‘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 🙂

 

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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….