Karen & Christopher’s Very Vintage Real Wedding

Take a peak at these gorgeous memories as Karen & Christopher celebrate their first anniversary today. They were married in Tassagh Presbyterian Church and celebrated in Corick House Hotel. It was a very vintage affair with lots of vintage props and rustic styling. Karen chose a decadent wild and naturally trailing hand tied bouquet with gorgeous scented garden roses…very 1920’s style. The bridesmaids in lilac carried vintage wildflower posies in shade of lilac, lavender and purple. The Ditsy Floral Vintage Bike also made an appearance with a beautiful basket of blooms. The vintage rustic styling continued at Corick House Hotel. These beautiful photos were captured by the talented Chris Semple of Chris Semple Photography, thank you for sharing.

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Enchanted Woodland Wedding at Riverdale Barn

This is one of my Epic Weddings of 2016 and as Heather & Gary celebrated their first anniversary over the weekend it’s timely to share these beautiful images captured by Kirsty-Lyn Jameson Photography.

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The Ceremony and Reception were held in Riverdale Barn and with Grace & Saviour involved in the Enchanted Woodland creative vision it was stunning!

The venue florals featured on-trend greenery with an unique Floating Arch Installation at the front of the ceremony room with wild and whimsical trailing foliages (yes, it was me up a ladder an hour before the guests arrived). While the long tables in the barn were dressed with flowing greenery garlands created by Ditsy Floral and twinkly mercury glass tea lights and linens supplied by Grace & Saviour. It was all so pretty and perfect for the rustic surrounds of the barn.

The girls wore decadent silver bronze sequin gowns and the bouquets were large, loose and lush in strong shades of lavender, coral pink, burgundy with lots of foliage texture. And as for the bride, well she was stunning in a vintage style slim fitting embellished fish tail dress and quirky birdcage head piece, her bouquet was a fresh free-form design with trailing foliages and gorgeous garden dahlias. Thank you and Happy Anniversary Heather & Gary xx.

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Striking Peacock inspired Wildflowers for Fiona & Mark at the Ballymac Hotel

I am so excited to share these stunning documentary style images by Dylan McBurney Photography that capture some of the special moments of Fiona & Mark’s real wedding Sat 4th Feb 2017. Fiona wanted to mix dramatic peacock feathers with wildflowers and spring tulips for something a little different to the norm…a fantastic creative brief for Ditsy Floral Design. Fiona wore a beautiful dress from Petticoat Lane Bridal and the bridesmaids in teal wore stunning hand crafted headpieces and capes by Lorsha Design. The girls all looked stunning with makeup by Stacey at S.A.K Designs. The reception was held in the Ballymacscanlon House Hotel, Dundalk. Enjoy x

 

Wedding Blog | Susan & David | 29th November 2014

I’ve already blogged on this beautiful winter wedding but having recently received some of the professional images from Marc at Photography by Marc Lawson I just had to share again!

It was a crisp winter day and a wedding with a soft and delicate floral brief with a nod to the bride’s Scottish heritage and just a sprinkling of Hepburn glamour and vintage styling.

Beautiful and meaningful Baby’s Breath kept the flowers by Ditsy Floral Design simple and sophisticated.  Rather than fresh flowers the bride had a bespoke brooch bouquet made by Innocent Chaos.

Thanks for reading #weddingfloristni #weddingflowers #ditsyfloral

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A Winter Wedding with a hint of Hepburn Glamour

I am so bad at this blogging lark lol!  Just getting time to catch up on some recent weddings…

A winter wedding with a soft and delicate floral brief with a nod to the bride’s Scottish heritage and just a sprinkling of Hepburn glamour and vintage styling.

Beautiful and meaningful Baby’s Breath kept the flowers simple and sophisticated.

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July is Rosy – Rose Week Wedding Inspiration

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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

Thanks for reading

Ditsy Floral Design xx

Florist Friday

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…

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Ditsy Floral Rustic Hand Tie Locally Grown Eucalyptus

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…

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Groom’s Buttonhole

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Rustic Spring Hand Tied Bouquet

Ditsy Floral Trailing Bouquet

Wild and Romantic Rose, Lisanthus and Ivy Trailing Bouquet

Vintage Tea Cup Posy

Vintage Tea Cup Posy

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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!

Thanks for reading.

Beautiful Buttonholes – Practice makes perfect!

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The start of the year is always a busy time for wedding planning.  I’ve had a number of enquiries from brides-to-be in recent weeks (so pleased, big grin).  I thought I would prepare some buttonhole designs for inspiration – and to show off lol!  I’m also studying my Level 3 in floristry and I have a portfolio to prepare for my final assessment in May – a few extra buttonhole and corsage designs will be appreciated.

Orchid Buttonholes

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Mini Cymbidium Orchids with Aparagus Fern, Ivy and berries/decorative wire #buttonholes

Rose buttonholes

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Perfect for the Groom and Groomsmen #buttonholes

Corsage

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Orchid Corsage with decorative wire framework, wax flower and foliage.  This is a good option for Mother of the Bride/Groom or a handbag corsage if you are a guest. #corsage

Wrist Corsage

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Wrist corsages are a good option for bridesmaids or flowergirls and they can be very decorative.  This design features a Phaleanopsis Orchid and wax flower. #wristcorsage

Thanks for reading 🙂 x