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We are a team of florists specialising in Weddings & Events, this is our story a journal of Flowers & Magical Memorable Days...
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    This was one of those weddings that we were all looking forward to, it's lovely to look after 'florally speaking' gorgeous people, particularly when the wedding is in our home town of Lytham, even more so when one of the Bridesmaid's is one of your favourite Bride's from last year. 
    There was a plethora of great suppliers too, not least the incredible team at The Glendower who really do an absolutely superb job and there was their super lovely photographer John Francis Photography, the fabulous Make Up Artist Emma Askew, Anne-Marie from Hair by Claire Ashton and a gorgeous gown from Berketex Brides, what more could anyone ask for...

    We'd had a series of really good and thorough appointments with Nicola who'd created a spectacular mood board to help inspire our designs..
    For our next appointment we created a set of sample Bridal designs for them to see including a sample Bridal Bouquet
    A Sample Tall Table Design an FD Flower Bomb
     A suggestion for a low table centrepiece featuring a Hurricane Lantern 
     An idea for the Top Table

    Our Shirl was the lucky FD florist presenting the bridal bouquets to our Bride and her beautiful Bridesmaid's over at The Glendower in on one of their suites, the bouquets included a heavenly combination of Peonies, English Garden Roses, Floribunda and Tea Roses in shades of peach, coral, blush, pink and ivory
    Our beautiful Bride with her fab Bridesmaid's Alison & Michelle


    Simple boutonniere for the Bride's Dad Neil featuring a Vendella Rose with a Gracia Creme Rose Bud, Gypsophilia and Eucalyptus
    The Corsage of fresh Rose Buds, Hydrangeas and Wax Flowers for the Bride's Mum Sheila
    Shirl headed over to Fairhaven Methodist Church to meet the Bride Groom Christopher and to arrange the fresh flowers
    The Hurricane Lanterns were clustered up the aisle and two pedestals framed the Altar

    Our Hurricane Lanterns lining the aisle were surrounded by fresh fragrant Rose Petals

    The two huge pedestals included fresh Roses, Hydrangeas, Stocks, Peonies, Dahlias and fragrant Herbs and foliages



    Shirl lined up all of the boutonnieres ready to pin them on to the Groom and his Groom's Men as they arrived

    The lovely Groom's Mum Linda looked fabulous her corsage in blue and ivory matched her ensemble perfectly
    Nicola's very handsome Bride Groom Christopher was first to have his boutonniere pinned to his lapel
    The Bride Groom's Boutonniere featured a fresh Roses and Lissianthus and Eucalyptus leaves
    Shirl pinned on all of the boutonnieres ensuring each one was positioned perfectly



    The little Flower Girl's posy made for Zara

    The Bridesmaid's were wearing soft pale pink floaty gowns their pastel bouquets of Peonies and Roses matched superbly



    The Bride's Mum Sheila looked super glam and her corsage matched her ivory and pale green outfit beautifully


    Completely adorable...










    Huge Congratulations to Nicola & Christopher from all of the team here at Flower Design Events





    Nicola looked absolutely stunning...



    The celebrations moved on to The Glendower Hotel
    The scene was set for a beautiful wedding reception in the ball room at The Glendower
    Tall spectacular FD Flower Bombs dressed some of the dining tables
    Candlelit Glass Orbs were suspended from the tall table designs

    Hurricane Lamps were surrounded by posies of fresh flowers in golden vessels
    The Top table looked wonderful decorated with a series of fresh posies in golden vessels set on mirrors and illuminated by gold candle votives



    The Top Table looked wonderful 
    The gorgeous posies of Peonies and Roses looked sensational in the golden vessels along the top table

























    Our work here was done it was time to leave the party in full swing huge thanks to Nicola & Christopher for choosing to use Flower Design to create their wedding flowers for them xx




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    What a truly amazing day, and so many people to congratulate and thank, the numbers were outstanding, the effort remarkable, the humbleness we feel non quantifiable
    we had...
    £812 in the Brian House Children's Hospice Bucket & on line donations today to make a donation link making us about  £150 off our target of £3500 to pay for one day at the hospice.
    27 Bakers (Friends old & new)
    72 Judges and Tasters (Friends old & new)
    9 Champions
    400 paper plates
    80 coffee cups and saucers
    200 plastic forks
    200 plastic spoons
    300 napkins
    22 Cake Stands
    6 Cake Knives
    25 Sweet Cakes
    2 Savoury Bakes
    5 Junior Bakers
    7 Professional Bakers
    15 Amateur Bakers
    5 Gentlemen Bakers
    22 Lady Bakers
    20 Tables (Mainly borrowed from Bite Club)
    1 Magician (Darren Robinson)
    1 DJ (Gary Mills)
    1 Photographer  (Katie Fairclough)
    20 Tablecloths (Borrowed from Ribby Hall)
    6 Trophies (Provided by Peter Jackson the Jeweller)
    1 Professional Judge (Katie Fieldhouse)
    2 Bakery Workshop Prizes (Suzanne Thorp at The Frostery & Cheryl Too Nice to Slice0
    1 Bottomless Brunch Prize (Bartle Hall Hotel)
    1 Children's Craft Party Prize (Liv Creatively)
    2 Ace Girls from the Hospice (Janet & Joanna)
    1 Fantastic FD Team (Shirl & Chloe)
    3 Amazing Friends (Shannon, Elaine & Nettie)
    1 Husband (Jase my love always!!)

