Chelsea is a dream, an amazing bride with an infectious and exuberant personality. We first met at the National Wedding Show and enjoyed skype meetings and wedding consultations to achieve the WOW look she was after for her church wedding to Carl followed by a stunning reception at Belvoir Castle.
The bridal bouquet was a lush hand tie with a mix of protea, feathery astilbe and roses. Her girls carried a bouquet of astilbe, so gorgeous on its own.
NORMANTON CHURCH WEDDING
Normanton church sat on the edge of Rutland water is quite extraordinary and a very special place to tie the knot.
So we always love a lavish reception and Belvoir Castle sat high on the hill is a treasure of a venue for an exclusive wedding. The tables were a mass of gold and flowers with a luxe gold candelabra surrounded by a sea of blooms. Once the candles were lit the venue shimmered and shone. Linen, gold cutlery, glasses and charger plates enhanced the look. The dessert table was expertly created by Cotton and Crumbs, a great favourite of ours.
We love these amazing images captured by the talented Matt Parry. Congratulations to Carl and Chelsea on your epic wedding.
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.”
Lisa and Aneel had a 2 day wedding celebration starting with a church service in the church at Mappleborough Green followed by a reception at Gorcott Hall. On day 2 they continued with a ceremony at the Hyatt Hotel followed by a reception. The guests and families enjoyed 2 amazing days and we are delighted to share some images of the first day with you.
BUTTON HOLES FOR THE GROOMSMEN
The groomsmen wore elegant rose button holes for the church.
LOOSE, ELEGANT PEACH AND GREY BRIDAL BOUQUET
The bridal bouquet was the softest mix of flowers and foliage in peach, soft pink and grey. Heavenly Juliet and Keira roses combined with the delicate scabious, hypericum berries, dusty miller and scented jasmine created a dreamy look for the bridal bouquet.
ELEGANT BRIDESMAIDS BOUQUETS
The girls looked so elegant with their rose and dusty miller bouquets outside Gorcott Hall.
VENUE DECORATIONS – ENTRANCE WREATH FOR FRONT DOOR
The old wooden door to Gorcott Hall was just the place to hang a bespoke flower filled heart wreath.
ROMANTIC, ELEGANT WEDDING CENTREPIECES FOR LONG TABLES
Lisa and Aneel had their hearts set on a long table and found a great way of incorporating these into the room layout. Delicate candlesticks, votives and a mix of elegant footed vases and vessels were set our along the long table filled with scented florals to create their romantic reception.
ROMANTIC, ELEGANT WEDDING CAKE FLOWERS
The softest Keira roses were the icing on the cake for the wedding and set off the ombre icing beautifully.
Thank you Lisa and Aneel for sharing your photos and for your lovely words ‘The flowers were exactly what I had envisaged – soft, romantic and elegant.’
This gorgeous wedding has so many of our favourite things flower wall backdrop, peonies and lots of gold glitter so we were thrilled to take our team down to Curradine Barns for this amazing wedding for the lovely Louise and Rob.
CREATING THE FLOWER WALL BACKDROP AT CURRADINE BARNS
Louise had one particular request she wanted flowers to cover the wall behind the top table to create a backdrop for her wedding celebrations. So the team carefully created her dream by hanging bombastic and miss bombastic spray roses with soft lisianthus to soften her backdrop. Louise and the girls were getting ready at the Barn and so popped in en masse to check how things were going.
PEONY BOUQUETS FOR THE BRIDE AND BRIDESMAIDS
Glamour was the key to the day and nothing hits the spot more than masses of peonies for beautiful bouquets with luxe dresses and lots of gold and glitter.
CHURCH WEDDING CEREMONY
The wedding took place at Great Witley Church in Worcestershire and was worth the steep climb up the hill to reveal the most beautiful Baroque Church, noted to be the finest example in England. An abundance of gold created the most magical setting for tying the knot.
CURRADINE BARN WEDDING FLOWERS AND DECORATIONS
The gold signage and stationery continued the gold and glitter mood and was used everywhere, I just love this Order of the Day.
