National Flower Crown Day 2015

Yes, it is that time again – although do we really need a special day to wear a crown with pride…? NOOOO of course not, but it always helps to have an excuse!! We had a lovely pop up workshop on Wednesday at the amazingly fragrant and totally yummy Anges de Sucre shop in Kensington and created some fabulous head pieces to celebrate this year’s National Flower Crown Day

Lucie and Sarah decided to make fresh crowns and were well away with technique after just a few minutes and Cecile all the way from Dubai practised a faux flower crown in readiness for her engagement shoot which is coming up soon and her wedding next August – I’d love to see what creations you made, why not post them on our FB page?

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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Claud and Ed get Wed

This past weekend has been a crazy round of making, floralling, installing, up and down laddering, more floralling, more installing and then, sadly, uninstalling. But it has been one of the most satisfying, exciting weekends for weddings for a while. We did lots of new things, shook up some old things and had a big laugh in the process

The extensive and beautiful grounds of Adwell House, nestling at the base of the Chiltern Hills near Oxford, offered a fantastic setting for Claudia and Ed’s fantastic outdoor ceremony and marquee based reception

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I only have a few photos as the pro shots will be much better but can’t resist sharing these

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And all this in pretty torrential rain! Thank goodness for waterproofs and marquee roofs!

Mazeltov Claudia and Ed xx

PS – the most amazing thank you from Claudia’s mum arrived yesterday, it made us both cry!

Dear Liz and Sarah

I wanted to reflect further on the simply stunning contribution you made to the wedding last Sunday. On the dull and damp afternoon that someone chose unkindly to hand out to us the flowers both over the Chuppah and in the marquee brightened the whole occasion to another level!

Everyone, with no exception, was stunned by the wonderful arrangements and we too were so delighted by our first sighting in the walled garden that we instantaneously forgot our umbrella entrance over the soggy grass. The bare chuppah had been transformed into something simply gorgeous and was the most welcoming sight for all the guests. I am so glad we did not have any more decoration down the branches as it would have detracted from the lovely array of flowers over the top and sides

Once in the marquee I was asked several times how the overhead arrangement was being watered and absolutely no-one could have guessed they were not real flowers! And as for the table arrangements, the tall displays with the beautiful soft pastel colours all melting into a picture of a country garden, exactly as Claudia wanted,  so elegantly high and their stalks sitting so neatly and so visible through the glass, were just perfect. The low displays also were so pretty in their blue and white vases. We were thrilled with the effect and have received many compliments about the decorations in both the marquee and over the Chuppah

Thank you both very much – what creative, skilled and talented people you are and I am so grateful to Alex for the introduction to you both

With my sincere thanks for all your hard work and for making a very important day for Claudia and Edward into something magical

With very best wishes

Those involved –

Wedding planner – Alexandra Merri @bijoubride

Assisted by – Andri Benson @alwaysandri

Marquee – Joseph Benjamin Marquees @jbmarquees

Catering – Carte Blanche @cbtweetblog