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
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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
Summer weddings held at country venues are a pleasure to work on and Laura and Jason wanted a music filled wedding day with family and friends. Packington Moor set in rural Warwickshire is a wonderful setting and the food and service are always excellent.
Flowers were high up on Laura’s plans for the day and the Passion for Flowers team filled her venue with flowers bringing her dreams to life.
BRIDAL PARTY BOUQUETS
Romantic was the order of the day and the bridal bouquets included cream garden roses with soft bombastic roses and hydrangea.For the young girls we added snippets of baby’s breath to the bombastic roses to keep their posies more delicate.
FLOWER CROWNS FOR FLOWER GIRLS
Don’t you just love the flower girls with their sweetest flowers crowns with bombastic spay roses and snippets of baby’s breath.
BUTTON HOLES TIED WITH TWINE
Jason and the boys sported spray rose button holes with rosemary trimmed with twine, perfect with the tweed waistcoat.
PACKINGTON MOOR ENTRANCE DECORATIONS
Rustic crates and hydrangea plants welcomed guest to the courtyard and were then gifted at the end of the day. Music was heard all around the barn for the ceremony and then set up outside in the courtyard to entertain the guests.
CEREMONY FLOWERS & DECORATIONS AT PACKINGTON MOOR
Ceremony flowers for the barn adorned the staircase, balcony, and arch complemented by flowers and candles down the aisle for a soft romantic setting for our couple.
CENTREPIECES AT PACKINGTON MOOR BARN VENUE
The centrepieces continued the romantic floral look for the day with elevated blousy arrangements in glass vases. The top table was filled with candlelight and blooms in a mix of glass vases and vessels finished with trailing foliage. The place settings were finished with rosemary for the boys and lisianthus for the girls another lovely way to welcome your guests to the wedding meal.
I am delighted to share these images from the most relaxed summer wedding flowers we created for Jacquie and Neil with a 60’s Rock and Roll vibe and natural looking flowers.
RELAXED FLOWER CROWN – YELLOW, WHITE AND GREEN
A lightweight feathery flower crown with delicate love in a mist, yellow craspedia, rose buds and snippets of soft ruscus suited the relaxed day and was worn by Jacquie from setting off to church through to the last dance of the evening.
The bride carried a very loose hand tied natural looking mix of garden roses, tanacetum daisy, soft ruscus trailing, blue love in a mist, cornflowers and pops of bright orange blooms gorgeous with her Charlie Brear dress in pale ivory tones.
SUMMER BRIDESMAIDS BOUQUETS FOR FLORAL DRESSES
We always love our consultations when we get to see the bridesmaids dresses or swatches or colours and can then design bouquets to suite. The floral dresses worn by the girls looked stunning pared with loose natural summer bouquets.
ROSE BUTTON HOLES TIED WITH TWINE
The boys wore rose button holes simply tied with twine for their relaxed look.
RELAXED SUMMER FLOWERS FOR A COUNTRY CHURCH
Barnt Green church just down the road from the family home was welcoming for the wedding guests. A galvanised bucket of flowers decorated the altar and simple posies of flowers were set out down the aisle.
SUMMER GARDEN WEDDING
Jacquie and Neil chose Laughern Hill with its walled garden setting, vinery and beautiful garden for their summer garden wedding. A marquee was set up in the gardens leaving an abundance of space to dress and decorate to their taste.
SUMMER WEDDING CENTREPIECES – BRIGHT FLOWERS IN ECLECTIC MIX OF CRYSTAL VASES AND TEA CUPS
The tables had an eclectic mix of relaxed centrepieces. Bright flowers from the day unified the look and created the relaxed look the couple were hoping for. The Vinery was a lovely spot for photos and guests mingling with the grapes hanging above a set of rustic ladders. A favourite decoration of the day for our bride.
NAKED WEDDING CAKE DECORATED WITH PRETTY BLOOMS
The naked cake was beautifully finished with fresh berries and figs and a sprinkling of pretty blooms.
OUTDOOR DANCE FLOOR FOR SUMMER GARDEN WEDDING
The Walled garden became the perfect place for dancing with festoon lights and pallet seating.
Our thanks to Jacquie and Neil for their amazing comments ;
“The flowers were a huge part of what made our day look so amazing. They complemented all of our ideas and added the finishing touches to what we think of as the most incredible day in our relationship. I cannot put more emphasis on how easy, accommodating and genuinely pleasant to work with Passion for Flowers were. I will continue to recommend them to everyone I meet who is planning a wedding. Words will always fail to express my gratitude to Karen and her team.”
Reeya Chalotra and Vishal Kapoor’s wedding at Shustoke Farm Barns in July was an elegant, stripped back look with natural flowers. We combined a mix of blooms chosen with the couple including hydrangea, wax flower, fountain grass, grey brunia, lisianthus, eucalyptus and highlights of bombastic soft blush spray roses. Just perfect for the setting at Shustoke Farm Barns in Warwickshire.
