What a year that was!!

In general 2016 has been a difficult, sad, trying, frustrating and annoying year …. It has also been a great, fun, challenging and exciting year especially for those in the wedding industry. I’ve seen many people jump into their wedding work full tilt and come up smiling and delighted for what the year has brought and excited for what still lays ahead

For me, this year has brought contact with new clients, lovely couples, fabulous venues… it has given me new challenges and lots of decisions to make but overall it has been a very good year!

I’m looking forward very much to 2017 and the new bits that are on the horizon, a new workshop/studio which I’m sharing with my buddy Sarah aka The Flower Bird, a brand new flower market which will be very exciting, new and shiny, lots of lovely weddings at some new venues and with new wedding planners which is always great… and best of all, I get to do what I love, every single day… how awesome is that!

For now though I figured a little walk back through some of the best bits of 2016 was called for… I hope you enjoy x

First we had a lovely wintery wedding at the Hotel du Vin down in Brighton with the lovely wedding photographer Lel Hurst. Lel chose a cool mix of whites including fragrant narcissi, lilac and White Cloud garden roses teamed with anemones, jasmine and Senecio foliage for her bouquet and a similar mix plus lisianthus and chincherinchee for her daughter’s bridesmaid bouquet. Once I get the pro shots sorted out I will be able to show a lot more of this lovely weddinglel's bouquet by blue sky flowers

Then it was to St Stephen’s church up in North West London with Emilie and Will who also had a palette of white and green… delphinium, hydrangea, roses and eucalyptus with some cute succulent buttonholes for the boys

ceremony display by blue sky flowers

 

I thought I could see a colour pattern for the year emerging but our very next wedding at the very same venue, St Stephens, was one of the most colourful of the year for Davinia and Robin …

bright bouquets by blue sky flowers

 

flower curtain by blue sky flowersDavinia wanted a mix of pinks for her day and we devised a fabulous floral curtain to hang between the pillars as demarcation for the ceremony and reception areas

As we moved into Spring, the weather changed a little and so did the flower spec … it still stayed quite pink but went rather more seasonal which we love!

Next up we had Charlotte and Sean at Dartmouth House in Mayfair shot by the lovely Julie Michaelsen

Julie Michaelsen Photography

ceremony flowers by blue sky flowers shot by Julie Michaelsen

 

fireplace flowers by blue sky flowers shot by Julie Michaelsen

 

Julie Michaelsen Photography

 

You can see more of these beautiful wedding here and on So You’re Getting Married site too …

Katie and Andy were married in April at Fulham Palace on a beautiful sunny Spring day which featured a lot of blossom!!

liz and blossom!

ceremony flowers at all saints fulham by blue sky flowers

 

katies bouquet by blue sky flowersKatie’s bouquet featured all my favourites …. O’hara roses, lilac, stock, sweet peas, ranunculus and viburnum opulus, it was really beautiful

Then we come to the stunningly bright wedding of Alexandra Wood (tailor to the stars) and Daniel which was at St Michaels Manor in St Albans …. We had all the peonies and all the roses for this one!!

alexs bouquet by blue sky flowers

 

table flowers by blue sky flowers

Another very colourful wedding followed soon after down at Hampton Court House with Belle and Tim and a palette of rich purples, reds and golds although the personal and ceremony flowers were primarily ivory and cream with accents of the purple that Belle loved so much

peony and rose bouquets by blue sky flowers long tablescape with peony and roses by blue sky flowers at hampton court house

 

Further into the summer we had Ne-et and Rob’s amazing wedding at Pennyhill Park – this is just a sneak peek of the amazing top table shot by Anushe Low as the wedding is due to appear in a magazine soon!!

penny hill park top table by blue sky flowers shot by anushe low

That’s up to roughly half way through the year and not all the weddings we worked on either … so many more are yet to be seen…

Review Part Two to follow x

 

 

RSA wedding

Here is a little more on what we got up to that first crazy weekend of December … a fabulously stylish, lush and oh so beautiful wedding at the lovely RSA House just off The Strand in central London

This wedding was master-minded – which is the only way I can describe it – by the ace that is Katrina Otter. From our first meeting, through to meeting the gorgeous couple themselves – trio actually, if you count little munchkin George – and onto the day itself, we were absolutely in the best pair of planning hands x

wedding flowers at rsa

Our lovely bride Annie was very clear on the look that she wanted, fresh whites and greens, not Christmassy but lush and seasonal … Once we’d visited the flower market for our usual sourcing session she had added in a touch of blush to warm up the whites and we loved it all – from her ‘neatly-wild’ bouquet comprising Anemones,  Freesia, Paperwhite Narcissi, Avalanche and White O’Hara Roses complemented by Pistachio and Eucalyptus foliage and trailing Kate Cullen silk ribbons to the 60ft table filled with mercury silver vases of fragrant, seasonal, crisp flowers – and loved working on the wedding

wedding flowers at rsa

Oh and the hanging curtain of O’Hara and Sweet Avalanche Roses and Avignon Mums strung on organza ribbons that dressed the window behind the ceremony was a particular favourite … and I think may just feature in a few more weddings in 2016!

wedding flowers at rsa

wedding flowers at rsa

wedding flowers at rsa

We were on hand later in the day to move flowers from the ceremony space down to the vaults for the evening reception and make sure that everything was perfect before we left – which of course meant that we were there to see the fabulous confetti throwing episode outside

Being a black tie event this meant the guests all looked amazing, from the feather trimmed Mother of the Groom’s dress through to the littlest best man, 1 year old George, in his perfect mini-me tux!

But I think one of the best images is Annie together with her cute flower girls in their sequin and organza dresses with co-ordinately sequin trimmed posies … a lovely day!

wedding flowers at rsa

Hampton Court House wedding

It seems such a long time ago now that we were planning and working on Emily and Ros’ wedding back at the end of November at the lovely Hampton Court House

The girls were keen to avoid any kind of Christmas feel to the wedding flowers but wanted to warm up the cool white palette with hints of berries and touches of red and we were happy to oblige  emily and ros wedding HCH

The wonderfully inviting Hall at the venue was dressed for the girls’ ceremony with  large displays of ivory flowers – Delphinium, Hydrangea, Guelder, Eucalyptus and Privet with the addition of large headed blush O’Hara Roses – which flanked the French doors giving onto Bushy Park and our lovely deer friends who came to watch us setting up!

emily and ros wedding HCH

Meanwhile, for the reception in the Dining Hall, we created low displays of seasonal flowers such as Roses, Lisianthus, fragrant Freesia and Phlox with accents of colour supplied by Rosehips and Skimmia with fresh dark green berried ivy foliage set onto elegant glass cake stands complete with large candle, mirror centre pieces and tea lights to make the most of the dark evening to comeemily and ros wedding HCH

Unfortunately I only have a rough shot of Emily’s bouquet, a trailing number with large headed Vendella and Avalanche Roses, delicate Snowflake spray Roses, Freesia, Phlox, Broom, Rosemary, Ruscus and Ivy foliage … but I think you get the idea!emily and ros wedding HCHemily and ros wedding HCH

And finally we made a keepsake for the little Flower Girl of a beribboned faux Peony fairy want to enable her to play the Bride in dressing up sessions for months to come!