Spring Wedding at Clissold House

5 years ago, this cool looking guy came into my shop and asked for my help to choose a plant for his girlfriend. Judging by his character, and what he told me about the special lady in his life, we decided to go for a pretty unusually looking plant – the Calceolaria. A few weeks later his girlfriend walks in, with the plant in her hand, and a very guilty look on her face. The plant was dead.

This was how I first met the talented Emma Block.

4 years (and a lot of tea and fun) later, I was delighted when Emma and the Alex got engaged, and asked me to do their wedding flowers. I couldn’t wait!

This loved up couple decided upon Clissold House for their ceremony. A gorgeous venue in the middle of Clissold park in Stoke Newington. All we decided Emma had to do is to give me an idea of her colour scheme, a list of flowers she likes, and then she gave me complete freedom to create the arrangements.

For Emma’s bridal bouquet we chose soft colours peonies, scented David Austin roses, ranunculus, anemones, astilbe and delicate sweet peas, which I arranged in a loose posy. The bridesmaids bouquets we kept more compact and neat. I was most excited about Emma’s flower crown, as we made it using Emma’s mum’s original wedding veil!

For the ceremony we created a cherry blossom arch which made such an outstanding and unique feature. All the way along the aisle we attached small flower posies to the chairs and made country style arrangements in deco jute bags.

After the ceremony the room was transformed into a dining area where we placed table centrepieces in French style urns.

I was so lucky to be part of their wedding day, especially after meeting them so fortuitously so many years earlier, and hence so so touched to be mentioned in their speeches.

Thank you Emily Quinton for the gorgeous pictures! You can get great tips how to take beautiful images on her website

Read more about Emma and Alex’s wedding on Emma’s blog

Wedding Flower Trends to Watch in 2017

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We LOVE our Mums

We hope you all spoiled your mums rotten today! And we hope all you mums got spoiled rotten! If you’ve been following our blog this week you would have seen our florists daily tribute to their own mothers, by creating personable bouquets in their honour. Today, in the final episode in the series, Migle got to give her mum a tribute bouquet. The Elena bouquet is an explosion of red roses, adorned with scented lilac, forget me nots and purple anemones to emulate her huge character. Blue muscari and eucalyptus foliage bring it to life!

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Click HERE for Elena’s bouquet

On Mother’s Day eve, Karen’s flower arrangement was the “Margaret Rose bouquet”. She chose a selection of lovely big headed roses in pink, lilac and cream colours with a touch of purple clematis and veronica. For foliage Karen used eucalyptus, viburnum, and delicate lily grass. If your mum is a fan of roses you can order the same bouquet on our website! – click HERE and we’ll deliver this gorgeous bouquet on Mother’s day.
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Maria’s bouquet was created specially for her mum Christalla. “She loved wild flowers. Nothing fancy – as natural looking as possible”. To arrange a perfect mix, Maria chose pastel amnesia roses, tulips, anemones, white lilac, cymbidium orchids and scented tuberose.
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If you think your Mum will like Christalla’s bouquet click HERE and you can choose from three different sizes.

On Wednesday we kicked off our feature with Arune’s Tribute to her mother Vida. Thinking back to where she was born and raised in the countryside, Arune wanted to make it a really rural experience, using a healthy amount of grass and foliage. Add to the mix pastel colours with fragrance, as “it’s not just important that flowers look good, but they need to smell good too!” Arune orchestrated delicate paper whites and the strong but sweetly scented tuberose amongst the foliage. Intersperse some white tulips, and top it all off with her mum’s favourite flower – big headed sweet avalanche roses – Queen Rose!
Click HERE and you can order gorgeous Vida bouquet from our website. Don’t forget the discount!
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Thank you “Photography By Adam” for making us look so pretty!

The Florist’s Guide To Valentines Day

When I ask other florists what flowers they would pick as their dream Valentine’s Day bouquet they have the enviable ability to pick any of the most beautiful flowers in the world.

My dream bouquet? Fragrant and delicate Lilly of The Valley; soft and elegant Lilac; blush Garden Roses and a touch of blue forget me nots.

