Fazeley Studios Wedding Fair

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!

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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.

Monday moodboard | Legends of the fall

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!

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

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

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