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

Dorchester calling!

We were delighted to get a call from the lovely Marianna at the beginning of March to ask if we could do her wedding flowers at The Dorchester on the 16th – yes that same month and very same year! Luckily we were available having no other weddings planned until our first of the year on March 30

The Orchid Room is stunning and Marianna wanted to have a pair of statement flower displays for the Ceremony which were then able to dress the Reception room later

We used ivory Delphinium and tall white Blossom, baby pink Hydrangea, pale green Guelder, white Stocks and lilac coloured Lilac and the aisle was lined with silver candlesticks topped with candles and ivory and pink flowers. The bride’s bouquet comprised White Chocolate and Sweet Avalanche Roses with hot pink Peony and a touch of Lily of the Valley edged with crisp dark green Ruscus foliage and we used a similar mix to fill mirrored silver bowls for the tablecentres 

 

We loved working at The Dorchester for the first time … little did we realise that we would be there twice in one month!!

Weddings so far this year . . .

We haven’t reached Easter yet, but the wedding season has definitely started and it is going to be a busy and varied one!

We’ve had gorgeous fragrant sandy toned Roses with Roisin at the beginning of January followed by delicate ivory and pale pink flowers with Becky at the fabulous Dartmouth House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then it was off to South London with the cool early Spring scented delights of Hyacinths, Narcissi and Snowdrops with Alison in February and today, amid the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in central London, we were back at One Whitehall with Becky’s friend Amy, who chose a gorgeous mix of pinks and ivories highlighted with accents of acid green achieved with our favourite, the glorious Guelder Rose

 

Next up we have a birthday party at Hampton Court House featuring daffodils and Spring flowers in honour of the Welsh birthday boy and a host of wedding consultations for both this year and next which are coming in thick and fast – some as close as May this year, others for June 2013. Either way we are having a great time and enjoying seeing our happy brides and grooms