Summer

The whirlwind that was summer 2016!

So I’m hanging on to the last of the summer and my last roses of the season are still blooming gloriously but even I can’t deny there’s a certain nip in the air in the mornings, my thoughts are beginning to turn to cosy knits and hot chocolate (and dare I say Christmas? Maybe not quite yet? ).

We have used more beautiful British flowers than ever before this year at Floribunda Rose from The Real Flower Company, Buckets of Blooms, Plant Passion and Sussex Roses to name but a few.  GB Foliage, Clowance and Tregothnan have kept us in British foliage and we’ve been busy foraging, growing and gathering locally ourselves too.

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This summer has been huge for Floribunda Rose. We have had the most incredible wedding season yet and have worked with some truly fabulous couples. My team and I have all poured our hearts and souls into the weddings we have created florals for.

I’ve loved having the opportunity to do some teaching ~ 1:1 classes, seasonal flower workshops and floral crowns for hen do’s too. There’s smoothening so satisfying about imparting tips and tricks and skills to those who are eager to learn, and who discover talents they didn’t know they held. We flowered an arbour down at the beach in Studland for a very special little girl’s naming day, cue matching mother and daughters floral crowns and an incredible cake which got the full flower treatment too!

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A few of the major highlights for me have been Amie and Simon’s beautifully stylish day at Nonsuch Mansion – Especially as we got to work with my all time favourite – The Wedding Stylist Sundari. She and gorgeous Bride Amie really took it to another level and everything was just stunning! We got very bespoke and even ended up hand making striped ribbons to go with the New York style that was incorporated into the wedding design for the bouquets buttonholes and corsages to make sure we stayed exactly on point. The colour scheme was Navy and gold and the colour palette for the floral design was Pink, White, Blush and Gold (with those navy and white stripes too) and it was seriously pretty.  I’m hoping to be able to share some pics with you from Chris Giles Photography – who nearly gave me heart failure whilst photographing the bouquets before they had had their moment down the aisle… but who I forgave when I saw the shots he’d managed to get. (You need nerves of steel in this job I tell you!) Here’s a peek from our IPhones in the meantime……

The piece de resistance of this wedding was this Silver Birch covered arbour which was adorned with British Garden roses, herbs, sweet peas, jasmine and so many other gorgeous ingredients…

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Rebecca and Sam’s stunning wedding at Syon House.  I loved working with Rebecca and Sam, they were so much fun (even bringing their gorgeous one eyed pug along to their consultation at my workshop — he’s seriously adorable) and getting up at the crack of dawn to come along to New Covent Garden Market to find out more about the flowers! There was lots of lush garlanding and an abundance of gloriously scented British Roses to perfume the air.

Gorgeous picture captured by the incredibly lovely and hugely talented Julie Kim Photography

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Ali and Dom’s big day was also at Syon House – which is SUCH a stunning venue. The great Hall is epic but Oh My Word – The Great Conservatory is incredible – Oh the light!!!

We worked our socks off on this one creating an 8ft by 8ft floral backdrop to completely hide the bronze Dying Gaul – We then dismantled the backdrop and reassembled it in an arm of the great conservatory (which just happens to lead to the most incredible cactus room) ready to be used as a Photo Booth backdrop. Shot beautifully captured by Ashlee Taylor Photography – The rest of the pics are under wraps for now but hopefully I can share more with you soon…

One bride who I got to know really well along the way to her big day was Claire… We got on like a house on fire from the first time we chatted wedding flowers.  This lady has style and class and was an absolute joy to work with from start to finish.  she even interviewed me for her fabulous blog — have a look here if you fancy a peek… http://thegreeneyedgirl.co.uk/2016/05/22/career-profile-sarah-floribunda-rose-artisan-wedding-florist/

When Claire’s big day to marry her gorgeous Beau Will at Hampton Manor finally arrived I was completely over excited and when I gave her bouquet to her I must admit I was struggling to hold it together myself! There may have been a (happy) tear or two…

We filled the church with flowers and light and Claire looked absolutely radiant.  Claire & Will opted for an all white colour palette and we finished the boutonnieres with pale lobelia velvet to set off the flowers against the navy suits, silver moon and gold ivory silk ribbons adorned the bouquets and despite being a monochromatic colour scheme it was full of texture and fragrance – we used the best of the season to give interest and organic beauty and I absolutely loved the simple elegance that reflected the couple completely ~ stylish, elegant and interesting.

Here’s a peek of how things looked in the workshop and behind the scenes on making day…

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I haven’t seen a single peek of how the flowers all looked on the day as we were so busy we didn’t get any shots but as it was Alethiea of www.xanderandthea.com behind the lens I just know there are going to be some beautiful fine art pics to show you soon.

Back soon with more pics & more of what’s been going on at Floribunda Rose… Until then ~ Happy September, hope it’s a good one x