One of our couple chose this gorgeous Vera Wang inspired cake created by Cakes By Krishanthi set off with a few blooms by Passion for Flowers.
Florist: Passion for Flowers // Cake Designer: Cakes By Krishanthi // Venue: Cripps Barn
One of our couple chose this gorgeous Vera Wang inspired cake created by Cakes By Krishanthi set off with a few blooms by Passion for Flowers.
Florist: Passion for Flowers // Cake Designer: Cakes By Krishanthi // Venue: Cripps Barn
As a regular contributor to Wedding Flowers & Accessories we love to see our work featured in their magazine.
For a luxe look for your table centres or ceremony table choose a gold candelabra with a trailing design, we incorporated a mix of scented David Austin roses, foliage and soft touches for a natural yet elegant look.
PINK, PEACH & CREAM BRIDAL BOUQUET / LARGE BALLOON WITH TRAILING FOLIAGE
For a spring bride this natural bouquet with a mix of blooms including David Austin roses, anemones, astilbe, ranunculus with trailing foliage and long ribbons is just perfect. Why not add an element of fun with a giant helium balloon, with a trail of foliage, a must for every wedding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Karen & Gemma x
Kilworth House is a delight to decorate and Kathryn and Bailey were looking for natural flowers in bright warm colours, with coral peonies and gloriosa lilies. We first met at The National Wedding Show and were chosen to bring Kate’s vision to life.
All photos by Duncan Cox Photography
The bridal bouquet was a cascading design with coral peonies and trailing gloriosa lilies, together with highlights of orange roses and green dill which Kathryn carried with joy the whole day.
A luxe look is perfect for the Orangery at Kilworth House, with its elegant glass frame, window ledges and beautiful tiled floor. The colours were carefully selected with Kathryn and her mum and they brought the Orangery to life.
I just love the image of the flower girl with her flower crown and whimsical posy collecting confetti below, completely oblivious to the grown ups around.
Whilst guests enjoyed drinks and canapes on the terrace the team moved in to decorate the room with luxe gold vases as centrepieces. The flowers in bright pink, coral and orange complemented the soft gold cloths, stylish charger plates, gold cutlery and luxe glassware. Every last detail was carefully coordinated to ensure this Kilworth House couple had the most amazing of wedding days.
Bailey, Kathryn and families have a love of good food and cheese so the choice of cake was a labour of love. Each cheese stack had been carefully selected as a favourite and we loved the opportunity to style the table with a rustic wooden tree slice and beautiful blooms from their day.
I was thrilled to receive thanks from Kathryn and Bailey and a lovely note from Kathryn’s mum, “We knew from day 1 that you were the florist for us and I would recommend you to anyone; worth every penny (or £)! Thanks again for the visual impact you created for a perfect day.”
Credit – Florist: Passion for Flowers // Venue: Kilworth House // Photograher: Duncan Cox Photography // Table cloths and glasses: Pumpkin Events
Last year Hampton Manor opened their new wedding ceremony barn, we were asked to decorate it for their launch. These photos have been hidden away in our old blog archives so we thought we would re share it on our new blog as we have lots of lovely couples getting married at Hampton Manor this year. Enjoy!
At Passion for Flowers we love Hampton Manor. Did you know they now have a Hampton Manor ceremony barn aptly named The Birches. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to style the Hampton Manor Wedding Ceremony Barn for the unveiling at their recent Wedding Fair. The Birches is set in a woodland glade and offers a unique place for a wedding ceremony.
All photos by Fjona Wei-ling Photography
The Hampton Manor wedding ceremony barn is a delight to style and offers so many possibilities. At Passion for Flowers we love working with our couples to create their dream wedding ceremony. The main ceremony room is light and airy and it looks wonderful with large statement urns overflowing with rustic flowers and large candlesticks adding light and interest around the barn. For a rustic touch add hessian sashes to the chairs and a hessian runner to the table. Hurricane lamps lining the aisle add warmth and light to the ceremony.
