Garlands extending along a guest or top table are a firm favourite at weddings and provide a relaxed environment for any wedding celebration. Picking up tips on making our designs foam free and more eco-friendly has been top of my list this year and so I was delighted to join other talented florists to spend a couple of days creating and learning with Sabine Darrall.
At many of our barn venues or in marquees we have the opportunity to create stunning hanging decorations for our wedding couples. Again we now aim to make these foam free and more eco-friendly. The freshest of gathered foliages is always a good place to start and using flowers that will last through the wedding day. We usually hang these arrangements on the day of the wedding.
Most of our wedding work includes a statement urn or two, either for the church or ceremony, close to a top table or as a feature by a staircase. This style of arrangement is often the first look at your wedding and is a beautiful piece to be photographed by or enjoyed by guests. I loved creating this free form urn design using no floral foam and keeping our weddings more eco-friendly. This natural mix was expertly captured for me by the talented Sabine Darrall whose courses I would highly recommend.
Pink, Peach & Green Free Form Bouquet
Working with a whole host of beautiful blooms enabled me to create the most natural free form bouquet for this spring bouquet I just loved the butterfly ranunculus and spirea.
We love autumn wedding colours and were delighted when Kate and Al chose us to be the florist for their elegant autumn wedding. We worked on a brief of mixed metallics, bronze, copper and gold with candlelight, burgundy red, emerald, dusky pinks and touches of peach.
FREE FORM WEDDING BOUQUETS – AUTUMN WEDDING COLOURS
Kate suited a natural free form wedding bouquet with a mix of autumn colours. Deep peach Juliet roses, dark burgundy red Black Bacarra and Quicksand roses with dahlia and kangaroo paw for added texture with stocks, hypericum berries, frilly lisianthus and eucalyptus.
The bridesmaids bouquets suited their elegant emerald green Ghost dresses and by choosing the same colours for the bride and her bridesmaids bouquets the look is pulled together effortlessly.
HAMPTON IN ARDEN CHURCH WEDDING – BRONZE TALL VASES & CANDLE LIGHT
For an Autumn wedding bronze tall vases filled with a mix of flowers and foliage from the day created a beautiful backdrop for the church wedding at Hampton in Arden church. Candle light was used on the windowsills and down the aisle to give a warm look to the church.
CENTREPEICES: BRONZE FLORAL STANDS WITH FOLIAGE & FEATHERS
The long tables were dressed with bronze floral stands with foliage and feathers with hanging baubles and foliage along the length of the table intertwined around a mix of gold, copper and bronze votives. These colours work well with the venue decor including the stunning chandelier in Elizabeth’s Court.
CENTREPIECES: BRONZE TALL VASES ALONG LONG TABLES
The centrepiece bronze tall vases looked elegant on the long tables with a lush arrangement with dahlia, Juliet, Black Bacarra and Quicksand roses, deep toned fluffy hydrangea and plenty of foliage with kangaroo paw and hyericum berries for an autumn wedding.
NAKED WEDDING CAKE
Soft Quicksand and deep burgundy black bacarra roses decorated the naked wedding cake and Kate laid her bouquet to the side.
Thank you for sharing your photos to inspire our couples, we loved working with this couple of create their wedding flowers and styling at Hampton Manor and for your lovely words.
‘I just wanted to email to say thank you so much for Saturday – the flowers were incredible, better than we could have imagined! The church and Elizabeth Court looked stunning too! So much work must have gone into getting everything ready and we are very grateful for that.
Kate & Al xxx ‘
‘Artists Days’ or any ‘Day Out’ is good for creatives and for the soul. I have long been an admirer of Sabine Darrall but had not had the opportunity to visit her at Lynne Down Barn in Herefordshire. The drive through the countryside gave me chance to unwind and I was all set for a great day out.
The designs we are often asked for by our brides are natural and cascading and it was lovely to spend a day with a small group of florists to exchange ideas and create some beauty. The cascading bouquets were so light hold and all looked very different. I choose seasonal peony and rose blooms and foliage much of which was locally grown. It is the delicacy of the trailing elements that helped pull the design together jasmine trails, scented honeysuckle, philiadelphus, grasses and ammi are firm favourites for a cascading bouquet. Ribbon trails beautifull finish off the bouquet and Elsie the dog was waiting to get in the photo.
