Monday moodboard | Neon splash

Posted by Hannah.

Neon? At a wedding? Why the hell not I say. No, I’ve not lost my mind because as with everything, it’s all about how you style it. Remember those cute cacti succulents? Well that’s the kind of thing I’m talking about – little flashes of eye-popping colour among tasteful hues and accessory styling, rather than neon overkill like some kind of late 80s rave.

Bright wedding flowersTo keep it super fresh, I’d go for white and nude flowers, like Hydrangeas, Peonies and Quicksand or Menta roses. The neon could come from more florals like lime green Viburnum Opulus (Guelder rose) or Molucella, or details such as ribbon, trimmings or your choice of vessels (Plastikote spray paints and old tin cans are your friends here). Hot pink flowersHeart stickers / Pink twine

Like the green beauts up top, some blooms are so bright they almost feel neon. Coral is another option and there’s some lovely choices, most popular of which are Coral Charm or Coral Sunset peonies. Again, pairing with white or nude keeps this looking feeling fresh and it’s nice to add some brown touches through hessian and kraft paper too.

Coral flowersCoral tags / Neon grosgrain ribbon

There’s lots of options for adding neon but remember that less is always more. I’d pick one neon hue and stick with it (as seen in these split moodboards) to keep it chic. Even the tiniest touch can make your tablescape pop, like place name labels or teeny stickers on paper bags for favours.

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Wedding flowers 101 | It’s all in the details

I popped down to London yesterday for some meetings and the book launch of Home for Now (more on that next week), and took some time to check out the capital’s bounty of haberdashery shops. I found so much inspiration; I was like a kid in a sweet shop. I limited myself to a collection of ribbons in whites, ivory, nude, dusty pink and gold, and a few lovely linens to use as table cloths and runners.

the cloth shop

I highly recommend The Cloth House on Berwick Street in Soho (there’s two in the same street) – it is stuffed full of gorgeous things like ribbons, trimmings, fabrics, buttons… basically everything you need for personalising your wedding style. You’ll be in heaven if you’re a magpie like me!

the cloth house londonTrimmings are a great way to personalise your wedding flowers and the overall styling of your day. They really finish things off and make everything feel that little bit extra special. We love talking trimmings with our couples and discussing ideas that will compliment and personalise your bouquet style. There’s no limit to what you can use but here are some nice ideas that you might like to consider.

Ribbon
A classic choice that seems to be enjoying a resurgence with multiple lengths streaming loosely for a relaxed and romantic look. Satin, silk, velvet, grosgrain… there’s countless options in every colour imaginable from slim and dainty to wide and bountiful. Pale neutrals are always good but it’s also a nice idea to to match your boy’s suit, so navy or grey ribbon wrapped around your bouquet for example, to tie your newlywed look together.

wedding bouquetRustic ribbon bouquet/ Hessian ribbon

Lace
Chic and beautiful with a vintage feel, lace is lovely finishing touch, particularly if you’re wearing a lace dress. White and ivory are classic choices but cream, nude, peach and dusty pinks are great choices too. Good quality lace isn’t cheap and can be tricky to come by, so I always keep my eye out for offcuts in antique shops, on eBay and Etsy.
lace wedding bouquetPink bouquet / Lace & hessian wrap

Hessian
This is an increasingly popular option for brides after a casual rustic look, particularly for barn weddings. You could go for hessian fabric or jute ribbon, wrapped with garden twine or paired with lace or ribbon for a multi-layered look.

hessian bouquetHessian stems

Trim & twine

I’m a little bit obsessed with twine and have reels of the stuff cluttering up my supply cupboard. But it’s just so damn useful, and pretty too of course. From rustic garden string to candy-striped bakers twine, there’s so much to choose from to add extra sass and style to your bouquet. And it doesn’t stop there – it’s useful for favours, place cards, table plans and hanging decorations around the venue.

twineGarden twine  / Bakers twine

Trimmings

If you love a bit of crafting, you’ll be all over trimmings already and the immense potential they hold for styling up your big day. I adore a bit of bobble trim… it’s pure kitsch but I don’t care!

trGold trim / Bobble trim

 Buttons, brooches and other gems

Once you’ve decided on the wrap material, your bouquet can be styled up further with all manner of lovely things. Vintage brooches, colour buttons, gem stones, beads, pearls… there is SO much to choose from. You can use a family heirloom, go rummaging in charity shops or splash out on something fancy since you’ll only need one or a handful at most.

Ribbet collagePearls and gems

Dress offcuts
If your dress is being altered, keep the offcuts and talk to your florist about using them to bind your bouquet. It’s a nice bit of recycling and really ties your look together.

WINNER! | Vintage Wedding Flowers book giveaway

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the book giveaway for the gorgeous Vintage Wedding Flowers by Vic Brotherson. Some of you really wanted it and entered every which way possible! Well I’m pleased to announce that the winner, picked at random, is…

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Congratulations to Katie Snape from Lichfield!

Please email with your address to Hannah@bloomfleuriste.co.uk and I’ll pop the book in the post to you this week.

Monday moodboard | The anti-theme

Posted by Hannah.

Are you having a theme for your wedding? Themes can be great fun and are a good starting point when thinking about the style of your big day, but it’s often nice to do away with a specific theme and let your personal style lead the way. So today’s moodboard is a little different. It is inspired by things I’m personally drawn to at the moment – with no set colour palette or specific style in mind – to encourage you to pull together images of what you like and see how they fit together.

We often have conversations with brides who have Pinboards stuffed full of ideas and they are anxious that they are all jumbled up and mis-matched. Pinterest is amazing, but it can easily lead to inspiration overload. If this sounds all too familiar, don’t panic. Creating a focused moodboard like this with eight or so images forces you to ruthlessly edit all those ideas to keep only the ones you love the most.

