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!



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 Part 4

Kate Nielen  bouquet shot for marinaSo that’s all for BFW 2015 … with the aid of social media, we’ve been able to look at all the wonderful British flowers being sold by wholesalers, farmers and growers, to be used around the country by florists, being cooed over by happy recipients and seeing so many people around the UK realise that there are some amazing people diligently producing fabulous flowers and foliage for us all to enjoy

So when something is seasonal, make the most of it … cos it won’t be around for long!