ERIN AND DAVID

Erin and David had a winter wedding in December 2018 at Delamere Manor, Cheshire.

With a Christmas tree in the reception room and a really homely and welcoming feeling, it was no surprise why they selected this lovely venue. Their wedding flowers contained lots of foliage, within hints of white and grey florals. Erin had an idea early on the wedding of having our moongate, taking centre stage at the end of the aisle whilst they took their vows. It was to be completely covered in green wintry foliages in different shades of green, with various textures to create interest and movement. The foliage moongate theme ran through the rest of the wedding too, with Mama Inc creating the beautiful invitations and orders of service.

Eucalyptus and Pittosporum from Irish Green Guys, Laurel, Spruce, Olive, italian Ruscus and Mistletoe were used to create the moongate. Buttonholes of Eryngium, Snowflake spray roses, Waxflower and foliages created the perfect wintry wedding buttonholes for the groom and his groomsmen. Grand silver candleabras of white tapered candles and foliage were placed on the guest tables as centrepieces which perfectly complemented the soft atmosphere of the room. The bouquets were truly beautiful, containing Succulents, navy Eryngium, Scabiosa seedheads, white Ranunculus, white Anemones, white Lisianthus, white Veronica, white Waxflower, white Astrantia, white Avalanche roses and white Snowflake roses. Foliages of Mimosa, Ruscus, Eucalyptus and Olive were used too. Grey and white silk ribbons finished them off perfectly.

Congratulations to you both again xx

Professional images by Key Reflections

BECKY AND JAMIE

I’ve known Becky and Jamie for years, with Jamie being a close relative of the family. When they got engaged, Becky asked me to be their florist and I of course jumped at the chance. They explained that they would be having a summer wedding, in a barn type venue in the Cotswolds. Cue plenty of Instagram and Facebook stalking to research the venue and the surrounding areas. It looked incredible and on the day it really didn’t disappoint.

Becky asked for recommendations for a photographer and I remembered an amazing photographer at a past wedding in London that I was lucky enough to be part of. Upon looking into him further, it turned out that Oliver had already done a wedding at Merriscourt Barns, perfect. I was delighted that I would be given the opportunity to work with him again when Becky and Jamie confirmed that they had booked him for their big day.

The wedding was in July. And about a four hours drive away. It was my first van hire. And it was full to the brim with blooms, foliage, an archway and a ton of sandbags, weights and other mechanics to create their designs - there Is so much more to being a florist than playing with flowers! I hit traffic, which added a delay of three hours to an already very busy day before the wedding, leaving my freelance florist assistant sitting in a service station waiting for me, twiddling her thumbs. It was beyond hot. If ever there was a time where I was really nervous, this was it.

That night, I worked until around 10.30pm, finishing off the bridal party bouquets and the huge statement arch at the aisle front. I got to my hotel, put the kids to bed, went to bed with a nervous flutter in my chest and set my alarm for an early start to finish setting everything up and deliver the flowers.

I remember that morning like it was yesterday, Becky and the bridal party were so relaxed and I felt immediately at ease. I passed the bouquets over to the bridesmaids, the buttonholes over to the groomsmen and left them to it. Then I went back into the venue and finished putting everything in its place - the guest table centrepieces of jam jars and log slices, the candles alongside the aisle, the floral hoops on the walls, the 18ft top table garland and spraying the hell out of the floral arch.

To be a guest at the wedding and to see everything as it happened, whilst being reassured that everything was still coping in the sweltering heat was a relief and a half. And to be around my family just put the icing on the cake.

CONGRATULATIONS to the lovely Becky and Jamie and thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be such a big part of your day. It was an experience, one I’ll not forget anytime soon xx

PROFESSIONAL IMAGES BY MCGIVERN PHOTOGRAPHY

OTHER IMAGES BY MICHELLE ANNE FLORISTRY

HANNAH AND LEWIS

Hannah and Lewis’ big day was at a lovely church in Aughton, Liverpool followed by a wedding reception at Titanic Hotel, Liverpool. It was our first time at Titanic Hotel and I was really impressed by the industrial feel to the building. As a bit of a Titanic geek, I was over the moon when Hannah and Lewis chose me to be their wedding florist for their October wedding.

