Flower Week – Boutique Paeony

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Name: Lauretta Morley
Company Name: Boutique Paeony
Website: www.boutiquepaeony.co.uk
Twitter: @boutiquepaeony

Advice to a bride when going to her first flower consultation.
Make a short list of about 5 florist’s, and arrange to see them. Look into magazine’s internet for arrangements you like. Gather as much information for styles and theme’s, colour of bridesmaid dresses also helps. Then the right florist will become more clearer.

Your most memorable wedding.
Last Christmas I had a beautiful wedding in Baslow, Derbyshire. My bride choose White roses and white callas with a touch of mistletoe and winter berries. Table centres had hurracaine vases with candles it really was fitting for
the time of year.

What is your favourite flower?
I have lots of favourite’s especially Peonies, Hydrangeas and Scrummy roses. Just adore flowers that’s why I love my job!

Favourite Colours:
Purple, Pinks, Reds, Whites

Favourite Film:
Avatar loved all the flora effects

Favourite Song:
Really loving Delilah “Go” at the moment

Favourite Month:
May you have Spring flowers around and the Summer flowers are creeping in then too.

Favourite Drink:
Nice cold glass of Pinot Grigio

Favourite Food:
New Zealand Mussels with white wine sauce

Favourite Perfume:
Coco Mademoiselle

Favourite Book:
Any books by Paula Pryke

Flower Week – Firenza Floral Design

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Name: Fiona Pickles
Company Name: Firenza Floral Design
Website: www.firenzafloraldesign.co.uk
Twitter: @firenzaflowers
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/FirenzaFlowers

Fiona from Firenza Floral design is a wedding florist, she only does weddings and she specialises in a soft, romantic and natural style – a little like a beautiful Gertrude Jekyll garden. She uses scented flowers and herbs wherever possible.

Photography – www.toastofleeds.co.uk

Where did the name of your business come from:
I wanted to use something that was personal to me or my family – my nana’s name was Florence and Firenza is a form of the Italian for Florence. I didn’t realise until afterwards the meaning of the name Florence is “flowering” or “blossoming” so it was even more appropriate than I realised. Funnily enough my other nana was called Olive so I had plenty to choose from.

The best part about your job:
Without doubt the best part of my job is delivering the brides bouquet on the morning of the wedding. The room is always buzzing with excitement and emotion (and usually a little champagne too) and hearing squeals of delight (or often tears of joy, which then sets me off, so be warned) when she sees her bouquet for the first time makes all the time and effort (usually on very little sleep) more than worthwhile. LOVE it!

Photography – www.robbooker.co.uk

What is your favourite flower?
It is just impossible to narrow it down to one flower, it would have to be between peonies and proper old fashioned scented garden roses. Funnily enough, the sort of flowers I use A LOT throughout my weddings… (looks puzzled and strokes chin…!) It took me a while to realise that it is far better just to go with the style of flowers that you love anyway, the passion is genuine which then comes across to your brides. I don’t want to create weird and wonderful designs that appear to defy gravity, or look like they’ve landed from another planet – I love beautiful, romantic, tumbling, blousy, scented flowers that you want to rub your face in, so that’s what I do!

Photography – www.annahardy.co.uk

Favourite Song:
I have a very wide taste in music, but I’m going to plump for the one that WITHOUT FAIL has me in floods of tears. It’s not a cool song, it’s not trendy but the words just really hit home and if it comes on with other people in the room I have leave or turn it off for fear of embarrassment.
The song is Christina Aguilera – Hurt (see, I told you it wasn’t cool)

Emotion alert …..
My dad died when I was a 17 year old horrible git of a moaning teenager (a long time before this song came out). I always worry that his memory of me was basically a horrible 17 year old who was very different to the person I am now, so every time I hear the words it just gets me every time – even thinking of it now I have tears streaming.

“I’m sorry for blaming you for everything I just couldn’t do and I’ve hurt myself by hurting you”
“Are you looking down upon me, are you proud of who I am?”
“If I had just one more day, I would tell you how much that I missed you since you’ve been away”
“There’s nothing I wouldn’t do to hear your voice again”
“If only I knew what I know today, I would hold you in my arms, I would take the pain away, thank you for all you’ve done…”

Etc etc. Sooo sorry for bringing the mood down – maybe I should have just answered “Agadoo”

Favourite Month:
May. The garden is gorgeous, the seasonal flowers are gorgeous, the weather is often gorgeous – shame my birthday is in January and my wedding anniversary in November – pah! Anyone with a birthday in May I have birthday envy.

Favourite Drink:
During the day Tea (weak, with milk, preferably Earl Grey) or coffee (milky, preferably latte)
After a reasonable hour (this varies with what sort of day it has been) – wine – and lots of it

Favourite Word:
Discombobulated – especially said in a Rowan Atkinson styley

What don’t we know about you:
I have done a parachute jump – none of that namby pamby just throw yourself out malarkey, oh no sirree, I had to climb along the wing of a Cessna, hold on then was told when to let go – except I got blown off the wing before they had a chance – all ended well though
I broke my left elbow (and multiple other injuries) in a very dramatic fall off a galloping horse onto a very hard road
I broke my right elbow trampolining
I lead a much more relaxing life now

Photography – www.toastofleeds.co.uk

Favourite Quote from a Film:
He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy

Fiona is exhibiting at The UK Wedding Show at Manchester Central (GMEX) on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October so why not call in and experience the scented displays for yourself – they have to be smelled to be believed!

