‘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.
Well we are delighted to say we enjoyed working with Pandora and Rock My Wedding again on this pretty editorial shoot. It is always a dream team and a way to a girl’s heart with beautiful jewels, gorgeous dresses, and great styling.
Hannah and Rishi were married at The Ashes, the most beautiful countryside venue, a place where you feel relaxed as you arrive and revived when you leave. We were delighted to be asked to work with Hannah and Rishi on their wedding as we had the pleasure of creating flowers for Rishi’s brother’s wedding at Shustoke Barns previously.
The bridal bouquet was a mix of hydrangea and roses in beautiful tones. The whole look was chosen to remind Hannah of the family garden.
The boys sported just picked rustic buttonholes and enjoying posing under the photo backdrop with beautiful watercolour tones.
THE ASHES WEDDING CEREMONY
The barn at the Ashes is a warm and inviting ceremony space and we love adding a feature arch for the ceremony. Lashing of eucalyptus foliage, ivy and hanging amaranthus set the scenes with colours being added to tie in with Hannah and Rishi’s colours from the day.
FLORAL ARCH OVER DOORWAY
The floral arch proved popular as a photo backdrop for some fun photos on the day.
THE ASHES WEDDING CENTREPIECES
Hannah and Rishi had collected a lovely selection of antique vases, copper coffee pots and smaller bowls we incorporated into the table decoration with the addition of some crystal glass. Delicate stems of ivy and soft scented flowers were added bringing colour to the tables. I loved the old photos that Hannah had displayed in photo frames for each table.
COUPLE PORTRAIT PHOTOS AT THE ASHES
The couple found some tranquil spots for their portrait shots beautifully captured by Joanne Jacobs.
Thank you, Hannah and Rishi for sharing and for your lovely words. As always weddings and in particular our couples are the reason we love what we do.
“Looking through them reminds me of how beautiful you made our special day. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
If you are planning a barn wedding or need inspiration for a floral arch then do 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.
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.
Editorial shoots are a delight to be asked to work on especially by the talented team of stylists at Rock My Wedding.
NATURAL BOUQUET OF VARYING PINK TONES
A natural organic style bouquet works beautifully with these beautiful Coast bridesmaid’s dresses. The elegance of the navy was offset with the blush and deeper tones of pink. The layering of the colours and a mix of blooms creates interest in the bouquet whilst the snippets of foliage add a natural touch.
The fireplace and dark walls of this bedroom at Hampton Manor create a stunning backdrop. I just love how the organic, asymetric fireplace decoration works in this setting. The light blush pink tones in the florals pop against the dark walls and bring the room to life. An abundance of candles and a stunning Coast dress created a most dreamy look, so elegant and magical.
BLUSH PINK FEATHERY BOUQUET – EXTRA LARGE
For a blush pink feathery bouquet to wow your bridesmaids choose an extra large bouquet design, here we used a mass of just three different blooms, feathery astilbe, the softest lisianthus and the lemon scented wax flower. The effect with this beautiful lace dress from Coast is so stylish.
NATURAL WILD GREEN AND WHITE BOUQUET
Bringing the outside in is a great idea and a natural wild green and white bouquet suits the style of this mint green Coast dress perfectly. A backdrop of jasmine trails, hellebore and the softest foliage stems frame this shot beautifully.
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
We were delighted to style the enchanting chapel at Compton Verney which is now available for wedding ceremonies. The white interior needs a natural look and so we choose an entrance welcome of a mix of aged lanterns and simple decoration inside the chapel. We lined the aisle with a mix of bronze gold bottles with the softest of grasses. The main ceremony arrangements were natural and organic in style with a mix of white and green in bronze urns sat on pedestal bases.
CENTREPIECES AT COMPTON VERNEY
The elegant Adams Hall at Compton Verney is a perfect setting for your wedding breakfast. We favour a mix of high and low table designs adding interest around the room.
LOW ARRANGEMENT IN BRONZE URN
For a low arrangement we choose a natural design in a footed bronze urn, styled with simple candlesticks and bronze ribbed tea lights. The flowers in white and green kept the look fresh and easy on the eye.
TALL FLORAL DISPLAY ON BRONZE STAND
Tall bronze stands with an organic styled arrangement in whites, creams and greens created a perfect tall floral display. Adding a touch of bronze to the Adams Hall adds a depth of colour and simple elegance to the table arrangements.
EXTRA DECOR DETAILS FROM OUR ONLINE SHOP
We also displayed a collection of place cards, table number, wedding favours and stickers as well as signs and tea light holder which are all available to buy from our online shop http://www.theweddingofmydreams.co.uk
if you are looking for a florist for your Compton Verney wedding or event please get in touch.
Here at Passion for Flowers we have a 6’6″ birch wedding ceremony arch available for hire. For a rustic wedding in a barn, tipi or outdoors this would make a beautiful backdrop as you tie the knot. Please get in touch if you would like to include our birch arch in your wedding ceremony decorations. POA.
BIRCH WEDDING CEREMONY ARCH
Our 6’6 birch arch is perfect for rustic style weddings. The birch structure can be hired ‘naked’ or dressed with flowers. We think it looks stunning with white material draped over the birch and a floral touch to the corners. Go all out and use our birch stumps and candles around the base for a dreamy candle lit ceremony.
Here at Passion for Flowers we now have a 2m moongate round ceremony arch available for hire. Please get in touch if you would like to include this in your wedding ceremony floral decorations. POA.