Looking for tall wedding centrepice ideas for your Hampton Manor wedding? Hampton Manor suits tall centrepieces. At the spring wedding fair we showed our two newest floral stands both of which would be perfect for Hampton Manor, depending on your style. This rustic branch stands would also suit barn wedding venues, or could be used as floor standing arrangements to frame your ceremony in The Birches and later used on the tables.
TALL GOLD STANDS
Tall gold stands are great for adding height and a WOW factor to a room. Here a lush arrangement with trailing foliage and a mix of scented roses, ranunculus, tuberose and tulips filled the room with scent and romance. The stands can be set out along tables or to form a top table arrangement. Smaller vases and candlesticks along the table finish the look.
TALL RUSTIC CENTREPICES – BRANCH STANDS
Tall bronze branch stands add an element of drama to the room, they suit relaxed mixed foliage displays with highlights of seasonal blooms. Here we added a mix of beautiful English tulips perfect for a spring wedding. These stands can be used floor standing at the entrance to a room, either side of the aisle or ceremony and later for the dinner.
Extra details are always appreciated a single stem to the chair and place setting is a lovely touch.
Imogen and Andrew married in the village church close to her family home. We met in the early stages of her wedding planning and enjoyed helping Imogen with plans for her day. She wanted a romantic reception set in the grounds of Priory Farm. Imogen runs Capital Cooking in London a well respected catering company and it was a delight to work with her and the team on her wedding.
BRIDAL PARTY – BOUQUETS, BUTTON HOLES AND FLOWER CROWNS
The young memebers of the bridal party sported cute button holes and flower crowns and the bouquets included a mix of scented roses hand tied with silk ribbons.
BRADLEY CHURCH – STATEMENT URNS
The village church was a delight to decorate with romantic flowers, scented roses, stocks adorned the windowsils with candlelight adding a soft glow. Large stone urns framed the ceremony, with tall delphiniums added for height.
MARQUE CENTREPIECES IN GLASS VASES
Inside the marquee we continued the romantic look with a mix of high and low centrepeice designs with lush flowers from the day. Scented roses, lisianthus, stocks and hydrangea with touches of lavender in the smaller vases.
DRINKS STATION AND WEDDING CAKE
The drinks station was set out around the lake with refreshing drinks on a hot summer’s day. The cake was made to Imogen’s design by her cake maker and we added blooms for complete the romantic look.
Hampton Manor is the most elegant of settings for a wedding and we always love the opportunity to dress Elizabeth’s Court. The spring Wedding Fair gave us the chance to show our tall bronze centrepieces. Thank you to all who visited and to Jonny Barratt for his amazing images.
TALL BRONZE WEDDING CENTREPIECE
A tall wedding centrepiece always has a WOW factor and these bronze stands look elegant on a table in the manor. Lush foliage and large Mejer roses in softest peach, ivory with spray roses add a touch of glam to the tall bronze arrangement. Add in posy vases, candlesticks and tealights to complete the look.
GROUPING OF BRONZE VASES FOR WEDDING CENTREPIECES
As a more relaxed look select a grouping of bronze vases with simple but stunning blooms, here roses mixed with scented jasmine worked a treat. Make sure to add in glass and bronze candlesticks for that extra touch.
TOP TABLE FLOWERS AT HAMPTON MANOR
The wooden butchers block can be used for a small top table. Here we added luxe bronze vases, bronze candlesticks and wooden tree tea lights for a rustic twist to the bronze look. The spring ranunculus are such natural beauties and one of our favourite flowers.
PASSION FOR FLOWERS STAND – ALL PROPS AVAILABLE TO HIRE
We have a new hire guide available to all. The guide shows how to use our props and features a wealth of looks. Our studio in Berkswell houses our props and we are happy to show you the collection when having a consultation. We also had to sneak in the recently published Rock My Wedding book featuring some of our flowers and bouquets as well as our props. Happy days…
WOODLAND SETTING – TREE STUMPS, LANTERNS, FERNS
Our display at the show included a rustic woodland setting with mix of tree stumps, an abundance of ferns and helebores, lanterns and cylinder vases. This display would make a wonderful setting for a ceremony, down the aisle or at the base of a table.
Rachel and Nick were married at Compton Verney in September. We met when Rachel was recommended to us by the award winning venue team. Rachel came to us with an idea of colours and an inspiration image and left the rest to us. As we love creating flowers at Compton Verney and decorating this stunning venue they were in safe hands.
