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

QUINTESSENTIAL ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN WEDDING at Falconhurst in Kent

 

It was wonderful to be involved with this beautiful shoot at Falconurst in Kent which featured recently on Magnolia Rouge. Providing the flowers was such a treat becuase the grounds and gardens are absolutely spectacular. In the middle of the main garden there is a huge cutting patch and so with the gorgeous sunshine and two dogs dashing about I was basically in paradise! I brought my mum along with me and thank goodness I did because the arch is high and I needed a reliable ladder assistant!

For the flowers I took inspiration from what grows in the garden at Falconhurst anyway. There is lots of pink and white and a huge range of textures. Falconhurst is such a beautiful wedding venue that it doesn't need a huge amount of flowering - just a few pieces to emphasise what is already there.

Please see the full list of suppliers at the end of the post, an amazing team - thanks gang! 

Jennifer Pinder xx

All photos by Julie Michaelsen

Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson
Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson
Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson
Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson
Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson
Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson
Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson
Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson
Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson
Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson
Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson
Kent florist Jennifer Pinder for a botanical inspired wedding at Falconhurst wedding venue in Kent with pale pink and white tones photos by Julie Michaelson

Photography & planning: Julie Michaelsen
Florals: Jennifer Pinder
Hair & make-up: Danielle at the Tori Harris Pro Team
Videography: This Modern Revelry
Stationery: Ever After Press
Venue: Falconhurst
Cake: Sugared Saffron
Styling: Holden Bespoke
Engagement ring: The London Victorian Ring Co.
Jewellery & veil: Kelly Spence
Groom's outfit: Stephen Bishop Suiting
Wedding dress: Katya Katya Shehurina
Shoes: Emmy London
Silk ribbon & fabric: Pompom Blossom

 

 

Urban Wedding With White, Blush Pink and Copper Tones

 

Some images from a shoot at the Old Parish Rooms. I want to write more but I need to take my guinea pig to the vet! xx

Kent florist Jennifer Pinder staircase flowers
kent florist jennifer pinder
kent florist flowers by Jennifer Pinder white and blush pink bouquet and wild staircase flowers arrangement
kent florist flowers by Jennifer Pinder white and blush pink bouquet and wild staircase flowers arrangement
kent florist flowers by Jennifer Pinder white and blush pink bouquet and wild staircase flowers arrangement
kent florist flowers by Jennifer Pinder white and blush pink bouquet and wild staircase flowers arrangement
kent florist flowers by Jennifer Pinder white and blush pink bouquet and wild staircase flowers arrangement
kent florist flowers by Jennifer Pinder white and blush pink bouquet and wild staircase flowers arrangement
kent florist flowers by Jennifer Pinder white and blush pink bouquet and wild staircase flowers arrangement
kent florist flowers by Jennifer Pinder white and blush pink bouquet and wild staircase flowers arrangement

Full Shoot Team: 
Photographer: Lemonade Pictures
Stylist: Holden Bespoke
Venue: The Old Parish Rooms
Flowers: Meeeeee
Makeup: Mel Kinsman
Hair: Kasia Fortuna
Dress: Blackburn Bridal
Tableware: Classic Crockery
Models: Rachel Billing, Sam Wilko and Matilda
Suit: Moss Bros
Stationary: We Are Knotted
Cake: Sugared Saffron

 

Flower Guide to Snake's Head Fritillary: How to use it in your wedding or event

 

A warning – this is a bit of a love letter to this little flower! 

Snake’s Head is one of my absolute favourites. It perks up gardens in late Winter and early Spring and the heavily detailed petals mean people always need to look again at these enchanting little flowers. They are at their most special when sunlight glows through them showing off their chequered pattern. 

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These flowers sit at the front of a few beds in my front garden but I am also trying to encourage them along a grassy bank along the edge. They look beautiful when integrated into lawns, but it can take a couple of years to get there! This flower is perfect for couples who want something a little unusual and are not interested in anything too floaty or pastel.  Read on for my tips on how to use them.

Please note these images are of the burgundy/plum flowers in my garden but they also come in cream/white and citrus green (and very, very occasionally in orange!)

