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

Well, Hello Dolly

Just before we rush off headlong into the bright future of crazy wedding season again, I thought I would do a little flashback to a lovely styled shoot I did a few years ago with David Wickham from MVW Photography

David gathered a great selection of suppliers to bring to life the vision he had of a real life doll’s house … crazy but it really worked. The whole Victorian vibe was less featured back in 2012 and was a little unusual

It was the first time I’d met and seen Gemma Sutton work and the transformation she did on the fabulous models was incredible

And the cakes that Rosalind Miller brought along were to die for.. both visually and oh so tastefully and worked perfectly with Miranda from Teaspoon Events‘ range of vintage china and glassware

We brought the floral touch to the tea party and loved creating the little vintage favour vases and buttonholes as well as the main period floral centrepiece featuring roses, anenomes, bluebells, scabious, rosemary and a variety of other seasonal British favourites

Let me know what you think ..? x

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