Chris Barber has captured their day perfectly for us to share with you.
HYDRANGEA AND ROSE BOUQUETS AT COMPTON VERNEY
A soft mix of pinks, peaches and a hint of deeper tones were used in the hydrangea and rose bouquets.
DUSKY PINK ROSE BUTTON HOLES FOR THE GROOMSMEN
Nick and the groomsmen sported dusky pink, lavender and rosemary button holes.
CEREMONY FLOWERS AT COMPTON VERNEY – ROSES AND URNS
The Adams Hall is a large columned room and suits classic shapes. Large urns overflowing with roses sat either side of the ceremony table.
CONFETTI THROWING OUTSIDE AT COMPTON VERNEY
Guests enjoyed this confetti moment celebrating with the newlyweds.
GLASS FOOTED VASE CENTREPIECES AT COMPTON VERNEY
Glass footed vases had just been added to our collection of vases and vessels and made an elegant centrepiece for this wedding.
WEDDING CAKE FLOWERS – ROSES, BERRIES AND EUCALYPTUS
Just before we left the venue we added the flowers and decoration to the wedding cake in keeping with the look and feel of the day.
Thank you Rachel and Nick for your lovely comment ‘The flowers looked so beautiful and were so much more than we could have ever imagined’
We love Hampton Manor weddings and were delighted to have free rein to decorate the sumptuous Elizabeth’s Court for the autumn wedding fair. We enjoyed meeting a number of wedding couples and showing them how they could decorate the venue to suit their wedding style and season.
Since then we have been busy meeting with couples at our studio at Home Farm in Berkswell where we have an ever expanding range of vases, vessels and large scale props to make your wedding day your own.
TOP TABLE GARLANDS
At your wedding reception all eyes are on the top table so make a statement with your florals as these will be captured in your photos of the speeches on the day. We love decorating the Butchers Block table with an abundance of mixed foliage with flowers and added textures. For this look we added roses, brunia and air plants for great texture. Elegant silver candlesticks complete the look.
White, grey and green and a perfect choice for an elegant wedding whatever the season for a timeless look. For a spring take on this we would include some white tulips and ranunulus in the design. There is always a choice of flower to add to create a great look with the season and your wedding colours in mind.
Add interest to the place settings with a pocketful of delicate astrantia nestled in the napkin. Posy vases by the place settings also add a welcome personal touch.
ELEGANT TALL BRONZE VASE CENTREPIECES – PEACH ROSES WHITE HYDRANGEAS
Metallics are still hot news and look oh so stunning at the Manor, this look is perfect for an overstated elegant look with a bit of glitz and glamour. See how the tall bronze vases goes so well with the stunning chandelier in the room. We always look to tie in your wedding decor with the room and your bespoke theme. Peach roses and cream hydrangea brought out the warmth to this look.
Team with gold and bronze lower vases running along the table and add gold rimmed glasses for an elegant look. The glass charger plates keep this fresh and contemporary.
Photo frames in opulent metallic finish add a finishing touch to the tablescape. If using the sprig table layout at Hampton Manor make sure you have interest running along the table, use candles and lanterns to add to the romance.
If you are planning a room layout with round tables you could consider using a mix of different centrepieces around the room. Perhaps a stunning tall bronze vase on a central table and lanterns surrounded by gorgeous blooms on others, with an abundant mix of gold and bronze vases on another. By keeping to the same blooms the look remains cohesive and easy on the eye but becomes a talking point amongst your guests.
STONE URN CENTREPIECS BRONZE CANDLESTICKS AND BOTTLES
Rustic woodland settings work so well at Hampton Manor and can be started with the ceremony in The Birches. The stone vases and urns create great centrepieces and bring a sense of naturalness to the tables. The stone in the courtyard was our inspiration for this look. For a winter wedding we have included touches of grey brunia and eucalyptus and added bronze candelsticks and bronze bottles with bloooms along the table.
For the place settings a slate place card holder looks just right with torn edge paper and a calligraphy name card. Its the little details that take your wedding from great to amazing.
Add texture with a luxe linen grey runner to bring the table to life and glass charger plates to perfect the look.
