Posts Tagged: Flowers

Top 5 Unique & Boutique Flower Delivery in London

INSPIRATION, Florals, Lifestyle

Bloom & Wild Flower Delivery by Letterbox

It seems us lot just can’t get enough of fresh flowers, not just for special occasions but to spread a bit of joy at home or to friends. I used to be utterly spoilt with local florists near my last home but since moving there are none in my area (well, none that offer flowers other than gerberas, rainbow roses and carnations) and I’m feeling a little flower bereft!

However I’ve stumbled upon some lovely services that offer unique and boutique flowery delivery in London (and some throughout UK) that will enable me to get my floral fix straight to my door! I’m very excited to try some of these out, and thought I’d share my top 5 findings! Also if any friends should wish to send me some flowers… here’s a little hint ;)

Bloomon Flower Delivery

Bloomon

Beautifully curated and sent fresh from the grower, bouquets from Bloomon can be delivered weekly, fortnightly or monthly and you can subscribe for as long as you like. The bouquets are carefully designed to highlight nature’s beauty and with three different sizes to choose from (£20.95 – 31.95) they are great for a treat for yourself or for a gift. They allow for you to have a play with how they are arranged but do come packaged well and with water so they last as long as possible.

Geo Fleur Plant Subscription Delivery

Geo-Fleur Plant Post Club

If you are more on the green fingered side, or know someone who is, then this is one for you! The Geo-Fleur Plant Post Club Subscription sends you a monthly delivery (£24 a month for 3, 6, 9 or 12 months) of a surprise exclusive package of plants or plant related accessories to keep your home green! And don’t worry, it comes with a care card so you can at least attempt to keep them alive! My obsession with plants, succulents and cacti isn’t going anywhere so this is such a fun way to enhance my collection and who doesn’t love a surprise package in the post? Perfect for a plant-loving friend as a present too.

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DIY Wedding Flower Workshop With The Flower Appreciation Society

AISLE STYLE, INSPIRATION, Design & Decor, DIY, Florals

Photography by London Bride

If you’re a creative bride, then you may want to try your hand at a fun DIY wedding flower workshop with The Flower Appreciation Society. You’ll get to learn a new skill and turn your hand to create your perfect wedding flowers! 

DIY Wedding Flower Worskhop with The Flower Appreciation Society

You’d think given I meet with florists regularly about my client’s wedding flowers that I’d perhaps have picked up some good skills along the way in terms of floral designs and arrangements, but – you’d be wrong! However that all changed after I recently attended a DIY flower arrangement workshop with the lovely Anna and Ellie, otherwise known as the flower power behind The Flower Appreciation Society (and authors of this lovely flower book) and I’m pleased to say I did in fact come away with some super helpful knowledge and a wonderful new skill (as well as lots of pretty flowers, of course!).

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diy WEDDING flower workshops for brides

If you are a bride, bridesmaid, mother or hey, let’s not discriminate a groom, who fancies attempting DIY wedding flowers then I highly recommend attending a workshop with The Flower Appreciation Society to get you off on the right foot. You’ll learn all the basics along with some great tips that will be vital for creating your big day flowers and in fact let’s be honest, it’s a skill for life so a good investment!

The workshops take place at their lovely studio in De Beauvoir (not far from Highbury & Islington or Dalston) and after a short intro and the all important tea and biscuits (or fizz!) to fuel you, you are free to delve into the plethora of seasonal flowers to begin conditioning them before you start arranging. I had great fun with the other attendees, but equally you could do it with your mum/mother in law or one of your bridesmaids.

See details at the end of the post on the upcoming workshops for DIY wedding flowers.
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there are no rules!

I’ve been lucky enough to work with The Flower Appreciation ladies a few times on different weddings, and I really do utterly adore their pretty, wild looking floral designs so was very excited to attempt to learn a thing or two from them. The workshop I attended was learning about arranging flowers in a small boat vase for a medium size display and also a jar arrangement, and with their guidance (ahem, perhaps more than I’d care to admit!) I did manage to create something I was actually pretty proud of! I’m sure if I can do it, anyone can, although it does make you realise how easy they make it look! Anna and Ellie also give really helpful knowledge on seasonal flowers, and buying from markets which is so valuable as that’s actually half of it!

The Finished Result!

What I love about these girls and indeed their style, is there are no rules. If you want a slightly lopsided display (yes that was my intention and was on purpose!) then go for it. If you want it huge, then why not, and usually the wilder the better which is great for beginners. They give relaxed demonstrations but really it’s all about getting stuck in and just giving it a go and with their guidance along the way if you get stuck they’ll be right on hand to help.

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advice on diy wedding flowers

Just putting my wedding planner hat on; I would advise if you are thinking of doing the flowers yourself, it is a fair amount of hours to put in, and can only really be done the day or two before the wedding so you have to be up for an early start to the flower market and willing to put the hours in right ahead of the day itself. I’ve heard from some brides that they did in fact enjoy spending time doing this with their mums or bridesmaids and found it quite therapeutic amongst the chaos in the run up to the day so if that sounds like you might enjoy it, then why not – just make sure you allow yourselves plenty of time!

However if you aren’t quite brave enough to create all your floral elements, then you could of course perhaps attempt maybe your own bouquet, but then have a florist on board to do the bigger jobs like the tables or larger displays as there will be much more to do and manage for this so takes a lot of the pressure off!

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
DIY Bridal Flowers Workshop - The Flower Appreciation Society
DIY Bridal flowers – 21st May | 2 – 5 pm | £145 per person

Learn to make your very own bridal flowers. Using the most beautiful seasonal flowers, they will teach you how to make your dream bridal bouquet, buttonholes, hair flowers and a flower crown. They’ll also be sharing tips on flower buying, flower seasons and keeping your flowers fresh. 

