Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Wedding Flower Trends - A Summer Colour Palette

The past couple of weeks have been absolutely frantic with so many things happening, but in particular, I've been incredibly busy with consultations for next year.  So much so, that I'm almost fully booked for June 2013 and have even taken a booking for 2014!

As you all know, I work with seasonal flowers and luckily for me, my business seems to attract the kind of Bride who loves really romantic, delicate, feminine designs with a 'just picked' look.  Not only that, but the work I've got booked in for next year is fresh, exciting and above all incredibly creative.  Without giving too much away, what I can say is that Brides are increasingly adding their own clever, and sometimes quirky, ideas to mine.  I come from an Advertising background originally and so am thrilled that the familiar process and exchange of ideas that is 'brainstorming' works so well during our consultations.

What I have noticed too, is that colour choices are expanding and changing and one colour trend which has been predicted to become increasingly popular, is yellow.  I have a yellow themed wedding this year and am noticing that Brides are sometimes adding blues and creams to create a gorgeous soft, dreamy colour palette for early Summer.

So, to help anyone who is deliberating over colour, here are some ideas based on this palette which I put together over the past couple of days:-

I adore this Nigella or Love-in-the-Mist as it is commonly known - what a fabulously romantic name!

Using creams with brighter colours can create a softer palette

The ming fern and lonicera I've used as foliages create some nice opposite textures

A pretty, fresh bouquet using Nigella, Aster, Chrysanthemum Daisy and Spray Roses

Here are some buttonhole designs in slightly different colour ways and finished with co-ordinating ribbons

Why not create a series of buttonholes for your wedding? You could use different designs for the Groom, Best Man, Ushers and Guests

I've designed two quite different table arrangements - both very pretty, soft and delicate but quite different in structure

...and finally, an open heart design to hang on a door, fence or gatepost to welcome your guests 

I hope my designs have inspired you - the possibilities are really exciting! If you have any queries or need any help or advice with which flowers to choose within your colour scheme, leave me a comment or email me and I will get in touch as soon as I can.

Tracey x

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Natalie & Karl - Happy Ever After

You might remember a few weeks ago I posted a blog about the very lovely Natalie and Karl who married in Gretna Green and then planned to return to Sheffield to have a great party with all their friends and family at the Sheffield Ski Village.

They chose their venue for a number of reasons - they wanted somewhere inexpensive, the freedom to do their own catering (they've close relations who could do it for them) and somewhere a bit different and a bit quirky.  There was a fabulous new bowling alley there and talking to Natalie, I remember the two of us laughing about how great the photos would be of all her guests in their finery complete with blue and red striped bowling shoes!

Alas, it wasn't to be ... days before they were due to leave for Gretna, the Ski Village sadly burnt to the ground and Natalie and Karl were left without the prospect of the huge party they had envisaged.  As I wrote at the time, the local media were brilliant and eventually The Magna Centre came up trumps and offered to put on a night to remember, complete with buffet and music.

Natalie got in touch recently to let me know that all went really well with the journey up to Gretna and that the flowers travelled perfectly in their little vases of water, wedged into a sturdy box packed with cellophane and tissue paper.  The party afterwards on their return was fantastic and she attached a few photos of the day - which I thought were so lovely, I just had to share them with you ...

Mr & Mrs Smith at Gretna Green

Natalie's bouquet of soft blush roses which she wanted to look like 'melting chocolate and vanilla ice cream!"

The little personal touches are always so lovely to see

Natalie's daughter, Megan, had a miniature version of Natalie's bouquet

The lovely table arrangements which Natalie gave away as 'thank you' presents

The happy couple!

Massive thanks to Natalie and Karl for getting back in touch after their honeymoon - it's always so lovely to hear from Brides after the event, especially when they say wonderful things about you and your flowers! You can read what Natalie had to say if you click on my 'Testimonials' page!

Natalie and Karl are such lovely people, I'm so glad their plans came good in the end and that they had the best time ever - a truely happy ending! If you or any of your close friends have a disaster that got put right just before or on their wedding day, I'd love to hear your stories.

T x

PS: Up soon on the blog ... A fabulous event on Friday this week at The White Room who are featuring the very lovely and very talented Debbie Carlisle of D C Bouquets.

Friday, 8 June 2012

A Sneaky Peek of a Fantastic Shoot

Hello all, and as promised, I bring you a very few select shots of this week's photo shoot.  I can't say too much, or tell you the full story just yet (and there is a story ... a FABULOUS story!) as our fantastic photographer Niel Stewart is busy working away at editing the full set of truly gorgeous photographs.

So today, I bring you a visual feast and not much explanation - you'll have to wait a little while longer ...

Hope you like them as much as I do!

MASSIVE thanks go to everyone who contributed, it was so much fun co-ordinating everything (I had no idea I could possibly be that organised!).  Niel was amazing - incredibly calm as I flapped during a couple of downpours!

Finally, I have to make a special mention to Eleanor Gott, make-up artist extraordinaire who literally saved the day. My make up artist (who had been booked for nearly two months) pulled out at 11.00pm the night before the shoot.  I have to say the on-line community were fantastic and really tried to help, but Eleanor re-arranged her day at very short notice (about 2 hours!) to come and do a really amazing job on our models.  Thank you lovely lady - you're a star!

Credits go to:-

Photographer:                         Niel Stewart 
Flower Farmer:                       Rachel Dyson hollowmeadows@gmail.com
Gowns & Accessories:             Chloe Curry, The White Room
                                                     Gowns 'Bardot' by Stephanie Allin and 'Foxglove'
                                                     by Jenny Packham
                                                     Head pieces 'Eva' and'Daisy' by Debbie Carlisle
Hair:                                           Wigs & Warpaint by stylists Junior Lafayette,
                                                     Lauren Smith and Luke Beaumont
Make Up:                                   Eleanor Gott
Models:                                       Sophie Murray & Alice Lindley
Venue:                                       JG Graves Woodland Discovery Centre, c/o Alison
                                                     Matthews  alison.matthews@sheffield.gov.uk

Can't wait to bring you more - which is your favourite shot so far?  I know mine!