What To Ask A Wedding Florist Before Booking (How To Choose Your Perfect Wedding Florist)

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Selecting the right vendor for every part of the wedding is what every couple hopes for as they plan their special day. Today, we’re sharing the most important questions you should ask a wedding florist before booking so you can find your perfect floral designer. This post is here to help make sure your wedding flowers are everything you wanted and that everything runs smoothly in the run up to and on the day…

1. Work out your budget.

Even if you have a significant amount to spend and are looking to hire a luxury wedding florist like us, it’s vital to have a breakdown of what you want from your wedding and how much you can realistically spend on each aspect to create your dream day. This will also help you to narrow down your preferred vendors based on what is achievable by each of them within your budget, and plan for unexpected costs. Before you book your wedding florist, you have likely secured your venue and photographer (as these get booked up quickly), and may also have a wedding planner.

2. Create a vision board or Pinterest board based on what you like.

A fun activity - pulling together ideas and inspiration for your wedding. You can pin directly from your favourite vendors on Instagram too, but this doesn’t just have to be of styles you like. It can be of colours and textures too. You might already have one of these if you’re working with an event stylist or planner, or like many, you may have created this long before you even got engaged!

3. Use Instagram to look at a whole variety of wedding florists (even those recommended to you).

Whether you find these yourself or are referred by a friend or planner, this will help to give you a feel for what you are and aren’t looking for specifically with floral arrangements before you look into costs. As you will have already planned your budget, you know what you have available, so can focus on what it is you really like and take this to each florist. This will help you to find a florist who can achieve this without you spending more than you can or want to.

Wedding florists all have their own unique styles and specialities (and produce their best work when they are commissioned for these), and while social media is a ‘highlight reel’, it will give you an indication of who you feel more drawn to. Click on images to see if they work with the same photographers or at the same venues, and visit their website to learn more about them. At this stage, you are still at the beginning of your research so you shouldn’t feel too overwhelmed, rather, more inspired and excited. Follow a few to see which are publishing more recent work.

4. Shortlist potential wedding florists and meet them all.

It may be time consuming, but it is really important that you meet your potential vendors. After all, your personalities have to be a good fit for a streamlined approach to achieving exactly what you want. To shortlist, you could take screenshots and create albums on your phone, or print cards of their Instagram accounts and separate them into piles that are ‘yes’, ‘maybe’ and ‘no’. Make this into an enjoyable evening together. Take a break from it for a while to give yourself time to reflect and then revisit to confirm who you want to visit or jump on a call with. You may want to pre-screen each by having a call before you meet up.

5. Use the following questions to help you to find your dream wedding florist.

  • Are you available on our date?

  • Do you have other weddings/events around the same time as ours?

  • Do you charge for a consultation? (Ours is complimentary - book now!)

  • How recent are your photos on your Instagram/website?

  • For this photo, was this your style or the couple’s vision?

  • How long have you been in business?

  • How many weddings/events have you done?

  • When was your last wedding/event and when is your next one?

  • Can you provide references?

  • How would you describe your floral design style?

  • What are your favourite and least favourite floral arrangements to create?

  • Do you recreate floral arrangements from images?

  • Where do you source your flowers from?

  • Are you involved all the way through for each wedding/event?

  • How many people do you have working with you?

  • Do you prefer more freedom or do you work closely with your clients?

  • Is there a maximum distance you will travel?

  • Do you charge per mile?

  • Our wedding is at X venue, have you done any weddings/events here before?

  • Would you communicate with the venue about any decor/installation restrictions?

  • Would you visit the venue beforehand?

  • Would a walkthrough of the venue be an additional cost?

  • Would you need access to water?

  • We are working with X vendors, have you worked with any of these before?

  • Would you work with our cake designer to add flowers to our cake?

  • What is your process for booking right through to setting up and clearing away?

  • Would you simply be dropping off the floral arrangements?

  • Do you have packages or would it be bespoke costs based on our requirements?

  • Is there a minimum spend?

  • We have X as our budget for wedding flowers, can you work within this?

  • What designs are possible within our budget?

  • What flowers will be in season?

  • What flowers and arrangements will suit our wedding theme and venue?

  • Can we have X flower as it means a lot to us?

  • Can we substitute flowers to reduce the cost of the arrangements?

  • How can we maximise our budget?

  • Can you provide sample arrangements and if so, does this cost?

  • We haven’t selected a colour palette, can you help?

  • Can you recommend other styling aspects to compliment the flowers?

  • Do we need to hire vases, lanterns, frames, mirrors etc from somewhere else?

  • If we hire these from you, do you charge for breakages?

  • If we hire these from you, how do we return these?

  • Do you handle all delivery?

  • What would be delivered, when and where?

  • How long would you need on the day to set up and clear away?

  • Do you charge to stay during the wedding?

  • Do you charge to move the arrangements from one venue to another?

