Bloom wedding | Bridesmaids outfits

Posted by Hannah.

I had three requirements when looking for dresses for my bridesmaids, Nina and Carly. They had to be unique, non wedding-y and a style both the girls loved and would want to wear again. I had antique gold, rose gold or copper in mind but was open to alternative colours – I just wanted to steer clear of pastels or brights because they just didn’t feel quite right in autumn. I anticipated a bit of challenge because the girls have rather different personal styles but finding the perfect dress could not have been easier. Hannah & Gav's wedding at Shustoke Farm Barns,Image credit: Ellie Gillard Photography

More than a year before the big day, I spotted a lovely metallic gold dress from Hobbs in a magazine, Marie Clare or Red I think, and immediately went hunting online to no avail. So I phoned up and discovered it would be in stock in a couple of months time. When it finally arrived, the girls tired it on, both loved it and looked gorgeous. It felt a little premature to buy the first and only dress they’d tried on (and 12 months before the wedding), but the next day, Hobbs sent out an e-newsletter with 25% off dresses, so it was clearly meant to be.

Hannah & Gav's wedding at Shustoke Farm Barns,Image credit: Ellie Gillard Photography

The shoes were a similar, surprisingly simple story. We agreed on navy pointed-toe stilettos and all started hunting. I found Whistles French 75s, which seemed perfect, although pretty bloody high and budget-busting. But in their role of dream bridesmaids, Carly and Nina were all over the sky-high heels and happy to pay the excess monies so I could buy them within budget. French 75s are such a classic sexy shoe, which the girls rocked amazingly well and continue to wear now with jeans, dresses, cropped trousers, you name it, so they were worth every penny.

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My pick of 12 hot bridesmaids styles

The high street is a great place to start your bridesmaids’ dress shopping, particularly if budget is tight. ASOS is always worth a look too as there is so much choice and it’s simple to search by colour. Here’s my pick of some of the prettiest styles around at the moment to help you on your way.

Blush bridesmaids dresses

Blush Gina gown £225 £85, (LIMITED STOCK) Whistles |Light pink embellished max dress, £70, River Island | Invitation pink lace dress, £249, Hobbs

green and blue bridesmaids dresses

Mint flora dress £145, £65 (LIMITED STOCK), Coast | A-Line dress, £60, And Other Stories | Disty floral, £295, LK Bennett

Pink bridesmaids dresses Pink flared short sleeve dress, £59.99, Zara | Orange pleated lace midi, £110, Warehouse |  Luna midi (made-to-order in range of colours), from £350, Belle and Bunty

cool bridesmaids dressesEmbellished shell maxi, £85, ASOS | Bandeau midi dress, £45, ASOS | Wrap maxi dress, £45, ASOS

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Monday moodboard | Peachy keen

If our recent consultations are anything to go by, peach is fast becoming the colour du jour for 2015. The new coral, it seems. I’m totally on board because it’s a beautiful shade and a great way to do pastels without going feeling too girly with pink or purple.

My favourite peach blooms include David Austin Juilet, Tiffany and Finesse roses, ranunnculus, amaryllis and tulips. I like to pair them with white (hydrangeas, peonies, roses) as well as grey brunia and senecio maritima (aka Dusty Miller. However, to really mix things up, I’d bring in some dark contrasting beauties, like purple Scabiosa and Chocolate Cosmos with plenty of lush foliage and brown Queen Anne’s Lace, to add a little edge and interest to the otherwise soft palette.

Are you including peach in your wedding flowers? If so, are you keeping a fairly neutral or braving some contrasting colours? I’d love to hear your thoughts. peach weddingPeach wedding flowersJuliet rose – source unknown / Ghost dye-to-order dress

Escort cards / Via Once Wed, source unknown

Table centre / Essie Tart Deco

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Bloom wedding | DIY bespoke stationery

I’ve not shared much about my own wedding here on the blog, but as it comes up to our one-year anniversary, I thought it was a good time to start talking. Since save the dates are one of first things you’re likely to sort after you’ve decided on your venue, let’s kick off with stationery.

My husband calls me a stationery geek and there’s no way I can deny this title, since I do have a love for all things papery. When it came to our wedding stationery however, we planned to go easy on the crafty approach and wanted a bespoke designed suite by a graphic designer or illustrator. A few pricey quotes quickly put a stop to that idea, before I turned to Etsy and discovered the wonderful world of DIY printables. The bespoke look without the hefty price tag.

