Spring 2017: British Flowers are BACK

I am feeling super excited as I have just done my first wedding of the year using all British flowers (piccies to follow) and on Monday we will be doing our first workshop of the year where we can also go all British. Yippee. It is official - Spring is here and gorgeous homegrown stuff is back on the menu.

Instagram keen beans may remember me talking about a neighbour who had recently set up as a grower and so I thought I would post some pics of her amazing progress since January. Yes, all this has been set up since JANUARY. I failed to take a picture of her polytunnel but will do on my next trip. I thought it would be helpful to share these pics because I am getting more and more into growing and Turissa's set up is so spot on. It is really encouraging to see someone making something from scratch and so I will keep you updated on her progress. Follow her on instagram here.

These beds all have labels of what is due to arrive soon - I can't wait!

These beds all have labels of what is due to arrive soon - I can't wait!

 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
 Flowers from Kent florist Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling
Ahh Dahlia corner... To be continued

Ahh Dahlia corner... To be continued

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I will post an 'after' pic when the sweet pea wall is in bloom. Be still my beating heart!

I will post an 'after' pic when the sweet pea wall is in bloom. Be still my beating heart!

In other British flower news... The Wood anenomes are out in all their glory at the moment. I went on a little photography expedition to a wood packed with them. So, so beautiful.

Wood anenome by kent wedding flowers florist Jennifer Pinder
Wood anenomes in Kent by wedding florist Jennifer Pinder
wood anenomes by Kent florist Jennifer Pinder
Wild primroses in Kent by florist Jennifer Pinder

British Flowers Week - Fleetingly!

 

Today marks the end of British Flowers Week which has been busy but huge fun! We try to use as much British grown flowers as we can all year (and do offer purely British grown packages for eco conscious couples) but it was great to see so many other companies getting involved to celebrate all the beautiful things our gorgeous gardens and growers have on offer. Just a few bits from me below but more to follow when wedding season calms down! xx

 

An Islington Wedding at the Union Chapel and The Doll's House in London

 

photo by jesssoperphotography.com

Sian and Joe were so great to work with... really great! I kept staying too long in the pub chatting to them whenever we met to talk flower. One of our meetings to look round venues also clashed with rehearsals for a David Bowie memorial gig at the Union Chapel and so it is up there as one of my most unique consultations... The couple were relaxed in their brief which meant I was able to pick and choose the best from the market in their colours.

I was absolutely thrilled to get these photos back from the lovely Jess Soper. She is such a talent - photographing flowers is difficult and she has nailed it. Do get in touch with her if you are still choosing your photographer - you won't regret it!

Anyway, back to wedding flowers. The Union Chapel is awesome. It has vast high ceilings and lovely ornate detailing and has real wow factor. The amazing thing about this space is that despite the grand size it also feels really intimate when you have just a few guests surrounding the centre stage. So - wedding big or small - take a look around if you are feeling the Islington vibe!

After their wedding ceremony guests walked down Upper Street to The Dead Doll's House. A really cool place and perfect for a couple wanting something different and a bit relaxed. Sian and Joe opted for peach and white flowers in jam jars for the wedding reception. These worked great because there was quite a lot of furniture movement after dinner and jam jars can be quickly transferred to new spots to make the most of your wedding budget. The Doll's House is far from a blank canvas with its unique wall decorations and touches of teal and copper and gold furnishings but these colours worked great.

The team at the Doll's House were lovely - as I left set up they were desperately rushing around trying to make all the horse name places stand up! It was a really friendly group of people working there and so thank you for having me. And Joe and Sian thank you for including me in your day! xx

photo by jesssoperphotography.com

photo by jesssoperphotography.com

photo by jesssoperphotography.com

photo by jesssoperphotography.com

photo by jesssoperphotography.com