Late Autumn 2017

Well, we are very late with this blog, things have been steadily busy over the summer and all the other things that life can throw happened too.  Some challenges with our home, a water leak through a ceiling and rising damp in the oldest part of the house. Joy unconfined and dust everywhere. We are just about re-plastered and drying out slowly now. We may be straight for Christmas 2018.

My father used to quote John Lennon, ‘life is what happens to you when you were planning something else.’  We use it too, and when within a week we recently attended my Mums memorial followed by the passing of David’s Mum, it all rang true again. Both had lived to a good age and for each, it was their time, never the less it truly is the end of an era for both sides of our family.

So what else have we been up to………in summer sunshine, and quite a lot of rainy days too, we continued to prepare flowers for our Brides. The sunny days were hot and the chilly damp days were sad for Brides who had been dreaming of outdoor ceremonies, but they say a rainy wedding day is a sign of good luck and a happy marriage. There must be something in that folklore since on one of the wettest days of 2007 Simon and Alison married. That day we travelled through floods to deliver the flowers determined to deliver to Alison on time and get to her venue to place flowers. Now, ten years later with their youngsters in supporting roles they renewed their vows on a bright warm day, followed by a wonderful party at their original venue sharing the fun with family and friends. Alison wore her gown again and looked wonderful, congratulations to you all.

On one of the hottest days in June we prepared flowers to take to Eckington Manor www.eckingtonmanor.co.uk for Naomi and Chris. It was literally baking hot but the Gardenia white Peonies and Roses held well and shone in the sunlight, a classic Long Barn Flowers combination for summer.

As always we enjoyed preparing for weddings at our favourite venues Lemore Manor and The Curradine Barns, where botanical themes have proved to be popular. Lots of moss, ferns and succulents for one Jen whose bridesmaids help botanical foliage bouquets, simplicity and style.

So where else have we been? Just a few to mention…….. Stanbrook Abbey www.handpickedhotels.co.uk, soft pinks and greys, pretty rustic tables in the marquee for Sarah and Jed, Brockencote Hall, www.brockencotehall.com  summer country garden shades for Sophie and Andrew, Whitbourne Hall  www.whitbournehall.com  a mixed country garden scheme for Joelle and James …with teal blue Bridesmaids, the shade that goes with wonderful colour mixes so well. Birtsmorton Court www.birtsmortoncourt.com  where a wonderful sparkly gown was draped from the four poster ready for  Amy arriving to dress and prepare for her day.

Along the way we have worked alongside talented artists, including Valerie www.thebighairday.com and also our longstanding friends and recommended contacts for hair and make up, Tabbitha and Aleksandra. Superb photography captures the best of the day Jane and Oli www.cotswoldweddings.net took the beautiful shot that we feature with this blog.  Simple hand tied Paeonies with David Austin Roses, luxury and sophistication with perfume too.

Our tech star Darren is adding lots more images to our gallery this week so have a look to see some of our favourite photos of the year. We are already gathering images for next time too.

Christmas preparations have begun, some lovely winter weddings  coming up and wreath making, lots to look forward to. Must get back to the workroom…………………..