The style of their wedding flowers was classic, sophisticated and stylish, with whites and greens to go with the bridesmaids beautiful bottle green dress, with a hint of blush in Hannah’s bouquet, well just because! The bridal party flowers contained Veronica, Astrantia, Waxflower, Lisianthus, O’Hara roses, grey Brunia and a few varieties of scented Eucalyptus for foliage. The cutest little flowergirls had mini bouquets and a scented eucalyptus flowercrown. The groomsmen had buttonholes of white lisianthus and foliage.

The bride and groom’s guest table centrepieces were made of a mixture of Eucalyptus and Ruscus wreaths on a few tables and on the others, a wreath design of whites and greens containing elements of the bridal party flowers, complemented by soft candlelight.

The showstopper of the day, aside from Hannah, was the top table garland. Perfectly matched with Red Events Creative’s suspended installation.

Congratulations to you both!

Michelle x

Professional images by Andrew Keher Photography

Other images by Michelle Anne Floristry

JESS AND RYAN

I met Jess and Ryan around eighteen months before their wedding day at their venue, Beeston Manor. As soon as I met them, I knew they were my clients and I had to be involved in their day. Jess with her red hair, freckles and general autumnal-ness (is that a word?!) explained her ideas for her autumn inspired wedding and I was hooked. When she later explained that Teresa C Photography had been booked to take their photographs I knew this was my job!

Jess first of all explained that she wanted pumpkins. Lots of pumpkins. Different tones of orange, gold, copper and with flowers. Whilst I got excited and ideas started flying through my head (mainly involving how on earth am I going to dig out the seeds and flesh of umpteen pumpkins!?), Ryan wasn’t too sure and I knew he would need convincing!! Cue lots of planning, research, material sourcing over the next few months.

Then the big day came. All of a sudden. And I was setting up her gorgeous pumpkins for the table centrepieces, some lovely rustic floral log designs along the top table and her beautiful suspended chandelier design in the stonewalled room with panoramic views across gorgeous countryside. It was a windy day, well it was autumn and as Jess said, “I dont really do sunshine”. Perfect!

Jess’ bridal bouquet and her bridesmaids bouquets contained lots of bright and vibrant colours. Oranges, greens, dark reds, blousy roses, lots of texture with Astilbe and Pampas and accented by autumnal shaded silk velvet ribbons. It fit her brief to a tee, I was proud as punch passing it to her on her day. The centrepieces contained similar materials, with the suspended chandelier design having plenty of foliage and some hanging berry shaded Amaranthus.

During conversations up to the wedding day, I learnt that Jess and I had a lot in common, a mutual love for Arctic Monkeys being a highlight for me. I loved to get to know them both, as I do all of my clients. Jess and Ryan’s wedding will truly be one of the highlights of my career, not only for the florals and foliage but for just going to show that being your wedding florist is not just providing the materials. I provide the support, a shoulder to lean on and other general niceties. What a job eh? - I pinch myself every morning….

Images by Teresa C Photography

Studio images by Michelle Anne Floristry

NIKKI AND DARREN

Nikki and Darren’s wedding flowers were filled with soft pastel colours which perfectly complemented their wedding venue, Statham Lodge, Lymm, Cheshire.

When I met Nikki and her lovely mum at their consultation, I really understood what Nikki and Darren wanted and had a vision as to what the day would be like. Family, friends and fun.

Nikki and Darren wanted an outdoor ceremony, with a feature being made of the black metal structure in the grounds of which they would be taking their vows in front of. This excited me, HUGELY and I got planning and designing in accordance with their brief. Unfortunately, we couldn’t plan the weather and the heavens opened for the majority of the wedding day and the couple had to have their ceremony indoors - but the ceremony was beautiful. The poor archway design had to watch from afar in the rain!

The wedding flowers, buttonholes, wrist corsages and top table centrepiece had plenty of pastel flowers in, including a few different varieties of rose, Lovelace, Wedding, Miss Bombastic, Snowflake and white Avalanche. Pink Lisianthus, pink Delphinium, pink Carnation, white Lisianthus, soft fluffy white Gypsophilia also featured. A favourite of this year, Astrantia, tall pink Astilbe, white Veronica and fragrant white Stocks were also used. The addition of blush silk ribbons by Silk and Purl to the bridal party flowers were a very pretty accessory.

Gorgeous lush foliage complemented the florals and worked perfectly with the outside gardens. We used several varieties of Eucalyptus, rich Pittosporum and Pistasche.

