Jun 20

Outdoor Weddings – Our Recent Weddings Outside

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Outdoor weddings are becoming more popular. As you can see from the photos below we work at quite a few wedding venues that offer the opportunity for couples to have an outside wedding ceremony.Outdoor wedding ceremony at Ettington Park Hotel near Stratford Upon Avon.

The two photos (above and below) are from a stunning spring wedding that I supplied the wedding flowers for at Ettington Park Hotel. The couple wanted to create a very natural but stylish look to their wedding and asked me to create their flowers in white with lots of foliage. The results were beautiful. The Chapel ruins in the grounds of the hotel makes a romantic setting for an outdoor wedding ceremony.

Outside wedding at Ettington Park Chapel, Warwickshire.

In our photo below you can see the flowers for Carla’s wedding ceremony also at Ettington Park. She chose the Orangery for her outdoor wedding in the garden. This ancient building provides an elegant backdrop for the ceremony. You can see more of our wedding flowers at this venue on the Ettington Park page.

Outside wedding ceremony flowers in the Orangery at Ettington Park.

The weather wasn’t on our side when we set up the wedding flowers for Abby’s summer wedding at Pendrell Hall as there was a chance of showers she had decided to get married inside instead. A wise choice as the inside ceremony room was equally spectacular as the outside option you can see below.

Outside wedding venue at Pendrall Hall, West Midlands.

If you’re looking for a truly country wedding venue then Wethele Manor may just suit you. We have worked on lots of outside weddings under the beautiful wooden beamed structure in the terrace garden at Wethele. You can see below how I’ve placed the couple’s top table flower arrangement on the registrar’s table for use during the outdoor wedding. Jenny and Joe had a beautiful sunny September day for their autumn themed country wedding.

Wedding ceremony flowers for an outdoor wedding at Wethele Manor.

You can also see how I attached a flower decoration onto the front beam for a recent summer wedding. We often attach flowers to the ends of the chairs marking the aisle. You can see more of our wedding flowers on the Wethele Manor page.

Outside wedding ceremony flowers at Wethele ManorBlue hydrangeas tied to the chairs for an outdoor wedding at Wethele Manor,

Below you can see our flower trees set up for an outdoor wedding at Warwick House in Southam. Flower trees work really well for outside wedding decorations as they’re very stable if the wind picks up.

A wedding ceremony set up outdoors at Warwick House near Leamington Spa.

We have so much experience and so many ideas to share with you if you too are planning an outdoor wedding. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your ideas.

May 01

Peony, Rose and Freesia Wedding Flowers

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Peony, rose and freesia bridal bouquet at Wethele Manor.

Peony, roses and freesias are a fabulous wedding flower combination. Not only do they look stunning they also smell beautiful. Here you can see how I used them to create Steph and Emmanuel’s wedding flowers.

Blush pink roses and white peonies for a spring wedding.

For Steph’s handtied posy bouquet I used the blush pink Avalanche roses with ivory peonies and freesias to give a really subtle hint of colour. See more examples of our pastel blush wedding flowers.

Peonie and rose handtied bridal bouquets

The bridesmaids posies were made as smaller versions of the brides bouquet but with white Avalanche roses. They looked stunning against the silver grey bridesmaids dresses. The three images above have kindly been given to me by Jo Hastings Photography.

Top table flowers in the marquee at Wethele Manor, Leamington Spa.

For the church and wedding reception flowers I added beautiful large white hydrangeas, cream and pale pink stocks and silver grey eucalyptus leaves. Above you can see the couple’s top table arrangement and below the low wedding centrepieces.

Low wedding centrepieces in the marquee at Wethele Manor.

Steph and Emmanuel had clear ideas of the look and style of wedding flowers they wanted for the marquee at Wethele Manor. I loved their idea of creating the herb bunches for the side of the brides and Groom’s chairs (photo above on the right).

I always work closely with couples to create the exact style and look of wedding flowers they want as they are such a special element of the wedding decorations. Please contact me to discuss your wedding flower ideas.

Apr 20

Ideas for Wedding Cake Flowers

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Phalaenopsis orchids decorating a wedding cake.

Cake Clusters

Fresh flowers can look stunning when they are attached to the tiers of a wedding cake. In the photos below you can see how I’ve made clusters of white phalaenopsis orchids to sit on the top and sides of the wedding cake. You can also see how I’ve added individual purple anemones to each tier of a chocolate cake.

Flowers placed on the tiers of the wedding cake.

