Tom and Jo or TOJ as they are known by friends and family celebrated with an amazing wedding at Hampton Manor at the beginning of the year. These images capture a beautiful day and their characters just perfectly. The couple chose Hampton Manor as their home for the day with a romantic, luxurious, cosy and warm look and feel to their wedding day with flowers in neutral colours white, creams, and some grey tones with soft blush.
A romantic bridal bouqet with touches of Earl Grey roses and brunia suited the style of the day.
The bridesmaids carried smaller bouquets with touches of dusty miller and brunia, finished with the softest ribbon.
A touch of berried eucalyptus added interest to the corsages for the ladies in keeping with the rustic, elegant feel of the day.
The boys looking dandy on the doorstep of the Manor before going over to the ceremony.
RUSTIC ELEGANT WEDDING CEREMONY
The calligraphy signs welcomed guests to the wedding with a posy of flowers and foliage from the day. Candles and trees created a romantic backdrop to the ceremony with soft underplanting of helebores for freshness.
Scented delphinium petals created the confetti shot just outside the cermeony, always a moment to cherish.
MERCURY SILVER VASE CENTREPIECES
The mercury silver vases overfilled with the softest blooms looked elegant for the reception with hanging baubles and trees to frame the top table.The tables had quotes from favourites films to add a personal touch to the decor.
It is all in the detail and nothing had been forgotten to keep their guests warm and cosy as day turned to night and memories were made.
Tom and Jo were so wonderful to work with and we just loved their winter wedding at Hampton Manor, a most favourite venue of ours.
Iscoyd Park is a pleasure to work at for an elegant wedding. We were thrilled to create flowers for this epic 2 day wedding at Iscoyd Park for Asia and Jason.
For an elegant wedding bouquet you just cant beat a lush trailing or cascading bouquet with delicious scented David Austin roses, cascading foliage,an opulent mix of textures all topped off with an elegant bridal gown and cathedral length veil.
Elegant bridesmaids bouquets coordinated with the bridal bouquet, soft shaped hand tied bouquets with succulents and an abundance of bountiful blooms and texture. The cute flower girls carried posies with cafe au lait dahlia and roses finished with gold ribbon and flower crowns for the youngest. Not to forget an elegant wrist corsage for Mother of the Bride.
This wedding at Iscoyd Park oozed style and charm. I just love the groom’s button hole and cool moment captured by the flower wall backdrop.
WEDDING CEREMONY – ISCOYD PARK
This was day 2 of the wedding clebrations and Asia looked a dream as she walked down the aisle. Lush posies with English country garden flowers decorated the chairs for this gorgeous couple.
WEDDING CENTREPIECES – ISCOYD PARK
Iscoyd Park is the perfect setting for an elegant,romantic wedding with bags of style. Crystal glass centrepieces dripping with flowers, gold candle sticks, glasses and charger plates complemented the look.
TOP TABLE DECOR – ISCOYD PARK
The top table continued an elegant look but allowed all guests to see the radiant couple. Rococo style gold candlesticks and crystal vase arrangements bedecked with flowers oozed charm and elegance.
OUTDOOR SWING – ISCOYD PARK
The gardens at Iscoyd Park are a must for gorgeous informal shots, I love the swing decorated with a trail of flowers and foliage from the day. Happiness is a swing and a smile.
All weddings need a touch of whimsy and fun, this cool flower wall photo booth backdrop was enjoyed by guests all through the day. A moss backing with a design of roses, succulents and trailing amaranthus was also the romantic backdrop for the happy couple .A labour of love to create and a WOW factor for all the guests.
Elaine and Andrew tied the knot at the most elegant venue Knowsley Hall with rich autumnal colours for their wedding flowers teamed with gold.
The bridal bouquet was designed with a mix of gorgeous scented blooms including Juliet and Darcy roses,eucalyptus foliage, peach hypericum, stocks, rice flower and the softest kangaroo paw, finished with gold trailing ribbon. A highlight on our wedding day is seeing the bride’s excitement when she first sets eyes on her bouquet.
The bridesmaids bouquets had a lighter touch with Kiera roses perfect with their champagne toned gowns.
Andrew and the boys sported elegant rose button holes.
KNOWSLEY HALL WEDDING CEREMONY
The Stucco Ballroom with its elegant cornices and columns gives a feeling of opulence to a Knowsley Hall wedding ceremony. Elegant chair backs for the bride and groom and a rich and full garland for the ceremony table filled with scented roses perfected the table.