  • How are the floral arrangements stored in the run up to the day?

  • What insurance and contingency plans do you have?

  • What happens to the flowers after our wedding?

  • Can you help with the preservation of flowers after/recommend someone who can?

  • Will you provide a full breakdown quote?

  • How long is the quote valid for?

  • How far in advance do we need to book you?

  • Will you reserve our date?

  • Do we need to pay a deposit?

  • When would the final balance be due?

  • Do we pay via cash, cheque or card?

  • Do you offer payment plans?

  • Are there any additional fees we should know about?

  • What is the cut-off date for final decisions?

  • What is your refund and cancellation policy?

  • Will you use photographs of our wedding in your marketing (print/digital) materials?

It may seem like a lot to ask, but by making sure you don’t skip anything, you’re much more likely to build a great relationship with your wedding florist.

We remain close with a lot of our couples and it’s an absolute pleasure to help bring their vision to life through our expertise and love of what we do.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you to create your dream wedding/event through floral design, then why not get in touch today? You can also click here to learn more about our process.

Autumn Wedding in London: Becca and Matt

Today we’re sharing a wedding full of classical floral designs with a modern twist. The colour palette of rich reds and deep pinks gave a glorious nod to Autumn, brightening up the occasion despite being the rainiest day ever…

Starting outside the restored, grade 2 listed building, Holy Trinity Clapham, we designed a door arch to sing above the happy couple whilst having their photos taken. Made up of the large and sturdy, multi-layered petals of the Avalanche Rose, the soft, pastel-pink Sweet Avalanche Rose, the purple-berry toned Bleuberry Rose, large gentian-like flowers of Lisianthus and complete with thick-lobed, glossy green leaves of Ivy.

Inside the richly designed church, we created statement urns to surround Becca and Matt during the exchanging of vows. The Avalanche Rose, Sweet Avalanche Rose, Lisianthus and Bleuberry Rose all made another appearance, complemented by the abundant, pom-pom shape of Hydrangea, graceful blooms and sweet scented flowers of Stocks, ruffled-edged, subtly-shaded Snapdragon, evergreen Eucalyptus and bunched Oak Leaves. We transported the urns to the reception venue to continue the floral designs. The Royal Automobile Club - a private member’s club in the iconic central London location of Pall Mall, had such opulent decor and old-fashioned charm, we just loved it!

For Becca’s bouquet, we selected highly fragrant florals so that she will always remember her wedding day when she smells the flowers. Again, Lisianthus and Eucalyptus were carefully placed, this time amongst some paler petals. Our absolute favourite, the White O’Hara with its’ blush-tone, strong and fruity scent and traditional Rose shape looked perfect next to another of our favourites, the petite, multi-headed Bombastic Spray Rose. The fragrant, evergreen Rosemary shrub and its’ needle-like leaves pulled it all together into a delicate, hand-tied bouquet which looked beautiful next to the lace on Becca’s dress. The finishing touch is also an emblem of remembrance, making this bridal bouquet an extra special piece of the day.

Becca’s two bridesmaids each had a hand-tied bouquet too, this time with the deeper, ruffled-petals of the Bleuberry Rose - a unique colour which couldn’t have been a better match for their dresses. To keep consistent with the bride’s bouquet, we continued the use of Lisianthus and Eucalyptus, also selecting the Sweet Avalanche Rose, Avalanche Rose and Rosemary as seen in our other designs around the venue. Each flower throughout the wedding was chosen not only for their beauty and colour, but for what they represent - happiness, gratitude and lasting bonds of affection.

From buttonholes to pew ends and the fireplace to the cake, we wrapped up this stunning wedding with just a few, simple selections in keeping with the door arch, urns and bouquets. Becca and Matt are such a fun-loving couple who were fabulous to work with. We’re delighted with how the arrangements turned out for their special day.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you to create your dream wedding/event through floral design, then why not get in touch today?

Flowers: Miriam Faith
Photography: Kate Cowdrey Photography
Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Clapham
Reception Venue: Royal Automobile Club

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Greenery Wedding Theme Ideas and Inspiration

In today’s post we want to share some foliage wedding ideas to inspire your greenery wedding theme…

Greenery may have been the Pantone Colour of the Year 2017, but in our eyes, it never goes out of style. We love using foliage in our floral designs - a way to make luxury less traditional and more contemporary. Our very own Miriam Faith florist, Kirsty, even opted for a foliage wedding theme and we often select ferns, herbs, leaves, grasses, succulents and shrubs to create a full finish amongst our favourite flowers.

From bouquets to buttonholes, centrepieces to Chuppahs, hanging installations to hair crowns and signage to stationery, the possibilities are endless. With the options to go full foliage, add just a few special flowers or use it to tie everything together, it’s also possible to create designs that are multi-purpose - a great way to continue the theme throughout your ceremony and reception.

