One Photo Friday

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I am off to a black tie event…in my head I shall be wearing this Valentino dress. In reality, I shan’t. Sigh. 


You can find me on the delicious Florence Finds today – talking about coq. 


I hope you all enjoy a wonderful roaring bonfire and plenty of fireworks. Report back on Monday? 

Five Kangaroos | uk wedding blog

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I have mentioned before, how different Michael is from myself. This again was evident last night. As we were trying to fall asleep, I jested that he should sing me a lullaby.
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Indulge Me – An A-Z of Me | uk wedding blog

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An A-Z of waffle. Feel free to do the same.
ANORAK…Do you have a sad side?
Oh I am a geek. I used to play online games. I was awesome.

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Win An Engagement Shoot With James P Lester

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I have a lovely competition for you today from the wonderful James Lester. I met James a few weeks ago, I decided after our encounter he would most definitely make a bride calm. There is always something a bit uncomfortable about meeting a stranger in a coffee shop. I found myself, smiling at random people that kind of look like his twitter avatar. After a few minutes of chatting we were at ease and I talked the the arse of him.He is very approachable, friendly and exceptionally easy to talk to. Add all of this to his photography talent and you have one hell of a wedding photographer.

A Bit About Them:

“James+Lianne are a she+him team with a penchant for vintage, quirky, off-beat, DIY, retro and weddings with a difference. If your idea of a fab wedding is relaxed, chilled-out and all about fun times, then we’re for you. If you’re after a photographer who comes with a list of photos you MUST go through and takes forever to do them, then we’re sure you’ll find plenty of them, but that’s not us!”

 

The Prize:

One lucky couple will win an engagement shoot with James and Lianne of up to 2 hours in their favourite location. We’ll frolic in meadows, chill out by the sea, swing on swings, heck-climb a mountain if that’s your thing (although we might take the Land Rover!). We’ll make the shoot about you and give you some photos with personality! You’ll receive all edited images on a beautifully presented DVD, yours to keep and get all warm and fuzzy feelings when you look at them.

To Enter:
For your chance to win this fantastic prize, email info@jamesplester.com with the following:
– Your names
– A recent photo of you and your fiance
– A short paragraph telling us about your upcoming wedding.
Reader Discount:
If you’re not the lucky winner, take advantage of a special discount exclusive to So You’re Getting Married readers. Book your wedding photography before December 31st with James P Lester Photography and qualify for 10% off of our standard package. Quote “So You’re Getting Married” when making your enquiry.
Ts & Cs:
Closing date November 30th 2011 at 1pm GMT. Winner will be drawn by James and Lianne from valid entries received before this date and the winner will be announced on December 1st 2011 and announced on jamesplester.com. Prize is one engagement photo session of up to but not limited to 2 hours. Days available for photo shoot will be mutually agreed upon. Photographs will be provided on DVD and may be used for promotional purposes. For winners beyond a 25 mile radius of our base in Leeds, travel costs may be incurred and invoiced at up to 40p per mile. No cash alternative will be given. No contract will be entered into.

Flower Week – Passion For Flowers

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Name: Karen Morgan
Company Name: Passion for Flowers
Twitter: @theweddingOMD

Photography – www.daffodilwaves.co.uk 

Advice to a bride when going to her first flower consultation.
Bring a scrap book or tear out photos you have seen in magazines or images on blogs. Let us know flowers you hate and specially those you love, be open about your budget and your florist can work with you. Don’t forget button holes make a statement with these they don’t all have to be the same. Make sure you chose a florist whose style you like, are happy to work with and have confidence in.


Your most memorable wedding.
Spoilt for choice but a gorgeous summer vintage inspired marquee wedding comes to mind…
Bride wanted a totally non-corporate look for her special day. We used a mix of vintage and spray roses, delft blue hydrangeas, agapanthus, a touch of eucalyptus, a mix of herbs and a sprinkling of love.
The vintage look started with the bus bringing the guests from church,  drinks from ’Audrey’ the vintage caravan, yards of bunting prepared by the bride’s family and pastel coloured pashminas for the female guests.
The marquee had tall candelabra with a just picked arrangement including vintage roses, agapanthus and hydrangeas. The bride had collected vintage crystal biscuit barrels which we filled with blooms and herbs.
A vintage tea party was served and Vintage 78 Gramophone DJ played a hand selected vintage selection on the terrace.