Cake Topper

Using a cake topper is the easiest way to decorate a wedding cake with fresh flowers. I often make them in the same flowers as the bridal bouquet. Both of the ones you can see below are ones I’ve made with roses and freesias.

Roses and freesia cake toppers for wedding cakes.

Fresh Flower Cake Tiers

Placing individual flowers in-between the tiers of a wedding cake can really add the ‘wow factor’. Here you can see how I added beautiful white hydrangea’s and peonies in-between each tier. I also added a cluster to the top. To create this stunning effect I have to work with the cake maker as each tier is put together.

White peonies and hydrangeas placed in-between the tiers of a spring wedding cake.

Flower Cascade

You can see how I’ve created this stunning blue hydrangea cascade down Kate’s wedding cake. Kate had seen a photo like this online and I was so happy to be able to recreate it for her.

Blue hydrangeas cascading down a wedding cake.

Mar 31

Country Wedding with a Harvest Theme

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Country bridal bouquet for an autumn wedding with a harvest theme.

I had the great pleasure of supplying Jenny and Joe’s wedding flowers in October and was delighted when Jenny kindly sent me some of her professional photographer’s images, you can see several of them here.

Jenny had a clear idea of the style and look of her wedding flowers and I enjoyed transferring these ideas into reality for her. The theme for the wedding was a country harvest wedding, which was perfect for October. It also fitted wonderfully with the venue Wethele Manor as it’s a country farm with beautiful barns.

Buttonhole featuring wheat for an outside autumn wedding.

It was Jenny’s idea to incorporate wheat into the bouquets and buttonholes to give a real country harvest look to all her wedding flowers. You can see how I’ve added wheat ears into the bridal bouquet (photo below) and used them in the buttonholes (photo above). I think her idea worked wonderfully.
Autumn bridal bouquet at Whethele Manor, Leamington Spa.

It was a beautiful sunny October day that was perfect for the couple’s outdoor wedding ceremony. You can see them here at the registrar’s table on the terrace at Wethele Manor.

Wedding ceremony flowers for an outdoor wedding at Wethele Manor.

In the photos below you can see how I created the bridesmaids’ handtied posy bouquets out of wheat. They were finished with a hessian ribbon handle to fit with the rustic country look.
Harvest wedding themed bouquets featuring wheat.Fall posy bouquet featuring red Grand Prix roses orange freesias and wheat for a country wedding.Autumn posy bouquets for an outdoor wedding in the countryside.

Continuing with the autumn country wedding theme I created tall table arrangements out of beautiful red foliage and pine cones giving a lovely display of colour and texture to the marquee. I scattered pine cones around the base of the vases to complete the look.

Tall red leaf and twig wedding centrepieces for a country wedding at Wethele Manor.

A cheese wedding cake seemed a perfect fit for a harvest wedding and in this photo you can see one of the bridesmaids’ bouquets sitting next to it.

Cheese wedding cake for a harvest themed wedding.

If you are planning your wedding flowers at Wethele Manor then check out our featured page on this beautiful venue.

Do you need a florist that can take your ideas and turn them into your perfect wedding flowers? If you do, don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss your ideas.

Feb 10

How to Hold Your Bridal Bouquet

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

To Have and To Hold

Peonie and rose handtied bridal bouquets

Here are my top tips on how to hold your bridal bouquet, but don’t worry it’s not complicated it’s just that holding your bouquet in the correct way can make such a difference to your wedding photographs. Above you can see the stunning bouquets I made for Steph’s wedding. Photograph kindly given by Jo Hastings Photography.

The secret is remembering to relax your shoulders and arms and hold it around your waist. You don’t want to be holding it so high it looks like you’re about to smell it!

The advice is slightly different depending on the type of bridal bouquet so I’ve broken it down to the three main types of bouquets.

Posy Bouquets

Roses and freesias for a lilac weding colour theme.

You just need to tilt the bouquet forward slightly so all the beautiful flowers can be seen. When we make the posy bouquets we always cut the stems nice and short so that you can do this without having to hold it too far away from you.

Natural vintage style handtied posy bouquets.

This advice is the same for the bridesmaids, as most bridesmaids will be holding posy bouquets.

Ivory roses and blue thistle bouquets for a navy blue wedding colour theme.
Shower Bouquets

Brides holding their shower bouquets outside Walton Hall.

Our shower bouquets always have a handle on them, it’s part of the holder that they are made in. This makes them very easy to hold. Just remember the long trailing end of a shower bouquet should always be pointing down to the floor.

