Bloom Fleuriste for Katie & Ben at Compton Verney

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,

Warwickshire florist

Leamington Spa florist

West Midlands Florist

Compton Verney wedding

Pink bridesmaid dresses

Compton Verney flowers

Marquee lights hire

Compton Verney Weddings

All images by Gina Print Photography

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NEW PRODUCT & GIVEAWAY | Le sac en papier

Posted by Hannah

I’ve had my eye on these great paper bags forever and finally got around to sourcing a bunch last week. If you’re a slave to Pinterest and interior blogs like I am, you may have seen them around the web looking uber cool in monochrome styled rooms. Well I’m pleased to now offer them with Bloom Fleuriste gift bouquets for fabulous two-in-one wrapping and reusable home storage. Who wouldn’t want to receive one of these beauties?

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Bloom Fleuriste

We often get asked to do bespoke floral designs for gifts like birdcages, hatboxes and planters, but I wanted to offer a little signature something as well with a modern, eco-friendly vibe that compliments our brand and the French inspired name of Bloom Fleuriste. Enter Le sac en papier.

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These paper bags are made in France from 100% recycled Kraft paper. They’re super durable and designed to be reused again and again. I love the simple graphic design (with type in English on one side and French on the other) and practical stylish storage the bags provide around the house.

There’s lots of ways to incorporate them into your wedding too, like:

  • Hold large floral displays
  • Store gifts and cards
  • Store props for a photobooth
  • Wrap gifts for parents, bridesmaids & best man

le sac en papier

Giveaway!

We’re celebrating the launch of our new product with a giveaway of one Le sac en papier (RRP £8.50) to a lucky someone.

There’s a few ways to enter – you can do one or all of them – but each is counted as separate entry so the more you do, the better your chances are of winning.

How to enter
Tell us how you would use your Le Sac en Papier, using #lesacenpapier and #bloomgiveaway by:
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T&Cs

  • Only entries with #lesacenpapier and #bloomgiveaway will the be counted
  • Competition ends midnight Tuesday 13th May 2014
  • Winner will be picked at random and announced here on the blog
  • Prize mailed out within 7 days

Monday moodboard | Neon splash

Posted by Hannah.

Neon? At a wedding? Why the hell not I say. No, I’ve not lost my mind because as with everything, it’s all about how you style it. Remember those cute cacti succulents? Well that’s the kind of thing I’m talking about – little flashes of eye-popping colour among tasteful hues and accessory styling, rather than neon overkill like some kind of late 80s rave.

Bright wedding flowersTo keep it super fresh, I’d go for white and nude flowers, like Hydrangeas, Peonies and Quicksand or Menta roses. The neon could come from more florals like lime green Viburnum Opulus (Guelder rose) or Molucella, or details such as ribbon, trimmings or your choice of vessels (Plastikote spray paints and old tin cans are your friends here). Hot pink flowersHeart stickers / Pink twine

Like the green beauts up top, some blooms are so bright they almost feel neon. Coral is another option and there’s some lovely choices, most popular of which are Coral Charm or Coral Sunset peonies. Again, pairing with white or nude keeps this looking feeling fresh and it’s nice to add some brown touches through hessian and kraft paper too.

Coral flowersCoral tags / Neon grosgrain ribbon

There’s lots of options for adding neon but remember that less is always more. I’d pick one neon hue and stick with it (as seen in these split moodboards) to keep it chic. Even the tiniest touch can make your tablescape pop, like place name labels or teeny stickers on paper bags for favours.

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.

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Coral charm peonies  / Navy dress

Mac Honey Love lipstick / unknown

Eco wedding on Etsy / Blush balloons

J Crew dress / Coral dahlia

Monday moodboard | Among the wildflowers

Posted by Hannah.

I had a really hard time choosing a song to walk down the aisle to*. It was almost Wildflowers by Tom Petty… a childhood favourite that seemed very fitting since getting engaged inspired me to become a florist. I seem to be leaning heavily towards wildflowers at the moment and many of our brides do too.

Wildflowers lend themselves to a relaxed and naturally styled day, nothing too try-hard or contrived. A floral crown is a given for this look, but I’m also all over these handmade gold, silver and copper beauties from Orthodox Wedding Crowns in the US. I’d use lots of lovely warm hued blooms and try out these fabulous foliage lamp shades. I’d wear my hair wild and wavy, and finish the look with a perfect orangey-peach pout.

Image Parker Fitzgerald & Kinfolk / Craig Photography

Saipua / Gold leaf crown

Unknown / Green Wedding Shoes

The Now Book / Merit & Vine Floral Design

*In the end, I went for You and Me by Penny and the Quarters.

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: vintage blush

We love a good moodboard here at BLOOM fleuriste. We get very excited when our clients bring one to a consultation, and even more excited when we get to make one for you.

There’s simply no better way to convey a visual concept for a wedding or special event. Absolutely anything can be included – colours, florals, typography, textures, lighting, fashion, beauty… whatever sums up the style and atmosphere you visualise for your event.

So in our second new series, we’ll be bringing you weekly inspiration in moodboard form to jump start styling and floral ideas based around a theme that we love. If you can’t wait for your Monday dose and want even more inspiration, why not follow us on Pinterest?
Blush pink weddingLachlan Bailey for Vogue China / BLOOM fleuriste button holes / nude nails / Style Me Pretty / 1924 / Baby’s breath sprayed gold / Blackberry champagne cocktail /Sakura Halo, Bhldn