    The Bake Off would never ever be possible without all of these people and things, we are as a team hugely grateful for everyone's un-questioning support, I really know how hard every single person works to help us make these events such a massive success, today's bakes were utterly incredible,  so thank you from the bottom of our hearts !!! xxx
    ~
    The Winning Bakes

    In First Place Professional FD Bake Off Champion 2017 Joe Hargreaves from Specialized Cakes
    In 2nd Place Professional FD Bake Off Runner Up 2017 Andrea Ousby from Celebration Cakes & Sugarcraft
    In 3rd Place Professional FD Bake Off Runner up 2017 Ruth the Patisserie Chef at Bartle Hall
    Joint 1st Place Junior FD Bake Off Champion 2017 Anya Jackson

    Joint 1st Place Junior FD Bake Off Champion 2017 Lily Atkinson
    2nd Place Junior FD Bake Off Runner up 2017 Ella Hargreaves
    3rd Place Junior FD Bake Off Runner up 2017 Amelia from Brian House Children's Hospice
    1st Place Amateur FD Bake Off Champion 2017 Lucy & Jane
    2nd Place Amateur FD Bake Off Runner Up 2017 Carly
    3rd  Place Amateur FD Bake Off Champion 2017 Katie
     Shannon's savoury Bake
     Sam's Lime & Ginger Cake

     Liam's Carrot Cake
     Elaine's Bundt
     Nadine's masterpiece
     Nettie's Bake
     Cheryl's Christmas Tree
     Staining Lodge's Garden Cake
     Jenny's Gin & Tonic Cake

     Charlotte's Cake
     Jason's Cheese Bread
    My Passion Fruit & Orange Cake

    Gail's Bake 
     Joanna's Cheese cake
    James' Cake
     Judging, a serious business...




     Charlie & Ronnie have been coming to Bake Off since beore they were born


























    Massive thank you's to everyone, what a day!!! xxx

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    Lisa and Duncan had chosen a fabulous colour scheme perfect for their Oriental themed wedding day, soft blush to deep reds. We created Lisa's wedding bouquet of pink Peonies teamed with deep hot pink Roses, bright red Red Roses, Burgundy Peonies and Scorpion Orchids
    We loved Lisa & Duncan's fabulously Oriental Mood Board
    Lisa looked gorgeous when our Vicky presented the Bridal Bouquets in the Bridal Suite at Mitton Hall, we loved her stunning gown from Ava Rose Hamilton, superb hair by the lovely Mairead from Wedlocks and beautiful make up by Leanne Jackson mua
    The Bridesmaids were wearing different shades of blush and nude gowns, they looked gorgeous, their bouquets of Peonies, Roses and Orchids looked perfect with them.



    The Bridesmaids were wearing fresh flowers in their hair to match their bouquets




    Downstairs in the party room the Boutonnieres were all lined up ready to be pinned on to the Bride Groom and his Groom's men
    Beautiful deep red roses with Scorpion Orchids
    Miniature Roses and Orchids fr the Page Boys
    Duncan was first to have his rather special Boutonniere pinned to his lapel and Maximillian was next












    The scene was set in the Party Room for the wedding ceremony with Chinese lanterns suspended from the ceiling and Rose Petals and golden lanterns lining the aisle


    Two of our golden Candelabras were stood on tall pedestals to frame the Registrars table
    The Registrars table design was a simple traditional style candlelit design


    Our beautiful Bride and her gorgeous Bridesmaids














    Huge Congratulations to Lisa & Duncan from all of the team here at Flower Design Events
    the fabulous harpist Maxine Molin-Rose was entertaining everyone 




    Emma from Mitton Hall was first to Congratulate the happy couple











    A transformation had taken place in the party room and the tables were now in place ready for the wedding breakfast, our superb golden Candelabras now dressed the dining tables

    Posies of fresh Roses< peonies, Orchids and Sweet Peas in golden vases decorated some of the tables



    A Sweetheart table for two for our Bride & Groom





    Our work here was done huge thanks to Lisa & Duncan for choosing Flower Design Events to create their wedding flowers for them


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    We had such a lovely time planning and creating the fresh flowers for Alex & Ben's beautiful wedding day at The White Hart in Lydgate, our meetings were just fabulous and alway's included Alex's fab mum Karen and Ben's ace Mum Pat
    Ben & Alex had put together a stunning mood board for us to be inspired by
    We met up again for us to present a set of sample bridal designs including Bouquet, Boutonniere and table centres we'd created just for them
     
    A rustic wooden crate filled with fresh flowers
    The lovely Alex trying out her sample bridal bouquet
    At long last the big day arrived and our Chloe presented Alex and her Bridesmaids with their wedding bouquets
    Chloe showed everyone how to carry their bouquets perfectly


     In the ceremony room at The White Hart the scene was set with two of our fresh fragrant Bay Trees marking the start of the aisle
     At the head of the aisle the Registrars table was framed by our crates of fresh flowers with lanterns and posies in jam jars and bottles dressing the Registrars table top

     Fresh posies decorated each alternate chair end lining the aisle






     Gorgeous Peonies, Dahlias, Sweet Peas, Larkspur, Phlox, Stocks and Roses filled our rustic crates

     Evelyn Dahlia















     The Boutonnieres were lined up on the bar


     Chloe pinned all of the boutonnieres on to The Groom & his Groom's Men's lapels
     Ben, Alex's super handsome Bride Groom was first to have his boutonniere pinned on












     The beautiful mum's Pat & Karen looking super glamorous
    Karen's wrist corsage was designed to compliment her coral nail polish
     Pat was waering a pale blue and ivory wrist corsae
     The Bridesmaids looked beautiful





     The Bridesmaids bouquets included blush Pink Peonies, English Garden Roses 'Patience', Lilac Stocks, Lavender Sweet Peas and Oregano, this exquisite combination complimented their oyster shaded gowns


     Our breathtakingly gorgeous Bride the lovely Alex...

