Wednesday, 29 April 2015

T H E S E R I E S : T H E D R E S S

So, we found quite a lot of love for Pinterest recently and today we unveil...

 T H E  S E R I E S 

...a pinterest collection of all super cool things, wedding related. 

We have pulled together oh-so-dreamy, jaw-dropping dresses, the most beautifully designed and delicious cakes, the hippest, hottest suits for the fellas and a whole host of other aesthetic wonders to get you on your way to creating, well, basically the world's greatest party.

Each month on the blog, we will share a new board with you and from that, pick our top five faves.

First up...

This is all about feeling totally great, feeling entirely comfortable and breaking with the conventions that just aren't for you.

1.  Wear a silver metallic gown and pink hair.  
Why the hell not?

image via The Wild Romantic - Alex Mearing

2. Wear emerald green silk. Particularly if you have red hair. 
But also, if you don't.
In fact, wear colour because you don't actually have to wear a shade of white.

3.  Get a dress from Houghton. 
Seriously. Everyone. GET A DRESS FROM HOUGHTON.

image via The Wild Romantic - Houghton

4. Wear trousers. Or a jumpsuit.
And consider investing in a great designer non-bridal line for your outfit. 
Because there ain't really a price different between a frou frou dress and an Alexander McQueen or a Calvin Klein.

image via - Calvin Klein

5. Show some skin.  
Because, sista, you got it. Flaunt it.

image via Paper and Lace - Grace Loves Lace

Check out T H E  D R E S S for some more beauties.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Proper Weddings: Miranda & Grah

This weekend Miranda and Graham are celebrating their first wedding anniversary, so we thought it was an excellent time to take you through their glorious big day in a little more detail.

Saturday 26th April started off pretty wet and cloudy, yet by ceremony time the dark sky had cleared and beautiful Dulwich College was bathed in a Spring glow.  

The couple were married in the The Old Library where the flower theme was 'English Countryside' to compliment the wooden paneling and old boarding school setting.  

We garlanded up the huge fireplace mantlepieces with ivy and seasonal blooms and affixed bunches of small headed wild-like flowers (astrantia, lisianthus, daisies and spray roses) to the chairs with raffia.  These bunches were later re-purposed in to jars, waiting in a line along the stage in The Great Hall, for the Wedding Breakfast.

Miranda's bouquet was a traditional dome hand-tie made up of the most beautiful flowers April has to offer; pale pink and white peonies, cloni ranunculus, roses and Autumn eucalyptus.

Miranda's four bridesmaid carried mismatched smaller versions of the bridal bouquet tied with elephant grey ribbon, while two little flower girls carried even tinier versions!

The Great Hall at Dulwich College is a wonderfully grand, lofty space, so rather than compete with the height and history, we decided to go for low clear vase arrangements of bright blue hydrangeas, pink peonies, orange parrot tulips and a whole host of other colours to get some of that Spring sunshine to the tables.  

Remember these two smiley people?  
Lucy and Jem were married last year and Islington Town Hall with yellow and gold Australian themed flowers!

A staircase installation of stems hung with ribbon and small bunches nestled into the wrought iron ensured that the bright and fun party atmosphere continued down onto the dance floor, where Miranda and Grah waltzed into the night, and into the future...

Congratulations Miranda and Grah!
Thank you for inviting us into your home, feeding us wine and nibbles, talking flowers for hours, and for letting us play a part in your beautiful day.

All photos courtesy of Jonny Donovan

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

HOW TO... Make your own floral delights! The Buttonhole.

In our latest series, we show you 'How To'...

Make your mam think you're such a good boy by turning up to Sunday lunch all smart and buttonholed; 
Recycle a dress you wore to a wedding last year by accessorising with a fancy hair pin or wrist corsage;
Whack on 6 Music and pretend you're at a festi in the comfort of your living room wearing a floral head crown.

Last year, our absolute fave workshop was the Floral Delights evening where we taught you how to make all the above.  So, we thought we'd break it down for you here in black and white (with some coloured photos) so you can all have a go yourselves. 

This week..

HOW TO...Knock up a right nice buttonhole


Wire (fine - medium gauge) 
Ribbon of choice, slim / small amount
Pin x1
Floral Tape
Stems of choice / Small foliage of choice x3-5 ingredients. (Bear in mind weight and size for buttonhole. Nothing too huge, or too heavy.) 
*You can get any of these specialty floristry items at New Covent Garden flower market and at Amazon (boooooo Amazon, you're so evil and convenient).


