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.
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
When Katie and Ben told me they were struggling to find a florist with a natural yet modern style, I knew we were going to get on well as it was the exact same problem that inspired me to become a florist during my own wedding planning. Katie had firm likes and dislikes on flowers, which I really welcome generally as it helps to narrow down the options and really understand the look clients want to achieve.
The palette was pink, lots of pink, from the palest blush to the brightest cerise. Katie wanted unusual flowers among some classics like David Austin roses and eucalyptus, in a loose natural style that felt stylish and unique. Katie and Ben’s floral designs really show the impact of a single colour palette, particularly against the stark white backdrop of Adam Hall at Compton Verney. Variety, tone and texture are particularly important when working with a limited palette, and I maxed this out with a cocktail of fluffy, furry, spiky, soft, feathery and whispy blooms in many shades of pink. Finally, I added David Austin’s hot pink ‘Kate’ rose for a special touch. Delicious.
Here’s a small selection of Katie and Ben’s photos, courtesy of Gina Print Photography. Doesn’t she look sensational? And how lovely are the soft pink Hobbs bridesmaids dresses? They’re a popular choice this year,
All images by Gina Print Photography
We talked about succulents a little while ago and their popularity shows no sign of waning. We’re helping a couple Bloom clients to style some cacti up as two-in-one favours and name cards for their wedding next month, and it’s such a lovely idea to give your guests something living to take home (that they’ll actually want to keep!).
Cute as they are, succulents and cacti often come in non-descript black or brown plastic containers, which could do with a little jazzing up. I won’t share our clients styling DIY yet so as not to spoil the surprise for their guests, but here’s another super quick and easy way to spruce up your pots, whether for your wedding or simply to dot around the house.
NB. I brought these sweet little cacti are from Wilko for £1.50 each as I only wanted three for this project, but if you need a larger quantity of 10+ ask your florist to source them for you as it works out cheaper if you buy in bulk.
Cacti wedding favour DIY
What you’ll need:
- Collection of cacti or succulents
- Plastikote spray paint
- Dymo embossing label maker (find a selection here)
- Scrap newspaper
- Water spray
- Gardening gloves (optional)
What to do:
- Gently squeeze the pots and carefully remove the plants – they should pop out quite easily with soil and roots intact (be careful with the prickles if you’re not using gloves). Set aside on some newspaper.
- Brush off any soil and set out the pots upside down on some newspaper. You can do a quite a few at once, but allow enough space between them so you can spray all around.
- Following the spray paint instructions, apply an even coat of paint to each pot and set aside to dry (about 10 minutes).
- Meanwhile, get to work on your labels with the Dymo.
- When the paint is touch dry, apply a second coat and allow to dry. This may be sufficient, but you may want to apply a third coat for more vibrancy.
- The cacti may have dried out a little while out of their pots, so spritz lightly with water spray and pop them back in.
- Apply your labels and you’re done!
The finished pots and cacti look so sweet you certainly don’t need a wedding to try out this DIY. My three little guys are happy sitting on the mantelpiece and bring a pretty pop of neon to the living room.
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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.)
Claire Pettibone Queen Anne’s Lace dress / Cafe au lait Dahlia
Table centre / Pink garden roses
Nude dress / Unknown
Sandals / Paper pompom / Unknown
Hot pink is a love it or hate it kinda hue, but I think it all comes down to what you pair it with. It’s undoubtedly a difficult colour to wear without looking like a seven-year-old disco dancer, but just see how chic that blonde looks below by toning down the neon with a chic nude coat and knit.
In flower world, there’s so many yummy hot pink blooms that we’re spoilt for choice. From roses and carnations (they’re making a come back, honest) to peonies, rannunculus and our all time favourite – the weird and wonderful celosia.
Celosia is just mind blowing, both the cristata variety (in the bouquet up there in the header) that looks like a brain and the argenta (bottom right) standing up right and demanding to be noticed. Are you a fan of hot pink or is it all a bit OTT?
hot corsages / neon & nude
pink door / unknown
wrapped rannunculus / pink peony posy
washi tape heart / celosia argentea