KNOWSLEY HALL WEDDING
The grounds at Knowsley Hall are simply stunning and our couple were so lucky with the weather for their October wedding. These images show their joy and radiance on this most important of days with family and friends.
KNOWSLEY HALL WEDDING RECEPTION – CENTREPIECES
The State Dining room at Knowsley Hall makes you catch your breath as you enter, it is grandeur at is best with a warm feeling with heavy drapes and family portraits. For a luxe look sequin cloths covered the tables to add to the gold of the day, with a mix of candlesticks, vases and votives in gold to enhance the room. Low centrepieces enabled the guests to enjoy the room and have an excellent view of the top table.
The top table was dressed with elegant rococo candlesticks, luxe vases and votives with shimmering cloths and elegant florals for a rich, opulent look.
LUXE DESSERT TABLE
Guests enjoyed a luxe dessert table with sweet treats.
SPARKLER SEND OFF
The send off with sparklers ended the night on a high.
Andrew and Elaine are jetting off on Christmas Eve for their Chinese wedding celebrations in Malaysia. Wishing you both lots of love and happiness Karen x
For an elegant winter wedding there is no better place than Hampton Manor. The team at the Manor are the perfect hosts and we are thrilled to be asked by couples to decorate their weddings with flowers and styling suggestions. Amy and James were married last December in the Birches followed by drinks and canapes in the The Manor and partied with their families and guests in grand style through to the early hours.
BRIDAL BOUQUETS – BLUSH PINK ROSES & DUSTY MILLER
The grey of the dusty miller added just a touch of winter whimsy to the blush bouquets.The fur capes for the girls kept them cosy and warm during the ceremony just the thing for a elegant winter wedding.
ROSE BUTTON HOLES
James and the boys teamed their dinner suits with elegant rose button holes.
CEREMONY FLOWERS AT HAMPTON MANOR – ELEGANT FLORAL ARCH
An elegant floral arch was the backdrop to the ceremony in The Birches, the eucalyptus was also included in the chair backs adding a wintery scent to the room.
ELEGANT CENTERPIECES AT HAMPTON MANOR – SILVER CANDELABRA WITH BLUSH PINK ROSES TRAILING DESIGN
Candelabra are oh so elegant especially when decorated with a full trailing design including a lush mix of blush pink roses. We added highlights of grey brunia combined with the eucalyptus for a wintry touch to the decor. The head table featured a tall silver candelabra with an abundance of blush roses and the softest of blooms teamed with vases of scented blooms, mercury tea lights and silver candlesticks. The elegant mirror table plan had a luxe garland of blooms to decorate.
FLOWER PRESERVATION GIFT – PAPER WEIGHT
I love this idea for preserving your wedding bouquet. Amy’s bridesmaids organised a beautiful paper weight which is a treasured gift and reminder of her wedding day.
Somethings happen for a reason and I was lucky enough to meet Jin and Atul at a Wedding Fair when they came to meet their String Quartet and they fell in love with our flower designs. We worked with Jin and Atul from a distance in the early planning stages as they were planning their wedding from their base in Scotland. We later visited their elegant wedding venue The Heath House together to finalise details.
PART ONE OF JIN AND ATUL’S WEDDING – HINDU CEREMONY AT THE HEATH HOUSE
Jin and Atul had an amazing wedding day with 2 celebrations. As we were preparing for the afternoon English ceremony guests and family were already mingling for the first part of this amazing day filled with so much emotion. Atul and his family gathered for the Sehra Bandi ceremony, where the family gathers to pray and attach the Sehra, a heavily embroidered veil, to Atul’s turban. To hear the music and catch a glimpse of procession of the Baraat was so wonderful. We did not create flowers for the morning celebration but just had to share these beautiful images captured so tenderly by Jo Hastings Photography.
PART TWO OF JIN AND ATUL’S WEDDING – CLASSIC ELEGANT ENGLISH FLOWERS AT THE HEATH HOUSE
The wedding day continued with a classic elegant ceremony inside the wonderful The Heath House.
I just love how this bridal bouquet with its blush pink roses and dusty blue thistles for Atul’s Scottish links complement Jin’s beautiful Suzanne Neville wedding gown. She looks the epitome of elegance.
The bridesmaids look so elegant in their full length Two Birds dresses and hand tied bouquets finished with trailing ribbon. Their dress colours picked up the soft blue tone of the thistles in the brides bouquet prefectly.
WEDDING CEREMONY FLOWERS AT THE HEATH HOUSE
Heath House is full of the most amazing antiques and beautiful works of art, the perfect setting for a classic English wedding. The wedding ceremony flowers created a more formal and elegant part of the day with an abundance of blooms,trailing arrangements and footed bowls, all set against the beautiful array of antiques.
