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Sunflowers – Great for Late Summer Weddings

16 Aug
Mixed sunflower handtied bridal bouquet - with orange carthamus and deep red spray roses

Mixed sunflower handtied bridal bouquet - with silvery eucalyptus, orange carthamus and deep red spray roses tied with raffia. Copyright of Floral Accents - http://www.floral-accents.co.uk

We love sunflowers – they’re bright and summery, and generally make people smile when they see them! They’re a very happy flower – and they’re becoming more and more popular for Brides getting married in the late Summer/early Autumn months. Why? Well, not only do they look amazing in either contemporary designs or more rustic settings, but they are also relatively inexpensive during their peak growing season – and the sheer size of the head, means that you need less stems to create an impact, making it a perfect bloom for Brides and Grooms on a tight budget.

Although bright yellow is perhaps the colour that most people associate with the word “sunflower”, there are also varieties in different shades of reds (such as Prado Red and Ruby Eclipse varieties), softer lemon (Sunrich Lemon), brown-black (Moulin Rouge), and deep egg-yolk yellow/orange varieties (such as Prado Gold) amongst others. The “Sunbright” and “Sunrich” varieties have been specially cultivated to shed less pollen – making these ideal varieties for bridal and bridesmaid bouquets.

Use sunflowers on their own to create a dramatic, bold, contemporary look – or mixed with other flowers and foliage for a more rustic, country garden feel, ideal for more informal wedding receptions in barns or marquees. Brides often favour the bright yellow varieties to add a splash of colour to a black and white colour scheme – but they look equally stunning as a contrast to blues and turquoises. And if you’re looking for something different, the brown seed heads of sunflowers can also be used without the petals – they add a lovely texture to table centres and designs and are favoured by many top London florists.

A few geeky facts about sunflowers:

  • The botanical name for sunflowers is Helianthus – originating from the Greek “Helios” meaning sun and “Anthus” meaning flower, hence “sunflower”;
  • The sunflower dates back approx. 3000 years ago – it was worshiped as a symbol of the sun by the Aztecs and the Otomi of Mexico, Incas of Peru, and later by North American Indians;
  • A sunflower head is made up of between 1000-2000 individual flowers (florets) that are joined together by a base. The large petals surrounding the base are sterile – and are designed to protect the individual florets and the seed that they subsequently become;
  • Sunflowers commonly grow to between 1.5m (5ft) and 3.5m (12ft) high – but the tallest sunflower was 8.03 m (26 ft 4 in) according to the Guinness World Records (August 2009);
  • The sunflower is the national flower of Russia, Ukraine, and Peru, the state flower of the US State of Kansas, and one of the city flowers of Kitakyūshū in Japan.

 

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Vintage-Inspired Roses

11 Aug

“Classic”, “romantic”, and “vintage” are excellent words to describe Carol and Steve’s wedding – fitting for their lovely ancient church setting and romantic old country house reception at Horsley Towers.

Soft pink Sweet Avalanche roses, ivory cream Avalanche roses, Cafe Latte garden roses and dusky pink Dark Hypnose roses

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Carol’s bridal gown was simple and classic – and very Grace Kelly – so we chose a selection of beautiful roses to complement both the colour of the dress and the elegant look. Soft antique-pink Sweet Avalanche roses, deep dusky pink Dark Hypnose roses, vanilla cream Avalanche roses, and a beautifully fragranced mocha-coloured garden rose called Cafe Latte (also known as Julia Baby) were fashioned into a handtied bridal bouquet accompanied a scattering of variegated pittosporum foliage, with the stems simply bound with an ivory cream ribbon and studded with pearl-headed pins.

Handtied bridal bouquet of soft pink Sweet Avalanche roses, ivory cream Avalanche roses, dusky pink Dark Hypnose roses, and Cafe Latte garden roses with variegated pittosporum

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The bridesmaids held smaller handtied bouquets of soft pink Sweet Avalanche and ivory cream Avalanche roses accompanied by variegated pittosporum – which was a nice contrast with their stunning mocha-coloured dresses.

