Late Autumn 2016

It’s November and after a busy summer we are just winding back a little and enjoying the autumn colour. Reds, russets and golds in the garden and the last red apples on our trees all add to the rich colours, just before the winds blow the leaves away completely!

During the summer we were packing morning, noon, and night and trying to sort out for our move while preparing Weddings. We even delivered  flowers on our moving day itself, a  wedding had been booked with us long before the moving date was confirmed so we just carried on but this meant there was a lot of last minute packing !!!!!  We made it here with a lot of help from our friends Jo and Rosemary. At last Long Barn Flowers has a new home alongside our ‘new’ house. The long awaited move was a huge task but well worth it to have more space to work and store things and where we can hold workshops for flowers and Beekeeping too.  It will all be fine when we have finally unpacked everything. Our contact details remain unchanged.

So………. back to lovely flowers and thinking of bright and cheery colours before the winter days set in we thought it was a good time to reflect upon one of the cheeriest and sunniest weddings of the year. I knew when I first met Katie that we would all enjoy preparing for the day, a sunny Bride whose friend  had designed beautiful ‘save the date’ cards with a cheery and vibrant mix of coloured flowers. Katie decided to adopt the multi coloured look for the day. With family ties to Scotland tartan was of course a further cheery colourful addition to the look. Sarah, Katie’s Mum has a beautiful garden and that inspired the use of lots of informal things like Clematis and Honeysuckle among the larger roses, stocks and delphiniums. Abberley church was a perfect country setting. Family and friends provided the music in Church and The Curradine Barns looked as amazing as ever.  Vintage flower filled china and book stacks on the tables carefully chosen by Katie’s father made guests smile. In the evening the happy couple led the dancing with a traditional reel. The photos capture a beautiful family day, a perfect start to married life.

We have worked with monotones, ivory whites and greens, with both lush foliages, palms and monster for Kara, and with softer grey foliage too. Lemore Manor lends itself to sophistication and to rustic simplicity for Amy whose guests had hay bale seats. From the simplicity of Gypsophila posies to Gerbera pinks, to Paeonies and Roses creating a more sophisticated look.  In October Siobhan chose a gentle unstructured bouquet in ivory and we added David Austen Patience Roses to this and to our niece Annies bouquet the same weekend. Patience is a stunning rose, soft creamy white with a ruffled deep cream centre and a beautiful lemony perfume. It was great to have Catherine back with us from Texas helping us prepare flowers for Annie and still managing to be a Bridesmaid for her too, dashing up and down from Worcestershire to Bristol and London.

We are working on enquiries and meeting Brides for late 2017 and beyond. We have Christmas workshops coming up and still lots of boxes to unpack.  Watch out for more news soon………