Twelve Bouquets for Twelfth Night

It’s such a daunting task sorting through hundreds of photographs of my work, trying to narrow it down to just a few. My arrangements seem so varied, from classic shapes to outlandish creations. I am slightly over whelmed by the task ahead. Anyway, I’ve made a start (always good) and selected twelve bouquet shots to celebrate Twelfth Night and here they are.

1.An early spring bouquet created for Rebecca. I used soft hellebores, ranunculus and tulips for the main body of the bouquet and added sweeping ferns to create a vintage tear drop shape.

Image: SLR Photography

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2. Kate asks for lots of garden texture in her spring bouquet. That’s not always easy early on in the season, as many of the bulb stems snap if unsupported. Most of the texture here is created with parvifolia eucalyptus and a pale pink broom.

Image: Hannah Sherrington Photography

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3. May is such a vibrant time in the garden, so I was thrilled when Catherine opted for a riot of bright colours for her wedding flowers. Here is her bouquet of sweet peas, coral charm peonies, delphiniums and scilla.

Image: Neil Hanson Photography

Catherine & Ben's Wedding at Caswell House
Catherine & Ben’s Wedding at Caswell House

4. Beccy’s June wedding flowers included soft blush peonies mixed with highly fragrant ivory garden roses. Both elegant & romantic.

Image: Amy at Wookie Photography

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5. Jane asks for no particular flower to draw your eye in her bouquet. She wanted to re create a wild flower meadow vibe in pinks and blues. This bouquet was packed full of sweet peas, nigella, nepeta, aquilegia and achillea (plus a few more!)

Image: Katie Hamilton Photography

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6. Blush roses with strong blue nigella made a striking combination for this mid summer bouquet. The fever few running through softens the bouquet, giving a summer picnic kind of feel.

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7. It was great fun creating this bouquet for a primary coloured wedding in August. Teresa had great style and pulled the whole look off brilliantly.

Image: Phillipa James Photography

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8. Gemma’s July bouquet was a mix of dahlias, ageratum, alstromeria and veronica. I was lucky enough to have a little film made of me creating this one. You can watch it here: Making a Bridal Bouquet

Image: Alexis Jarworski Photography

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9. Poppy’s wedding was an English Country Garden affair with soft pastel roses, achillea and scabious. Wisps of panicum grass give a feathered outline to the shape.

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10. Natalie’s late summer wedding was packed full of dahlias, snowberries, snapdragons and astrantia.

Image: Ashley Jouhar Photography

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11. This textural bouquet of roses and grasses was created for Emma’s late summer wedding. There was an accent of deep peachy pink running through, so I was pleased to be able to use  the 2nd flush of heuchera flowers in it.

Image: Kevin Belson Photography

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12. And finally…An explosion of autumn colour for Natalie’s October wedding. A mass of berries, dahlias and craspedia. Bright, textural and unmissable!

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A huge thank you to all my brides, for choosing me to create your wedding flowers and allowing me to show them here. Also, much appreciation to all the wonderful photographers credited to these images.

I do have lots more photographs of my wedding work, which I love equally as much and hope to show on my new website soon.

Happy New Year to you all x

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I believe in Angels

I’m so excited to tell you about an art project that I worked on with the lovely Juliet Bennett at Babylon Flowers. Back in October she asked if I would like to collaborate on a floral installation for The Winter Pride Art Awards  being held at Tobacco Docks, London. I knew nothing about it but immediately said a big “Yes!”. It sounded exactly like the kind of thing I have been wanting to do for a while, to go back to creating big theatrical floral pieces. I asked a little more about the brief and Juliet said, “I think we can do anything we like, the brief is ” Art is….”. “Fabulous!” I thought. Pretty much right there and then we decided we were going to do huge angel wings. Creating angel wings made of British flowers in November was an exciting challenge and one which we were both ready for. The symbolism of angel wings seemed to sit brilliantly with British flowers. We wanted to create a floral installation that celebrated nature and that it’s art is all around us. We called it ” I believe in Angels”.

Juliet Bennett & Jo Wise at Tobacco Docks
Juliet Bennett & Jo Wise at Tobacco Docks

 

We decided we’d make them as big as possible (i.e. to whatever we could fit in the van!) So each wing was over 3.5 metres tall and just shy of 1.5 metres across at it’s widest point. The two wings were made separately and could be bolted together.

