‘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.
Winter styling is so much fun and we always love being asked to create beauty with Charlotte O’Shea and the team at Rock My Style. The opportunity to work with the Joules brand was so lovely as their clothing is one of our favourites. In fact I usually wear a pair of their boots in the workroom.
These images capture the beauty that was made, Charlotte has a good eye for detail and knows what she loves. Pheasant feathers being one of her favourite things, Mabel was the most perfect model and I have fallen in love with these images captured from the day.
A country house needs a country styled wreath on the door and this one with hydrangea, eucalyptus, alliums and the signature pheasant feathers was a pleasure to make.
HOW TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS STAIRCASE GARLAND
A Christmas garland is a great welcome to any home. Charlotte was keen to learn and we found a colour combination which she loved. Warm dusky pink hydrangea, softest astrantia, alliums and masses of foliage to create a lush, relaxed garland.
For the base an oasis netted garland lightly soaked in water.
Add foliage throughout the design for a natural look, we used 3 types of eucalyptus.
Add key blooms we used hydrangea heads, alliums and astrantia.
Then add extra flourishes of decoration to suit your style Charlotte loved the addition of the pheasant feathers for a country look.
Finally hang your garland in pride of place on your staircase with cable ties and check how everything looks.
Credits – Floral designers: Passion for Flowers // Clothing: Joules // Co-ordinated and Styled by Rock My Style
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.
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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