What flowers did you have at your own wedding?
Freesias and roses for my bouquet
Table decorations kindly made by Mother in Law with flowers and greenery from the garden

What is your favourite flower?
I love ALL vintage roses
Favourite Film:
Amelie   (I’m a romantic at heart)


Favourite Song:
Thank you for the day.
Favourite Month:
June for the longest day of the year and mid-summer garden flowers including roses and lavender, pimms and tea parties


Favourite Drink:
sauvignon blanc  or mojitos for cocktails
Favourite Food:
Anything eaten outside
Photography – www.billinghamphotography.co.uk


Favourite Word:
Love
Favourite Perfume:
Orange blossom by Jo Malone
 Passion for Flowers offer a complete service from church or venue flowers, bridal party flowers, table dressing and wedding favours all beautifully created with flair, passion and attention to detail.
Photography – www.billinghamphotography.co.uk

Our mother and daughter combination together with our boundless energy will transform your wedding day.


 We also have an on line shop www.theweddingofmydreams.co.uk for all those little extra to make you wedding day unique


Flower Week – The Flower Lounge

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Name: Siân Wild

Company Name: The Flower Lounge
Twitter: @flower_lounge





Advice to a bride when going to her first flower consultation.

Try to have an idea of the style of wedding that you want-classic, vintage, funky etc. Also, gather pictures of ideas that you like in your scrap book. It gives florists a really good starting point so that we can understand the look you’re trying to achieve.



Your most memorable wedding.


We recently worked at The Ashes wedding venue in Staffordshire which was lovely as we hadn’t worked there before. It’s a gorgeous venue. Lousie and Phil were lovely couple and a dream to work with all the way through the planning process. They had an idea of what they wanted and then just let us do our thing. There were lots of gorgeous Norma Jean ivory roses, hydrangeas, bouvardia and lots of other white blousy flowers. They’ve both kept in contact through facebook, it’s always lovely when we hear from the happy couple after the day.

What flowers did you have or would you have at your own wedding?

I’m not married yet  but my flowers would probably be hot pink hydrangeas, deep burgundy peonies and lots of gorgeous rich shades of roses. I’d use lots of large silver vases, candleabra and chunky candles.



What is your favourite flower?

At the moment hydrangea but I’m very fickle and love whatever’s in season at the time.



Favourite Colours:

I love deep reds, hot pinks and lime greens.

Favourite Film:

Four weddings and a funeral of course!



Favourite Song:


Slide away by  Oasis

Favourite Month:

December-I love Christmas!




Favourite Drink:

I like a good cocktail every now and again



Favourite Food:

Vegetarian toad in the hole…a nice warm
wintery meal.

Favourite Word:

Gorgeous. I use it all the time when describing flowers



Favourite Perfume:

Gucci II

Favourite Book:

I’m quite geeky and love all my floral designer books. If I’m feeling in need of a lift I’ll get all my books out and have a little inspiration session.


Flower Week- Elra Desmond

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Name: Louise Raynham
Company Name: Louise’s Blooms
Website: Blog
Twitter (etc): @elra_desmond

Advice to a bride when going to her first flower consultation: 

If you don’t know what you want, when in doubt go with white and green.  It’s a classic style – can be made modern, vintage, country, anything you like – and it goes with absolutely ANY other theme scheme.
Your most memorable wedding: 

My last wedding was pretty memorable.  It was for a friend of mine from school, so I was doubly excited.  I was making hydrangea wands for the flowergirls and the leaves started wilting in the unexpected heat!  I started panicking but I’d never met a more calm bride in my life.  It was such a fun and funny morning.  I hadn’t laughed that much in ages – very happy memories.


What flowers did you or would you have at your own wedding? 

Not there yet!  I’ve thought about this so many times, but there are so many things I’d want to do, I have no idea how I’d decide.  I’ll probably end up just going to the wholesalers on the morning of the wedding, seeing what looks nice and knocking something out.  I was particularly inspired by blogger Sally Page’s bouquet.  She and her husband live in Dorset but were marrying in Durham.  On the drive up, they stopped at all her favourite flower shops and picked up some flowers at each and at least one flower from every shop went into her bouquet.
What is your favourite flower? 

Arum lilies – the REALLY big ones!  Fell in love with them aged 12 when Blue Peter present Katy Hill had them in her wedding bouquet.  I’d never seen such a striking flower.  I’ve been in love ever since.


Favourite Colours:  

Manchester United red and ruby red.
Favourite Film: 

Shakespeare In Love’
Favourite Song:  

‘There Were Roses’ by Cara Dillon
Favourite Month:  

April.  Would be my month of choice to marry in because flowers are definitely at their best in spring and the weather is some of the best the UK has to offer.  Plus it’s my daddy’s birthday in April.