We were incredibly lucky that Juliet had a friend Dom, who worked in film & TV and was able to make the metal frames for us, which were then covered in chicken wire. Rick Bennett from Babylon Plants (Juliet’s husband) had the brainwave of using dried statice as the main coverage. We knew we would have to keep the weight down as the wings were going to be hung, plus it was going to be me and Juliet carting them around! So we both decided on pampas grass for the feathers. The creamy colouring and elegant way it arched made it the perfect choice and gave the piece a touch of 1930’s elegance, with the pampas looking a bit like a feather bower or an exotic dancers fan! We found out later pampas grass has a symbolism too, I’ll let you google that one yourself. Suffice to say it gave our floral art piece and unexpected edginess ,  even if it was unbeknown to us at the time!

Juliet Bennett & Jo Wise up a scaffolding tower with some scented narcissi
Juliet Bennett & Jo Wise up a scaffolding tower with some scented narcissi

We added silver birch to give texture and accentuate some of the lines and took buckets of paperwhite narcissus sourced from the Isles of Scilly to add in situ.

The wings were installed pretty quickly and easily with the help of my friend John Holtorp and we were finished in good time. So all that was left for us to do was have a quick whizz around Spitalfields Market and plan our outfits for the award ceremony later that evening.

Our floral wings take flight
Our floral wings take flight

Juliet used to be a milliner and mask maker so had brought a couple of feather masks with her which we wore on our heads ( mine was rather on the tall side and I caught a few strange looks while travelling on the train back to the venue)

Tobacco Docks looked amazing at night with a beautiful old ship lit up outside welcoming us in. A continuous stream of vodka cocktails were on offer and some beautiful pieces of art on display.

Sculpture by Finn Stone
Sculpture by Finn Stone

 

Glass sculpture by Ilua Hauck da Silva
Glass sculpture by Ilua Hauck da Silva

The award ceremony started as we sat down to dinner. There were various awards for different art mediums and we were treated to short films, dance pieces, poetry, music, moving speeches and enjoyed some compelling performance art. The overall winner was a performance piece by Kimatica.

 

Maria Kimatica performing her winning piece
Maria Kimatica performing her winning piece
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Nevedya performing Miosis

While we were eating our main course they were presenting the Alternative Arts Awards and I thought I heard “Babylon Flowers & Floral Circus”. Surely not I thought, I looked at Juliet across the table and she was quite clearly thinking the same thing. They had to say our names twice (bless us) before we realised we’d won! We were so shocked and unprepared I can’t even tell you if I said anything at all. Juliet managed a “thank you”, so at least we’d said that much!

Juliet Bennet and Jo Wise on the winning podium
Juliet Bennet and Jo Wise on the winning podium

It was such a magical night and the whole collaboration with Babylon Flowers was an absolute joy from start to finish.

Huge thanks to Ren Brocklehurst for all the fabulous photographs and Rick and team at Babylon Plants for putting up with all the fluffs of pampas grass left in our wake while we were creating the wings. And finally a big thank you to  Simon Tarrant Director of Winter Pride Art Awards for actually entering us into the competition!

Juliet & Jo with their award
Juliet & Jo with their award

I want to make something else big now!

 

 

Mood Board Monday – Barn Charm Meadow Style

Create a summer picnic vibe with lots of barn charm for your July wedding
Create a summer picnic vibe with lots of barn charm for your July wedding

Mixing strong colours with a few pastels will give you a summery garden mix. The softer tones will allow your strong colours to really pop out. Change scale and the shape of the flowers used to create texture for a meadow style wedding.

THE BLOOM BRIGADE

I have had great fun meeting new growers this month. My aim was to gather flowers from various local growers and form a collective called The Bloom Brigade. Growing flowers is a hard business commercially and meeting all the expectations of brides is a challenge with the British weather being so unpredictable. So, to have a wider selection of gardens to gather from made sense.

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Coming soon will be a page on my website called The Bloom Brigade, which will list the local growers that supply me with links to their websites. It’s very liberating for me to be learning so much and working with new varieties. Another huge plus at the moment is, I’m following the peonies around so get to work with them longer. I have two gardens with them still to bloom.

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I feel ever so lucky that a couple of private gardens have approached me. They don’t grow commercially but have STUNNING gardens, years of experience and just want their flowers to be enjoyed. In one of those gardens I found these beauties, which shows British flowers don’t HAVE to be cottagey. They can be elegant too.

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