Hannah & Gav's wedding at Shustoke Farm Barns,Our invite on the DIY pinboard at my parents house alongside a photo of my dad as a kid and a poem I had published when I was 11!

DIY printables are where you buy a PDF file of a particular design (eg invitation, menu or order of service) or a full stationery suite, which you download, edit with your own details and print-off on your chosen card. It’s amazingly simple and one of my biggest tips for creating a designer look for less.

One lesson we learnt however, is that if you don’t have Photoshop, you won’t be able to save the documents to print later or send to a professional printer. So, ensure you have adequate ink and card in your home printer before you start, so you can edit and print the lot off in one go.

Hannah & Gav's wedding at Shustoke Farm Barns,Our order of service at Shustoke Barn. The wedding stationery suite was from Amy Adams Printables.

My pick of the best DIY wedding printables

There’s a DIY printable suite out there for every taste and wedding style – it’s just a case by searching by keywords to narrow down the many, many options on Etsy. I used terms like calligraphy, watercolour, kraft card and black and white to find these lovely designs. What’s your approach for wedding stationery? Are you going DIY?

Wedding stationery PDFsCalligraphy style / Black & white / Watercolour design / Lace design

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Ingredients | Air plants

Air plants (aka Tillandsia) are my current obsession. I saw them everywhere while traveling through America in June, and I finally got my hands on some from a British grower during a visit to the Shrewsbury Flower Show at the weekend. Tillandsia are evergreen flowering plants, native to the forests, mountains and deserts of Central and South America and southern United States. The plants do not need roots to live (they only serve as anchors), as nutrients are absorbed through their leaves. This means they can be displayed anywhere like attached to other plants, hung upside down, or simply placed on a mantle… they’re insanely versatile.

air plantsTable centre / Air plant bouquet / Mixed bouquet / Wedding cake

 There’s hundreds of different varieties and I’m noticing a trend for air plants used in weddings, as the main feature in a bridal bouquet, as well as favours and decor details. They add a beautiful organic feel and interesting texture, and are sure to get your guests talking. Would you incorporate these weird and wonderful little oddities into your wedding?

tillandsia ukSingle air plant / Hanging air plant displayAir plant cage / Air plant urchins

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Bloom Fleuriste at Fazeley Studios

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We’re delighted to be taking part in our first wedding fair in September at fabulous Fazeley Studios in Digbeth, Birmingham. It’s a great city centre wedding venue for couples looking for something a little different and this is Fazeley Studios’ first wedding fair, launched by demand and popularity of its regular open evenings.

We will be exhibiting among a range of other unique wedding suppliers, showcasing our floral design and styling work and giving away some treats, including handmade corsages and yummy baked goodies created by our friend Jenny at Wild Carrot.

We’re also running a very exciting competition to win a bespoke bridal bouquet worth £150. All you need to do to enter, is visit our stand and leave your name, email address and wedding date/venue and we will pick a winner at random the next day to have a luxury hand-tied wedding bouquet on your wedding day. Pretty cool, right?

Event details

Fazeley Studios Wedding Fair

Sunday 14th September 2014

11am – 4pm

Further details

191 Fazeley St, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5SE

We hope to see you there!

Bloom Fleuriste for Katie & Ben at Compton Verney

When Katie and Ben told me they were struggling to find a florist with a natural yet modern style, I knew we were going to get on well as it was the exact same problem that inspired me to become a florist during my own wedding planning. Katie had firm likes and dislikes on flowers, which I really welcome generally as it helps to narrow down the options and really understand the look clients want to achieve.

The palette was pink, lots of pink, from the palest blush to the brightest cerise. Katie wanted unusual flowers among some classics like David Austin roses and eucalyptus, in a loose natural style that felt stylish and unique. Katie and Ben’s floral designs really show the impact of a single colour palette, particularly against the stark white backdrop of Adam Hall at Compton Verney. Variety, tone and texture are particularly important when working with a limited palette, and I maxed this out with a cocktail of fluffy, furry, spiky, soft, feathery and whispy blooms in many shades of pink. Finally, I added David Austin’s hot pink ‘Kate’ rose for a special touch. Delicious.

Here’s a small selection of Katie and Ben’s photos, courtesy of Gina Print Photography. Doesn’t she look sensational? And how lovely are the soft pink Hobbs bridesmaids dresses? They’re a popular choice this year,

Warwickshire florist

Leamington Spa florist

West Midlands Florist

Compton Verney wedding

Pink bridesmaid dresses

Compton Verney flowers

Marquee lights hire

Compton Verney Weddings

All images by Gina Print Photography

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