March has been the best month thus far, and the way that 2015 has started for me it’s gonna be one heck of a year so perhaps the galactic coincidences have foretold this.
To have any of my work featured anywhere be it in the pages of British bridal publications or online on the UK’s best bridal blogs it knocks me sideways with pride. To see one of my couples featured as the cover of Kent County Councils ‘A Kentish Ceremony’ magazine has made me beam with pride. To have my flowers seen by all the newly engaged and registered to wed couples in Kent is amazing and I can’t thank Ellie and Luke enough for choosing me to be their florist let alone Dominique Bader their photographer for being so talented! You’ll recognise these gorgeous creatures from my gallery, and they have been featured in other places too. The most perfect country estate wedding, full of the most amazing suppliers, but just to show you more..
Photographer – Dominique Bader
Flowers – Bloomingayles
Venue – Bradbourne House
Dress – Suzanne Neville
MUA – Carolanne
Hair – Elbie Van Eeden
Accessories – Hermione Harbutt
And here’s a shot of Ellie’s bouquet on my workbench.
There’s more exciting news to come which envolves the lovely Dominique and Ellie and Luke’s venue Bradbourne House which I can share with you in time, but this will have to do for now.
100 Layer Cake – Romantic, Vintage UK wedding
Mine Forever – Top 20 wedding dresses from real weddings 2014
Dominique Bader photography Blog – Ellie & Luke Married
Much Love xx
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Whilst I’m a lover of glorious hot sunshine and get insanely excited like a child at the sight of the slightest flurry of snow I must say I am a bit of an ‘on the fence’ creature when it comes to the British weather and our seasons. I am an Autumn and Spring dweller, this may be due to my fair complexion therefore forced to live the summer months in shade and my utter distain for cold ankles but in truth there’s nothing I get inspired by more than the colours and flowers at my fingertips in Autumn and Spring. Tiny little green shoots popping up with promises of bright colours and heavenly scents with the onset of clement weather. Crisp bright mornings with blankets of warm toned frosted leaves crunching under foot and the abundance of jewel toned berries. I can’t think of anything better. Are you with me on this?
Well whilst we all are gazing at the galactic coincidence that is the solar eclipse (or partial in the South East of the UK) it’s a day of multiple celestial coincidences. Not only are we being plunged into darkness this morning but today is also Spring Equinox, and we have a super moon to gaze at in wonderment tonight. Quite a busy day for the galaxy no?
Now if I was to go back to my Celt/Nordic roots as an auburn haired warrior queen (which is of course what I’d be if a Vicking) I would be considering there’s something awesome to behold us…or the world was ending…let’s hope the former rather than latter huh!
I felt it the perfect day though to share with you a piece of my work that I feel is perfect to reveal on such a day. Some will recognise it if you follow me on other social media and remember when this was created.
Behold…my sprouting Narcissus bulb wreath…
…an 18inch diameter ring of all that is glorious of Spring. Fresh shoots of heavenly scented golden trumpets to welcome in the longer days and warmer weather.
Originally created for my friend Emma of Miss Bush for a private party with a garden theme it was quite a hit 2 years ago, and one of my favourite wreaths to date. Shot in style by Juliet McKee
Here’s to Spring and all that she promises!
Ebury Home & Garden Blog – A floral treat for an Easter interior
Much Love xx
Photo Credit – Juliet McKee
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I don’t do valentines day…not just as a florist but in general I must add. I feel it’s an over marketed excuse and one that has no meaning now, but that is just my humble opinion. I do though do Mothering Sunday…I feel that all the mothers out there deserve some extra loving and if it’s the one day that you can get to do this be it due to distance between you or just because life is so busy theses days for all of us then one day to remember how great your Mum is and shower her with affection is better than none no?
Well Mothering Sunday went something like this for myself and the flowers I created and delivered for my loyal and ever so wonderful clients…
These are just a sample of what was delivered and are two of my favourites to two very special ladies.
…I personally favourite the peach and coral bouquet, with it’s Fritallia Uva and hot coral Sweet peas oh it’s just to die for! Not to mention the Lilac, Hellebores, Tulips, Cymbidium orchids, and 3 different types of Rose.
If you are interested in being informed about Mothers day 2016 and being emailed ahead of time then let me know your email address via my contacts form to do so.
Much Love xx
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Another double whammy has happened which has me totally brimming full of happiness and pride to have my flowers featured in a matter of hours on Love My Dress twice with another beautiful day that I was the florist.
To have been involved in Preme and Phils’ day was such an immense pleasure. Preme from the word go had such a creative vision of wanting the whole day to be a delectable experience that had deep personal meaning behind every detail, and the outcome was beautiful in all senses of the word…
Preme’s dress was of course Suzanne Neville from Miss Bush.…utter perfection! With hair by the ever so wonderful Sharon Roberts and Make up by Anna the ladies looked divine.