We often help our brides do this and you’d be amazed at the results. When you keep the things you truly love, a natural pattern emerges to show your personal style, which helps make all those decisions for flowers, accessories and decorations so much easier. Give it a go! We use Ribbet to create our moodboards – it’s free to join and limits the number of images to force some strict editing. Alternatively, stick to Pinterest but start a new wedding style board and give yourself an 8-10 image limit.

So here’s my ant-theme moodboard, I’d love to see yours.gypsy moodboard

nude wedding moodboardUnknown / Up-do with headpiece

Liam Stevens illustrated invitation / Pink metallic sling-back

Peach & nude bouquet / Lace wedding skirt and top

Grey layered suit / unknown

EASTER BOOK GIVEAWAY! | Vintage Wedding Flowers

Posted by Hannah.

Vintage Wedding FlowersIf you’re looking for floral inspiration for your wedding day, this is the book for you. I had it on pre-order and was so happy when it arrived early at the weekend, I’ve not been able to put it down.

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Vintage Wedding Flowers is Vic Brotherson’s second book and it is just as gorgeous as the first. It is crammed full of inspiring floral ideas, from bouquets and button holes to table flowers and hair crowns, all in Vic’s lovely loose, eclectic and romantic style.

Vintage Wedding Flowers

I’ve been a fan of Vic’s work for a long time (we often refer to her Vintage Flowers book in consultations) and love her unexpected colour combinations and shared appreciation of unique vintage vessels.

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It’s a beautiful book for anyone that loves flowers, weddings and all things vintage and we have an extra copy to giveaway to one lucky winner.

How to enter

There’s a few ways to enter – you can do one or all of them – but each is counted as separate entry so the more you do, the better your chances are of winning.

IMPORTANT: You must use our hashtag #bloomgiveaway for your entry to be counted.

  • Leave a comment here with the name of your favourite flower
  • Like our Facebook page and comment with the name of your favourite flower (using #bloomgiveaway)
  • Follow me on Twitter and tweet a link this post with the name of your favourite flower (using #bloomgiveaway)
  • Follow me on Pinterest and pin the first photo and comment with the name of your favourite flower (using #bloomgiveaway)
  • Follow me on Instagram and re-post the last image (using #bloomgiveaway)

T&Cs

  • UK entrants only
  • Only entries with #bloomgiveaway will the be counted
  • Competition ends midnight Monday 21st April
  • Winner will be picked at random and announced here on the blog
  • Prize mailed out within 7 days

22/4/2014: COMPETITION NOW CLOSED

Styling DIY | Cacti wedding favours

We talked about succulents a little while ago and their popularity shows no sign of waning. We’re helping a couple Bloom clients to style some cacti up as two-in-one favours and name cards for their wedding next month, and it’s such a lovely idea to give your guests something living to take home (that they’ll actually want to keep!).

Cute as they are, succulents and cacti often come in non-descript black or brown plastic containers, which could do with a little jazzing up. I won’t share our clients styling DIY yet so as not to spoil the surprise for their guests, but here’s another super quick and easy way to spruce up your pots, whether for your wedding or simply to dot around the house.

NB. I brought these sweet little cacti are from Wilko for £1.50 each as I only wanted three for this project, but if you need a larger quantity of 10+ ask your florist to source them for you as it works out cheaper if you buy in bulk.

cacti wedding favours

Cacti wedding favour DIY

What you’ll need:

  • Collection of cacti or succulents
  • Plastikote spray paint
  • Dymo embossing label maker (find a selection here)
  • Scrap newspaper
  • Water spray
  • Gardening gloves (optional)

neon pink plant potWhat to do:

  1. Gently squeeze the pots and carefully remove the plants – they should pop out quite easily with soil and roots intact (be careful with the prickles if you’re not using gloves). Set aside on some newspaper.
  2. Brush off any soil and set out the pots upside down on some newspaper. You can do a quite a few at once, but allow enough space between them so you can spray all around.
  3. Following the spray paint instructions, apply an even coat of paint to each pot and set aside to dry (about 10 minutes).
  4. Meanwhile, get to work on your labels with the Dymo.
  5. When the paint is touch dry, apply a second coat and allow to dry. This may be sufficient, but you may want to apply a third coat for more vibrancy.
  6. The cacti may have dried out a little while out of their pots, so spritz lightly with water spray and pop them back in.
  7. Apply your labels and you’re done!

succulent favours

The finished pots and cacti look so sweet you certainly don’t need a wedding to try out this DIY. My three little guys are happy sitting on the mantelpiece and bring a pretty pop of neon to the living room.

Looking for lots more unique and stylish ideas to personalise your wedding? Get in touch and let us help with inspiration and expert advice.

Our LOVE lights at The Moat House, Dorsington

The Moat House Dorsington

Earlier this year, we hired out our beautiful LOVE lights to a photoshoot at an exciting new wedding venue. The Moat House in Dorsington near Stratford upon Avon is a real stunner, dating back to the Middle Ages, and is perfect for couples after an intimate wedding in a rural location.

The Moat House near Stratford

The beautiful original features in the old building have been tastefully fused with modern additions like the unique glass cube that overhangs the moat. The building is full of character with oak beams, old stone walls and huge fireplaces with wood burners. I can imagine it being so intimate and cosy during the autumn and winter months, while in the warmer weather there’s gorgeous grounds to enjoy with lush countryside in every direction. If you’re looking for a venue with serious style in the Midlands, definitely go check it out.

The Moat House Dorsington