Bloom Fleuriste for Kathryn & Ian at Shustoke Farm Barns

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Formals_16Kathryn & Ian 2Image 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.

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.

Anemone wedding flowers anemone bouquet Purple anemone | Anemone arrangement

Bouquet | Pink anemones

Mixed anemones & Escort cards – source unknown

Blue anemones | Anemone bouquet

What next?

Spring clean with flowers

Posted by Melissa.

Spring is just around the corner so it’s time to dust off those cobwebs and put some colour back into our days. There is something really quite satisfying about packing away all the warm tones of the winter season and making way for fresh bright colours.

So with this in mind and my purse beginning to recover from the over indulgence at Christmas, I am starting to hunt for cheerful vessels for bright bustling blooms.

white spring flowersDunelm Mill blue vase, £4.99 / H&M glass vases

During spring I like to keep my blooms in the home simple and clean, minimal fuss but still rather cheerful. You can’t beat Anemone, Rannunculus, Apple Blossom, Tulips and a cheeky Banksia or two (I can’t resist… I’m heading to Australia soon and get to see these babies in the wild!).

Colour-wise, nothing says spring to me quite like white and green, and I love to take the freshness up a notch with the addition of blue. Throw some foliage of your choice into the mix (we are firm believers in foliage and we practice what we preach) and you have a wonderful spring display.

BanksiaPineapple vase, £29.99 / Short bottle vase, £7

A statement display doesn’t have to break the bank. Think recycled jam jars and sauce bottles, vintage apothecary bottles and some bargain basement vessels from the likes of H&M Home, Sainsbury’s, Dunelm Mill and good old Wilko. But if you do have more cash to spare, or are treating someone with a gift, we love West Elm, Anthropologie and Zara Home for some gorgeous statement pieces.

Green, white and blue flowersMercury glass vases from £3.95 / Blue and white vase, £24