Bloom Fleuriste for Kathryn & Ian at Shustoke Farm Barns

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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.

Ingredients | Gypsophila

Nothing divides opinion among florists quite like Gysophila, aka Baby’s Breath.  I used to be firmly in the no-go camp but I’m slowly coming around to it with one strict caveat: use it alone, with all white or green, or not at all. I’m yet to see a design I like where it is combined with other flowers, but used alone it has a delicate airy feel that is quite beautiful and whimsical. The fact that is so budget friendly is another major plus so don’t be too quick to discount it (just promise me you won’t pair it with red or pink roses and leather leaf. It’s instant 1980s).

Gyp weddingJam jar / Buttonhole / Chair ends

Let’s be honest, some wedding décor items are luxury rather than necessity. I’m talking pew ends, hanging flower bombs and garlands. Lovely as they are, they often get pushed down on the wish list for many couples if pennies are tight, but opting for Gyp can make them surprisingly affordable and allow you to have these nice extras.
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I’m also warming up to gyp for floral crowns and hair pins, as well as fairy wands or posies for cute flower girls. Practically, it’s a fantastic option for hair since it is delicate and lightweight, and holds up OK out of water. Are you considering Gypsphila for your wedding day?