Pretty Pinks for Louise & Alex’s Cathedral Wedding in Newry

Louise & Alex 2 Sep 2017, Newry Cathedral and Darver Castle

Fun and flirty pink florals with trailing floaty ribbons…soo much prettiness and Louise was absolutely stunning in a two piece bridal outfit!

These beautiful photos were taken by Adam and Grace Photography.

#realwedding #realbride #niwedding #newrywedding #northernirelandwedding #cathedralwedding #septemberwedding #pinkwedding #weddingflowers #weddingflorist #loughbricklandflorist #ditsyfloral #ditsyflowers xx

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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

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

#realwedding #northernirelandwedding #gettingmarrriedinnorthernireland #weddingflorist #ditsyfloraldesign #ditsybride #summerwedding #vintagewedding

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.

#‎weddingflowers ‪#‎weddingflorist #niwedding #niweddingflorist #banbridgeflorist ‪#‎wildflowerwedding ‪#‎gardenstyle ‪#‎springwedding ‪#‎niweddings

 

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

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.

Thanks for reading #weddingfloristni #weddingflowers #ditsyfloral

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

Bridal Bouquets

#bridalbouquets #bouquets #weddingflowers #seasonalweddingflowers #weddingflowersni #vintagewedding #justpickedweddingflowers #weddingfloristbanbridge #homegrownflorist #britishflowers #irishflowers #niweddinghour

Just thought I would blog some of my recent bouquet work…

Rustic #vintage #bouquet with Café au Lait Dahlia #ditsyfloraldesign
Rustic #vintage #bouquet with Café au Lait Dahlia #ditsyfloraldesign
Rich berry tone #bouquet from the garden #britishflowers #ditsyfloraldesign
Rich berry tone #bouquet from the garden #britishflowers #ditsyfloraldesign
#vintage peach and berry red #bouquet #ditsyfloraldesign
#vintage peach and berry red #bouquet #ditsyfloraldesign
Pretty in Pink posy style #bouquet #ditsyfloraldesign
Pretty in Pink posy style #bouquet #ditsyfloraldesign
Peachy pink #bouquet #gardengrown #justpickedweddingflowers
Peachy pink #bouquet #gardengrown #justpickedweddingflowers
romantic roses #bouquet #ditsyfloraldesign
Romantic roses #bouquet #ditsyfloraldesign

 

Hot pink zinnia and cosmos #bouquet #justpickedweddingflowers #ditsyfloraldesign
Hot pink zinnia and cosmos #bouquet #justpickedweddingflowers #ditsyfloraldesign

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