Handtied Sheaf Bouquets

Church pedestal arrangements featuring red flowers including roses.

Theses bouquets are held very differently as they are cradled in the arm. They rest into your arm and are held by that hand.

Jan 19

The Top 5 Wedding Flower Trends for 2017

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

I’m really looking forward to all of our 2017 weddings and here are my top 5 wedding trends that have been developing towards the end of last year and look like they are set to take hold into this year.

1.  Hydrangeas are Tipped to be the Flower of 2017

Blue and white hydrangea wedding flowers at Stoneleigh Abbey.

I’m delighted to see the increase in demand for these stunning flowers. The great news is hydrangeas are available from April to October so can be incorporated into spring, summer and autumn weddings.

White hydrangea and pale pink rose bridesmaids bouquets, Warwickshire.

I’ve been working with them a lot over the past couple of years and they work wonderfully in bridal bouquets, table centrepieces, churches and ceremony rooms.

flowers over chapel arch for wedding

White hydrangeas arranged on candelabras at Wroxall Abbey.

This big blousy flower has masses of impact and comes in lots of different colours and shades including white, pink and blue.

Blue hydrangea posy bouquet featuring ivory freesias and gypsophila.

Don’t miss my Hydrangea Wedding Flower page with more examples of the different colours and lots more of my designs.

2.  Lots of Foliage and the Love of all Things Natural

Thick greenery creates the entrance to a wedding in a wood.

I’m being asked to created designs that have more foliage in than ever, giving a really beautiful natural look to bouquets, table centrepieces and floral room decorations. I can’t decide if it’s due to an increase in outdoor weddings or a desire to have a more natural look.

Tall and low wedding centrepieces for a woodland themed wedding at Wethele Manor.

One of my favourite foliages is eucalyptus, I love its silver grey colour and it smells beautiful. In the photo below you can see it in Sarah’s handtied posy bouquet.

Ivory roses, freesias and pussy willow arranged with eucalyptus in a handtied posy bouquet.

Woodland weddings seem to be becoming really popular. I’ve worked on quite a few woodland wedding themes over the years but it looks like being very popular this year.

Natural wedding flower table decorations for a woodland wedding in Warwickshire.
We’ve been incorporating wood into room and table decorations in the form of logs, wood slices and the beautiful pussy willow twigs. I’ve also been adding pine cones into the arrangements and placing them on the table as a natural alternative to wedding confetti.

An arrangement of logs, trees, candles and flowers in a marquee.

An abundance of foliage also works really well for country wedding flowers. In the photo below you can see the table centrepieces I designed for Jenny’s autumn harvest wedding theme. I filled tall cone vases with pine cones and topped them with twigs and long branches of red leaves to give a very natural look.

Tall red leaf and twig wedding centrepieces for a country wedding at Wethele Manor.

As barn wedding venues have become more popular than ever, the rustic wedding theme has also increased. It’s really nice to incorporate the look and feel of the setting into your flower decorations.

I have so many more photos and designs so make sure you check out my Natural Wedding Theme page.

3.  Blush Colours are Proving Very Popular

blush cream, pink and peach roses in bridal bouquets.

Wedding flower colours are often influenced by the bridesmaids’ dresses. We’ve seen a big trend for delicate soft coloured dresses including mocha, blush pink, taupe and very soft pale green. These pastel colours are often reflected in the flower colour pallet.

blush pink and cream rose bouquet with natural berries foliage and veronica.

Pastel blush flower colours include soft pink, cream and peach and the most popular flower for all of these colours is the rose. We have our favourites in every colour, they are specifically chosen on quality, shape and longevity.

Below you can see our favourite cream rose the beautiful ‘Vendela’ it has a warmth to it that adds a subtle peach tone.

Ivory peonies and cream roses arranged in a posy bouquet.

Then there is our blush pink rose ‘Sweet Avalanche’. Below you can see it threaded through an ivory hydrangea.

White hydrangea and pale pink rose bridesmaids bouquets, Warwickshire.
If you you can’t decide on which one you like the best, then you can combine them to give you a soft range of colours. In the bouquet below you can see how I’ve combined the cream ‘Vendela’ rose with the blush pink ‘Sweet Avalanche’ and ivory gypsophila.

Pale pink and cream roses arranged in a psoy bouquet with ivory gypsophila flowers.

Another popular flower in the blush pink range is the peonie, you can see it here in the bridal bouquet I created for Marie Helene.

