Real Winter Wildflower Wedding

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.

These beautiful images were taken by Caroline Smyth Photography. Happy anniversary guys xx

Raspberry & Teal Wedding Flowers for a Seaside Wedding

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

Quirky Vintage Wildflowers for an August Wedding

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.12042896_480469482078368_9081309714319031813_n

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

 

Wild & Romantic Wedding at Ballydugan Mill

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. 13978155_10157288862120113_411829042_o

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

Darver Wedding with Summer Wildflowers

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

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Brownlow House Wedding Flowers for an August Bride

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!

 

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Judith & Michael 18 March 2016

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 & Michael Graham Crichton Photography Ditsy Floral Design
Judith & Michael Graham Crichton Photography

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.

These beautiful photos were taken by Graham Crichton Photography, the Northern Ireland Wedding Awards 2016 Photographer of the Year and clearly a very talented guy. You can check out all the photo’s on Graham’s blog here: http://www.grahamcrichton.com/2016/04/wedding-early-spring-tullylagan-house-hotel-wedding-judith-and-michael/

The dresses were from Ladybelle Bridal, Gilford. Hair was by Joanne McKelvey Hair and make up by Amy Savage MUA.

Congratulations Judith and Michael, it was an honour to be part of your special day.

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Jemma & Lindsay 17 Aug 2015

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.

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.

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.

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x

Floral Trends | Wedding Flowers | 2015

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.

Early Summer Wildflower Bouquet
Early Summer Wildflower Bouquet

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.

2015 Pantone Marsala Flowers
2015 Pantone Marsala Flowers

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.

Scabious Seedhead buttonhole
Scabious Seedhead buttonhole

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!

Floral Crown by Chic Vintage Brides
Floral Crown by Chic Vintage Brides

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.

Wildflower Posy Jar by Ditsy Floral Design
Wildflower Posy Jar by Ditsy Floral Design