Not every centrepice has to be tall, in fact more and more of our couples are opting for low centrepieces. Low doesn’t mean any less WOW, footed bowls can look stunning on tables and I often design them with flowers cascading over the brim for a really full look.
At Hampton Manor I recently showed some spring designs in footed bowls. I displayed the same designs on both the bare wooden tables and clothed tables, deciding whether or not you have linen on your tables can really transform the look of the room so this is a great way to see how the same centrepiece can look different simply based on the linen and chairs.
Low Footed Bowls – A Classic Look
For the more traditional, classic look I placed 3 low centrepieces down the length of the table. Bronze candlesticks, vases and tealight holders filled in the spaces between the footed bowls for an elegant look. Hampton Manor had clothed the tables and used their Chiavari chairs for a more classic look.
Low Footed Bowls – A Rustic / Industrial Look
Here I have used the same design footed bowls, candlesticks and bronze vases but this time they are displayed on Hampton Manor’s new wooden tables and leather chairs. You can see how the bare tables really transform the look for a more rustic/industrial vibe. Both options are available at Hampton Manor.
Co-ordinating Top Table Design
To co-ordinate the room the top table had one low footed bowl in the centre with loose foliage laid along the length of the table as well as bronze candlesticks and tealights.
My new favourite backdrop! I have recently invested in a new frame which lets me create these epic backdrops for wedding venues. It’s first outing was at Hampton Manor wedding fair where I used it as a backdrop to the top table, I used mainly foliage for this design with touches of roses and blossom. This design was completely foam free and therefore much kinder to thee environment.
This idea could also be used as a ceremony backdrop or could be set at the entrance to your wedding venue or behind you wedding cake. The frame is pretty flexible too so can be made to the size you require, it’s maximum height is 10′ and starts at 6′ and the maximum width is 12′.
Garlands extending along a guest or top table are a firm favourite at weddings and provide a relaxed environment for any wedding celebration. Picking up tips on making our designs foam free and more eco-friendly has been top of my list this year and so I was delighted to join other talented florists to spend a couple of days creating and learning with Sabine Darrall.
At many of our barn venues or in marquees we have the opportunity to create stunning hanging decorations for our wedding couples. Again we now aim to make these foam free and more eco-friendly. The freshest of gathered foliages is always a good place to start and using flowers that will last through the wedding day. We usually hang these arrangements on the day of the wedding.
Fiona and Nick chose to hold the wedding ceremony at Princethorpe College followed by a reception at Shustoke Farm Barns.
BUTTON HOLES WITH TWINE
Natural twine was used on the cute button holes to add a rustic twist with spray roses, tiny succulents and a snippet of eucalyptus.
DUSKY PINK AND WHITE PEONY BOUQUETS
Peony season is always a treat for the senses and these bouquets full of scented peonies, roses with added textures looked great for a dusky pink and white colour scheme. The bouquets had the addition of feathery astilbe, succulents and spray roses to create a beautiful mixed summer bouquet.
WEDDING CEREMONY AT PRINCETHORPE
The chapel at Princethorpe was a grand setting for the wedding ceremony and suited lush, natural flowers on wooden stands to frame the couple.
SHUSTOKE BARNS WEDDING RECEPTION
The entrance at Shustoke is great for a bridal party shot with the mix of rustic bouquets and posies for the bride and her girls.
FLOWER GLOBE HANGING BALLS AT SHUSTOKE BARN
We always suggest a hanging installation at Shustoke and this flower globe was a stunner, masses of eucalyptus and blousy hydrangea give a perfect welcome for guests that can be enjoyed all day.
RUSTIC STYLE FLOWERS AT SHUSTOKE BARN
Welcoming guests a rustic crate with relaxed flowers and foliage continued the look. It is always key to keep your look going throughout the day and this was a lovely welcome after the church service. The oval top table continued this look with a beautiful mix of flowers and foliage the full length of the table.
Thank you Fiona and Nick for sharing these photos of your wedding and for our friends at We Are The Clarkes for capturing their day so beautifully xx
This gorgeous wooden door at Hampton Manor is in the main dining room of Elizabeth’s Court. I’ve been eyeing it up for ages wanting to create something gorgeous and floral around it to make even more of a statement than it already is.
At the most recent wedding fair, I created this asymmetric arch style floral display – which isn’t an arch at all! We loved out final creation and guests just loved it. Many Hampton Manor couples use this door as a photo backdrop so florals would certainly enhance this setting.
The 2 floral posts could be used anywhere, often we create something similar at an entrance to a church or between large pillars and arches within venues.