The entrance to the Hampton Manor wedding ceremony barn gives couples a great opportunity to add personal touches. We chose a woodland secret garden look complete with autumnal leaves, aged terracotta pots filled with sedums and candles,bark tea light holders and lots more candles. Rustic styling is just perfect for The Birches Hampton Manor Ceremony Barn. It is amazing how cosy the room feels with lots of candles against its natural wood.The rustic shelves are great for adding small items to make the entrance feel so welcoming and personal.
At Passion for Flowers we love apothecary bottles and hang them from trees around the grounds or we what about this idea of using apothecary bottles as individual escort cards. Guests find their name and then take their apothecary bottle escort card with them to Peels and find their table. We think they look gorgeous here with rustic flowers and crab apples ideal for an autumnal wedding. For spring we can add tulips, muscari and narcissi and for summer just picked flowers or summer blooms depending on the flowers for your wedding day – the choice is yours. The rustic wooden crates we have used add interest in the Hampton Manor wedding ceremony barn and can be used to display books, photos and more candles.
The beauty of The Birches is in its diversity. We can style it to complement your wedding theme and ideas. Here we have chosen a vintage glamour style oozing with crystal and glass ware, vintage cake stands, mercury silver and glass candlesticks complemented with an abundance of David Austin roses. This look would also look just perfect for the wedding tables in Peels, the light and airy atrium with its gorgeous chandelier is just waiting for a touch of vintage glamour.
At Passion for Flowers we have a diverse and eclectic range of props and items our couples can hire if they have booked us for their wedding flowers. The Hampton Manor Ceremony Barn entrance is transformed here with a touch of our vintage glamour styling.So you can see what a diverse space this is we love this vintage glamour look with crystal glasses, mercury and glass vases with a mix of summer blooms including daisies and David Austin roses.
The ceremony table sets the scene for your wedding day and look how warm and inviting The Birches looks with a vintage glamour setting of candlelight, crystal glass and mercury silver ware with David Austin roses and daisies.
For a winter wedding the Hampton Manor Ceremony Barn looks so warm and inviting with large candlesticks, frosted glass and mercury silver tea lights and candlesticks, and a mix of mercury silver bottles to add height to the table scape. Just a touch of grey foliage is all that is needed to complete the look.
If you are looking for a wedding florist and stylist for your Hampton Manor wedding please get in touch if you like our style and think we could be the florist for you.
We are delighted to feature one of our most romatic summer weddings. We love Shustoke Farm Barn weddings and were thrilled to meet up with Natalie and her mum earlier in the year to discuss flowers for Natalie and Tom’s late September wedding. When Natalie mentioned she had chosen the amazing Ross Harvey as her photographer we knew the wedding would be beautifully captured.
All photos by Ross Harvey
One of the delights after an early start creating bridal party flowers is delivering them on the day and sharing the excitment as the bride is preparing for her day. The sheer joy and excitment when we presented Natalie with her flowers and finally saw her wonderful dress is a great memory for us all.
The bridal bouquet was a mix of nude pink roses Quicksand, Sweet Avalanche and Bombastic with snippets of texture, the bridesmads carried bouquets with a mix of hydrangea, Quicksand roses and snippets of pittosporum and the bouquets perfectly set off their blush dresses.
The boys looked elegant in their navy suits and nude pink buttonholes of Quicksand rose with a snippet of pittosporum. We love the tradition of the groom selecting a flower from his brides bouquet.
On a hot summers day it is good to have jugs ready for the bridesmaids bouquets to be placed in after the photos. They make a lovely gift for the girls to keep after the wedding day.
The rustic charm of Shustoke Farm Barns is best suited to seasonal flowers, tealights and simple decorations leaving the framework of wood, metal, exposed brickwork and natural light to do the rest. Cream jugs with a blousy arrangement of blooms sat on the tables with the addition of a cream candelabra on the top tabe. For that wow factor just add giant Light Up LOVE letters and a stunning bride and groom.
