With thanks to Shelly Anderson Photography for the additional image.
So, you're getting married. Congratulations! Whether you're in the market for the full floral works or just some buttonholes, I can provide you with beautiful flowers to accessorise your day. You may have already spent hours on Pinterest and have a clear idea of how it's all going to look or, you may be just starting out and need a little guidance.
You're probably wondering how much it's all going to cost too. Pricing is very variable as it ultimately depends on what sort of flowers you want and how many. Scented roses and orchids are more expensive, seasonal flowers are more budget friendly i.e. anything that might be in flower in a garden near you at the time of your ceremony. As a rough guide: buttonholes are around £6 to £8; bridal bouquets from £60 for something simple to £100 and over for something more luxurious; table arrangements can start at £15 for a few simple stems in a vase but a more traditional arrangement would be nearer £60. Church pedestals or large vases would start around £90.
I'm at home with traditional or modern styling but whatever I create it usually includes lots of textures and different botanical materials and often things from my own garden.
If you're interested in having my style of flowers for your day, drop me a line on email@example.com.
For this Christmas wedding, the couple wanted something with a bit of wow factor and liked the idea of blossom trees. It's hard to get blossom in late December but with some beautiful architectural twigs, some gypsophilia and a bit of magic, they had a little forest. The foliage garland runner was full of scented eucalyptus and touch of seasonal fir to make it wintery but not overly Christmassy.
Candle lit lanterns, scattered rose petals and a lush foliage arrangement on the mantlepiece kept the ceremony room simple but romantic.
A simple palette of green and white looked stunning against the monochrome glamour of Swynford Manor. The entrance hall has a striking staircase which was adorned with foliage and flowers. For the ceremony, two large glass urns of flowers flanked the aisle.
The dining room is light and airy and was dressed with a mix of tall and short vases of flowers. A long and low vase arrangement on the top table completed the look. The flowers included roses, hydrangeas, anemones, hanging amaranthus, carnations, lisianthus and snapdragons. All foam free, of course!
This was a fun little wedding to put together. A halloween vibe and the bridesmaid dress colours were the inspiration for the palette here. Mini pumpkins and squashes acted as containers for the table arrangements. There were no bouquets - just willow hoops decorated with long lasting flowers and foliage
The dining room at Anstey Hall is quite something - with pale blue and pale pink panelling and colourful baroque glass chandeliers. This wedding couple wanted flowers that would compliment the quirky nature of the venue and were looking for a mixed palette of colours. With a combination of roses, delphiniums and snap dragons the flowers were quite 'cottage garden' but add in some hot pink gloriosa lillies, bright orange asclepias and punchy yellow craspedia and the vibe changes completely. We used lots of foliage in the table arrangements which made them feel quite lush and verdant.
A family farm was the venue for this wedding celebration with a boho vibe. We were given space in one of the barns to work in the days before the wedding which meant working around the combine harvester! We installed a bespoke floral archway on the entrance to the marquee site using the existing trees as a base on one side and a mossy pole on the other side. There were a couple of pedestal arrangements and lots of pew ends in the local church - some of which were moved to the marquee following the ceremony. It was full on peony season so we used British peonies in the designs in hot pink and blush. There are also some more interesting textures in the mix too, such as celosia (looks like furry brains) and the thistly orange carthamus - which the bees and hover flies absolutely adored! This wedding was entirely 'foam free' - i.e. no green florists foam used in any of the designs.
Making the arch on site - with a chicken wire and moss base and hidden tubes of water for the flowers.
This bride had fallen in love with one of my more unusual textured designs (actually a funeral piece) so gave me pretty much free range within a colour scheme - as long as it included airplants, she'd be happy. I chose a mix of petal styles and textures - velvety roses, regimented dahlias, tactile celosia, scented freesias and some of my favourite seed heads and vanda orchids. There's never a huge amount of table space at college weddings so we kept the table vases petite and dotted them along the banqueting runs. The silvery blues of the airplant tendrils pick up the duck egg blue of the dining hall walls to perfection and the vibrant colours also contrasted with the dark wood panelling in the college chapel.
I first met this bride in the depths of winter in central London. It was hard to imagine a lovely, warm sunny day in a beautiful garden at the time but as our discussions progressed, the plans for a soft colour scheme with roses and peonies began to take develop. The venue, Chippenham Park, has some beautiful structures for a florist to decorate: we put some light garlanding around the lakeside pavilion and jars of flowers on shepherds' crooks stood on the corners of the bridge leading to the reception marquee following the ceremony. The sunny marquee was dressed with a combination of tall, flowing table arrangements and low wreaths around hurricane vases. No floral foam was used for this weddding - just moss and vases of water.
A modern wedding celebration in a grand London venue meant large installations and dramatic flowers. The bridesmaid dresses in 'lipstick red' satin set the colour scheme here with dahlias, anthuriums and peonies in shades of red with tropical foliage to match. There was a 20s vibe going on too, so I picked that up with lots of hot house ferns and calla lillies.
Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue were Pantone Colours of the Year in 2016 and it's turning out to be a popular colour scheme this year. With spring flowers at their best in early April, this wedding was full of scents with stocks and the classic perfume flower, tuberose. Beautiful blush and pink roses were the focus with some amazing ruffled pompom ranunculus in the bridal bouquet. Antique cream candelabra centrepieces completed the picture in the marquee.
There's nothing I like more than a creative challenge. This couple were looking for something a little more off beat than floral table centres. They were huge film and sci-fi fans so I floated the idea of sprayed dinosaurs and terrariums with theme figurines. They loved it. The only difficulty for them was whittling down their favourite films and tv series to just six...
I used bun moss, airplants and succulents as botanical content plus then bark chippings, sprayed stones, plastic dinosaurs and the figurines supplied by the couple.
There were a few unusual design challenges - making spears for vintage ewoks, a tiny sonic screwdriver and a ladder for the brave firefighters of Pontypandy. The couple were delighted with the results and the centrepieces proved a big talking point for their guests.