Pink peony handtied posy bouquet, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Don’t miss more beautiful images of our Pastel Blush Wedding Flowers.

4.  A Little Bit of Sparkle – Metallic Colour Palette

Sliver twigs and underwater lights to give the wedding centrepieces sparkle.

Metallic’s are predicted to be very popular this year. As there are no natural metallic flowers I often add gold, silver or copper accessories. These can be delicate embellishments to bouquets and buttonholes or large statement pieces such as metallic containers for floral room decorations and table centrepieces.

Candelabras decorated with flowers to fit in with a copper colour theme at Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire.

Gold wedding colour theme.

Coppers and golds add warmth to a room where as silver metals, mirrors and crystals add sparkle.

Metal, crystal and mirror to add sparkle to the wedding centrepieces.

Crackled silver wedding table decorations.

It is also possible to give a very delicate dusting of metallic to some flowers with special flower sprays.

5.  Hanging and Flowing Floral Arrangements

Blue hydrangeas cascading down a wedding cake.

Cascading flowers can really add an opulent look to your wedding decorations. In the photo above you can see how I created a waterfall of blue hydrangeas cascading down Kate’s wedding cake.

A heart made from roses and freesias hanging on the beam at Wethele Manor.

I’ve also been producing lots of hanging decorations to feature as statement pieces in barns and churches. Above you can see a heart I created, hanging from the beams in the barn at Wethele Manor.

Flower garlands at Walton Church, Wellesbourne.

Hanging garlands and flower arches also make stunning decorations for the outside of churches. As well as providing a beautiful entrance to an outside ceremony.

Wedding table flowers in the long gallery at Ettington Park Hotel

I love to work with the natural shape of a flower and there are plenty of cascading flowers. Two of our most popular are the Singapore orchids and deep pink amaranthus both of which I’ve used in the centrepieces you can see here. These tall centrepieces looked perfect in the long gallery at Ettington Park.

Wedding Flower Especially Designed For You

Whether you are following a trend or just choosing wedding flowers that you love then I’m always here to help and advise you. At Pure Botanics we treat every wedding as a unique event and I’m here to take your ideas and inspiration and design your own very special wedding flowers.

“Cindy listened to what I wanted, made suggestions and came up with fantastic designs”.

Lucy, a recent bride

Jan 17

Elegant Bijoux Wedding

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Handtied posy bouquet of white calla lilies.

Martine wanted a glamorous look to her wedding flowers and chose the simple but very elegant look that calla lilies give. As she was getting married just before the New Year celebrations she wanted to add a bit of sparkle. I added diamantes to the centre of the calla lilies and a large band of diamante ribbon on the bouquet handles.

Calla lily bridal bouquets with diamante detailing.

Martine and Paul had an intimate wedding at Nuthurst Grange hotel near Solihull in the early evening. They had a civil ceremony in the Chapel and a wedding breakfast in the stables.

Round top table arrangement featuring white roses and calla lilies.

Above you can see the circular top table arrangement that I made. I placed it first on the registrar’s table for the ceremony before it was then moved to the couple’s circular top table.

You might like to see more of our wedding flowers that we’ve produced for couples at Nuthurst Grange.

Jan 05

Winter Woodland Wedding Theme

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

I had a wonderful time designing and creating Sarah and Tom’s winter woodland themed wedding flowers.

An arrangement of logs, trees, candles and flowers in a marquee.

The couple had a strong wedding theme right from when I first met Sarah and her parents in the spring. It’s always a good idea to be super organised if you’re planning a wedding over the Christmas holiday season, as it’s quite a bit more complicated than the rest of the year.

Wedding table arrangements for a winter woodland wedding theme.

Sarah and Tom embraced the winter theme and loved the idea of using all things woody with lots of foliages especially the beautiful silver eucalyptus and dark green ferns.
Tall and low wedding centrepieces for a woodland themed wedding at Wethele Manor.

You can see (photo above right) how I have filled the tall centrepiece vases full of pussy willow to link with the woodland theme. Then I set about sourcing some bark-covered containers for the low centrepieces (photo above left) . Sarah wanted to keep the flowers simple and classic so she chose ivory roses, orchids and freesias.

Roses, orchids, eucalyptus arranged around large church candles for a top table arrangement.

Sarah saw a top table arrangement that I had created for another couples’ winter woodland wedding and we used this as inspiration to design the one you can see above and below. Fir cones, twigs and moss were incorporated into the arrangement as well as the pussy willow to keep with the woodland theme. A scattering of pine cones were placed along the length of the table.

