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 and here are a couple that I took on the day.



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,

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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An Autumnal photo shoot

I recently had the pleasure of being invited to take part in an autumnal wedding photo shoot at The Clock House in East Dulwich.

The brief was for a whimsical, autumnal, vintage theme for a wedding taking place in a cosy bar set in the capital but far from the hustle and bustle; and it was important that the flower material selected and the floral designs reflected this.

With plenty of nature’s autumnal wonder in the flower market in late October we opted for a beautiful selection of seasonal flowers, such as peach and blush Roses, garden style spray Roses, mini spray Chrysanthemums, together with lots of textural elements including rose hips, crab apples and Crocosmia berries and lots of blue foliage.

With thanks to Patty Gambini for her beautiful professional images and to Vicki Cheung for inviting me to participate.

Wedding flowers East Dulwich

wedding florist East Dulwich

Bridal Bouquet Dulwich

Floral Crown South London Florist

Natural and wild wedding flowers

Autumn wedding flowers

Autumn wedding flowers bud vase


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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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White wedding flowers – our top 5

White wedding flowers are always a popular choice with brides providing elegance and sophistication in both simple and lavish settings, with all white bouquets being a classic choice for bridal bouquets. There are numerous white flowers in differing shades of white and cream offering endless possibilities for their use in your wedding. Here we take a brief look at a few of our favourites.

white wedding flowers


Roses are the most popular flower in the floristry industry and white roses are a traditional choice for wedding flowers. They are available all year round and suitable for all sorts of arrangements from the classic buttonhole to bridal bouquets and large pedestal designs. Varieties such as Avalanche and Vendela make ideal wedding flowers.

White flowers bridal bouquet


With their large showy mop head shapes, hydrangeas are great flowers for weddings. They are very versatile and look stunning used en-masse or individually. They are suitable for use as table flowers and in large focal arrangements. However, care is needed when using hydrangeas in bouquets as they dry out easily.

wedding table flowers in silver votives


Phalaenopsis Orchid

Phalaenopsis orchids are one of the most beautiful and graceful white flowers and are extremely popular, adding a sophisticated and luxurious feel to a wedding. They are one of the whitest blooms available. Left on their natural stem they are ideal for use in limited designs or to cascade down a lavish vase of mixed flowers. Individual heads can be used to add a special touch to smaller arrangements or wired to add to bouquets or for use as buttonholes.

Phalaenopsis orchids focal arrangement

bud vase wedding flowers

Calla lily

Zantedeschia, commonly referred to as calla lilies, are tall and elegant. They are impressive flowers with fleshy stems (which can be thick) on top of which is a single funnel shaped flower. They are in demand as bridal designs and for use in ceremony and reception arrangements. Smaller varieties, such as Chrystal Blush, make excellent buttonholes and corsages.

Cascading bridal bouquet of white calla lilies


One of our most requested flowers, the peony is admired universally for its large heads of delicate petals. It works well in tied designs as well as in larger pedestal arrangements where it combines well with tall stems of Delphinium flowers. However, it has a short availability period that generally peaks between April and June.

Wedding and bridal flowers with peonies

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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.

Wedding Flowers Cooling Castle Barns

Ceremony Flowers Cooling Castle Barns

white and green wedding flowers

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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Top tips for choosing wedding flowers

With so much expectation placed on a wedding, and with so many different decisions to make, choosing the flowers for your wedding can often seem a daunting task. The good news is that the vast range of flower and foliage material available nowadays makes it possible to have beautiful wedding flowers throughout the year, whatever your budget.

There are a number of factors to bear in mind when choosing wedding flowers, such as the type of venue, your personal style, the design of your wedding gown, and the style and size of the wedding (lavish or simple, contemporary or romantic), and your budget. Hopefully these tips will offer you some guidance when it comes to making your choice.

Use seasonal flowers

A large number of flowers are now available all year round but generally seasonal flowers are the best choice for wedding flowers, both in terms of value for money and for creating harmony with the world around us, for example, sweet peas and tulips in the spring and Hydrangeas in the summer months. Some popular flowers such as lily of the valley and peonies have very short growing seasons so try to be flexible with your ideas and discuss alternatives with your florist.

White flowers bridal bouquet

Aim for the maximum impact for your budget

Most brides and grooms will have a budget to allot to flowers. By being creative there are a number of ways that you can make your budget work for you. For example, large pedestal arrangements can look amazing with the addition of seasonal foliage, branches or berries which will normally be less expensive than flowers. Foliage, as well as being budget friendly, makes excellent long lasting pew ends. Brides often find that the costs of floral arrangements for tables can add up. If you are on a budget consider using groups of jam jars, bottles and small vases which can be mixed and matched to make simple wedding table designs.

Foliage pew ends

Seek inspiration

Look at images from magazines, the Internet and books to get an idea of the types of flowers and styles of arrangements that you would like to have. There are some classic favourites such as Roses, Hydrangeas, Peonies and Phalaenopsis orchids and these always prove reliable choices if in doubt.

Consider the Venue

Select wedding flowers that look like they belong in your venue, for example, vases of cottage garden style flowers, in rustic settings, garden flowers in Orangeries and arcing stems of orchids in formal ballrooms. Also bear in mind the size and shape of your tables, for example whether you are having round tables rather than long narrow tables can influence the shape and style of your centre pieces. Be careful that your chosen designs are not too tall (so that guests can see over them) or too wide that there is no space once all the glassware and cutlery etc. are on the table. Alternatively, choose tall designs that your guests can see beneath.


Determine your colour scheme

White and cream are undoubtedly the most popular colours for wedding flowers, with roses always being popular. However, there is no reason why you should not opt for bold colours if this is more in keeping with your personal preference. You could use colours from the same colour palette and include different textures or you can select contrasting colours such as orange and green or green and violet. Whatever you choose make sure you select colours that suit you.

Take into account your wedding dress

Consider the style, colour, and overall volume of your wedding dress when selecting your bridal bouquet. Always choose flowers to compliment your dress. Generally the size of the wedding bouquet is determined by the style of the dress and the bride’s stature. Bear in mind matters such as size and comfort. Big is not always best when it comes to bridal bouquets as the larger the bouquet the heavier it will be to carry. You may wish to opt for a simple hand tied bouquet if you are on a budget as cascading wired bouquets are costly in terms of flowers and labour.

Finishing touches

When designing your reception flowers think about adding finishing touches that will make your wedding celebration your own. Consider adding tea lights and votives, wedding favours such as small pots of plants or fold napkins so that you create a pocket to hold a single flower.

Finally, whatever you choose we trust your flowers will be everything you want them to be when it comes to your wedding day.


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New blog

As the title suggests we are pleased to announce our new blog. In it we aim to provide a helpful and informative guide to all things floral, offering the tips and inspiration that we hope will give you the confidence to enjoy choosing the floral designs for your wedding or event.

Wedding flowers Cooling Castle Barns

Over the next few months we will also offer a behind the scenes look into Floral Hues, advice on seasonal flowers and foliage; and ideas around flowers and plants for your home.

We hope you will enjoy reading more about us and what inspires our passion for flowers.


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