I just love seeing photos from our couple’s big day. Today I thought I’d share Kat and Luke’s micro wedding from September 2020 with you. They were married at Derby Registry Office and had bright yellow blooms (Kat’s favourite colour) mixed with fresh green and whites. It was such a happy day.
Now restrictions have lifted slightly I am so happy to be getting back in the swing of things. I’m busy preparing for our upcoming weddings of all shapes and sizes, I am just so pleased our couples are able to finally get married.
Looking back through the archives and had to share this intimate wedding with you. 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.
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.
We met Beth and Blair at the Hampton Manor Wedding Fayre and Beth fell in love with our natural flowers and romantic table with soft roses and crystal vases with candlelight for an elegant look for her wedding. At our consultations, we discussed their vision for the day and how we could bring that to life. We also added in ideas to include the white thistle as Blair and a number of the party would be wearing kilts. We were thrilled to hear they had booked Fjona to capture their day, it is always lovely to work with her.
Beth and her maids carried natural bouquets with a soft and natural mix of flowers from her day. The blooms including the blousy Charity rose, Bridesmaid and Quicksand roses, eucalyptus, white thistle, spray roses and frilly lisianthus and with some of the deep-toned dusky pink sedum.
WEDDING CEREMONY BIRCH BACKDROP AT HAMPTON MANOR
Blair eagerly awaits his bride standing in front or the statement backdrop to their wedding ceremony. The scented roses, tumbling foliage and pretty blooms gave the elegant natural touch to this summer wedding.
The aisle was decorated with the softest petals and candlelight. The cutest flower girl and page boy blossomed with their duties on the day. I just loved the kilts.
ELEGANT CENTREPIECES WITH CANDLELIGHT, FOLIAGE AND ROSES
The elegant setting of the Courtyard was decorated with the softest blooms from the day and an abundance of crystal footed vases with candles, smaller votives and candlesticks.
ELEGANT WEDDING CAKE FLOWERS
The elegant cake was decorated with the Charity and quicksand roses and touches for eucalyptus then finished with a ring of foliage around the wooden tree slice. The cake is a key piece to add fresh flowers to and style along with your wedding day, especially visual when the cake is cut later in the evening.
TOP TABLE STYLED WITH CANDLES AND FLORAL GARLAND
As Beth and Blair entered the room to be greeted by family ad friends their top table glowed with candlelight and a foliage and floral garland perfect for their elegant romantic wedding.
Delighted couples are why we work so hard as a team to create beautiful flowers to match their brief perfectly and enhance the setting at Hampton Manor so we loved receiving these comments. ‘Thank you so much for the most wonderful flowers! Hampton Manor took my breath away when I saw it – it looked so beautiful and just how I hoped it would, so thank you so so much. Everyone commented on how stunning it was!
Kristen and Jo have a strong eye for detail and were an absolute pleasure to work with. Their elegant, stylish wedding is so beautifully captured in the wonderful setting of Hampton Manor.
Button Holes for Groomsmen
Kristen and his boys sported buttonholes of Silver Lace spray rose with eucalyptus to look dapper with their navy suits and ties. I just love Kristen’s bow tie look and the elegant name tags created for the buttonholes.
Jo’s bridal bouquet was a mix of large Four Seasons roses, Fifth Avenue and Silver Lace spray roses with touches of Astrantia and grey eucalyptus populus to frame and trail.The Maid of Honour, young bridesmaid and flower girl carried smaller bouquets with the same pretty mix of blooms.
Ceremony in The Birches – Birch Arch Backdrop
The Birches was the place to welcome guests to Jo and Kristen’s Wedding Ceremony, just look at the stylish signage and graphics for this wedding with the elegant copper tones, with a highlight of flowers and foliage to decorate.
The ceremony took place in front of a Birch Arch Backdrop elegantly dressed with foliage and the softest of blooms. The aisle was lit with candles in copper and glass lanterns with a touch of eucalyptus and the ceremony table where the couple sign the register was dressed with elegant foliage and flowers.
