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A Burgundy inspired winter wedding

Early in January 2020 we had the pleasure of making this lovely burgundy inspired wedding for a wonderful local couple who held their wedding reception at the Lordship Pub in Dulwich. Little did we know that it would be one of the few to take place this year. 

To make the designs we used Burgundy flowers such as “Black Baccara” Roses, Skimmia and Ranunculus, together with pink roses and blue thistles and silver Brunia for texture, together with silvery Eucalyptus for a wintry look.

Burgundy winter wedding flowers

Winter Bridal Bouquet

Burgundy winter wedding buttonholes

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Mantelpiece wedding flowers Dulwich

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“We just wanted to say a huge thank you for the flowers on Saturday. The Lordship Pub looked amazing and my bouquet was the most beautiful I’ve seen! Everyone commented on how lovely they were.”

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A greenery wedding at the Asylum Chapel, Peckham

Last November we were asked to design and install floral designs for a couple’s winter wedding at Peckham Asylum with the use of lots of foliage, dark blue “Viburnum” berries, hints of gypsophila and succulent plants.

To do this we used a beautiful selection of seasonal foliage such as Eucalyptus cinerea, Eucalyptus parvifolia, berried populus, and “baby blue” Eucalyptus, together with Scabious pods and thistles for texture and of course gypsophila and succulent plants.

We are delighted to share these stunning images from their day courtesy of www.davidjonesphotography.com

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Focal urn at the Asylum Chapel in Peckham

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Greenery wedding flowers Peckham Asylum

Wedding flowers at Asylum Chapel

Foliage wedding flowers at Asylum Chapel Peckham

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Greenery wedding at Asylum Chapel, Peckham

Wedding flowers at Peckham Springs“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for our beautiful wedding flowers! They received such a positive response from our guests and we definitely made the right choice in having you create them. The advise that you gave from start to finish really helped guide us – they were everything we’d hoped they’d be and more. We also appreciate you moving them to Peckham Springs, they looked sensational on our dessert table.”

 

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A rustic Autumnal wedding at The Tudor Barn, Eltham

Autumn is a season that lends itself perfectly to adding texture to rustic wedding florals. Here we used stunning Peach “Kahala” roses, Ivory “Majolica” spray roses, white Astilbe, Crocosmia berries, rust coloured Santini, small rose hips, green thistles, Eucalyptus foliage and berried populous, together with Gypsophila.

Scroll down for some of our images from the day.

Autumn bridal bouquet at the Tudor Barn, Eltham

Buttonhole at the Tudor Barn in Eltham

Ladies buttonhole at the Tudor Barn Eltham

Autumn table flowers

Autumn table flowers at the Tudor Barn in Eltham

And here are some of the beautiful images from the professionals – courtesy of Sarah at Sarahcaponphotography.co.uk

Autumn bridal bouquet at the Tudor Barn Eltham

 

Wedding flowers at the Tudor Barn in Eltham

Tudor Barn Wedding

Wedding flowers South East London

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Peonies and ferns at The Rosendale Pub

Our brief for a May wedding at The Rosendale Pub in Dulwich was to create beautiful floral designs using lots of greenery and some white blooms. In particular, we were asked to design arrangements for the wall lights and to create long table runners of greenery to run down the long narrow tables for the reception. Here’s what we did.

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All the stunning images above are courtesy of Amy at especiallyamy.co.uk and here are a couple that I took on the day.

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Finally, here’s some kind words from the bride.

“Vanessa did an amazing job of our wedding flowers and we couldn’t have been happier with how it looked. From the start Vanessa provided options that were within our budget, matched the pictures I showed her but also added her suggestions of what was in season and would fit with our overall look. We loved the flowers so much we took them home to enjoy them for days after our wedding, so our house looked fantastic! I would highly recommend Vanessa to any couples looking for a wedding florist”.

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Coral charms at Oaks Farm

Our beautiful bride getting married at Oaks Farm in Croydon had a simple brief, the flowers should co-ordinate with her plan to have coral pink bridesmaid dresses and should include protea flowers for the groom. The result was never in doubt, Coral charm peonies were a must and these would be combined with stunning “blushing bride” proteas  (even the name was perfect) and other seasonal flowers in pink, coral and blush.

Please see below some of the images kindly sent in by our lovely couple who we were delighted to hear were so happy with everything. 