It’s not just all green either. Silver and blue-toned foliage looks magical, and the different shades of green from tropical and British selections make each design stand out from every angle. One of the reasons we love using it is that foliage adds different tones and textures, bringing depth and movement - a stylish alternative to more expensive all-flower arrangements.

For the nature-loving couple, the organic options transform the indoor or outdoor venue into a fresh, luscious space through creating subtle touches or statement pieces. We thrive when enhancing the natural setting; whether that’s using evergreen Eucalyptus amongst metallics along the table of a Luxe Asian Fusion wedding, decorating hoops with Asparagus Fern and Italian Ruscus for the most romantic shoot we’ve ever done, suspending vines and Birch branches with tea lights and photographs as an escort card table for a modern Winter wonderland wedding, creating backdrops of Monstera leaves, Aralia and Tree Fern on a copper frame as a show-stopping wall behind the happy couple, or adding a few nods to the theme here and there.

Discover some of the ways we’ve used various types of foliage below and click on an image to discover more about the creation…

(For more ideas, click here to view and follow our Foliage Inspiration Pinterest board)

The great thing about foliage is that it can be as wild or paired back as you would like it to be. While we have our favourites (like the Stock flower - a highly fragrant choice with the hidden meaning of enjoying life and eternal love/beauty), we work closely with you to find what you like, want and need - creating something truly unique and unforgettable. So if you would like to find out more about how we can help you to create your dream wedding/event through floral design, why not get in touch today?

Lebanese X English Countryside Wedding: Ayat and Sam

Today we’re sharing an elegant wedding we worked on in the heart of the English countryside. Set in the stunning gardens and historic building of a quirky estate, we got to bring some very special designs to life…

The natural setting of Walcott Hall in Shropshire with its extensive lake, walled courtyard and vast scenery was the perfect venue for our couple, Ayat and Sam. The ceremony took place outside in the meadow, complete with a magical fountain, while the reception was held in the restored ballroom - a beautifully decorated, turquoise space with ornate ceiling, crystal chandeliers, open fireplace, gilt mirrors, tall sash windows and intimate bar. Both inside and outside presented the perfect backdrop for our floral creations, making everyone and everything on the day shine.

The Bouquet

For Ayat, we designed a hand-tied bridal bouquet with true meaning behind it. Her late father’s favourite flower was Jasmine so we knew we had to include this sweetly scented selection. The waxy white flowers and oval shiny leaves symbolise purity, deep affection and happiness, making it a special addition to this elegant bouquet. Complimented by the Ocean Song Spray Rose - a satin-effect, pale lavender choice and deeper purple petals of Clematis.

The Centrepieces

Made up of the rounded flower clusters of Hydrangea with their abundance of petals, lacy star-shaped flowers and pom-pom shapes, contrasted by the small-headed, delicate, peach Jana Spray Rose. We also decided on three types of Meijer Rose - known for multi-layered petals, big flowers and long, strong stems. The ivory cut Four Seasons Rose with extremely large bud and dense petals, the Sweet Avalanche Rose in soft pastel pink and subtle hint of green on the outer petals, and Pearl Avalanche Rose which added a luxurious warm look in the form of salmon and champagne colours with soft herbaceous foliage - together representing happiness, purity, gratitude and glamour.

The Table Plan

We continued the use of Hydrangea and Meijer Roses for a full-finish frame, paired with one of our favourites - the Bombastic Rose. This miniature spray rose is the palest of the pink available and brings a petite, multi-headed flower to the arrangement. The standout of the table plan was the Cafe Au Lait Dahlias - a warm, cream-blush flower with a peach centre that added texture to this gorgeous design.

The Meadow

Our aisle decor and floral arch saw us use a variety of flowers and foliage for depth and movement. Some of our most popular picks were added into the mix - the neatly formed, medium-sized rosettes of David Austin Sweet Juliet Roses in Glowing Apricot, the saucer-shaped, swirly velvet, pale pink petals of the Prince Jardinier Rose and the highly-fragrant, French, White O’Hara Rose. The Meijer Roses, Bombastic Spray Rose and Cafe Au Lait Dahlias made another appearance, while the sweet scented flowers, tall leafy stalks and graceful, ruffled blooms of Stock finished the look.

So there we go, another wonderful wedding we had the honour of working on. If you would like to find out more about how we can help you to create your dream wedding/event through floral design, then why not get in touch today?

