Jubilee Wedding revisited…..

No, you aren’t experiencing déjà vu! Yes, we have blogged this wedding before but have recently received new photos from Dianna and Rowland’s fantastic photographer, Aneta Mak.

This was a truly gorgeous wedding and you can now appreciate it in all its glory via Aneta’s lovely photographs. It was a frantic day, installing at 4am to avoid the closing down of the bridges and road surrounding the Queen’s Jubilee Pageant but we made it and the bride and groom were very pleased Read more here.

Take a letter, Miss Jones…..

Early last July saw us on one of our busiest weekends of the summer with events going on in Westminster, the West End and the City! Three very different weddings and three very different venues – Part One is a fabulous ceremony and reception at St Etheldreda’s in Ely Place and the amazing Stationers’ Hall.

Andri Benson of Always Andri Wedding Design introduced me to the bride only a matter of 6 weeks or so before the wedding but such a clear idea did they both have of the look and colour they wanted that it made my life much easier! Pale lilac, soft pink and creamy ivories were the mainstay of the flower palette supported by the silvery grey hues of Eucalyptus and Senecio foliage. Read more in our blog here

We’re all going to the zoo!!

welcome board with hydrangeaLast June we were delighted to be involved in putting together the flowers for Katie and Justin’s wedding at London Zoo in Regent’s Park. Although very pregnant during the lead up to the wedding, Katie was absolutely certain about the look she wanted for the Mappin Room and the overall feel for the day – light and fun, with little personal touches that would make a difference when they looked back on the big day. (read more on our blog here …..)

 

Summer at 170

cornflower buttonholes 4256x2832As preferred suppliers to Imperial College, a sprawling campus in Kensington, we work on a wide range of events and provide flowers for many different occasions – graduations to formal dinners, lectures to bouquets for clients, but most of all we love creating flower displays for weddings at 170 Queensgate which is the jewel in the college’s crown. (for more beautiful photos see our blog here)

 

Not The Dorchester again!!

Yep, we were back at this stunning hotel at the end of March with Kelly and Nick helping to make a lovely bride’s special day even lovelier!

Kelly was keen to have very clean, crisp flower displays and since the Ceremony and Reception were being held in the same room, we designed arrangements that could be used around the Altar and Registrar’s Table and then go onto the Reception Tables in the evening

A combination of tall silver candelabra with balls of ivory Hydrangea, Roses, Stock, Lisianthus and dark green berried Ivy and elegant glass cake stands with a similar mix of flowers complemented the subtle decor in The Orchid Room beautifully and the pale wood Chivari chairs were simply the only possible finishing touch to which we added delicate posies of fluffy Gyp tied with cappuccino ribbons to match the Bridesmaids’ flowers

This is such a wonderful room and really needs very little to make it look superb but we were pleased with the overall look and know from the look on Kelly’s face that she was too…

Amazing!!
Liz was brilliant from start to finish and her flowers are absolutely stunning!! I had an idea of how things would look but in reality the arrangements completely blew us away!

My husband and I didn’t have a lot of experience with flowers and Liz was so helpful working closely with us (even visiting the venue) to create the perfect arrangements at such a reasonable cost – we couldn’t have asked for more, they were completely beautiful and we received so many compliments! Kelly and Nick March 2013

Dorchester calling!

We were delighted to get a call from the lovely Marianna at the beginning of March to ask if we could do her wedding flowers at The Dorchester on the 16th – yes that same month and very same year! Luckily we were available having no other weddings planned until our first of the year on March 30

The Orchid Room is stunning and Marianna wanted to have a pair of statement flower displays for the Ceremony which were then able to dress the Reception room later

We used ivory Delphinium and tall white Blossom, baby pink Hydrangea, pale green Guelder, white Stocks and lilac coloured Lilac and the aisle was lined with silver candlesticks topped with candles and ivory and pink flowers. The bride’s bouquet comprised White Chocolate and Sweet Avalanche Roses with hot pink Peony and a touch of Lily of the Valley edged with crisp dark green Ruscus foliage and we used a similar mix to fill mirrored silver bowls for the tablecentres 

 

We loved working at The Dorchester for the first time … little did we realise that we would be there twice in one month!!

Pretty Spring wedding at Dartmouth House

For this wedding at the beautiful Dartmouth House, the bride wanted a very delicate, romantic colour palette without going down the ‘vintage pink’ route

So we chose the super fragrant ivory Norma Jean Rose and paired it with the soft pink of Sweet Avalanche – which is probably this year’s favourite Rose so far amongst brides


We dressed the magnificent marble staircase with one of our new stone plinths topped with a silver urn filled with a selection of seasonal flowers – white Hydrangea, ivory Delphinium, white Stocks and large headed Secret Garden Roses

To complement the stunning decoration in the first floor Drawing Rooms, we used silver candlesticks topped with balls of ivory Hydrangea. pale pink Secret Garden Roses, blush pink Majolika spray Roses and creamy Lisianthus with  fragrant Eucalyptus and berried Ivy foliage and elegant glass cake stands with a mix of similar flowers

Dartmouth House doesn’t need much decoration to make it look beautiful but we think this combination does enhance it, just a little!

The Magic Beans!