Even with all that choice, the magical rose, that most common of traditions on Valentines Day features in almost all the answers I get. The rose exudes so much passion, scent and beauty. But they don’t need to be the only bloom to strike an arrow into the heart of your Valentine this year.

Indulge in ‘Your London Florist’ Rose collection this Valentines Day…

Tropical Flower Cocktails

Aloha!

On a rainy day like this we thought we’d invite you to come with us on a journey, to a little tropical island, surrounded by clear blue sea.

Imagine yourself lying on hot sand surrounded by palm trees, scented flowers and lush foliage. A pure breeze ruffles your hair and you slowly sip your cold cocktail…

… yes, at Your London Florist we’re still in holiday mode. Summer might be coming to an end, but we just want to keep on dreaming, and today we want you to dream along with us as we visit flower paradise!

A short while back we had the pleasure of creating flower arrangements for an OK! Magazine private party. We were asked to design flower arrangements inspired by cocktails, and you know what? We loved every sip of it! Have a look what we created:

Green anthuriums, palm leaves, exotic cymbidium orchids and moluccella, mixed with some mint and of course – a dash of lime juice to finish.

In this all-blue sea cocktail we used hydrangeas, delphiniums, agapanthus and very unusual dendrobium orchids.

Ah, funky pina colada – dreamy pineapple eremurus, celosia, bird of paradise (because pina coladas somehow always remind us of those days in paradise) with a cherry on top.

His and hers, the creation. Fiery gentle gloriosa and hypericum complemented with strong bamboo. But of course, it’s all about strawberry base line.

Calla lilies, pink flamingo anthuriums, kniphopia, gloriosa lilies and cheeky strawberry skewers to seduce your lips.

Let us know which one is your favourite by leaving a reply below! And when you realise that the grey London sky doesn’t inspire the day-dreamer in you, you can order on line for your dinner table centre piece, as a unique gift, or simply to entertain at your bikini party!

Just choose your favourite flower cocktail and start dreaming, because this tropical arrangement could be standing right by you in your own little paradise.

Let the holiday begin (and never end)!

Isabel&Frank’s Big Day at The Chiswick House

While summer is treating us with the best that Nature can offer – plentiful greens, wild grasses and flowers of all the colors in the rainbow we visit memory lane and one of the weddings we did last summer… nostalgic with a touch of vintage feel, yet very elegant classic whites and dusty pinks with silver foliage, strings of pearl and candle lights – it’s a wedding of childhood dreams.

Our wonderful couple Isabel and Frank couldn’t have chosen a better venue for their dreamy wedding – The Chiswick House and Gardens. This Palladian villa was inspired by ancient Roman architecture and built in the seventeenth century together with breathtaking gardens which are considered to be one of the earliest examples of an English landscaped garden. Stunning garden views together with our flower arrangements reminiscent of days gone by, carried everyone away with memories of the first love, romantic long walks and dreams about The One.

Once again we witnessed that combination of an amazing venue together with a brilliant team of wedding planners – Just as Planned can make any wedding vision come true. It was our pleasure to work with Mati – such a charismatic, lovely and talented young lady who knows everything there is to know about planning your special day. And of course, when your dream needs to be captured by a professional photographer – Photography by Abi is just what you need. Dream on!

Elegant wedding at “Botleys Mansion”

Fran and Jamie’s wedding swept us over to a beautiful venue in Surrey – “Botleys Mansion” – a grand 18th Century Palladian country mansion surrounded by extensive and beautiful parkland grounds.

Fran had a clear vision of which flowers she likes, and which ones would suit the venue perfectly. She chose white and pink dainty flowers to create an elegant look. We used a selection of roses, ranunculus, freesia, eustoma and spray roses with neat foliages like dill, brunia, eucalyptus and trailing jasmine.

Besides bridal flowers and table centerpieces we decorated the seating plan, hat hanger (brilliant idea to keep your big hats and fascinator) and the gorgeous cake in flowers.

Thank you to Wendy Aldiss Photography for capturing our work.

