The lazy lazy florist

Ok, well, I’m not lazy as such, not when it comes to doing work, just when it comes to keeping up to date with my blog posts!! So, the end of the year came and went and now we’re right into the new one (quite far in really)! We’ve had a mini wedding, Valentine’s day, and the fabulous Crow Hill wedding fair! We’ve had at least four different window displays in and so this is what I thought this blog could be about…I’m already making notes on what the next blog will be about and it’ll be done just before Mother’s day…soooo pretty soon then!!

Our first new window of the year, after the glitter and glamour of Christmas had departed, Chinese new year, well, it had to be didn’t it!!! We had mini dining table set up with Chinese brass coins, lots of red flowers and the piece de resistance…a big floating dragon!

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Valentine’s day, well I always like to keep it simple, so an abundance of Roses with red and pink pom poms hanging down with a couple of cupid hearts were all it took, thanks to our new Saturday girl Carys for helping out with this one. 20170121_151144_resized

After the overload of red in the windows (Christmas, Chinese New Year, Valentines) I thought we’d go for a colour change…blue (like my football team)! We got some lovely new vases in and I really wanted to show them off, so into the window they went!  16463813_1606089599407738_6726667239682297023_o

And seen as Mother’s day isn’t far away I thought I’d show you that window too, with homemade bunting no less!! 🙂

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Christmas time…mistletoe and wine…

It’s here, the festive frenzy that is Christmas!!! The shop has been dressed for a couple of weeks now but I thought I’d give you an opportunity to look around even if you don’t manage to physically get into the shop, how lucky are you?! Come on in…wp_20161203_11_40_03_pro

 

First up, our Christmas windows…no, we didn’t win the window competition this year, Congratulations to Cubecure by the way, (she says, through gritted teeth) with their fabulous wooden wonderland. But, we’re still very happy with ours, despite the torment it causes me every year!! 🙂

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We’ve got some beautiful Christmas gifts stacked around the shop at the moment and that loveliness is only going to get better as we get closer to the big day. Christmas visiting starts as soon as December hits so we’ve got lots of cute pick up gifts ready in the shop, priced from £5.00 they’re the perfect little something!

Next up, we have wreaths for your door, a selection of Spruce or Holly ones…or even, FULL ON GOLD GLITTER ONES!!!

We’ve got some lovely little bulb planters in the shop, Hyacinths/Crocus, all waiting to get into the warmth and bloom for you.

We have city scape candle holders that create a lovely glow sat on your fireplace or window sill and priced at only £4.50/£11.95 they are a bargain!

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Hampers and bags to pop all those lovely goodies in, a few different sizes, big and bulky, small and petite and elegantly slim line (I’m not sure how a bottle bag can be elegantly slim line but it sounds good, sooo…) Priced from £2.50 why not fill them up with other goodies from our village, toys from The Magic Box, Cheese, Biscuits and WINE from Goodness me, some fabulous art from Enjoy Art and other little trinkets from Cubecure!

 

Flower deliveries will commence on the 22nd and we’ll be delivering right through until Christmas Eve! A few examples are below but all our bouquets are bespoke, made individually and designed on the day, feel free to request specific things, Lilies, Amaryllis, Berries, Gerberas, Roses…the list goes on and on (it really does).

 

Table Centrepieces can be ordered now and then collected nearer the time – candles, no candles, flowers, no flowers…I fear I’m giving you too much choice now!

img_2529And with that, I’ll say goodbye, hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and I’ll soon you in January, hopefully as fresh as a daisy (see what I did there)…if I don’t indulge in too much mistletoe and wine! 🙂

It’s nearly the end of the year.

WE’RE BACK!!!  I’ve had numerous difficulties trying to get on here and write a new blog post (we’ll blame wordpress and not my laziness, no honestly)!!

What a summer, I’m shattered, but also full of wedding love for all my couples and for the exciting ones coming along in 2017, booking up quickly might I add! 🙂

Every summer that comes around I have the best intentions of showing you a wedding from start to finish and then when I get into the thick of it those intentions disappear in a cloud of foliage, not a bad way to go but still not helpful for you at home!