ORGANIC STYLE CEREMONY FLOWERS
The ceremony had a natural organic style with hand tied bunches of wax flower, eucalyptus and spray roses to the chairs.
To decorate the large wooden ceremony table a loose garland was created with plenty or organic foliage and blooms from the day. Garlands are a great look in a barn style venue with the addition of clylinder vases and candles for some magical candlelight.
HANGING HOOPS OF FLOWERS
The large open barns also benefit from some hanging flowers and so we designed hanging hoops made of wicker and wire, covered with relaxed foliage and flowers. It is important to use large scale blooms like hydrangea in these size of designs to create a dramatic look. Smaller blooms would be lost in a hoop of this size.
GUEST BOOK TABLE
The guest book table had photos and a rustic wooden box with soft organic blooms from the day.
Reeya and Vishal had a beautiful wedding and we are looking forward to seeing them again at The Ashes for Hannah and Rishi’s wedding. Thank you for recommending us. x
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.
As we regularly work at Hampton Manor we love it when new changes are made to venues. Hampton Manor have recently enhanced the outdoor area next to Elizabeth’s Court. There is a new seating area for guests to relax which would be lovely on a summers evening.
Have a look at the new seating area we recently styled with copper vases, pretty blooms lanterns, candles and sparklers. Doesn’t it look magical.
At Passion for Flowers we love working on Hampton Manor weddings. Hampton Manor is only about 10 minutes away from our studio so we often find ourselves working on weddings at this beautiful venue. Being a recommended wedding florist at Hampton Manor we were delighted to be involved in a shoot for their new brochure.
If you are including bronze in your wedding colours you will love these new tall bronze vases we have added to our collection of vases. Here we have shown how they look with classic white flowers and a contrast to show how they look with bright pink florals to tie in with the chairs often used at Hampton Manor.
TALL BRONZE VASES FOR CENTREPIECES WITH CLASSIC WHITE FLOWERS
Here we have used white hydrangeas and pale pink lilac with snippets of eucalyptus to create a larger arrangement within the stunning Elizabeth’s Court. To add candle light at a lower level on the table we have included our bronze candle sticks and bronze votives.
TALL BRONZE VASES FOR CENTREPIECES WITH PINK BLOSSOM
We just love using blossom within our floral creations when it is in season, and this pink blossom was just perfect for a brighter centrepiece at Hampton Manor. The pink really ties in with the pink chairs often used in Elizabeth’s Court. Again we have used bronze candle sticks and votives to create interest at the lower level.
These two different centrepieces use the same vase but demonstrate how they can look completely different using different flowers, colours and textures in the arrangements.
To tie in with the pink and bronze centrepiece we decorated the top table with a run of bronze vases with pink blossom and a mix of different bronze votives.
We always get a thrill when we see one of our weddings on Rock My Wedding and we loved this awesome wedding at Shustoke Farm Barns one of our Warwickshire venues.
RUSTIC LUXE WEDDING AT SHUSTOKE FARM BARNS
The barn lends itself to a rustic luxe wedding so we worked with Jackie and Ross to create a perfect look for their late summer wedding. Metallic vases and votives along with glass bottles worked well for their rustic look. The curated antlers were the finishing touch together with the stationery created with love by the groom’s sister, a graphic designer.
THE BOUQUETS – ROSES AND HYDRANGEAS
Fluffy hydrangeas with O’Hara roses were bound together to create a lush late summer bouquet with a gorgeous scent.The bridal bouquet included seeded eucalyptus and touches of baby’s breath with long trailing ribbons.
The bridesmaids carried hydrangea and eucalyptus bouquets, a great combination with their mint dresses.I love this relaxed image in the field.
THE BUTTON HOLES
Rustic button holes with spray rose, eucalyptus and thistle suited the boys.
CEREMONY AT SHUSTOKE FARM BARNS
Shustoke Farm Barns is lovely for an indoor ceremony with its exposed brick work, beams and twinkling lights.
RUSTIC LUXE STYLING & WELCOME FLOWERS
To add a WOW factor to your wedding a rustic flower garland creates a great welcome to your guests and gives a first glimpse of your wedding celebrations. Here blousy hydrangea, eucalyptus and baby’s breath met the rustic brief. Simple wicker wreaths, bottles and tree slices with a few hidden stags continued the relaxed feel to the day.
THE TABLE PLAN – POLAROID PHOTOS FOR EACH GUEST
The polaroid table plan helps each guest find their seat.
RUSTIC LUXE WEDDING CENTREPIECES
The eucalyptus place settings and favours continue the rustic luxe ideas complementing the centrepieces and styling.
WEDDING CAKE ON WOODEN TREE SLICE
The simple cake just needed a couple of star blooms to dress.
We loved working with Jackie and Ross to help them develop their wedding look and it seems they loved us too. x
“Thanks so much for all your efforts with the flowers. They were stunning and I thought the venue looked great. You have been great throughout the whole process so thanks from both of us. Love Jackie & Ross x
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
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.