WEDDING CENTREPIECES AT THE HEATH HOUSE
The marquee was set for an elegant celebration with tall candelabra and low silver footed bowls. The central top table was decorated with a tall candelabra with a statement floral piece. We added touches of trailing amaranthus, soft lisianthus, dill and spray roses to the mixlurb about how they also have classic English wedding ceremony. The seating plan included favourite teas to link this fusion wedding.
PASSION FOR FLOWERS STAND AT THE NATIONAL WEDDING SHOW
At Passion for Flowers we love the chance to design our show stopping stand at The National Wedding Show. We are able to meet so many couples either just starting off on their wedding planning journey or wanting to be inspired for some last minute touches. Our stand showed a glimpse into our style of individually designed weddings. Every wedding is unique and designed with our couples in mind to reflect their tastes, venue and personalities. Passion for Flowers couples love flowers and have them high on their wedding list.
Cascading garlands of scented roses and foliage hung delicately from the muslin drapes. The large tablescape included a mix of bronze and gold vases and vessels filled with an autumnal mix of foliage and soft blooms. The hanging installation created a WOW factor to the stand with trailing amaranthus, roses, helebores and even more cascading foliage. Country house venues with fireplaces are lovely to decorate so we styled a fireplace with an asymetrical garland and bronze candlesticks.
BOUQUET FROM THE NATIONAL WEDDING SHOW
A blousy bouquet in our natural romantic style with a heavenly mix of eucalyptus, astilbe, helebores, lisianthus and scented roses stole the show. We always love the richness of soft ribbons to trail.
CENTREPIECES WE MADE FOR THE CHAMPAGNE BAR
Decorating the Champagne Bar gives an opportunity to show our range of bespoke, beautifully created centrepiece designs. The designs we created kept to our style “Naturally soft and romantic inspired by nature”.
If you met us at The National Wedding Show and think we could be the right florist for you, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.
Sometimes you have a once in a lifetime opportunity…
I had just such an opportunity in April and decided to attend the Chapel Designers Conference London 2015. This amazing event was put together by floral rockstar Holly Heider Chapple founder of Chapel Designers with the help of Nick Priestly of Mood Flowers.
From the moment we all gathered for drinks in the aptly named The Rose pub to our final tearful moments leaving Simon Lycett’s studio 3 days later we made lifelong friends. Love of all things floral binds us together and allows this esteemed group of Chapel Designers to nourish and grow. I am honoured to be part of this family of florists from around the world.
We had the most wonderful experience and jawdropping selection of florals to choose from at our base in Brixton East. The love, laughter and emotions we all shared encouraged us to create the most amazing florals.
I am truly grateful for the opportunity to meet so many talented designers. Holly inspired me to create this freeform bouquet.
Jo Flowers and Susanne Hatwood gave us a wonderful masterclass on their romantic, natural style of floral creations both have amazing styles and worked effortlessly to create delightful masterpieces. The compote design above I created after being inspired by their designs.
Rhona Wheeldon of Flowerona joined us for a session on Social Media and is was a highlight to meet her and gain some insights to the world of social media.
The photos below are a snapshot of instagram photos and offer an insight into the amazing times we shared. A masterclass from Robbie Honey who created the dramatic rose and eucalyptus urn, an inspiring behind the scenes visit to Simon Lycett’s studio and so much more.
Yesterday we were on location at Birtsmorton Court, here is a quick sneak peek of the gorgeous bride and groom. A dream team of wedding industry suppliers from The West Midlands collaborated on a wedding shoot, more photos to follow soon.
Flower crown in blush pink and peach tones using ranunculus, lisianthus and roses.
Natural free-form hand tied bouquet in peach and cream tones including willow, astilbe, ranunculus, David Austin roses, Quicksand roses, Super Bubbles roses, lisianthus, lilac and amni hand tied with ribbons.
The button hole included a Quicksand rose, ranunculus and snippet of astilbe finished with soft peach.
Every now and then time stops still to celebrate a wonderful marriage of two people so in love. I first met Ellie and Matt when they were down in Birmingham looking at venues for their wedding. They had strong ideas on the feel they hoped to create and took time to find venues and their wedding team.
The Oratory was such a special place for the wedding ceremony and for their initmate gathering of loved ones. In contrast the urban feel of The Church Inn in Birmingham gave us scope to create a great backdrop for their wedding celebrations. They loved the Brooklyn Inspired feel of urban places. Throughout the planning Ellie was happy to let us offer advice and we worked together beautifully to create this amazing moment in time.
