Bloom Fleuriste for Kathryn & Ian at Shustoke Farm Barns

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Formals_16Kathryn & Ian 2Image 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.

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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

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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