All materials included plus a goody bag and glass of fizz! 

Book Tickets Here

DIY Bridal Flowers Workshop - The Flower Appreciation Society

DIY hand tied bouquet making workshop
5th april / 7th july / 1st october |
7pm – 8.30pm | £65 PER PERSON

To celebrate spring, summer and autumn they are offering three hand-tied bouquet making classes. 

Using beautiful seasonal blooms and a selection of lovely foliage, they will show you how to condition your flowers, create and then wrap your bunch. Giving you all the flowery tips and advice that you will need along the way.

All materials included and a glass of wine.

Book Tickets Here

I attended a workshop courtesy of The Flower Appreciation Society, however I only share details of services & brands that I truly believe you’ll love too!

Cosy Autumn London Pub Wedding & Bride in Original 1940s Wedding Dress

WEDDINGS, Informal, Vintage Inspired

Photography by Miss Gen

Cosy Autumn London Pub Wedding by Miss Gen Photography

Lizi and Gideon had a lovely personal wedding ceremony in Hackney followed by a cosy Autumn London pub wedding. Lizi chose a beautifully unique original 1940s vintage dress from Elizabeth Avey and along with the berry toned florals created by close family, some twinkling lights, a hint of metallic made this the perfect Autumn London wedding. 

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Orchestrated Chaos – Floral Design by Vervain

INSPIRATION, Florals, PLANNING, Suppliers

Photography by India HobsonFloral Design by Vervain

Sometimes you meet people in the wedding industry who’s work is a breath of fresh air and who’s talent shines through. Having seen in person, the floral artistry work of Vervain at A Most Curious Wedding Fair I was just so drawn to owner India Hurst’s style and also her ethos that I wanted to share this with you on the blog.

Vervain is a flower studio specialising in creating unique floristry; orchestrated chaos. With a background in art and design and horticulture, I think India combines natural beauty with a creative eye to create unique floral styling. Designs are tailored to each couple’s style and are suited to those who appreciate how flowers can enhance their aesthetic and express their personality through the atmosphere of their wedding.

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Hayford + Rhodes Website Launch Event at BAFTA London

INSPIRATION, Florals, PLANNING, Events Calendar

Hayford and Rhodes Florist Website Launch by Fanni Williams

This week I was kindly invited to celebrate the launch of the new website for award winning London florists Hayford and Rhodes. If you’ve not come across them before do check out their work! The company was established way back when in 1924 by William Hayford and in 2007 the Rhodes sisters Amy, Joanna and Laura took the reigns of the company, and since has continued to lead at the forefront of British floristry with their timeless designs.

I’m lucky enough to attend quite a few events within the wedding industry [that sounds pretentious, I don’t mean it to, but there is a lot of networking to be done!] and I have to say that this one I really really enjoyed. Not only did I get to walk into the infamous BAFTA building at 195 Piccadilly [and be greeted by a larger than me brass BAFTA mask!] but the air in the bright room [which can be hired for weddings!] was filled with the beautiful scent of flowers and the space was quite literally blooming with colourful florals. Bright spring flowers were showcased in stunning arrangements from huge eye catching domes as a focal point of the room to ranunculus sprouting from lovely vintage dressing tables [courtesy of the lovely Kate Fletcher from Vintage Style Hire] not to mention the PEONY WALL. Yes that’s right… there was a wall of peonies, coral charm ones at that. I literally just stood there for 5 minutes staring at it’s prettiness. If I could have one of these permanently in my bedroom believe me I would.

There was also a delicious array of beautifully designed sweet treats from Rosalind Miller and just as I left I sampled one of the mini cakes and I swear that was the best butter icing I’ve ever had. Like whipped heaven. Then there were the cocktails. Oh. My. Let’s just say that it was rather fortunate [or maybe not] that it was a Monday evening otherwise I fear I would have outstayed my welcome at that bar. The clever guys at Drinks Fusion put on a seriously impressive array of floral inspired cocktails – with flavours such as rose, lavender and my favourite – Creme de Violette. I sampled, for research purposes obviously, the gin based Aviation Cocktail which basically tasted like parma violets – remember those? Definitely a new found cocktail favourite for me.

The cocktail waitresses adorned fresh floral hair crowns whilst some delicious food from in-house caterer gave us something to balance out the booze. As that was weary work I jumped at the chance of being beautified by the cute as a button Powderpuff Girls who were offering quick pampering fixes to the guests. My talented stylist did the most fabulous halo plait around my head in less than 5 minutes. Seriously impressive stuff [we agreed she could get into the Guinness Book of Records she was that quick] and I’m pleased to report the style lasted two days, hurrah!

A busy hour and a half as you can tell but after cake, cocktails and pampering I left with my free Muscari plant in hand after having a great evening, and so lovely to meet the talented team behind such a well known and successful floristry business too.

I want to also thank my buddy Fanni Williams who was their official event photographer for letting me share the very pretty images from the evening!

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Asymmetric Floral Inspiration

INSPIRATION, Florals

I’m seeing a huge floral trend at the moment for bouquets and floral displays that are unusually structured. Gone are the days of symmetry it’s all about interesting silhouettes, differing heights and shapes all making an asymmetric floral statement. It gives a really natural, wild feel and the textures are brought to life by the colours and differing sizes of the flower heads.

Here are a few of my favourites…

Jemma Keech / Green Wedding Shoes / Once Wed

The Pretty Blog / Ruffled / Style Me Pretty

Dandelion Ranch via Apartment Therapy

I particularly love these lop-sided arrangements. Do you like the wild and unkempt look or do you prefer your florals to be a little more formal and perhaps structured?