Handtied bridesmaid bouquets of soft pink Sweet Avalanche and ivory cream Avalanche roses and variegated pittosporum

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Carol and Steve got married in their local church in Merrow, Surrey – and Carol had asked for a large dramatic pedestal arrangement which we designed in ivory creams and soft pinks to lighten up the dark space. Gerbera, Sweet Avalanche roses, alstromeria, stocks, and snapdragon all featured – creating an eye-popping treat for guests and the happy couple as they entered the church.

Church pedestal arrangement - of cream Gerbera, soft pink Sweet Avalanche roses, white stocks, white snapdragon, pale pink alstromeria and assorted foliage

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This soft pink and ivory cream theme was also followed through in the pretty pew ends – tied simply with ivory chiffon ribbon so as not to damage the old wooden pews.

Pew ends - with soft pink Sweet Avalanche and ivory cream Avalanche roses, tied with an ivory chiffon ribbon

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Having set-up in the church and delivered the bridal bouquets, we rushed back to Horsley Towers to complete the venue decor – placing rose- studded bay trees either side of the main door to welcome guests on their arrival to the wedding reception (and we crossed fingers and toes that they survived the wind – they seemed to, as they were all in once piece the following day – phew!).

Bay trees - studded with soft pink and cream roses - outside the front door of Horsley Towers

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To add to the romance of the day, Carol and Steve decided upon table centres with candles for the wedding breakfast – with the soft pink and dusky pink roses, wax flower, sedum, fragrant white stocks, and foliage – that they gave to some of their guests to take home with them the following day……

Candle table centres - of pale pinks, greens, ivory and dusky pinks

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….and opted for a (very long) traditional and classic top table arrangement with long variegated ivy trailing down either side of the old fireplace. We were very impressed to learn, that Carol’s Uncle managed to fit the top table arrangement in his car after the reception without dismantling it- we’re not sure quite how he achieved this, as we almost struggled to get it to the venue in one piece!!

Traditional long and low top table arrangement of pale pinks, creams and dusky pinks

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Despite the rainy start to the wedding day, the sun managed to find it’s way out to help Carol and Steve celebrate. Which only goes to show that the ancient proverb is right: “A misty morning does not signify a cloudy day”. Congratulations to you both. X

A Country Village Affair…….. (Part II)

11 Aug

A few weeks ago, we blogged about a fab country village wedding in Shere set deep in the Surrey Hills countryside – and we are now lucky enough to share some of the official wedding photographs with you courtesy of our lovely Bride and Groom, Lucy and Steve and their fab photographer, Kathryn Lacey.

Freestyle country garden bridal bouquet - of white roses, white hydrangea, chamomile, rosemary, fountain grass and white scabious.

Freestyle country garden bridal bouquet - of white roses, white hydrangea, chamomile, rosemary, fountain grass, white scabious and ivy. Copyright of Floral Accents - http://www.floral-accents.co.uk

Country garden bridal bouquet and bridesmaid posies of gypsophila

Lucy and her bridemaids at home before departing for the church - all looking beautiful! Copyright of Floral Accents - http://www.floral-accents.co.uk

Church ceremony flowers

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Bride and Groom standing underneath the foliage and gypsophila garland surrounding the church door

Stealing another kiss - this time underneath the foliage and gypsophila garland surrounding the church door. Copyright of Floral Accents - http://www.floral-accents.co.uk

Table centres - glass jars filled with a variety of white and green flowers

Cute, rustic table centres - glass jam jars filled with a selection of white and green flowers to match the colour scheme. Copyright of Floral Accents - http://www.floral-accents.co.uk

Bride and Groom - just married!

