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.

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Monday moodboard | The anti-theme

Posted by Hannah.

Are you having a theme for your wedding? Themes can be great fun and are a good starting point when thinking about the style of your big day, but it’s often nice to do away with a specific theme and let your personal style lead the way. So today’s moodboard is a little different. It is inspired by things I’m personally drawn to at the moment – with no set colour palette or specific style in mind – to encourage you to pull together images of what you like and see how they fit together.

We often have conversations with brides who have Pinboards stuffed full of ideas and they are anxious that they are all jumbled up and mis-matched. Pinterest is amazing, but it can easily lead to inspiration overload. If this sounds all too familiar, don’t panic. Creating a focused moodboard like this with eight or so images forces you to ruthlessly edit all those ideas to keep only the ones you love the most.

We often help our brides do this and you’d be amazed at the results. When you keep the things you truly love, a natural pattern emerges to show your personal style, which helps make all those decisions for flowers, accessories and decorations so much easier. Give it a go! We use Ribbet to create our moodboards – it’s free to join and limits the number of images to force some strict editing. Alternatively, stick to Pinterest but start a new wedding style board and give yourself an 8-10 image limit.

So here’s my ant-theme moodboard, I’d love to see yours.gypsy moodboard

nude wedding moodboardUnknown / Up-do with headpiece

Liam Stevens illustrated invitation / Pink metallic sling-back

Peach & nude bouquet / Lace wedding skirt and top

Grey layered suit / unknown

Monday Moodboad | In the pink

Posted by Hannah.

I can’t get enough of blush at the moment. I’m coveting these linen pillowcases from Bodie & Fou (although will probably go for these cheaper H&M ones in light pink instead) and I’m planning lots of blush wardrobe additions for our honeymoon in June (how nice is this sweater?!).

We talked about using blush in wedding flowers with grey in our Pale and Interesting moodboard, and today we’re going to look at pairing it with its sister shades – nude and dusty pink. It’s such as easy colour palette to work with and feels natural, romantic and relaxed all rolled into one. Flower-wise, Café au lait dahlias would be a must, alongside moody Avalanche roses and some English garden roses, and lots of lovely foliage.

My dream dress would be Claire Pettibone’s Queen Anne’s Lace dress (such a stunner) and we’d kit out our bridesmaids in Zara – simple bell sleeve nude dresses with killer pink heels for utter understated chic. We would channel Rachel Bilsom’s gorgeous flush cheeks and glossy hair, and wear Mac Fanfare on our lips (it’s such a gorgeous shade, we should all run out and get it for summer.)

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Claire Pettibone Queen Anne’s Lace dress / Cafe au lait Dahlia

Table centre / Pink garden roses

Nude dress / Unknown

Sandals / Paper pompom / Unknown

Monday moodboard | Pale & interesting

Posted by Hannah

Grey is my favourite colour for fashion and interiors at the moment, and it seems to be a popular choice among couples for weddings too. Several of our 2014 Bloom brides have chosen grey for their maids’ dresses and best boys’ suits, and opted to pair them with lovely neutral flowers in classic white and cream with beautiful blush and nude tones, and lush green foliage. Delightful.

So today’s moodboard is for you gals and any other brides considering this chic and timeless look for your special day. It feels light and fresh at any time of year, and there’s so much flower choice. I’d go for pink tinged Hydrangea and Astilbe, nude Quicksand roses, white Astrantia and Andromeda, with grey green Dusty Miller. I’d pair this with nude lips and nails (isn’t Opi Mimosa the perfect shade?), and a gorgeous up do with a soft front plait. Romantic and simple.

pale wedding moodboard

grey wedding moodboard Unknown / Andromeda

Opi Mimosa / Blush table centre

Grey maxi dress, ASOS / Wild wedding bouquet

Nude blooms / Unknown