This was a lovely wedding to be involved in - congratulations again to you both x

Professional images by www.craigebarker.com

Studio and other images by Michelle Anne Floristry

AMY AND ANDY

Amy messaged me at the end of last year and I loved her brief. Amy and Andy were to be married at a beautiful church in Port Sunlight, Wirral and celebrating thereafter at Oldfield Farm, Heswall, Wirral. I hadn't been to that venue before, but fast forward to our consultation meeting earlier this summer and I met them there before grabbing a coffee and going over her order. The views were incredible. I love being back in the Wirral as I was born there and I’m quite fond of Wales, having spent family holidays there when I was younger. The views at this venue are incredible, looking out along Parkgate, Thursaston and the very start of North Wales (P.S If you've not yet been to Parkgate, for either fish and chips or an ice cream, I suggest you go asap and sit on the wall looking out over the old marshland). Amy and Andy told me their plans for the tipi and the surrounding area and I found myself getting caught up in their excitement.

When we arrived at the coffee shop in Heswall village, I got a great feeling about this lovely couple and found that we had plenty in common. I left the meeting really looking forward to their their big day.

Amy is Australian so wanted to have plenty of eucalyptus within her wedding. Her trestle tables within the tipi had eucalyptus along the table runners and the foliage featured heavily in the bridal party flowers.

The bridal bouquet contained Quicksand, Sweet Avalanche and Snowflake roses, Blushing Bride Protea, Waxflower (another sentimental material), Dahlia, Astrantia, Olive, Astilbe and Ruscus. A charm had also been added to her bouquet in memory of Amy’s father. The bridesmaids bouquets contained similar materials and all the bouquets had beautiful blush and burgundy silk ribbons - which truly looked amazing in their outdoor venue in the wind. Amy also had a beautiful hairslide using similar materials. Buttonholes contained similar materials, with the addition of blousy lisianthus in white for the mother of the bride. A cake topper was also created using Blushing Bride Protea, Snowflake roses and tons of foliage.

The professional photographs are incredible, Livi Edwards Photography completely exceeded my expectations. The images of the bridal party with North Wales in the background are some of my favourites of the year. I didn't expect anything less - when you get a good feeling you just know!

Many congratulations to Amy and Andy again and thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your wonderful wedding, it was a pleasure x

LAURA AND STE

When Laura contacted me to query whether I was free to do her wedding flowers, I jumped at the opportunity. I knew that she had booked Matthew Rycraft Photography after a friend of hers had booked him for their wedding and was really impressed, I have loved his work for a while, so HUGE tick. I knew she was getting married in a woodland wedding near Delamere Forest, Cheshire, a venue I was very interested in, so that was another tick. But mostly, Laura went to the same High School as myself, in the year below me and we then worked together at a local pub, for local people, in Bromborough and that's where most of my memories of Laura and her lovely dad were made! 

So we had a meeting a few weeks before the big day, showed her the brief, we had a good chat, looked around the venue and off I went. I knew this one was going to be a good one!

When ordering my wedding flowers for Laura and Ste's day, I really wanted to get something a little bit different, so I purchased white O'Hara roses for the first time. These beauties are gorgeous, really sweet smelling and open up to a lovely size and are really showstoppers within any designs. The O'Hara roses were in all of the bridal party bouquets. The bridesmaids bouquets contained Eryngiums (thistles to you and me) to complement the bridesmaids navy blue dresses, grey Brunia and plenty of white florals such as Matthiola, Lisianthus, Astilbe, Astrantia, Waxflower and Veronica. The loose and natural foliage used within the bouquets looked fantastic within the woodland surroundings and really gave Laura the wild and informal look she wanted. Navy and grey silk ribbons finished the designs off perfectly. Laura's bridal bouquet contained the same materials above except we replaced the Eryngium with hot raspberry pink Tacazzi roses, with raspberry silk ribbons to match her up to Ste's pink suit jacket. A token photo charm of her dad, Dave, was also added to her bouquet as she requested. A lovely touch to a lovely man who I have fond memories of. 

The buttonholes were made with Eryngium and foliage and looked really smart on the groomsmen. Wrist corsages in white florals and foliage on a pearl bracelet looked delicate and sweet and the lovely little flowergirls had a flowercrown made with Ruscus foliage - so simple yet so effective. 