TIMELESS ELEGANT WEDDING AT SHUSTOKE FARM BARNS – WHITE & GREEN BRIDAL PARTY BOUQUETS
White and green is forever elegant and always stunning for bridal party bouquets. The hand-tied bridal bouquet with a natural mix of roses, foliage and a mix of textured flowers including veronica with the stems bound in ivory ribbon created an elegant look to suit Laura’s dress. The young flower girl carried a whimsical posy of spray roses and the bridesmaids an elegant mix of green foliage and roses.
For the wedding ceremony Laura and Simon knew they wanted a natural look with a garland of foliage and flowers from their day, elegant cylinder vases with candles and definitely some over-sized hanging rings to bring the barn to life.
BRONZE, GOLD, GLASS & GREEN CENTREPIECES & VENUE STYLING
The eucalyptus theme continued into the beautiful signs and stationery Laura had designed. The overall look for the day was an elegant bronze, gold and green scheme with lots of detail and candlelight. We love working with our couples in the styling of the day and offering them the wedding look they love.
EUCALYPTUS FOLIAGE PLACE SETTINGS
A sprig of scented eucalyptus added to the place setting is an elegant and thoughtful touch for each guest.
BRASS FRAMES TO CREATE WEDDING SIGNAGE & TABLE NAMES
Laura chose brass frames from our collection of props to which we added her table names. It is all in the detail and this wedding was simple, elegant and with everything styled together.
WEDDING CAKE FLOWERS TO NAKED WEDDING CAKE
Spray roses and snippets of eucalyptus were added to the cake from Butter Cream and Dreams.
Thank you Laura and Simon for sharing your wedding photos and your kind words
“Just wanted to say a massive thank you for doing the flowers for our wedding. It was PERFECT and you’ve been super helpful from start to finish!
We had the best day ever and everyone commented on how beautiful the venue looked so honestly thank you so much! “
That is why we love what we do to here at Passion for Flowers.
We love travelling around the country to create weddings with stylish couples and jumped at the chance to decorate an epic barn for the wedding of Tiffany and Kris in September. A site visit is essential if we have not worked at a venue before, visiting together with Tiffany and her mum gave us the chance to see how we could bring this barn to life.
Tiiffany had clear ideas and was looking for a boho style wedding celebration with white, green, gold, blue and grey colours with a Cinderella look. As the barn is quite dark she was thinking of lots of candles, twinkling lights and white flowers to add light wherever possible. Well take a look a see how this was achieved.
Final morning preparations for button holes and corsages is always a calming task to carry out before the buzz of the wedding day.
BARN CEREMONY WITH CANDLELIGHT & ORGANIC FLORAL DESIGNS FULL OF FOLIAGE
A set up like this needs access the day before for the lighting to go up and the decor to be started. Organic foliage and floral designs decorated the beams and the ceremony tables to form a romantic backdrop to the ceremony.
The bridesmaids carried bountiful bouquets of foliage and flowers.
CEREMONY TABLE AND STAGE FLOWERS
The large stage was dressed with statement decoration including a mix of large lanterns, cylinder vases, rustic wooden tables, and cascading garlands of foliage and flowers.
ELEGANT WRIST CORSAGES
Tiffany’s Mum wore her elegant wrist corsage so well which kept her hands free for her reading.
LANTERN WEDDING CENTREPIECES
Candlelight was central to this wedding and we designed a mix of centrepeices all with a bronze gold look. These elegant lanterns were accented with delicate bronze glass bud vases with a mix of flowers and foliage from the day.
GOLD CANDELABRA WEDDING CENTREPEICES
Tall gold candelabra decorated other guest tables with a generous mix of foliage and flowers.
FULL-LENGTH TOP TABLE GARLANDS
The top table is key to any wedding celebration and is the focus of much of the day. For Tiffany and Kris we created full length top table garlands full of scented eucalyptus foliage, the softest blue hydrangea, spray roses and other blooms and textures from the day. A mix of glass cylinders and bronze gold lanterns were added to light the table and foliage chair backs to complete the look.
THE WEDDING CAKE DECORATIONS – HANGING RING & LANTERNS
So every wedding cake deserves to be centrestage and so we created a hanging ring to be suspended over the wedding cake surrounded by a masse of candles. This was the most romantic setting for Tiffany and Kris to cut their cake in front of family and friends.
Thank you so much Tiffany and Kris for allowing us to be part of your amazing wedding day. The photos captured by Ed Godden are simply stunning.
So we always love an epic wedding and thought you would love to see more of this amazing wedding at Longbourn Barn Kineton, one of our favourite’s of the year.