We were thrilled to see this wedding featured on Love My Dress recently too.
The bridesmaids wore beautiful white dresses individually chosen and we created loose half flower crowns for their hair flowers. Simple, understated but elegant bringing in soft blues, nude, white and stronger purple tones. The hair was styled by our friend Natalie at Bridal Hair Specialists.
For a simple but stunning look the girls wore beautifully created wrist corsages keeping to the tones of the day, with astrantia, wax flower and snippets of garden greenery. Ellie looked stunning in her Sarah Willard Couture designed dress.
Ellie’s bridal bouquet was designed with her dress and personal style in mind. I love brides giving us freedom to work our magic on their flowers and Ellie fell in love with her bridal bouquet. This loose hand tied design included clematis to trail, a mix of roses, astrantia, lilac, tulips, wax flower, amni and helebores with a mix of garden forages for added texture. I just love her gloves to complete her look.
The button holes were a mix of quicksand roses, wax flower, some with delicate blue snippets of hydrangea. I love this image of Matt with his button hole.
CHURCH DECORATION – CANDLES DOWN THE AISLE
The Oratory is an amazing space and candles down the aisle in all shapes and sizes create the perfect look. It felt like an Italian church with the wonderful architecture and we decided that flowers in church would not do it justice and agreed with Ellie and Matt to go all out for candlelight. The service was so personal and on entering the church the magic and love could be felt.
HAND HELD ARCH
Love this idea for a hand held arch for the couple.
For the gathering after the formal part of the day Ellie knew she wanted hanging flowers to create a wow factor over the drinks table and as a backdrop to speeches and photos. An exhuberant mix of trailing foliage, large hydrangea blooms, trailing amaranthus, tulips threaded through the frame and scented wax flowers brought the room to life.
Well every girl loves diamonds and flowers. What an amazing combo. One of this years highlights has been the opportunity to create a dreamy bouquet for a shoot with De Beers Diamond rings. Who better for them to choose as a style icon than the amazing Charlotte of Rock My Wedding. See Charlotte’s mood board here.
The diamonds were exquisite and we created a bouquet with a quintessential English feel and fragrance with roses and lilac.
Ever wondered how to make one of those pretty flower crowns you often see brides and bridesmaids wearing in our weddings? Well here you go, we have put together a step by step guide so you can learn how to make them. This is another of our DIY tutorials we have done in collaboration with Rock My Wedding, see more of our DIY floral guides here.
HOW TO MAKE A FLOWER CROWN
For this example floral crown we have used a mix of roses in nude and pink colours in different sizes as well as wax flower for texture. You can use any flowers for this, the larger the flower heads the less you will need, we suggest using flowers that will be used elsewhere in your wedding and in your bouquet.
YOU WILL NEED
Sweet Avalanche Roses
Bombastic spray Roses
Roll of florists’ tape
Fine gauge silver florists’ 32 gauge wire and
Medium gauge 56 or 71 wire
1. Measure the head of the bride or person wearing the crown. The easiest way to do this is by using a piece of string. Add an additional 4cm to the length, these will be used to create hooks to hold it together.
2. Using the medium guage wire cut this to match the length of the string, then cover it in florists tape.
3. Select your flowers. For the roses cut the stems just below the flower head and push wire up through the centre of the stem. Add silver wire horizontally through the stem and twist it to secure with the main wire.
4. Cover all the wires with tape, stretching the tape and pulling it as you wind around the wire to keep it as thin as possible. (no need to wire the wax flower)
6. Once you have done this for all the flowers you are going to use in your flower crown you can start adding them to the longer piece of tape covered wire you prepared in step 2. Working from one end, place the first flower and fasten to the circlet wire with florists tape, wrapping it around the wires to make sure it is secure, then add another flower and another. Try alternate the flowers on either side of the wire for a natural look and make sure large and small roses are interspersed with the wax flower for texture.
Let us know if you have a go at this yourself – we’d love to see your creations.
We are delighted to feature one of our most romatic summer weddings. We love Shustoke Farm Barn weddings and were thrilled to meet up with Natalie and her mum earlier in the year to discuss flowers for Natalie and Tom’s late September wedding. When Natalie mentioned she had chosen the amazing Ross Harvey as her photographer we knew the wedding would be beautifully captured.
One of the delights after an early start creating bridal party flowers is delivering them on the day and sharing the excitment as the bride is preparing for her day. The sheer joy and excitment when we presented Natalie with her flowers and finally saw her wonderful dress is a great memory for us all.