Flowers: Miriam Faith
Photographer: Lauren Natalie
Cinematographer: Adam Lyduch
Venue: Walcot Hall
Cake: Annie
Food: Fresh and Lush
Favours: Baklava in Lebanon, and Lebanese honey pots from Atelier du Miel
Stationery: Designed by Angela Solomon and Printed by Khawam Group
Entertainment: Trappini Trio and The Best Men

Bride’s Fashion
Dress - Christos
Veil - Lara Khoury
Jewellery - Earrings by L’Atelier
Nawbar Shoes - Charlotte Olympia
Makeup: Victoria Oneill at Make Up By Jenni
Hair: Tabitha by Tabitha

Flower Girls Dresses: Monsoon
Bridesmaids Dresses: Wissam Hoteit Couture

Groom’s Fashion
Suit - Richard James
Shoes - Russell and Bromley

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Modern Winter Wonderland Wedding Theme

Today we’re bringing you a modern winter wonderland wedding we had the luxury of working on from the glamorous, 5-star Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge…

Let’s set the scene… a contemporary ballroom, located on the ground floor of one of the most prestigious hotels in London. A striking geometric ceiling, bespoke eucalyptus-wood walls, state of the art lighting and private entrance. The perfect place for us to create show-stopping arrangements for S+S’s dream day. Think gorgeous touches of silver foliage, white blooms galore and candlelight everywhere.

A whimsical Chuppah, captivating cloud-like tall centrepieces, a continuous garland for the top table, elegant wreath centrepieces, stunning escort card table and magical aisle decor were all brought to life, creating a contemporary twist on the winter wonderland wedding theme.

The Chuppah later separated to form two arches - one for the entrance and one as the backdrop to the top table. For this, we used a variety of our favourite flowers and some rare choices which made all the difference. These included:

  • Four Seasons Rose - a cream/ivory flower with dense petals and an extremely large bud.

  • Miss Bombastic Spray Rose - such a beautiful, petite, multi-headed rose.

  • Senecio - we love how these succulents form in clusters on long stems, white spires and yellow daisy-like flowers, leaves are thick and fleshy - deep green, some leaves are round, some crest shaped and some stand upright

  • Euphorbia - with rich coloured leaves and unusual flowers these are elegant but tough too.

  • Freesia - funnel shaped flowers with an alluring fragrance that’s fresh and sweet.

  • Phlox - star-shaped flowers, tall, eye-catching perennials finished with long and narrow leaves.

  • Moss - a small, flowerless, green plant.

For the top table itself, we designed an arrangement along the centre, filled with seasonal blooms complemented with British foliage and fragrant Eucalyptus. We studded this with pillar candles in glass cylinders to finish this elegant look.

Tall centrepieces, created with pom-poms of seasonal white blooms, complete with ferns and the leathery leaves of Eucalyptus filled tall, glass vases and ceremony pedestals. For these we selected the lacy, star-shaped flowers of Hydrangea, the ruffled, fine petals of the Patience Garden Rose, multi-layered petals and soft, herbaceous foliage of Avalanche Roses and full-finish, highly fragrant flowers of the White O’Hara Garden Rose.

Our wreath centrepieces weren’t just for the reception. Sitting on the registrars table during the ceremony, these were filled with white and cream blooms with Eucalyptus and the delicate leaves of silver Asparagus Fern, finished with a hurricane vase in the centre.

Then for our true statement design - the escort table, made from natural Birch branches with silver Birch accents was draped with white, gentian-like, bell-shaped flowers of Lisianthus and Roses. We finished this with tea light baubles, ribbons, birds and photographs… a piece denoting new beginnings, respect, love and appreciation, and one that’s sure to be remembered.

We adored working on this enchanted theme, in a beautiful venue, with a wonderful couple. We would love to help you to create your dream wedding/event through floral design too, so why not get in touch today?

Flowers: Miriam Faith Photography: Cecelina Photography Venue: The Berkeley Hotel

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Rita Colson Fashion Show

We often have the privilege of not just providing florals for weddings and styled shoots but for exclusive events too. Most recently, we were invited to create these for the catwalk at Rita Colson’s show, unveiling her beautiful new wedding dress designs…

Rita Colson designs contemporary, bespoke and sustainable bridal couture and evening wear for stylish brides and it’s always such a pleasure to team up with her. Her creations embody elegance and grace, bringing a unique twist to bridal wear that we adore. The event took place at RSA House - a Georgian grandeur house in central London. The unique, listed building has a high-quality, contemporary design making it perfect for weddings, civil ceremonies and a variety of other events.

Held in the Tavern Room, the simply decorated space with its polished wooden floor and plain Adam ceiling was perfect for the fresh black and white theme. We wanted to encapsulate the essence of spring and its purity to tie in with the beautiful wedding dresses. Our designs were fresh and impactful for the backdrop, maintaining the simplicity of Rita’s designs in a fresh white and Pantone green palette.

The fireplace made the biggest statement with large silver ceremony pedestals either side. A few simple pew ends completed the room, embracing minimalism throughout the rest of the decor. All of our selections were indicative of purity, grace, abundance, innocence, spirituality, charm, honour and holiness. We wanted to choose florals that represented lasting beauty, bonds of affection, a happy life, new beginnings and remembrance. These are always the most important values and stories to be told for all of the couples we work with.

