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
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
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.
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
Pretty in #pink bride’s bouquet with #thistle texture
Autumn #game themed bouquets with #pheasant feathers
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.
I love it when an email from a past bride pings into my inbox. Especially when they are sharing some of their professional photography.
The bride in question is Gillian who wanted me to create her ‘romantic roses’ vision for her wedding flowers. We browsed over magazines and pinterest before settled on toning pink roses and a wild and rustic rose and foliage garland.
The flowers combined the beautiful big headed Secret Garden roses and smaller stronger coloured Keano rose with pink snowberries and soft eucalyptus foliage. The foliage was locally grown by Foliage Works.
The wedding was on Saturday 4th October with a church venue in Lisburn and the reception in the sumptuous Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle. Photo credit to Matt Symons Photography.
I sit here at my laptop looking to the year ahead and reflecting on the one past. My resolution last year was to start this blog; to create an online presence for my (at that time) hobby floristry and flower farming business #DitsyFloralDesign. The last twelve months have been a whirlwind; the delight of #homegrown flowers, nurturing from seed to seedling and productive flower cropper; joining #NIFFA the Northern Ireland Flower and Foliage Association; helping to establish the Banbridge Wedding Network and a whirlwind of creative floral design from weddings and events to seasonal jam jar posies and my first corporate client.
I’ve reaffirmed my love of the natural world, the seasons, the plants, the gifts of the garden and the wilder places in County Down where I live. I know I’m inspired by the natural beauty of flowers and an appreciation of wildflowers and seasonal, local and sustainable flowers to create #rustic #natural #country and #cottagegarden style wedding flowers. I strive to create my own individual floristry style to reflect this.
I started the year wondering how I would achieve all the business goals I had set myself. I was working full time in an office job in Belfast and living in a small terraced house with no garage and limited space for my floral design. I was spending my weekends in my (off-site) polytunnel sowing seeds and planning what annuals to grow but wondering when I would actually have time to care for them nevermind get the raised beds sorted outside!
In February, I persuaded my hubby we needed a bigger house and we were lucky enough to move to a larger house with the all-important garage space in the lovely village of Loughbrickland, also a step closer to my cut flower plot and my dream of country living.
My biggest opportunity of 2014 came when in early summer I was granted part time hours by my employer. Allowing me to spend more time with my gorgeous toddler boy and spend time on the plot. My work week now consists of Mon to Wed in the office and Thurs, Fri and Saturdays a combination of; cutting and conditioning flowers, floral design, bridal consultations and weddings.
I finished the year on a high with two weddings, numerous orders for Christmas wreaths and table arrangements and taking on the post of treasurer within NIFFA.
I’m so lucky and privileged to be starting this year with 18 weddings on the books, amazing considering I only started promoting myself as a wedding florist last year. I’m elbow deep in planning already and my first wedding is next week! It’s promising to be an exciting year for Ditsy Floral.
I have loved this first step into #blogging and hope to continue to post in 2015. My resolution this year is to get to grips with Instragram, Twitter and Pinterest!
Click on the link below for a gallery of my favourite bouquets from 2014.