If you have chosen long guest tables you just can’t beat the classic look of a garland flowing the entire length of the table. I created these garlands for Hampton Manor’s recent wedding fair on their new wooden tables, which I just love.
For this design I opted for no floral foam, using a mix of foliage, roses, ranunculus and spring blooms down the length of the table. Candlesticks were entwined into the design and to finish off the wooden tables I added a natural cotton table runner and brass name place settings. If you love this idea but have chosen round tables we could still incorporate this into your table design.
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.
Most of our wedding work includes a statement urn or two, either for the church or ceremony, close to a top table or as a feature by a staircase. This style of arrangement is often the first look at your wedding and is a beautiful piece to be photographed by or enjoyed by guests. I loved creating this free form urn design using no floral foam and keeping our weddings more eco-friendly. This natural mix was expertly captured for me by the talented Sabine Darrall whose courses I would highly recommend.
Pink, Peach & Green Free Form Bouquet
Working with a whole host of beautiful blooms enabled me to create the most natural free form bouquet for this spring bouquet I just loved the butterfly ranunculus and spirea.
A wedding fair is an opportunity to meet newly engaged couples, existing clients and to show our skills at decorating a venue. We loved the opportunity to decorate the Palladian style chapel at Compton Verney as well as decorating in the Adam Hall and Art Gallery.
The Chapel – Pampas Grass Aisle Decoration, Deconstructed Arch
The Chapel was restored lovingly and is now a most beautiful space for a ceremony. We designed a deconstructed arch to frame the ceremony with a naturally inspired mix of foliage, pampas grass, quicksand roses and delicate nigella. The aisle decoration flowed along the aisle with a relaxed walkway of foliage, amaranthus, quicksand roses and pampas grass.
Tall White & Green Centrepiece, White Floral Stand
The elegant Adam Hall with its tall ceiling benefits from tall centrepieces. For a classic, elegant look we designed the arrangements with masses of green foliage and wedding favourites scented garden roses, spray roses, ammi and lisianthus. For a spring look we added alliums and blossom. The white floral stand is the perfect height to allow guests to see each other across the table and is also available in gold, and copper to work with your wedding colours. Small white vases with single stems add interest at table height.
Moongate Backdrop & Bud Vase Window Display
The moongate was decorated with a delicate eucalyptus foliage for a light display keeping the look fresh and inviting. Buds vases placed along the table with roses, amaranthus and dried delphiniums continued the look. The moongate back drop is perfect for a ceremony or behind a top table, sweetheart table or to frame the cake table.
We love autumn wedding colours and were delighted when Kate and Al chose us to be the florist for their elegant autumn wedding. We worked on a brief of mixed metallics, bronze, copper and gold with candlelight, burgundy red, emerald, dusky pinks and touches of peach.
FREE FORM WEDDING BOUQUETS – AUTUMN WEDDING COLOURS
Kate suited a natural free form wedding bouquet with a mix of autumn colours. Deep peach Juliet roses, dark burgundy red Black Bacarra and Quicksand roses with dahlia and kangaroo paw for added texture with stocks, hypericum berries, frilly lisianthus and eucalyptus.
The bridesmaids bouquets suited their elegant emerald green Ghost dresses and by choosing the same colours for the bride and her bridesmaids bouquets the look is pulled together effortlessly.
HAMPTON IN ARDEN CHURCH WEDDING – BRONZE TALL VASES & CANDLE LIGHT
For an Autumn wedding bronze tall vases filled with a mix of flowers and foliage from the day created a beautiful backdrop for the church wedding at Hampton in Arden church. Candle light was used on the windowsills and down the aisle to give a warm look to the church.
CENTREPEICES: BRONZE FLORAL STANDS WITH FOLIAGE & FEATHERS
The long tables were dressed with bronze floral stands with foliage and feathers with hanging baubles and foliage along the length of the table intertwined around a mix of gold, copper and bronze votives. These colours work well with the venue decor including the stunning chandelier in Elizabeth’s Court.