Flowers Used

White O’Hara Rose - These delicate, highly fragrant flowers have a slight ivory tinge at the centre with blush-toned petals. They come in the form of a more traditional rose shape with several layers of petals (about 70 petals in fact).

White Lilac - This is an ornamental shrub with pristine white flowers. The clustered flowers display abundant blooms with an intoxicating fragrance and dark green, heart-shaped leaves.

White Hydrangea - Big, rounded flowers and delicate heads are accompanied by wooden stems. Each cluster has lacy, star-shaped flowers, packed closely together in a pom-pom shape.

White Stock - Such a graceful flower, these ruffled blooms form a spike at the top of each stem and give off a sweet scent.

White Spray Rose - These miniature standard roses are petite, beautiful and oh so intricate with short, individual stems.

White Snapdragon - Tall stalks, ruffled edges with a delicate, soft texture.

White Anemone - We just love how these elegant, cup-shaped white flowers with medium to dark green foliage and tall, wiry stems stand out on the pew ends.

White Ranunculus - Layer upon layer of paper thin, silky petals with lime green in the centre of the bloom. They’re mildly scented and on long stems.

White Tulips - Perfectly symmetrical flower buds with a combination of smooth, fringed and ruffled feathers. The coloured centre contrasts perfectly against the petals. Amongst these, some have cultivated star-shaped flowers with long pointed petals that arch outwards which we adore.

Italian Soft Ruscus - One of our absolute favourites; such a classic foliage with shapely, shiny green leaves in narrow tear-shapes from long trailing stems.

Dutch Spirea - This delicate foliage is what you can see with the cascading branches of white or spring flowers within our designs.

It was such a magical event, full of elegance and style - we loved being part of it. If you would like to find out more about how we can help you to create your dream wedding/event through floral design, then why not get in touch today?

Designer: Rita Colson | Produced by Nova Reid, Nu Bride  | Photography: Cecelina Photography | Video: Urban Cinematography | Flowers: Miriam Faith | Hair: HK Hair Artist | Makeup: Joyce Connor Makeup | Lighting and Sound: Matt Maurice Events | Linens: Over the Top Rentals | Jewellery: Kelly Spence | Shoes: Charlotte Mills Bridal | Stationery: De Winton Paper Co | Venue: RSA House | Singers: Abigail Broughton and MA.RI.AM | Dancer: Jermaine Joseph | Models: Charlotte BrookeNyakor Riam, Masha Kaya, Ceci Zhang and Juliet Gough

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Lady In The Lake Wedding Theme

Today we’re telling you the story behind our Lady In The Lake styled shoot - one of the most popular whenever we share the gallery on our Instagram and for good reason…

So where did the inspiration come from? The legend of the Lady In The Lake is not one that’s straightforward. The character appears in many stories, depicting her as both good and bad. From using Merlin’s powers against him when he fell in unrequited love with her and taught her all he knows, to rescuing King Arthur and taking care of one of the knights of the Round Table when he was rejected by the woman he loved. But it’s the mystical embodiment we wanted to bring to life in this shoot, in the most serene English countryside setting. Portraying her beauty and the love she eventually felt as she married Pelleas.

Warm peaches, pinks, greenery, aqua, amber and golden accents made up the colour palette for this shoot - one of our absolute favourites. Teaming up with other wonderful vendors, we created two bouquets (one hand-tied, one wild), a flower crown, two low-vase centrepieces, bud vases, finishing touches for the cakes and of course, the statement decor from the shoot - the unique floral design on the boat.

We selected very fragrant, high-petal count flowers for all elements and complimented these with glossy, evergreen foliage. The thick, lobed, wood-green leaves of Ivy and rustic, spirally arranged leaves of citrus-scented Pittosporum contrasted perfectly with the soft, delicate leaves of Asparagus Fern, creating an overhanging design around the boat. Amongst these, we actually used seven different types of Rose to create a luxurious, warm look with lots of depth and movement throughout the shoot…

  • Pearl Avalanche Rose - This vintage-chic flower combines a hint of peach with pink and green hues. With long and strong stems, soft herbaceous foliage, along with its representation of longing, mystery and glamour, it couldn’t have been more ideal for this shoot.

  • Sweet Avalanche Rose - The delicate, soft pastel-pink petals brought a subtle hint of green on its outer, along with its meaning of happiness, purity and gratitude.

  • Juliet Garden Rose - We love the cupped rosettes and large blooms of this flower. It’s peach in colour and neatly arranged making it a dream to work with on the boat and in our bouquets.

  • Prince Jardinier Garden Rose - The most-used throughout this shoot, this is just such a romantic, scented Rose. Its pale pink petals are velvet in appearance and texture, making this the most elegant of them all - as seen in our larger low vase centrepiece and wild bouquet.

  • Lady Bombastic Spray Rose - Deeper pink in colour and with multiple heads per stem, these open larger than standard spray Roses, truly making a statement in our designs.

