We celebrated a little milestone in the life of Bloom Fleuriste at the weekend – our very first wedding fair. We selected Fazeley Studios in Birmingham as the first place to showcase our floral designs and styling as it was the venue’s first fair too, which felt quite fitting.
We had no idea what to expect and were completely blown away by the positive reaction from brides, grooms and fellow exhibitors. Thank you to all who came and have since followed up with enquiries – we look forward to making your big day beautiful!
A special thank you goes out to my incredibly talented friend Jennie, who baked some delicious natural treats for our stand. Her new wholefoods baking business, The Wild Carrot, is just getting off the ground and her organic goodies went down a storm (I can pass on details if you’re interested in an organic wedding cake or dessert table, and she specialises in gluten-free baking too).
Another thank you goes to my dad Pete who created an incredible hand-painted sign for my stand. He’s a painter and artist, so I asked him to knock up a little something for me and he went way beyond what I expected, recreating the floral background of my business card and logo. Thanks Dad!
We approached our stand for the day as we would a wedding or other event, by devising a story to jump start ideas and inspiration. We decided on Gypsy Rose and I wanted to evoke the feel of a seasonal bohemian feast, with moody dark hues mixed with the palest blush with unusual and sensual textures. The style was a relaxed, slightly rustic feel, but with a hint of glamour and real sense of occasion.
Food is central to all celebrations, so Jennie baked some organic sweet treats following the natural, bohemian feel with unique and seasonal flavour combinations including beetroot, dark chocolate, berries, nuts, fig and elderflower. I hope you like our creations and feel inspired to start your own styling story.
Autumn is by far my favourite season and although I’m biased, I think it’s a great time of year to get married. I love the gauzy sunlight, the warm colours of nature and the slight chill in the air. By the time October rolls around, I’m ready for the darker nights, the new coats and boots, and cosy comfort food shared over candlelight.
There’s so much inspiration for fall-time celebrations, and it doesn’t have to include red, orange and rustic-tones if that’s not your thing. Think of olive green, navy and berry tones, with textured fabrics like tweed and velvet, and even a metallic hit of copper, bronze or gold. Delicious.
My favourite autumn flowers by far are hydrangeas, with their stunning mottled two-tone petals in shades of dusky pink, tarnished green and inky purple. I lean to wild and tangled arrangements at this time of year, with warm peach-toned roses and the last of the darkest burgundy dahlias.
I love the possibilities for playing with lighting too. The dream to sit down to our wedding breakfast at dusk determined the time of day and year we got married last October, as I wanted our guests to feel cocooned in a welcoming embrace as they shared dishes and wine over flickering tealights at cosy Shustoke Barn.* Are you getting hitched in the autumn? I’d love to hear your ideas and inspiration.
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*My family thought I was bonkers as I Googled the time of sunset on our wedding date to determine the time of our ceremony and consequent dinner, but they agreed the dusk-time meal had a magical feel we wouldn’t have achieved during daylight. These are the details that matter, people!
Image credits: top 5 © Bloom Fleuriste | Rest © KeCreative
I’ve been fortunate to work on some lovely weddings at Shustoke Farm Barns this year, which is always a treat as I get to visit and decorate our own wedding venue all over again.
Kathryn and Ian got hitched in late May, with a pink and purple scheme for their wedding flowers. The couple booked me before we met – which I usually don’t like to do – but they live in Hong Kong so I was happy to make made an exception on this occasion.
As is often the case, Kathryn started off with a neutral colour scheme in mind but later requested to add some brighter hues with splashes of hot pink and purple, alongside nude and foliage. I combined astilbe, stocks, sweet pea and veronica with talea, pink piano and bombastic roses. Peonies were just coming into season so I included some hot pink ladies in the table flowers, which also featured wax flower and thlaspi. Kathryn and Ian’s family collected vintage glass beer tankards, which helped with the rustic look that is perfect for Shustoke.
We kept things neutral for Kathryn’s floral crown with white spray roses, white wax flower and blush astilbe, finished with twine and ivory satin ribbon. Doesn’t she look gorgeous? I love her chic and understated J Crew dress.
Rubber stamps are one of the most frequently used items in my toolkit and a great way to give weddings a creative, personal touch. So today I’m sharing some of the goodies in my arsenal that you might find useful during your big day styling prep.
Alphabet stamps create a relaxed yet finished feel to your stationery and are ideal if you’re not so hot on Photoshop or your handwriting isn’t the neatest. My Cavallini and Co set is so well worn and used at least one a week for styling jobs, greetings cards, gift tags and much more. They’re definitely worth the investment.
Image credit: Bloom Fleuriste by KeCreative | Cavallini & Co rubber stamps, £17.95, Amazon
Personalised stamps are a fabulous idea for save the dates or a personalised monogram to use throughout your wedding styling. I highly recommend the English Stamp Company for great quality and speedy delivery. I have two custom stamps of the Bloom Fleuriste logo and use them for promoting my brand at every opportunity. The English Stamp Company has a great selection of inks too.
Custom rubber stamps, The English Stamp Company | Image credit: KeCreative
If there’s a shape, pattern, word or sentiment that you want, you can be pretty sure that it exists in stamp form and if it doesn’t, it’s easy to get one made up. I love the idea of creating a wedding motif like the horse below, one that reflects your interests or where you met/got engaged, that can used throughout to tie the whole look together. Try Hobbycraft, Etsy, eBay and Amazon for ideas.
Bloom Fleuriste by Camera Hannah | Bash Please
Ah Anemone. You’re one of my all time favourite flowers. I love the papery petals, beautiful range of colours and instantly recognisable blue-black centre. Anemone feel fresh, pure and youthful and I like that that they’ve been and gone by the time the big summer showstoppers appear. Anemones are normally available in late winter to early spring and come in white, pink, red and various shades of purple and blue.
A simple glass cylinder vase of pure white Anemone is one of my favourite spring sights and such a pleasant contrast to the bountiful and wild arrangements (which I also love!) filling my Instagram feed at the moment. Anemone are also incredibly striking dotted throughout a bridal bouquet full of viburnum berries and fresh lime green or icy grey foliage. Just gorgeous.
Purple anemone | Anemone arrangement
Bouquet | Pink anemones
Mixed anemones & Escort cards – source unknown
Blue anemones | Anemone bouquet