Fantastic Wedding Venue – The Plough at Lupton

This was our first wedding at The Plough at Lupton, what a fantastic place to get married!!! We so enjoyed working there, and the staff were incredible! Helpful, couldn’t be nicer and looked after us perfectly, allowing us to set up super early so we could be guests at the wedding too.

The bride and groom had asked for their long banqueting tables, which enabled us to create long foliage table runners in 3 types of Eucalyptus, Ruscus, Pistache, Lambs Ear, Senecio and Leucadendron with a small amount of white flower in.

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Relaxed, rustic and full of foliage in soft muted greys and greens was the style the bride and groom wanted and it suited the beautiful dining room at The Plough really well.  They have a great set up there and the design and colours with the copper hanging lights, big wooden tables, beams and eclectic chair coverings all creates a fantastic stylish, comfortable feeling that oozes charm.

Well done The Plough for creating a perfect atmosphere for a relaxed wedding … oh yes and the food was fantastic!!  Can’t wait to do more weddings there!

White wedding bouquets

White wedding flowers are still the classic choice no matter what style or time of the year you are getting married, so here are a few of our favourites.

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This monochrome bouquet is a perfect choice for a stylish city wedding, a simple yet elegant white bouquet with pops of blue/black from gorgeous anemones, texture from garden and spray roses, and pretty silver hues from silver brunia berries and velvety sift dusty milller leaves.

Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 10.22.41We love this soft textured bouquet, perfect for a spin or summer wedding, in an informal setting. It’s romantic feel works beautifully with soft flowing dresses.  The lovely Scabious adds a delicate feel mixed with the Roses, Lisanthus and Ferns.

Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 10.31.39This full, Rose and Ranunculus bouquet is perfect for a sophisticated garden wedding and suits the structured off the shoulder dress beautifully.  Soft silver tones with the Lambs Ears and varieties of Eucalyptus work to create tones of silver around the white old english Roses.

Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 10.35.54We still love this simple yet very elegant Narcissi bouquet,that we created a few years ago The hint of glam is perfect for a Gastby-esque wedding, or without would make a lovely contemporary bouquet for a simple informal wedding.

We love white flowers, they can create a vast array of styles and suit many dresses and styles of wedding.  Simple, elegant, classic, with clean crisp lines or romantic, full and luxurious, whatever your style white flowers can create the perfect look for you.

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It’s always great seeing the delight on your brides face when you deliver her flowers and that moment that you know what you have created is exactly what the couple wanted is priceless.  We never get to see the whole event, so it’s fantastic to see your work and a very happy bride featured in one of the top wedding blogs Rock My Wedding and to see how the flowers have played a big part of the day.

Rock My Wedding featured one of our favourite venues Gossel Ridding a fabulous country house in the lake district and a wedding we worked on in the summer.

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Gossel Ridding

The feature shows the lovely couple Chloe and Micheal in their real weddings section and is full of wonderful photos from the very talented Melissa Beattie.

Chloe and Micheal wanted their flowers to match the pale blue bridesmaids dresses and to give a soft vintage pastel feel.  We used Old English Roses, hydrangea, lisianthus, spray roses and phlox to create  small headed textured look.

Bride and bridesmaids bouquets

Bride and bridesmaids bouquets

Chloe wanted her bouquet to be asymmetrical with soft trails of ribbon from the stems and used a small amount of eucalyptus to follow the vintage theme through.

Bride bouquet in soft pastels

Bride bouquet in soft pastels

Absolutely delighted that they had what looks like such a fantastic day and we wish them loads of brilliant things for the future.

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Gossel Ridding garden

Thank you Rock My Wedding for featuring our work.

Gold wedding centrepieces

We are getting lots of fantastic feedback about the hints of gold that we are using for some of our wedding centrepieces, we’re getting asked for lots of different styles, so here are a few ideas on how to add a hint of gold to inject some lift, colour and glamour into your wedding.

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We love this soft gold wooden box filled with pastel flowers and a hint of deep burgundy ranunculus.  Gold doesn’t have to be used just with vases and the hint of deep colour really adds to the luxurious feel of this arrangement.

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Gold can also harmonise with lots of colour, it adds an extra tone and extra glamour to a more rustic setting, showing just how versatile it is to use across lots of styles and different colour palettes.