     Alex's wedding bouquet of  in gentle paste shades included Lily of the Valley, English Garden Roses, Peonies, Phlox, Stocks, Sweet Peas, Oregano, Sweet Peas, Dill, Pepper Mint and wild grasses


     Massive Congratulations to Alex & ben from all of the team here at Flower Design Events


     Our Bride and Groom were showered with fresh fragrant Rose Petal confetti






     Bouquets were ready for our Groom's speech, when he'd be presenting them to the two Mums
     The room had now been transformed in to the most perfect wedding reception room, the tables were dressed with a variety of rustic table designs including crates filled fresh flowers
    The top table was dressed with tree slices and posies of fresh fragrant garden flowers in wooden vases and jam jars in a rustic style











     Stacked seed trays were topped with jugs and jars filled with fresh hand gathered flowers














     Our work here was done many thanks to Alex and Ben for choosing Flower design Events to create their wedding flowers for them


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    This really was a beautiful day, the lovely Hannah & her Bridesmaids were all getting ready in the Bridal Cottage in the courtyard at one of our all time favourite venues the fabulous Bartle Hall, Hannah had chosen a soft and romantic colour palette of blush and pale pinks, ivory and white shades. In Hannah's gorgeous wedding bouquet we used our most adored flower varieties English Garden Roses, Tea Roses, Peonies, Astilbe, Sweet Peas and Lily of the valley a truly heavenly collection.
    But before we got to create that gorgeous wedding bouquet, there was a whole host of planning meetings, my favourite meeting was when the lovely Hannah brought in her super detailed mood board, it included a massive array of fabulous images and ideas to help us create a set of sample designs ready for our next meeting.
     For the sample meeting we'd prepared some lovely designs for Hannah to see including table designs, a wedding bouquet and boutonniere

    At long last the big day arrived, I loved the choice of blooms I'd used Keira, Patience and White Cloud English Garden Roses all of them sweet scented with a myriad of fluttery petals ...
    We introduced Hannah to all of the exquisite blooms in her wedding bouquet, we made the most of the sunshine and did the carrying lesson in the courtyard, ahh the heady days of summer seem like a distant memory on this snowy December Monday.

    In the Bridal Suite the brilliant team were making the bridal party even more lovely Hair by Sam Gateley & Make Up Artist Sonara Parker 

    Inside the Balmoral Suite the scene was set for a magical ceremony
    Our huge pedestals topped with great clouds of Hydrangeas, Stocks, Peonies and Roses framed the Registrars table perfectly



    The Registrars table was decorated with a traditional design featuring chapel candles and a lovely collection of Larkspur, Stocks, Orchids, Roses and Peonies



    Outside in the courtyard we'd lined up a plethora of fresh Rose boutonnieres red to pin on to the important guests as they arrived

    The Bride Groom's rather special Rose Boutonniere 
    Beautiful corsages

    Hannah's handsome Bride Groom Liam was first to have his boutonniere pinned to his lapel

    Boutonnieres really do complete these formal suits in pale grey with their gold ties












    The Groom's Mum's corsage looked lovely on her pale blue dress
    Inside the Bridal suite preparations were almost complete
    The Bridesmaid's bouquets were created as smaller versions of the Bridal Bouquet



    Sonara was busy attaching the veil to our heavenly Bride Hannah's hair up do
    Hannah's wedding bouquet looked perfect with her Ronald Joyce gown









    Huge congratulations to Hannah & Liam from all of the team here at Flower Design Events





    Love the confetti moment






    Whilst everyone enjoyed the summer sunshine a transformation was taking place in the Balmoral Suite
    The seating plan was dressed with a swag of fresh flowers


    Inside the Balmoral Suite the tables were dressed with a combination of high and low table designs
    Our tall conical shaped LSA vases were topped with floral magnificence in the form of voluptuous summer Hydrangeas, Roses, Peonies, Stocks and Gypsophilia


    The

    Love our Crystal cake stands topped with luscious summer flowers









    Pretty cake by Kelly Dee from Pink Frosting Cake Company










    Our work here was done huge thanks to Hannah & Liam for choosing Flower Design Events to create their wedding flowers for them

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    I have been saving this glorious wedding to be my first post of 2018, it's just such a wonderful day filled with spectacular flowers that were perfectly proportioned and sensitively created to be complimentary to our beautiful Bride and Groom, their fabulous families and friends and their quintessentially British venues, everything enhanced the celebrations without over powering or being distracting, every credit to Natalie & James for having such a perfect vision for their day...
    James & Natalie had put together a stunning mood board to help to guide us and inspire us, to ensure we understood their intentions and their dreams for the perfect wedding day.
     We invited them back to FD HQ to view a set of sample bridal designs created exclusively for Natalie and her gorgeous Mum to see they were all made to fit their brief and their budget

    A suggestion for their top table
     An idea for table designs that would double as church pedestals
     At last the big day arrived and our gorgeous bouquets of Peonies, Roses, Hydrangeas, Lily of the Valley, Freesia & Sweet Peas were all boxed up and ready for presentation to the lovely Natalie and her Bridesmaids
     Jason showed Natalie how to carry her bouquet perfectly

    Natalie 'Bride's Squad' were given our special tutorial too
     Jason headed off to St Peter's Church in Mawdsley to set up flowers for the ceremony and to meet up with James and his Groom's Men to pin on their Boutonnieres
     One of our fabulously luscious Floral Hearts dressed the front door, creating a warm welcome for the guests as they arrived at Church