The bridal bouquet was a mix of nude pink roses Quicksand, Sweet Avalanche and Bombastic with snippets of texture, the bridesmads carried bouquets with a mix of hydrangea, Quicksand roses and snippets of pittosporum and the bouquets perfectly set off their blush dresses.
The boys looked elegant in their navy suits and nude pink buttonholes of Quicksand rose with a snippet of pittosporum. We love the tradition of the groom selecting a flower from his brides bouquet.
CREAM JUGS FOR BRIDESMAIDS BOUQUETS
On a hot summers day it is good to have jugs ready for the bridesmaids bouquets to be placed in after the photos. They make a lovely gift for the girls to keep after the wedding day.
SHUSTOKE FARM BARNS WEDDING – CREAM JUGS, CREAM CANDELABRA & GIANT LIGHT UP LOVE LETTERS
The rustic charm of Shustoke Farm Barns is best suited to seasonal flowers, tealights and simple decorations leaving the framework of wood, metal, exposed brickwork and natural light to do the rest. Cream jugs with a blousy arrangement of blooms sat on the tables with the addition of a cream candelabra on the top tabe. For that wow factor just add giant Light Up LOVE letters and a stunning bride and groom.
As you may know here at Passion for Flowers we exhibited at The National Wedding Show in Birmingham last weekend, we absolutely loved the whole weekend meeting newly engaged couples and industry friends. We plan our stand months in advance it was amazing to see our visions come to life, we believe all the hard work and planning paid off as we were thrilled to be awarded The Outstanding Exhibitor Award.
We invited Nicola of Daffodil Waves Photography along to take some photos of our stand for those of you who couldn’t make it to the show.
PASSION FOR FLOWERS – A WEDDING FLORISTS STAND
We chose to create a rustic glamour setting for our stand this year, we often work at rustic style wedding venues (barns and farms) and love adding a touch of glamour to the tables mixed in with the natural rustic look.
LONG TABLE WITH A SEA OF FLOWERS AND GOLD CANDELABRA
The long table scape was our main feature this year, we set it for 6 to give an idea of how it could be used at a wedding. More venues are offering long tables for receptions now, or these florals could go along a top table.
The mix of flowers we used on the table were Quicksand roses, Secret Garden roses, Vendela roses, Bombastic spray roses, Café Au Lait dahlias, white ranunculus, white anemones, scabious seed heads, wax flower, brunia, dusty miller and eucalyptus.
Along the back wall we displayed a tall centrepiece in a relaxed style, this could either be used as a centrepiece with a grouping of smaller bronze vases around the base or as a floral display at the wedding ceremony. The table plan is one of our newest and favourite table plans we hire out, we created a floral garland around the arch of the window shutters table plan with blush pink and nude florals in bronze vases running in front of it.
We had two bridal bouquets on display, both tied with glamorous gold ribbon to trail. The first was a blousy loose hand tied bouquet of Café Au Lait dahlias, white ranunculus, dusty miller and white astilbe. The other was a rose bouquet of Quicksand roses, Bombastic spray roses, wax flower and eucalyptus.
On the chair backs we used a couple of chalkboard chair signs from The Wedding of my Dreams, Mr & Mrs as well as Here Comes the Bride. On the other chairs we created floral chair garlands of eucalyptus, ivy, soft ruscus, scabious seed heads and wax flower for a relaxed rustic look.
Each day at the show we wore flower crowns created with a similar mix of flowers we had used elsewhere in the displays.
Here at Passion for Flowers we strategically chose a stand next to the champagne bar, mainly so we could treat ourselves at the end of a busy day! We created table centres for the tables on the champagne bar using soft pastel pinks and creams. The flowers we used in theses centrepieces were Sweet Avalanche roses, Bombastic spray roses, astilbe, wax flower, astrantia and white hydrangeas.
WEDDING MAGAZINE STAND
We also loved creating the garlands for Wedding Magazine’s stand, and made the girls flower crowns to wear throughout the show. The garlands were in keeping with their bright pink logo so we used Kate David Austin roses, lisianthus, Wizard Of Oz dahlias, Harmony dahlias, Blue Curiosa roses, veronica, sedum, astrantia and poppy heads.
We love their comment…
The flowers on the stand were the best we have ever had, and we all LOVED the flower crowns you very kindly made.
If you came along to The National Wedding Show and after meeting us and browsing our website feel Passion for Flowers are the wedding florists for you we would love to hear from you. Get in touch with your wedding details on our contact us page.