 

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Of course gold adds romance to pastel shades, it lifts the pastels, adding a lovely vintage glamour look to beautiful soft flowers.  These country garden styles work so well, the soft romantic old english roses bringing the romance to the fore.

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Gold can also create light and attention to different parts of the room, it bounces light around so added to the area above the reception table creates a beautiful focal  point, taking the eye upwards but links into the table with the small gold vases, so the flowers are highlighted too.

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Softer mercury vases can also be used to give a paired down nod to the gold we love so much.  Gold mercury mixes so well with other metallic colours as well and doesn’t have to be used on it’s own and is great for those Gatsby styled weddings.

Gold really can be used in a variety of ways, giving a different look to many styles, so if vintage glam isn’t your thing, don’t think you can’t use gold it works in loads of ways just adding a lift to normal glassware.

 

Floral trends 2017 (part 2)

More wedding floral trends for 2017 ….

Rustic no more?

There has been a long running trend for jam jars and hessian at weddings often giving a rustic, homemade look which brides could do themselves or which were filled with ‘just picked’ flowers. This look will continue but it’s popularity is waning in favour of a more glamourous look.  We’re seeing the farm-fresh look being uplifted by the use of more interesting vases like mismatched vintage vessels, antique vases and mercury glass along with richer textiles and accessories with a bit of subtle ‘bling’. This also follows through into the colours being used, giving a luxurious glamourous feel.

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Bolder bohemian colours

Wedding flower colours are getting bolder with purples, blues and yellows pushing out the pastel and blush tones that have be around for a few years. A subtle mix of big bright Bohemian flowers colours reflects the general fashion trends.  Also deeper, moodier shades of berry tones, with deep hued foliage and earthy merlot-browns reflect a generally more ‘industrial’ trend in wedding flowers.

So while some are going totally green others are going down this somewhat unfamiliar path for many past brides. These bolder pantones work well paired down with softer pastels of the same tonal variations and if one complimentary colour is added, it creates a pop of colour. This needs to be quite carefully thought through so that is has the desired effect, otherwise is can become too much and overwhelm the eye.

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Metallics

Shimmering metallics including gold, rose gold and copper are included in flowers, vases, candle holders, light fittings, table cloths, monograms, and more. The effect adds an incredible wow factor, whether matt or shiny, sparkly or glittery. The warmth of most metallic tones means it can work with a myriad of colours and more especially the warmer colours we’ve been seeing emerging more in wedding flowers of late but it also looks amazing with neutrals and soft pastels and plenty of brides are opting for this combo. Gold definitely has the effect of adding grandeur and the copper tones work to create the industrial look so on trend.

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Whatever the trend you will be taking on this next year, we can’t wait to create some stunning wedding flowers!

Floral trends 2017 (part 1)

Flowers are such an integral part of any wedding day, they can lift a wedding table from a dinner with friends to a romantic, memory full table filled with your favourite people and things, a shift that creates images in your head to last a lifetime. No matter how well you have planned all the details, adding flowers will lift the colours and bring it all together to create a complete design. So with that kind of importance, it’s no wonder flower design follows fashion and trends that are visible and defined across the years. So what are the trends coming up for 2017………………

Greenery and garlands

We’re not sure if it’s because people are more budget conscious (although this would be a deception of sorts as this option can be more pricey) or if they’re just opting to go more green and be more environmentally aware, but there has been a huge increase in greenery being used in weddings. It follows the ‘outside in’ trend that creates the lush textures of the secret garden with relaxed florals and deconstructed piles of foliage but on the inside. It often comes in the form of long table swags to decorate the trestle table trend or large structures of layered textured greens. The miminalist look can still be catered for with simple specimen vases with sculptural ferns and delicate trailing vines and the houseplant trend of kokedama’s provide the hanging element. This trend can take a lot of work and technical understanding, much more so than the simpler, flower-abundant creations hence the sometimes more costly than expected price tag, but they create full, luxurious, beautiful and unique understated focal points to your wedding.

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Hanging florals and chandeliers

These usually large structures command pride of place in an industrial space, tipi or marquee and again bring the ‘outside in’. These can be large floral pieces or follow the full greenery trend, but both work by drawing the eye upwards creating a 3-D space rather than just eye level decorations on the tables. Wonderful at adding height, they can also relieve the tables of the floral arrangements, creating space there and using the often, oversized space above giving intimacy to the setting.

