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.
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 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.
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.
Are you thinking of choosing deep purple and burgundy tones for your wedding flowers? Recently we were asked by Wedding Flowers Magazine to take our designs down to London to be shot for their November issue. We used deep purple / maroon / burgundy flowers mixed with a touch of gold to add some glamour.
DEEP PURPLE BRIDAL BOUQUET
For the bridal bouquet we used an natural mix of smoke bush and clematis foliage, deep toned dahlia perfect for an autumn wedding with scabious, scented Kiera rose, sloe berries and touches of trailing amaranthus. The mix of ribbons created a soft romantic finish.
DEEP PURPLE FLOWERS IN CRYSTAL BOWLS ON A GOLD PLATE FOR WEDDING CENTREPIECE
For the centrepiece we created an asymmetrical design in an antique crystal bowl filled with autumnal foliage and blooms, the gold plate added a touch of glamour and height to the design. The combination of autumnal foliage smoke bush, clematis with a mix of sedum and deep toned blooms were the perfect fit with the lush Kiera roses.
PLACE SETTINGS / ESCORT CARD IDEA
For the escort cards we used a mix of mini bottles with guests name and brought the outside in by incorporating snippets of foliage and flowers to set the tone for the day.