Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Gainsborough Old Hall Wedding Fayre

Way back at the beginning of September I attended The Gainsborough Old Hall's wedding fayre. I am a preferred supplier here and it is always a privilege to arrange flowers in such a stunning venue.
My large, 70cm, martini vase. As it was autumn I kept to seasonal colours. I love these they add plenty of height to the guest tables yet allow people to see each other and allows conversation across the table.
A silver candlestick design with a difference. Suitable for either end of the top table or a buffet table or on a bar. Again seasonal colours and flowers with poppy heads, roses, ivy, holly, hydrangea and eustoma.
A modern trailing bouquet. A mix of avalanche, sweet avalanche, hydrangea and phalaenopsis orchids. The flowers sat on a nest of Ivy and pink aluminium wire.
A fish bowl of floating phalaenopsis orchids with pink aluminium wire and crushed ice in the base.               

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Elsham Hall wedding fayre

 At the end of September I attended Elsham Hall's wedding fayre. For some reason I didn't manage to take many photos so I only have two for you, and one of those isn't the best.
The above photo is one of my single silver candle holders with glass chimney. These are available to hire with or without flowers, but one of my favourite ways of displaying them is on a wreath of flowers. This would make a lovely spring/early summer centrepiece consisting of blue hydrangea, white ranunculus and eustoma with mixed foliage.
One of the bouquets I created was a handtie of blue hydrangea, iris, thistles, purple eustoma and cerise pink ranunculus all nestled in a bed of gold aluminium wire.

Thank you to all the couples I spoke with on the day it was lovely to meet you all.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Weston Rooms, Gainsborough

Kelly's wedding reception was held at The Weston Rooms in Gainsborough. The purple and ivory colour scheme was carried through all the table dressings.
For the top table Kelly had requested three separate arrangements instead of one large central display.
The flowers were mainly those used in the bridal flowers: Ivory roses, purple eustoma and freesia and eryngiums with ivory stallion.
The three displays were spread equally along the long top table.

Each of the guest tables had a traditional style posy in the same matching flowers.

The Weston Rooms all set ready for the gorgeous bride and groom and their guests.
I also provide matching thank you hand-ties for those all important people.                                                

Monday, 5 November 2012

Purple and Lilac wedding flowers

I don't know who was more excited about these flowers Kelly or myself! It is always a real pleasure to work with a bride that truly wants you to create her flowers for her very special day.
The colour scheme Kelly chose was the popular purple, lilac and ivory with some silver thrown in as well. The brides bouquet was a mixture of purple eustoma, lilac freesia, blue eryngiums and ivory roses with eucalyptus foliage. All this was surrounded with a silver aluminium collar.
Her two bridesmaids carried a similar but smaller version of the brides bouquet.
The flower girl carried a silver heart wand with an ivory rose and thistle flowers.                                           

Sunday, 4 November 2012

The Secret Garden and Elsham Hall open days

Being at a bit of a loose end this afternoon I decided I would call in at two local venues that were having an open day.
The first was The Secret Garden at Gringley on the Hill. Having never been here before but having been told lots about it by other suppliers I was intrigued as to where it was and what they provided. Just off the main road from Gainsborough to Bawtry it was easy to find and with a man on the gate I was soon parked up. Even then you still cannot see the main venue, but this area gives you a glimpse into the style of the venue. Going through a passage way and round a corner you are greeted with a courtyard that opens up into a fabulous part of the garden. Going into a small marquee I was told that this along with a room this is attached to is where you have the civil service. Then depending on your requirements you can have a larger marquee for your reception or have the small marquee opened up to seat your guests to give the impression of sitting outside. The garden itself is divided up by trees and shrubs to give secluded corners and quiet areas for some magical photo opportunities.
You are able to personalise your day your way with very few limitations.

The second venue I visited was Elsham Hall with the fabulous Elaine of Bride Beautiful.
The Barn was set up in a pink blossom theme with one half as a civil ceremony space and the other as a reception. If you are having a smaller wedding this would make a great way to fill the space. Or for larger guest numbers the room can be set for a civil ceremony then turned around for the reception.

