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Be Brave with Your Wedding Bouquet

If a colorful bouquet laced with fruit filled accents is your jam, then get scrollin’ because this handful of heaven is just that. We’ve got Westwood Design to thank for this pretty lil’ saturated posy and we’ve got the breakdown waiting for you below – don’t miss all that AND more from Sarah Hannam  in The Vault!

From Westwood DesignI always remind people that this should be the most special bouquet of flowers you’ve ever held. It needs to trump every bunch of roses you’ve been given and be far more exciting than those hydrangeas you buy down the market every Sunday. You’ll never forget it, you’ll be glad that you went for something with a bit of Ooh La Laaaaa.I spend time with my couples, I get to know them and their likes and dislikes, we take inspiration from a random painting they like because it reminds them of when they met. I then like to challenge couples, suggest things that they wouldn’t normally think they’d like because we have to be challenged sometimes in order to create something completely unique.

  • Icelandic Poppies
  • Sweetpeas
  • Iris
  • French Tulips
  • White Narcissus
  • Kumquats
  • Ranunculus
  • Fritillaria Imperialis
  • Orchids
  • Jasmine

BE INSPIRED BY THE SEASONS, THEY MAY SURPRISE YOU

One of the reasons I love my job so much is the additional challenge that the seasons give me. Nature will do as it pleases and we need to work with it, not against it. You may have seen the perfect bouquet on Pinterest, but your wedding is in September and peonies are out of season, so let’s take that bouquet as inspiration and create something new, working with the best quality flowers that are available to us. For this bouquet, I wanted to create something that is the absolute epitome of Spring. In England, the first true sign of Spring is the daffodils and narcissus that seem to have bloomed overnight along our parks and pavements so it seemed appropriate to use these as inspiration for my design.

EMBRACE UNUSUAL COLOURS

You may surprise yourself when it comes to colour. For instance, I am someone that pretty much only ever wears black, cream and grey. I’m not a colourful person, but when it comes to flowers, the more I work with them the more I appreciate unexpected colour combinations. I would never ever wear yellow, but a hand dyed marigold silk ribbon tied to a bouquet of peach and burnt orange flowers? Yes please! You don’t have to be a colourful person to have a colourful personality and I like to think that your wedding flowers should be an extension of your personality. They are an expression of your happiness on this special day.

TRUST YOUR FLORIST

Be open to your florists artistic direction and trust them to pick flowers that are suited to you. This is why it is so important that we know as much about your day as possible. As a stylist as well as a florist, I am obsessed with the tiny details! Each arrangement we make will have it’s own unique quality and the shape of your bouquet will often be determined by each individual stem and it’s personal formation. This means that the final result, with it’s unique shape, unexpected colour combinations and flower varieties, will be solely yours, perfectly captured forever.

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Photography: Sarah Hannam | Floral Design: Westwood Design | Venue: Cheltenham UK | Apron: Toast | Ribbon: Silk & Willow

This English Garden Wedding is Our Perfect Cup of Tea

Everything I’ve ever dreamt about a classic English garden wedding is perfectly summed up in this day photographed by Ashlee Taylor. The setting (her parents’ backyard garden), the style (timeless as can be), and the bride’s stunning dress by British designer Suzanne Neville all add up to a gallery you simply cannot miss. See it all here!

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Settings
Garden
Styles
Classic

From Ashlee TaylorHolly and Paul created the most stunning of garden weddings. They used local suppliers to create a homely yet elegant day. Setting up a luxurious tent in her parents garden which offered the perfect setting for their day, the colour palette also gives a perfect node to the Pantone 2016 colours.

Her ‘maids looked so stunning in their wrap dresses which created perfect formal portraits. Holly’s dress was custom made by renowned British designer Suzanne Neville, it created the perfect silhouette for her delicate frame. I loved how they both kept aspects personal like having Holly’s mother’s flower club decorate the tent and Paul wearing his father in laws tails. This was a classically British day which provides inspiration for any bride wanting to create a timeless yet beautiful day.

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Photography: Ashlee Taylor | Floral Design: Coco In The Country | Wedding Dress: Suzanne Neville | Stationery: Gee Brothers London | Bride's Shoes: Rupert Sanderson | Bracelet: Tiffany & Co. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Eliza and Ethan | Groom's Attire: Buckleigh Of London | Venue: At Home | Earrings: Matt Foster London | Tie: Hermes

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This London Wedding is So Glam, Even Jay Gatsby Would Be Jealous

One beautiful vintage-inspired Gemy Maalouf wedding dress. Lush winter white flowers from Emma Walker Flowers. The glamorous Rosewood London with its art deco architecture and copper corridor. This London wedding is as fabulous as any one of Jay Gatsby’s fictional fêtes. Get inspired by all the gorgeous details, captured through the lens of Weddings By Nicola And Glen, in The Vault!

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Winter
Settings
ChurchHotel
Styles
Classic

From The Bride…We knew from the offset that we wanted a London wedding, having met working in the City. We had our ceremony at the beautiful St Bride’s church on Fleet Street (alarmingly close to the office…) and the reception at the glamorous Rosewood hotel. Having just returned from living in Singapore, we wanted something which reflected both the history and the modernity of London. After going to see the Rosewood, we loved the art deco features and the copper corridor and wanted to use that as a recurring theme across the wedding.

We were incredibly lucky with all of our suppliers who helped us bring our vision to life and give us a day we will look back on with joy for the rest of our lives. Our advice to other couples planning their wedding would be to remember that everyone wants you to have a lovely day, so don’t worry too much about the small stuff and remind yourself occasionally why you’re getting married! Our most memorable moment was when all of our guests had left St Bride’s and we had a moment together realizing we were married and Anna was stuck with me forever.

From Isobel WeddingsWith Rhys and Anna living overseas for the vast majority of the planning, plus having very busy jobs, their beautiful wedding was brought together by Skype calls, emails and meeting whenever they were back in the UK. The decision to choose the Rosewood, London, for the reception was made on a call while Rhys ran through an airport!

We worked with Gee Brothers to create invitations and stationery that echoed the rose bronze of the Rosewood. Overall, Anna and Rhys wanted the day to feel relaxed, elegant and romantic. The sun was setting as they left St Bride’s, on what was a crisp November day, and they arrived at the reception to find it filled with warm lighting, candles and white flowers. Working with Emma Walker Flowers, the stairs in the drinks reception were covered with foliage and flowers, as if it was growing down the bannisters. The reception tables’ arrangements were a mixture of white flowers, succulents, frosted branches and candles, giving the natural, elegant feel that Anna wanted. Copper touches continued in the calligraphy by Claire at Calligraphy for Weddings.

After a delicious meal by the chefs at the Rosewood, the Art Deco inspired cake by Princess Patisserie was cut and the party got started to the music of Bellissima, one of our favorite party bands. The dancefloor was packed the entire night, with signature cocktails enjoyed at the mirrored bar.

We were delighted to help create an amazing day for Anna and Rhys and have loved reliving it through Nicola and Glen’s photographs, as they really capture the romance of the day.

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Photography: Weddings by Nicola & Glen | Event Planning: Isobel Weddings | Floral Design: Emma Walker Flowers | Wedding Dress: Gemy Maalouf | Cake: Princess Patisserie | Invitations: Gee Brothers | Ceremony Venue: St Bride's Church, Fleet Street | Reception Venue: Rosewood Mayakoba | Bride's Shoes: Lucy Choi | Hair + Makeup: Claire Nicole | Calligraphy: Calligraphy For Weddings | Band: Bellissima | Bridal Boutique: Morgan Davies | Lighting, Stage + Dancefloor: Effect Event

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