MOONGATE / ROUND WEDDING ARCH FOR CEREMONY BACKDROPS
Our circular arch or moongate makes a gorgeous backdrop. The full circle can be decorated with foliage and flowers, with a 2m diameter this makes a real statement. The moongate can be used as a backdrop for your wedding ceremony, a backdrop to your top table, dessert table or used behind the bar or statement area at your venue.
Flower friends are great and as florists we enjoy working and learning together. Earlier in the year I was delighted to spend time with Alison from Mad Lilies and Janet from the Flower Room Belfast. Alison had kindly invited Sabine Darrall to join us for the day and work with us all to create bountiful and beautiful flowers in the stunning English countryside. I had long admired Sabine’s work but had never had the opportunity to spend time with her and learn from her. We started off with a relaxed evening together talking all things flowery and more besides!
All the flowers and foliage were beautifully conditioned ready for our flowery adventure.
TOP TABLE STYLING WITH HANGING FLOWERS ABOVE
Hanging flowers always hit the spot and a chandelier over a top table is just so lush with a mix of spring blooms. The table below was styled with runners, candlesticks, bottles and tea lights from our sister company theweddingofmydreams. Dreamy floral place settings lovingly tied with ribbon completed this romantic,spring look.
HANGING FLOWER INSTALLATION OVER TOP TABLE
We kept the look on the table light and airy so as not to distract from the star attraction the hanging flower installation. For a top table it is always lovely to have a great feature iin place for added impact when it comes to the speeches.
CEREMONY TABLE WITH FLOWER CANOPY OVER HEAD
For a ceremony table with a soft, romantic feel we worked together to create a flower canopy. This lush design was oozing with scented roses, tulips, ranunculi and masses of different foliages for texture.
An asymetric grouping of bottles, vases and votives is perfect for the table with a lush footed urn as the centrepiece. This look really allows your guests to see the individual blooms and appreciate the true beauty of the flowers.
CEREMONY ARCHES – PURPLE, LILAC AND RED
We love creating wild, relaxed florals and worked together to create this beautiful ceremony arch perfect for a country garden or rustic inspired wedding. The rich mix of purple, lilac and red were jewel tones and really made our hearts sing. The finishing touches of logs, lanterns and potting shed finds were just perfect to complete the look. Working together was a fun and heartwarming experience.
CEREMONY ARCHES – LILAC, PINK AND PEACH
For a more subdued look then lilac, pink an peach fit the bill, an abundance of scented lilac, soft and delicate helebroes, snapdragon, wax flower, viburnum berries, delicate scabious and the softest blush and peach roses made a great choice.
I certainly enjoyed our day and look forward to us flowering and inspiring each other in the coming months and years. Thank you Sabine for your warmth and openess, and to Alison for organising the day.
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.
Hampton Manor is our closest venue, just a stone’s throw from our studio in Berswell and we always love a Hampton Manor wedding.
CREAM ROSE BRIDAL BOUQUET – ELEGANT WEDDING FLOWERS
Cream rose bridal bouquets epitomise an elegant bride and with avalanche roses and touches of delicate astilbe and touches of grey dusty miller they add a little twist to the day.
BRIDESMAIDS BOUQUETS IN CRYSTAL VASES – ELEGANT WEDDING FLOWERS
A great idea for a gift for bridesmaids is to present their bouquets in beautiful crystal vases finished with a small photo frame with a photo of the bride with their besties. A lovely keepsake from the wedding day.
CREAM ROSE BUTTON HOLES ON SILVER TRAYS
Elegant cream rose button holes look good presented on silver trays for the boys to hand out.
ELEGANT CEREMONY FLOWERS AT HAMPTON MANOR
An all white and cream display for the ceremony is always fresh and elegant.
Last week we ran our first wedding flowers workshops here at Passion for Flowers in our new studio at Home Farm in Warwickshire.
WHAT THE DAY INVOLVED
Karen demonstrated how to make a number of rustic country style centrepieces, including milk churns, jugs, mini crates and a grouping on a tree slice. She spoke about which flowers work well together and the techniques needed to make the different types of centrepieces.
In the afternoon all attendees made a place setting and crate centrepiece to take away with them.They also worked as a team to create a top table design, table plan and asked many questions about their own weddings and how they would go about creating various florals.
A FEW PHOTOS FROM THE DAY
GETTING STUCK IN
THE FINISHED RESULTS
If you are interested in attending one of our wedding flowers workshops or wedding florist courses send us an email to register your interest and we’ll let you know about future workshop dates. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have worked at Mythe Barn since it first opened and met many of our couples at the menu tastings offered by the team. The venue suits an elegant look with mercury silver and crystal glass perfect for the April wedding of Sarah and Craig.
MYTHE BARN WEDDING
Mythe Barn is set in rural countrywide in Sheepey Magna.
BOUQUETS – WHITE HYDRANGEAS AND DUSKY PINK ROSES
Spring bouquets with white hydrangea, dusky pink roses,ranunculus and peonies were the order of the day.
MYHTE BARN WEDDING CEREMONY DECORATIONS
Understated elegance set the tone for the wedding ceremony in the oak framed ceremony barn.
MYTHE BARN RECEPTION DECORATIONS
MIRROR TABLE PLAN AND POST BOX
We have an array of props that our couples can hire and Sarah chose to collect her cards in our post box.