Rich red tones with winter wildflower styling, blue thistles and calla lilies. Laura & Mark are celebrating their first anniversary today and I thought it was the perfect excuse to share some beautiful memories from their winter wedding.
They were married in Edenderry Presbyterian Church, Portadown followed by an intimate reception in the Tullylagan House Hotel. Laura loves calla lilies and wanted to incorporate them with a loose and natural wildflower style posy with blue thistles and berries.
Laura & Mark recently celebrated their first anniversary and I thought it was the perfect excuse for some beautiful memories from their September seaside wedding. They were married with a church service in the First Presbyterian Church, Newry and celebrated in style at The Whistledown in Warrenpoint which is right on the front with beautiful sea views. Laura gave me pretty free rein with the flowers and with the girls wearing teal, I wanted to incorporate a contrasting colour in the bouquets and raspberry pink was a perfect choice. The bouquets were country style with lots of textures including green thistles, astilbe and pink baby’s breath. The church aisle was lined with rustic jam jar posies which then moved to decorate the tables in the hotel and check out the fab cake…Laura is a professional baker! The beautiful professional photos were taken by Vickey Donaldson Photography. Happy anniversary guys xx
Julie and Shawn are celebrating their #oneyear anniversary today and I just had to share some happy memories of their bright and beautiful wedding day.
They were married in the pretty little chapel in Magheralin and celebrated at Hugh McCann’s, Newcastle afterwards. The bridal bouquets were wildflower styled with a clash of bright summer colours, blue delphiniums, thistles, veronica, coral Miss Piggy roses, mini daisies and wax flower.
Julie hand-crafted the most beautiful jam jars for posy jars and these were placed on a pile of vintage style books to create a quirky table centre décor in the venue. My chalkboard ‘Mr & Mrs’ crate and Old School ‘Pick a Seat Not a Side’ Chalkboard complimented the quirky vintage theme. The professional photos were taken by Joanne Kearney Photography. Happy anniversary guys xx
Sarah married her German beau Markus with a beautiful church service in Magheralin Parish Church and celebrated with a rustic hessian and lace styled reception in the gorgeous Ballydugan Mill, Downpatrick on the 20 Aug 2015.
Sarah’s wild and romantic bouquet contained vendella and bombastic roses, pink lisianthus, phlox, astilbe, astrantia, garden dahlias and seeded eucalyptus foliage.
The venue décor included my authentic vintage ladder, vintage pitcher jugs, rustic wooden crates and jam jar pew ends. The tables were decorated with hessian and lace doilies and the jam jar posies re-used from the church.
The beautiful photos are by Amy, Retrosight Photography. Sarah thank you for sharing these beautiful memories of your day and have a great a first anniversary x
Elaine and Steve tied the knot in the little Parish Church in Darver, Co Louth on a gorgeous summer day last August. The celebrations continued across the road in beautiful Darver Castle. The bridesmaids wore short vintage style dresses in blue/teal and we picked a strong pop of raspberry to contrast with the teal and styled the flowers on natural and wild summer wildflowers. The bouquets contained raspberry spray roses, lisianthus, scented stocks, blue nigella, baby’s breath and locally grown eucalyptus. The Groom loves superheros, so a quirky twist was the addition of the gorgeous little lego superheros to the buttonholes. The bride sourced these on Ebay!
Happy first anniversary guys and thanks so much for sharing your beautiful photos by the very talented Peter Thomas Photography with me. Fab memories! x
The wedding of Grace and Tom Light took place on the 7th August 2015 in Scarva Street Presbyterian Church, Banbridge with a reception in the fabulous surrounds of Brownlow House, Lurgan. Grace first contacted me after a recommendation from Laura in Ladybelle Bridal and I knew immediately her deep aubergine purple bridesmaid dresses with a dusky lilac belt were going to allow me to incorporate some of my gorgeous home grown purple pom pom dahlias and my favourite memory lane roses. Here’s what I created for Grace and Tom.
Photography by Grace’s uncle Tommy Fairley.
Happy first anniversary guys and thanks for sharing your special memories!
Close up detail of the bride’s bouquet
Bridesmaids in a rich aubergine with lilac belt detail
Judith and Michael sent me these beautiful photos of their magical day back in March. Judith’s wildly romantic free form spring bouquet in a fresh ivory and green colour palette is an all time favourite. Garden style with loose and natural foliages it featured ivory roses, white ranunculus, white anemones, freesia, scented stocks, baby’s breath, wax flower with eucalyptus, fern and green bell love it!
Judith was a delight to work with and we had such fun planning the rustic vintage wildflower venue styling for The Tullylagan House Hotel outside Cookstown.
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.
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.