Reception Flowers at Hampton Manor – Long Tables
The long tables were set for the guests with geometric candle holders and copper candlesticks to give a soft glow to Elizabeth Court. Tall elegant arrangements added height to the central table while the top table framed by the Birch Arbour gave an elegant backdrop for the happy duo. The wedding was such a special day enjoyed by family and friends.
I am thrilled to show such candid moments of such a happy day. I have just received the most moving of notes from Jo and Kristen
‘ We just want to thank you so much for all your hard work and creativity on our wedding day. The bouquets, buttonholes, the archway and all of the styling were absolutely stunning! We couldn’t have dreamt of it being any better – so elegant and stylish – all thanks to you!
You are so lovely Karen, and made us both feel at ease with your friendly and calming nature. We were so glad that you were a big part of our special day.’
So if you are looking for a florist and stylist for your wedding at Hampton Manor please do get in touch, we would love to work with you.
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 ‘
We love decorating and styling weddings and events at Hampton Manor and enjoy keeping in touch with the look and feel of the seasons.
AUTUMN WEDDING CENTREPIECES FOR LONG TABLES – GOLD VASES & TALL GOLD STANDS
Adding gold footed urns and tall gold stands to the long tables creates an opulent look to the tables. Teaming these with flowers and foliage in warm berry tones adds a richness to the designs, small gold posy vases and candlesticks complete the look.
GLASS AND CANDLELIGHT ELEGANT WEDDING CENTREPIECES FOR LONG TABLES
Choose glass vases and a mix of glass footed vases with church candles for an elegant look to your wedding. Blush flowers give a lightness to the look and foliage could be added to entwine through the designs.
TOP TABLE – SUSPENDED DESIGN OVER GOLD FLORAL STANDS
GOLD FLORAL STANDS WITH LARGE FOLIAGE ARRANGEMENTS AND BRASS LANTERNS ALONG THE LONG TABLES
Foliage is very much a firm favourite for long tables and these elevated designs on gold stands create a wow factor look to the tables. Here we set brass lanterns with church candles to add interest to the table and echo the shape of the stands.
This gorgeous wooden door at Hampton Manor is in the main dining room of Elizabeth’s Court. I’ve been eyeing it up for ages wanting to create something gorgeous and floral around it to make even more of a statement than it already is.
At the most recent wedding fair, I created this asymmetric arch style floral display – which isn’t an arch at all! We loved out final creation and guests just loved it. Many Hampton Manor couples use this door as a photo backdrop so florals would certainly enhance this setting.
The 2 floral posts could be used anywhere, often we create something similar at an entrance to a church or between large pillars and arches within venues.
We love travelling around the country to create weddings with stylish couples and jumped at the chance to decorate an epic barn for the wedding of Tiffany and Kris in September. A site visit is essential if we have not worked at a venue before, visiting together with Tiffany and her mum gave us the chance to see how we could bring this barn to life.
Tiiffany had clear ideas and was looking for a boho style wedding celebration with white, green, gold, blue and grey colours with a Cinderella look. As the barn is quite dark she was thinking of lots of candles, twinkling lights and white flowers to add light wherever possible. Well take a look a see how this was achieved.
Final morning preparations for button holes and corsages is always a calming task to carry out before the buzz of the wedding day.
BARN CEREMONY WITH CANDLELIGHT & ORGANIC FLORAL DESIGNS FULL OF FOLIAGE
A set up like this needs access the day before for the lighting to go up and the decor to be started. Organic foliage and floral designs decorated the beams and the ceremony tables to form a romantic backdrop to the ceremony.
The bridesmaids carried bountiful bouquets of foliage and flowers.
CEREMONY TABLE AND STAGE FLOWERS
The large stage was dressed with statement decoration including a mix of large lanterns, cylinder vases, rustic wooden tables, and cascading garlands of foliage and flowers.
ELEGANT WRIST CORSAGES
Tiffany’s Mum wore her elegant wrist corsage so well which kept her hands free for her reading.
