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

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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!

 

 

Busy bustling village…


Here it is, our second instalment of our blog, you lucky lucky people!!

The last few weeks have been quiet in the shop but busy busy in the village and home life, Jazz festival, Hollywood filming across the street, Gorgeous Wedding Fair and Mums big birthday (21 again of course) all this in one week!! …phew!!

The Marsden Jazz festival was fabulous this year, the village was jam packed with people and the weather stayed good for us, which is a rare occasion in Marsden. On Saturday night we went out for a dance to Bugalu Foundation  at the Mechanics Hall, to celebrate my mums birthday, it was a good night all round despite the fact that I had to get up early for the Wedding fair (I was very reserved in my alcohol consumption)!

Wedding fair prep began the week or so before. I get a brief from Rebecca at the gorgeous venue, Crow hill, situated five minutes from the shop. This fair’s brief included a Tall purple centrepiece, a simple chic white and gold arrangement, Autumunal lanterns and a Village Fete display.

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 For my own table, I wanted to go for an autumnal/late summer scheme, sometimes I try a different colour scheme for each arrangement but this time I very much brought the table together as a whole.

For inspiration I look through flower magazines, facebook and Pinterest (oh what an addiction that has become)! Pinterest is a fab way to create online mood boards whether it’s for your house, garden, DIY projects, weddings (the most relevant obviously but I just can’t help but gush over the whole thing) or just pictures of gorgeous celebrities, but my taste in men can be left until another blog!!
Next I set out the table to see how full it’s going to look. This time the cat got involved although…unfortunately…she didn’t make the final draft…
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 And so, my table consisted of the gorgeous vintage bottles I have which work with any colour scheme.
 A candelabra design incorporating again the reds and vintage pinks, with berries and flowing foliage, giving it a elegant wintery feel.
 My last arrangement and probably my favourite was the moss/woodland design, I’ve seen a lot of moss and succulents being used this year and I think it’s going to carry on (or at least I hope so), I love the idea of creating a mini garden and using the jam jars just incorporates another very popular design that is featured in many weddings this year, plus it gives me a way to use all the old pesto and pasta sauce jars I’ve accumulated…hoarder, me?… NEVER!
Until next time….

Last week…

Well, last week was a busy one and of course in the midst of the madness I decided to start making a real effort to do the blog even if only for my own entertainment! So, here we have last week in pictures and my ramblings…

Monday – A local business wanted some arrangements for a event they had at their premises. Modern, whites and greens, fresh was the brief, we used Anthuriums, Gladioli to give height and white Roses to give a classic look, plus a few brassica (that’s ornamental cabbages to you). Three arrangements later…IMG_2443

 

 

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Plant deliveries and re-arranging the shelves in the shop took up a couple of days, dusting, changing round, etc… We’ve gone for a more natural look as well as displaying some of our glassware (yes, we do sell the vases, we just like to make them look nice whilst they are in the shop). IMG_2446

Alocasia Polly, one of my FAVORITE plants, so interesting looking, thinking he may be a contender for the Halloween window!! 🙂

And of course bouquets, the daily delight of making up bouquets for the lovely customers who come in, phone up or occasionally shout through the door 🙂

Until next week… x

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