Dartmouth House wedding venue

One of my most favourite places to flower for a wedding is the wonderful Dartmouth House.. set in the heart of Mayfair, it has a lovely history and is currently the home of the English Speaking Union. But it is also a truly fabulous venue in which to get married

flowers by blue sky flowers at dartmouth house shot by julie michaelsen

From the magnificent staircase that takes you to the first floor reception and ceremony rooms to the enclosed and private terrace, it is a stunning building that is all yours once you step over the threshold

Here is Charlotte with her bridesmaid and sister after getting married to Sean last year

The landing on the staircase is the perfect place for a welcome urn and the panelled Churchill Room is ideal for saying your vowsceremony flowers by blue sky flowers at dartmouth house

white rose, hydrangea, freesia, lisianthus and stock mantlepiece display by blue sky flowers

If you are still looking for a wedding venue in central London then come look at this venue and meet the lovely staff on hand to answer your questions at their Wedding Open Day on Saturday 29 April from 12 to 6pm. We will be dressing some of the venue for a ceremony x

RSVP katie.parsons@dartmouthhouse.co.uk

Go big or go home …

That’s what I took out of the wedding I did last Friday anyway! What started as a gentle, smallish wedding grew a little larger a couple of weeks’ ago when lovely bride Katrina and her glamorous mum Elena came back down to our flower market studio to finalise the flowers

fragrant rose bouquetKatrina’s bouquet had to work very hard to keep up with her stunning dove grey organza Vera Wang dress. So I teamed  selection of amazing roses – fragrant White Ohara (my current big fave rose), beautifully soft pink Prince Jardinaire – that smelt of heaven and lemon scented Norma Jean – plus some asparagus fern, gyp and a little Jasmine …. as if it didn’t smell amazing enough!

It was traily and wispey and delicate and gorgeous –  I can’t wait to see the pro shots of all of this wedding but here are a few sneaky shots

 

Katrina had originally not wanted anything large in the ceremony room, but the Reading and Writing Room at One Whitehall is so stunning with its pillars, murals and views over the River Thames, that you really need to have something of a statement in there 

So flashback to another wedding in the same room last Spring where we created some extra large urn displays with a truck load of faux blossom….Katrina saw the photo and said ‘that’s it’Ceremony set up

 

We updated the design to make it unique for Katrina and Ben and a touch more seasonal by adding in Wisteria, large headed Secret Garden roses and birch foliage with trailing asparagus fern

ceremony urn set up

 

2 urns at altar

For the tables we came down in scale a little with simple delicate rings of Gyp round tall silver candelabra surrounded by bud vases containing white and blush pink Bombastic roses and tea lights

table centre with gyp ringBut the wedding cake has to be the piece de resistance of the event – a stunning 7 tier traditional Russian honey cake expertly assembled and iced on site by the lovely team from Amber Bakery (website coming but contact details here). The smell of sugar and icing as I came out of the lift was almost enough to floor me

7 tier cake with gyp garland

All we could do was admire … and make a 4ft gyp and fern garland to surround it!

 

 

London calling …!!

With all the sun this week, I couldn’t resist a bit of a flashback to a lovely summer wedding at London Zoo this very weekend just two years ago..!

Whenever we are working at the Zoo, I’m always hopeful that one of the giraffes or perhaps a penguin will put a head around the door to see what’s going on … it hasn’t happened yet, but in this wedding, one of our long-necked friends did get in on the act for a close up once the photographer started clicking – I had no idea my buttonholes were so tasty!

Joanna first came to me a few months before her wedding to Becca with some very fixed ideas about what she wanted … very soft, gentle colours and a super-relaxed feel to the whole occasion, and we were very happy to go along with that

These photos from Evelyne and Sue at In the Pink Photography are lovely and really capture the mood and the fun everyone had and show off the excitement the girls felt on their special day

Now that’s what you call jumping for joy! x