Summer 2016Posted on Aug 15, 2016
Rain, and more rain, the early summer was great for the garden, horrid for Brides and tricky for Bees. But since then we’ve had some glorious sunny and even hot days with acres of blue cloudless sky, just perfect.
Long summer days mean balmy evenings for outdoor dancing, which Hannah and Leigh enjoyed after their wedding at Little Malvern Priory (www.littlemalvernpriory.co.uk). Hannah and her lovely Mum had worked tirelessly to prepare the marquee and decorate the beautiful church. Ivories, and palest coffee shades throughout were subtle and lifted by summer greens.
Sadie and Dan married at The Curradine Barns (www.curradinebarns.co.uk) with beautiful stationary designed by Sadie. From her original artwork and the Bridesmaids colours we created bouquets to co-ordinate with the subtle burgundies and mauve shades yet still keep the wedding fresh and light. Pink shades from blush to antique ones and blues from pale lavenders through to mauves and touches of purple all accented with greys, and greens and given a colour ‘pop’ with lime green Alchemilla and Thlaspi. As it was English Flowers week we made an extra special effort to use as many native and locally grown flowers as we could including Stocks, Clematis and Astrantia. Lots of hand crafted touches with a stunning cake made and decorated by Dans Mum, simply beautiful. As a finishing touch we added a locket and small brooch that had belonged to Sadies Gran to the hessian and lace bound bouquet.
From country classic, to chic, with an international theme, for Kara and Barry. Tropical foliage and snowy white flowers created a different and dramatic look.
And now for our videos………..we have two to share with you, sit down with a coffee or even a G&T…
Starting with Fiona and Guy………..https://vimeo.com/177762414, we have previously featured photographer Paul Willetts images from the Wedding but the video highlights by Vogue Wedding Films takes things to another level entirely.
Leanne and Jody had an Italian look for their day at Lemore Manor, lots of olive foliage and bronze urns of flowers in the elegant Ceremony Room. Paeonies, Roses and silvery foliages for us to work with were just beautiful, with a lovely group of family and friends bringing the whole look together with lots of personal touches, the video preview is not to be missed.
Kellyann chose Gerbera daisies and Germinis in shades of pink for her day, after the bouquets and bandstand archway we simply placed flower heads randomly on the crisp fresh tablecloths. Lots of sharing dishes on the table meant large table centres would be difficult so simple and daisy fresh was the order of the day.
Amy and Jon had straw bales and an outdoor ceremony last week, a totally boho look with shades of coral, russets and pinks, and a very big statement floral crown for Amy, asymmetric and flower filled, with Paeonies and Roses, the Bridesmaids crowns were circular with olive foliage and rosebud clusters, Ollie had a mini buttonhole, he was a mini Jon for the day, such a little character. Ollie was at a very loose end through the morning so he and David had a kick around the goal posts, boys of all ages just have to find a ball and play but it’s all there for them at Lemore Manor.
As often happens we have made some new friends and contacts to recommend, this week we met Grace www.grace-beauty.co.uk who did stunning make up for Amy and her Bridesmaids, and Chloe www.chloemccall.com who worked her magic with Jess and her Bridesmaids’. From bare faced beauties to natural and glamorous in no time at all, we will be adding both of these Make Up artists to our list of superstar contacts. Brides are always radiant but a little professional make up magic adds the wow factor every time.
Must get back to the workshop and prepare for this week’s Bride. Jess chose palest creamy blush roses, I think they were my favourites…but today for Pam….we have a glorious summer garden mixture pinks, blues, apricot shades …. I always love the flowers of the Day!
The Bees are enjoying the sunshine so we will soon be popping lots of honey into jars ready for the autumn shows and competitions I had better get a move on……………….bye for now……….