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When are they available?


Florists in the UK can generally obtain the flower from the end of December to mid March, but it is not reliably available throughout this period even when imported. 

If you are only looking to use flowers grown in the UK then speak to your grower as they don’t do well in certain types of soil and so your grower may know that they are not an option in his/her neck of the woods! These little ones are weather dependent and so can’t be guaranteed at any time of the year but look out for them in late March, April and early May.

These are fairly easy to grow so do give them a go yourself too!

How to use them at your wedding or event

  • These flowers are not the cheapest and so if you are on a budget consider using them sparingly. Perhaps use them with a very pale colour so that they stand out in your designs and you get the most bang for your buck!
  • They are usually sold with their foliage (long thin leaves) and so you might be able to make use of the foliage in your bouquet or other arrangement if you are happy with quite a wild look.
  • If you are using home-grown flowers they work beautifully with hellebores and summer snowflakes which also flower at the same time.
  • They don’t have very long stems and so keep this in mind when planning your bouquet and table arrangements (think jam jar height rather than a tall vase!)
  • If you are a DIY bride who wants to sound like you know what you are talking about at the market they are sold in ‘bunches of 10 stems’.
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A little bit of history

  • These used to be commonly grown and sold in the UK, especially along the banks of the Thames, but most of the fritillary fields were ploughed during the war to make room for crops.  The same is true of daffodils in the South. If you see them in the wild then count yourself lucky and stop to appreciate them!
  • The botanical name is Fritillaria meleagris which comes from a combination of the Latin for a dice box and the words for ‘spotted like a guinea fowl’.
  • Don’t let this put you off (!), but the flower has historically been used to symbolise persecution. 
  • Sometimes described as the flower of Oxfordshire – perhaps consider including these if you want to do something special for an Oxfordshire family member at your wedding? Go and visit Magdalen College in late April if you want to see them in all their glory.

You won’t regret including these little beauties in your wedding or event flowers and I guarantee you will have guests asking what they are! 

Snake's Head Fritillary by Jennifer Pinder. A guide to using this flower at weddings or events including the meaning of the flower (persecution) and a bit of the history too
 

Easter Inspiration - Biscuits and Flowers - The Perfect Combination?!

 
Easter Flatlay By Jennifer Pinder with Easter biscuits and delicate spring flowers. Inspiration for your Easter table setting and centerpieces with light and bright flowers in pink, blue, yellow and white. Biscuit recipe by the Biscuiteers.

I had some leftovers that won't last until the weekend and so decided to have a little play. The sun was out and Matilda (my pup) helped by eating a rose or two. A little colour inspiration for your Easter table settings and centrepeices perhaps. Happy Easter to you all! xx

P.S. Biscuit recipe by the Biscuiteers, I had a lovely day with my uni friends making them! 

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Easter Flatlay By Jennifer Pinder with Easter biscuits and delicate spring flowers. Inspiration for your Easter table setting and centerpieces with light and bright flowers in pink, blue, yellow and white. Biscuit recipe by the Biscuiteers.
Easter Flatlay By Jennifer Pinder with Easter biscuits and delicate spring flowers. Inspiration for your Easter table setting and centerpieces with light and bright flowers in pink, blue, yellow and white. Biscuit recipe by the Biscuiteers.
Easter Flatlay By Jennifer Pinder with Easter biscuits and delicate spring flowers. Inspiration for your Easter table setting and centerpieces with light and bright flowers in pink, blue, yellow and white. Biscuit recipe by the Biscuiteers.
Easter Flatlay By Jennifer Pinder with Easter biscuits and delicate spring flowers. Inspiration for your Easter table setting and centerpieces with light and bright flowers in pink, blue, yellow and white. Biscuit recipe by the Biscuiteers.
Easter Flatlay By Jennifer Pinder with Easter biscuits and delicate spring flowers. Inspiration for your Easter table setting and centerpieces with light and bright flowers in pink, blue, yellow and white. Biscuit recipe by the Biscuiteers.