CENTREPIECES: BRONZE TALL VASES ALONG LONG TABLES
The centrepiece bronze tall vases looked elegant on the long tables with a lush arrangement with dahlia, Juliet, Black Bacarra and Quicksand roses, deep toned fluffy hydrangea and plenty of foliage with kangaroo paw and hyericum berries for an autumn wedding.
NAKED WEDDING CAKE
Soft Quicksand and deep burgundy black bacarra roses decorated the naked wedding cake and Kate laid her bouquet to the side.
Thank you for sharing your photos to inspire our couples, we loved working with this couple of create their wedding flowers and styling at Hampton Manor and for your lovely words.
‘I just wanted to email to say thank you so much for Saturday – the flowers were incredible, better than we could have imagined! The church and Elizabeth Court looked stunning too! So much work must have gone into getting everything ready and we are very grateful for that.
Kate & Al xxx ‘
One of the joys of the start of the year is that we have chance to cherish the photos of our weddings from the busy wedding season. Just take a look at the beautiful, elegant wedding of Sarah and James at Hampton Manor. This couple are what weddings are all about having the day you wish and plan for and enjoying every single moment, they are the most lovely pair inside and out.
BRIDAL PARTY ELEGANT FLOWERS – BOUQUETS
Sarah had her heart set on an all white and green look with elegant bouquets for her and her maids.
WEDDING CEREMONY AT HAMPTON MANOR – ELEGANT WEDDING FLOWERS
The white signage and soft green foliage provided an elegant welcome to the ceremony. Simple and understated is often best for an elegant look.
CONFETTI TABLE DISPLAY
Candles, confetti and an elegant vase with roses and eucalyptus was awaiting the confetti moment.
CEREMONY TABLE FLOWER GARLAND AND CANDLES
The simple garland and candles to the ceremony table framed the couple as they signed the register after they had tied the knot.
AFTERNOON TEA HAMPTON MANOR WEDDING RECEPTION – LONG TABLE
One elegant long table was chosen for this intimate wedding celebration with cake stands, foliage and scented white blooms with candles to add to the romance.
WEDDING CAKE FLOWERS
The look continued on the wedding cake table with loose laid flowers and foliage and a decoration of roses and foliage to the cake.
The sun shone all day long for this happy couple and the setting at Hampton Manor held so many places for their beautiful photos. Sarah was the most thoughtful bride and sent this lovely message the morning after her wedding.
I can not put into words or thank you enough for your work yesterday.
You are so incredibly talented. From our first meeting I came away with complete and utter confidence in your work. I even said to family and friends that it was like you could read my mind as you just understood my vision from the offset.
From my bouquet, to the candles, ceremony room, Elizabeth’s court and even the foliage on the welcome signs every single detail was EXACTLY how I envisioned. I was looking at the table at 11pm candles were still burning, creating the most wonderful evening ambiance inside and outside Elizabeth’s court.
I can’t thank you enough for everything you have done for us and I am so so happy to have had the opportunity to work with you and have you part of our wedding journey. You are inspirational!
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
Catie and Sion chose Birtsmorton Church and Court for their elegant winder wonderland wedding with white silver and green colours and highlights of burgundy red.
TRAILING BRIDAL BOUQUET – DEEP RED WINTER TONES
Catie’s elegant wedding dress suited a neat, trailing bouquet. Natural flowers we included were a mix of roses, lisianthus, petite larch cones, and sprigs of eucalyptus to add a trail to the bouquet. Her choice of bouquet was also dear to her as her mother carried an elegant trailing bouquet at her own wedding.
Winter button holes included a touch of larch cone for a wintry look.
CHURCH CEREMONY AT BIRTSMORTON COURT
The church entrance was decorated with a bespoke white welcome sign, silver lanterns and bunches of local mistletoe. Inside this country estate church the tall candlesticks were decorated with flowers & foliage tied with deep burgundy ribbon. Tall silver candelabra decorated with flowers from the day made a wonderful frame for the wedding ceremony. The beautiful deer were a personal touch bringing back memories for Catie and her mother.
