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
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’
September is a wonderful time of year for a wedding, a favourite of mine as I was married many years ago in September. Cripps Barn in Bibury is a gorgeous countryside venue and one we enjoy visiting to create some floral magic with our talented team. Hannah and Gordon requested beautiful natural just picked flowers to create a relaxed look to their wedding day.
BRIDAL BOUQUET – CRIPPS BARN WEDDING CEREMONY
Hannah chose a Claire Pettibone dress Viola which suited her beautifully. A rustic glamour inspired wedding will work wonderfully at Cripps Barn. The bridal bouquet was designed with the dress in mind. Flowers we included were selected from a mix of roses, with stocks and delphiniums.
CEREMONY FLOWERS AT CRIPPS BARN
The ceremony barn at Cripps is perfectly lit by candles for a romantic ceremony we added a touch of rustic glamour with oversized mercury bottles with roses and eucalyptus. A mix of smaller items ran along the ceremony table.
The boys wore elegant quickskand rose button holes to pick up the colour of the bridesmaids dresses.
FLOWER CROWNS FOR A PRETTY FLOWER GIRL
The young flower girl was caught dancing with delight in her tulle dress, ballet shoes and flower crown.
WEDDING TABLE CENTREPIECES AND ROOM DECORATIONS AT CRIPPS BARN
The room decoration continued the rustic glamour look with a giant mirror for the table plan festooned with a garland of flowers and foliage and a mix of elegant table centrepieces.
HANGING FLOWER GLOBES AT CRIPPS BARN
The hanging globes were a joy to create with the trailing amaranthus and mix of foliage and flowers.
Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos of your day Hannah and Gordon and I will always remember Hannah’s fathers words of wisdom to Gordon a Happy Wifey is a Happy Lifey. x
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.
I am delighted to share this flower filled church wedding with you. Jessica and Matthew had a wonderful day with family and friends at Holy Trinity Church in Sutton Coldfield. We visited the church together to look at the ways we could decorate and Jessica and her mum wanted to be sure we had plenty of flowers. What a joy to create such beauty with our talented team.
RUSTIC ELEGANT CHURCH WEDDING FLOWERS – FLOWERS TO LINE THE AISLE
For special occasions the church wooden poles can be decorated with a large ball of flowers and foliage to create a rustic elegant look and feel to the aisle.The church silver was decorated with trailing flowers and we added in pedestal arrangements to continue this beautiful look.
HANGING FLOWER GLOBES AT SHUSTOKE FARM BARNS
As guests arrived at Shustoke we placed olive trees at the entrance which continued with a rustic Italian twist to the day. Floral and foliage flower globes hung in the large barn where guests enjoyed their wedding breakfast and evening celebrations.
BRIDESMAIDS BOUQUETS ON DISPLAY TABLE
The bridesmaids bouquets were laid on hessian amongst photos of the couple for lovely welcome. Shustoke has a wealth of exposed brickwork and a wonderful courtyard with established olive trees where everyone can mingle and relax.
RUSTIC GLAMOUR WEDDING CAKE WITH ROSES
A touch of roses and the cake was ready sat on a rustic tree slice.
A heartfelt thanks to Mr and Mrs Lanzilotto for sharing the magic of their day with us and their kind words.
‘Just wanted to say thank you again for the wonderful job you did with our wedding flowers. They really made the church venue and day spectacular.’ Jessica and Matthew
Katrina and Ed tied the knot on a gorgeous Autumn day with a church service followed by a day filled with fun and excitement in a marquee set out in the garden. We love the opportunity to decorate a marquee and Few’s offer the best around.
Early morning bridal deliveries are a delight and we love arriving amidst the morning preparations with our bridal bouquet. For Katrina and her girls we created a sumptuous mix of blousy David Austin roses with lisianthus.
AUTUMN MARQUEE WEDDINGS: LONG TABLES IN THE MARQUEE
The designs for the long tables included footed bowls brimming with flowers, candlesticks, votives and posy vases with blooms. Tall candelabra added height and elegance around the marquee.
AUTUMN MARQUEE WEDDINGS: DECORATING THE BAR
Katrina and Ed’s background in hospitality meant that the food and drink were high of their list of priorities as well as attention to detail. We created a warm welcome at the bar with a curated collection of drinks bottles with blooms from the day.
AUTUMN MARQUEE WEDDINGS: EXTRA DETAILS AROUND THE MARQUEE
When planning decoration for a marquee wedding it is the extra details that help make the day so wonderful, the autumnal toffee apples added a fun and playful touch. The blue glasses a touch of colour and a dusting of sparkle on the side tables.
The Chapel Designers group was founded by Holly Chapple of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, in 2010. Holly created the first organization of its kind. An organization that not only educates, supports, and mentors creatives, but encourages the individual designer to be his or her most authentic self. I am proud to be a member of this esteemed group The Chapel Designers and enjoy building relationships with talented florists and designers around the globe. Chapel Designers support each other and work together on major collaborations creating the most amazing weddings.
The world is a large place but through Holly and The Chapel Designers forum we are one big, happy family. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be part of this great organisation and of the friends I have made through Chapel Designers.
Just take a look at some of the amazing work in The Spotlght here by some of my fellow Chapel Designers, talented and stylish wedding florists from around the world…
Scroll to the bottom to see links to their websites and photographer credits.
At Passion for Flowers we love elegant weddings and Sarah and Federico’s October wedding was a truly elegant occasion at Coombe Abbey. We designed the wedding flowers around a neutral cream, white, ivory and green colour scheme to create a simple, elegant wedding day for their family and friends many of whom had travelled over from Italy.