I’ll start with a wedding we had just before we left for our American road trip (yes, we had a holiday)!  A mental weekend of three weddings and lots of lists, LOTS of lists. Michelle emailed me this week when we’ve got back and sent some beautiful photos to go with a beautiful email. Michelle and Josh were married at The Huntsman, this is only the second time we’ve been to this venue despite it being so close, hopefully, we’ll be back again!

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This weekend we had two weddings, one locally at Standedge Visitor Centre and one in the beautiful town of Saltaire, near Bradford, check out the history on this place, it’s really lovely!

Elsa wanted a BIG bouquet of wild and natural flowers, initially going for an autumnal colour scheme she changed her mind a tiny bit and eventually opted for deep pinks/burgundy and purple. I’ve been so lucky to have brides wanting large and wild bouquets this year, I love creating them, they’re always a big focal point on the day!

Obviously, I tried to match my outfit on the day with the bouquets – I’d make a fabulous bride…just without the big walking boots! 🙂

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And then finally we had Caroline and Craig’s wedding at Standedge Tunnel, Caroline was very relaxed about her flowers and just gave me the order of Autumnal, really loved this bouquet too (will there ever be one I don’t like)?! The photographer Shot by Amy  took some really beautiful shots of the flowers so will be posting them on our facebook page as soon as they come through, keep a look out on Facebook for more updates. I think this will definitely be one for my wall of flowers in the shop!

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Weddings are upon us…

Look at me, just over a month later and I’m writing again, there must be something in the air! We’ve had a lovely month, a calm month, nothing manic month and now as the middle of the year approaches we’re gearing up to be inundated with Wedding fever.

The first half of this year has been steady (apart from the madness of Mother’s day, Valentines and Easter…ok, maybe not THAT steady) but with weddings every weekend for the next six months we’re getting ready to be busy bees and preparation is key!!

Mid April saw us at one of our  favourite venues Crow Hill for Emma and Richards big day, Emma wanted yellow callas as the main theme and loved a design we had done a few years ago for one of Crow Hills wedding fairs, so, of course, we obliged!

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End of April saw us travelling to Todmorden and the fabulous venue of Todmorden Unitarian church, a stunning setting for this gorgeous relaxed wedding!

 

Emma and Joby loved the building and decided to have not only their ceremony but also their reception there. Friends and family provided the food, one or two dishes each; I LOVED this idea, call me sentimental but I felt it really summarised what the day is about, friends and family, supporting and celebrating your commitment to each other, it was almost like they were providing the beginning of the marriage, making that first meal, the wedding breakfast for them, beautiful!!

Emma wanted her bouquet to be simple, textured but with a bit of blowse to it (no, apparently that’s not a word but I think it should be). She loved the idea of succulents, and so did Joby for his buttonholes, Craspedia and Brunia were also firm favourites. I loved the bouquet, I had difficulty handing it over, how I’ll ever make decisions on my own day, I don’t know!! Keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook page for more images of the flowers, the day and Emma’s FABULOUS outfit!!

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This week sees the release of the new Alice in Wonderland film, VERY exciting not only because I’m a big fan but also because we’re doing a Alice themed wedding in July, it’s a biggie and it’s going to look AMAZING, even if I do say so myself, I’m going to have the wonderful Liz Baker taking photos of me setting up on the day so I’ll give you an lovely run down of how I prep on a big day. I can’t wait to show you the results!!!

 

A long long time ago…

A long long time ago I wrote my last blog post, I can’t bear to look when it was, and now the guilt has finally got to me and I’m writing another! 🙂 Oh what to write I kept thinking, fretting, biting my nails, and then, as the wedding season began I thought, this is what I should be talking about, the weddings so far, and the weddings to come!

This year feels like we’re having real ‘themes’ to our weddings, which is exciting, even if the word ‘theme’ makes it sound like a fancy dress party!

So far we’ve had a gorgeous colour scheme, Marsala (like burgundy) and blush pink, I loved the contrast of these colours together, they made a perfect combination for a winter wedding (2nd January) including berries and Skimmia foliage with sweet avalanche Roses.