LANTERN WEDDING CENTREPIECES
Candlelight was central to this wedding and we designed a mix of centrepeices all with a bronze gold look. These elegant lanterns were accented with delicate bronze glass bud vases with a mix of flowers and foliage from the day.
GOLD CANDELABRA WEDDING CENTREPEICES
Tall gold candelabra decorated other guest tables with a generous mix of foliage and flowers.
FULL-LENGTH TOP TABLE GARLANDS
The top table is key to any wedding celebration and is the focus of much of the day. For Tiffany and Kris we created full length top table garlands full of scented eucalyptus foliage, the softest blue hydrangea, spray roses and other blooms and textures from the day. A mix of glass cylinders and bronze gold lanterns were added to light the table and foliage chair backs to complete the look.
THE WEDDING CAKE DECORATIONS – HANGING RING & LANTERNS
So every wedding cake deserves to be centrestage and so we created a hanging ring to be suspended over the wedding cake surrounded by a masse of candles. This was the most romantic setting for Tiffany and Kris to cut their cake in front of family and friends.
Thank you so much Tiffany and Kris for allowing us to be part of your amazing wedding day. The photos captured by Ed Godden are simply stunning.
As the days are turning cooler I thought we would share more images of this beautiful wedding at Blackwell Grange. Last September Danielle and Lorance entrusted us to create their flowers and decor and we loved bringing everything together on the day.
BRIDAL BOUQUET – ORGANIC STYLE AUTUMN COLOURS
Rich autumn colours were added into the bridal bouquet design for this organic style bouquet with touches of astilbe, dahlia, roses and eucalyptus.
BRIDESMAIDS BOUQUETS – DEEP RED BURGUNDY & FOLIAGE
Plenty of foliage and deep burgundy red dahlias carried through into the bridesmaids bouquets.
WEDDING CEREMONY AT BLACKWELL GRANGE
The ceremony barn is a lovely setting for a wedding ceremony nestled into the countryside.
CEREMONY FLOWERS & DECORATIONS – BLACKWELL GRANGE BARN VENUE
Ceremony decorations included a mix of lanterns, stylish chair flowers and a fireplace decorated in colours of the day.
BLACKWELL GRANGE BARN VENUE WEDDING BREAKFAST DECORATIONS
The top table is where all eyes are focused for a large part of the wedding breakfast to a long garland of lush foliage with flowers was a great choice. The backdrop was created especially for the couple with a romantic ring of flowers and Dani’s favourite sparkling lights and foliage added in.
FLOWERS FOR THE WEDDING CAKE TABLE
Ask your florist for vases for the bouquets so they can be added to the cake table display. I love the axe for cutting the rustic cake.
Danielle and Lorance, thank you for your lovely words.
‘We just wanted to a massive thank you for everything you did for us! The wedding looked spectacular and almost all of that was down to you! We loved absolutely everything it was perfect! You have been so amazingly helpful and are full of fantastic ideas! Continue to make people’s wedding days so perfect because you really have done something special for us!’
If you are looking for inspiration for your 2019 wedding please get in touch.
We usually use our birch arch covered in flowers and foliage to create a rustic frame for a wedding ceremony. Here is another use for it. At the recent Hampton Manor wedding fair, we showed our birch arch as a backdrop with a bespoke scroll hanging from it. This backdrop could be used behind the wedding ceremony, behind a top table or behind a cake table or dessert bar.
The scroll reads “Love is old, love is new, love is all, love is you” but we would love to create this to say something of your choice.
BIRCH ARCH SCROLL WEDDING BACKDROP
A wedding backdrop is a great styling trick to add to your venue decor. Here a pared-back birch arch has a personalised scroll and delicate foliage, glass hanging baubles, rustic tree stumps, an abundance of candles and relaxed planting and florals to create a great backdrop for your wedding day.
ALTERNATIVE WREATH – CART WHEEL
For an alternative wreath, we created an asymmetric floral decoration around an old cartwheel, perfect for welcoming guests to your wedding ceremony. Here the arrow reads flowers, but for a ceremony, we could change it to welcome, or later for drinks or bar.
