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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Art Deco Inspired Winter Wedding at The Manor House Hotel

With glam, glittery Art Deco inspired bridesmaid dresses and a charcoal colour theme we knew it had to be wintery pastels for Linzi & Jonathan’s special day at The Manor House Country Hotel on the 7th January 2017. A fresh combination of Faith, Mentha, Vendella and Ocean Song roses for the bride with Pink Avalanche, Faith, Mentha and Ocean Song for the bridesmaids…a treat with the silvery seneccio foliage, silver brunia berries and frosty astrantia with wax flower and a little baby’s breath. Happy First Anniversary to you both and thank you for sharing these beautiful photos captured by Lauren Rutherford Photography. It was a pleasure to be involved and thank you for choosing Ditsy Floral Design as your wedding florist xx

Love & Happiness in Richhill for R & P

So much love, happiness and kindness remembered from Rachel & Peter’s special day on the 9th September 2016 in Richhill Presbyterian Church and the fabulous Slieve Russell Hotel. Rachel came to me via recommendation from her cousin Laura whose wedding flowers I’d created the year before and we had so much fun planning the shades of pink and blue flowers to contrast and tone with her platinum blue bridesmaid dresses. The bouquets feature seasonal blue hydrangea, sweet avalanche roses, lydia spray roses and lisianthus and baby’s breath. The boys wore natural style buttonholes with blue thistle, pink astilbe and baby’s breath. Happy Anniversary Mr & Mrs Lundy and thank you for choosing Ditsy Floral Design as your wedding florist!

Signature Photography are responsible for these gorgeous memories of this real Northern Ireland wedding, thanks so much for sharing guys.

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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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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

Rich & Velvety Real Banbridge Wedding

Fiona & Keith are celebrating their ONE year anniversary today and I thought it was the perfect excuse to share some beautiful memories from their autumn wedding.

They were married in Saint Therese Church Banbridge and continued the celebrations in elegant surrounds of The Manor House Hotel. The bridesmaids wore a deep Bordeaux Red colour and the bride accessorised her lace embellished dress with a grey belt, grey shoes and a cosy grey fur stole. So I wanted to bring the deep red and grey colours into the bride’s bouquet with contrasting lilac and soft blush colours and the result was one of my absolute favourites from 2015 which makes me so excited to share these gorgeous images taken by Wild Daisy Art Photography.

The bride’s bouquet contained black backer, memory lane and upper secret roses with silvery succulents, silver brunia berries, peach hypericum, astilbe, wax flower, baby’s breath and eucalyptus. The bridesmaid posies were fluffy clouds of baby’s breath mixed with wax flower for a wintery touch!

The new Mr & Mrs McVitty had a biscuit themed table plan which I just loved and had to mention as it makes me smile to think of it. I would definitely have wanted to be on the custard cream table!!

 Happy anniversary guys xx

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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Weddings, weddings, weddings…2015 in a nutshell!

2015 phew what a year for Ditsy Floral!  I have achieved things beyond what I ever thought possible working alone from a home studio in Loughbrickland a quiet country village in Northern Ireland.

2015 has seen me produce my best work yet and be blessed to welcome baby number 2 to our family…who thought a 3 week old baby and a wedding would be a good idea!  But I’ve survived and thrived having designed bespoke flowers for lots of local couples who have been fantastic at trusting me to create something unique and beautiful for their special day.  It was only 2014 when I completed my Level 3 Floristry Diploma and now I can’t imagine my life without flowers!

I have severely neglected this blog in recent months mainly due to my new baby taking up all my time but 2016 is going from strength to strength and I hope to get back on track with growing seasonal garden flowers and blogging.

Thanks for being and continuing to be part of this wonderful floral journey.  Elaine xx

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

Fairs, Fayres and Celebrations

September has been a hectic month for #DitsyFloralDesign from Wedding Fayres or Bridal Fairs to my own Wedding Anniversary celebrations – five years whoa! The traditional five-year wedding anniversary gift is wood 😦 and the traditional flower of this year is the daisy…now that’s more my style! However, a pamper trip to the fabulous Slieve Russell Hotel is also very much my style!

Some pics to recap my flowery creativity and adventures doing the local wedding fair circuit this month…

Belmont Hotel, Banbridge, Sun 7th September 2014
The Belmont is definitely my local, being the closest wedding venue to my house in Loughbrickland and I was so excited to showcase my #vintagebike for the first time. Laden with a basket of #seasonalflowers it created quite a spin!! Lots of interest in #seasonalweddingflowers and #vintagewedding styling, great day for #DitsyFloral!

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Bannville House Hotel, Banbridge, Tue 23rd September 2014
The Bannville House Hotel, is situated just outside Banbridge and is really moving into the wedding market with a newly refurbished function room. My new Creamery can had its first outing at the Bannville and I loved creating the large, loose and natural style flower arrangement to sit on top #milkchurnflowers #countrystyleweddingflowers. Again lots of interest in #seasonalweddingflowers and #somethingdifferent from #DitsyFloral.

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Edenmore Golf & Country Club, Sun 28th September 2014
Then last but certainly not least was the beautiful Edenmore, set in themo most picturesque grounds imaginable and on a beautiful sunny autumn afternoon it was perfect for all the prospective brides and grooms. Creamery can crates and chalk boards were my design inspiration this time as well as a beautiful #homegrown Café au Lait dahlia which took centre stage in my sample bouquet! Lots of interest in #justpickedfromthegarden #weddingflowers 🙂

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Thanks for reading x