  • Bombastic Spray Rose + Jana Spray Rose - Both pale pink with a subtle hint of peach, while much smaller, these still worked beautifully - especially on the cake and in bud vases.

But it isn’t just foliage and Roses you can spot throughout the gallery. Lisianthus - gentian-like, bell-shaped flowers made multiple appearances. Their long stems, oval-shaped leaves and wide ruffled petals denote respect, love, appreciation and acceptance making them a must-have for your wedding or event. Sarah Bernhardt Peonies - pale pink, sweetly scented flowers with mid-green leaves and large heads can be seen in the centrepiece while the globe-shaped flower of Peach Hydrangea and its clusters of many smaller four point flowers, representing friendship, devotion and understanding, can be seen on the bow and stern of the boat.

Isn’t this such a divine shoot? The tranquility of the location, the carefully placed details throughout and the wonderful team made it a fantastic day we would love to carry through to your dream wedding/event. So why not get in touch with us today?

 

Flowers: Miriam Faith | Photography: Photography by Anna Marie | Cakes: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium | Hair and Makeup: Botias | Rentals: Deborah of Wedding Day HireOver the Top Rentals and Rosestone | Shoes: Aruna Seth | Dress Designer: Naeem Khan | Lace Cape: Botias | Crockery/Tableware: Duchess and Butler | Stationery: Intricate Creations

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As seen on Strictly Weddings.

Luxe Asian Fusion Wedding Theme

Time to bring you one of the most exquisite styled shoots we've ever had the pleasure of working on, right from the heart of the beautiful English countryside...

As we prepared everything we needed and headed off to Poundon House in Oxfordshire, we weren't quite ready for the breathtaking location we would be working at. The private home regularly welcomes a variety of weddings and events, and we're not at all surprised. The Edwardian building, stunning grounds and divine views is truly a dream venue. Our mission whilst there was to bring to life a Luxe Asian Fusion Wedding with endless elegance and incredible detail.

While ivory and gold made statements throughout, it was the pastel hues and greenery in our array of floral designs which added softness, luxury, style and grace to an often bright and bold theme.

The showstopper of the day was the tablescape. Vast flowers and precise place settings lined the length of the baby blue table cover. All complimented by beaded French chairs and the backdrop of country house brick, entrenched in history and character. 

Our floral creations for the day all presented an abundance of delicate petals, symbolic in their own way. Pink and blue Hydrangea with closely-packed, lacy, star-shaped flower clusters formed pom-pom arrangements in standout metallic, tall vase centrepieces. Chosen as pink represents love and pure emotion while blue stands for forgiveness - the combination symbolising anything that is sincerely heartfelt.

Designed with the sturdy, tall-cut stems, multi-layered petals and oversized heads of pink Avalanche Roses and intensely fragrant, lilac Roses, the opulent flowers brought freshness and meaning to these eye-catching centrepieces. We adore using lilac Roses; they are commonly sent to convey the message that someone has fallen in love at first sight and shows the promise of what's to come - how beautiful is that?! 

Evergreen Eucalyptus perfectly placed amongst the blooms added fullness; the leathery leaves hanging vertically in all their glossy green glory. Petite, intricate pink Spray Roses completed both the tall and low vase centrepieces.

Lilac and pink Lisianthus - gentian-like, bell-shaped flowers made multiple appearances in bud vases for increased depth and movement along the table. Their long stems, oval-shaped leaves and wide ruffled petals denote respect, love, appreciation and acceptance making them a must-have for your wedding or event. Paired with the delicately scented, yellow flowers and  fern-like leaves of Mimosa, these elegant designs bring a touch of sensitivity and remembrance to the occasion.

We also selected lilac and pink Veronica for our individual vases; tubular spiked florets with glistening green leaves are the ideal accent for a romantic wedding. This pretty, feminine flower and its' long, slender stem is significant for it expresses fidelity of the heart in marriage.

With our gorgeous bride and groom for the day, incredible accessories, impressive gardens, luxurious cakes and dream team of vendors, this styled shoot couldn't have been any more captivating and enchanted. 

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you to create your dream wedding/event through floral design, then why not get in touch today?

 

Flowers: Miriam Faith | Photography: Anneli Marinovich Photography | Venue: Poundon House | Wedding Planner and Stylist: Desi Bride | Stationery: Loveli | Prop Hire: Wed Head | Hair: Hair by Shamalah | Fashion Stylist: Karan Rai | Asian Outifts: The Sherwani Co. | Bangles: Nargis Collections | Jewellery: Red Dot Jewels | Tableware Hire: Maharani Decor | Turban: Ziggi Studio | Tablescape Beading: Vintage Button Bridal Designs | Doli Hire: My Wedding Entrance | French Chairs: Academy Furniture Hire | Cake: Unique Cakes by Yevnig | Henna: Henna BK | Turbans: Bespoke Turbans | Make Up: Amz Rai

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Corrigan's Mayfair, Wedding and Events Venue Launch

Today we're bringing you the gorgeous gallery of images from the launch event of Corrigan's Mayfair as a weddings and events venue for which we created the floral designs... 

