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!

planting sunflower seeds

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!

Secret forest at The Brewery

Last October we arranged wedding flowers for a beautiful couple – Gina and Chris. They chose The Brewery as their wedding venue – a stunning place with history in every corner. Brick walls, beams and high timber ceilings make this venue such a unique place in the heart of London. As the ceilings are so high in The Brewery we created tall table arrangements with twisted twigs and pussy willow to make an impact in such a big space. Gina wanted to create a romantic woodland feel so we added hanging t-lights to the table centerpieces. I love to use seasonal flowers in an arrangements and I was so pleased that Gina chose an orange and cream colour scheme – perfect for an Autumn wedding.

Gina and Chris had a real dream teem to organise their big day – The Perrys Wedding Company – The Wedding Lounge – Photography by Adam We created a short video to give you a better idea how everything was set up on a day.

Greek wedding with Asian spice at The Langham Hotel

It was such a pleasure to create flowers for Vasoula and Imran that it’s a shame they’ll be getting married just once.

Vasoula was the most relaxed bride I ever met. One meeting, a few emails, and result!

Vasoula wanted to have romantic wedding flowers to match the Grand Ballroom at the The Langham hotel. She chose white and blush coloured flowers with a selection of silvery foliage. We made two designs: tall vases with a loose flower ball on a top and low arrangements on glass stands. We used blush talea and avalanche roses, dahlia and white hydrangea – stunning ingredients!

For the top table we arranged compact flower posies with a selection of t-lights and parfumerie bottles in between, in order to create a romantic wedding feel.

After the wedding the lucky guests got to take flowers home!

It was always a pleasure to work with a great wedding planning team Perrys (they always make sure we have enough coffee!) and great Greek wedding photographers team Nek Vardikos Photography Read their blog and see the wedding through the photographers lens.

Thank you for a lovely testimonial:

“Migle of Your London Florist was our florist for our wedding in September 2014. We met some other florists, but Migle was, by far, our favourite! Migle is so down to earth and took the time to listen and to understand what we were seeking for our wedding. Migle and her team created some fabulous arrangements for our wedding, which were simply spectacular! We received such positive feedback from our guests and they were thrilled to be able to take the flowers home with them! Migle’s creativity is classic and she and her team created such romantic scenes, not only with the stunning floral arrangements, but also with the use of beautiful glass perfumes and candles, offering great opulence! We can’t wait to see her and her work again :)”

Imran & Vasoula

Country style wedding at Gaynes Park Barns

Congratulations to Amelia and Luke! It was a real pleasure to arrange flowers for such a lovely couple. It was also so rewarding creating arrangements under glass cloches (domes). A visually stunning and simple yet original idea for low centerpieces.

Venue: Gaynes Park Barns

“Just wanted to say a Huge Thank You to Migle and all the team at Your London Florist for putting together such beautiful flowers for our wedding. The flowers were made and presented so beautifully, with such pretty little touches, which make your day. Thank you Your London Florist!! We would highly recommend you!!”

Amelia & Luke

French Style Wedding

Summer is over and our wedding season is coming to a close. It has been an amazing year, and we had the pleasure to meet plenty of lovely couples. One of them was Gaby and Mark. Their big day was held at the stunning venue The Longstowe Hall – 10 miles from Cambridge.

Gaby had lots of great deco ideas. For example – she collected lots of bottles and sprayed them in white. We arranged them in groups around the drinks reception with cream, pink and burgundy flowers. I love a bit of Wedding DIY!

Thank you so much to Lizzie and Rhoddy from Elizabeth Lois Photography for shearing their beautiful wedding pics with us.

 

It’s all about the details

Just by glancing at these stunning pictures of Jolita’s and Andy’s wedding at Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel you get a real sense of this year’s trends: cream & blush colour, lace & pearls, and most importantly – attention to detail! A small silver heart attached to a bridal bouquet with pictures of people you wish were there; buttonholes wrapped in satin ribbon to match the bridal flowers; top table arrangements surrounded with perfume bottles, t-lights and pearls. Small details are what make your arrangements unique.

Special thank you to: Perrys The Wedding Company for arranging such a beautiful day; The Wedding Lounge – adding a special deco touch; and Photography by Adam for capturing every detail.