Well this is what they are known as! Finally I am able to share with you some beautiful photos by the fabulous Anna Hardy from a gorgeous wedding we did last September – I may run out of superlatives at this rate!! I met the lovely Katie through another bride from a few years before and knew from Day One that this wedding was going to be a winner

Katie had very strong ideas about what she wanted but we did manage to include everything from the romantic personal flowers that would be teamed with her STUNNING Vera Wang, yes, Vera Wang dress to the meadowy, light and oh-so-pretty mix of bright summery flowers in the permanent marquee set up at Westwood Park in Essex

At our flower market visit just before the wedding date, Katie fell in love with just about every flower we looked and I almost had to tear her away from some!

But we finally decided on a palette of palest pink and ivory for the church flowers and bouquets using large overblown Hydrangea and pink blushed Snowberries for the bridesmaids with the addition of Sweet Avalanche Roses for Katie herself

The church was so pretty it hardly needed any flowers at all but we added just a touch of extra-pretty with a light Gyp garland and some white Hydrangea and Roses around the entrance arch and delicate Gyp pew ends tied with ribbons  

We were blessed with an amazing sunny day which brought to life the bright mix of flowers on the tables in the marquee – Sunflowers (Katie’s favourite), Roseberry Roses, Blue Bee Delphinium, Astrantia, pale pink Freesia, Sedum, Alchemilla Mollis and a variety of fragrant herbs

 

Finally a mix of low and tall displays broke up the view across the tables, although the tall vases gave us a little challenge with the wind coming through the very necessary open side of the marquee!

We loved this wedding and are delighted to have come to know such a lovely couple and wish them un matrimonio felice x

 

Jubilee Wedding Weekend!

Well, it has been a busy Spring so far but nothing compares to the miles we have covered around town this Jubilee Weekend!

Hampton Court House down in Kingston saw the wedding of the lovely Holly and Marvin – photos to follow soon, I hope. But many congrats to them in the meantime!

And then it was off to One Whitehall for the celebration of Rachel and Vinny’s big day – a day that was planned and booked over eighteen months ago, a little way before the events of the Jubilee Weekend were announced to the general public, so a little extra planning had to go into making their celebrations go smoothly – more to follow in a few weeks when we get the photographer’s shots through – but it was a little hair-raising to say the least and we made it by the skin of our teeth!

 

Finally, bright and early on Sunday morning, and I mean 4am early, we were off to central London to dress the glorious Ballroom at the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge before the roads and bridges closed up in honour of the Queen’s Jubilee Thames’ Pageant!

Dianna and Rowland currently live in Hong Kong and have been planning their long distance wedding for over a year – photos have been flying back and forth via email and Pinterest for many months!

We were a little concerned that the very particular vision Dianna had in her mind wouldn’t be realised on the day. But we needn’t have worried as you can see by Dianna’s kind words here

The flowers were absolutely AMAZING and truly perfect in every way. I can not thank you enough for making my vision come true and beyond!!!! So many people commented that the flowers were just stunning. I am quite a picky person I fully admit! So thank you for your patience with me along the way

Thank you so much for letting us borrow the vases, I really appreciate it. Were you happy with the final result? You should be very proud!!! I will absolutely recommend you in the future

Dianna & Rowland

Dianna’s vision was a beautiful soft cream, ivory and taupe very upmarket palette with a slight vintage feel to reflect the beautiful interior of the Mandarin Oriental’s Ballroom. So we picked this up with large headed Vendella, Sahara and Quicksand Roses teamed with creamy Hydrangea and delicate Lydia spray Roses

 

The silvery tones of Senecio or Silver Suede were a perfect foil for the flowers and the finishing touch was the trailing blooms of white Phalaenopsis Orchid

The flowers sat on top of very tall silver candlesticks or, in the case of the top table, 5-armed candelabra to give a perfect view across the room from all the guests to the happy couple

 

 

Out in the Entrance Hall we created a Wishing Tree for Dianna and Rowland’s guests to leave messages of good luck and love. This 10ft tall ivory painted willow tree was dressed with ivory Singapore Orchids and more Phalaenopsis Orchids and lovely little D & R letters that Dianna had made in Hong Kong

 

We lined the aisle with Rose petals, creamy Vendella, taupe Sahara and coffee coloured Combo, leading to the marble topped Registrar’s table which was flanked by a pair of tall plinths and floaty balls of Baby’s Breath Gypsophilia

After the wedding reception, everything was packed up securely and made its way to Dianna’s parent’s house for a party the following day

With so much happening in London over this very important weekend, we are sure the wedding guests, many of whom flew in specially from far afield, had a truly memorable time among family, friends … and royalty!

 

Weddings so far this year . . .

We haven’t reached Easter yet, but the wedding season has definitely started and it is going to be a busy and varied one!

We’ve had gorgeous fragrant sandy toned Roses with Roisin at the beginning of January followed by delicate ivory and pale pink flowers with Becky at the fabulous Dartmouth House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then it was off to South London with the cool early Spring scented delights of Hyacinths, Narcissi and Snowdrops with Alison in February and today, amid the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in central London, we were back at One Whitehall with Becky’s friend Amy, who chose a gorgeous mix of pinks and ivories highlighted with accents of acid green achieved with our favourite, the glorious Guelder Rose

 

Next up we have a birthday party at Hampton Court House featuring daffodils and Spring flowers in honour of the Welsh birthday boy and a host of wedding consultations for both this year and next which are coming in thick and fast – some as close as May this year, others for June 2013. Either way we are having a great time and enjoying seeing our happy brides and grooms