David Austin Roses for a June Bride

Danielle and Joseph were married on the 8thJune 2018 in St John’s Parish, Hilltown and celebrated at the popular Darver Castle.

Danielle just loves David Austin garden roses and the beautiful Juliet rose was the main feature of her bouquet, teamed with fluffy white peonies, peachy Talea roses and white hydrangea it was a really special bridal bouquet!

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful memories with me. Photo credit Studio Brown.

Tuxes & Tea Dresses: Real Wedding in Armagh

Danielle & Nathan’s fun filled wedding back in September 2018 started with a marriage service in St Mark’s, Armagh and celebrated in the Manor House Country Hotel. The bridesmaids wore beautiful vintage style Tea Dresses with dipped hems in dark grey with a hint of lavender from Perfect Day while the boys looked swell in black tuxes. Danielle’s beautiful wedding dress even had pockets…just fab!! The bouquets featured relaxed ‘just picked’ styling for a natural look in gorgeous shades of lilac, pops of baby pink and silvery foliage. Gorgeous pro pics by Steven Hanna Photography. Make up by Karla Bailey and hair by Cutting It, Armagh.

#weddingflowers #weddingflorist #niwedding #septemberwedding #localwedding #ditsyflowers #ditsyfloral #ditsybride xx

Wild & Whimsical Winter Wedding in Armagh

It was a pretty wild & windy winter’s day for Naoimh & Neil at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh last January. The girls carried lux wild & whimsical bouquets with the softest blush shades, blue thistles and silvery eucalyptus foliage. Blue thistle buttonholes worked well with the men’s grey suits.

These beautiful professional photos were captured by Mark Barnes Photography. Thank you so much for sharing them with me and it was a pleasure to be involved in your special day 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

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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

Buttonholes & Boutonnieres

#buttonholes #boutonnieres #weddingflowers #weddingflowersni #weddingflowersbanbridge #ditsyfloraldesign

Country Garden Rose & Nigella Buttonhole
Country Garden Rose & Nigella Buttonhole by http://www.ditsyfloraldesign.co.uk
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Red Rose, Daisy & Scabious Boutonniere by http://www.ditsyfloraldesign.co.uk
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Rustic Country Garden Buttonhole with Rosemary, Nigella and Ammi by http://www.ditsyfloraldesign.co.uk
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Decadent Groom Buttonhole by http://www.ditsyfloraldesign.co.uk
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Pretty in Peach Rose and Anemone Buttonhole by http://www.ditsyfloraldesign.co.uk
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Rustic Country Style Boutonnieres by http://www.ditsyfloraldesign.co.uk
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Simply Sweet White Rose, Astilbe & Wax Flower Buttonhole by http://www.ditsyfloraldesign.co.uk

 

A Spring back to March for the Sweetest Spring Wedding

Oh my word it was heavenly…peachy pink and mint gorgeousness for the sweetest bride earlier this year.  Her maids were dressed in exquisite mint lace detail dresses and the bride knew she wanted to match up with a coral pink.

I was in seventh heaven, Miss Piggy, White Avalanche, pink and white Ranunculus, pink Astilbe, Waxflower, homegrown Hellebores, soft Eucalyptus and a single pink Carnation in memory of a special granny.

Pictures will say so much more than words…enjoy 🙂


Images by Grace Photography

#BritishFlowerWeek and Locally Grown Seasonal Flowers for your Wedding

I couldn’t let ‪#‎Britishflowersweek pass by without a post. This is the second year of the celebration of British grown flowers, an idea devised by the New Covent Garden Flower Market, the main hub of flower trading in the UK. The idea is to raise awareness about the choice and availability of home-grown blooms and foliage in a market dominated by imports.

Wildflower Posy Jar
Wildflower Posy Jar by Ditsy Floral Design

My own cut flower patch is starting to be quite productive. There’s love-in-a-mist, cornflowers, larkspur, cosmos, scabiosa, sweetpea, sweet william, candytuft and ammi. At home there aren’t many surfaces left which don’t have vases on them! Even so my scale of production, a polytunnel and a few raised beds, is tiny compared to the new breed of artisan flower farmers springing up across the water in GB. There seems to be a renewed interest in locally grown flowers, particularly with couples planning their wedding, so here’s my top reasons for choosing locally grown seasonal flowers for your wedding:

Why buy Locally Grown Seasonal Flowers for your wedding?

  • Flowers are grown, not flown!  Nearly 90% of the flowers sold in the UK are imported and many travel over 3000 miles.  The average flower miles of my bouquets are much less, as well as the plant material I supply from my own garden, I source from NI flower farmers and British growers as much as possible.
  • Flowers are hand picked the day before your wedding, ensuring they are at their freshest, most scented and will last longer in your vase.
  • Seasonal, locally grown flowers are very much ‘on trend’ at the moment with a move to supporting the local economy, local producers, as well as a shift back to more traditional native flowers such as Sweet Pea, Nigella and Cornflowers, flowers that would have been used by florists in years gone by, therefore a genuine nod to Vintage styling.
  • Seasonal flowers can be more cost effective for the budget conscious bride.
  • Local or home grown flowers help biodiversity, providing food and habitat to a variety of butterflies, bugs and bees.
Peony Bouquet, peonies locally grown by Moorfield Flowers and arranged by Ditsy Floral Design
Peony Bouquet, peonies locally grown by Moorfield Flowers and arranged by Ditsy Floral Design

Happy wedding planning and remember, you can also support local flower farmers and growers when you buy flowers from the supermarket or florist, always check for an origin sticker on supermarket flowers or ask your florist!

Thanks for reading xx