    A stunning Heart of Peonies, Dahlias, Roses, Jasmine and Hydrangeas in soft shdes of blush pink and ivory the fragrance was heavenly I can smell them now as I type...
    Inside this super traditional Church we decorated each alternate pew end lining the aisle leading to the altar
     Gorgeous English Garden Flowers looked wonderful on top of our pedestals stands and urns framing the altar perfectly




     We'd used fresh Stocks, Larkspur, Hydrangeas, Roses, Peonies, Jasmine, Dahlias and a fresh fragrant foliages and Herbs



     The FD box filled with boutonnieres and corsages were all ready for Jason to present to our Bride Groom James and his party

     Natalie's super handsome Bride Groom James was first to have his Boutonniere pinned to his lapel
     We'd created the Boutonniere using a combination of Roses we'd included in Natalie's Wedding Bouquet: Sweet Avalanche, Bubbles, Bombastic and Rolled Keira with a floret of White Hydrangea, Thalaspi and framed with Ivy Leaves the boutonniere was then bound with navy blue satin ribbon to compliment his waistcoat and jacket
    Jason pinned on all of the boutonnieres ensuring each one was positioned perfectly



     Next to arrive our gorgeous Bridesmaids and the heavenly Bride's Mum Teen, the blush pink colour scheme was so pretty our lovely bouquets of Peonies and Roses looked perfect



     The adorable little Page Boy Ralph complete with a miniature boutonniere of Rose buds

     The Bridesmaid's Bouquets were created as smaller simpler versions of the Bridal Bouquet we included both Pink & Ivory Peonies, Roses: Sweet Avalanche, Bubbles, Bombastic and Keira, fresh fragrant Misty Sweet Peas, Lily of the Valley and Freesia all in gentle blush pink and ivory shades









     The super glamorous Bride's Mum her ensemble in blush pink completed by a beautifully handcrafted wrist corsage
     We'd used beautiful Bombastic Roses with fresh Freesia, Rolled Rose Petals and Acacia 


     The bridesmaids all looked truly gorgeous

     Here comes the Bride with her super proud Dad Michael
     Our gorgeous Bride the breathtakingly beautiful Natalie was wearing a stunning gown by Pronovias Atelier-Veda from Knutsford Wedding Gallery




     The fabulous folks Oli & AJ from Foxley Photography were capturing all of the magic










    The fabulous hair was by David Thomas and Make up by Clare Ashton































     Huge Congratulations to Natalie & James from all of the team here at Flower Design Events

     The most amazing violinist Craig Halliday entertained the congregation













    The beautiful Marquee by Mahood Marquees was in the paddock at the family home, the catering team from Carrington's were looking after all of the food 
    Inside this magnificent marquee we'd dressed the tables with a combination of high and low table designs our tall and magnificent country garden designs were set on our transparent column vases 
     I do love the magnificence of this design with the gently flowing foliages ensuring they look perfect in the garden setting, we'd used a plethora of English Garden flowers Roses, Peonies, Hydrangeas, Stocks, Dahlias, Larkspur, Phlox, Lissianthus, fresh Herbs , Jasmine and foliages
     The top table design looked clean and elegant, posies of fresh garden blooms placed in mini column vases to match the tall column vases on the dining tables,  we arranged tea light votives and floating candles all set on a row of reflective mirrors visually increasing their volume

    The wedding cake was so lovely, created by the Bride's cousin Chloe we'd dressed it with a simple posy of fresh Peonies in shades of pink and ivory



     The Bride's Bouquet was placed to the side of the cake and completed the table beautifully


     The Floral Heart was placed just behind the top table and looked heavenly


     The beautiful tableware charger plates and glassware were provided by Whitehouse Event Crockery Hire







     Our lovely and talented friend Robin from DFC Lancashire was hosting the proceedings and along with his team were providing all of the entertainment
















     Bouquets ready for presentation during the speeches were placed behind the Bride Groom's seat in the order they were to be presented


     Our work here was done it was time to leave the party in full swing massive thanks to Natalie and James and both of their lovely families for choosing FD Events to create their wedding flowers for them xxx



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    This blog post has been a labour of love, I've thoroughly enjoyed re-visiting this wonderful and magical day.
    We've had such a brilliant time working with these two gorgeous folks together with Anna's lovely cousin Claire we've enjoyed a number of meetings some at FD HQ and also over at Hurlston Hall , planning the fresh flowers for this spectacular day was a really important part of their plans and as such needed to be treated with care, respect and patience...
    After our initial first fact finding meeting we got together again with this fabulous mood board a thoroughly detailed board with no stone left un-turned created by Anna, we loved the stationery, the water colour shades seemed like the perfect place to start with fresh flower shades ...

    We commenced our plans with one of our FD Flower Palettes a collection of blooms in shades to compliment the mood board, we'd included some pale blue Hydrangeas, Love in the Mist, Coral Peonies, Vuvuezela Roses and some beautifully fragrant Apricot Stocks once we arrived at their wedding date in late July seasonal additions were added into the mix some gorgeous powder blue Delphiniums, fragrant Jasmine, David Austin's Juliet Roses, Sweet Peas and Veronica...

    The next step was to invite our Bride and Groom to come in to FD HQ to view a set of sample designs created exclusively for them, we made a sample Bridal Bouquet for Anna, a Boutonniere for Richard to try and some sample table centres too
     


     At last the big day arrived and I presented two FD boxes filled with glorious Bridal bouquets...

