Ingredients | Ornamental grass

Posted by Hannah.

Today we’re going to talk about ornamental grass and how bloody wonderful it is. I walk past a cluster at a neighbour’s house every single day and it takes a whole lot of will not to attack it with my secateurs and scamper off down the road. But I’ve brought some seeds to attempt to grow some at home instead (I’ll keep you posted).

The lovely fluffy texture of Pampas grass in particular is so unexpected and exciting in wedding flowers, you instantly want to touch and run your fingers through it. It gives great movement and height to large displays, and the colours are interesting too with dark brown and sand, beige, candy floss pink and moody mauve. We’re looking forward to discussing ideas for using different grasses with brides up for trying something really unique for their wedding flowers. Are you a fan? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

pampas grass wedding pampass grass bouquet

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Monday moodboard | Pale & interesting

Posted by Hannah

Grey is my favourite colour for fashion and interiors at the moment, and it seems to be a popular choice among couples for weddings too. Several of our 2014 Bloom brides have chosen grey for their maids’ dresses and best boys’ suits, and opted to pair them with lovely neutral flowers in classic white and cream with beautiful blush and nude tones, and lush green foliage. Delightful.

So today’s moodboard is for you gals and any other brides considering this chic and timeless look for your special day. It feels light and fresh at any time of year, and there’s so much flower choice. I’d go for pink tinged Hydrangea and Astilbe, nude Quicksand roses, white Astrantia and Andromeda, with grey green Dusty Miller. I’d pair this with nude lips and nails (isn’t Opi Mimosa the perfect shade?), and a gorgeous up do with a soft front plait. Romantic and simple.

pale wedding moodboard

grey wedding moodboard Unknown / Andromeda

Opi Mimosa / Blush table centre

Grey maxi dress, ASOS / Wild wedding bouquet

Nude blooms / Unknown

Spring clean with flowers

Posted by Melissa.

Spring is just around the corner so it’s time to dust off those cobwebs and put some colour back into our days. There is something really quite satisfying about packing away all the warm tones of the winter season and making way for fresh bright colours.

So with this in mind and my purse beginning to recover from the over indulgence at Christmas, I am starting to hunt for cheerful vessels for bright bustling blooms.

white spring flowersDunelm Mill blue vase, £4.99 / H&M glass vases

During spring I like to keep my blooms in the home simple and clean, minimal fuss but still rather cheerful. You can’t beat Anemone, Rannunculus, Apple Blossom, Tulips and a cheeky Banksia or two (I can’t resist… I’m heading to Australia soon and get to see these babies in the wild!).

Colour-wise, nothing says spring to me quite like white and green, and I love to take the freshness up a notch with the addition of blue. Throw some foliage of your choice into the mix (we are firm believers in foliage and we practice what we preach) and you have a wonderful spring display.

BanksiaPineapple vase, £29.99 / Short bottle vase, £7

A statement display doesn’t have to break the bank. Think recycled jam jars and sauce bottles, vintage apothecary bottles and some bargain basement vessels from the likes of H&M Home, Sainsbury’s, Dunelm Mill and good old Wilko. But if you do have more cash to spare, or are treating someone with a gift, we love West Elm, Anthropologie and Zara Home for some gorgeous statement pieces.

Green, white and blue flowersMercury glass vases from £3.95 / Blue and white vase, £24

Monday moodboard | Among the wildflowers

Posted by Hannah.

I had a really hard time choosing a song to walk down the aisle to*. It was almost Wildflowers by Tom Petty… a childhood favourite that seemed very fitting since getting engaged inspired me to become a florist. I seem to be leaning heavily towards wildflowers at the moment and many of our brides do too.

Wildflowers lend themselves to a relaxed and naturally styled day, nothing too try-hard or contrived. A floral crown is a given for this look, but I’m also all over these handmade gold, silver and copper beauties from Orthodox Wedding Crowns in the US. I’d use lots of lovely warm hued blooms and try out these fabulous foliage lamp shades. I’d wear my hair wild and wavy, and finish the look with a perfect orangey-peach pout.

Image Parker Fitzgerald & Kinfolk / Craig Photography

Saipua / Gold leaf crown

Unknown / Green Wedding Shoes

The Now Book / Merit & Vine Floral Design

*In the end, I went for You and Me by Penny and the Quarters.

New arrivals | Volpe & Volpe swan vases

These beauts arrived in the studio last week and we’ve not stopping cooing over them. Designed by Trish Scorgie at Volpe & Volpe in East London, the swan vases are handmade at the original potteries up the road from us in Stoke-on-Trent. Trish brings this heritage design bang up to date with modern colours and we’ve selected pistachio green, natural and goose grey as a nice natural base for our designs.

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We’re excited to start using them for table centres and mantel displays for weddings and events (we’ve 12 in total). The swans look so elegant with one flower type (like the lilac and leucadendron below), or a modern arrangement to contrast with the vintage design, or even filled with an abundance of wildflowers. Yummy.

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