Opened in 2008, Corrigan's Mayfair is just one of the exclusive restaurants owned by Richard Corrigan - a Michelin star chef who has even had the privilege of cooking for the Queen. The restaurant combines a quintessential British and Irish menu with luxury and home-inspired cooking, making it a must-visit.

We were recently invited to be part of the team to showcase how the private dining room, located in the highly affluent West-End of London, could be transformed into the ideal intimate reception venue for weddings and events. To start with the room was dark and non-bridal so we rose to the challenge of making it appear bigger, brighter and more welcoming for those special occasions to help couples picture spending part of their special day there. We selected a cream, white and pale yellow palette with hints of greenery for floral designs that were sure to stand out and add light and warmth.

First of all we designed an opulent wall with the purpose of displaying other vendors work on floating shelves amongst the blooms. We chose the delicate flower-heads of Hydrangea - big, rounded flower clusters along with the highly fragrant cross-shaped petals of the Stock flower. Stock is the perfect choice for weddings and events, having the hidden meaning of enjoying life and eternal love/beauty - we're obsessed with weaving these messages into our designs! The symbolic Chrysanthemums with their hundreds of tiny flowers brought vibrancy and joy while Avalanche Roses gave an abundance of petals for added texture. Teamed with cup-shaped Tulips, the eye-catching wall truly made a statement in the room.

Secondly we created an on-trend cascading runner which couldn't have gone down better. This has since been one of our most requested designs to recreate and is a joy to make every single time. Again, we used Tulips and Avalanche Roses but switched up our other selections for the impressive table feature. Lilac brought a generous display of blooms while the delicate foliage, Spirea, contributed cascading branches of white flowers. The fine, upright leaves of Nigella added feathery foliage for an element of softness and Thlespi delivered clusters of small white flowers with narrow, arrow-shaped leaves. One of our favourites, Ranunculus, supplied silky petals and Phalenopsis Orchids (another flower representing love, luxury, beauty and strength) presented a graceful yet exotic flower with wide, leathery leaves for an extra touch to the design.

After being on site to tie up the finishing details, the private dining room looked totally different and we were so happy with the final result. The flowers completely revamped the room, bringing colour, texture and a sense of scale making it feel far more celebratory and larger than before.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you to create your dream wedding/event through floral design, then why not get in touch today?

 

Flowers: Miriam Faith | Photography: Cecelina Photography | Venue: Corrigan's Mayfair

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Rita Colson Lookbook Photoshoot

We were recently lucky enough to collaborate with London based fashion designer, Rita Colson and today we wanted to share the stunning gallery with you from the lookbook...

Rita Colson designs contemporary, bespoke and sustainable bridal couture and evening wear for stylish brides and it was such a dream to work with her. Her creations embody elegance and grace, bringing a unique twist to bridal wear that we just can't get enough of! The shoot took place in the Asylum chapel, a distressed-looking grade II listed building in Caroline Gardens, East London. The venue added to the beautifully edgy style of the outfits, making it the ideal location for this high-end, ethical brand.

We were asked to create two bouquets to complement each of Rita's designs - from vintage lace wedding dresses to silk jumpsuits. We chose a wild bouquet and tight bouquet with slight variations of flowers, in soft colours and with plenty of greenery for modern luxury floral designs.

For the wild bouquet we selected a buttermilk cream, pale blush and lush green colour palette, tied with translucent blush ribbon. The Patience Garden Rose was chosen for its ruffled petals, perfectly complementing the lace of the train and bridal jacket. Avalanche Roses brought large blooms with an abundance of petals and strong stems to the bouquet, while Hellebores contributed large leaves and subtle flowers. The clustered blooms of Ranunculus with their silky petals were a dream match for the silk outfits and the delicate White O'Hara Rose added layers of fragrant petals for a fuller finish. For the wilder touches we included the classic foliage, Italian Soft Ruscus - small, shiny pointed leaves from long trailing stems. We teamed this with elegant Asparagus Fern and the larger lobed, darker green leaves of British Berried Ivy - a plant with the hidden meaning of eternity, fidelity and affection which we LOVE.

For the tight bouquet we continued the colour palette, using White O'Hara Roses, Patience Garden Roses, Avalanche Roses and Ranunculus. This time we introduced Italian Hard Ruscus for small peeks of green from underneath and between the soft flowers. 

It was such a joy to create these floral designs for the Rita Colson lookbook. If you would like to find out more about how we can help you to create your dream wedding/event through floral design, then why not get in touch today?

