Wedding flowers 101 | It’s all in the details

I popped down to London yesterday for some meetings and the book launch of Home for Now (more on that next week), and took some time to check out the capital’s bounty of haberdashery shops. I found so much inspiration; I was like a kid in a sweet shop. I limited myself to a collection of ribbons in whites, ivory, nude, dusty pink and gold, and a few lovely linens to use as table cloths and runners.

the cloth shop

I highly recommend The Cloth House on Berwick Street in Soho (there’s two in the same street) – it is stuffed full of gorgeous things like ribbons, trimmings, fabrics, buttons… basically everything you need for personalising your wedding style. You’ll be in heaven if you’re a magpie like me!

the cloth house londonTrimmings are a great way to personalise your wedding flowers and the overall styling of your day. They really finish things off and make everything feel that little bit extra special. We love talking trimmings with our couples and discussing ideas that will compliment and personalise your bouquet style. There’s no limit to what you can use but here are some nice ideas that you might like to consider.

Ribbon
A classic choice that seems to be enjoying a resurgence with multiple lengths streaming loosely for a relaxed and romantic look. Satin, silk, velvet, grosgrain… there’s countless options in every colour imaginable from slim and dainty to wide and bountiful. Pale neutrals are always good but it’s also a nice idea to to match your boy’s suit, so navy or grey ribbon wrapped around your bouquet for example, to tie your newlywed look together.

wedding bouquetRustic ribbon bouquet/ Hessian ribbon

Lace
Chic and beautiful with a vintage feel, lace is lovely finishing touch, particularly if you’re wearing a lace dress. White and ivory are classic choices but cream, nude, peach and dusty pinks are great choices too. Good quality lace isn’t cheap and can be tricky to come by, so I always keep my eye out for offcuts in antique shops, on eBay and Etsy.
lace wedding bouquetPink bouquet / Lace & hessian wrap

Hessian
This is an increasingly popular option for brides after a casual rustic look, particularly for barn weddings. You could go for hessian fabric or jute ribbon, wrapped with garden twine or paired with lace or ribbon for a multi-layered look.

hessian bouquetHessian stems

Trim & twine

I’m a little bit obsessed with twine and have reels of the stuff cluttering up my supply cupboard. But it’s just so damn useful, and pretty too of course. From rustic garden string to candy-striped bakers twine, there’s so much to choose from to add extra sass and style to your bouquet. And it doesn’t stop there – it’s useful for favours, place cards, table plans and hanging decorations around the venue.

twineGarden twine  / Bakers twine

Trimmings

If you love a bit of crafting, you’ll be all over trimmings already and the immense potential they hold for styling up your big day. I adore a bit of bobble trim… it’s pure kitsch but I don’t care!

trGold trim / Bobble trim

 Buttons, brooches and other gems

Once you’ve decided on the wrap material, your bouquet can be styled up further with all manner of lovely things. Vintage brooches, colour buttons, gem stones, beads, pearls… there is SO much to choose from. You can use a family heirloom, go rummaging in charity shops or splash out on something fancy since you’ll only need one or a handful at most.

Ribbet collagePearls and gems

Dress offcuts
If your dress is being altered, keep the offcuts and talk to your florist about using them to bind your bouquet. It’s a nice bit of recycling and really ties your look together.

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Monday moodboard | Coral charm

Posted by Hannah.

We see so many wonderful colours at the flower markets but there’s one that always manages to catch our bleary-eyed attention however early it is. Delightful, delicious coral. Chicer than orange, less girly than pink, coral is a versatile colour that looks stunning at summer weddings when Coral Charm Peonies and eye-popping Dahlias are out in all their glory. But there’s options at other times of the year too, with cute-as-a-button Ranunculus and salmony Amaryllis.

Coral and navy is a colour match made in heaven, so we’d kit the boys in slim fit midnight blue suits with sharp white shirts, and girls in flirty netted dresses in inky blue. We’d head to J Crew for our own frock and opt for this whimsical beauty with a tulle ball gown skirt. We would decorate the barn venue with crisp white bunting (coming soon to our prop hire shop) and pretty blush balloons, and display flowers in vintage bottles and jars for a natural, relaxed look. Simple, fresh and gorgeous.

Shustoke wedding flowerscoral wedding flowers

Coral charm peonies  / Navy dress

Mac Honey Love lipstick / unknown

Eco wedding on Etsy / Blush balloons

J Crew dress / Coral dahlia

New arrivals | Volpe & Volpe swan vases

These beauts arrived in the studio last week and we’ve not stopping cooing over them. Designed by Trish Scorgie at Volpe & Volpe in East London, the swan vases are handmade at the original potteries up the road from us in Stoke-on-Trent. Trish brings this heritage design bang up to date with modern colours and we’ve selected pistachio green, natural and goose grey as a nice natural base for our designs.

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We’re excited to start using them for table centres and mantel displays for weddings and events (we’ve 12 in total). The swans look so elegant with one flower type (like the lilac and leucadendron below), or a modern arrangement to contrast with the vintage design, or even filled with an abundance of wildflowers. Yummy.

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Monday moodboard: winter wonderland

We love winter weddings. There’s so much opportunity for Narnia-inspired styling, with chic snow white accessories and touches of forest green. And to ward off the cold, we’d serve hot mulled cider and mini croque monsieur, and fill the venue with hundreds of twinkling tea lights to create a beautifully cosy atmosphere.

winter white moodboardMountains / Rustic table scape

Alternative garland / Stars napkin

White and green floral display / Lulu Frost earrings

Kate Spade champagne saucer / Rosemary place cards