Love, love me do… You know I love you …

rose heart 1 by blue sky flowers photo by crissi rossi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yep, its that time again, everything goes red and pink and heart eyes crazy! You may have your Valentine’s day sorted, you’ve booked the table and ordered the taxi… but have you organised your flowers!!

This year do something different and make your own Valentine’s bouquet for your loved one. Come along to my Valentine’s Workshop at The Boutique Bridal Coop in Wandsworth and make a fabulous unique bouquet to hand over in person

Blue Sky Flowers Florist London Wedding Flowers Bespoke Floral Designs

It is on Monday 13 February from 7.30-9pm at 273 Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TX. Everything will be provided for you – beautiful flowers and all materials plus a glass of Prosecco and Valentines nibbles, we will also have tea and coffee available. The cost is £55 and I can guarantee your loved one will be seriously impressed at your skills!!

 

 

Email me – liz@blueskyflowers.co.uk to book and for payment details or contact the shop direct on hello@theboutique-bridalcoop.co.uk

How many Bridesmaids…??

One of the nicest things about having finished working on a wedding is being able to look back through a set of beautiful photographs taken on the day by one talented individual or another… In this case that individual is Claire Graham, a truly gifted photographer with a great eye for detail as you can see here in her coverage of Sinclair and Andy’s wedding from Spring 2015

sinclair and andy wedding shot by claire graham

Sinclair and her sister India run the very successful dress company, Maids to Measure, and you can be sure that she had no problems in deciding where to get her best girls’ dresses from… the difficulty came in choosing the girls themselves! So she opted for them all to be bridesmaids, all 13 of them!!sinclair and andy wedding shot by claire graham

Sinclair wanted to have a family oriented wedding based in her home town of Portsmouth using the space at her parent’s house to put up a ‘tent’ – we weren’t allowed to call it a marquee. But whatever it was, a truly magical space was created for Sinclair and Andy to celebrate their marriage with all their friends and family

sinclair and andy wedding shot by claire graham

With the styling talents of Louise from Bloved, the woman-power that is Anna from Bride & Glory and the Mary Poppins-like van full of accessories from Penny at The Little Lending Company, we set to transforming this empty space into something truly wedding worthy

To start with the ceiling was festooned with miles of lights, intertwined with what seemed like half of a Tuscan olive grove. Galvanised buckets destined to serve as champagne and beer ice buckets were suspended from the cross beams – an inspired idea from Penny that left room on the tables for the pots of steaming pies that were served at dinnersinclair and andy wedding shot by claire graham

 

sinclair and andy wedding shot by claire grahamsinclair and andy wedding shot by claire grahamsinclair and andy wedding shot by claire grahamSince this wasn’t a traditional wedding breakfast, we decided to do away with the typical flower displays and potted up a tablescape of fragrant herbs – rosemary, thyme and sage – along with jasmine, grape hyacinths and lavender continuing the cool pale blue and soft grey colour scheme that went right through to the table linen and napkinssinclair and andy wedding shot by claire graham

But I think the girls’ bouquets gave me the most pleasure on the day … a delicate calming palette of ivory, cream, soft peach and pink Roses and Stock with a little Jasmine thrown in for good measure made up the 13 bridesmaids’ posies and Sinclair carried a whopper of a bouquet comprising Lilac, Hydrangea, Jasmine, Queen Anne’s Lace and Asparagus Fern. Her only stipulation ‘no roses for me’!

sinclair and andy wedding shot by claire graham

sinclair and andy wedding shot by claire grahamWe had fun with the table plan, not only the writing and hanging of the blackboards but also the dressing with Jasmine to tie in with the table displays and bouquets

All in all this was an amazing wedding, with a great deal of thought and effort from a whole host of suppliers and a bride with a vision to let us get on with it!! x

The year ahead

Sitting in my sunny garden on a rare non-working weekend, I am reflecting on what this year may hold. Whilst there is no doubt we are in difficult times with cuts and a general lack of money, I do still believe that people want to get married. They have saved and waited for the right time and are determined to show their undying love for each other by tying the knot in a very public way with friends and family around them

Romance is not dead it may just be necessary to be more creative with how you style and dress your wedding reception. So i thought i’d share a few ideas –

Rather than big table displays why not have potted orchids that can be given to guests who helped with the wedding in some way? I’m all for reusing registrar/altar flowers on the top table and if you are using one venue for both ceremony and reception, it is often very easy to move things around

Unless you have your heart set on a particular flower for your wedding, stick with seasonal flowers and you will get the best quality and better value. Listen to your florist’s advise on what is best for both the time of year and your budget

Sometimes a limited budget can go further by having one or two impressive displays rather than lots of smaller ones that stretch the budget too much and then look rather sparse. Again talk to your florist when you go around the venue and see what they suggest and if they have visuals to show of what they have done there before

Work out a plan in advance of how you see the rooms looking and be prepared to compromise on some areas to get the best look. Do you really need those little favours that may get forgotten at the end of the evening – why not have a pretty packet of flower seeds in your wedding colour tied to every lady’s napkin. Or for a Christmas wedding why not have a decorated bauble on each place that will mean you’re remembered each year

Using a wedding planner may seem like a reckless luxury and only for those with enormous budgets but in fact they could save anyone money. Without taking any cut or commission themselves, planners are often able to use their contacts and continued patronage of suppliers to negotiate better prices and obtain deals that a bride and groom buying for one wedding only cannot get.

I’ve worked with several very good planners who can take the hassle out of finding suppliers in the first place, chase up quotes when you don’t have time to, liaise in the run up to the wedding to make sure that everything is on track and be there on the day to ensure all runs smoothly whilst you have more important things to think about.

Finding a red carpet at 2 hours’ notice, sewing up a split seam, helping with chair covers when the supplier falls ill and lacing up the bride’s dress – are all in a day’s work for a wedding planner and sometimes are all on the same day! Here are two of the best I know – Debbie at Wedding Wonders and Helen at Helen Carter Weddings

Another great idea is a fabulous wedding calculator from Weddings in Surrey – check it out and don’t  spend too much!