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 ‘
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.
So we always love an epic wedding and thought you would love to see more of this amazing wedding at Longbourn Barn Kineton, one of our favourite’s of the year.
Longbourn Barn Kineton Wedding
We were thankful when Meg and her Mum came to meet us to ask us to create the florals for this gorgeous flower filled wedding. We visited Longbourn Barn together and fell in love with the setting. It offers a space where couples can stamp their mark on it for their wedding day set in the most amazing Warwickshire countryside.
Meg and Tom started their wedding day with a church ceremony with their beautiful daughter taking centre stage. The couple remained radiant and happy throughout their day and all the joy in their lives came together for all to see. We created a bountiful and full bouquet for Meg to carry.
Longbourn Barn Kineton Organ Room
Longbourn Barn has plenty of unexpected features, here the Organ Room is perfect for displaying the bouquets, in addition to her bridal bouquet we created bouquets for Meg’s 6 stylish bridesmaids. Pillar candles added to the romance perfect for this setting.
Wedding Gin Barn, Longbourn Barn
At our first site meeting we heard that Meg and her Mum were looking to create their own bar and had found an old pink van which they were going to transform into an amazing gin bar. Little did we know at the time how epic this transformation was and that it would be featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. We were delighted to add some finishing touches to the look with the personalised sign from our sister site The Wedding of my Dreams.
Longbourne Barn Kineton, Wedding Reception
In the run up to the wedding Meg, Tom and the assembled team of helpers worked tirelessly to ensure nothing was left undone. We just loved creating the florals for inside the barn including the table designs. The large barn could carry off large statement florals set on high rose gold risers. Elegant candle light was added to the tables and the round tables were set with lush florals around an elegant rose gold hurricane vase. Meg had collected so many gorgeous pieces and the geometric marble chargers were a great look for the tables.
This epic wedding was full of surprises and we knew of one little secret that the bride and her mum had kept from everyone. Meg had not one but two stunning wedding gowns and totally rocked the world when she surprised everyone when she walked down from the hay loft in her second amazing dress. This brought tears of joy to everyone’s eye and the party started in earnest.
Acrylic Wedding Seating Plan
The acrylic wedding seating plan was set as a welcome for guests once inside the barn and enabled everyone to find their seat with ease and style.
Meg and Tom
It was a pleasure to create the flowers for your wedding at Longbourn Barn, you rocked your day and are the most beautiful couple.
As the days are turning cooler I thought we would share more images of this beautiful wedding at Blackwell Grange. Last September Danielle and Lorance entrusted us to create their flowers and decor and we loved bringing everything together on the day.
BRIDAL BOUQUET – ORGANIC STYLE AUTUMN COLOURS
Rich autumn colours were added into the bridal bouquet design for this organic style bouquet with touches of astilbe, dahlia, roses and eucalyptus.
BRIDESMAIDS BOUQUETS – DEEP RED BURGUNDY & FOLIAGE
Plenty of foliage and deep burgundy red dahlias carried through into the bridesmaids bouquets.
WEDDING CEREMONY AT BLACKWELL GRANGE
The ceremony barn is a lovely setting for a wedding ceremony nestled into the countryside.
CEREMONY FLOWERS & DECORATIONS – BLACKWELL GRANGE BARN VENUE
Ceremony decorations included a mix of lanterns, stylish chair flowers and a fireplace decorated in colours of the day.
BLACKWELL GRANGE BARN VENUE WEDDING BREAKFAST DECORATIONS
The top table is where all eyes are focused for a large part of the wedding breakfast to a long garland of lush foliage with flowers was a great choice. The backdrop was created especially for the couple with a romantic ring of flowers and Dani’s favourite sparkling lights and foliage added in.
FLOWERS FOR THE WEDDING CAKE TABLE
Ask your florist for vases for the bouquets so they can be added to the cake table display. I love the axe for cutting the rustic cake.
Danielle and Lorance, thank you for your lovely words.
‘We just wanted to a massive thank you for everything you did for us! The wedding looked spectacular and almost all of that was down to you! We loved absolutely everything it was perfect! You have been so amazingly helpful and are full of fantastic ideas! Continue to make people’s wedding days so perfect because you really have done something special for us!’
If you are looking for inspiration for your 2019 wedding please get in touch.
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’
Charlie and Jamie’s wedding this Summer at Hampton Manor was a delight to work on. Here are a few photos from their gorgeous wedding day. These are just a quick sneak peek – more to follow soon hopefully.
CREAM & GREEN BOUQUETS FOR THE BRIDE AND HER BRIDESMAIDS
CANDELABRA WEDDING CENTREPIECES – HAMPTON MANOR
WEDDING CAKE TABLE FLOWERS – WE PROVIDED VASES FOR THE BOUQUETS TO SIT IN ON THE CAKE TABLE
So last weekend was epic we had an amazing time decorating Longbourn Barn for an amazing couple Megan and Tom. Longbourn Barn is a real authentic barn, set in the beautiful English countryside. The barn is a blank canvas, very rustic with a french feel to it as you drive up the driveway. This is the second time we have been fortunate enough to be at the barn this summer and were just blown away by all the beauty.
These are just a taster of the photos by the talented photographers.We cant wait to see the full photos including the epic look inside the barn using rose gold stands with statement blooms and epic top table flowers as well as lots of surprises.
With all our love and huge congratulations to Megan and Tom. xxx
Megan chose an elegant style for her maids and her flowers, blousy hydrangeas with a dusting of eucalyptus to keep the look cool on a hot day and a trailing bouquet of blush sweet avalanche roses, avalanche roses and blousy hydrangea finished with trailing ivy as a nod to her beautiful baby girl Ivy. Megan is a very lucky girl as you will see she surprised everyone with a change of dress after her church wedding before going into a fully decorated barn and delicious gourmet meal.
‘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.