PATIENCE DAVID AUSTIN ROSE BOUQUET
The bridal bouquet was created with scented Patience David Austin roses, frilly tulips and light touches of veronica and brunia for texture. The bridesmaids wore elegant wrist corsages with ranunculus and snippets of brunia.
The Cloisters at Coombe Abbey is an elegant room and we decorated the tall silver candelabra with a cascading design of eucalyptus with roses, brunia, amaranthus and ranunculus. The design was completed with an elegant ring of flowers and foliage in creams, white and green.
At the end of October Passion for Flowers transformed The Birches, Hampton Manor’s wedding ceremony barn, into a woodland rustic wedding ceremony setting for their Wedding Fair. We wanted to style the barn for an Autumn woodland wedding ceremony, below are just a few photos, by Fjona Wei-Ling. More photos to follow shortly.
WOODLAND RUSTIC WEDDING CEREMONY AT HAMPTON MANOR
To line the aisle we placed a couple of stacked tree slices with a mix of moss, succulents and candles to create a woodland walkway for the bride to walk towards her groom. At the end of the aisle where the couple stand to say their vows and promises we wanted to create a woodland area to frame the couple.
The woodland wedding arbour to frame the couple as they say their vows and promises was a mix of moss, foliage, wax flower, amaranthus and roses. At the base we used large tree stumps in varying sizes covered in moss and succulents with the addition of candle light to add a rustic glow to the area.
A garland was laid on the floor in a semi circle for the couple to stand inside when they say their vows.
For the Wedding Fair we also showed our wooden wedding favour cart, which we hire out to our couples. This was filled with jam wedding favours and popcorn favours. Our chalkboard signs were hung over chairs to give couples more ideas for decorating the wedding ceremony barn.
Karen delivered an inspiration session at Hampton Manor’s wedding fair, helping couples work with the seasons for their wedding. Our set of vintage ladders was used to hold jam jars filled with flowers and foliage from different seasons.
Are you thinking of choosing deep purple and burgundy tones for your wedding flowers? Recently we were asked by Wedding Flowers Magazine to take our designs down to London to be shot for their November issue. We used deep purple / maroon / burgundy flowers mixed with a touch of gold to add some glamour.
DEEP PURPLE BRIDAL BOUQUET
For the bridal bouquet we used an natural mix of smoke bush and clematis foliage, deep toned dahlia perfect for an autumn wedding with scabious, scented Kiera rose, sloe berries and touches of trailing amaranthus. The mix of ribbons created a soft romantic finish.
DEEP PURPLE FLOWERS IN CRYSTAL BOWLS ON A GOLD PLATE FOR WEDDING CENTREPIECE
For the centrepiece we created an asymmetrical design in an antique crystal bowl filled with autumnal foliage and blooms, the gold plate added a touch of glamour and height to the design. The combination of autumnal foliage smoke bush, clematis with a mix of sedum and deep toned blooms were the perfect fit with the lush Kiera roses.
PLACE SETTINGS / ESCORT CARD IDEA
For the escort cards we used a mix of mini bottles with guests name and brought the outside in by incorporating snippets of foliage and flowers to set the tone for the day.
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.
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.
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.
Rachael and Stuart had a beautiful autumn wedding at the delightful Nuthurst Grange in Warwickshire, just perfect for a classic elegant style.
DUSKY PINK ROSE BUTTON HOLES
The boys had button holes with quicksand dusky pink roses, we added snippets of astrantia to Stuarts and incorporated fuller sweet avalanche roses with astrantia for the ladies. Scented freesia are always a favourite too.
BRIDAL BOUQUET – DUSKY PINK ROSES & HYDRANGEAS
Rachael had a most romantic dress and this shot showing her just finishing off looks amazing. She chose a bouquet of dusky pink roses with hydrangea to keep to her classic elegant look.
BRIDESMAIDS BOUQUETS – MIX OF DUSKY PINK ROSES & HYDRANGEAS
I love the soft tones and detail on the bridesmaids’ dresses and we choose hydrangea and the mix of dusky pink roses when we met with Rachael. It is always a good idea to take fabric swatches along when you visit your florist to check on colours. I feel that a mix of tones work much better to pull the look together and give some variety to the bouquets.
INTIMATE WEDDING CEREMONY AT NUTHURST GRANGE
The barn at Nuthurst Grange offers a great space for an intimate wedding ceremony with family and friends. In the autumn candlelight adds to the romantic setting with big blousy flowers.
Blue and cream flowers are a gorgeous choice for a wedding and perfectly suited Michelle and Jonathan’s style at their country house wedding at Coombe Abbey.
BLUE HYDRANGEAS AND CREAM ROSES – WEDDING BOUQUETS
The bride chose a blousy wedding bouquet with blue hydrangea and cream roses, I love how the colours were picked up in the porcelain plate.
CREAM ROSE FLOWER GIRL POSY
For the flower girls we created an easy to carry cream rose posy finished with cream ribbon. Small posy wands are just perfect for small hands.
CREAM HYDRANGEAS AND ROSE BRIDESMAIDS BOUQUETS
The older bridesmaids carried cream hydrangea and rose bouquets finished with satin ribbon. As you can see these were also admired by the young flower girls.
BLUE AND CREAM BUTTON HOLES
For the groom we created a soft blue and cream button hole with a snippet of hydrangea and a cream rose perfectly in keeping with his bride’s blue and cream bouquet.The rest of the boys sported cream button holes to match the bridesmaids’ bouquets.
DISPLAY BOUQUETS IN VASES AT YOUR RECEPTION
If you are looking for somewhere to display your bouquets at your reception then do ask your florist for vases, here we left a vase by the guest book so guests could see the bouquets more closely and most importantly on a hot summer day the bouquets stayed lovely and fresh.