Happy First Anniversary to Natasha & Darren Marchant!!
I cannot believe this lovely wedding was a year ago today.
The theme for the wedding was based on The Great Gatsby, I love the decadent touches of gold & feathers & the finish of the black & gold fringing on the bouquets. A bonus for me as I was able to use one of my favourite flowers, ornithogalum arabicum, perfect for a black & white colour scheme.
The Bride’s Bouquet included Peach Avalanche Roses, Spray Roses, Astilbe, Gold Soft Ruscus, Black & White Feathers & my favourite Ornithogalum Arabicum, the handle was finished with Gold & Black Fringing & some Ivory Lace.
Natasha’s Bridesmaids wore Black Lace dresses and carried Bouquets of Massed White Gypsophilia, also finished with Gold & Black Fringing.
Darren & his Groomsmen looked rather dapper suited & wearing smart Boutonnieres of Ivory Spray Roses, Pips of Astilbe & Gold Soft Ruscus finished with Ivory Lace.
Natasha provided the white bird cages for the table centres & I supplied the flowers to nestle inside.
Easter 2016 seems like quite some time ago now – but I need to share this beautiful wedding with you.
Heather & Craig got married on a sunny Spring Sunday at the popular venue of Turkey Mill in Maidstone.
Heather opted for subtle tones of peach & pink in the way of Roses & Blue Thistles with soft White Gypsophilia. Heather’s bouquet was finished with a lovely photo of her Dad who was truly missed on such a momentous day, but not far from his daughters thoughts and heart.
Heather’s bridesmaids wore shades of blue, peach & pink also so I made contrasting wrist corsages.
The photos were provided by an old friend of mine David Pearce – he also recommended Girl Flower to Heather for the flowers, so thank you David. Hair & Make Up by the lovely Kim Henderson.
Here’s a few kind words from Heather.
“Thank you so much for the flowers for the wedding. I was really happy with my bouquet. It was exactly as I had imagined! The corsages were lovely. Thank you so much, Heather”
After previously working with Rob from Rob Power Photography, we had discussed organising a styled photoshoot at some point but we hadn’t got round to setting a date. A situation presented itself one Friday afternoon, whereby I had some flowers spare so thought I would give Rob a call on the off chance that he would be available for a last minute gig for the following Monday, luckily he was. So I had the flowers, the photographer all I needed to arrange was, dresses, models, accessories, venue & hair & makeup not a small task at last minute I can assure you. However after a fair few phone calls and visits I was in luck & was overwhelmed at the amount of local suppliers that were happy to help.
Part One Gallery Focus’s on the Flowers of three different looks & themes: Contemporary, Timeless & Vintage.
Now where do I start with regards to this wonderful couple…… I met Gemma about a year before their wedding and from the start we hit it off, after obviously chatting about the details of the wedding flowers, we got chatting about love and life over several cups of tea as if we had known each other for years. Over the coming months we met up a few times to catch up regarding the wedding and our friendship bloomed & have met up on social terms during the lead up to the big day & have since.
With friendship of a client comes added pressure to make the day as perfect as possible so in addition to the normal worries about my weddings I had a few sleepless nights worrying (it’s just my nature, not a lack of confidence in what I do more just the fact I care enormously about my business and my job it’s my passion), I needn’t have worried so much as Gemma was a real pleasure to work for and to get to know, needless to say Gemma had nothing but compliment for me & the work my team and I produced and they were over the moon with the results on the day.
Gemma came to me with a photo of a bouquet she liked & we worked the rest of the designs around that, with the freedom to produce some bespoke designs for other aspects of the flowers. I mocked up the bouquet months prior to the wedding so Gemma could see first hand how the flowers & foliage worked together. She opted for Sunflowers, Cerise Germinis, Carthamus, Thistle, Mango & Schwarzwalder Calla Lilies, Hypericum Berries & Cymbidium Orchids, this variety of flowers provided lovely forms & textures to the bouquets. For the rest of the weddings flower designs we used a small selection of them to make the Flower Girls Circlet & Button Holes & all for the Centre Pieces teamed with exotic foliage.
When Gemma & I first met she hadn’t yet found a photographer, I recommended Lemonade Pictures, luckily that was the only date that month they had available & I believe Gemma pipped someone else to the post for the booking.
We had the pleasure of joining Gemma & Gavin with their friends & family in celebrating their big day with an invite to the evening reception – we had a boogie and a couple of drinks, a fabulous time was had by all.
What a stunning day this turned out to be, beautiful sunny hot day in August set the scene for Charlotte & Paul’s wedding. The good weather enabled Charlotte & Paul to take their vows outside at Boughton Monchelsea Place where their guests got to enjoy the views in the sunshine & witness the joining of their loved ones in marriage.
The wedding breakfast was hosted at Charlotte & Paul’s farm home, in a marquee decorated with Chinese lanterns & simple table centre pieces of complimenting flowers of cymbidium orchids & roses.