Photography – www.barnabyaldrick.com

One Photo Friday + A Happy Birthday (again)

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Can we get excited yet please?? I love snow

Have a lovely weekend. I will be back on Monday with the first of Flower Week. Advice, pretty pictures and a glimpse in to the busy world of floristry. 

It is my best friends (former chief bridesmaid, see here) 25th today. 2-5! Gawd. I will be there in February. We plan to celebrate in style. What will you be getting up to? Will there be a surprise visit from your sister, a puppy, an aston martin and a casino? Oh, that was last Saturday. Perhaps we should just all stay in and watch X-factor?  

A Beautiful Nightmare…

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Now, don’t think of me as hypocritical. I know I did this post a mere two days ago. But these are wonderful. I want one. 

An alternative to cupcake towers? No. A cheese alternative to a cupcake tower is a babybel. This could be in addition to your beautiful tiered wedding cake (not an extra layer, I mean beside it on the table) or a replacement? Would you? These are from Millies in Leeds

You can have the cheesed etched however you like. Just think of the cheesy possibilities…and the port. 

Yay? Nay? 

Wedding Wednesday #3

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The question that I am answering today is quite a common one. But easily answered. 

“When should I send out my invites?”

I would always advise at least 3 months before the wedding provided that you have sent out save the dates. If you aren’t planning on sending save the dates and the invite will be the first bit of information on your wedding, then send them out roughly 6 months beforehand. If you have guests travelling from overseas, or you have guests coming with children still in school, then it is only polite to give them as much notice as possible. 

However, with the advent of social media, most of your guests will know your wedding date in advance through you talking about it so you can roughly gauge who will and won’t be attending. You will need to have properly nailed down your numbers to give to your venue at least 1 month before the wedding (they would have been working off your estimates before then). 

Also, an RSVP through Facebook is not and RSVP. Ever

Anywho, here are some lovely stationers if you haven’t sorted your invites already…

Simply Does It

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Do you not sometimes wish we went back to the days without cupcakes at wedding? A traditional tiered cake. Simple? I am making them trendy again…I promise.

Photos from Style Me Pretty

Or not? Still up for a cupcake tower?

I got my curiosity box yesterday. Have a look here. I am number 18. Mine will be sent out by Saturday. 


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Are you pining for roses in vintage teacups? Well stop. How about a pine cone? Before you click *back*, have a look at the mood board and tell me what you think? They can be sprayed, dipped and covered in any paint (or glitter) or left au natural. I love them. They are perfect at an autumn/winter wedding.

And you could even do this…(don’t, but you could)


Did you all have a lovely weekend? My sister and her other half paid a surprise visit. I mainly hung out with this guy, his name is Geoffrey. He is a 15 week schnauzer.

Whilst Michael played in a shiny car. We ate highland burgers, drank, and were merry. 

♥ Did you all see that www.florencefinds.com launched today? Packed full of lifestyle inspiration. And written by a former wedding blogger ♥

All images sourced from random corners of google, especially the dress.

Sloe Down

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One of the main things I love about winter is that gin changes also. From crisp tonic, plenty of ice and a slice of lime to quench me on a summers day. To a moody purple and a splash of tonic or cloudy lemonade to warm you out in the cold. I love sloe gin. And you really can’t beat home-made sloe gin. I think it would make a great favour. Attach a beautiful tag marked “love potion” and settle amongst all of the wintry flowers and berries at the wedding tables. 

Decanter your sloe gin into little bottles…

A little too OTT? From Etsy

These are from Lakeland. Good ol Lakeland

Or is this idea just for lushes? Go and get picking before it’s too late!

Wedding Wednesday #2

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I have had a fair few entries so I will try and tackle as many as possible! I also am trying to make them short and concise but if you want more information, feel free to email! Today’s question is: 

“After booking the venue, what comes next?” 

Set your budget, then consider what is most important to you and your fiancé. If you want a Vera Wang you may not be able to afford gold leaf roses (why would you, but you get my point). You have to choose what is most important to you. If you want to blow most of your budget on a fantastic photographer and only spend £400 on a wedding dress then do it. Don’t compare your weddings to others, do what’s right for you and your other half. 

At this point, you will also have some (even if its microscopic) idea of what overall look/feel you want for your day. Whether its Victorian Gothic or cowboy themed, direction is good. You can then start looking at certain suppliers that will help achieve your look. From stationers to bakers, there really is something out there for every kind of wedding. 

Read magazines, read blogs, read books. Gather your inspiration and get ready for next weeks question…

(today is our 6 year anniversary, you know, the one of our first date, although I think its a shame this number means nothing now that we are married we are going to be celebrating…any excuse!)