My lovely friend’s Sam and Sav married in October in the most wonderful little venue in South East London, Asylum Chapel. I very rarely get a chance to make flowers for friends, mainly because we are all so old and already married.
My design took inspiration from the location itself picking up the muted colours and soft shades on the walls of the chapel. My most favourite thing to make was Sam’s little headpiece of Snowberries and Astrantia, pinned to the top of her veil. In fact, I think I might have shed a tear when the bridal procession walked down the aisle all beautiful and serene with their etherial flower crowns. So pretty.
I met up with the lovely Sarah at the the oasis of calm that is the Dalston Curve Garden. Her only remit was that the colour pallet was autumnal. After a trip to the flower market I designed a burnt umber, gold and orange display using dahlias, New Zealand callas and dark purple amaranth. I used autumnal leaves to finish off the centrepieces and to scatter around the displays on the table. It was very pretty.
Anisha called me a few months before her wedding date. She was organising a big wedding outside of London and asked me to design just her personal flowers which included bride, bridesmaids bouquets and button holes.
She is my favourite kind of bride, she gave me a few examples of colours and flowers she liked and basically said, do your thing.
I did and it was really pretty. If you get married in September and hire me to make your flowers, the chances are you will get a few dusty pink, dinner plate sized Cafe Au Lait dahlias. I can not bang on about them enough. They are just divine.
September marks the tail end of summer and the beginning of Autumn and I always love a making a wedding at this time of year. Dahlia’s are at their best and the Cafe Au Lait Dahlia is just to die for. Kay told me her colour palate included soft greys and taupe and immediately I thought of the Cafe Au Lait. This with the eucalyptus and the vintage looking Amnesia rosa with touches of pink wax flower made a very pretty romantic combination. Here are a few photos courtesy of Luke Hutson Photography.
Last week, I was invited to design flowers for a new webpage and brochure for Proud East. A canal side bar and restaurant in Haggerston. It’s a bright and sunny venue with mooring directly outside making arrival by canal boat perfect. I am looking forward to designing lots of weddings here.
As a florist, January and February are the hardest months. I feel like I am on hold, waiting for Spring to arrive. Wedding enquiries are coming in yet they can’t come quick enough as far as I am concerned.
I was looking through my archives and found these photos from a christening and a wedding anniversary I made a few years ago. The garden roses are insane! Happy days. Hurry up Spring!
Some of you may know I also work as a food stylist and home economist for various production companies. Last week I had a great time styling for a commercial for England woman RFU. They wanted a rose which matched the logo for English Rugby. After many phone calls and visits to garden centres I found the perfect match at Spring Reach Nursery.
Ruby Anniversary Rosa could have been the inspiration for the logo. I spent a day creating for camera, a rose growing over 16 years. I now have another official title of Rose Wrangler.
Here are a few photos and a link to the advert here. x
This wedding made me smile. It was simple and pretty. Nafiseh’s bouquet was filled with soft David Austin garden roses and pale and pink stock. They held their reception on a boat departing from Butlers Wharf. We delivered simple chop square arrangements filled with sweet peas, garden roses, and astilbe.
I met Tristan at my local beauty salon. He told me he was getting married, I told him I’m a florist the rest is history! I met them both a few weeks later to discuss their flower wish list. They were both happy to let me use my choice of flowers. The only brief really was the colour scheme, purple and ivory. Tristan also asked me to make two dramatic displays for the pedestals in the ceremony room. I used ivory roses with purple allium and blue delphinium. It was indeed dramatic. The wedding ceremony and reception was held at The Town Hall Bethnal Green.
I thought a really lovely touch to the wedding was giving all the guests a small ribbon bow of Kerr ribbon. As a gesture to remember Neil’s father who had recently passed away. I pinned the ribbon on all the guests as they arrived and It was so lovely to meet everyone.
All the photos below were taken by Alexa Clarke Kent. Check out her website and book her for your wedding or event. She her work is wonderful. x
Summer arrives and so do the bookings for weddings. This July wedding was a joy to work on. Rachael gave me an idea of her colour scheme and with that we looked at seasonal, pale blush roses and peonies, sweet peas, little touches of darker pinks with a soft greens. I always try to incorporate, where suitable, some herbs. I can’t help myself probably because my other career is as a food stylist and cook.
The highlight of the day for me was pinning 20 – 30 guest’s buttonholes and corsages outside the church. It was such a lovely atmosphere. Al Richardson, their wedding photographer managed to get a snap of me mid flow.