Cut down all your flowers and foliage of choice leaving around 3cm of stem below the head.

We want to create a fake wire stem for all these boys, to allow for flexibility when building your buttonhole. 
The exact wiring technique depends on the stem and the weight of the flower, so we have three examples which we call;
1. Up the bum (good for roses and other woody / heavy stems) - just as it sounds! A heavy gage wire is poked up the stem into the seed packet.  Finish with a 'through the middle' for security.
2. Through the middle (good for medium weight roses or other sturdy stems) - wire is poked through the dense seed packet, then wrapped around the remaining stem and other length of wire.

3. Wrap around (good for light-weight foliage or filler) - wire is hooked over a strong 'arm' of the flower or foliage and then wrapped around the remaining stem and other length of wire.

This should cover most stems. Beware of using wire which is too heavy, or a method which might behead the flower.  We're after a wire stem which allows movement and holds the flower head up. 

Choose a method above suitable for the stem and then gutter your wire stems with the floral tape by pulling it very thin and taut so it sticks to the base of the flower head.  Keep pulling the tape taut whilst wrapping it around the length of the wire.

Using the main flower, place the others in to build the desired shape, bearing in mind the front of the buttonhole and how it will be worn. The sticky floral tape will help to hold the shape. 

Tape the stems together as one from top to bottom using the floral tape.

Wrap ribbon as you like and tie off, cut neatly and place your pin through.

Et Volia - a fine buttonhole ready to pin on and show off!

If you prefer an open buttonhole (i.e not wired and taped but with open stems for a more natural vibe)...
Cut your stems to around 6 inches and prepare (removing any low leaves)
Place your stems together to build the desired shape
You can use the tape as you go, to hold together a pair, to add in a third and so on. Or you can tape together your final 4-5 items at once. Tape only the middle section to be covered by ribbon, or twine. 
Ribbon, or twine over the centre, tie off and cut neatly. 
Cut all the stems to one pleasing length below the ribbon (usually a few inches). 
Place your pin through and you're set!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Houseplant of the Month: April

Houseplants: like the perfect man... long lasting, great looking and low maintenance.  

What is not to love?  
Which is why the Flower Council of Holland have launched their Houseplant of the Month Campaign throughout 2015.  Each month they have chosen their favourite Houseplant and given a ton of information on the history and uses of the plant, how to choose a nice healthy one, and how to take proper good care of it.

We thought we'd do you all a favour and follow their lead, condensing the info in our own monthly feature.  
In the forth part of our series...

April: Ivy

This month it’s a gud’un.  You might recognise it from the outside of all the houses you dream about living in when you grow up, from its A Midsomer Night’s Dream foresty associations, or from much of our garlanding if you’ve been paying close attention...

Ivy is more commonly known as an outdoor climbing plant, but also makes an excellent indoor pal.  
Word is, it has super detoxifying powers, absorbing harmful substances in the air and replacing them with good old oxygen.  
Definitely one for the office then…

Ivy comes in many different varieties of leaf size, shape and colour from green to white to gold.  Probably the most classic ivy is the ‘Gloire de Marengo’, with its large leaves and creamy white leaf edges adorning much of Christmas.

Keep ivy in a light but cool spot, out of direct sunlight.  Apparently, the lighter the leaf colour, the more light it needs, the darker, the less light it requires.  So keep an eye out for what your plant is trying to tell you.

Water regularly and give her an occasional spray of lukewarm water and maybe even some plant food if you are feeling generous.  You’d also do well to pull off any old or sad leaves when necessary. 

According to the Flower Council of Holland, the current trend is to use the ivy in a natural way as a hanging plant in a rough wooden planter, or in a shiny copper coloured pot.  
So there you go, lead the pack...

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

One Flew Over Recently...

Over the last few weeks we have been recovering from the excitement of A Most Curious Wedding Fair and keeping in touch with all the fantastic suppliers we met there;

guest blogging for our pals at Pea Green Boat (we businesses of literary references must stick together!);

visiting the excellent Chosen Wedding Fair, organised by the indomitable Kiki;

meeting many brides (and a couple of grooms) and checking out some dreamy wedding venues;

knocking up a bouquet and a headdress for photographer Maria Brosnan to use in her 'Bridesmaids' shoot;

welcoming spring into our regular contract flowers;

and trying to keep our new workshop clean and tidy!  (This one is proving tricky...)

Happy 1st April everyone!  
The sky is clear, the sun is shining and summer is just a couple of breezy months away.