Held at Fetcham Park on a cold crisp winters day of early December the colour palette that Preme chose of warm deep plum and damson tones with the delicate touch of cold was exquisite and lent itself to Fetcham so beautifully…
To read more about Preme and Phil’s day and hear their experience of planning I urge you to head over to Love My Dress and their are plenty more images from their photographer Mark Bothwell
Love My Dress – A Suzanne Neville gown for a glamourous black tie winter wedding
Fetcham Park Blog – Preme and Phil’s wedding on Love my Dress
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A great start to this week saw the online feature of Sam and Leyla’s wedding over on Love my Dress on Monday. With loads more flower filled images of the day shot by Eddie judd you can really see how spectacular the day was…
..more like this I hear you ask? Most definitely! Leyla speaks fully about her planning for their day and speaks further about my flowers and styling at Nonsuch Mansion.
Image copyright – Eddie Judd Photography
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A double whammy start to 2015! *warning may involve a lot of exclamations*
To have two couples featured in the same prestigious publication is an absolute treat!…Firstly Marina and James in January and now Leyla and Sam. I can’t quite believe it myself and am utterly over the moon to see Leyla and Sam in the second 2015 issue of You & Your Wedding.
I’ve had the pleasure to get to know Leyla over the last few years and she’s the loveliest lady there ever was, and the most organised. Her knowledge of Excel and spread sheets makes me humiliated at my lack, but when it came to her flowers she passed the styling torch over to me and let me have free reign to get deep down and creative with her flowers….Leyla….I love you for that! xx
With more of my favourite suppliers being a part of the day without further a do here’s the feature in full and if you download this issue from iTunes HERE you get the added extra of seeing John Harris Wedding Films footage as well.
Like alot of couples out there the thought of having a theme just seemed so contrived. So with Sam’s French heritage and the both of them loving good food and wine we decided to take inspiration from that. Rambling grape vines grown by myself here in Kent and a simple yet chic rustic provincial elegance with the styling of the tables including planted herbs copper taper candle holders and rambling rusted urn arrangements filled with the most glorious of Surrey grown flowers in coral, peach and apricot hues.
I must admit my escort card idea was swiftly regretted when I was tying the names upon all the corkscrews and champagne corks…but what a talking point it was!
With not just one but two dresses from Miss Bush a Jenny Packham for the day and ceremony and a Jesus Peiro for the evening with bridesmaids in GHOST, need I say more about how wonderful the day was.
Shot perfectly by Eddie Judd and the ladies hair styled by the award winning Sharon Roberts and make up by Tania Stephenson Oliver
Sublime, relaxed, chic. It was just perfect for Leyla and Sam.
Love My Dress Blog – Jesus Peiro and Jenny Packham for an ethereal and elegant autumn wedding
Eddie Judd Photography Blog – Wine Lovers
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It’s such a thrill to see the beautiful faces of past clients looking back at me when I flick through an issue of the latest bridal publications….none more so than seeing these two gorgeous creatures beaming back at me from the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of You & Your Wedding magazine. Have you seen the quote that is doing the rounds on Pinterest and Facebook recently taken from Roald Dahl’s ‘The Twits’ …
…well that quote most definitely belongs to Marina. I don’t think Marina has had a bad thought ever, and isn’t she beautiful?! Anyway I digress. Her dress is of course none other than Suzanne Neville from Miss Bush and the delectable Elbie Van Eeden was the ladies hairstylist and MUA for the day, and all this perfectly captured by the flawless Chloé of Caught the Light . I know I shouldn’t have favourites at all but this wedding is one I hold very dear to me…but shhhhh don’t tell anyone.
Here’s the full feature in You & Your Wedding Jan/Feb 2015 issue. If you’ve missed picking up a copy (as did I) do not fret as you can download one in iTunes HERE
You’ll have spotted them in my gallery of course and I know my flower arch is being pinned at a ridiculous rate on Pinterest but here’s a few other links for you to see more of their day. I’d urge you to read the Miss Bush blog post and to head over to Chloé of Caught the Light‘s rundown of the day as their photographer…
Miss Bush Blog – Bride of Awesomeness
Caught the Light Blog – A Humanist Wedding in Surrey
Snippet & Ink Blog – James & Marina | A Woodland Wedding *Also reblogged in their favourite of 2014 wedding repost series
Not on the High Street Blog – Marina and Jame’ woodland wedding
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I make no excuses of being Suzanne Neville’s number one fan. Her designs are utterly stunning, classic timeless pieces she is one of Britain’s finest designers and when the day comes that my partner and I get engaged a Suzanne Neville frock will be my first to try I can tell you!
Not only a Couture bridal designer but Suzanne Neville is known for her glamorous evening wear worn by the most stylish and fashion conscious celebrities and girls about town, from the Saturdays to Katherine Jenkins, to having appearances and being created especially for Tess Daly on Strictly Come Dancing to whipping up the most fabulous frocks for the lady finalists performances on the X Factor.
Having had the privilege to meet and speak with Suzanne on a few occasions now (although be them fleeting due to how busy she is as one would expect) generally at a Miss Bush designer day or event Suzanne has offered me the great opportunity to provide flowers for her show at the Tower of London in 2013 and supply her with the rose image for her 2014 collection Vintage Rose.