An alternative to The Barn is The Garden Room. A gorgeous smaller room for an intimate wedding.

As an extra to these two rooms is also the advantage of having the gardens of Elsham Hall as a backdrop for your photos.
You are able to personalise your day your way and Elaine has a fantastic Aladdin's cave of goodies which you are able to use if you choose.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Purple and Silver Martini vase

I was asked if I could supply an arrangement for Gainsborough Old Hall's stand at The Lincolnshire Life's wedding fayre at Hemswell court. As one of their preferred suppliers I was only too happy to oblige. The colours had to be purple and silver and with that in mind I used one of my smaller black martini vases with purple eustoma, freesia, September and statice with silver willow and bear grass.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

The Deli Bistro Cancer Charity Ball

Back at the beginning of October The Deli Bistro on Burton Marina held a Ball in aid of two cancer charities; Cancer Research and Prostate Cancer. This was to be the first function held in the new luxury marquee at the marina.
I was asked if I would like to be involved and jumped at the chance to dress this wonderful marquee with flowers. I donated both the flowers and my time to these worthwhile charities to maximise the money raised.

The top photo is the marquee with black table linen and chair covers with cerise pink bows but no flowers, hopefully to show how the flowers especially the taller arrangements fill the space.

I did a mixture of high and low designs to take into account the sloping ceiling and the table setup.
The low designs were a glass cube with a few sprigs of willow with cerise pink oriental lilies, laurel foliage and pine cones.
The tall displays were lots of willow for height, cerise pink lilies stems and bear grass which were all arranged in a conical vases.

There was also a chill out area for VIP guests which was treated to its own display.

I hope all those that attended had a fantastic night and raised lots of money for the charities concerned.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

The fabulous white wedding at RAF Cranwell

 The fabulous setting of Gill and Richards wedding, RAF Cranwell. For a late September wedding also notice the gorgeous blue sky, it was a lovely late summers day.
 The wedding ceremony was held at St Michael's and All Saints Church in RAF Cranwell. The church is simply stunning and with sunlight streaming in through the windows made it feel even more like high summer.
I arranged two pedestals, either side the Altar steps.
 In each there was a variety of white flowers, lilies, hydrangeas, roses, eustoma and chyrsants with smaller leaved foliage including ivy.
The pews were alternatively decorated with white full bows and trails. Outside were two of my bay trees.
 The reception was held in the Officers Mess and here I provided a long and low design. Included were roses, hydrangeas, freesia, eustoma and stallion chrysants.
Gill and Richard also requested some thank you hand-ties to give out at the speeches.

Monday, 29 October 2012

An all white wedding

 Gillian and Richard had quite firm ideas on what they wanted for their wedding flowers. Gillian in particular had a good idea on which flowers could be included as well as which were not. The bridal bouquet was to be all white, with no foliage, with a mixture of smaller full flowers with added hint of sparkle.
(As I was pressed for time and the bouquet was all white I didn't get fabulous photos unfortunately)
Included were roses, spray roses, ranunculas, freesia and double eustoma. The stems were fully wrapped in white satin ribbon and pinned with diamante.
 The bridesmaids bouquets were a similar flower content but smaller and without the diamante. (Unfortunately this photo has come out yellow tinged but it was white I promise)
 The groom (Richard) wore a white rose buttonhole with spray rose flowers with pittospurnum foliage.
 The mums each wore a single rose with freesia florets and pittospurnum foliage.
 The grooms-men each wore a single white rose buttonhole.
All the Paige boys wore a small white rose buttonhole.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Elsham Hall

 Sophie's civil service was held in the barn at Elsham Hall. Either side of the registrars table stood a pedestal of mainly pink flowers, roses, eustoma, chrysants, alstroemeria, with ivory eustoma and stallion.

 The registrars table display that would later adorn the top table was a long and low with foliage trails of the same mix of flowers.
 In the alcoves were cute displays of pink and ivory flowers.
 The candelabras were for the guest tables at the reception but for the ceremony we stood them on the radiator covers as extra displays. Elaine would add the candles later.
The ceremony space ready and waiting for the service to begin.