    We decided that I'd take the little Flower Girl's Posies to Church and we'd hand them over just before the ceremony


    The quintessentially English country Church of St Stephen in the Banks
    Inside this lovely Church the scene was set for the ceremony
    Posies of fresh Delphiniums, Hydrangeas, Roses, Love in the Mist and Stocks decorated each alternate pew end lining the aisle 

    Gorgeous voluptuous pedestals framed the altar and the ceremony space perfectly, we'd chosen shades to compliment the pale duck egg blue walls and vibrant stained glass windows.
    We'd included a sumptuous collection of all that is great and good in European gardens in July
    Fresh pale blue Hydrangeas were teamed with Coral Peonies, Apricot Stocks, Delphiniums, Veronica, Roses and Nigella topped our magnificent stone Urns and pedestal stands



    I loved this huge vase of garden flowers brought in by one one of the parishioners


    Next I lined up all of the Corsages and Boutonnieres ready to pin them on and attach them to their new owners.
    Anna's cousin Claire's beautiful wrist corsage designed to compliment her black and floral dress
    The Groom's Mum Sandra's corsage in silver greys and ivory shades
    The Bride Groom's super special Boutonniere featured a Juliet Rose with Love in the Mist, Delphiniums and rolled Sensation Rose Petals


    Anna's super handsome Bride Groom Richard was first to have his Boutonniere pinned to his lapel
    The proportion of the boutonniere was just perfect with our tall Bride Groom Richard, we'd bound the stem with silver bullion to match his cufflinks and wedding ring.
    I pinned on all of the boutonnieres ensuring each one was positioned perfectly

    Each boutonniere was designed to fit the height and build of each Groom's Man



    Claire's wrist corsage of Roses, Waxflower and Hydrangea florets complimented her black dress with mushroom toned florals perfectly, it really is so helpful when our Bride's supply images of their important ladies outfits, it's quite a challenge to find the the right shades for each one, but a huge thrill when things match up as beautifully as this one.
    Claire looked fabulous
    We lined up the Flower Girl's 'Nosegay' bouquets ready to hand them over
    The shades of fresh flowers matched the watercolour floral paintings on the stationery designed by Kim from Pingle Pie perfectly



    The adorable little Flower Girls looked wonderful carrying tiny nosegays of fresh Roses, Sweet Peas, Delphiniums and Love in the Mist, Claire's little girl looks exactly like her lovely Mum and behaved impeccably in the very important role of Flower Girl, I could hire her out!!!xxxx


    Too adorable for words...






    Oh so gorgeous xx

    The Flower Girl's Nosegays were made to size to fit each of the girls heights and ages, remarkably all five of them carried them pretty much all of the time xxx
    Beautiful xxx
    The fabulously glamorous Groom's Mum Sandra her ensemble completed with her silvery grey corsage of Rose buds, Hydrangea Florets and Senecio
    We'd attached Sandra's Corsage with a magnet so as not to make a hole in her jacket, it really did look perfect with her grey suit.
    The Bride's lovely Mum Linda was wearing a corsage created from the same flowers I'd used to make the Bride's bouquet, we'd rolled the individual Rose petals so as to get the deeper corally shade in to match her lipstick and nail varnish shade

    The gorgeous Bridesmaids were next to arrive wearing midnight blue gowns and carrying beautiful bouquets of Roses, Peonies and Love in the Mist created as smaller versions of the Bride's bouquet

    The Bridesmaids were wearing fresh matching flowers in their hair too



    Our Bride arrived in style with her super proud Dad Noel





    The little ones waited patiently with Claire in the church door way...







    Anna looked absolutely breathtakingly beautiful she was wearing a stunning gown from Boutique Bride in Crosby
    I do love this wedding bouquet of fresh Coral Peonies, David Austin's Juliet Roses, Vuvuezela, fresh Lily of the Valley, Hydrangea Florets, Chasmanthium Latifolia, Love in the Mist, Sweet Peas and Veronica




    Our beautiful Bride Anna was also wearing fresh flowers in her hair, just enough to bring the colours through her entire ensemble





    Completely adorable, she really did steel everyone's hearts...





    Massive Congratulations to Anna & Richard from all of the team here at Flower Design Events




    Ready in the porch was a basket of fresh Rose Petal Confetti to shower on the happy couple
    The professional photographer for the day was the lovely Matthew Rycraft we had such a lovely day working with him xx





























    Our Bride and Groom were showered with fresh cool fragrant Rose Petals, every Bride should know what that feels like!!!...




    The celebrations moved on to the newly built Hurlston Hall the venue for the wedding reception


    A warm welcome awaited the guests with fresh floral swags dressing the signs so perfectly
    The beautiful graphics continued on to the tables and seating plan which we dressed with a fresh floral swag continuing the watercolour and fresh flower themes of the day
    The wedding reception room looked wonderful, it's bright, open and airy with spectacular views across the countryside and golf course, the tables were dressed with a combination of high and low table designs

    Our tall elegant glass column vases were topped with floral magnificence in magical watercolour shades
    The Top table featured a collection of posies in vases set on mirrors illuminated by floating candles and silver candlesticks



    The Bride's bouquet took up residence in the centre of the top table creating a gorgeous feature
    The beautiful semi naked wedding cake had been created by Claire's hubby Gary it smelled delicious, each tier was a different flavour including Lemon, Raspberry and white Chocolate if memory serves me right, we'd dressed it with a fresh flower topper incorporating all of the flowers used in the bridal bouquets and smaller corsages on the lower tiers
    The very proud Cake Maker Gary, I think he should enter our FD Bake Off next year


    Some of the guest tables were decorated with a collection of posies in small glass column vases to match their taller counterparts on other tables
    Glass orbs with tea lights were suspended from the taller table designs and each table was dressed with candlelit votives and palest blue table sequins








    Bouquets ready for presentation to the two Mum's were placed just behind the top table so our Bride Groom could hand them over easily







    Guest tables were decorated with collections of small posies of fresh flowers in low column vases set on mirrors and surrounded by silver tea light votives







    The attention to detail was boundless Anna really had thought of everything...