 

Country wedding at the Manor Barn

I love working with seasonal flowers. So it was such a joy when Kathryn asked for daffodils, tulips, ranunculus and other bulb flowers to use for her and Roberto’s wedding at the beginning of March. The lucky couple got married in a lovely village church in Cambridgeshire, followed by a wonderful reception at a stunning venue – The Manor Barn – a unique old barn just 20mins away from Cambridge.

Kathryn loves colours, so we made a really colourful loose bridal bouquet with a selection of spring flowers. To complement the bridesmaids dark purple dresses we arranged for them to carry bright yellow posy bouquets. For the flower girls we created flower circlets using ranunculus, narcissus and lavender foliage.

To add some colour into the stone built church we tied spring posies in jam jars to the each of the pew ends. At the venue we hung lilac/purple bunting and an innovative seating plan! Instead of a traditional seating plan Kathryn came up with the idea to use a ladder, with the guest table lists marked onto antique juice bottles filled with scented yellow narcissus. For the guest tables we created miniature English gardens – herbs planted in a aged terracotta pots, ceramic birds, daffodils in mossed planters, and a selection of jam jars and miniature bottles with bright spring flowers sprightly popping out of them.

It was such a pleasure to be a part of this beautiful country wedding. The sweet couple gave out Sunflower and Wildflowers seeds for us to take home to remember their special day. So, today was a perfect day to start sowing! Hopefully in a few months we’ll see a results, and remember their gorgeous wedding day!

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A big THANK YOU to Lyndsey from Lyndsey Challis Photography for letting us share her beautiful work (and giving us a helping hand at the venue)! 

Easter Nest

We do love Christmas – pine trees, door wreaths, and pine garlands hanging on the fireplace. We even start to decorate our houses as early as November. You transform your house into something magical!

But don’t forget about celebrating Spring, and especially Easter. The first daffodils, the fresh green grass, white cherry blossom trees… the start of a new year!

So it would be a treat for me to show you how to make an Easter nest table arrangement, which you can use as your table centrepiece.

To make the nest base you will need wire ring, moss, reel wire, pussy willows and twigs.

Entwine the moss around the metal ring and add branched twigs. Then entwine the pussy willow twigs around the circle to make a nest base.

To give some colour to our twiggy nest we use spring bulbs and a selection of cut flowers such as bright yellow narcissus and paper whites. To keep them fresh you embed mini glass bottles filled with water, so you can keep changing the flowers on your wreath.

There you have your own Easter table arrangement. Good Luck!

Valentine’s day cliche

February – cold, wet and usually miserable time of the year. Did you know that in February we have “Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” (first Saturday of the month) – not a brilliant idea if it’s -10C outside, “Kite Flying Day” (8th of February) – excuse me! Are all the Summer days already booked up?! And the best one – “Don’t Cry over Spilled Milk Day” (11th of February) – is in recognition of everyone who spills a little bit of milk every now and then 🙂 It’s a day to  be optimistic, think positive, look on the bright side, and to find something good in everything that happens. I do like this day! From now one I’m going to celebrate it!

And then there is 14th of February – St. Valentine’s Day – you love it or hate it! But why not – why not to make it the LOVE day – let’s celebrate love! It’s so amazing to see an older gent coming to our shop and asking for a bunch of flowers for his beloved wife – she probably doesn’t even remember that it’s Valentines Day – but what a surprise when she opens the door and will see her husband for 45 years standing with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and big red heart balloon – isn’t it sweet…

So why be anti-Valentines day? I do understand that the cost of flowers increase on this day and you get frustrated at having to pay more than usual. Unfortunately because of high demand, flower growers put their prices up – so it affects us – the florists. But we will still do everything possible to make them beautiful and affordable! And why not support your local florist at least once a year.

So please spread the Love and be Happy!!!!

You can buy Valentine’s Day bouquets at our online shop www.YourLondonFlorist.co.uk or just give us a call 0208 920 3713 and speak with our trusted florist team (shown artistically modelling their own bouquets in these Valentines day pictures!)