A winter woodland wedding flower arrangement.

Sarah and Tom wanted to use a lot of candles throughout the venue so I placed three large candles into the top table. Candles are magical for a winter wedding, as it gets dark so quickly. I’ve probably never seen as many candles as they had at the venue, the candles went from the entrance barn at Wethele Manor through to the marquee.

candles and wedding flowers on logs

They even had fire pits lit outside on the terrace as the guests arrived. Fortunately it was a beautiful winter’s day with crisp white frost and glorious blue skies, perfect weather for the 28th December!

A heart made from roses and freesias hanging on the beam at Wethele Manor.

I entwined ivy around candles on the windowsill in the barn and created the beautiful heart that hung from the central beam (photo above). In the photo below you can see everyone busy putting the final touches to the marquee.

Pussy willow used in the tall wedding vases to give them a woodland theme.

Sarah and Tom’s wedding took place in the chapel at Princethorpe College where they had both been at school and I’m guessing this is where they met.

You can see the posy bouquet that I created for Sarah, she wanted a really loose look with plenty of foliage and pussy willow to link with the woodland wedding theme.

Ivory roses, freesias and pussy willow arranged with eucalyptus in a handtied posy bouquet.

Sarah’s bridesmaids had smaller versions of the bridal bouquet and the flower girls had miniature versions.

Freesias and fir cone buttonhole for the groom at a winter woodland wedding.

Tom’s buttonhole you can see above had a very small fir cone arranged with the white freesia and the gent’s all had miniature fir cone buttonholes.

Fir cone buttonhole backed with eucalyptus.

Even the mum’s corsages were linked with the wedding theme (photo below).

A freesia and eucalyptus lapel corsage.

It’s always really exciting for me to see everything coming together on the day as lots of planning had gone into making everything so magical. I love designing new flower arrangements to fit with couple’s themes.

Jan 04

White Christmas Wedding Flowers

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

It’s been a fantastic end to the year with three fabulous weddings between Christmas and the New Year.

Ivory rose handtied posy bouquets for a Christmas wedding at Ettington Park.

Here you can see the stunning bridal bouquets I made for Jackie’s wedding on the 27th December at Ettington Park Hotel. She chose these classic ivory roses with a hint of purple lisianthus to pick up the colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses.

Ivory roses and purple lisianthus shower bouquet for a Christmas wedding.

It was wonderful to hear from Jackie this morning, here is what she had to say about her Christmas wedding flowers:

“A massive thank you for the beautiful flowers you supplied for our wedding day, we brought them home and they’re still going strong. The bridal bouquets were out of this world, well all the arrangements were really. It was a fab day and your floral arrangements really made it.”

We have a vast amount of experience of creating wedding flowers over the Christmas holiday season. It’s a lot harder than other times of the year as the wholesale market is closed over the holiday. However with lots of care and planning it’s always been possible to supply beautiful flowers. It just means that instead of sitting on the sofa on Boxing day the Pure Botanics team were back in the workshop busy putting the final preparations together!

Check out the next couple of posts coming soon for the other two Christmas weddings that we created flowers for.

Dec 13

Christmas Floristry Workshop – Warwick Arts Centre

By Cindy | News

Flower wreath workshop at Warwick Arts Centre.

We had another sell out Masterclass at the Warwick Arts Centre, everyone got in the festive spirit creating fabulous Christmas flower decorations. This is the third time that I’ve presented a workshop at this venue; it’s such as wonderful environment to learn new skills.

Creating a Christmas door ring featuring red roses and berries.

The first creation for the day was a Christmas door wreath featuring red roses and ilex berries. Everyone produced amazing results with a beautiful wreath to take home.

Students creating Christmas door wreaths at Warwick University.

Making a Christmas door ring.

After lunch we set about creating a floral centrepiece featuring white gerberas, stocks, gypsophilia, daisies and seasonal foliages.

Students making a Christmas table decoration.

Gerbera's, gypsophila and stocks in a Christmas table centrepiece.

The course concentrates on learning floristry skills as well as taking home three beautiful flower arrangements and having fun.

Students making Christmas table flowers.

The day finished by creating a unique glass bauble arrangement featuring a gold cymbidium orchid with red rose buds and ilex berries.

Glass baubles with fresh flower decorations.

If you are interested in hearing about future courses then please feel free to email me or check out the Warwick Arts programme of events under the ‘Masterclass’ section.

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