Coral Charm peonies wedding flowers

Wedding flowers Oaks Farm Croydon

Table flowers at Oaks Farm in Croydon

“I wanted to say a huge thank you for providing the flowers for our wedding last month. I was so happy with everything. I thought the bouquets and centrepieces were all absolutely stunning. I loved that you really listened to our initial ideas and came back with such a professional proposal that fit with my vision (both in how it all looked and within budget).”

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A Summer’s day in Greenwich

A sunny day in Greenwich was the venue for the Summer wedding of one of our lovely couples. With a ceremony at the Devonport House Hotel in Greenwich followed by a reception at the Queen Mary Undercroft at the Old Royal Naval College our couple kept it local and were rewarded with one of the sunniest days of the year. Working closely with the bride, we proposed a beautiful selection of floral designs incorporating bright and colourful flowers, lots of texture and with hints of succulent plants, accompanied by stunning trails of ivy and delicate Asparagus ferns, to create the relaxed and informal feel that was their brief. This is the result which I am pleased to say delighted the couple.

Scroll down to see a snap shot of their day from their wonderful photographer, https://www.barneywalters.com

Wedding flowers Greenwich Florist

June Bridal Bouquet

Blackheath and Greenwich wedding florist

Table flowers at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich

“Thank you so much for the flowers, you really worked your magic and we were so happy with everything you did for the day: I adored my bouquet (I still have it, dried) and the room looked stunning. I’m so glad we went ahead with dressing the pillars!”

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How to put on a buttonhole

As a wedding florist I often find myself assisting the groom’s party by helping to attach the buttonholes. It is a very small detail but ensures everyone looks smart. For everyone else here’s how you do it.

Please note that gentlemen wear their buttonhole on their left lapel.

If there is a buttonhole there, then you can simply insert the stem right through the fabric and secure it with a pin for added security. If the buttonhole is sewn up you will need to have it pinned on to the fabric of the lapel.

A pin is provided with the buttonhole when it arrives. Whether the buttonhole is sewn up or not, the aim is to have the pin hold the stem against your jacket.

Make sure that the flower head is pointed up towards the left shoulder. Lift the lapel to expose the back and hold the flower in place. Push the pin through the back of the lapel and through the stem of the buttonhole. The point of the pin should go through the stem where it is thick, just below where it attaches to the petals. Then guide the pin back through the lapel, as if you are sewing a stitch.

The pin should be secure and lay vertically against the lapel. Both ends of the pin should end up on the back of the lapel, hidden from view. 

Use a second pin if you need extra support. 

Buttonhole made with blushing bride protea

White rose buttonhole

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A rustic barn wedding

The flowers for a recent wedding at Cooling Castle Barn in the Kent countryside are amongst our favourite events of 2015.

The flowers, in the couple’s choice of a green and white colour scheme, were chosen to compliment the romantic, intimate and rustic feel of the barns and the beautiful rural location in which they are set.

Tall cylinder vases and complimentary bark wrapped low level cylinder vases were filled with stunning white Avalanche roses, mop head Hydrangeas in shades of white, cream, lime and mottled green, shiny green Hypericum berries, a hint of succulents and delicate trails of green Amaranths. Contorted willow and slender stems of umbrella ferns with their green fan like and frail fronds continued this rustic theme.

The top table was decorated with lots of matching small bark wrapped cylinder vases and votives topped with the couple’s chosen flowers, ferns and trailing Amaranths. All the floral arrangements were designed to be taken home by guests at the end of the day and it was an absolute pleasure to see the barns completely devoid of flowers when we arrived the following day to clear.

Wedding favours were set carefully at each place setting. These were made up of small pots of pretty little green succulent plants, in a variety of wonderful rosette shapes, wrapped with hessian and topped with Spanish moss. A mix of pretty little succulent plants were also carefully arranged over the cake.

This was a very magical wedding for a wonderful couple, and with so many special details, it was a huge pleasure to provide the flowers.Please scroll down to see images from the day.

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Ceremony Flowers Cooling Castle Barns

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Table centres at Cooling Castle Barns

Tall table centres Cooling Castle Barns

Top table flowers at Cooling Castle Barns

Top table flowers Cooling Castle Barns

Succulent wedding favours

Succulent wedding cake

Fairy lights at Cooling Castle Barns

 

Fairy Lights Cooling Castle Barns

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