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  • A very Northern collab; 27 Arches installation for the Manchester Flower Festival

    When I was asked to be a part of the Stockport Florist Collective (Stockport being just down the road from me and blessed with a number of great florists), I was thrilled to have some flowery friends I could meet up with for some professional solidarity, camaraderie and, perhaps, collaboration. Let's be real for a second, it can be very isolating running your own business and working for yourself! The theme was Manchester icons, so the idea behind the flower installation was to emulate the Stockport viaduct, an imposing landmark on the skyline that has been around since the Victorians. We wanted to create a structure that was built from man-made objects such as metal, brick and wire, and then weave organic material through it, so the overall effect was that of nature reclaiming an old industrial icon. As you can see, it was very much a joint effort, and we all pitched in to brainstorm ideas, design, plan and prepare, before working in shifts to create the final installation. Going down to see it later that week with my family was such a proud moment, and I was so happy to see how busy the whole flower festival was, and how much attention our arches received. If you're close to Manchester and you've never been to see the festival before, keep an eye out for it next year as it's a brilliant day out and features installations from many talented florists as well as gift stalls and food shops aplenty. Thanks so much to my fellow florists MillieBuds, Indie Bloom, The Garden of Iris and Love Florals, and I'll leave you with these wonderful photos of our design, captured by photographer Fiona Finchett Mel x

  • Capturing Elegance: A Staffordshire Styled Shoot

    This styled shoot took place in a privately owned hall in the Staffordshire countryside, which has been refurbished and turned into a luxury wedding venue. The organisers wanted understated and timeless elegance in whites and greens for this one, with plenty of froth and texture. I chose Alpe d'Huez roses and ranunculus for this frilly, dainty bouquet, accented with phlox, genista, gypsophila and eucalyptus. A cream trailing silk ribbon finished the look. This vibe continued inside the venue, and I echoed the bouquet with a small meadow box for the signage, then wired gypsophila and eucalyptus to wreath rings to create some simple table centrepieces. Adding tall floating candles to the centre of the wreaths gave the most beautiful effect. Even the cake table was given a little sprinkling of fluffy gypsophila, but do be careful of adding this near any foods as it is toxic! In our case, the top tier of this particular cake was a 'dummy' cake so it was fine to add some to the top, then we carefully placed some around the bottom without letting it touch, to match the wreath centrepieces. We had both a model couple and a single bridal model for the day, and between them they showcased quite the array of beautiful dresses! Amy, the bridal model, did a brilliant job of posing with the bouquet, and these fabulous images were taken by the Content Creator on the day, The Social Wedit. Here's the full list of suppliers for this shoot: Venue @standonhall Photographer Model couple @jasmineandliam_ Bride model @amylou.model Dresses Shoes @freyaroselondon MUA @makeup_kmsbeauty Hair Stylist @faye.elizabethhair Stylist @sparkleeventstyling Stationery @kaylaandjamesdesign Veil @becciboosshoes Embroidered veil @tabithatextiles Hair accessories and jewellery @cassiembridal Jewellery @kimberleyelizabeth_jewellery Cake @lolliandbeancakes Florist @a_pocketfulofposies Wedding Celebrant @celebrate_with_elizabeth Videography @thatweddings Content creator @thesocialwedit Confetti @yourconfetti Mel x

  • Spotlight flower - the Rose

    This week we turn the spotlight on possibly the most popular wedding flower of all - the Rose. These beautiful flowers have long held a cherished place in the world of weddings, with their timeless elegance, versatility, and varied colour palette making them a perennial favourite among couples. From classic bouquets to elaborate venue decor and installations, the use of roses in weddings has a long-held history, adapting to trends while maintaining their enduring appeal. Roses have long symbolised love and passion, and one of the most enchanting aspects of roses in weddings is their incredible versatility. These blooms seamlessly adapt to various wedding styles, from the classic and romantic to the modern and avant-garde. They're a hardy flower that can hold up for a few hours out of water, making them perfect for bridal bouquets and installations, and the size of some varieties means they also work really well as a focal flower. One of the key things about the rose for me is the choice of colours available, which allows for endless customisation, ensuring the bouquet complements the bride’s gown and the overall theme of the wedding. They also come in a multitude of varieties, each with its own unique characteristics, hues and shapes. Some popular styles include: Hybrid Tea Roses Known for their classic beauty and long stems, hybrid tea roses are favoured for their elegant ruffled appearance. They boast a high petal count and come in various shades, making them a go-to choice for formal arrangements. Garden Roses Garden roses exude a vintage charm with their lush, full blooms and captivating fragrance. Their ruffled petals and larger heads make them a luxurious option for show-stopping bridal bouquets and abundant centrepiece arrangements. Spray Roses With multiple smaller blooms per stem, spray roses are perfect for helping to create fuller arrangements. They work well in buttonholes, corsages, and smaller bouquets, adding texture and dimension. Miniature Roses These petite roses are perfect for intricate designs and smaller décor elements like cake decorations or hair accessories, adding a delicate touch to the look of your wedding. So many brides request roses for their wedding day, and with this list it's easy to see why! If you would like to feature roses as part of your day and have a style, colour or even just a vibe in mind that you would like to achieve, please get in touch and together we can design the wedding florals of your dreams! Mel x

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