Dec 03

Christmas Flower Arranging Masterclass – Warwick Arts Centre

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Xmas wreath making workshop at Warwick Arts Centre

Everyone had a fantastic day at my Christmas Floristry Masterclass held at the Warwick Arts Centre. It was a hive of festive activity as everyone learnt new floristry skills and improved on existing ones.

“This is the second flower masterclass I have attended and once again, we had a lovely day. The trainer was again excellent, friendly and knowledgeable. We created two lovely arrangements and a Christmas wreath with her clear instruction and help.”

Christmas door wreaths made at a workshop

We started the day by making a Christmas door wreath from scratch. You can see the wonderful ones in the photos above that everyone created. I think you’ll agree that they came out so well and looked very professionally made. It’s hard to imagine that they only had a simple metal ring to start with. This was then built up with moss and bunches of ivy, holly and blue spruce to create a luxurious foliage wreath.

Christmas table decorations in red and white flowers

After lunch I then demonstrated a table centrepiece featuring a double based vase filled with spiralling silver twigs. The inner vase was filled with beautiful ivory roses, bloom chrysanthemums and spray carnations arranged with seasonal ferns, blue spruce and finished with tall silver twigs. Perfect for the centre of any dining table during the festive season.

“Practical session that fitted a lot in in the day. Good to be able to create things, with good explanations and tips, but didn’t get bogged down talking about the theory. Cindy created a nice atmosphere for the day.”

Christmas flower workshop at Warwick University

“Very good session and well led by Cindy, there was a lot of practical work rather than just watching demonstrations. I was impressed with the amount of material that we could use and take home with us.”

The third and final piece of the day was a front facing Christmas themed flower arrangement, perfect for siting on a sideboard, hall table or fireplace. These were created with stunning red ‘Grand Prix’ roses incorporated with seasonal foliages and Christmas baubles.

Learning how to create festive flower arrangements.

It’s always an absolute pleasure to work at Warwick University. The Helen Marr Studio is a wonderful space for the workshop and the masterclasses always attracts such keen students that achieve fantastic results.

“It was even better than I expected! Cindy is such a natural teacher, very funny, friendly and helpful. Can’t wait to attend more of her classes.”

As everyone goes home laden with their floral creations, I like to think that they also take-home new skills and knowledge so that they can create more beautiful flower arrangements in the future.

“I came away with three lovely arrangements and learnt new skills. The teacher was excellent.”

Aug 23

Top Tips For Keeping Your Wedding Flowers Fresh

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

As the temperature rocketed we were busy cooling things down here at Pure Botanics. It has been our busiest July for weddings and without a doubt the hottest we have ever experienced, but I’m delighted that all the flowers went out as perfect and fresh as they always do.

Blue pink and purple bridal handtied posy bouquets

It was a fantastic summer for outdoor weddings. As this trend has really taken off now, we’re seeing more and more couples choose to be married outside. Below you can see Hannah and Anil’s outside wedding ceremony that I set up in the grounds of Coombe Abbey. This photograph was taken just before 11.00 in the morning as the couple were having a 12.00 ceremony. You can see the blue skies above and I can clearly remember the heat of the sun as we set the scene for a perfect outdoor wedding ceremony.

Outdoor wedding ceremony flowers at Coombe Abbey

The couple chose to have beautiful large pedestal arrangements to mark the start of the aisle, these were followed up with two matching ones either side of the registrar’s table. Pedestal arrangements really help to mark key areas of the ceremony and draw the eye down the aisle.

Here is what Hannah and Anil had to say about their wedding flowers that I created for them.

“I honestly cannot thank you enough for our beautiful flowers on Sunday. They were everything we imagined and more. You are amazing.”

White and blue wedding bouquets.

I also remember how hot it was even early in the morning when I delivered Judith’s wedding flowers over to Brandon Hall Hotel (photo above).

We have been liaising with venues making sure that there was somewhere cool to store the wedding bouquets and buttonholes during the hot weather. Most venues have a cellar, this proved to be a great place to store the bridal bouquets and buttonholes on the morning of the wedding. For our brides that were leaving from home we found cool spaces in areas like the garage or a spare room with the curtains closed.