Favourite Drink:  

Orange juice and lemonade no ice.  My friends tease me relentlessly about this but a curry just wouldn’t be the same without one.
Favourite Food:  

Ooh tough one.  It’s a MASSIVE toss up between chocolate with raspberries dessert, caramelised onions or pizza.
Favourite Word: 

Love


Favourite Perfume: 

Freesias and apples
Favourite Book: 

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell.  I finished reading it last year and it was nothing like what I’d imagined it to be.  A complete surprise and a big lesson in American history.
Favourite Quote from a Film:  

“The show must… you know…”  “Go on!” – Shakespeare In Love


Flower Week – Gypsy Rose

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Name: Tamsin
Company Name: Gypsyrososeflowers
Twitter:@gypsyrosewrites



Advice to a bride when going to her first flower consultation.

Let us flower girls be creative and trust us to tell your love  story



Your most memorable wedding.

This summer I worked  with Jasper Conran on creating an English Country Garden affair at Brompton Oratory, it was all in the detail, a bit nerve racking and had me teetering out of a high windows flinging peach petals over a crowd of top hats and tails.



What flowers did you have at your own wedding?

It was in France in my parents’ orchard so early crab apples, mirabelles, dill,  hydrangea, mint and wild white roses in old cider bottles.



What is your favourite flower?

A blousey  buttermilk peony.



Favourite Colours: 

Navy Blue and Sarah Bernhardt pink



Favourite Film: 

Romauld et Juliette with Daniel Auteil



Favourite Song: 

Peel me  a grape  by Blossom Dearie.


Favourite Month: 

March when everything changes, daffs start crooning and blossom bursts and ends up in milk bottles on our boat.



Favourite Drink: 

Red red wine –always and forever.



Favourite Food

Anything of a canapé variety….and bonfire night bangers and mash

Favourite Word: 

witcheypoomagic, it so has to be said with a nose twitch and it gets me through many a moment.

Tamsin’s home!


Favourite Perfume: 

A shake of geranium  and rose essential oil or diptyque baies.



Favourite Book: 

The Butterfly Ball and Grasshoppers feast – Alan Aldridge

Favourite Quote from a Film: 

Five dollars…maybe I’ll go to the movies. By ,myself. Trading Places A classic 80’s moment.


Flower Week – fairy nuff flowers

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Name: Steph Turpin (chief fairy wrangler)

Company Name: fairy nuff flowers 



Website: www.fairynuff-flowers.co.uk

Twitter : @fairynuffflower




Advice to a bride when going to her first flower consultation.


Have fun. Lots of it. Flowers are amazingly beautiful things, and can change the whole feel of your big day.
I ask my brides to bring pictures of anything they love with them (not necessarily wedding related either), along with any weddingy pictures, dresses, venue…anything that helps me build a picture of how they want their perfect day to be. The more details the merrier.




Your most memorable wedding.


I love every single one of my weddings, but the one that sticks in my mind this year, has to be Alexis and Jack’s big day at The Assembly Rooms in Bath. Hugely hard work, and not necessarily my known style, but it was a perfectly planned wedding of a stunning couple, in an amazing venue with a fab team behind the scenes too. I even got to go to the wedding and had the chance to work with Marianne Taylor again, it gets no better. Trust me.




What flowers did you have at your own wedding?

I decided to do my own flowers as the local florists were very, very traditional. My favourite blooms are Peonies, but getting married in early September meant my Bridesmaids and I carried bouquets of David Austin Roses, and the rest of the wedding was filled with bundles of Phalaenopsis Orchids, Hydrangeas, Cymbidium Orchids and yet more yummy Roses. Our favours were Pocket Gardens so that our guests could grown their own memories of our big day.



What is your favourite flower?


I have three favourites. Is that wrong? Peonies, Lily of the Valley and Hydrangeas, in no particular order. But honestly, I love all flowers. Apart from Gerberas. Sorry.




Favourite Colours:


Hugely in to bright pink and red at the moment, but love pink and lime green too, and think white and green is as classy as a classy thing.



Favourite Song:


Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer. It reminds me of my Grandma. Completely wonderful memories.


Favourite Month:

June I think. Plenty of Peonies, the occasional day of sunshine, plenty of weddings and glasses of Pimms. It all makes me terribly happy.



Favourite Drink:

Bellinis. They are the future. And my post-wedding celebration drink. Which means I go through quite a lot in a year…!



Favourite Food:

Chocolate cake. It solves every single 

problem. Apart from my diet.