We’ve had classic white and greens, very elegant and simple and then a very girly pinks and creams which was fabulous to do, these huge arrangements always have a real impact in the marquee at Crow Hill.

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Next up, to coincide with Easter weekend we had a riot of colour thanks to the help of the fabulous DAFFODIL, you could not help but smile when you looked at these arrangements, and the scent was wonderful! I loved that Vicky and Matt had chosen the contrast of the goldfish bowls so the flowers could spray out in all their glory, alongside the elegant and simple cylinder vases with flowers inside.

 

And then finally we’ve had the peacock wedding. Imogen and Mark (possibly more Imogen) loved the colours of the Peacock feather but wanted to keep the flowers simple, whites and greens with touches of feathers throughout looked fabulous. Crow hill did a fabulous job of incorporating the colours into the napkins and chair sashes too!

Coming up over the next few months are some absolute gems I can’t wait to share with you, a chic yellow and black calla lily wedding and a new venue for us, the beautiful  Todmorden Unitarian Church

I’ll showcase a few from last year in the next blog (I promise I’ll get to it quicker this time) and I’ll keep you posted about what’s to come!!

It’s Chrissssttmmmasss…

Welcome, welcome to this festive time of year, I’ve not posted for a while so thought I better get some Christmas goodness out there…

Our Christmas window has been up and shining since the beginning/middle of November, yes I know it was early but if Liberty and Bergdorf Goodman have their windows in place then I thought Marsden deserved the same..it was only decent of me to oblige!

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I wanted a sparkle window (obviously) and a more traditional window, trying to go with some pagan themes, so we have wood slices (yule log), foliage, including holly and ivy and natural mossed window frames, bringing the outside in!

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The Christmas lights are switched on, (yes, that is a toilet on the side of the Mechanics Hall) but that’s what I love about the Marsden Christmas lights, they’re different…very different, and individual.

We’ve got lots of gorgeous goodies in the shop, plants, flowers, beautiful hanging decorations for your tree or just garnish the whole house with them…I have!

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We’ll be delivering right up until Christmas Eve (whenever I write that I think, does that mean we’re delivering on Christmas Eve too, because we are, but I’m never sure how to articulate that)!  We’ve got foliage, flowers, ribbons, cellophane, brown paper, tissue paper, poinsettias, silver spray, gold spray, decorations, Christmas trees, bulbs, pine cones, orange slices…the list really is endless.

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Come and see us, buy for a friend, a loved one, yourself even, and we’ll treat every customer (as always) like you’re royalty, Christmas royalty at that…if there is such a thing?!

Have a wonderful time this Christmas and Thank you for your continued support.

Rox & Pete x

 

 

Floral Archway expo…

 

I attempted to make the headline sound like a shocking newspaper article but it looks slightly failed up there but it sums up the post so we’ll stick with it! I wanted to try and show you a run through of doing some floral arrangements, I’ve started with this archway and hopefully as this goes along I’ll get better at taking pictures and you’ll actually be able to learn something from me 🙂

This archway was used for a ceremony we did at the fabulous and wonderfully scenic Waterton Park Hotel. We got there on Saturday morning with sunshine gloriously shining down on the lake and hotel.

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 I prepped the archway in the shop the day before the wedding so I didn’t need to do too much once we got to the venue.

This first picture shows the archway undressed and leaning precariously against the counter…

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First comes foliage, if you make your arrangement look good with only foliage then the rest will come a lot easier. You need to create your shape with the foliage using its natural form, if a piece hangs a particular way, don’t get grumpy with it (maybe I should occasionally take my own advice), use it as it hangs, take advantage of its natural shape!

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Next I tend to either put some of the main bigger flowers in, like Hydrangea, this enables me to make sure they’re properly inserted into oasis and getting a good drink or I would continue making my shape with other ‘filler’ flowers.

I tend to get a bit carried away when doing such large arrangements so the next few photos are basically the finished product as stopping and starting to take photographs completely went out of my mind!

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And finally, in place, at the venue.

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