Credits: Florists – Passion for Flowers // Venue: Shustoke Farm Barns // Photography: Ross Harvey
Another of our DIY tutorials was featured on Rock My Wedding this week. If you are thinking of making your own wedding centrepieces or maybe your Christmas dining table centrepieces then have a look at these easy to follow instructions. This step by step guide shows how to make a floral centrepiece using a ring of oasis, we have added a mercury silver hurricane vase to the centre for a rustic glamour look with ribbed silver tea light holders to finish. You can change the flowers and central lantern to create a floral centrepiece of a different style using the same guidelines.
For example you could use a clear glass hurricane vase or ribbed glass lantern in the centre, or for a more rustic look perhaps a bark lantern.
Photos by Adam Crohill, see the full instructions over on Rock My Wedding.
To keep this example simple and stylish we have used four ingredients, you can use more if you wish. We used eucalyptus (a lovely grey / green tone for winter), brunia (grey balls to add textures and soft tones), thistles (these add more texture and bring in a subtle blue tone) and finally fluffy white hydrangeas.
The above example is perfect for a rustic winter or rustic glamour wedding. Alternatively you could use different flowers for different seasons.
Spring example: for a pink and white scented spring wedding we suggest white ranunculus, soft pink freesias (adding a lovely scent), blush pink Sweet Avalanches Roses and greenery of your choice, seeded eucalyptus would look stunning. You could lighten with sprigs of gypsophila.
Summer example: for a peach and green toned summer wedding we suggest peach Juliet David Austin roses, cream David Austin roses, Wizard Of Oz Dahlias, tanacetum daisies and vibrant green amni and alchemilla mollis.
Autumn example: for a nude, grey and bronze toned autumn wedding we would suggest dusty miller, large cafe au lait dahlias, Quicksand roses, brunia, olive foliage and scabious seed pods.
As you may know here at Passion for Flowers we exhibited at The National Wedding Show in Birmingham last weekend, we absolutely loved the whole weekend meeting newly engaged couples and industry friends. We plan our stand months in advance it was amazing to see our visions come to life, we believe all the hard work and planning paid off as we were thrilled to be awarded The Outstanding Exhibitor Award.
We invited Nicola of Daffodil Waves Photography along to take some photos of our stand for those of you who couldn’t make it to the show.
We chose to create a rustic glamour setting for our stand this year, we often work at rustic style wedding venues (barns and farms) and love adding a touch of glamour to the tables mixed in with the natural rustic look.
The long table scape was our main feature this year, we set it for 6 to give an idea of how it could be used at a wedding. More venues are offering long tables for receptions now, or these florals could go along a top table.
Down the centre of the table we created a sea of flowers in bronze, gold and crystal glass vases with three gold candelabra to give height (all available to hire from Passion for Flowers).
The mix of flowers we used on the table were Quicksand roses, Secret Garden roses, Vendela roses, Bombastic spray roses, Café Au Lait dahlias, white ranunculus, white anemones, scabious seed heads, wax flower, brunia, dusty miller and eucalyptus.
We used a number of decorations from our sister company The Wedding of my Dreams for extra styling, including bronze ribbed tea light holders and chunky bronze vases. At each place setting was an advice for the bride and groom coaster – we love this as an alternative wedding guest book.
The stationery was by Tom Gautier of Paper & Things, we loved the individual menus and name cards with the floral illustration, and the table plan cards too. The name cards were used in our bud vase name card holders, which are just like old fashioned salt cellars.
Along the back wall we displayed a tall centrepiece in a relaxed style, this could either be used as a centrepiece with a grouping of smaller bronze vases around the base or as a floral display at the wedding ceremony. The table plan is one of our newest and favourite table plans we hire out, we created a floral garland around the arch of the window shutters table plan with blush pink and nude florals in bronze vases running in front of it.
We had two bridal bouquets on display, both tied with glamorous gold ribbon to trail. The first was a blousy loose hand tied bouquet of Café Au Lait dahlias, white ranunculus, dusty miller and white astilbe. The other was a rose bouquet of Quicksand roses, Bombastic spray roses, wax flower and eucalyptus.