Here is what Judith had to say about her wedding flowers:

“Hi Cindy thank you for the amazing flowers I was so pleased with them and everyone commented on how beautiful they were.”

Tall wedding centrepieces at Warwick Castle.

In the photo’s above you can see the stunning tall table centrepieces that I created for Jo and Jermaine’s wedding at Warwick Castle. All wedding flowers must be installed and finished by 10.00 a.m. at the castle so that we can be off site before the general public arrive. The Great Hall in the Castle is such an old building with thick stone wall it stays cool even with the incredible heat outside. Our more modern wedding venues all had air conditioning that does absolutely no harm to the flowers.

Jo and Jermaine had a wonderful wedding day and sent me this message about their flowers.

“I was going to message you today to say the biggest thank you for the flowers they were absolutely beautiful, and everyone commented on how stunning they were. So so pleased.” 

So even though I might have got a little hot during the heat wave, I’m pleased to say that the flowers didn’t. I’m also really delighted for the couples that had their hearts set on an outdoor wedding, the English weather didn’t let them down.

Apr 27

New Trend for Groom’s Buttonholes, He’ll Actually Want To Wear

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

wedding buttonholes for a rustic wedding

As weddings are becoming slightly less formal and couples opt for the more relaxed venues, the trend for less formal buttonholes has emerged. These new designs are perfect for those gents that are not keen on flowers that are too large or traditional.

lavender and dusty miller buttonhole for a country wedding

Here you can see a small selection of buttonhole designs that I’ve created for some of our customers. Above you can see a really delicate buttonhole featuring lavender and beautiful dusty miller silver foliage. I’ve finished the stem with white satin ribbon and bow detailing.

fir cone and pussy willow buttonhole for a wedding with a woodland theme.

Rustic and Woodland Wedding Themes

If you are getting married outside, in a barn, tepee or a country wedding location you might be going for a rustic or woodland wedding theme. In the photo’s above and below you can see how I’ve added twigs, herbs, ferns and delicate flowers and herbs to create a small cluster buttonhole. They’ve been finished with brown raffia to give a natural look.

Rustic wedding buttonholes for a barn wedding venue.

Gypsophila has been a really popular choice for wedding flowers over the last five years. Below you can see how I’ve incorporated into the gent’s buttonholes. It’s a great flower for small delicate buttonholes which are often popular with groom’s that don’t want too big a flower. It also works well when added to other flowers like the rose you can see here.

Gypsophila buttonholes for country weddings.

I adore these little acorns that I backed with fern, rosemary, ivy and twigs for a rustic wedding held in a woodland setting.

Acorn buttonhole for a woodland wedding theme.

See more of our designs on our buttonhole’s page.

Mar 01

Wedding Decorations – Creating The Wow Factor

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

I’ve just published my great little guide on “How to Create the WOW Factor with Your Wedding Decorations”.

wedding decoration report by pure botanics

Time and time again we get feedback like this from our brides.

“A complete WOW factor, they were amazing. All my guests loved them.”

Vicky and John, Stratford Manor, Stratford-Upon-Avon

“Perfection! They were absolutely stunning and really put the finishing touch to our venue.”

Kate and Ricky, Walton Hall, Wellesbourne

In this guide I share with you my secrets and tips on how to have the most amazing wedding decorations that will have all your guests talking …all on a realistic budget.

Lime green and ivory wedding centrepieces in martini vases

Download your free wedding guide that’s full of helpful hints and advice on planning your perfect wedding decorations.

Feb 06

Wedding Flower Trends for 2018

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Excitement is mounting as we are busy talking to couples planning their wedding flowers for this year. There are definitely some trends emerging from what my clients are requesting. Here is my guide to what’s trending in wedding flowers for 2018.

Lots of Foliage

Bride and bridesmaids photographed with their posy bouquets in ivory.

