All the sunny weather this week has me dreaming of summer weddings. So it was perfect timing when a message from Jemma, a bride from August last year popped into my inbox. She was sharing some of her beautiful professional photos taken by the very talented Chris Semple Photography.
I LOVED this wedding as Jemma wanted a ‘just picked’ garden style bouquet with toning shades of blue. I was able to use garden grown hydrangea, nigella and cornflowers with beautiful Blue Boy Delphiniums from my local flower market.
If any of my bride’s are interested in my Seasonal Garden package then these bouquets are the perfect example of what you can expect from the Seasonal Garden package.
Jemma & Lindsay. Chris Semple Photography
Bride’s ‘just picked’ seasonal garden bouquet. Chris Semple Photography.
Groom’s buttonhole. Chris Semple Photography
The church doors were decorated with the bride’s own vintage bike and an over spilling basket of blooms on one side and rustic crates with jam jar posies and wooden slices on the other side. The venue décor continued the blue theme with lots of vintage styling touches. Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Watson.
Vintage Bike with Basket of Blooms. Chris Semple Photography.
I love it when an email from a past bride pings into my inbox. Especially when they are sharing some of their professional photography.
The bride in question is Gillian who wanted me to create her ‘romantic roses’ vision for her wedding flowers. We browsed over magazines and pinterest before settled on toning pink roses and a wild and rustic rose and foliage garland.
The flowers combined the beautiful big headed Secret Garden roses and smaller stronger coloured Keano rose with pink snowberries and soft eucalyptus foliage. The foliage was locally grown by Foliage Works.
The wedding was on Saturday 4th October with a church venue in Lisburn and the reception in the sumptuous Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle. Photo credit to Matt Symons Photography.
Oh my word it was heavenly…peachy pink and mint gorgeousness for the sweetest bride earlier this year. Her maids were dressed in exquisite mint lace detail dresses and the bride knew she wanted to match up with a coral pink.
I was in seventh heaven, Miss Piggy, White Avalanche, pink and white Ranunculus, pink Astilbe, Waxflower, homegrown Hellebores, soft Eucalyptus and a single pink Carnation in memory of a special granny.
It’s July and Northern Ireland celebrates Rose Week, it’s the 50th anniversary this year and from 21st to 27th July the city celebrates the most spectacular rose display in the International Rose Gardens at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park.
Having worked in tourism PR this pic of me is from a photoshoot taken a few years ago to promote the event lol!
Northern Ireland has a very rich heritage of rose breeding dating back to the late 19th century and here you will find one of the world’s oldest rose breeding families, the Dickson’s of Newtownards. Colin Dickson is the sixth generation to carry on the tradition! Famous roses produced by the Dickson’s Nursery include ‘Shot Silk’, ‘Sea Pearl’, ‘Grandpa Dickson’ and ‘Elina’, which was added to the World Rose Hall of Fame during the International Rose Convention meeting in Japan in 2006.
Therefore the rose is the perfect flower of choice for NI brides and the rose is often hailed as the most romantic bloom. It really is a staple in bridal bouquets and widely thought to symbolise love. Today there’s a trend for the English Garden Roses, big cabbage like roses that are soft, romantic and very sweet smelling – this look is perfect for the vintage-loving bride who is inspired by beautiful garden blooms and ‘just picked’ styling.
Wedding flowers aren’t just for bouquets, buttonholes and table centrepieces though; accessorising bridal hair with your favourite blooms is big news this season #floralcrown #floralheadress and think #corsage rather than buttonhole!
Rose inspiration doesn’t have to stop with your wedding flowers – get creative with food and drink, thinking rose flavoured cocktails and desserts, perfect for a garden party or afternoon tea reception. Or carry the vintage rose motif through to your wedding stationery to continue the theme.
The most recent wedding by Ditsy Floral Design in early June was a little bit different. A quirky bride who had very clear styling ideas to complement her 50s style wedding dress and bright red accessories. I had fun working on this brief and created this mood board on Pinterest to inspire my creative thoughts. http://www.pinterest.com/elainegroves1/rockin-50s-style-wedding/
The final bridal design is a handtied posy with locally grown red charm peonies from Moorfield Flowers, white Avalanche roses, white freesia, tanacetum and home grown ammi majus from the Ditsy Floral cut flower patch.
I’m currently devouring all flower related blog content and I love the flower inspired blog flowerona by Rona Wheeldon. I came across her concept of Florist Friday and that’s certainly suits me as I only ever seem to have time to write my blog on a Friday!!
I must apologise for the delay in my posts this month. I have been very busy #tiredflorist. Firstly, a house move at the start of the month set the pace. More space for the toddler and the bouncy dog – but most importantly, a garage that has been very quickly adopted as a floral studio!!
Surrounded by a sea of boxes and jam jars and only two days into the new house I found myself working on a bouquet for my first bridal photo shoot with Grace & Saviour for Rock the Frock Wedding Fair!! I’m very excited! The styling brief was pastel pinks, peach and silvery green tones in a natural and wild hand tie. I haven’t seen the official shots yet, but here is a taster…
My style is very natural and a lot of my inspiration is drawn from nature and the countryside around me…nothing too formal. My work is more organic than that of a traditional florist. Working in this way gives my designs a variety in texture, form, colour and scent.Here I’ve used locally grown Eucalyptus from Barbara Erwin of Foliage Works and foraged ivy from the garden with Spring flowers Tulips and Ranunculus. My mum has always been a keen gardener and growing up in the countryside a love of plants and flowers was instilled in me from a very young age. I love working with material from my own cutting garden and seasonal locally grown flowers whenever possible.
Next, I was lucky enough to secure a slot at the Belmont Hotel Bridal Fayre, my local in Banbridge! I was the only florist in attendance and totally delighted with the response from brides-to-be. Here are some pics from the night…
Rustic Spring Hand Tied Bouquet
Wild and Romantic Rose, Lisanthus and Ivy Trailing Bouquet
Vintage Tea Cup Posy
Mini floral topiary tree with Carnations and Chrysanthemums – perfect for table centres or larger versions for entrance doors!
The tail end of the month has been busy with enquires and consultations for 2014 and 2015…so lots more exciting and beautiful weddings are in the pipeline. Ditsy Floral is really taking off!