On the chair backs we used a couple of chalkboard chair signs from The Wedding of my Dreams, Mr & Mrs as well as Here Comes the Bride. On the other chairs we created floral chair garlands of eucalyptus, ivy, soft ruscus, scabious seed heads and wax flower for a relaxed rustic look.
Each day at the show we wore flower crowns created with a similar mix of flowers we had used elsewhere in the displays.
We used crates along the back wall to showcase some of our other favourite ideas, including rustic tree slices with a grouping of bottles, succulent wedding favours, sprinkle me confetti bags and our welcome wedding sign. Of course we proudly displayed our Best Wedding Florist in the West Midlands award.
Here at Passion for Flowers we strategically chose a stand next to the champagne bar, mainly so we could treat ourselves at the end of a busy day! We created table centres for the tables on the champagne bar using soft pastel pinks and creams. The flowers we used in theses centrepieces were Sweet Avalanche roses, Bombastic spray roses, astilbe, wax flower, astrantia and white hydrangeas.
We also loved creating the garlands for Wedding Magazine’s stand, and made the girls flower crowns to wear throughout the show. The garlands were in keeping with their bright pink logo so we used Kate David Austin roses, lisianthus, Wizard Of Oz dahlias, Harmony dahlias, Blue Curiosa roses, veronica, sedum, astrantia and poppy heads.
We love their comment…
The flowers on the stand were the best we have ever had, and we all LOVED the flower crowns you very kindly made.
If you came along to The National Wedding Show and after meeting us and browsing our website feel Passion for Flowers are the wedding florists for you we would love to hear from you. Get in touch with your wedding details on our contact us page.
Much love Karen & Gemma x
We had a fantastic weekend at The National Wedding Show, Birmingham. Thanks to everyone who visited our stand. We were thrilled to win the award this year for outstanding exhibitor.
Photography Credit: Daffodil Waves
We have had lots of interest and bookings for 2015 and 2016. So, if you are thinking of booking us for your wedding flowers please get in touch as soon as possible as we are already filling up for key dates.
A few of our favourite instagram pics. As well as our stand we also created the flowers for Erik Meijer Photography, The Champagne Bar and Wedding Magazine as well as making flower crowns for the girls at Wedding Magazine and Erik’s partner Linda.
Huge thanks to everyone involved. The whole team who worked on the stand over the weekend, Midland Flowers for their constant support throughout the year, Tom Gautier for her stationery and to The National Wedding Show for putting on a wonderful show.
More photos of our stand to follow…
When I first met Sarah and Cam I knew we would all get along famously and that we could help them create a beautiful wedding at Ettington Park.The moment they showed me their travel inspired Save The Date’s on a luggage tag I loved them. They met and got engaged on a plane so the travel idea was just perfect. The brand colours for their wedding of coral, mint and peach with grey, were great to work with and we highlighted garden roses in soft peach tones,ranunculus and the grey tones of eucalyptus, brunia and lamb’s ears with rustic touches.
Sarah had chosen a gorgeous dreamy dress and knew the style of bouquet she wanted for her peach, cream and grey bridal bouquet. We chose a mix of David Austin garden roses in peach and cream with snippets of grey brunia and cream ranunculus finished with hessian and heart buttons.
The bridesmaids wore navy dresses which we teamed with bouquets in a mix of peach and mint green, again finished with hessian and twine. The bouquets were created with a mix of David Austin peach roses, Bloom chrysanthemums, wax flower and soft lambs ears for texture and the perfect mint green tone.
Cam gave out the peach rose buttonholes presented on a slate tile to the bridal party.
The ceremony room at Ettington Park was full of fresh rose petals to line the aisle and soft candelight from the silver lanterns to herald Sarah’s arrival for the ceremony. I love the date on the ceremony table with jars with succulents in just the perfect shade of mint green. The sun came out for some wonderful photos at Ettington Park.