    The guests were enjoying a reception of drinks and canapes in the sunshine by the lake

    The flower themes and stationery graphics were applied to everything providing continuity and familiarity, I really appreciate this kind of detailing



    Our work here was done it was time to leave the wedding party in full swing, huge thanks to Anna & Richard and both of their fabulous families for choosing FD Events to create their wedding flowers for them, we loved it all!!! xxxx

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    Oh we've laughed and we've cried with this amazing family, such an emotional time filled to bursting with love and adoration (& flowers), sometimes you meet people and you realise what a privilege it is to the job we do, to be so involved in their stories at an important time of their lives, to literally share in their joy really is a huge honour, I along with our fabulous FD Team loved creating flowers for these two beautiful people, I can promise without exception everything we made was created with huge hearts and big love for the whole family, I have adored re-visiting this seriously special day, it's been like completing a fabulous book with a really happy ending, thank you!!!!...
    So following on from our very first riotous meeting where all sorts of things were chatted about and we all got to know each other, we arranged to get together again with Katie, David and Kevin & Julie the Bride's fabulous parents to discuss this wonderful and superbly executed Mood Board
    We put together a Flower Palette, a suggestion of the blend of flowers we'd be using to compliment their spectacular mood board, I'd included fresh Love in the Mist, Dill, Blue Hydrangeas, Quicksand Roses, White Peonies and Forget Me Nots, there would be further additions once we were closer to their wedding date...
    We met up again a few weeks before the big day to present a glorious set of sample Bridal Designs including a beautiful sample wedding bouquet for Katie and a Boutonniere for David


    We created some sample ideas for their table centres and finalised plans for the day itself, working out logistics and timings
    An idea for the top table
    A suggestion to utilise the Bridal Bouquets
    A sample of our Baroque Candelabra, we make these sample designs to show an over view of the look we're going for, nothing can ever be re-created exactly but it helps us all to understand the bits that are important, how big things are, what they smell like, to have foliage or not, more or less colour etc etc
    Before we knew it, their wedding day had arrived and Jason had the huge pleasure of presenting the Bridal Bouquets to our ridiculously gorgeous (& emotional) Bride the lovely Katie and her fabulous Bridesmaids Sarah & Hannah, Jason showed this bevvy of beauty how to carry their bouquets perfectly xxx
    This really was a heavenly wedding bouquet packed with stunning sweet scented, summer flowers in soft shades of blue, ivory and nude tones, I'd included white Peonies, Love in the Mist, Delphiniums, Sweet Peas, Roses, Poppy Seed Heads, Freesia, Forget Me Nots and Hydrangeas with foliages and fresh Herbs.

    Loved everyone's hair by Kelly & Natalie from Sam Taylor in Lytham and their make up was by the lovely Sonara Parker
    Downstairs in the ceremony room at the magical Eaves Hall the scene was set with our candlelit Hurricane Lanterns surrounded by 'puddles' of fresh fragrant Rose Petals, we arrange them in this way to reflect the natural way that Rose petals fall from a Rose, the closer the fresh petals are to the lantern the headier the fragrance, personally, I'm not too keen on the artificial tram lines of petals it looks very un-natural unlike the romantic and fragranced atmosphere this creates.

    Framing the Registrars table were two of our magnificently tall and elegant Delphinium dominated pedestals, these two placements historically are designed to represent the Bride & Groom's 'Guardian Angels' they are there to protect their vows and guard their love from evil spirits, flower placements like this are used in all sorts of marriage ceremonies across the globe, transcending religious and cultural differences, they are always fresh and alive to reflect the life force in their love.

    Tall upwardly striving Delphiniums towered over the ceremony space so magnificently

    Posies of Roses, Hydrangeas and Gypsophilia dressed the small Registrars table so beautifully, we'd chosen the low round 'bulb' vases to follow the shape of the table.
    We are always impressed with a 'pressed' table cloth, Eaves Hall really have this nailed beautifully crisp table linens are standard here and very much appreciated!

    Katie's super handsome 'blue eyed' Bride Groom was first to have his rather special boutonniere pinned to his lapel, we loved his suit from Whitfield and Ward and we'd designed his Delphinium & Rose Bud Boutonniere to compliment his tie, jacket, waistcoat and pocket square combination
    Jason pinned on all of the boutonnieres and corsages ensuring each one was positioned perfectly

    The Bride Groom's seriously proud parents Julie & Stephen
    We'd made each corsage to match the ladies outfits perfectly

    The Bride's seriously glamorous Mum Julie, we'd created her corsage to compliment her oyster ensemble

    The Bridesmaids looked heavenly in their platinum coloured gowns by Kelsey Rose from The Dressing Room in Garstang
    The absolute star of the show the breathtakingly beautiful Katie wearing Gabriella by Kenneth Winston from the great folks at Lulu Browns


    The Bridesmaids bouquets were created to compliment their platinum gowns and included Blue Delphiniums, White Peonies, Nude Roses, Freesia, Poppy Seed Heads and Sweet Peas

    Bridal bouquets carried in just the right place help to create the perfect silhouette, the elongate the body and ensure a perfect posture xxx
    Katie with her amazing Dad such a proud moment xxxx
    Take a deep breath and savour the moment Katie!!! xxxxx
    ...and they're in...