The colour scheme for the day was various tones of the colour of the Bridesmaids dresses called “Valentine”. A mixture of these tones were reflected in the flowers; we used pink cymbidium orchids, “Purple Power” roses (there couldn’t have been a better match to the swatch, my expectations were exceeded), ivory waxflower & ivory double freesia. I was so pleased with the outcome of the designs on the day. I was also amazed by longevity of the flowers, it was one of the hottest days of the year so far, on my return to the venue the following day to collect the hired items the bouquets had been left on a table and had been out of water for 24 hours – they were as fresh as they did when I had delivered them the day before!!!
A day I have been day dreaming finally arrived when I got to work with some of my favourite materials – succulents & lush foliage.
Jenn worked the succulents into most aspects of the wedding including them in her bouquet, table centres, cake decoration, favours & button holes. I can only take credit for the bouquets as the succulents were supplied by a fantastic supplier in Ashford, Blue Leaf Plants.
Fiona from Blue Leaf Plants & I would love to work together again, so if you love the look of this stunning succulent wedding, please contact me to discuss ideas of how best to incorporate them into your day.
Now I have time to reflect over the last summer season I am able to share more of the beautiful weddings I have been so lucky to be a part of & of course the lovely couples I have had the pleasure of meeting.
I met Sarah & Scott at a wedding fair at the Hop Farm and met with them shorty after over a glass of coke. Sarah & Scott are a fun young couple and their wedding day reflected this aspect of their personality.
The theme was a beautiful shade of blue, so hydrangeas in a similar hue were used as a main focal point along with fluffy white gypsophilia, ivory roses & white hydrangea.
Sarah’s stunning maids wore blue & carried massed white gypsophilia hand tied bouquets finished with natural hessian & the star of the show wore a pretty white lace dress with blue & white hydrangea bouquet with ivory roses nestled in between.
Scott & his hansom grooms men wore smart 3 piece blue suits with yellow ties & boutonnières of white gypsophilia finished with hessian.
Whilst setting up the centre pieces Scott & his friends helped me (I think they quite enjoyed it) and their assistance was welcomed. The centre pieces were set on tree slices & consisted of various vessels to house the mixed blooms again of blue & white hydrangea, ivory roses & white gypsophilia. The blue hydrangea was arranged in hand crafted hessian bags for the guests to take home with them, the rest of the flowers were in jars and miniature bottles dressed with hessian & lace. The extra arrangements were dotted around the venue & on the cake table.
The fantastic photos supplied are from Sarah & Scott’s friend Chris Longhurst.
I received a lovely thank you card from Sarah & Scott with images taken on the day. The card read….
We wanted to thank you again for your amazing work with the flowers & table decoration for our wedding. You captured our vision perfectly & everyone commented on how beautiful everything looked. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you & your wonderful work.
Another last minute booking for me and what a wedding it was! Natalie was a relaxed bride which reflected in the overall feel of the wedding day. After meeting at the Hop Farm wedding fair & seeing my mossed “LOVE” design a consultation was arranged.
Natalie opted for a stunning shade of green for her maids which complimented the moss designs throughout. Natalie chose an alternative centre piece for the wedding breakfast in the way of mossed table numbers concealed under glass domes and set on terracotta plates, sat on slices of oak. A tricky design to undertake, a lot trickier than it looks but well worth the effort for the effective result.
For the extra wow factor for the wedding breakfast I supplied 3ft bubble balloons, some clear with multi-coloured confetti inside, along with various colours to match the eclectic flower choice.
Natalie’s bouquet was a rustic hand tied of craspedia, hypericum, delphiniums, astilbe, veronica, freesia & scabiosa set amongst fountain grass and eucalyptus, her maids had smaller versions.
The beautiful flower girl wore a flower crown and took care of the wedding rings in a moss nest finished with “To have & to hold” ribbon.
The groom and his band of men wore boutonnières of the same flowers in various versions, finished with hessian.
Both sides of the isle there were flower filled wellies which lead the way to the sunny gazebo with large silver urns full of matching blooms and the registrar’s table was home to the mossed “LOVE” design that initially caught Natalie’s eye.
After the vows took place, Natalie swapped her veil for a flower crown.
I am sure you will agree this was truly a beautiful wedding. I am so pleased with the final look.
Sorry for the image overload, there was far too many amazing pictures to choose from.
Thank you so much for all the stunning flowers you did for Friday. There were absolutely gorgeous, and so many people commented on how different and beautiful they thought they looked. They were just perfect…I have already passed your number onto a couple of people…hope thats ok?!
I met Elena & Grant just before Christmas following a recommendation from their wedding photographer Lorna Elizabeth, a photographer I had the pleasure of working with on a previous wedding at Chilston Park nearly two years to the date of Elena & Grant’s wedding.
Elena gave me a few images of the kind of flowers & styles she liked, I advised on seasonal flowers to compliment her colour theme & style, along with some input from Grant we collectively came up with these stunning designs.
We would like to thank you for all the flower arrangements, everything looked amazing! The hair flowers also worked out brilliantly, thank you so much! We got lots of comments on the beautiful flowers during the day! Thank you again!
Grant and Elena”
It was a pleasure working with Elena & Grant, thank you to you both for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day & to Lorna Elizabeth for the recommendation.