I am delighted to share these photos of a gorgeous December wedding at Hampton Manor.
There is always a sense of excitement when visiting a bride on her wedding morning, last minute checks on the bridal bouquet before handing it over and of course seeing the dress hanging up in pride of place.
THE BIRCHES AT HAMPTON MANOR, CEREMONY BARN
The Birches at Hampton Manor is a graceful ceremony barn and on this December morning the sun shone through to create a beautiful warm environment for this wedding ceremony.
Large stone urns created the backdrop and were overflowing with a bold design with a mix of foliage and flowers. Colour is so important and our couple knew they wanted to have beautiful flowers and warm winter colours for their wedding.
The room looked splendid with these gorgeous sequin cloths and deep burgundy napkins with individual pace settings. The gold table numbers kept to the warm elegant look and the tables had a mix of high and low centrepieces. The low centrepieces featured a glass hurricane vase with candle set inside a lush ring of eucalyptus foliage and a mix of roses. Extra details were added with the tea lights.
I was delighted to receive such a lovely note from Mr and Mrs Walton after their wedding.
“Karen, everything you created for our wedding day was simply stunning and far better than I ever imagined. You delivered the wedding of my dreams, it was just perfect.
From the very beginning of our planning journey, flowers were always a priority so they were very high up on our list. When I came across your previous work I just knew I had found the perfect person for the job.
We took a lot of the flowers home with us and admired them for a couple of weeks before they turned. I have pressed a couple to keep and frame them as a lovely keepsake of the day.
Thank you so much once again.
If you are looking for inspiration for your wedding do get in touch. Karen x
Sarah and Adam planned the most beautiful autumn church wedding followed by a reception for family and friends at our favourite Hampton Manor. They are currently living out in Hong Kong and so we had the opportunity to meet up on their visits home as well as skype and share pinterest boards and ideas during the planning stages.
BRIDAL AND BRIDESMAIDS BOUQUETS – AUTUMN COLOUR PALETTE
Right from the start this couple knew they wanted natural organic style flowers with lots of autumn colour. With the navy blue two birds bridesmaids dresses, the burgundy and pink tones worked well with plenty of foliage and texture to the bouquets.
BARSTON CHURCH WEDDING
Sarah had the pleasure of walking down from her family home to the village church for the wedding service where everyone was awaiting her arrival.
Adam’s face is a picture awaiting her arrival. The boys wore button holes in the softest dusky pink to tie in with Sarah and her maids.
VINTAGE SPORTS CAR
Adam drove his bride away in a vintage Jaguar XJS to the sound of rattling tin cans. This epic shot at the entrance to Hampton Manor is just so timeless and sums up the romance of their wedding day.
TALL CENTREPIECES AT HAMPTON MANOR – AUTUMN AND ORGANIC STYLE
The natural organic style continued through to Elizabeth Court at Hampton Manor. Adam in particular loved the idea of tall centrepieces and we agreed on clear glass vases with an organic design with tall twigs, eucalyptus foliage and the softest of roses.
TOP TABLE FLOWERS – LOW ARRANGEMENT
On the top table flowers we added the beautiful bridesmaids bouquets to add impact to the table among the candles.
The wedding cake by Ben The Cakeman brought together the Chinese and English elements of the day with the beautiful addition of the chopsticks and the berries.
Thank you Sarah and Adam for sharing your beautiful wedding photos we loved being part of your day.
We always love a collaboration and when asked by Country Wedding Venues if we would like to work with The Rustic Wedding Company in styling Mythe Barn we jumped at the chance. We love a rustic wedding as do so many of our wedding couples.
NATURAL ORGANIC CEREMONY AT MYTHE BARN – BIRCH ARCH
Natural organic style wedding flowers are key to creating a relaxed look to a rustic wedding. Starting with our birch arch we added a mix of foliage, we usually use a mix of at least 3 different types of foliage, with a mix of roses, helebores and lisianthus to lighten the look.