CENTREPIECES AT BIRTSMORTON COURT – CANDELABRA & FOOTED BOWLS
The winter elegance continued at Birtsmorton Court with elegant silver candelabra and footed bowls filled with a relaxed mix of blooms and foliage from the day. The top table was framed by the tall candelabra with an elegant central arrangement and a mix of vases and votives were added.
EXTRA FLORAL DETAILS – TABLE PLAN GARLAND
The table plan mirror continued the look with a garland of foliage and flowers from the day bringing colour to the look.
We loved creating the flowers for Catie and Sion and were delighted to receive their note of thanks
‘Just wanted to say a huge thank you for all you did for our wedding on Saturday! The flowers were just incredible, we really could not have wished for any better! It made our day truly special.’
We love decorating and styling weddings and events at Hampton Manor and enjoy keeping in touch with the look and feel of the seasons.
AUTUMN WEDDING CENTREPIECES FOR LONG TABLES – GOLD VASES & TALL GOLD STANDS
Adding gold footed urns and tall gold stands to the long tables creates an opulent look to the tables. Teaming these with flowers and foliage in warm berry tones adds a richness to the designs, small gold posy vases and candlesticks complete the look.
GLASS AND CANDLELIGHT ELEGANT WEDDING CENTREPIECES FOR LONG TABLES
Choose glass vases and a mix of glass footed vases with church candles for an elegant look to your wedding. Blush flowers give a lightness to the look and foliage could be added to entwine through the designs.
TOP TABLE – SUSPENDED DESIGN OVER GOLD FLORAL STANDS
GOLD FLORAL STANDS WITH LARGE FOLIAGE ARRANGEMENTS AND BRASS LANTERNS ALONG THE LONG TABLES
Foliage is very much a firm favourite for long tables and these elevated designs on gold stands create a wow factor look to the tables. Here we set brass lanterns with church candles to add interest to the table and echo the shape of the stands.
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.
Jessi and Jamie asked us to create a ‘Secret Garden’ look and feel to the English part of their wedding celebrations. We loved coming up with ideas and working with this lovely couple to create their wedding look. It is so wonderful when our couples have confidence in us and give us comments like this:
“Thank you so much Karen! We trust you completely so whatever you think would make the feel of it come alive works for us! “
Jessi carried a romantic white peony bouquet and for her maids a bunch of scented lavender keep the look natural and so so English.
HAMPTON MANOR WEDDING CEREMONY
CYLINDER VASE LANTERNS, BRONZE FLORAL STANDS & A DOG
Well we loved creating this look for this romantic look with cylinder vases down the aisle, bronze stands with natural arrangements including English Margaret Merrill roses, ferns, trailing foliage and clematis with simple bunches of English lavender to the chairs. Most of all we loved their beloved dog Oreo who stole the show in his bespoke waistcoat.
So when your couple love books and especially the Secret Garden that gives plenty of scope for the most beautiful set up in Hampton Manor. Moss runners and books, delicate ferns in china tea cups and the most beautiful blooms created a gorgeous look and feel to the room. Jamie is one romantic groom and there was not a dry eye in the room when he surprised his bride with an interruption to the speeches when an amateur dramatic group began renditions from Les Miserables, her favourite musical. This was performed in front of her eyes and was one incredible surprise.
CHEESE WEDDING CAKE AND CAKE TABLE FLOWERS
The cake table was decorated with English lavender bunches, a mix of moss covered books and blooms from the day. Crystal decanters with scented peonies and grasses kept the look soft and romantic.
EVENING TABLE CENTREPIECES WITH CANDLES
As the guests headed back to the room for the evening celebrations they were greeted by a change of scene with candlelit tables.
We are eternally thankful for the lovely couples who chose us for their wedding flowers and styling and to the venues we dress and of course the photographers who capture their days so beautifully.
Thank you Jamie and Jessi and all our good wishes for the next stage of this romantic story.