 

This wedding was an absolute pleasure to be part of, despite the sweltering heat!! 

Congratulations to both of you again, I'm so pleased I got to be part of your big day and I hope it was truly everything you've both wished for. It was lovely to see you again Laura, after all of this time. Thank you xx

 

Professional images by Matthew Rycraft Photography

Studio images by Michelle Anne Floristry

REBECCA AND CHRIS

When I first met with Rebecca and Chris, I knew that their wedding would be a relaxed, informal and a real family get together. They tied the knot on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon at Chris' local church in Disley, a minutes stroll from their white marquee wedding reception, in Chris' parents back garden.

They requested plenty of sunflowers with other white and green materials, within milk churns, cute little milk jugs for the table decorations on log slices and bouquets and buttonholes following the same theme. I used wispy ammi, bright and bold sunflowers, white lisianthus, gladioli, scented stocks, various varieties of eucalyptus, ruscus, pretty tanacetum, snowflake roses, gypsophilia and astilbe. The bouquets had hessian ribbons with pearl headed pins. 

Congratulations to you both again and special thanks to you and your family for being so welcoming on the day! 

Michelle x

Professional images by Hoult Photography

Studio images by Michelle Anne Floristry

JENNY AND JAMES

Jenny and James had a beautiful ceremony at a nearby church, with their nearest and dearest in the early summer. Afterwards they celebrated at Siren, in Liverpool City Centre, after being transported from the church in a red double decker bus, with pimms, pork-pies and plenty of laughter.

Jenny wanted to have cottage type flowers in whites and greens, with her bouquet having a few sunflowers. Jenny’s bouquet was an absolute stunner and one of my favourites of the year so far. It contained Astrantia, Sunflowers, scented Stocks, Astilbe, Nigella, british Gypsophilia, Tanacetum, Thlaspi and plenty of eucalyptus. Jenny’s lovely little flowergirl Lara, had a similar bouquet aside from the sunny sunflowers. Hessian ribbon and pearl headed pins completed the bridal party flowers.

The buttonholes were a mixture of florals and foliage, each different and all tied with a rustic twine bow.

THE CERAMIC BOTANIST

One of the questions I usually receive a few days later from one of my lovely brides is, "What can I do with my bouquet now? I want to keep it forever!" I only wish Lou was around when I asked myself the same question four years ago when I got married.

A family friend pointed me in the direction of Lou after spotting her work. I loved what I saw and set up a meeting with her to find out a little more about the service she offers and more importantly, to have a suggestion to my own clients of how their beautiful florals and foliage can be preserved. 

Louise Condon is a designer/maker and lives in Chester, Cheshire. She supplies work to galleries and exhibitions and loves creating casts in plaster and concrete in the form of a ceramic tile, plaque or vase. She kindly bought a few pieces of her work with her so I could take a look at the quality and the various designs and options available - I was impressed.

The process involves Lou sending a flatpack box to the clients address as soon as possible after the wedding day. The flowers are to be wrapped in bubble wrap and returned to Lou for designing. She uses a crank clay to create a rustic effect and considers the position of the flowers. Lou uses the shape, structure and size of the florals and foliage to create something unique to the couple, often personalised with wedding dates and names upon request. It is then fired and glazed twice. The whole creating process usually takes around four weeks. For a perfect gift, vouchers can be purchased from The Ceramic Botanist and start at £30.00. Now if I was a sneaky groom, I'd take a few of the wedding bouquet stems out of the bridal bouquet a few days after the big day, send them to Lou, hide it once received and wrap it up for an anniversary present - just saying!

The various sized vase designs are fully functional and watertight and are a lovely item to have on a kitchen table or sideboard, to remind you of your wedding day. I personally loved the ceramic tiles, they looked so natural and earthy and I immediately could picture them on my own kitchen wall.

Lou will be exhibiting as a rustic maker at The Tatton Park Flower Show on 18 - 22 July 2018, take a look at her work, you'll be impressed!

I'm even considering recreating my own wedding bouquet and sending it to Lou to work her magic on it.....

Louise can be contacted on the following;

F - https://www.facebook.com/louisecondondesigns.co.uk/

W - https://www.louisecondondesigns.co.uk/ 

T - 07398178853

I - https://www.instagram.com/ceramic_botanist/