ELEGANT TALL GLASS VASES – PEACH AND CREAM ROSES
We love elegant tall glass vases and wanted to show one of our latest designs at Hampton Manor. This elevated design could form a centrepiece to a long table design with a mix of smaller glass vases and glass candlesticks running along the table. They can also be used to add drama to the Parlour for exclusive use weddings or to create a stunning top table design.
Details for this design included our salt cellar place names with a snippet of waxfower set on a glass charger plate. The elegance continues with the glass candle sticks and glass footed vases.
If you have been inspired and are still looking for a florist and stylist for your Hampton Manor Wedding do get in touch we would love to start talking weddings. Our advice is ‘Make sure you choose a florist whose style you love’
We just love it when a bride requests peonies and they are in season. These fluffy pink peonies were just perfect for a summer wedding at Hampton Manor.
PINK AND PEACH BRIDAL BOUQUET – PEONIES AND ROSES
The bridal bouquet was a fragrant mix of peonies, David Austin roses and jasmine with astilbe.
HYDRANGEA AND PEONY BRIDESMAIDS BOUQUETS
The bridesmaids carried beautiful hydrangea and peony bouquets.
ROSE BUTTON HOLES AND CORSAGES
The rose button holes and corsages had wax flower, astilbe or jasmine as a finishing touch. Adding name tags to the button holes and corsages makes light work of the handing out of these beauties at the wedding.
HAMPTON MANOR WEDDING CEREMONY
Joanne and Josh were married in the ceremony room at Hampton Manor, The Birches. Posies of fragrant flowers and candles decorated the room.
CEREMONY DECORATIONS – CYLINDER LANTERNS DOWN THE AISLE
CEREMONY DECORATIONS – REGISTRY TABLE
RECEPTION DECORATIONS AT HAMPTON MANOR
The couple incorporated one of our world maps into their reception decorations.
TALL CENTREPIECES IN GLASS VASES – PINK AND PEACH WEDDING FLOWERS
Elegant tall centrepieces in tall vases decorated the tables with a mix of pink and peach wedding flowers.
TOP TABLE WEDDING FLOWERS
CAKE TABLE FLORAL DECORATIONS
The large wooden table benefits from the addition of some lovely florals in glass vases and of course the bridal bouquets.
Thank you to Joanne and Josh for sharing these beautiful images from their photographer Richard Shepherd.
When we received an invitation to travel down to the elegant Coombe Lodge to create wedding flowers we were happy to say yes. A new venue to us is always a great opportunity for a site visit to check out the place to see what will work with the couples chosen venue. We just loved creating flowers and styling for Noreen and Tom on this magical day with their family and friends.
BOUQUETS AT COOMBE LODGE – PEACH, BLUSH PINK AND CREAM
The bouquets were a mix of peach, blush pink and cream blooms for an elegant summer look.
OUTDOOR WEDDING CEREMONY AT COOMBE LODGE
The gardens at Coombe Lodge make a perfect setting for an outdoor ceremony. Delicate confetti petals were handed out to the guests for the confetti moment.
LARGE METALLIC URNS AND FLOWERS DOWN THE AISLE
The dramatic setting for the ceremony suited large metallic urns overflowing with lush florals and flowers set out to frame the aisle.
CENTREPIECES AT COOMBE LODGE – GOLD CANDELABRA
Coombe Lodge has a warm feel to the place and the gold candelabra used for the centrepieaces echoed the decor in the light fittings and around the room.
The image of the Noreen and her girls so beautifully captured in front of the stunning rhododendrons is just gorgeous. Mother Nature was certainly at work at Coombe Lodge. Congratulations again to Noreen and Tom x
Lisa and Aneel had a 2 day wedding celebration starting with a church service in the church at Mappleborough Green followed by a reception at Gorcott Hall. On day 2 they continued with a ceremony at the Hyatt Hotel followed by a reception. The guests and families enjoyed 2 amazing days and we are delighted to share some images of the first day with you.
BUTTON HOLES FOR THE GROOMSMEN
The groomsmen wore elegant rose button holes for the church.
LOOSE, ELEGANT PEACH AND GREY BRIDAL BOUQUET
The bridal bouquet was the softest mix of flowers and foliage in peach, soft pink and grey. Heavenly Juliet and Keira roses combined with the delicate scabious, hypericum berries, dusty miller and scented jasmine created a dreamy look for the bridal bouquet.