    The professional photographer for the day was the super lovely Nick English, we really love working with him
    Jason was so into the ceremony, he forgot to take pictures, I actually love that fact, we were all so invested in this day that we had to toss coins to decide who was going, Jason was of course the winner, we were all very envious of him!!! xxxx

    Huge & Ginormous Congratulations to Katie & David from all of the team here at Flower Design Events





    Too gorgeous for words!!!xx











    Love this moment!!!! xxxx You did it guys!!!xxx



    Beautiful pale blue and nude bridal bouquet of Roses, Peonies, Forget Me Nots, Love in the Mist, Sweet Peas, Freesia, Poppy Seed Heads, Delphiniums and Hydrangeas with fresh fragrant herbs and foliages.

    Whilst our Bride & Groom were being congratulated and everyone enjoyed the drinks reception a transformation was taking place the dining room which was now dressed for a sophisticated wedding breakfast, tables were decorated with a combination of high and low table centrepieces
    Our super tall conical vases were topped with a floral explosion in shades of pale blue, ivory and nude shades, the view across the table was un-hindered and allowed a relatively clear look across to the Top Table.
    Some of the tables were dressed with our Baroque Candelabras, which later as the light dimmed would provide a romantic back drop to to the evening festivities.




    The Top Table looked lovely decorated with posies of fresh flowers set on a row of mirror tiles




    Posies of fresh flowers surrounded the Bridesmaids bouquets on a couple of the tables ensuring that their gorgeousness was fully enjoyed


    The top table flowers looked so pretty in our round 'bulb vases' they were illuminated by our mirrpored tea light votives


    The Bride's Bouquet was placed in a vase in the centre of the top table just between our Bride & Groom forming the perfect focal point
















    It was lovely to see the super talented Howard Wing all ready to entertain everyone xx


    Massive thanks to Katie and David and both of their fabulous families for choosing Flower Design Events to create their wedding flowers we've loved every second xxx

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    We really enjoyed creating the wedding flowers for Katrina & Scott's big day over at The Daffodil Hotel & Spa in Grasmere, they had loads of ideas, bags of details and a myriad of wedding suppliers involved in their complex plans for their Lake District Wedding Day: Gavin from GJP Photo in Carlisle, The Church Mouse supplied their Cheese Tower, Linda and her team from Sophisticated Events provided venue dressing as did Catherine from The Purple Swan, The Bride's Gallery in Heskin supplied Katrina's Kenneth Winston Gown, Little Mistress supplied the Bridesmaid's Gowns, the fabulous Sonara Parker was responsible for make up & the sensational Agent Smith Band provided the entertainment.
    The Mood Board Katrina & Scott had put together included lots of interesting elements the colour scheme of pale and dove grey with navy polka dots and ivory was a perfect match to the slate grey facade of The Daffodil Hotel
    We put together one of our FD Flower Palettes as a suggestion for the flowers we'd be using to create their sample and subsequent wedding day flowers
    We got together with Katrina & Scott to present them with their sample bridal designs
     Katrina's sample wedding bouquet included a heavenly collection of Dahlia's Peonies, English Garden Roses, Freesia, Sweet Peas,  Astrantia, Senecio, Albiflora and Love in the Mist
     We made a sample of their Top Table and their table centrepiece ideas
     The sample design for their guest tables a grey crate filled with fresh flowers
    On the Big day Jason presented the Bridal Bouquets in one of our FD Bridal Boxes
    Katrina's wedding bouquet was finished off with a bespoke locket
    Jason showed our Bride and her Bridesmaids how to carry their bouquets perfectly in one of our Flower Design Tutorials


     Jason met up with the Bride Groom Scott and his party to pin on all of the boutonnieres ensuring each one was positioned perfectly
     The Bride Groom's Boutonniere featured an Avalanche Rose with Senecio, Eucalyptus, Albiflora, Astrantia and Love in the Mist and bound with silver bullion
     The Groom's Men's boutonnieres were bound with polka dot ribbon




    Hand crafted Boutonniere bound with polka dot ribbon to match the tie and pocket square combination





    The setting at The Daffodil is so perfectly English Lake District

     Inside the ceremony room the scene was set with Lanterns lining the aisle leading to the simply dressed Registrars Table
     Posies of fresh flowers in small glass column vases




     The Bridesmaids looked fabulous in their Little Mistress dresses, their pale grey and ivory bouquets looked spot on 







     Katrina's lovely Mum Linda was giving her away

     Huge Congratulations to Katrina & Scott from all of the team here at Flower Design Events















     Gorgeous Ivory and grey wedding bouquet of Patience Roses, White Peonies, Dahlias, Lily of the Valley, Hydrangeas, Astrantia, Albiflora, Senecio, Viburnum Inge Berries, Lissianthus, Eucalyptus and Avalanche Roses
    Inside The Daffodil Hotel the wedding reception room was dressed with the grey wooden crates filled with flowers on the dining tables


     The Cheese Tower from the Church Mouse looked lovely

     The Bride's own wooden crates were filled to overflowing with fresh Dahlias, Hydrangeas, Peonies, Roses, Love in the Mist and Astrania
    The Top Table design was set on a row of mirror tiles with a series of glass columns filled with floating candles and posies of fresh flowers and foliages












    Our work here was done many thanks to Katrina and Scott for choosing Flower Design Events to create their wedding flowers for them