Lush florals in glass footed bowls were laid out on the tables with hanging flower hoops suspended from the beams over many of the tables to create the natural flower filled room for our happy couple. I just love seeing the delight on Louise’s face as she enters her dream room.
TOP TABLE FLORAL GARLAND AND FLOWER WALL BACKDROP
As the evening went on the speeches and toasts were enjoyed by all with a floral garland to the top table and the stunning flower wall backdrop. Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Jeffers you planned a great party for family and friends.
GOLD WEDDING CAKE, BOUQUETS TO DECORATE
We left vases to keep the bouquets looking lush around the beautiful gold wedding cake set on the gold glitter cloth.
Sparklers always add a bit of fun to the evening celebrations.
FLOWER CROWN FOR THE EVENING
If you fancy a change of look from day to evening then change your hairpiece or veil for a flower crown to be worn for the dancing.
Chris and Lucy tied the knot at the beautiful Elmore Court, the most amazing place for a summer wedding. Elmore Court is run by festival folk and our couple embraced the whole festival vibe and continued partying late into the night and early morning with guests camping in the field around the house.
ELMORE COURT WEDDING FLOWERS
Elmore Court is a unique venue in Gloucestershire with the most historical house where the ceremony is held.
CLASSIC WHITE HYDRANGEA BOUQUETS
Lucy had a good idea of what she wanted for her bouquets and chose classic white hydrangea bouquets with flowing ribbons.
FLOWER CROWNS FOR BRIDESMAIDS
The bridesmaids wore fluffy bridal crowns of delicate Baby’s Breath to enhance their dreamy dresses and Lucy’s bridal bouquet. Baby’s breath was used in decorations throughout the wedding being a favourite of the brides. A lucky charm as Chris and Lucy are now blessed with the most beautiful baby boy.
WEDDING OUTFITS FOR THE DOGS
The dogs were guests of honour at the wedding and followed Lucy everywhere. I just love their outfits, don’t they look so cute all dressed up for their special day.
THE WEDDING CEREMONY AT ELMORE COURT
Lucy and Chris chose to hold their ceremony inside to take advantage of the elegant setting of the house. Friends and family joined in their celebrations in such an amazing space. We added tied bunches of baby’s breath to the chairs for aisle decoration and they bought one of our ‘Choose a seat not a side, we’re all family once the knot is tied‘ signs from The Wedding of my Dreams.
ENTRANCE DECORATIONS AT ELMORE COURT
Grand entrances deserve grand decor and so we created florals in tall silver vases and arranged candles in silver lanterns and glass cylinder vases down the steps.
THE GARDENS AT ELMORE COURT
The gardens are just so beautiful and in June are full of flowers, I just love these shots in the relaxed meadow planting around the house. Can you just glimpse the tipees in the distance?
WEDDING RECEPTION FLOWERS AND STYLING IN THE GILLYFLOWER AT ELMORE COURT
The Gillyflower is a striking building set in the grounds of Elmore Court, its rammed earth walls and huge glass windows give the appearance of being in the meadow. Wedding flowers and styling need to reflect this and so we chose all white flowers with delphinium, hydrangea and clouds of Baby’s Breath.
We always love it when a bride has been recommended to Passion for Flowers by a previous bride and were delighted to meet with Jessica to discuss details for her summer wedding at Ettington Park in Warwickshire.
LARGE PINK PEONY BOUQUET
Jessica wanted us to create a bountiful pink peony bridal bouquet. Peonies are a great favourite for many brides and it is so beautiful to see them in abundance.
FREESIA CORSAGES FOR THE LADIES
Scented corsages of creamy white freesias were perfect for the ladies.
BABY’S BREATH FLOWER CROWNS FOR THE FLOWER GIRLS
Young flower girls adore wearing a flower crown on the wedding day and these delightful two were beautifully dressed in lace sleeved dresses to match the bride and wore Baby’s Breath flower crowns to finish their look.
VINTAGE CARS AND A CHURCH WEDDING
Arriving in a vintage car is a special part of a wedding day and a lovely opportunity for the bride and groom to travel together from the church to the venue as the new Mr and Mrs.
