This green and pleasant land …

I’ve always loved foliage but generally brides like some flowers along with their greens. But with the amazing textures and colours that are available – sword like ferns, fragrant silvery-blue eucalyptus, the bright fresh green of new birch leaves in spring, dark glossy leaves of berried ivy… it is all so wonderful and absolutely intrinsic to most floral displays

Pantone have recently announced that ‘Greenery’ is the colour for 2017 so although I don’t think it is right to follow a trend unless you like it to start with, I thought I’d take a look at what there is to offer

sinclair and andy wedding shot by claire graham

With this wedding for Maids to Measure founder Sinclair Sellars down in Portsmouth, we dressed the marquee ceiling with olive and eucalyptus foliage and used herbs and bulbs in pots along the tables

sinclair and andy wedding shot by claire graham

Photography Claire Graham

boutique bridal shoot flowers by bluesky flowers by claire graham

Now I know this bouquet has a few flowers in but it is primarily green, a mix of jasmine, pistache, eucalyptus and salal, making a fragrant and oh so pretty backdrop for the dahlias and roses

We also used ferns and interesting palm leaves on the tables and for place settings …and the odd gold pineapple of course

boutique bridal shoot flowers by bluesky flowers by claire graham

 

Shot at The Boutique Bridal Cooperative by Claire Graham

foliage shoot by blue sky flowers shot by fiona kelly

This foliage runner was created for a styled shoot (shot by Fiona Kelly and styled by Andri Benson) at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington – a fabulous place to get married btw – and comprised a mix of eucalyptus, grasses, ferns (some sprayed copper), eryngium thistles and a little wax flower with just a few majolica spray roses … but it is just as awesome as a fully flower laden version at a fraction of the cost with no less drama

foliage shoot by blue sky flowers shot by fiona kelly

foliage shoot by blue sky flowers shot by fiona kelly

We teamed the foliage with copper detailing in the form of wire place mats, individual  copper iced cakes and this wild bouquet  featuring broom, copper sprayed fern, majolica and vendella roses and pure white hydrangea and pheasant feathers of course!

rose and broom bouquet by blue sky flowers shot by fiona kelly

This next bouquet shows just how beautiful foliage can be on its own… a mix of eucalyptus, olive and viburnum opulus creates an airy, fragrant armfulfoliage bouquet by blue sky flowers shot by claire graham

Shot by Maxeen Kim

So don’t worry if you aren’t a big fan of ‘flowers’ as such since we can create a whole load of loveliness with foliage alone … x

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