My Favourite Bouquets...

I must have the best job in the world…. mind you it is very hard work, physically demanding and involves countless occasions where I work straight through the night! However, that is all worth it when I get to bring a smile to my clients’ faces. And what could be better than getting the flowers just right for one of my lovely brides on her wedding day?

I love making bridal bouquets above all wedding flower designs – whether it is a hand tied bouquet in a natural country style with the ‘freshly picked’ look, or a more traditional flowing shower-style bouquet (which are currently gaining in popularity again), or one of the many different styles of bouquet that a bride might choose. The trick is to get the mix of flowers and colours just right in order to create a unique design to suit the style and preferences of each bride.

So here are just a few of my personal favourites to give you a few ideas…

Spring pastel flowers brides bouquet

Vintage Styling

Leanne and Steve decided on a pretty vintage scheme for their summer wedding, with pale dusky pink flowers and clouds of pretty white gypsophila. The results were fabulous as I'm sure you'll agree - just take a look at a few of the designs...

Dusky pink vintage style bouquet

Colour Pops Wedding!

As soon as I met Catherine and Dave at their first consultation I knew I would have fun creating the floral designs for their fabulous wedding at the William Cecil in Stamford. The fact that they would be sharing a wedding anniversary with me made it even better! They were keen to have flower designs in a natural style with lots of different textures and trailing foliage, and the colours they chose were a glorious mix of dusky shades with bright pops of colour, including blue, bright pink, peach and yellow.


 This fabulous wedding is the latest to be featured on my website – do take a look...


Bride's brightly coloured bouquet


A Cambridge wedding

I had such a fabulous time creating the flower designs for Lydia and Matt's gorgeous wedding in Cambridge. I loved the colours, I loved the style, I loved the setting and they were such a great couple to work with - what could be better? The ceremony took place in the historic setting of Clare College Chapel, followed by a candlelit wedding breakfast in the dining hall at Magdalene College. And just to add a special touch, everyone (and the flowers!) travelled between the two colleges by punt!

Lydia chose a beautiful country garden mix of hydrangeas, daisies, gypsophila, lisianthus and roses with mint green foliage and echeverias to complement the bridesmaids' dresses. The designs were in a relaxed country style, with a vintage feel to suit the occasion and setting - abolutely stunning as I'm sure you'll agree!

Bride and bridesmaids with pink & mint flower posies

Sunny summer wedding

Lucy and Ben chose such a fabulous, but unusual, combination of colours for their wedding decorations - sunshine yellow with touches of violet, just right for an early summer's day! Lucy wanted her flower designs to have a natural 'freshly picked' look, which was very much in keeping with the country setting for their wedding. The ceremony took place in the beautiful and historic setting of St Mary and All Saints Church at Fotheringhay, followed by a reception at the nearby Falcon Inn.

Happy couple leave Fotheringhay Church

What makes a flower girl?

...well, flowers of course!

Lots of my brides have decided to have little flower girls in the wedding party, but are often unsure on the most suitable floral designs for them to wear or carry. Well, I think the clue is in the name – they definitely need flowers in some form or another! However, the most suitable way to incorporate flowers into their outfits will depend very much on age and the ability to carry something nicely without using it as a weapon to attack the page boys!

If you are having adult or teenage bridesmaids and your flower girls are not too much younger (say in the 9 – 12 age bracket), you will probably find that they are happier carrying something very similar to the older bridesmaids. I usually make smaller (and cheaper) versions of the bridesmaid posies for girls who prefer to feel grown up. You can find lots of ideas for these in my previous blog about bridesmaid designs.

If you would like your flower girls to carry something different to the typical bridesmaid posies, I often suggest a little basket of flowers, which can be filled with the same flowers used in the posies. I usually make these as an open basket with a ribbon covered handle, although it is possible to buy little wicker baskets too if you prefer a more traditional look.

Blue & white flower baskets

Lovely Lily-of-the-valley

It was a dream come true when Laura asked me to do the wedding party flowers for her marriage to Christopher in April. Laura loves gorgeous scented lily-of-the-valley, and it just so happens that I do too! Laura came along to her first consultation with a picture of Kate Middleton's pretty bouquet that she wanted me to recreate, but when we chatted a bit more we decided to add in some other gorgeous dusky flowers to work with Laura's colour scheme, and to create something really unique for her. Let me know what you think of the results!

Laura's colour scheme was quite unusual and I think the results are stunning..... Love that pink gypsophila, don't you?

rose and lily-of-the-valley bouquet with pink gypsophila posies

And if you need any ideas for your own unique wedding flower designs do contact me to arrange for a consultation.

Helen x

Flowers for your bridesmaids?

Although it’s not essential for your bridesmaids to carry flowers at your wedding, it is a lovely way of using flowers to pull your theme and colour scheme together. The colour of your bridesmaids’ dresses will often be a key part of your colour scheme anyway, and you can choose flowers to complement or contrast with them depending on the effect you want to achieve. I usually suggest using some of the same flowers as in the bridal bouquet too so that your flower designs all look good together.

If your bridesmaids are carrying flowers it gives them something to do with their hands which looks quite natural, particularly when you are all being photographed (just think of a football team photo and you’ll know what I mean!), and it will be so lovely to see lots of gorgeous flowers in your wedding photos. And if they take care to put them in water they should be able to enjoy them for several days after the wedding.

So here are a few ideas for some very special flowers for your bridesmaids:

Blue & lavender spring bridesmaid flowers

Choosing your Bouquet

Where to start? There are just so many gorgeous flowers available in fabulous colours, and lots of different styles of bouquet to choose from too. Deciding on your bridal bouquet will be one of the most important decisions to make as far as your wedding flowers are concerned - don't forget that your bouquet will be on show throughout your wedding and will feature in the photos you will be admiring for years to come. So my best advice is.... follow your heart!

When brides visit me for a consultation they often already have a clear idea of the sort of bouquet they long for - with the availability of websites, wedding blogs, pinterest etc., it's not difficult to find photos of bridal bouquets and some will usually stand out as the favourites. The challenge is in putting across to your florist what is in your head, as it will usually be an amagalmation of different bouquets that you have seen, with your own twist on it of course! Brides may not know the right terminology to explain what they are looking for and many do not know the names of more than a few flowers, or when particular flowers will be available. I tend to show brides examples of different styles and colours to get a good idea of what they are looking for, before we start talking about individual flowers - although, if you have a favourite flower you are keen to feature it's always a good idea to let the florist know as this can be a good indicator of your preferred style.

Here are some ideas to start you off:

Classic white hand tied bouquets

Laura's gorgeous summer wedding!

With lots of summer wedding planning underway, my thoughts turned to Laura and James's gorgeous summer wedding from last year and I just couldn't resist sharing some photos of their special day with you. I just loved working on this wedding - the flowers Laura chose were so pretty and the designs had a really vintage/ country feel. Lots of pale pink and cream roses, feathery astilbe and dainty white gypsophila, with greyish-green foliage to set the flower colours off. Laura looked so beautiful in her ivory wedding gown and I just loved the lavender blue colour she chose for her bridesmaids dresses.

The venue was the fabulous Orton Hall Hotel in Peterborough and the room looked wonderful when it was all set up - crisp white table linen and chair covers with cream sashes and gorgeous candelabra centrepieces to create maximum impact!

Wedding reception at Orton Hall Peterborough