Rachel & Michael enjoyed a glorious outdoor ceremony in the sunken garden at Larchfield Estate last May. Simple posies of baby’s breath lined the aisle and a rustic wildflower styled log arrangement sat up front on the ceremony table. Sarah Bernhardt peonies were the stars of the show for the bouquets and the perfect contrast to the pretty aqua bridesmaid dresses from Perfect Day. I loved all the planning with this bubbly bride, her mum and sister, thanks so much for sharing these beautiful memories with me.
Emma & Iain are celebrating their first anniversary and it’s the perfect time to share some of their beautiful memories captured by Francis Meaney Photography.
They were married in the gorgeous surrounds of Tankardstown House (a definite favourite venue). The bridal bouquets were the prettiest pastel pink colour theme with my signature ‘just picked posy’ styling for the bridal bouquets. Gorgeous sweet avalanche and sweet dolomiti roses with scented stocks, lisianthus, astilbe, nigella and baby’s breath.
If you’re planning your 2015 wedding then you need to know my top floral trends!
We seen the vintage, rustic and handmade trends recently and I want to move onto new styles and designs. It seems that America often initiates many new floral movements and we quickly see them spread over to the UK. Across the pond, bespoke designers in Canada and the United States are embracing the local flowers and greenery trend. More and more designs are featuring lots of greenery and garden flowers such as roses, peonies, hydrangea and dahlias. Floral designs take on a less traditional shape with a decidedly asymmetrical feel.
In the UK this trend has been labelled the ‘just-picked-from-the-garden’ look, it was just starting to be popular with brides in 2014 and it looks like this gorgeous trend is definitely staying for 2015 weddings. Judith Blacklock of The Judith Blacklock Flower School is quoted saying:
“This summer, brides will choose softly-coloured blooms that reflect the gentle tones of the English garden.”
So, instead of having a massed rose bouquet or other bouquet of one single flower, choose mixed flowers that look like they could come from the garden. If you’re having an autumn wedding, then why not choose flowers inspired by the woodland. Think ferns, foxgloves, trailing ivy and blowsy roses. The look you’re going for is unstructured and wild. You could even use acorns, oak leaves and moss in your centrepieces to really reflect the season.
Annually the Pantone Color Institute declares a particular hue to be the ‘Colour of the Year’. For 2015 it’s ‘Marsala’. Sensual and bold, delicious Marsala is a daringly inviting tone that nurtures; exuding confidence and stability while feeding the body, mind and soul. Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this robust shade incorporates the warmth and richness of a tastefully fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots point to a sophisticated, natural earthiness.
Look for dusty reds and light burgundy flowers to find colors that will match a 2015 Marsala flower design palette. Pictured below are clockwise from top left: Burgundy Baby Artichoke, Brown Lisianthus, Blazing Fury Cymbidium Orchid, Black Prince Echeveria, Chocolate Cosmos, Dark Pink Astrantia, Sumathi Maroon Vanda Orchid and Leucadendron Teretifolia.
Marsala fits the new ‘Bohemian’ trend for weddings – rich jewel like tones of red, cerise, purple and emerald used in free flowing, natural style bouquets. Buttonholes which feature seed heads and textured foliages rather than a focal flower make a ‘manly’ floral statement for the groom.
And once reserved for Pinterest, more and more brides are now embracing the ‘Flower Crown‘. However, I’ve yet to encounter a bride brave enough to order one for herself but the trend is definitely being manifested in flower girls and junior bridesmaids. Maybe this year as I can’t wait to create my first bridal crown!
Finally, ‘Jam Jars‘ are here to stay – especially if you are having a barn wedding or rustic theme. Nothing compares for cost effective cuteness. They can be decorated to suit your theme and are perfect posy size. Use as cost effective table centres or gifts for the Mothers. Think about hanging them from pews in the Church or from a distinctive tree if you are having an outside ceremony.
It’s nearly the end of the growing season for #britishflowers 2014. We’ve enjoyed a great early summer, a mild and humid mid summer and the most amazing extended Indian summer through Sep and Oct. I still had some sweet peas flowering on the plot at Hallowe’en!! A little bit uncharacteristic, but this is the thing with #flowerfarming, each year and season is different and it’s almost impossible to predict exactly when things will be in flower. It’s much better to guarantee brides and other customers specific colours rather than specific flower types.
Now, it’s time to clear the beds, sow the last of the autumn seeds and get ready for the madness of Christmas!! The work never ends #busyflorist #artisanflorist #flowerfarmer – love it!
Here’s some bright #seasonalflower photos to celebrate the last splash of Autumn colour from the #DitsyFloral #CuttingGarden.
This past weekend I have been concentrating on harvesting the hydrangea heads in my garden before the wet and windy weather ruins them all. I am delighted with the armfuls of blooms that I cut from one single shrub! These will now hang in the garage for drying. The trick to drying hydrangea is not how you actually dry them but the timing of when you cut them, so try to leave them as long as possible on the plant before cutting.
I plan to use the dried hydrangea through out the leaner winter months for floral arrangements and Christmas Wreaths, such as this gorgeous #natural #christmaswreath.
I’ve also been foraging around the garden for other ‘filler’ materials for drying – the furry seed heads of clematis, nigella and scabious seed heads, as well as apples that will be sliced into rings and dried slowly in a low oven for approx. 90 mins. I’m looking forward to experimenting with lots of dried ‘natural’ materials to my wreaths this Christmas.
I also collected the last of the sweet pea pods from my very brave sweet peas still showing a bloom or two in mid October, in Ireland…crazy!! #flowerfarmeryear
I thought it was time to update you on some of my progress and my commitment to seasonal #justpicked flowers.
I have been using my floral abundance to create beautiful Posy Jars, perfect for a small gift, so next time you visit friends bring a Ditsy Floral Posy Jar rather than a bottle of wine or box of sweets. Something different! Love flowers, love Ditsy Floral Design.
Hello and apologies for my absolute disgraceful lack of blog posts in recent weeks and months! I think this might be one of my worst kept resolutions ever!! And the guilt I’ve experienced every time wordpress reminded me to blog!!
But not to worry, I have actually been doing loads to build my business recently – with weddings and bridal consultations to my gardening discoveries and learnings. I have lots of content to update you on in coming posts. In the meantime, a quick update of me and some photos from a recent shoot in my garden…
Elaine Groves, a freelance florist and home grown flower grower in Banbridge, Co Down, Northern Ireland. From my small cut flower patch and polytunnel outside Banbridge, I grow my own flowers, herbs and foliages for a truly traditional ‘country chic’ or ‘wild romantic’ style. All my creations are hand made with love and dedication at my peaceful floral studio in the heart of the countryside.