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 | Anemone

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.

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Bouquet | Pink anemones

Mixed anemones & Escort cards – source unknown

Blue anemones | Anemone bouquet

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Monday moodboard | Peachy keen

If our recent consultations are anything to go by, peach is fast becoming the colour du jour for 2015. The new coral, it seems. I’m totally on board because it’s a beautiful shade and a great way to do pastels without going feeling too girly with pink or purple.

My favourite peach blooms include David Austin Juilet, Tiffany and Finesse roses, ranunnculus, amaryllis and tulips. I like to pair them with white (hydrangeas, peonies, roses) as well as grey brunia and senecio maritima (aka Dusty Miller. However, to really mix things up, I’d bring in some dark contrasting beauties, like purple Scabiosa and Chocolate Cosmos with plenty of lush foliage and brown Queen Anne’s Lace, to add a little edge and interest to the otherwise soft palette.

Are you including peach in your wedding flowers? If so, are you keeping a fairly neutral or braving some contrasting colours? I’d love to hear your thoughts. peach weddingPeach wedding flowersJuliet rose – source unknown / Ghost dye-to-order dress

Escort cards / Via Once Wed, source unknown

Table centre / Essie Tart Deco

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Monday Moodboard | The Colour Purple

Posted by Hannah.

Things have been pretty hectic around here lately, what with Melissa moving to Sydney with her honey (sob) last month and the wedding season hotting up, but I’m pleased to back in blog land with a new Monday Moodboard.

I fall in and out of love with purple all the time. I probably loved it most when I was about 13 years old and pestered my dad to paint my bedroom walls pale lavender, but I’m enjoying a little flirtation with it again at the moment. It all depends on the particular shade and what you pair it with. As one our Bloom brides aptly put it “no Cadbury purple” and I couldn’t agree more. While it can work to make a dramatic impact, purple is the darkest colour on the colour spectrum, which causes it to dominate and overshadow more delicate shades.

Lavender, mauve and violet on the other hand look gorgeous when paired with soft pinks, white, peach and lots of greyish green foliage. I also love warm plum shades, particularly in autumn. I’d personally avoid going all out with purple dresses, ties and purple flowers… I think it works far better as highlight hue rather than completely in your face. In fact, I think my favourite pairing is with mint as it’s so nice and fresh and can feel really modern. My purple flowers of choice are stocks and delphiniums for height, sweet peas for scent and delicacy, and Amnesia roses for their nostalgic romance. I had dusty pinkish-mauve nails for my wedding and got so many compliments on them, so that’s something to consider for a subtle touch.

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Source unknown / Bhldn Elsa dress

Paisley mint tie / Delphiniums

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Mauve Nordstrom dress / Mercury glass lanterns