I was asked to design a bouquet for Lizzie and her girls for her recent wedding. Helen, her Mum, of Helen Eames Photography, joined us for our meeting and I was delighted to hear that the flowers then became an important part of Lizzie’s day.
WILD AND ORGANIC PINK BOUQUETS FOR BRIDE AND HER BRIDESMAIDS
Lizzie’s dress was chosen from the lovely Sophie at CocoandKate and we felt a wild organic bouquet with touches of blush pink roses, lashing of eucalyptus and highlights of the grey pink edged echivera would be the perfect choice for this stunning bride and her bridesmaids.
CUTE PINK ROSE FLOWER CROWNS FOR FLOWER GIRLS
Flower girls are known to steal the show and these two were no exception, eager to try on their pink rose flower crowns when I arrived and looking so beautiful in their gorgeous dresses and soft pink cardigans.
PINK ROSE BUD BUTTON HOLES
The boys wore pink rose bud button holes with eucalyptus and echivera to bring the look of the bridal party together.
Thank you for sharing the images Lizzie, so happy you enjoyed loved your bouquets and to Helen for capturing the day with such beauty.
Andrea and Mitch were living out in New York when they contacted us about creating the flowers for their summer wedding at Sudeley Castle. We had initial skype exchanges and met when the bride traveled over to the UK. We loved working with Andrea to create natural just picked flowers for her wedding in an English Castle. As you can imagine this historic venue was much admired by the visitors from The States.
ORGANIC FREEFORM DUSKY PINK ROSE BOUQUETS
Whilst the bridesmaids carried bouquets with a mix of dusky pink tones the bridal bouquet had a more organic freeform design with plenty of trailing jasmine, queen anne’s lace, creamy peonies, wax flower, delicate astilbe and roses.
The brides dress was Rivini and suited the organic style of flowers we had selected together. The bridesmaids carried heavenly bouquets of dusky pink rose, astilbe, deep toned astrantia,wax flower and scented jasmine. Fabric from the girls dresses loosely wrapped around the stems of all the bouquets brought the look together.
ROSE & VERONICA BUTTON HOLES
Mitch looked dapper in his Paul Stuart suit teemed with a just picked veronica, rose and sedum button hole.
DUSKY PINK ROSE CORSAGES
The ladies had corsages with dusky pink roses, sedum and snippets of baby’s breath, presented on bark.
CHURCH WEDDING FLOWERS
The chapel at historic Sudely Castle is so romantic decorated with candles to the altar.
GYPSOPHILA GARLANDS & PEW ENDS FOR CHURCH
Andrea requested dreamy garlands of white flowers and simple bunches of gypsophila for the pew ends. The chapel with its history and wonderful workmanship does not suit over embellishing and this style of decor created just the candlelit style the couple hoped for.
Baskets of confetti were ready and waiting as the couple left the chapel.
CRYSTAL GLASS CHARGER PLATES & GYPSOPHILA PLACE SETTINGS
Delicacy and elegance were added to the tables with elegant crystal glass charger plates and delicate place settings.
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.’
Window boxes in rainbow colours stretching out along the street in front of Brixton East created by groups of Chapel Designers working together in colour teams inspired by a demo by talented duo Athena Duncan and Mairead Curtin from London florists Rebel Rebel.
A Chapel Designers Conference gives everyone a chance to unwind, rethink mechanics and techniques, share experiences, start new friendships, noursish old friendships and learn in a relaxed and open way. Holly Chapple opended her heart to us and enabled us to produce some great work. Paul Pryke gave us an insight into the world of a floral writer and designer and inspired us with her work. Rebel Rebel told some great tales of early days and I just love their bouquet on legs. Flowerona gave us some useful tips on Instagram and social media.
After a demo from Holly I loved creating this elegant bouquet so beautifully captured by Amanda Dumouchelle who had travelled over from the US to work with Holly and the Chapel Designers. Her work is so wonderful I can’t wait to see more of her images of what my fellow Chapel Designers created. So much beauty in one place.
A highlight was the Chapel Designers Dinner where we celebrated with all the speakers and Chapel Designers, certainly an evening to remember. The fun we had creating the immense tablescape was awesome and we all enjoyed getting to dine under our floral canopy. Team work never looked so good.
An early morning visit to New Covent Garden Market gave us a chance to repurpose our designs alongside the Floral Angels. A great opportunity to support this wonderful charity so close to many of our hearts.
The finale was an epic demonstration by Shane Connolly, his dramatic urn design was overflowing with natural beauty and seasonal delights including garden favourites Viburnum burkwoodii, Amelanchier, Viburnum Opulus and Jasmine. I love his style of work and am thrilled to have had an opportunity to watch him at work.
I am back in the studio now missing my fellow Chapel Designers, feeling inspired by what we can achieve together and looking forward to continuing as floral friends in this wonderful industry.
Thank you Holly, Evan and Nick for organising Chapel Designers London 2016
The Chapel Designers group was founded by Holly Chapple of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, in 2010. Holly created the first organization of its kind. An organization that not only educates, supports, and mentors creatives, but encourages the individual designer to be his or her most authentic self. I am proud to be a member of this esteemed group The Chapel Designers and enjoy building relationships with talented florists and designers around the globe. Chapel Designers support each other and work together on major collaborations creating the most amazing weddings.
The world is a large place but through Holly and The Chapel Designers forum we are one big, happy family. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be part of this great organisation and of the friends I have made through Chapel Designers.
Just take a look at some of the amazing work in The Spotlght here by some of my fellow Chapel Designers, talented and stylish wedding florists from around the world…
Scroll to the bottom to see links to their websites and photographer credits.