If you go down to the woods today . . .

If you go down to the woods today … you are bound to find something wonderful to photograph! We’ll that’s what three little bears called Helen, Fiona and Liz discovered when they skipped along to Epping Forest

Whilst Helen took on the task of sourcing the furniture and furnishings, putting the stationary together and designing the place settings, Liz set to creating exotic bouquets with Tillandsia, Echevaria, Leucadendron, Brunnia and Kalanchoe – not the usual sort of components for a Bride’s Bouquet but beautiful all the same

Once we got to the Forest, it was a matter of choosing an appropriate location, then setting out our rustic dream reception and ceremony. Fiona got to work snapping away, utilising the fantastic natural light that is such a trade mark of her wonderful photographic style, and captured some gorgeous shots – the weather was amazing, the sunlight coming through the trees and leaves was dappled and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day 

I loved putting all the little details together, the log slices for place settings, potted mini succulents for the favours/place names and dressing the cutlery with textural hessian and tiny succulents

We continued with the mini succulent theme for the table plan and buttonholes …

But I think the bouquet with succulents, ferns, kalanchoe leaves and leucadendron has to be my big fave from the day, tied with soft oyster coloured satin ribbon x

succulent bouquet by blue sky flowers fiona kelly photographer


The second shoot that day was OH SO different, all very Prince Charming with silver edged cut glass, crisp linens and pewter platters

Princess Helen’s magical thinking cap was working overtime and we managed to pull together a very contemporary, upmarket fairy tale look with pale grey napkins, damask cloth, silver candelabra and cutlery … all details that could be incorporated into a classic city wedding

But we tweaked it with the inclusion of some extraordinary succulents – Zebra Tillandsia has to get the prize for the weirdest plant going!

contemporary bouquet detail by blue sky flowers shot by fiona kelly

This time the Bride’s bouquet had a nod towards normality, but only a slight one, with pale ivory Majolica spray Roses, vanilla ice cream coloured Vendella Roses and soft silvery grey Senecio Cineraria foliage mixed with the Echevaria. We used the same succulents and Roses for the cutest buttonholes and corsages

The beauty of using succulents like these in your bouquet and on tables is that, in many instances, they can be repotted and kept as a lasting memory of a lovely day

I think these are my fave shots of the day, but I’d love to know what you like x


Photography: Fiona Kelly

Styling: Helen Carter

Glass and table ware: Jones Hire

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Dartmouth House wedding venue

One of my most favourite places to flower for a wedding is the wonderful Dartmouth House.. set in the heart of Mayfair, it has a lovely history and is currently the home of the English Speaking Union. But it is also a truly fabulous venue in which to get married

flowers by blue sky flowers at dartmouth house shot by julie michaelsen

From the magnificent staircase that takes you to the first floor reception and ceremony rooms to the enclosed and private terrace, it is a stunning building that is all yours once you step over the threshold

Here is Charlotte with her bridesmaid and sister after getting married to Sean last year

The landing on the staircase is the perfect place for a welcome urn and the panelled Churchill Room is ideal for saying your vowsceremony flowers by blue sky flowers at dartmouth house

white rose, hydrangea, freesia, lisianthus and stock mantlepiece display by blue sky flowers

If you are still looking for a wedding venue in central London then come look at this venue and meet the lovely staff on hand to answer your questions at their Wedding Open Day on Saturday 29 April from 12 to 6pm. We will be dressing some of the venue for a ceremony x

RSVP katie.parsons@dartmouthhouse.co.uk

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