Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Proper Weddings: Our Amelia and Alex

Amelia and Alex are SUCH GREAT MATES of ours so it was an absolute honour to be asked to do the flowers for their Norfolk wedding in July this year.

All pictures are by the superb Kate and Jon Gray, of Kate Gray Photography.

So that Charlie could perform her duties as bridesmaid, and Jess could have time to pop some mascara on and down a gin, we took care of the bridal and ceremony flowers while the absolutely lovely Libby Ferris nailed the reception flowers at Kimberly Hall.

The vibe for the whole day was creams, whites and greens with peach, blush and apricot tones.  Amelia favoured a fresh, crisp and chic look, preferring hydrangeas and other full, structural blooms.

Amelia was also dead set on a waterfall bouquet for herself and loose posies for her three bridesmaids.  

We used coral charm peonies (which varied dramatically in colour by the wedding day, as they will do!), Caramel Antike roses, peach Avalanche spray rose, lisianthus, freesia, and eucalyptus and ivy.

The hand-tied bridesmaid's bouquets were finished with neat, apricot, satin ribbon.

The ceremony took place at the beautiful St. George in Hardingham.  

On a mound surrounded by miles of fields, 
with parts dating back to medieval times and neighboured by an old Rectory house even Jane Austin couldn't have conjured up, this church is in a romantic league of its own.

In the Church, floating white hydrangea pew ends lined the aisles, and an a-symmetrical long arrangement was perched (possibly precariously) above the 14th century alter.

Outside the church, we placed two tall topiary trees with moss bottoms, tied with trails of cream and apricot ribbon, and tied posies to the iron railings.

And with all our work done, we headed to Kimberly Hall for a whole lot of booze, food, laughter and dancing.

Best day ever.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

T H E S E R I E S : T H E S H O E S

So, we found quite a lot of love for Pinterest recently, which has resulted in...

 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.

Next up...

T H E  S H O E S 

Here we are; the silly, the spikey, the sexy, and maybe a touch of the sensible.  

But first, a disclaimer.  

We (Charlie and Jess) are both over 5ft 9ins tall and, as florists, spend our days standing, carrying and lifting.  So, we have a penchant for supportive trainers and sandals with a solid inner sole, so expect a few flats to pop up.

1. Fancy footware

If you have a decent budget, or just really prioritise shoes up there with food and booze, you can't go wrong with a designer pair. 

Much like the wedding dress, specifically bridal heels are priced high, so you may as well get some cracking Choos for a similar figure.

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Sadly not available anymore, Louboutin created a bespoke range of blue-soled stunners intended to be the 'something blue' and, presumably, 'something new' for brides.  

Someone should really get a petition going, or picket outside Louboutin HQ to get these back on the market...

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Remember, a wedding is basically a bloody great party with some legal stuff thrown in, and that kind of occasion requires some show stoppers!

Who said you can't wear python platforms??  
They be trippin'.

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3. White Birkies 

Just do it.  
You know you want to. 
And they look awesome.  
And you can dance all night and even jump for joy without fear of a broken ankle.

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4. Bare your sole

It may once have been the vehicle prostitutes used to give their details to businessmen in high class bars (so we've been told), but now it's totally a thing to write a message to / about your betrothed on the sole of your shoes.

Some are a bit cringe but these Sophia Webster numbers are the real cool kinda kitsch.

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5. Proper Shoes

Break with convention!  Support your feet!  Wear proper shoes!

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Brogues, Derbys, Oxfords...all look super chic with a dress, but also dead sharp if you have gone the jumpsuit / slacks / trouser suit route for the wedding.  
Which you definitely should.

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More like this on our Pinterest...

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Houseplant of the Month: November

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 eleventh part of our series...

November: Poinsettia

We're willing to bet there are not many of you out there who are unfamiliar with the poinsettia.

Known widely as 'that red one you get at Christmas', if you haven't given or received one of these fellas on a festive occasion, we'll eat our (Santa's) hat.

Mexican legend has it that a girl with not enough money to buy gifts to celebrate Jesus' birthday was inspired by an angel to offer up weeds at the alter instead.  Red leaves sprouted from the weeds and they became poinsettias, beginning the plant's long association with Christmas.  

Now, we have to be totally honest here, we're not enormous fans of the garish poinsettias that get rolled out en mass each year. 

Call us Scrooges, but we find them about as inspiring as a faux pine garland covered in baubles...  

Having said that, if you look past the crimson, there are some beautifully tinted bracts (the leaves generally thought of as the flowers) about; from the deep plum to the coral, the blush pink to the apricot.  

And we are totally on board with a shift towards the snowy white variety as a Christmas alternative.

Keep your poinsettia well watered in a light and warm position; just like us at Christmas - with a wine in front of the fire.