Longbourn Barn Kineton Wedding
We were thankful when Meg and her Mum came to meet us to ask us to create the florals for this gorgeous flower filled wedding. We visited Longbourn Barn together and fell in love with the setting. It offers a space where couples can stamp their mark on it for their wedding day set in the most amazing Warwickshire countryside.
Meg and Tom started their wedding day with a church ceremony with their beautiful daughter taking centre stage. The couple remained radiant and happy throughout their day and all the joy in their lives came together for all to see. We created a bountiful and full bouquet for Meg to carry.
Longbourn Barn Kineton Organ Room
Longbourn Barn has plenty of unexpected features, here the Organ Room is perfect for displaying the bouquets, in addition to her bridal bouquet we created bouquets for Meg’s 6 stylish bridesmaids. Pillar candles added to the romance perfect for this setting.
Wedding Gin Barn, Longbourn Barn
At our first site meeting we heard that Meg and her Mum were looking to create their own bar and had found an old pink van which they were going to transform into an amazing gin bar. Little did we know at the time how epic this transformation was and that it would be featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. We were delighted to add some finishing touches to the look with the personalised sign from our sister site The Wedding of my Dreams.
Longbourne Barn Kineton, Wedding Reception
In the run up to the wedding Meg, Tom and the assembled team of helpers worked tirelessly to ensure nothing was left undone. We just loved creating the florals for inside the barn including the table designs. The large barn could carry off large statement florals set on high rose gold risers. Elegant candle light was added to the tables and the round tables were set with lush florals around an elegant rose gold hurricane vase. Meg had collected so many gorgeous pieces and the geometric marble chargers were a great look for the tables.
This epic wedding was full of surprises and we knew of one little secret that the bride and her mum had kept from everyone. Meg had not one but two stunning wedding gowns and totally rocked the world when she surprised everyone when she walked down from the hay loft in her second amazing dress. This brought tears of joy to everyone’s eye and the party started in earnest.
Acrylic Wedding Seating Plan
The acrylic wedding seating plan was set as a welcome for guests once inside the barn and enabled everyone to find their seat with ease and style.
Meg and Tom
It was a pleasure to create the flowers for your wedding at Longbourn Barn, you rocked your day and are the most beautiful couple.
Sacha and Stu planned a relaxing day for family and friends at Blackwell Grange. The bride wore an elegant gown with her maids in charcoal grey and vintage rose dresses. Stu looked splendid in this kilt and we introduced thistles into the bouquets and button holes as a nod to the tartan.
The bouquets were loose foliage inspired bouquets with thistle, lisianthus,roses, veronica and wax flower for different textures and tones.
The button holes were a relaxed mix of blooms from the day with twine to finish.
ENTRANCE GATE FLOWERS – BLACKWELL GRANGE
Touches of eucalyptus were tied to the entrance gates to continue the relaxed, laid back look.
The Thatch Barn at Blackwell Grange is a great place to tie the knot with its stone walls and wooden beams. The Barn suits very natural flowers and foliage and we designed relaxed arrangements in tall bronze vases to frame the ceremony and foliage garlands to drape the table.
EXTRA LARGE MILK CHURN ENTRANCE FLOWERS
Keeping to a very natural relaxed look large arrangements greeted guests at the entrance set in rustic milk churns.
CENTREPIECES – BLACKWELL GRANGE
The tables were dressed with a mix of centrepieces with natural foliage and flowers in bronze gold containers.
We loved creating the flowers for Sacha and Stu and being part of their wedding day.
As the days are turning cooler I thought we would share more images of this beautiful wedding at Blackwell Grange. Last September Danielle and Lorance entrusted us to create their flowers and decor and we loved bringing everything together on the day.
BRIDAL BOUQUET – ORGANIC STYLE AUTUMN COLOURS
Rich autumn colours were added into the bridal bouquet design for this organic style bouquet with touches of astilbe, dahlia, roses and eucalyptus.
BRIDESMAIDS BOUQUETS – DEEP RED BURGUNDY & FOLIAGE
Plenty of foliage and deep burgundy red dahlias carried through into the bridesmaids bouquets.
WEDDING CEREMONY AT BLACKWELL GRANGE
The ceremony barn is a lovely setting for a wedding ceremony nestled into the countryside.
CEREMONY FLOWERS & DECORATIONS – BLACKWELL GRANGE BARN VENUE
Ceremony decorations included a mix of lanterns, stylish chair flowers and a fireplace decorated in colours of the day.
BLACKWELL GRANGE BARN VENUE WEDDING BREAKFAST DECORATIONS
The top table is where all eyes are focused for a large part of the wedding breakfast to a long garland of lush foliage with flowers was a great choice. The backdrop was created especially for the couple with a romantic ring of flowers and Dani’s favourite sparkling lights and foliage added in.