 

Flowers: Miriam Faith | Photography: Cecelina Photography | Venue: The Asylum | Outfits: Rita Colson

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Succulents and Foliage Wedding Theme: Kirsty and Squiff

When our very own Miriam Faith florist, Kirsty prepared for her wedding last Spring, she knew she wanted foliage to play a big part in her day. Think herbs, grasses, tropical leaves and succulents. We're no stranger to a full finish, so we set to work creating the floral decor she had always dreamed of, with a few surprises and little touches carefully thrown in along the way. 

For the ceremony backdrop, we decided to use Monstera Leaves, Aralia, Eucalyptus and Tree Fern to form a tropical x British blend of lush foliage, held together on a copper frame to design a show-stopping wall behind the happy couple. On a bigger scale, we recreated this for the band's backdrop (which Squiff is a part of) to extend the decor from St Luke's Church in Kentish Town to Cecil Sharp House in Camden where the celebrations carried on.

The foliage theme continued from the decor to the outfits, with us choosing to create a wild bouquet for Kirsty using Ammi, Skimmia, Pittosporum, Tree Fern and more. Because we know her so well we snuck in a few of her favourite flowers, 'Hanoi' Clooney Ranunculus too! The pastel pink and white, paper-thin petals of these flowers softened the edgy appearance of the foliage and complemented her elegant dress perfectly. Completing her outfit, we designed a Wax Flower and Rosemary headpiece tied delicately with ribbon. For the corsages and buttonholes we selected a combination of Wax Flower,  fresh herbs, dried grasses and succulents, each totally unique and a little wild.

We're sure you'll agree, the variety of these beautiful designs created depth and movement which transformed the venues and outfits. Both the couple and the florals were a joy to work with! If you would like to find out more about how we can help you to create your dream wedding/event through floral design, then why not get in touch today?

 

Flowers: Miriam Faith | Photography: Alice Morgan Photography | Venue(s): St Lukes Kentish Town and Cecil Sharpe House

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Love Unbroken Wedding Theme

It's not uncommon for couples to want to create something truly unique yet meaningful rather than opting for a theme or being on-trend. So when we teamed up with Rola from The New Wonderful on the 'Love Unbroken' styled shoot, together we knew our aim was to embrace this. We wanted to demonstrate how to weave beautiful hidden messages with luxury wedding design and encapsulate personalities, journeys and love into every part of the day. The title, 'Love Unbroken' refers to completeness and eternal love as symbolised by the wedding ring - something you will see we used as inspiration for our floral designs throughout this shoot.

Also inspired by Spring, we chose a dreamy, soft palette of cool tones throughout the venue and decor with golden crockery, urns and candles adding warmth and drama, breaking up any traditional feel. The overflowing centrepieces were made up of flowers of varying sizes, including beautifully fragrant Lilac Sweet Peas, 'Ocean Song' Lilac Roses, (a favourite of ours) 'White O'Hara' Garden Roses, Lilac Clematis, Lilac Scabiosa, Succulents, White Hydrangea, 'Vendella' Roses and 'Hanoi' Ranunculus - a popular choice for it's delicate petals.

The bold hoop wreaths were the most obvious of messages, representing the completeness of the rings. For each of them, we paired Italian Soft Ruscus with Lilac Sweet Peas, 'Ocean Song' Lilac Roses, 'White O'Hara' Garden Roses, Succulents, 'Vendella' Roses and 'Hanoi' Ranunculus for a full finish against the  brightly lit, inviting backdrop.  Making a statement in the centre where the couple would exchange their vows, surrounded by their circles of friends and family, we added more foliage to the larger wreath to contrast the pastel flowers.

Modernising the 'luxury' feel and complementing the sophisticated Leona dress, we created a wide, wild bridal bouquet, continuing with our love of Lilac Sweet Peas, 'Ocean Song' Lilac Roses, 'White O'Hara' Garden Roses, Lilac Clematis, Lilac Scabiosa, Succulents, Thlaspi, Eucalyptus and Asparagus  Fern which we also used on the Louis chairs. Notice how the chairs, flowers, cake, glasses, plates, vases, candles, urns and even earrings all were circular too?! 

We loved working with Rola and other amazing vendors on this shoot, showcasing just some of the ways to make your wedding that extra bit special to the both of you, whilst wowing your guests. If you would like to find out more about how we can help you to create your dream wedding/event through floral design, then why not get in touch today?

 

Flowers: Miriam Faith | Photography: Cecelina Photography  | Concept, Planning and Styling: The New Wonderful | Wedding Cake and Cupcakes: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium | Stationery and Calligraphy: Pale Press London | Crockery and Glassware: Whitehouse Crockery | Furniture: Great Hire | Crystal Table Décor: Wedding Day Hire | Floor Vases: Dress It Yourself Hire | Linen: The New Wonderful | Hair and Makeup: Amanda White | Dresses: Zuhair Murad Bridal and Berta Bridal, via The Wedding Club | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Venue: Ognisko Kensington | Draping: Wedding Creative

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