After seeing Suzanne at her Miss Bush designer day before Christmas I was thrilled to have received the invitation to install the festive window at the Suzanne Neville Knightsbridge boutique No 29, Beauchamp Place. I could hardly say no and was in my element when the brief came to me as wanting to be a woodland scene. Filled with Magnolia and snow covered branches, moss and ivy and the main piece…a demure and delicate wire Doe frame with her air plant collar
I adored this install and am pleased that Suzanne was as delighted as I. Now my little deer friend is stood pride of place in my Living room as I couldn’t bare to leave her alone in the cold of my workroom after having had her home in Knightsbridge, that would just be cruel no?!
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It’s the second day back to work and I’m emailing all my 2015 couples and all my new enquiries that flooded in over my festive break back as fast as my cumbersome rested florist hands can.
To be frank I’m none too comfortable behind a desk, far happier knee deep in flower of cuts and flinging foliage about my workshop in my messy artistic style that I am accustomed to working in, so to have awoken this morning to one of my 2014 couples days featured on Rock My Wedding has been a true delight and the motivation I’ve needed to settle behind my desk and crack on with quoting/emailing/invoicing etc etc… Although a slight distraction as many a coffee break has been had to peruse the images over and over, I just can’t help myself.
Jade & Bevan’s day was a total pleasure to be a part of made all the more so for knowing Jade and working with good friends of wedding world Sharon Roberts Hair and MUA Carolanne . Jade and I have known each other for some time now and her beautiful face has been the piéce de résistance of many a shoot I’ve become known for (I’ll revisit these every so often for you) Her trust in me was so that I think we exchanged a total of only 4 emails which is pretty amazing and I am still in awe of her faith in me.
With a brief of rustic and relaxed whilst colourful and a mobile snapshot of Jade’s sisters dress to go by I was left to my own devices. The above bench shot is what was created for Jade’s bouquet. Filled with seasonal flowers in hot corals and punchy pinks with the sentimental use of hops for good luck.
Juliet McKee worked her magic through the lens on the day as per usual and captured the pure honesty and true love there was and is between Jade and Bevan. The most perfect intimate, rustic, family filled wedding ….glorious….What a way to start the year. I’m so geared up for 2015 now!
To see more pop over to Rock My Wedding or have a peek at Juliet McKee’s full post on her blog.
It would be lovely to know what you think!
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The wedding that I am about to share with you is one of many firsts for me and one that I shall forever hold dear for so many reasons…
I felt I needed to share the flowers of Amanda’s day with you as my first real wedding post and one that looks back to past flowers that I am proud of. Amanda, also being genetically blessed to have auburn hair like myself has been a great support of BloominGayles and my work since her wedding to Paul at Chiddingstone Castle on November 11th 2012. And I thank you so much for that Amanda. Every tweet, retweet and Instagram comment of yours boosts my confidence and helps me believe in myself just that little bit more!
What urged me the most to show you Amanda’s flowers is the wonderful email she sent me following a brief Twitter conversation on the day that I relaunched. Her desire to let people know how I work and how much she recommends me always bowls me over!…you can see for yourself why…
I just wanted to add my twopennarth to encourage all brides to use you! No, anyone wanting flowers really!
I didn’t want traditional bride-y flowers – I am not a fan of pastel anything and as we were getting married in November, wanted rich, opulent colours. We visited a couple of florists who seemed unable to grasp this but I loved that you were as excited as me about it and that you took my ideas and took them on further – I absolutely loved the incorporation of grapes and figs into the table decorations to give it an opulent, Renaissance feel. And those roses! I didn’t even know you could get roses like that. I really appreciated the mood board design you came up with for me – so much more exciting to see the flowers than just to try and envisage them.
I can truthfully say that the flowers were one of my favourite things about the wedding and every day I feel a little bit sad that I will never have such lovely flowers ever again.
Having that as a testimonial means so much!
Amanda and Paul’s wedding was my first ever at Chiddingstone Castle of which my flowers now frequent quite a lot throughout their wedding season and I am proud to now be a recommended supplier. The venue itself would have been somewhat daunting to some due to all the antiques and the museum collections it holds but seeing as I have had many a year working within castles and stately homes it wasn’t as scary as it could be to most. It was perfect for Amanda as if I can remember rightly she had studied History / Egyptology at a degree level and with Chiddingstone also being a museum with an Egyption collection it had that personal level of interest that was just right. Amanda was of course a Miss Bush client and my first since I had met Emma and the team. Of course her dress was something quite spectacular as you would expect from Miss Bush.
My main inspiration for the flowers themselves was Amanda’s love of deep rich colours, the historic surroundings, the time of year and the bountiful feast that Kalm Kitchen was providing for the guests. The inclusion of some of Amanda’s favourite flowers such as Parrot Tulips and velvet red Roses with added interesting flowers such as Violets and Amarylis. An injection of texture was created with the use of branches, silvery Eucalyptus plus the addition of Grapes and Figs gave the displays that decadent and warming autumnal feel. It shall forever be a favourite of mine due to the belief Amanda had in me, the meeting of Kalm Kitchen and Chiddingstone Castle and the fearless want of colour and something different that Amanda had.