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Two Brides and a Lighthouse

It was purely by chance that we were able to help Amy and Thea with their wedding flowers. Flemming and I had tried to book ourselves a relaxing weekend away by the sea during August but we couldn’t find anything. So just when we were wondering what we should do and were feeling a little despondent about having a prime weekend free in August, I got an email from Amy asking if we were free to be her wedding Florist on that exact weekend! When she explained that the ceremony was taking place in St Mary’s Lighthouse and the reception would be overlooking the sea, I said a big YES. I saw it as a sign! We had kept that weekend free in the hope of spending some time by the sea and sure enough, here it was happening. Not quite how we had imagined it, as it was a million times more fun.

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So much care and consideration had already gone into the planning of Amy and Thea’s wedding before I became involved with the flowers. They had thoughtfully sought special items that reflected their individuality and own personalities. They chose their rings, their dresses, their cars, ribbons, shoes and other unique and important details with a focus and clarity I had not seen many times before. Every beautiful, colourful thing and idea they shared with me through images. It was a delight. I never met them until the day of their wedding but because they had shared so many visuals with me, I felt I knew them well a long time before.

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Amy had a firm idea of how she wanted the bouquets to look. She hoped for Succulents along with Peony and Roses. Colour, texture, difference and youth. They were to be similar but different. This was a challenge I couldn’t refuse. I had never worked with Succulents in a bouquet before as they have no stems. They just sit atop the earth like Cactus do. So, I set to work. First of all finding the right sized Succulents proved interesting. The actual ‘head’ of a succulent ranges from a small golf ball size to a large hand size. I needed something in between if it were to match the other blooms in the bouquet. I had no idea at that point how I would actually combine it into the bouquets since there was no stem, I just HAD to find the Succulents first. A grower in Yorkshire had just what I was after so I drove down to pick them up. They were perfect! I ended up buying a tray of 24 of them and I’m growing the ones I didn’t use in the bouquets in the Cosmic Garden! Just in case I need them again next year.

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So then I set about experimenting how to create a stem for a Succulent so that it could be used in a bouquet. I tried natural stems to begin with but the flower glue didn’t want to work with this method. It stuck a bit, but not enough to make me feel certain that it wouldn’t come flying off during the ceremony or during the photographs! In the end I found the perfect solution but I’m keeping it a closely guarded secret as it took me so long to find it. I think I will patent it haha.

When I found out that Katie Byram was the photographer I was so excited! I knew that these 2 Bride Bouquets were going to be something else and I couldn’t wait to see Katie’s images of them. I had been right to be excited about seeing the photographs. Amazing!

The gorgeous brightly coloured ribbons used are what Amy and Thea chose themselves. They went so well with the flowers and with everything else. These two women have a very creative eye and you can see from the photographs that everything they chose for their wedding day was stunning, original and WOW!

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I’m so pleased that I didn’t get booked up to go away the weekend that Amy and Thea were married as I would never have got to know them and help be a part of what was such a happy and colourful and beautiful day. Two beautiful women, inside and out. May your lives together always be filled with those special elements of colour and joy and fun and may your love grow ever deep and transcend the sea itself.

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Many thanks to the amazing Katie Byram for taking such gorgeous photographs of the flowers and for allowing me to use them. You captured a beautiful day, thank you x

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Quirky Summer Sweetness & Vintage English Cute

I hope that one day everyone gets the chance to meet Nikki. She’s unforgettable and she is sweeter and cuter than a big box of kittens!

Nikki first contacted me in October 2013. She came across our website and liked how it seemed a ‘bit different’ to other florists and so she got in touch. Her enthusiasm is infectious and I loved sharing ideas and images with her for the 10 months leading up to her wedding in early August 2014.

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We met early in the new year at the Marriott in Gosforth. My first sight of Nikki was her sipping from the most enormous mug of hot chocolate which was towering with cream and marshmallows! A huge beaming smile on her lovely bright face. The epitome of sweetness and delight. The reason I say that I hope you get to meet Nikki is because she has this beaming smile on her face all of the time and it makes you automatically smile back in return! She radiates happiness and energy in the most beautiful way. That first meeting was such a happy buzz and the idea of reds, whites and blues with a quirky vintage English feel was a challenge we decided we would not only meet but exceed!

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Nikki’s wedding dress was House of Mooshki and was just MADE for her. It was classy, stylish, sweet and stunning. There was no better wedding dress ever for a bride. Her gorgeous bridesmaids wore the palest of blue in a soft flowing fabric. Nikki always said she wanted the reddest and most perfect of roses in her bride bouquet, with a little green. We worked together on the shape of her bouquet – how it should be almost ‘formal’ but not quite. How it should have a little quirky something else to it. Flemming and I managed to source the most amazing Naomi Roses which we conditioned and attended to for a good few days before Nikki’s wedding. We gave them food and water and space in the studio so that they would be in full bloom or ‘blown’ as we Florists call it. It was like looking after a new born baby! Checking every couple of hours to make sure the roses were ok and opening up and the right temperature. It’s been a warm summer and although this is wonderful for wedding days – it’s not brilliant for the Florist who needs to keep the blooms at a nice cool temperature.

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Nikki chose white and also pale blue Hydrangea, fully blown Ivory Peony and Raspberry two-tone Avalanche Roses for her bridesmaids. The effect was beautifully understated and complimented the bridesmaid dresses perfectly. They also contrasted wonderfully with Nikki’s stunning red rose bouquet and with her cute flower girl’s mini rose bouquet.  A little sprig of silvery green Eucalyptus and tied with a sheer ivory Organza with stems showing.

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Nikki shared so many visual ideas with me, it was a treat and a delight. A red, white and blue flower theme is a bold and brave vision to go for. For months Nikki collected a beautiful selection of vintage tablewear. Cups, saucers, cake stands, plates and jugs. Her vision was to have a selection of different types of tablewear on each of her reception tables, all with individual little floral creations on and in. We spent time agreeing the blooms and the colours we felt would go and thankfully Nikki and Jack gave me so much creative and artistic control over the arrangements. The vision for the reception room at the gorgeous Kirkley Hall was realised and it was a stunning moment to step back and see how the separate elements came together with a ‘WOW’.

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Two big rooms, filled with light and energy! The red, white and blue worked. It really was everything that Nikki and Jack had dreamed of. Each table held it’s own little personal ‘creation’ of tablewear and flowers. Red roses, pink Peonies, blue Scabiosa, white and blue Hydrangea, raspberry Avalanche Roses, contrasting bunches of Sweet Pea, Matriarca Daisies, sweet red berries and fresh English Strawberries!

nikki-and-jack-table-cakestandThis really was Vintage England! As well as being visually stunning, the fragrance from each of the blooms and fruit was warm, sweet and fresh and brought a smile. Rather like the effect that Nikki has on you!

nikki-and-jack-table-cups-and-saucersAlthough Flemming and I never met Jack, we did speak to him a few times as he ordered flowers from us for Nikki’s opening night of one of her theatrical performances at the Theatre Royal. We didn’t need to meet him to know that he was a good and lovely man though, as any man who marries a woman like Nikki just has to be incredible (and lucky).

nikki-and-jack-holding-handsSo here’s to Nikki and Jack. A couple with so much energy, enthusiasm, humour and love which is so much greater than the sum of the parts. May you maintain that special love and energy and creativity for always! And thank you, for the honour of being involved in your beautiful and memorable day.

Thanks also to Wiesia of Little Miss Boyco Photography for the use of her beautiful images which have captured the beauty and personality of the lovely people and the day SO well x

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