UKAWP floral workshop

Back in June, during British Flower Week in fact, I was delighted to be able to host a floral workshop with some of the fabulous wedding planners who are part of the UKAWP – a brilliant organisation dedicated to the expert planning of weddings around this country and beyond

Sandy Moretta, Elisabetta Cirulli White, Anna Petterle, Liz Gall and Andri Benson came down to our flower market studio early one morning to try their hands at bouquet making and showed off some serious floralling skills

But first we had a quick tour around New Covent Garden Market, where we are based, which can be an enlightening place for newbies … cold, yes, but the flower is king here and the market boys do what they do best to keep them fresh and in perfect condition. Full of the most amazing flowers and collections of foliage available across London and beyond, they were completely blown away with the variety and selection on offer

We grabbed hot chocolate and croissants (for some bacon sarnies – also king here!) and then looked towards choosing blooms and deciding on their bouquet look, beautifully captured along the way by super talented photographer Kate Nielen

Whilst the ladies all had the same flowers to choose from – British stock, lilac and peonies, soft pink super fragrant roses from The Real Flower Company, delicate spires of larkspur, dark, almost black cornflower and chocolate scented cosmos and a variety of interest foliages … they all chose a different combination and mix which meant that none of the bouquets looked like any other. They were as unique as the service offered by each planner and as individual as the brides for whom they work (sorry, shameless plug for planners everywhere!)

Although I did a little demo and explanation of how to select your hero flowers and supporting floral cast, the ladies needed very little in the way of encouragement and quickly set to gathering up their goodies and creating their own version of floral heaven

In fact, they were so quick and engaged with the whole process that we decided to continue and moved on to making buttonholes to complement their creations – an important skill for planners to master and have on hand when faced with a groom and an unfortunate case of the sat-upon buttonhole… believe me it happens more than you would think!

I think the ladies had a fab time and I certainly know where to go when short of capable hands on a big wedding now … so if you need a wedding florist, I hope we can help, but should you need more than that, I think you can do no better than engage one of the lovely wedding planners who are part of UKAWP… they can hold your hand through the planning process and then hold your train as you prepare to go down the aisle x

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Photography by Kate Nielen

Anyone seen my glass slipper …?

…called no-one as she skittered away across the dance floor into the night. Unless her name was Cinderella …

To coincide with the launch of Disney’s latest offering, the lovely Charlotte Munro pulled together a team of wedding suppliers to showcase their specialties in our Fairy tale styled shoot set within the grounds of the amazing Blenheim Palace. Taking the helm on the day and shooting the most beautiful set of photos was the wonderful, full of life San, from Hertfordshire based SanShine Photography

The shoot was recently featured on You & Your Wedding

Shoot credits: Dresses: Ines De Santo from The Wedding Club and Chantal Mallett | Tiaras and Jewellery: Ivory & Co | Hair: Hayley King Hair Artist | Make-up: Brides and Beauty | Paper flowers: Tissue Blossoms | Cakes: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium | Sequin table linen and cake stands: The Sweet Hostess | Charger plates and napkins: Couvert | Petal confetti: The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company | Stationery: The Finer Details | Model: Bianca

One Whitehall Place – Wedding Open Day 2012

Prospective Brides and Grooms out there will know that we are smack bang in the middle of ‘wedding fair season’! And next weekend sees the annual Spring Open Day at one of my favourite venues in central London – One Whitehall Place

Situated just off  Horseguards Parade, a stone’s throw from both Trafalgar Square and the Thames, it is right next door to the newly refurbished 5 star Royal Horseguards Hotel

One Whitehall is one of the most beautiful venues in town, with a variety of rooms for small intimate weddings and ceremonies for around 50 guests to large, grand Libraries and Suites that can host up to 250 diners seated









For the first time, there will be weddings dresses modelled during the Open Day. The wonderfully talented Naomi Neoh will have some of her new collection available for you to see in the flesh

These dresses are truly amazing and may make you rethink your choice – if you have already made one that is!

We will be dressing the Gladstone Library with some special flower displays to show you how gorgeous the venue can look and hope that you will come to see what we can do


Many rooms work with both traditional or the more contemporary styles of table dressing – there is a dedicated chair cover company able to transform any room with a flick of organza!

If you are still looking for the right venue for your big day, or are not sure you have the right one already, come along between 12pm-4pm next Sunday 4th March and take a look around this unique venue

Contact Laura, One Whitehall’s Wedding Manager who will be delighted to show you what they can do for you




Many thanks to Wild Weddings for the use of some of these shots and to Naomi Neoh for the shot from her website