Our tree stumps and lanterns tied the look together with a mix of candlesticks. Aisle chairs were finished off with a bunch of eucalyptus to complete the look. The wooden ceremony table has a soft runner, an array of gold candlesticks and a mass of foliage garland with highlights of natural flowers.
ROUND GUEST TABLES: GOLD AND GREEN CENTREPIECES
The guest tables centrepieces continued the gold and green scheme with gold hurricane vases with a candle framed by a ring of foliage and flowers. Flowers here included anenomes, helebores and roses.
BACKDROP BEHIND TOP TABLE
If you are having a backdrop behind the top table make sure it continues the feel of your wedding day, for a rustic wedding add large amounts of foliage for a natural organic look.
LONG TOP TABLE: GOLD AND GREEN WEDDING STYLING
All eyes are on the top table and it should be a feast for the senses, this will be the focal point for the duration of the speeches so you’ll want it to look as pretty as can be. The richness of the gold together with the organic green foliage and soft, delicate blooms caught the magic of the day. I just love the whimsical astilbe in the gold vases and the softest anemones in the lower vases. Each place setting had a snippet of foliage and gold cut out name as a place card / favour.
Credits: Wedding Florists: Passion for Flowers // Venue: Mythe Barn // Photographer: Daffodil Waves // Additional Props & Stying: The Rustic Wedding Company
Maria and Rik are such a photogenic couple and the loveliest of clients. Maria and I enjoyed many happy hours planning the designs for her summer church wedding and reception at Shustoke Farm Barns. We had the pleasure of creating flowers for her sister’s wedding a couple of years back so jumped at the chance to work with these lovely people again. Add to the mix that Steve Gerrard was flying back to capture their day and we knew a good day was to be had by all.
ORGANIC STYLE DEEP PINK BOUQUETS
The organic style of bouquets suited Maria’s dress chosen from our friends at Tilly Trotters Bridal in Leamington. A hand chosen selection of blooms including deep pink dahlia, scabious and soft pink roses were combined with a mix of textured foliage for this late August wedding.
ORGANIC STYLE FLOWERS – CHURCH ARCH
The tiny church at Corley Moor is a real hidden treasure, filled with candlelight it was overflowing with emotion for this wedding. The organic style arch was created to work with the natural beauty of the weathered stone. A base of foliage with trailing amaranthus and natural flowers accentuated the beauty of of the church so much so that the Vicar was heard to comment “I should have flowers hanging for every wedding”
ORGANIC STYLE FLOWERS – TABLE CENTRES TALL AND LOW
We continued the organic style florals in to the reception. We styled the tables with a mix of tall and low table centres, keeping the flowers and foliage organic and lush. Tall designs on bronze/gold stands or tall bronze vases with large urns for the top table overflowing with natural organic styled flowers and foliage. Fresh rosemary was added to the place settings where everyone had their name in gold.
EXTRA STYLING DETAILS
The courtyard at Shustoke is gorgeous with its olive trees and natural planting. We had fun decorating the bike for Rik and the boys as well as adding extra styling details to the table plan. For a welcome touch we added rococco style candlesticks and foliage, as well as decorating their mirror table plan with a foliage garland and we always love adding our floral touch to a wedding cake table.
Thank you Mr and Mrs Hackett for sharing your day. We loved being a part of your wedding.
If you are planning a wedding a Shustoke Farm Barns, or a similar barn style venue and like our floral designs (organic style flowers in particular) and approach we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch and see if we are available.
Our birch arch makes a stunning backdrop for a wedding ceremony. The ceremony barn at Hampton Manor is the perfect setting. We created this autumnal setting at Hampton Manor using large tree stumps down the aisle with candle in clear glass cylinder vases making a lovely setting for the entrance of the bride.
The focal point is of course the birch arch which we draped with sheer white material and organic style florals to each corner, we used lush foliage, dark red hydrangeas, nude roses and larger statement blooms for a textured autumnal look.