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

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Monday Moodboard: Ebony & Ivory

There is little more chic than black and white (or ivory). It’s the fail-safe combo I go for whenever I’m stuck for what to wear and I’ll be decorating my dream kitchen in a monochrome scheme (with exposed brick walls and concrete worktops) when we eventually get around to buying a place. I love the idea of a black and white wedding too, whether it’s a formal black tie affair or to add a chic edge to an otherwise rustic barn do. Unexpected style mash-ups are so exciting.

Black bridesmaid’s dresses are a breeze to find and will flatter all shapes, sizes and colourings. The scheme could follow through to the flowers  – white anemone and peonies, with inky viburnum berries and darkest black pearl rannunulus and lots of lovely foliage. The options are limitless. As the bride, I’d do an Olivia Palermo and opt for a ridiculously chic skirt and top combo, with light make-up and a girly ponytail. You can’t go wrong. Since I’ve missed by chance to echo’s Olivia’s look for the big day, I shall be channeling it with this sequined Whistles top as a wedding guest this week.

Black and white wedding black and white wedding flowersBouquet / Sequin top

Peonies / Black pearl ranunulus

Chocolate soldiers (Aquilegia viridiflora) / Essie ‘Marshmellow’

Crepe maxi skirt / Black & white bridesmaids

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Ingredients | Gypsophila

Nothing divides opinion among florists quite like Gysophila, aka Baby’s Breath.  I used to be firmly in the no-go camp but I’m slowly coming around to it with one strict caveat: use it alone, with all white or green, or not at all. I’m yet to see a design I like where it is combined with other flowers, but used alone it has a delicate airy feel that is quite beautiful and whimsical. The fact that is so budget friendly is another major plus so don’t be too quick to discount it (just promise me you won’t pair it with red or pink roses and leather leaf. It’s instant 1980s).

Gyp weddingJam jar / Buttonhole / Chair ends

Let’s be honest, some wedding décor items are luxury rather than necessity. I’m talking pew ends, hanging flower bombs and garlands. Lovely as they are, they often get pushed down on the wish list for many couples if pennies are tight, but opting for Gyp can make them surprisingly affordable and allow you to have these nice extras.
Gypsophila floral crownFlower girls

I’m also warming up to gyp for floral crowns and hair pins, as well as fairy wands or posies for cute flower girls. Practically, it’s a fantastic option for hair since it is delicate and lightweight, and holds up OK out of water. Are you considering Gypsphila for your wedding day?

Bloom Fleuriste for Emma & Nick at Hampton Manor

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Back in May we had the pleasure of designing flowers for Emma and Nick who were tying the knot at beautiful Hampton Manor in Hampton-in-Arden, Warwickshire. In addition to flowers with a scheme of fresh white and green, we provided prop hire of our exclusive LOVE lights and firefly lanterns. We’ve just seen the photos, taken by talented duo Hannah and Toby of Red on Blonde and couldn’t wait to share them with you (with a few of our amateur shots thrown in too!)

White hydrangea wedding

When we met with Emma and Nick in January, they had a pretty clear idea for their wedding flowers – a really fresh feel with lots of fluffy white hydrangeas. Emma wanted to keep the bouquets chic and simple with hydrangea only so we sourced the most cloud-like ones we could find, which we hear many of their guests mistook for paper as the petals were so perfect. Flower girl Grace carried a white hydrangea pomander to tie in with Emma and her maids.

White hydrangea bouquets

Emma and Nick opted for something a little different for the boys’ buttonholes – delicate lily of the valley, which we supported with wax flower to help them hold up in the heat, finished with natural twine stems.

Lily of the valley buttonhole

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The couple chose the beautiful Birches room to hold their ceremony and we marked the entrance by filling two personalised wooden crates (handmade by their friend) with an abundance of hydrangea, avalanche roses, snapdragons, butterfly thalpsi, eucalyptus and broom. Inside, our stunning LOVE letters took centre stage at the end of the aisle, which we lined with our popular firefly lanterns. These striking props were relocated into the main building later on to add atmosphere throughout the afternoon and evening.

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Hampton Manor floristBloom Fleuriste

We decorated the ceremony table with a collection of vintage glass vessels and unique vases, including our favourite white swan, and they were enjoyed further in the dining room and bar later on. TIP! Reuse & relocate your flowers wherever possible throughout the day to get the most for your money.

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Elegant tall candelabras styled up the tables in the modern dining room (available to hire from us), which we covered in more hydrangea, bombastic roses, chins and broom. We added little floral touches to the cake and guest book tables, and spruced up the table plan with Avalanche roses. We thought it all looked beautiful, but more importantly, so did Emma and Nick, and their guests. Smiles all round!

Hampton Manor floristlove lights hire

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 | Pale & interesting

Posted by Hannah

Grey is my favourite colour for fashion and interiors at the moment, and it seems to be a popular choice among couples for weddings too. Several of our 2014 Bloom brides have chosen grey for their maids’ dresses and best boys’ suits, and opted to pair them with lovely neutral flowers in classic white and cream with beautiful blush and nude tones, and lush green foliage. Delightful.

So today’s moodboard is for you gals and any other brides considering this chic and timeless look for your special day. It feels light and fresh at any time of year, and there’s so much flower choice. I’d go for pink tinged Hydrangea and Astilbe, nude Quicksand roses, white Astrantia and Andromeda, with grey green Dusty Miller. I’d pair this with nude lips and nails (isn’t Opi Mimosa the perfect shade?), and a gorgeous up do with a soft front plait. Romantic and simple.

pale wedding moodboard

grey wedding moodboard Unknown / Andromeda

Opi Mimosa / Blush table centre

Grey maxi dress, ASOS / Wild wedding bouquet

Nude blooms / Unknown

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