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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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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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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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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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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Foliage bouquets

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We have really enjoyed producing these mostly foliage bouquets and arrangements for our bride who wanted everything to reflect the lake district scenery that surrounded her house and the marquee they had by the lake shore at Ullswater.  We used a variety of ferns, mixed with seed pods and green flowers, such as green roses, hydrangea, viburnum and santini chrysanths.  These we put amongst the odd anemone and soft pink spray rose to lift the colours a little.

Along with the bouquets we created some flower headpieces for the flower girls and bridesmaids using the same flowers as the other arrangements.

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Our bride wanted her long trestle tables for the marquee, filled with the same foliage based arrangements, so we created over 50m of table runners, designed to hold candles and be easily seen over so people could talk easily.  The beautiful marquee was from Bakerwood Marquees and looked stunning set in the lake disctrict and a great back drop for the foliage arrangements we created.

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We’re seeing an increase in the focus on flowers at weddings, but not the one colour, blended with bridemaids colours any more. Our couples are focused on lots of greenery with pops of colour as an accent, not the central theme. We’re being asked for lots of non-pretty flowers, so succulents and cacti, seed heads with a non styled look, with sections of great flowers to create special areas amongst the other natural decor.

We’re also seeing a change in the shape of the bouquets too, small petite bouquets with fussy details are being replaced by wide overflowing oversized shapes and lots of trailing ribbons in a mix of colours.

This new seasons trends are a creative florists dream, with lots of foliage and texture we get to mix a wider range of products to create some spectacular pieces to enhance any wedding.

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Fantastic photos from Derwent Photography

We loved doing these unusual flowers for our gorgeous bride Rebecca who got married at The Punchbowl in Crosthwaite. Becca asked us for flowers in lovely deep reds and burgundys, purples and greens with the odd bright flower added in to give lots of texture and interest. We used autumnal hydrangea, hypericum berries, hibiscus, rannunculus, liatris, aconitum and craspedia to create a rare mix of flowers that would work well with the Punchbowls lovely rustic elegant feel. Thank you to Derwent Photography for supplying these amazing photos that captured Beccas fantastic smile and for Lucinda Hayton for making Becca look fabulous. Always a treat to work with these people.