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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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 🙂
Recently, I have been involved in establishing the new Banbridge Wedding Network with two other entrepreneurial small business owners in the Banbridge area. A founding member sounds very grand!
The ‘big idea’ is a network of local businesses coming together to offer everything you need to plan your big day in Banbridge! Search for your dream dress, a luxury wedding car, a bespoke cake, personalised accessories, photographer, venue dressing, sumptuous wedding food and of course the perfect seasonal flowers from Ditsy Floral Design. Getting married has never been so easy!
Our aim is to support new businesses making their way in the wedding industry and through mutual recommendation, each help each other grow and expand. #SupportLocal and find ideas and inspiration to make your wedding as special, unique and unforgettable as it should be.
We have a facebook page, so please check it out and big future plans for a Website and a Wedding Fair – Watch this Space!
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.
It’s July and Northern Ireland celebrates Rose Week, it’s the 50th anniversary this year and from 21st to 27th July the city celebrates the most spectacular rose display in the International Rose Gardens at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park.
Having worked in tourism PR this pic of me is from a photoshoot taken a few years ago to promote the event lol!
Northern Ireland has a very rich heritage of rose breeding dating back to the late 19th century and here you will find one of the world’s oldest rose breeding families, the Dickson’s of Newtownards. Colin Dickson is the sixth generation to carry on the tradition! Famous roses produced by the Dickson’s Nursery include ‘Shot Silk’, ‘Sea Pearl’, ‘Grandpa Dickson’ and ‘Elina’, which was added to the World Rose Hall of Fame during the International Rose Convention meeting in Japan in 2006.
Therefore the rose is the perfect flower of choice for NI brides and the rose is often hailed as the most romantic bloom. It really is a staple in bridal bouquets and widely thought to symbolise love. Today there’s a trend for the English Garden Roses, big cabbage like roses that are soft, romantic and very sweet smelling – this look is perfect for the vintage-loving bride who is inspired by beautiful garden blooms and ‘just picked’ styling.
Wedding flowers aren’t just for bouquets, buttonholes and table centrepieces though; accessorising bridal hair with your favourite blooms is big news this season #floralcrown #floralheadress and think #corsage rather than buttonhole!
Rose inspiration doesn’t have to stop with your wedding flowers – get creative with food and drink, thinking rose flavoured cocktails and desserts, perfect for a garden party or afternoon tea reception. Or carry the vintage rose motif through to your wedding stationery to continue the theme.
Hello and apologies for my absolute disgraceful lack of blog posts in recent weeks and months! I think this might be one of my worst kept resolutions ever!! And the guilt I’ve experienced every time wordpress reminded me to blog!!
But not to worry, I have actually been doing loads to build my business recently – with weddings and bridal consultations to my gardening discoveries and learnings. I have lots of content to update you on in coming posts. In the meantime, a quick update of me and some photos from a recent shoot in my garden…
Elaine Groves, a freelance florist and home grown flower grower in Banbridge, Co Down, Northern Ireland. From my small cut flower patch and polytunnel outside Banbridge, I grow my own flowers, herbs and foliages for a truly traditional ‘country chic’ or ‘wild romantic’ style. All my creations are hand made with love and dedication at my peaceful floral studio in the heart of the countryside.