FLOWERS FOR THE WEDDING CAKE TABLE
Ask your florist for vases for the bouquets so they can be added to the cake table display. I love the axe for cutting the rustic cake.
Danielle and Lorance, thank you for your lovely words.
‘We just wanted to a massive thank you for everything you did for us! The wedding looked spectacular and almost all of that was down to you! We loved absolutely everything it was perfect! You have been so amazingly helpful and are full of fantastic ideas! Continue to make people’s wedding days so perfect because you really have done something special for us!’
If you are looking for inspiration for your 2019 wedding please get in touch.
Niamh and Alex were a dream couple to work with throughout the build up to their wedding. They booked Oldberrow House in Warwickshire for a tipi wedding reception and laid back festival style celebration with family and friends. We knew we were in for a treat with their list of hand picked suppliers.
‘What can I say, we loved working with you and this talented team to create your wedding flowers. You gave us an opportunity to create from the heart which always brings about the best in any relationship.’ Love Karen x
HAIR FLOWERS – BRIDAL PARTY PREPARATIONS
Old Berrow House was a wonderful place for the bridal party preparations Niamh and the girls had a relaxed morning and we love delivering their hair flowers delicate bridal flower crown and button holes over in the morning.
SUMMER TIPI WEDDING – BRIDAL BOUQUET
It is pure joy to see happiness and this image of Niamh walking down the stairs with her bouquet to be met by her mum and bridesmaids is so heart warming.
SUMMER TIPI WEDDING – FLOWER CROWN
A delicate flower crown for a boho bride, I just love this image of Byrony capturing Niamh, captured by Ed Brown.
LONGBOURNE BARN WEDDING CEREMONY – FOLIAGE FOLIAGE & MORE FOLIAGE
The ceremony venue was Longbourne Barn a gem in the Warwickshire countryside that was the perfect choice for this laid back ceremony. Foliage was key to the day and we decorated everywhere we could with a relaxed mix of foliage. The screen was incorporated into the day with beautiful images projected bringing to life this happy couple. The giant frame was hand built for the ceremony and we loved decorating it with a mix of foliage and natural flowers to create this laid back festival styled wedding.
BRIDESMAIDS FLORAL HOOPS – BOUQUET ALTERNATIVE
Niamh choose stylish floral hoops for her girls which were easy to hold and created a great look with their hair flowers and navy jumpsuits. The bridal party line up was so chic and effortlessly stylish.
WEDDING CAR GARLAND – A MUST FOR SUMMER WEDDINGS
Gemma and I always jump at a chance to add flowers to a wedding car and the Fiat 500 was a joy to flower. The garland had to fit the festival look and feel of the wedding and be able to withstand the heat of the day and the trip from Oldberrow House over to the ceremony venue. I have to say it was one of our favourite parts of this amazing wedding and still brings tears to my eyes.
TIPI WEDDING RECEPTION – BRIGHT FESTIVAL SUMMER WEDDING
Elite Tents set up their tipi for us to decorate and we loved decorating with hanging ivy and adding an abundance of bright festival inspired blooms on the tables.
EXTRA FLORAL TOUCHES WE CREATED FOR THIS SUMMER TIPI WEDDING
In the tipi we added an informal touch of colour and blooms from the day.
FLOWERS ON THE BAR
The vintage glass jug with a mass of pretty blooms from the day was the perfect match for the cocktail menu board and scented candle.
HANGING FLOWERS FROM THE TREES
The beautiful gardens at Oldberrow House have many beautiful trees and an eclectic mix of vases and hanging bottles added some colour to the green of the trees.
FLOWERS AMONGST THE DESSERTS ON THE DESSERT STATION
Well the dessert station was a joy for all the senses. The most wonderful display of delicious desserts from the team at Kalm Kitchen was even further enhanced by some bright florals from the day.
BRIDESMAIDS FLORAL HOOPS TO DECORATE THE PALLET TABLE PLAN
We knew we the girls would find a space to display the floral hoops later in the day and here they were casually displayed on the pallet table plan.
Niamh and Alex Thank you both for choosing us and for your lovely note which says it all.
‘I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and the team. We had the most perfect day made even more special by the fabulous people we had working with us!! I can’t thank you and the team enough for your help, amazing floristry and professional service in the lead up to the wedding and throughout the day. EVERYONE was so complimentary about the flowers – the bridesmaids loved their flower rings, my bouquet was amazing, the tables just looked even better than I had hoped for and the frame around the projector looked great (!). N & A’
We love weddings at Shustoke Farm Barns and the atmosphere there suits laid back wedding styles. Fay and Andrew created a laid back feel beautifully captured by our photographer friends Anna and Simon Clarke.