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    I have been editing photographs and writing for my blog posts every day of this year (it's only 10th January) and if I'm honest I'm not made for sitting in front of a computer, but and this is a big but, I am having fun. It's January, it's cold, flowers are precious and scarce and here I am basking in the summer sunshine re-visiting these glorious weddings, re-living some of the very best moments of 2017 and I am loving every second. It's amazing how a few snaps bring back a flood of memories so good I can almost smell the flowers, it's wonderful too, to see our beautiful Brides and their handsome Groom's, to re-acquaint myself with their fabulous families, after all we invest a lot in our relationships with them all, it's how we manage to make our flowers so deeply personal.
     The flowers we make are steeped in personal stories, family history, traditions, heritage and of course personality, we can't figure all that stuff out with one appointment, there has to be at least three, so here's our tale of Helen & Jamie's wedding flowers, it's a long one so brace yourselves...
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    So the lovely Helen first Face Book messaged me back in August 2016, she sent me a list of designs she knew she wanted along with some images to help me understand her vision, I responded suggesting a get together to discuss  her ideas further and to work out some costings properly.
    We met up again in February when Helen & Jamie had put together an extensive mood board, they had made some firm plans by this time and had a clearer idea of the direction they wanted their flowers to go in. Together we prepared a fully itemised quotation for them, an on line file that we could both add information to, we left no stone un-turned.
    We put together a virtual flower palette for them, in line with their mood board and budget including Helen's beloved Peonies and some gorgeous English Garden Rose and Tea Roses with fresh white Hydrangeas
    We got together again in April at their family Church St Annes in Turton, this time we met up with Helen, Helen's chief Bridesmaid and sister Elizabeth, her fabulous Mum Mary & Jamie's Mum Alma, we worked out logistics, we were introduced to the 'Church Flower Lady' discussed possibilities of dressing the huge Lych Gate and Helen's Grandma's pedestal stand.
    At the end of June we invited them back to FD HQ to see a set of sample Bridal designs prepared exclusively for them, we'd made a beautiful bridal bouquet of Blush Pink & Ivory Peonies, 'Keira' English Garden Roses by David Austin, fresh Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Sweet Peas and Astilbe.
    We made a sample Boutonniere for Jamie to see

    We created some table centrepiece ideas too, all of them to fit their mood board, their brief and their budget
     Although they loved their sample designs, Helen was in a turmoil regarding the colours and by the end of this appointment it was decided that we should dilute the pink and concentrate the balance of colour towards the white and ivory shades with just the slightest hint of blush...

     On the big day, Shirl & I were in Bolton to make the bouquet presentation, a closed road as we came off the motorway had increased the tension and my nerves were jangling, I don't mind saying that following the colour change I was slightly trepidatious and when I pulled back the FD tissue to reveal Helen's wedding bouquets no-one was more relieved than me by her reaction!!!! ...


    The FD box was filled to bursting with glorious bridal bouquets of pale ivory and blush pink Peonies, White Hydrangeas and Garden Roses from David Austin



    This moment is worth all of the worry and all of the sleepless nights...


    We'd finished the handle with our 'Lovers knot' binding

    I showed everyone how to carry their bouquets perfectly, I do love a back garden FD bouquet carrying tutorial...
    The beautiful wedding bouquet in palest shades of ivory and blush




    My great friend the fabulous Duncan Fisher was responsible for doing the girls hair and what a spectacular job he did too. The lovely Danielle Entwistle MUA did everyone's beautiful make up too.

    Shirl & I headed off to St Annes Church in Turton and how different it looked with all of the leaves on the trees we'd decided that a couple of small swags on the gate would be perfect given the amount of foliage around the gate itself.
    Swags of sweet scented Stocks, Roses and Hydrangeas provided a fragranced welcome for the guests as they arrived at Church
    Inside this beautiful and huge church we'd framed the internal arch with two full and voluptuous pedestals of Roses, Peonies, Hydrangeas and sweet scented stocks
    Helen's Grandma's pedestal stand in the foreground was also decorated with fresh Roses, Peonies and Hydrangeas



    The pew ends were dressed with posies of Bombastic and Avalanche Roses with Hydrangeas arranged in our silver mercury vases tied on with ivory satin ribbon


    In the porch area I had allocated some space for the boxes of Boutonnieres and Corsages
    I lined the boutonnieres up ready to pin them on to Jamie and his Groom's Men
    The Groom's Mum's Corsage created for the lovely Alma to tone with her ivory, grey and blush pink ensemble

    For the fabulous Bride's Mum Mary we used her favourite flowers Freesia with Coral Sweet Peas, Bridal Blush and Rolled Sensation Rose Petals to match her coral and ivory dress and jacket
    The Bride Groom's Boutonniere was now in all white instead of the blush pink sample we'd made xx




    Helen's Bride Groom Jamie was first to have his Boutonniere pinned to his lapel
    The Bride Groom's Boutonniere was designed to be in proportion and to compliment his scrunchie tie and pocket square, we'd included a sprig of fresh Lily of the Valley, an Akito Rose with Rolled petals, Bubbles Buds, white Hydrangea florets and Eucalyptus leaves to frame the blooms, the stem was bound with silver grey ribbon.
    Lewis did a great job of his duties as junior Usher, every wedding should have a Lewis!!xx
    We made Lewis' boutonniere as a smaller simpler version of the Groom's Boutonniere




    The Groom's super proud Dad Colin

    Seriously glamorous Groom's Mum Alma her ensemble completed by the addition of her bespoke corsage







    Alma's corsage matched her dress and jacket perfectly
    Everyone was outside enjoying the sunshine but Lewis managed to get all of the guests inside Church, just ahead of the Bridesmaids arriving...




    Here come the girls...

    The beautiful Bridesmaids arrived in style, their lovely gowns were by Alexia from Glamour Bridal in Bolton

    The Bridesmaids really did look stunning, their bouquets complimented the shoulder ruffles of their gowns