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Bigger bouquets

Bridal bouquets of loose, organic wider shapes are officially the new must have! This year’s brides are asking for bouquets with bulk, but not massive balls of tightly tied flowers, they want lush full bouquets with foliage and texture, loosely tied with trails and interesting focal points. These can be wild and woodland inspired full of ferns and greenery or full of old style flowers, creating visually interesting lines with arching branches, or foliage that cascades. They often come in asymmetrical shapes, impossible to recreate exactly so each one is bespoke and personal to that bride. For added softness, long trailing ribbons add interest to the stems.

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There are more trends that are coming to the forefront of flower design for 2017, so see our floral trends part 2 for more 2017 ideas ……

Lovely thank you card

We have just received this lovely thank you card from our bride and groom from their Langdale Chase wedding in July.  Kate and Mark wanted a really fresh clean look with whites and greens, using all flowers with hydrangea, old english roses and viburnum.  It was a very very hot day, and providing a cake as well meant we had to deliver everything as close to the wedding as possible to keep it all fresh.  We’re delighted they had such a fantastic day and they sent us this message ….

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…… Dear Kerry,  A belated but huge thank you for doing such a fantastic job on the flowers, cake and table decorations.  You made everything good so beautiful and we couldn’t have asked for anything better’

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Viburnum and hydrangea fresh flowers on a white fondant cake.

 

Wedding flower thank you card …

We have just had a lovely wedding card from our bride Catherine who got married at Linthwaite House in the spring along with some photos (our favourite thing to see!)  Catherine had this to say …

‘This is just a quick thank you for the wonderful job you did with the flowers for our wedding.  They were absolutely perfect! My mum said they were the nicest bouquets she had ever seen (which is quite something because she was quite sceptical). Thank you again for understanding our vision better than we did!’

Catherine had wanted her flowers to be ‘nothing weddingy’ and a mix of wild flowers in whites, greens, yellows, the odd pink and some deeper blue/purples.  They both liked the small headed flowers, which would give a not too formal look.  We used a mix of Ranunculus, Anemone, Craspedia, Freesia, Limonium and Grape Hyacinth amongst others to create that just picked look.

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The bride and groom had saved lots of wine and beer bottles which we filled with flowers for the tables and to be scattered around the hotel.  Here is our favourite photo of Catherine coming down the aisle, she looks absolutely gorgeous and so happy!  We wish you both all the best for your future as husband and wife.

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Silverholme Manor Wedding

We were so delighted to get these photos from our lovely bride and groom of their wedding day at Silverholme Manor a few weeks ago.  We never get to see the actual day, so it’s so great to see the happy couple together and married!!!

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© www.stevenbarber.com

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They also sent us this lovely thank you note ….

Hi Kerry

We just wanted to let you know how pleased we were with the flowers – you did such a fantastic job, they were absolutely beautiful and complimented our other decor really well.

I’ve attached a couple of pictures as promised!
Thanks again, x

We used a mix of pastel garden flowers to create a soft country garden look, perfect for a the vintage tea party that our couple had envisaged and suited Silverhome Manor perfectly on that lovely sunny day. What an incredible venue and a fantastic place to work!!

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Our bride wanted her flowers to be reflected in her hairstyle too, so we provided a mix of flowers for the wonderful Katie Dale to use and to place within the hair.  The hair and makeup she provided was perfect, beautifully subtle and made our bride look so stunning. Another great job Katie!!

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© www.stevenbarber.com

These beautiful photos are from Steven Barber who has done an amazing job, and we’re particularly grateful for the lovely flower photos!!! Thank you Steve

Derwent Photography

Thank you to Steve from Derwent Photography for these fantastic photos of our bride and groom at New House Farm.

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new house farm wedding, the lake district

Our couple wanted their flowers to have a vintage country garden look using roses, lisianthus, gyp, chamelaucium etc.  We created a mix of large and small headed flowers, so that it was more styled than the hedgerow look, but they didn’t want anything too ‘weddingy’.  These soft vintage colours created some beautiful pastel shades which matched the bridesmaids dresses perfectly.

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new house farm wedding, the lake district

As always Steve’s photographs really capture the mood and feelings of the day and we love the way he photographs  our flowers.  Thanks Steve, hope to see you again soon!

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