How many Bridesmaids…??

One of the nicest things about having finished working on a wedding is being able to look back through a set of beautiful photographs taken on the day by one talented individual or another… In this case that individual is Claire Graham, a truly gifted photographer with a great eye for detail as you can see here in her coverage of Sinclair and Andy’s wedding from Spring 2015

sinclair and andy wedding shot by claire graham

Sinclair and her sister India run the very successful dress company, Maids to Measure, and you can be sure that she had no problems in deciding where to get her best girls’ dresses from… the difficulty came in choosing the girls themselves! So she opted for them all to be bridesmaids, all 13 of them!!sinclair and andy wedding shot by claire graham

Sinclair wanted to have a family oriented wedding based in her home town of Portsmouth using the space at her parent’s house to put up a ‘tent’ – we weren’t allowed to call it a marquee. But whatever it was, a truly magical space was created for Sinclair and Andy to celebrate their marriage with all their friends and family

sinclair and andy wedding shot by claire graham

With the styling talents of Louise from Bloved, the woman-power that is Anna from Bride & Glory and the Mary Poppins-like van full of accessories from Penny at The Little Lending Company, we set to transforming this empty space into something truly wedding worthy

To start with the ceiling was festooned with miles of lights, intertwined with what seemed like half of a Tuscan olive grove. Galvanised buckets destined to serve as champagne and beer ice buckets were suspended from the cross beams – an inspired idea from Penny that left room on the tables for the pots of steaming pies that were served at dinnersinclair and andy wedding shot by claire graham

 

sinclair and andy wedding shot by claire grahamsinclair and andy wedding shot by claire grahamsinclair and andy wedding shot by claire grahamSince this wasn’t a traditional wedding breakfast, we decided to do away with the typical flower displays and potted up a tablescape of fragrant herbs – rosemary, thyme and sage – along with jasmine, grape hyacinths and lavender continuing the cool pale blue and soft grey colour scheme that went right through to the table linen and napkinssinclair and andy wedding shot by claire graham

But I think the girls’ bouquets gave me the most pleasure on the day … a delicate calming palette of ivory, cream, soft peach and pink Roses and Stock with a little Jasmine thrown in for good measure made up the 13 bridesmaids’ posies and Sinclair carried a whopper of a bouquet comprising Lilac, Hydrangea, Jasmine, Queen Anne’s Lace and Asparagus Fern. Her only stipulation ‘no roses for me’!

sinclair and andy wedding shot by claire graham

sinclair and andy wedding shot by claire grahamWe had fun with the table plan, not only the writing and hanging of the blackboards but also the dressing with Jasmine to tie in with the table displays and bouquets

All in all this was an amazing wedding, with a great deal of thought and effort from a whole host of suppliers and a bride with a vision to let us get on with it!! x

Hen Party Workshops

Your best friend is getting married and the organising baton has been handed to you to ‘do the hen party’. No biggy, lots of things can be done, most of which involve whipped cream, strangely shaped cakes and booze … but not every bride to be wants that and if you know your bezzie well, you’ll know what she would like to do

One option could be a tailored Floral Hen Party … we’ve done floral crowns, bouquets, jars of flowers and a combination of the above. They can either take place at our workshop in New Covent Garden Flower Market one morning (up to 9 people) and include a quick tour around to choose your flowers…. always a fave option if the bride is yet to choose her colour scheme or we have a great venue location at The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker up in Islington (up to 18 max)

The pub is easy to get to and has a wonderfully light and spacious back room that we take over and fill with flowers, fun and cake! It also specialises in gin …but don’t let that influence you in any way

Each party can be tailored to your needs and timing but they usually last around 2 hours, cost £50 per person to include cake, tea and coffee. You also get a goodie bag which you can use to take away your flowers in, if you aren’t wearing them of course

 

hen party workshop with blue sky flowers

So if you are stuck for ideas, just drop me an email and we can get flowered up x

Love is in the air …

…everywhere you look around! And no more so than in this fabulous coverage of Katie and Tom’s summer wedding from last year. Shot beautifully by Hannah McClune it has already appeared in Perfect Wedding June 2016 issue but if you missed that, do have a look through at this wonderfully romantic wedding and all its lovely details

katie and tom at Hampton Court House shot by Hannah McCluneFrom the beautiful ceremony in the entrance hall at Hampton Court House, through to the Dining Hall reception, the whole wedding looked so pretty!! Katie was very clear about the look that she wanted… soft, romantic, delicate colours and flowers with hints of blush and gold… but other than that she was happy to leave me free rein to create displays to fit with the venue – a perfect bride in other words

Hannah captured some lovely shots of the girls getting ready on the wedding morning and the arrival of Katie and her maids’ flowers – pastel bouquets of fragrant garden roses, stock, freesia and lisianthus tied with lush silk ribbons from Lancaster & Cornish

And a gorgeous gift in a special blue box from Tom which arrived before she left #love

katie and tom at Hampton Court House shot by Hannah McCluneThe couple were blessed with a lovely sunny day last September and Hannah managed to get some shots outside in the venue’s gardens, just how in love do they look?

katie and tom at Hampton Court House shot by Hannah McClune

katie and tom at Hampton Court House shot by Hannah McClune

All in all a beautiful wedding with lovely people at a fabulous venue on a sunny day… what more could you ask for x

Photographer Hannah McClune

Venue Hampton Court House

Dress Lusan Mandongus

Hair & Makeup Natasha Wiggins

Light up Letters Vowed and Amazed