Kate & Anthony

I first met Anthony when he came to the Spring open day at Whitehall Place and he was very sure about what he wanted for his wedding – which at that point was over a year away. I took some notes and suggested that we speak that same year. He then came to the next open day, in October, this time with the lovely Kate in tow. She mentioned their wedding date and I quickly was able to flick back in my notebook to our original discussion and could confirm that her husband to be had indeed briefed me correctly and fully on the look and theme for their wedding day … she was impressed but not as impressed as I was that he was so on top of everything!

We talked over ideas and met up the next Spring about a month before the wedding at the flower market to look at and choose the colours and flowers to be used. Again Anthony was very sure of what they wanted and they were both so excited about all their plans and ideas for marrying at One Whitehall in the stunning Gladstone Library

whitehall place wedding by blue sky flowers shot by Craig and Kate

I realised just how many things they had organised when we arrived on the wedding morning to find Anthony and his best man, sitting on the floor at the venue, knee deep in old books they had purchased from Brick Lane and tied up with ribbons into piles for us to use as props on the dinner tables. They had also collected and arranged the cup cakes into a tower – along with quite a few extra ones which they insisted we ate … well it would have been rude to refuse!!

The favours were beautiful little green bottles of champagne that they had sourced from Germany, I think, with lovely little metal feather quills hanging from the necks which worked really well with the specially designed place cards that looked like old fashioned library cards – thanks to the lovely Lisa at Ribbons and Tulle

For the tables, we created a mix of tall and low displays featuring ivory and sandy coloured flowers with soft green foliages. The tall silver candelabra were perfect in the soaring height of the Library and the low displays of co-ordinating silver rose bowls were filled to overflowing with roses, freesia, stock, narcissi, hydrangea and some fragrant trailing jasmine. These displays sat upon piles of old books amongst vintage tea lights and candles and the champagne favours

Their photographers – Craig and Kate captured the day so well with some lovely photos, if you haven’t found your wedding photographer yet, check them out as they are wonderful

We really loved working on this wedding and Anthony and Kate were such a sweet couple – it was the sort of day that makes you glad to be in this business


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Come and get your Christmas craft on

Now that the weather is turning colder #shame, and the leaves are getting decidedly browner #nice, it is time to start thinking about the big C….yep Christmas is just around the corner and if you are the crafty creative type you are in for a treat this year. Come and join me at our studio in Battersea where we will be running a series of wreath-making workshops

The session will address wiring techniques, examples of finished wreaths and the various styles that can be achieved using a variety of foliage, fir cones, cinnamon, whole oranges or apples. Materials will be provided and I will provide step-by-step demonstrations, as well as personal tuition to produce the perfect, truly unique holiday wreath for your door
Refreshments and morning pastries will be provided and participants will of course be able to take their work home with them to proudly display to friends and family. The wreaths should last right up until Christmas

The workshops, running on Sunday 3rd, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December,** from 10.30-12.30pm, cost £60 per person and are based in our creative home at the New New Covent Garden Flower Market, in all its twinkling and festive glory, a truly magical place! They would make a unique seasonal hen party or just a fun day out with friends and family

To book your place on our wreath-making workshop, or enquire about other workshops please contact Liz on liz@blueskyflowers.co.uk or call 07973 601 045

These wreaths were made by some lovely ladies at a previous workshop

Top photos by Julie Michaelsen

**More dates may be added once these are full



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