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September 8, 2016 heaw81

behind the scenes...

I'm so excited to share these "behind the scenes" pictures taken by my
close friend, Samm Jayne of Paper Angel Photography.

 

It dawned on me recently that while my couples
LOVE that I cut their flowers a matter of days before their wedding...
they've not actually seen me in action. So here are the results- enjoy!

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Arriving at Carol's cutting patch in Eckington is heaven- awesome views and a heap
of flowers to chop. This particular cutting session was for the gorgeous, Tess and Gareth,
who married a few days later in Redditch. I was also asked to create something
special for a photoshoot with local dress designer Sophie Wynne-Owen,
so there'll be lots more photos to share with you at a later date!

 

So, as you can see, it was a belter of a day- in fact even at 8am it was probably a little too
hot for the flowers to be cut... I could have done with an earlier start to be honest but my
trusty assistant was in tow with a poorly tummy.

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Whenever I go to cut for my couples weddings,  I like to first identify my key flowers
and "must-haves"... building the colour palette and overall look as I continue to cut.
Tess and Gareth's design brief was a for a colourful and relaxed Summer picnic
so I wanted to build on that with a variety of colour and textures.

 

Below you'll see me cutting key blooms including  Gaura Lindheimeri, Nepeta Nuda (cat mint), Echinops (for the buttonholes and Dahlias. Other fab additions included Cosmos,
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lunch break

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Once I have everything cut and I'm happy the trolly gets loaded and the car filled...
lunch happens at some point if there's time... but I am usually itching to get the flowers back to my workshop so I can get them fully conditioned and stored in the cool and dark.

 

Conditioning the flowers is a key part for any florist- it's a process that helps prolong the life of the flowers. Of course, when I cut at the patch the flowers go straight into water but once back at the workshop I systematically go through every stem, removing lower foliage (preventing water pollution from rotting leaves) and re-cutting stems at an angle to enhance water up-take.
Off shoot stems are also cut in order to maximise overall stem count.  

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Once conditioned (ideally for 12 hours), I allocate the flowers according to the quote.
I mentally label the Brides bucket of flowers and those for the Bridesmaids,
table arrangements, thank you bouquets, Buttonholes etc etc thus ensuring
that the wedding flowers have an overall balance and look.

 

Once I've divvied up the flowers I can set about creating!

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Every designer works differently... but for me... I like to create a base shape using minimal foliage,
adding focal flowers and then building on the overall look by threading in with
transitional and textural elements until complete.

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The inevitable mess... means only one thing... finished flowers!

 

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So,  I hope you've enjoyed this post and feel a bit more clued up about how I work
 and go about creating wedding flowers for my couples.

 

Being part of someone's wedding day is an absolute pleasure and privilege for me
and is made all the better working with locally grown British flowers!

 

Let's call it a Labour of Love ! 

 

 

 

CREDITS :

Photography: Paper Angel Photography
Silk Ribbons: Heirloom Silk AND Lancaster and Cornish,

 

 

June 25, 2015 heaw81


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This time last year I teamed up with the ridiculously talented Sam of Paper Angel Photography, Rock Follies Vintage & Revamp Art for a photoshoot at Spetchley Park Gardens… not quite sure where the past 12 months have gone but I thought it fitting to share the images one year on!

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As you’ll see, it was the most gorgeous day; filled with fab vintage attire, bright British blooms and set in the stunning grounds of Spetchley! To be honest, we were spoilt for choice with the locations… we squeezed SO much in; from ribbons to table settings, a mock ceremony, pictures in the greenhouse and recreating the indoors, outdoors.
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Even in the early planning stages, the ribbons were something Sam and I had had our hearts set on doing and the rest just followed. John of ReVamp Art lent us all the furniture, I raided my collection of glasses, lace and crockery… & Lynda… well, she’s just the Queen of all things vintage! From dresses to shoes, suits, accessories and all kinds of nic-nacs- you must find her- she has the best shop in Worcester !
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I love the above shot… totally impromptu but it worked and was lovely to see the table have a secondary purpose to looking pretty ! Sam is one of those photographers who has the nak of getting ‘those’ shots… the ones that look easy but you never get yourself! Unsurprisingly, Sam got the photoshoot featured on the  Whimsical Wedding Wonderland blog back in February this year…. was pretty chuffed 😉

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The next set of shots capture a slightly darker mood- these might actually be my favourites…. the combination of all three girls and the eerie overgrow greenhouse. It’s all a bit reminiscent of a ghost story or ‘Day of the Trifids’.

