl

Floral frames

Nearly time

Ceremony

Nearly Mr and Mrs

The new Mr & Mrs

Tables

Table fleurs

Table plan with added flowers

Garden flowers!

Groom and blooms

The blushing bride

Mr and Mrs

Bouquet and bride

A single snap

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be part of an amazing shoot at Aynhoe Park with my lovely friend Marianne Taylor and the Her Lovely Heart team.

I just wanted to share this photo with you. I adore it. Especially the sequins. And the Jasmine. The scent was heavenly.

More to come soon x

Sequin bouquet

Photography: Marianne Taylor
Venue: Aynhoe Park
Bouquet: fairy nuff flowers

Goodbye 2013

And what a year you were.

Flowering 73 gorgeous weddings all over the country – from Northampton (twice) to Eastbourne, and Kent to the Cotswolds (twice), with many stops in between. It has been all kinds of pretty, full of beautiful brides and bundles of blooms.

Below is just a little peek at some of our 2013 Instagram piccies made in to a pretty little video.

2014 already looks like it’s going to another cracker, with some wonderful weddings lined up for the fairies to flower.

Thank you to all our lovely brides and grooms this year. We were honoured to help make your weddings just that tiny bit prettier. And to all our 2014 couples, I can’t wait to work with you all… and at some of our most eagerly anticipated venues ever!

Here’s to a healthy, happy and flower filled 2014.

xx

Yumie & Jeff

I thought this week needed prettying, so I bring you Yumie and Jeff’s flower filled intimate wedding from earlier this year.

With Joanna Brown in charge of pictures, the bride wearing the utterly stunning Eden by Jenny Packham from Miss Bush Bridal, and the mention of a flower crown in Yumie’s first email to me, this wedding was always going to be a winner.

Yumie was one of the most easy going and lovely brides. She followed us on Instagram and Facebook from her home in Japan, and would email me certain pictures that she liked as and when I put them up. Perfect planning tools for brides far away!

I loved every bit of this wedding, from the bouquets and buttonholes, to the jasmine filled flower crown and individual plant favours.

Thank you to Joanna for some of my favourite photos of the year, Emma at Miss Bush for the introduction and mostly Yumie and Jeff for being properly perfect in every way x

Joanna Brown Photography

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Photography: Joanna Brown Photography
Dress: Jenny Packham ‘Eden’ from Miss Bush Bridalwear
Afternoon tea: Nest
Hair: Sharon Roberts
Make Up: Carolanne Armstrong
All things flowery: fairy nuff flowers

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