ETTINGTON PARK WEDDING FLOWERS
Ettington Park is one of our lovely Warwickshire venues and a great favourite of ours. Every couple is unique and their weddings are all different and usually a reflection of their tastes and personal loves. Jessica and Simon planned a romantic day with family and friends at this gorgeous venue.
MIX OF SILVER VASES FOR TOP TABLE CENTREPIECES
The reception in the Long Gallery offers plenty of decorating opportunities in the book laden room. A mix of silver vases decorated the top table with spring flowers. Luxe silver grey ribbon was used as an extra detail on the place settings.
SILVER CANDELABRA CENTREPIECES
Elegant silver candelabra with clouds of Baby’s Breath and Hydrangea decorated the guest tables
CAKE TABLE FLOWERS
When cutting the wedding cake it is a great idea to be sure there are some flowers to add some colour to the table and these stunning pink peonies hit just the right note. Peonies are the perfect flower for a May bride.
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.
This Autumn come and see Passion for Flowers at The National Wedding Show. This is our biggest show of the year and we always put on a wow factor display. This year we will be taking a larger stand as well as having a stand next door for our sister company The Wedding of my Dreams. We will be positioned just next to the Champagne Bar and will be creating centrepieces for all the tables in the Champagne Bar too.
If you live in the Midlands, do make sure you pop into The National Wedding Show and come to see us.
Date: Friday 30th September – Sunday 2nd October 2016
Venue: NEC, Birmingham Stand: G101 + G102
Hampton Manor is one of our favourite local wedding venues, we are so lucky it’s 10 minutes down the road from our floral studio and workshop. We will be decorating Elizabeth’s Court at their upcoming wedding fayre and can’t wait to show a beautiful selection of floral designs on long tables as well as a top table.
This is the perfect opportunity to come and meet us and see our floral creations.
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.
What do you think of our elevated florals shown here in the Parlour at Hampton Manor? This elevated design can be used along long tables to create the illusion of hanging flowers without having to fix anything to the ceiling at a venue – much quicker and easier to install on site than a hanging display. The flowers sit on a shelf supported by clear glass tall vases and we think they look just fab…
If you have longer tables the elevated display could continue onto another vase and another to match the length of your table.
If you are getting married at Hampton Manor we love a little extra floral decoration in the Parlour, it will be sure to wow your wedding guests.
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.
For a recent brochure shoot at Hampton Manor we created a modern elegant and sleek bouquet for the bride. This bouquet was created from grasses and calla lilies for a very elegant look.
ELEGANT MODERN BRIDAL BOUQUET
The rest of the shoot was centered around modern geometric wedding styling, we used copper and white colours for an elegant look. Our copper terrariums and bud vases mixed with the white vases look stunning set up on the ladders, just love this shot of them.
A visit to Chelsea in May is never complete without taking time to view the amazing installations for Chelsea in Bloom, Chelsea’s prestigious floral art show.
The maps with the self-guided tour allow you to take in the sights at your own pace or there is always a chauffeured trip in an exclusive Chelsea in Bloom rickshaw available I just love taking the walk at my own pace with my sister and joined this year by Gemma my daughter. Of course we had time to stop off at Peter Jones for a glass of fizz and a late lunch at The Botanist.
This installation at The White Company was my personal favourite. I just loved the elephant with its carnival feel in the lush setting. Green and white just on brand for The White Company beautifully created by the very talented Larry Walshe.
The carnival theme was brilliantly executed at another of my favourite stores Liz Earle, the carousel and detail on the horses were so amazing. Liz Earle certainly captured many public voters winning The People’s Champion Award. The display was a collaboration with leading floral stylist Willow Crossley and renowned set designer Angus Buchanan with Burford Garden Company enlisted to help bring the design to life.The colour palette is just so gorgeous.
Links of London had a show stopping display created by All For Love London with British Bull Dogs taking centre stage with their over sized floral headdresses with a myriad of colours. The large Union Jack in the foreground was a riot of colour, in my mind this was the most colourful of the installations.
Make sure you plan a visit next time and get inspired next time.