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and finally the indoor-outdoor shots… lots of ‘vintage finds’ and plenty of flower filled jugs! Perfect !

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Thanks again for visiting and another huge thanks to all those involed!! MWAH ! Hannah. x

 

PHOTOGRAPHY- Sam. Paper Angel Photography

FLOWERS & STYLING- Hannah. Bride and bloom

DRESSES, SUITS & ACCESSORIES- Lynda. Rock Follies Vintage

MAKE UP- Sophie. Sophie Cantrill Makeup Artist

VENUE- Spetchley Park Gardens

HAIR- Emma Jane. Emmarella

FURNITURE & PROPS- John Wain. Revamp Art and Home Style

 

 

 

May 13, 2015 heaw81

chair backs

I know you’ll have a million of other things on your mind that you consider to be “details”… BUT… do consider having chair-backs, even if just for you and your other half! They make for a fab photo and are definitely having a moment right now! For more inspiration check out my Pinterest account.

April 15, 2015 heaw81

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Nothing like a bit of Spring sunshine to get the flowers growing! Happy hump day from me this www!

Hannah. x

April 1, 2015 heaw81

branching out

This blog post doesn’t need much explaining….. it’s Spring and our beautiful British nature is doing it’s thing! Why not capture it at your wedding by using some fab flowering Spring branches!? They look fab in most vessels- jars, bottles, tins, jugs…. and will certainly add  bit of statement to your day.

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 So, if you’re a Spring Bride or Groom-to-be this could be a look worth considering, it is also dead easy to do if you’re thinking to DIY your own venue flowers! Similarly it’s quick for your florist to set up so will help on the purse strings if you’re using a florist.

all images are taken from pinterest.

February 18, 2015 heaw81

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Calling all Mums, Daughters, Aunties, Sisters, Grandmas, Girlfriends, Cousins and Nieces !

This Mothers Day, celebrate with something a bit different by coming along to one of my Floral Workshops on the 14th March!  Bring along your favourite females and learn how to create a lovely hand-tied Spring bouquet, which is yours to keep, using fabulous seasonal British Flowers and foliages. All your equipment, materials and flowers are included in the price, including copious amounts of tea, coffee and homemade cake!

Places are limited so do get in touch to book your place. Email me at hello@bridebloom.co.uk

December 20, 2014 heaw81


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Saturday 6th December saw my first Wreath Workshop here in Worcester….  well, specifically at Warren Farm in Brockhampton. The farm is run and owned by James and Victoria Hawkins, a talented couple who produce award winning Rapeseed oil, fresh apple juice and thankfully for me, have now turned their hands to growing British Flowers! Since meeting them earlier this year, we’ve chatted over tea, coffee, cake, mud and of course flowers…. I can’t wait for the growing season to come round again…. any excuse for a natter and to pick flowers with that view!

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Putting this blog post together has been a real pleasure and I hope you enjoy it… I won’t chat too much but you must know that it was SOOO much fun! We had the most perfect crisp Winters day for it, everyone who came was lovely and working with James and Victoria is just so easy… especially as Victoria makes a mean mince pie!  Oh and Sam…… my lovely mate Sam… the talented lady who took all these pictures! We’ve only known each other nine months or so but I have to say, she’s a bloody good laugh and a talented photographer to boot! So thanks again Sam…. you’re a keeper!

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Ok, I said I wouldn’t chat too much but for those who haven’t made a wreath from scratch….. first off you moss a wire ring- as illustrated above by the lovely Cheryl (love this shot)! Next, choose your materials, create bundles and bind them onto the mossed ring with the reel wire.

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keep layering and binding on your bundles until you fill the mossed ring…..

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    Here I am, lending a hand to Cheryl… apart from the odd suggestion, she and the rest of the group “got it” and they were soon fully immersed in              decorating their wreaths. I love how a room falls silent to concentration… it’s how I felt when I did my floristry courses and to be honest,                   to witness it in my own workshop made me feel very proud!

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so while we crafted our wreaths, winter continued and the chickens roamed…

we did, of course finish our masterpieces- ALL completely different and unique… here are a few… with an obligatory group photo, no less!

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 Well, I hope you enjoyed my most epic blog post yet!? Come 2015 there will be alot more of these and of course, MORE workshops;             handtieds and floral crowns to name a few will be on the agenda, so keep your eyes peeled or get in touch to organise your own group session!

          As you might have been able to tell, I had a tough job deciding on which photos to blog but you can check-out some of the others below.            PHOTOS: Sam of Paper Angel Photography  VENUE: Warren Farm

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