We saw a trend for more foliage last year and it is set to stay for 2018. Brides are asking for more loose natural style bouquets with plenty of foliage.

White crescent shaped posy bouquet featuring roses, freesias and eucalyptus.

You can see in the photo above how Ella (the bride) chose to have lovely silver eucalyptus foliage in all her bridal bouquets. She asked me to create her bouquets with a natural loose style with an elegant and classic look.

You can see more of Ella’s Wedding Flowers on our featured weddings page.

Eucalyptus is increasingly popular, it’s a pretty soft greeny grey and smells wonderful. It works in all wedding flower arrangements and is particularly good in churches as it’s a lighter shade and stands out.

natural outdoor wedding ceremony flowers Ettington Park

You can see here (photo above and below) how I’ve used lots of different types of foliage and white freesias to create this ‘Woodsy’ style arrangement for an outdoor wedding ceremony at Ettington Park. I incorporate twigs and moss to fit with the natural theme.

An outdoor wedding ceremony at Ettington Park hotel.

As the guests walked across the lawn and up to the Long Gallery their path was marked by candlelight. This included these beautiful cascading floral arrangements (photo below) that I created on the staircase. The couple wanted foliage that was rich and textured that fitted with the grand style of the venue décor.

Wedding candle flowers at Ettington Park on the staircase.

Texture

Having met with lots of brides this January, one thing that is coming up time and time again is texture.

natural style bridal posy bouquet in soft peach and cream

Three particular flowers that brides have chosen are Astilbe – the white fluffy flower you can see in the bouquet above and the pink one in the ceremony arrangement below. Astrantia – also known as pincushion flower, give a natural country feel and are the smaller white flowers in bouquet above. Still remaining popular is Gypsophila, that you can see in abundance packed into the arrangement below.

romantic gypsophila top table arrangement

All three of these flowers will add texture to bouquets, buttonholes and arrangements.

Colour Pallets

Last year we were working with lots of pale blush colours and classic ivories, this is also set to stay for 2018.

Elegant rose bridal posy bouquets, Solihull.

You can see how I created Gemma’s stunning bridal bouquets (above) and wedding centrepieces (below) at Hampton Manor below in this colour theme. You can see all of Gemma and Olivers wedding flowers on our featured weddings page.

Candelabra wedding centrepieces decorated with roses and hydrangeas at Hampton Manor.

Like many of our brides, Justyna (seen here in the photo below) also went for the soft blush colour theme for her wedding at Warwick Castle. The creams and hints of peach worked perfectly with the soft gold of her bridesmaids’ bouquets. As this was a spring wedding she chose the popular peonies in blush pink and ivory. I combined these with hydrangeas and roses to give a very elegant look.

Bride and bridesmaids holding handtied posy bouquets of roses peonies and hydrangeas.

See more photos of Justyna’s Spring Wedding Flowers.

Table Runners

I’ve been really enjoying creating new designs to fit with the trend for table runners. You will see lots of designs online that run down the centre of tressel tables. These are stunning if you are going for that type of table set up, however the majority of our couples are still choosing round tables. So I’ve been creating table runners to go along the front of the top table.

Wedding garland in soft pink and ivory at Hampton Manor Solihull.

As top tables can be really quite long, the budget for a full solid table runner can be prohibitive so above you can see how I’ve created a similar look by using flower clusters linked with trailing ruscus leaves.Trailing ivy and eucalyptus wound around candles and decorated with ivory flowers.

For a looser more natural look I created the one you can see here (above) that has a lots of different foliages twisting around mini hurricane vases and trailing down the front of the table.

Ultra Viloet

Deep purple and burgundy red anemones in a bridal bouquet.

This seems to be the buzz word in wedding colours as we start the year with an emphasis on purples coming back into fashion. So we’ll see if this comes true. I’m definitely seeing flower colour choices fall into two distinctive categories either the blush and neutral or the deep rich purples and red so there might be something in the predictions.