BUTTONHOLES FOR THE GROOMSMEN
Thistles and viburnum berries created a relaxed look for the button holes for the groomsmen with rose bud and thistle wrist corsages for the girls.
DECORATING THE AISLE AT SHUSTOKE FARM BARNS
The aisle was simply decorated with bunches of gypsophila and thistle tied on with blue and tartan ribbons.
RUSTIC STYLING DETAILS AT SHUSTOKE FARM BARNS
There are plenty of nooks and crannies to add rustic styling details at Shustoke Farm Barns, the brickwork is a really great backdrop for rustic decoration.
LARGE HANGING HOOPS AT SHUSTOKE FARM BARNS FOR A RELAXED LOOK
The Barn always benefits from over sized decoration and our large hanging hoops look great decorated to tie in with the colours and style of your wedding day. Here we included masses of foliage and clouds of gypsophila for a laid back look.
CEREMONY TABLE FLOWERS
The ceremony table is a main part of the ceremony and looks good bedecked with laid back bunches of blooms from the day, scented peonies, stocks, hydrangea and lashing of foliage create the relaxed look required.
STYLING DETAILS AROUND THE BARN
WORLD MAP TABLE PLAN
The world map table plan from the Wedding of My Dreams c]gave Fay and Andrew the chance to create a beautifully styled table plan for their guests.
LAID BACK TRAVEL THEMED WEDDING CENTREPIECES
The couple continued the travel ideas with their fun, laid back centrepieces for the tables.
The courtyard is a fun place for family and friends to relax during the wedding day. Here balloons from our other website The Wedding of my Dreams created a backdrop for the musicians.
Seonaid and Oliver asked for help to create their relaxed wedding day with a church service and a family and friends get together at our gorgeous local country pub, The Malt Shovel.
The bridal bouquet was a lovely mix of scented stocks and roses, frilly lisianthus coupled with plenty of eucalyptus foliage.
The bridesmaids looked elegant with their pretty bouquets to tie the peach and grey colour scheme together.
COUNTRY PUB WEDDING VENUE – THE MALT SHOVEL, BARSTON
The Malt Shovel is synonymous with excellent food and a great atmosphere. The guests gathered in the gardens and were welcomed into the restaurant for a superb meal.
DOOR WREATH ENTRANCE
A lush wreath is a great way to welcome family and friends to your wedding and always creates a great start to the wedding day.
COUNTRY PUB HANGING INSTALLATION – TWIGS & ROSES
The restaurant lends itself to a hanging installation and simple birch twigs were created into a masterpiece with a beautiful mix of roses from the day.
U SHAPED WEDDING TABLES – LOW CENTREPIECES
U-shaped tables were the perfect fit and we added luxe low wedding centrepieces which celebrated the season and the laid back wedding day. Hurricane lamps with candles and an asymetric eucalyptus and flower wreath continued the look set on the church door. Smaller arrangements were set along the table with a simple place setting of eucalyptus.
We loved receiving this note before Seonaid and Oliver set off on honeymoon.
‘Just a little note to say a HUGE big thank you for all of your hard work yesterday. What can I say……the flowers were simply stunning!
Our breathe was taken away when we had a sneak peak into the restaurant prior to everyone being seated. I know we discussed the brief, but how you interpreted it was totally beyond expectations!
Thanks again for contributing towards making our day simply perfect!’
So last weekend was epic we had an amazing time decorating Longbourn Barn for an amazing couple Megan and Tom. Longbourn Barn is a real authentic barn, set in the beautiful English countryside. The barn is a blank canvas, very rustic with a french feel to it as you drive up the driveway. This is the second time we have been fortunate enough to be at the barn this summer and were just blown away by all the beauty.
These are just a taster of the photos by the talented photographers.We cant wait to see the full photos including the epic look inside the barn using rose gold stands with statement blooms and epic top table flowers as well as lots of surprises.
With all our love and huge congratulations to Megan and Tom. xxx
Megan chose an elegant style for her maids and her flowers, blousy hydrangeas with a dusting of eucalyptus to keep the look cool on a hot day and a trailing bouquet of blush sweet avalanche roses, avalanche roses and blousy hydrangea finished with trailing ivy as a nod to her beautiful baby girl Ivy. Megan is a very lucky girl as you will see she surprised everyone with a change of dress after her church wedding before going into a fully decorated barn and delicious gourmet meal.
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.