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Close-up of the bridal bouquet

Bridal bouquet detail - white scabious, chamomile, fountain grass, Akito roses, white hydrangea, rosemary and ivy. Copyright of Floral Accents - http://www.floral-accents.co.uk

Many congratulations to Lucy and Steve – you both looked absolutely gorgeous.  Good luck for future and stay in touch! xx
 

A Country Village Affair……. (Part I)

2 Aug

Well, a country village wedding to be more precise – in a beautiful archetypal English village in the depths of the stunning Surrey countryside – but the whole village pitched in to help in the wedding preparations of local girl, Lucy and her fiancé Steve.   Shere – famed for its appearances in many a Hollywood film (e.g. The Holiday, Bridget Jones, The Wedding Date) – set the scene for this July wedding.

Table plan decorated with gypsophila

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As the wedding reception was being held in a marquee in her Mum’s garden, Lucy wanted a country-garden look – and asked us to source the flowers from British growers as far as possible.  So with this in mind, we designed Lucy a freestyle bouquet of white roses, white hydrangea, chamomile, fountain grass and white scabious – accompanied with rosemary and hoops of variegated ivy.  We kept the stems unbound and slightly longer than usual to add to the “just picked out of the garden” look that Lucy wanted.  Informal, relaxed, but still gorgeous.

Freestyle "just picked" garden flower bouquet

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Lucy also wanted to incorporate gypsophila (also known as baby’s breath) into the wedding celebrations – and as it’s one of her Mum’s favourite flowers, this was really important to her.  So we created posies of gypsophila for her three bridesmaids to carry – a modern yet pretty twist on a flower often used as a “filler” – simply tied with a white chiffon ribbon and bow………..

Bridemaid bouquet - fluffy mounds of gypsophila

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…..and even incorporated a little accent of it in the scabious corsages for the ladies which pleased her Mum who wore hers to decorate her small handbag.

Ladies corsages of white scabious with a small accent of gypsophila

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Although the couple were having a traditional church ceremony, Lucy was keen not to have the traditional, formal look of pedestal arrangements for the church.  So instead, we used very tall galvanised metal buckets which we placed on some freestanding plinths…..

Galvanised metal buckets of white hydrangeas, snapdragons, Akito roses, fountain grass and assorted foliage

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…and created simple pew ends of assorted foliage and gypsophila tied with pretty mint green chiffon ribbon (which doubled up as marquee garlands around in the inside of the tent after the ceremony, tied simply with more trailing mint chiffon ribbon)…….

Rustic gypsophila and foliage pew ends - tied with a mint chiffon ribbon

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….and decorated the entrance of the church with a foliage and gypsophila garland framing the church door.

Foliage and gypsophila garland framing the church door

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Detail of the foliage and gypsophila galand around the church door

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The country garden theme continued into the wedding breakfast – with simple glass jam jars decorated with a band of mint green ribbon (and hats off to Lucy for patiently sticking these on!!) filled with a selection of garden flowers.  These pretty jars of roses, hydrangea, scabious, rosemary, fountain grass, chamomile and gypsophila were arranged in a circle on each table with a scattering of table crystals………….

Rustic jam jars filled with gypsophila, chamomile, scabious, rosemary, fountain grass, roses and hydrangea

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and were re-distributed the morning after the wedding by Lucy and her Mum to all the neighbours who’d helped make the day so special.  A sweet little “thank-you” left on various doorsteps around the village – which we thought was a lovely touch indeed for what was a truly inclusive country village wedding!

Garden flowers in jam jars decorate a marquee table

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Part II of this blog post – with photos of the Bride and Groom – might also be of interest.  Click on “A Country Village Affair….(Part II).

Stunning Bridal Gowns, Beautiful Wedding Flowers & Much More At Our Bridal Showcase Event

5 Jun

Early May heralded our regular Bridal Showcase with some of our key local “partners in crime” in the wedding industry.  Floral Accents, Grace of Wescott Bridal Boutique, Wedding Hair by Leanne and Simon J Pope Photography all got together and laid on an event for our Brides-to-Be and their partners (and Mums).  Stunning bridal gowns, pretty accessories, jewellery and shoes were all showcased by our gorgeous models – along with different wedding hair styles and bridal bouquets – and we were all there to offer our expert advice and help.  Take a look at some shots of the event captured by www.simonjpope.co.uk (thanks Simon!).

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