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

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!

It’s time to deck those halls!

Now that we are on the very edge of Christmas month, it is finally okay to starting buying new decorations, getting existing ones out of their boxes and assembling this year’s Christmas ‘look’. Getting that all important theme right is so crucial … do you go achingly contemporary and minimal with a few glacial crystal drops on bare branches or for the full on, all singing and dancing, Santa hat-wearing traditional, red berried version

Either way, you need to start with your door … the literal gateway into your Christmas. So if you don’t have time to come to one of our Wreath Workshops, then you need to order a pre-made one now!

We’ve have four different wreaths available, with the same fresh moss base and foliage but each with something a little unique …

Lou Lou - xmas wreath with fir cones and spruce

First up is Lou Lou, with fragrant flowering eucalyptus, pine and grevillea foliage, white eryingium thistles (not spiky), green skimmia and natural fir cones. Priced at £40 plus delivery (which depends on where you are)

 

Glitterball - a xmas wreath with euca pods and glitter

Next is Glitter, featuring eucalyptus, green skimmia, euca pods, berried ivy with a subtle glittery garland detail. Priced at £40 plus delivery (which depends on where you are)

Berrilicious - a xmas wreath with berries and skimmia

Welcome to Berrilicious … a fruity little number with rosehips, red skimmia, flowering and preserved eucalyptus, pine and box foliage. Priced at £40 plus delivery (which depends on where you are)

faux foliage wreath

and finally, we have Goldilocks a sumptuous mix of fresh pink foliage with faux pine, mini fir cones and anenomes (flowers used may vary) with gold sprayed grevillea and a light frosting of snow. Priced at £45 plus delivery (which depends on where you are)

All wreaths feature a fresh moss base and have a hook at the top for ease of hanging. They can be ordered via email, paid for on PayPal and the last date for ordering is December 12. P&P will be confirmed on receipt of order once delivery address is known