Favourite Word:


Judging by my tweet cloud, it has to be flower. No surprise there then…
Favourite Perfume:

My perfume preference has changed of late. I am now officially a Chloe girl. Either Chloe or Love, Chloe. I’m not precious.

We promise to provide the most perfect petals for wonderful weddings! It’s what we’re good at, and where our passion lies.




Flower Week – Leafy Couture

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Name: Sarah Richardson

Twitter: Leafy Couture

Advice to a bride when going to her first flower consultation.


Do your homework! Bring with you some examples of what you like to help the florist get a feel of what you want for your flowers.

Bring mood boards, scraps of fabric anything that you have seen that inspires you.  Look at magazines and blogs.

Bring someone with you but maybe not all the bridal party as sometimes you need to hear your own voice, not everyone else’s, it can get confusing!
Think about the style, colour and feel you want and then your florist can create the flowers to suit your theme.

Your most memorable wedding.



We had a fabulous wedding at Harewood House earlier this year with 5ft flower balls hanging from the Pavilion, this was a huge feat of planning and looked spectacular, we had to weigh flowers on kitchen scales to work out how heavy the balls would be! Another memorable one this year for personal reasons was my brothers wedding to his Texan bride in July. The flowers were textured peaches, creams and pinks with David Austin roses, astilbe, spray roses, crespedia.The tables were decorated with balls on candelabra poles surrounded by family and vintage memorabilia. We decorated the staircase at their venue the Sun Pavillon, Harrogate with hydrangea, roses and amaranthus and their moss initials. I was honoured to be a bridesmaid and so it was lovely to be able be a part of the wedding rather than deliver the flowers and leave! I got to carry my own bouquet down the aisle too!


Isn’t this brilliant?

You must get asked this a lot..what is your favourite and least favourite flower?
Its so hard to choose! I love seasonal flowers so spring- rannnculus, summer peonies, roses especially David Austin, autumn hydrangeas, dahlias, winter red ilkex berries and sumptuous foliages. Tastes and trends change in the beginning I hated gyp and carnations but now they can be used to look amazing when used on their own, a big silver urn of gyp can look amazing.



What flowers did you have at your own wedding?


The bouquets were mainly roses (Old Dutch, Amnesia, Gran prix, ruby red, Sweet avalanche, black baccara), pink cymbidium orchids, ranunculus, hydrangea and viburnum berries with ivy and galax leaves. The bridesmaids bouquets were all slightly different to replicate the difference my bridesmaids having different dresses. My bouquet was finished with a diamante bow shaped broach and the girls a diamante brooch.

We dressed the venue with two van loads of flowers! Well if you can’t do it at your own wedding when can you!? We dressed the venue with moss letters, hydrangea initials, two huge silver urn arrangements, floor standing candelabra with ivy garlands, a large garland on the staircase of lush green foliages. We hung small flower hearts on the bottom of the staircase and a huge one on the entrance to welcome our guests.

The wedding breakfast tables were dressed with trio’s of silver containers and wreath rings sat at the bottom of silver candelabra. We basically took over the venue, the hotelier had no idea what was happening!
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A quick Q & A
Favourite Colour: Turquoise blue- like the sea..
Favourite Film: Barefoot in the Park – Jane Fonda and Robert Redford at their best.


Favourite Song: Amazing Grace Neil Diamond
Favourite Month: April, full of promise of spring, my birthday and chocolate!


Favourite Drink: Gin and tonic, preferably Martin Miller Gin
Favourite Food: Love Love Love seafood, antipasto, cakes and chocolate


Favourite Word: Plethora
Favourite Perfume: Jean Paul Gaultier, wearing it for 16 years now, favourite candle Freesia by Dyptique


Favourite Book: Like Water for chocolate by Laura Esquivel.
Favourite Quote from a Film:  “ We want the finest wines available to humanity. And we want them here, and we want them now!”
“ Even a stopped clock tells the time twice a day” – From Withnail and I.



Flower school info


We are very excited to release the exciting news that we are teaming up with the Michelin stared The Box Tree restaurant this festive season.
You are invited to join us at The Box Tree in Ilkley on Wednesday 30th November and Wednesday 7th December 10am-2pm.
The day will start at 10am with coffee and biscuits in the sumptuous surroundings of the Box Tree, you will participate in a two hour flower arrangement and wreath decorating class. All materials will be provided and you will leave with a stunning wreath and festive display for your home. The class will be followed by a wonderful two course lunch.
A fabulous way to get in the festive mood or a fantastic gift idea, classes are limited to 10 people so book early to avoid disappointment. The price for the day is £100 and places can be booked by contacting the Box Tree direct on 01943 608484