ELEGANT BRIDESMAIDS BOUQUETS
The girls looked so elegant with their rose and dusty miller bouquets outside Gorcott Hall.
VENUE DECORATIONS – ENTRANCE WREATH FOR FRONT DOOR
The old wooden door to Gorcott Hall was just the place to hang a bespoke flower filled heart wreath.
ROMANTIC, ELEGANT WEDDING CENTREPIECES FOR LONG TABLES
Lisa and Aneel had their hearts set on a long table and found a great way of incorporating these into the room layout. Delicate candlesticks, votives and a mix of elegant footed vases and vessels were set our along the long table filled with scented florals to create their romantic reception.
ROMANTIC, ELEGANT WEDDING CAKE FLOWERS
The softest Keira roses were the icing on the cake for the wedding and set off the ombre icing beautifully.
Thank you Lisa and Aneel for sharing your photos and for your lovely words ‘The flowers were exactly what I had envisaged – soft, romantic and elegant.’
Wethele Manor nestled in the Warwickshire countryside is a favourite wedding venue of ours, especially in the summer months where couples with their guests can enjoy this delightful setting.
BLUSH PINK, PEACH AND CREAM BOUQUETS
For a summer wedding you can’t beat the wonderful scent of David Austin roses in blush pink and peach, with peonies, hydrangea and tanacetum with fresh eucalyptus all tied with trailing ribbons.
OUTDOOR CEREMONY WETHELE MANOR
We just love creating the decor and florals for outdoor weddings and the setting at Wethele Manor is just perfect. The oak arbour was lightly decorated with swathes of muslin and lush foliage and flower garlands.The ribbon backdrop added a touch of whimsy to the day.
HYDRANGEA PLANTS DOWN THE AISLE
Plants are a great idea to frame the aisle in an outdoor setting as they just enhance the natural setting.The ceremony table had a full garland trailing to the floor to continue this natural garden feel.
CENTREPIECES FOR THE MARQUEE AT WETHELE MANOR
For a large marquee remember to look at the expanse above your tables as well as the centrepieces.
CANDELABRA – PEACHES AND CREAM WEDDING FLOWERS
Candelabra added height to the tables giving an airy look and feel to the marquee, the flowers in peaches and creams added a cool, calmness to the day.
FOOTED BOWLS – PEACHES AND CREAM WEDDING FLOWERS
Footed vases sat on plinths in front of the top table and were used on some of the guest tables, enabling guests to see and smell the fragrant blooms.
TOP TABLE GARLAND
A lush foliage garland with highlights of delicate flowers ran the length of the top table. Hurricane vases and tea lights placed along the table added a touch of romance.
Pretty details were all around at this wedding, a gorgeous table plan and a dose of pretty behind the cake table.
Yolande and Ian married at Hampton Manor with a ceremony in The Birches and reception in Elizabeth’s Court. Richard Shepherd captured the romance of their wedding beautifully.
PEACH AND WHITE BRIDAL BOUQUET – PEACH AVALANCHE ROSES & HYDRANGEAS
The bridal bouquet was a large mix of peach avalanche roses and hydrangea. Ian, always so thoughtful, surprised his wife on their first anniversary and asked me to create a bouquet for her with the same mix of flowers. What a happy wife he has.
PEACH ROSE BUTTON HOLES
Peach and ivory avalanche roses were worn by the men.
HANGING APOTHECARY BOTTLES OUTSIDE THE CEREMONY
The Birches is set in a woodland part of the Hampton Manor Estate and hanging apothecary bottles look great hanging from the trees.
THE BIRCHES – WEDDING CEREMONY FLOWERS & DECORATIONS
The Birches suits rustic elegant styling with its large wooden doors, logs and wooden floor. We added candles with moss down the aisle and a mix of vases and vessels. We have an ever expanding selection which our couples can choose from when they meet at our new workshop in Berkswell. That way their wedding is personal to them.
NATURAL DELPHINIUM PETAL CONFETTI
Natural freeze dried confetti is beautifully scented and perfect for that confetti moment. Make sure you have some waiting in a basket at the ceremony location.
THE RECEPTION DECORATIONS – HAMPTON MANOR
CENTREPIECES – GROUPING OF GLASS AND SILVER VASES
Groupings work well for an informal layout with a variety of vases and vessels in differing heights.