There is nothing more special than the bridal bouquet, and it’s the centrepiece for all of our creations. We always start with the bouquet first, thinking about the look and feel of the day, the bridal dress and of course the bridesmaids dresses. From wild and free with whispy elements to trialing stems or focal points. It’s important to establish this first and weave the same elements throughout all of the other elements.
Seasonality plays a bag part of what we do so we will always recommend flowers and foliage in season, and work in harmony rather than fight against it on a cold December morning. Seasonal blooms always look best together, that’s how mother nature intended them to be. We use our flower field, my own garden at home and also other local British flower farmers for our blooms and other elements. For us, using imported flowers is a last resort..... one we only really use over the winter months when there are no British flowers. However we will still use our own British foliage throughout the year. Locally grown means no air miles, no pesticides and best of all a wonderful scent. The stems are gnarly and twisted and the blooms all shapes and sizes. This is what makes each and every one of our bouquets unique and special.
We select the very best blooms up to 3 days beforehand and sometimes even on the morning of the wedding to ensure they are as fresh as possible. For an organic lush feel we select a variety of stems with different features. From the smallest delicate blooms to give an airy feel such as orlaya grandiflora, to heavily blousy ruffled flowers such as peonies or ranunculus. Teeming these with a few whispy stems of jasmine and some poppy seed heads help to create a natural just picked from the garden look.
We also use a variety of herbs and our favourites are rosemary, mint and clary sage. They add depth to the floral notes which are so important in a bouquet and will remind you of youir special day for years to come.
We generally cut our stems quite short so that the focal feature are the flowers not the long stems. This allows you to hold the bouquet close to the body in a very natural way. We finish our bouquets with ribbons, twine, string or anything else which complements your theme and deliver in water to ensure that your bouquet is as fresh as possible.
They should be kept in the water preferably in a cool room until you are ready. They should then be removed from the water and the ends dried with a towel to ensure you don’t get any water on the dresses.
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