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

Home House wedding

Back in November we had the pleasure to work at the wonderful Home House in central London, with Katrina Otter, for such a lovely lovely couple

Linda was one of those delightful brides with a strong vision of what she wanted but once convinced that we ‘got’ the look… she was very happy to trust us to fulfil the brief, which was ‘lush, pink, candles, scent, and more pink’!

See what you think, but I’m pretty sure we ticked those boxes!

ceremony flowers at Home House by blue sky flowers

ceremony flower detail at Home House by blue sky flowers

 

flowers at Home House by blue sky flowers

As you can see, PINK was the order for the day and it featured everywhere! From the lush ceremony flowers to the slightly wild bouquet through to the sparkly table centres we brought in every shade of pink we could find … I was especially pleased with the ombré flowers around the copper wire lights for each table. The mix of gold and clear vases set them off really well

We used white O’Hara, All for Love, Cherryo, Sweet Avalanche, Bombastic, Art Deco, Kiera and Deep Purple Roses together with hot pink and mid pink Ranunculas, blush Anemones, pink Hydrangea and a mass of Eucalyptus and Mimosa foliage

table set up at Home House by blue sky flowers

table flowers at Home House by blue sky flowers

 

 

cake and flowers at Home House by blue sky flowers

We found Home House to be one of the most welcoming venues in central London and the suppliers we worked alongside were also amazing … witness this stunning petal design cake from The Abigail Bloom Cake Company

This wedding was a perfect example of why couples should trust wedding planners to bring their wedding vision to life and keep the wedding date itself moving along smoothly and seamlessly towards a fantastic end x

UKAWP floral workshop

Back in June, during British Flower Week in fact, I was delighted to be able to host a floral workshop with some of the fabulous wedding planners who are part of the UKAWP – a brilliant organisation dedicated to the expert planning of weddings around this country and beyond

Sandy Moretta, Elisabetta Cirulli White, Anna Petterle, Liz Gall and Andri Benson came down to our flower market studio early one morning to try their hands at bouquet making and showed off some serious floralling skills

But first we had a quick tour around New Covent Garden Market, where we are based, which can be an enlightening place for newbies … cold, yes, but the flower is king here and the market boys do what they do best to keep them fresh and in perfect condition. Full of the most amazing flowers and collections of foliage available across London and beyond, they were completely blown away with the variety and selection on offer

We grabbed hot chocolate and croissants (for some bacon sarnies – also king here!) and then looked towards choosing blooms and deciding on their bouquet look, beautifully captured along the way by super talented photographer Kate Nielen

Whilst the ladies all had the same flowers to choose from – British stock, lilac and peonies, soft pink super fragrant roses from The Real Flower Company, delicate spires of larkspur, dark, almost black cornflower and chocolate scented cosmos and a variety of interest foliages … they all chose a different combination and mix which meant that none of the bouquets looked like any other. They were as unique as the service offered by each planner and as individual as the brides for whom they work (sorry, shameless plug for planners everywhere!)

Although I did a little demo and explanation of how to select your hero flowers and supporting floral cast, the ladies needed very little in the way of encouragement and quickly set to gathering up their goodies and creating their own version of floral heaven

In fact, they were so quick and engaged with the whole process that we decided to continue and moved on to making buttonholes to complement their creations – an important skill for planners to master and have on hand when faced with a groom and an unfortunate case of the sat-upon buttonhole… believe me it happens more than you would think!

I think the ladies had a fab time and I certainly know where to go when short of capable hands on a big wedding now … so if you need a wedding florist, I hope we can help, but should you need more than that, I think you can do no better than engage one of the lovely wedding planners who are part of UKAWP… they can hold your hand through the planning process and then hold your train as you prepare to go down the aisle x

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Photography by Kate Nielen