To celebrate their marriage at an English country hotel Sarah and Cam chose an afternoon tea party after the ceremony. Gorgeous home baked cookies and sweet delights filled the table. A cute posy to the main cake was just the right finishing touch with the Mr and Mrs cake bunting. Extra details including the cake flags and Just Married Hessian Bunting were from our sister site, The Wedding of my Dreams.
In the Long Gallery the party continued and Sarah and Cam were keen to add extra lighting and interest in the room, the pretty paper lanterns and lights looked wonderful and added a fairytale look to the space. The tables were filled with glass vases and apothecary bottles in mint green to create a light look and feel to the tables, flowers were chosen in peach and cream with dashes of mint green foliage.
A sprig of English rosemary completed the place settings for each guest. Did you spot the plane on the gorgeous menu, Cam and Sarah first met on a plane and Cam proposed on a plane so it was a key element to their day!
Credits – Florist: Passion for Flowers // Photographer: Xander & Thea // Venue: Ettington Park // Mr & Mrs Cake Bunting, Let The Love Grow Stickers, Cake Flags, Just Married Hessian Bunting: The Wedding of my Dreams
I first met Leanne at a wedding last summer and were more than thrilled when she asked if Passion for Flowers would be able to help her with styling and flowers for her spring wedding at South Farm. Leanne runs Blooming Lovely Films and we have admired her work and just love her style. We had great fun when we met David at the Wedding Industry Awards and were introduced to Ross Harvey who had been asked to photograph this epic wedding. Over the last months we met Leanne a number of times, shared pinterest boards and generally agreed on all things floral.
As it was our first wedding at South Farm we took the opportunity to meet up with Leanne and Dave early this year to see the how we could decorate and enhance the natural beauty of South Farm.
Leanne’s vision for the day was a relaxed day of happiness with family and loved ones. We know she did this and were so happy to be chosen as her florist. As she talked through ideas from the doors to the vespa to the Easter Egg hunt we knew how gorgeous their day would be and of course her divine Claire Pettibone dress.
Ross Harvey has done such a fantastic job at capturing this beautiful day.
Leanne and her bridesmaids enjoyed their morning of preparations and we were delighted to meet up with some of our industry friends Make up by Jodie and Helena Sinclair Bridal Hair when we arrived with the flowers.
South Farm is simply stunning and we worked with its natural beauty to create timeless yet rustic elegant flowers. A mix of roses, clematis, wax flower, pittosporum, hellebores, broom with nigella seed heads created just the right mix for the day.
At her final consultation Leanne and I agreed on a gorgeous look for her rustic elegant bouquets. The long trailing ribbons looked wonderful with the elegant dresses chosen for the bridesmaids.
David and his best man Jim set the style for the boy team and we loved their coloured jackets. Rustic elegant button holes with spray roses and a mix from the day, finished with twine fitted the bill perfectly.
South Farm is perfect for an outdoor ceremony and we were thrilled with the finished result and were just so lucky with the weather. When Leanne made her entrance through the doors everyone was so moved. Just to let you into a little secret the doors were something Leanne had hoped for from the beginning of her planning and David organised for them to be delivered and set up for us to decorate on the day. They made a perfect frame to the ceremony area with a delicate flower garland and crates of flowers.
Shepherds crooks with simple posies lined the aisle and were later used to decorate the outside tables.
We talked about a flower crown and felt it would work beautifully with Leanne’s wedding dress by Claire Pettibone and the relaxed style of her day. The flower crown was Leanne’s crowning glory and one of the many parts of her day she treasured. I just love the photos on the vespa – we added a surprise posy of flowers to the handlebars.
The barn was full for the wedding breakfast and we used a mix of timeless silver vases and crystal vessels filled with flowers to continue the rustic elegant look. We added elegant candle sticks and a garland of flowers to the top table What a fabulous day they had and a wonderful start to their married life.
We will leave you with their beautiful wedding video below.
Much love, Karen and The Passion for Flowers team x
Leanne + Dave // My wish came true from Jeff Wood Visuals on Vimeo.
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