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!

British Flowers Week

So this week is British Flowers Week June 15-19 … for those of you who haven’t heard of it before, this is an opportunity to put the wonderful range of British grown flowers and foliage on the map… literally!

I can’t profess to be a regular user of British flowers… being based at New Covent Garden Flower Market means that I have access to flowers and more from across the globe and, depending on what my clients want, I can find pretty much anything given a good brief and enough time to source it

But I do like to use British where possible and when the growing season arrives, I’m down there looking through the fabulous buckets of flowers that come in to the wholesalers I use like Zest, E4, Pratley and Alagar from specialist growers and farms around the country

There are Delphiniums and Peonies, Roses and Cornflowers, Sweet William and Sweet Peas, Dahlias and Lilies plus wonderful foliages such as Forsythia, Rosemary, Mint, Euonymous, and much more …

There are more and more smaller growers banding together now to provide British grown flowers to florists all over the country and as the current fashion for flower arranging has moved towards the more natural, back to basics but still elegant and professional style, then the home grown, slightly quirky, not-all-perfect stems are becoming more popular

So this week I thought I would treat you all to a little round of things that I’ve made recently using British flowers. And first up is man – or woman’s – best friend

matilda - dog collar

We are a nation of dog lovers apparently and it seems that more and more couples are deciding not to leave their beloved pooch out of the most important day of their lives

We are asked for floral dog collars very often and decided that British Flower Week would be the perfect time to create a very special dog collar for that most British of breeds.. the bulldog. This particular lady is Matilda and she is the proud owner of Joanne Good, radio presenter at BBC London. She very kindly agreed to model this piece featuring fragrant Roses, Astrantia and Sweet Peas with Salal and Mint foliage

 

We’ve made a range of both fresh and faux collars for dogs – and cats actually – of all sizes and welcome any challenge …

So don’t leave your other best friend out of your wedding … we would be happy to make you a matching crown too!!me and heidi