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!!

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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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Lanterns and Vases and Carts…oh my…

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I’ve tried and tried to get one out sooner but weddings distract me (quite right too) and then the sun comes out and of course I have to have a little sit down in it; BUT finally I’ve parked in front of the computer, in the shade of the shop and got some words together for you all.

We had a wonderful day with Liz from Elizabeth Baker Photography a couple of weeks ago, making all of these lovely props and vases we’ve got look even more fabulous with flowers and…the cat, Lily seems to get everywhere.

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Details and prices will be going up on the website soon and we’ll keep adding whenever we get something new.

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Lanterns, flower carts, step ladders and vases are all available to hire either with flowers or on their own for you to decorate yourself. Available for weddings, birthdays, christenings, anniversaries, or if you’re just having a fabulous party to celebrate fabulous parties, (send me an invite please). Get in touch for availability and delivery details.

Next blog post will be all about the exciting and dusty building work we’ve been having done in the shop. If you’ve been in to visit us recently you would have noticed the delightful blue tarp hanging in the shop, real boutique esque feel to it…not! Well, it’s gone and in it’s place stands an archway opening to future wedding loveliness…bear with us people and wait for the dust to settle…HA!

In the thick of it…

Here we are with another blog post from the lovely village of Marsden. Mother’s day seems like a distant memory and we now seem to be zooming our way into the thick of the wedding season. So far I haven’t shone any light on the subject so am dedicating this post to all things wedding related. ‘ding dong the bells are going to chime’

We’ve had a real mixture so far this year, with the beautifulness of vintage pinks/lilacs and creams still in abundance there also seems to be a different trend creeping it’s way in through my door and wedding folder…COLOUR…in all shapes and sizes.

The busiest weekend of the year so far came at the Easter Holiday, three weddings over the weekend and what different styles for each one!

Jemma and Mark at the glorious Crow Hill wanted colour…’just lots and lots of colour…’ We discussed various centrepieces that would go with this modern look and decided on three different styles. The carnation balls were something that drew their eye when they first saw me at the wedding fair, the candelabras created some height in the marquee and goldfish bowls to finish off. LOVED every minute of this.

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Next up we had Jane and Jonathan at the Mechanics Hall just down the road, a fabulous local building to decorate and dress as you please. Jane wanted pale pastel colours, a very delicate look, mood boards were sent over, bunting was lovingly crafted and the final result was gorgeous.

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Finally, Emma and Tom at Durker Roods hotel. Emma came to me wanting something really natural and rustic which is unusual in the style so therefore quite exciting.  We discussed using wheat for the centrepieces but eventually decided on simple jam jars with mixtures of gypsophila and limonium (that’s purple fluffy stuff to you)!

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‘A whole new world…’

The title, Aladdin, I thought it very fitting for the first blog of the year…

Welcome, welcome, welcome, where to begin…

So much has happened already, Valentine’s day, Spring Fair, Wedding Fair, even an actual wedding or two!  In February? I hear you ask? Yup, in the good old month of February!

Wedding Fair at Crow Hill was wonderful as always, such a gorgeous place and some really good suppliers makes for a pretty fabulous and inspiring day.

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Spring Fair is a chance for me to get to grips with new stock we could have in the shop (an excuse for a day out too) and to browse lots of lovely stalls at the ginormous NEC.   We’ve found some fabulous pieces, all of which I’m very giddy about, for you to hire out for your wedding or party. Flower carts, wooden step ladders, who knew these things would come climbing and rolling back into fashion (see what I did there…), gorgeous birdcages and some very large lanterns. Pictures coming soon, keep a look out on our website and Facebook page, get in touch in the meantime if you have any questions!

Valentine’s day was fabulous, you old romantic lot you, the cryptic messages are one of my favourite parts and you didn’t disappoint! I myself was treated to some cheese and biscuits from our lovely local vegetable/delicatessen shop Radish, yum!! The shop was filled to the brim with love!

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Wedding fever hit us at the beginning of the year, so many lovely brides getting in touch and wanting to start planning. We’ve got some absolute stunners coming up, pastel shades, bright and vibrant, classic and simple whites and greens and hopefully a few in between. We’ll keep you posted on each and every one and as a special summer treat I’ll guide you through step by step in the process of planning the flowers, from the beginning consultation to the delivery on the day. Here is a few sneaky pictures of the ones we’ve already had…

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And next on the agenda…Mother’s Day…get the coffee and lucozade at the ready please 🙂

 

The preparations begin…

So, here we are, our third instalment and possibly our last of the year, although I may stretch myself as we get into the thick of the festive season and send you a fabulous photo filled blog of Christmas ideas and gifts!

First up – a few events going on in the village –

24th Nov – Christmas window unveiling (I know I’m getting ahead of myself with the unveiling word but I am very excited).

25th Nov & 10th Dec – Late night shopping 

6th Dec – Christmas Light switch on

17-18th Dec Flower arranging classes in the shop

We’ve been busy busy with wedding enquiries for 2015 and even a couple for 2016 (SUPER organised people). It’s so exciting meeting a new bride and groom to be and discussing their big day, their ideas and colours. This month we’ve had a wedding that was a bit different, although very on trend, we used succulent plants for the bridal and bridesmaid bouquet! Love the colours…

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The last couple of weeks have been spent prepping (and fretting) about the W.I flower arrangement evening I’ve been booked in for, planning my talk, the arrangements, timing myself to make sure what I think is a good half hour of chat doesn’t actually turn into 7 minutes. In the end it turned out well although I think I may possibly have speed talked my way through it, ‘something new under the belt’ said Mum…’just before Christmas? I don’t need anymore under this belt thank you very much!!

I created four arrangements in total – a mantelpiece arrangement with two different colour schemes – Au natural and silver sparkles

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I also created some table centrepieces that we’ll be doing in our flower arranging classes and that can be bought from us in the shop over the Christmas period – you’ve got to make your table look gorgeous for the big feast!! 🙂

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And so now onto the windows and the preparation that comes along with Christmas, cellophane cutting, bow making, arrangement creating, decorations and glitter…everywhere, it’s only just come out of my hair from last year!