Looking Forward to the Year Ahead

It’s always wonderful to see patterns and trends emerging from our clients and we always like to stay ahead of the fashions. But don’t be a slave to them, go for colours and flowers that suit you as a couple and fit with your look and style of wedding and I look forward to helping many of you achieve your perfect wedding flowers this year.

Please contact me for a free consultation to discuss your wedding flowers for this year or next.

Jan 20

Classic Rose Wedding Flowers with Two Different Looks

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Roses are by far the most popular flower for weddings, the flower meaning for the rose is very appropriately ‘Love’.

Vendela rose wedding bouquet

We literally have hundreds of them delivered to us every week and I have my favourites in every colour and shade with new ones being bred all the time.

Recent Weddings

I thought I’d share these two stunning recent weddings to show you how one flower can be used to create two different looks. Both brides Laura (below right) and Rebecca (below left) chose ivory roses for their main wedding flower. The main difference was Rebecca wanted only roses for the bridal bouquets and Laura asked me for texture.

Two brides holding rose posy bouquets on the stairs at Walton Hall, Warwickshire.

Rebecca’s Wedding Flowers – Walton Hall

You’ll see from the stunning photos that all Rebecca’s bouquets had a very structured neat and classic look to them. This is created by just using a single flower and in this case the rose.

bride and bridesmaids bouquets featuring ivory roses and diamante clusters.

Her bouquet (close up above right) is rather unique too as it’s a perfect ball shape with every rose head being secured into a bouquet holder.

Round ball shape bridal boquet.

For the bridesmaids’ handtied posy bouquets she didn’t want any foliage, as this would have spoilt the clean structured look.

Rose bridal bouquets.

Laura’s Wedding Flowers – Walton Hall

In contrast Laura still wanted a classic look but she wanted to soften it with a delicate texture and make it look more natural but still keep the overall look very neat. We chose to add gypsophila to the roses, which is perfect for adding texture and I added ivory freesias for a more natural bouquet look .

Posy bridal bouquet in ivory featuring roses, gypsophila and freesias.

Pretty rose and gypsophila bridal bouquets for a recent wedding at Walton Hall.

The only difference between all of Laura’s bridal bouquets is size. The bride usually has a larger bouquet than the bridesmaids and the adult bridesmaids are then quite a lot larger than the young flower girl bouquets. You can see that mum even chose the same flowers for her lapel corsage (above left).

Bridesmaids holding bouquets of roses, gypsophila and freesias.

These two photos of the gent’s buttonholes nicely illustrates the two different looks as the first is Laura’s groom Steve with the freesias and gyp for the textured look. Then below you can see Rebecca’s groom Craig wearing the classic rose.

Groomsmen with freesia and gyp buttonholes for a winter wedding at Walton Hall.

Cream Vendela rose buttonholes.

To see more photos of both these beautiful weddings take a look at them on our featured wedding page by following the links below:

Laura and Steve’s Walton Hall Winter Wedding.
Rebecca and Craig’s Spring Wedding at Walton Hall.

Dec 27

Beaming Smiles for a Pastel Blue Wedding Colour Theme – Warwick House

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Warwick House wedding bouquets, Southam.

Every wedding is different and each couple is always going to want to create their own unique look, style and atmosphere to their wedding day. Some people need a little help and guidance but others like Jill and Jem have a clear idea of what they want to achieve right from the start.

Beautifully Coordinated.

The couple, with the help of their daughters, created the perfect balance of beautifully coordinated with a relaxed and joyous atmosphere.

Ivory wedding flowers for a pastel blue wedding colour theme.

The choice of flowers that were made by the whole family worked wonderfully. I think classic ivory works beautifully with the pale blue. I also like the hint of blue in Jill’s bridal bouquet, it just gives that subtle link without overpowering the fresh look.

Ivory rose, phalaenopsis and blue triteleia teardrop bouquet.

Roses, orchids and freesias are glorious when creating bouquets with elegance and classic style and I think you’ll agree that’s what I managed to do with Jill’s bouquet (photo above).

Rose buttonhole and an orchid lapel corsage to match the bridal bouquet.

Ivory rose, orchid and gypsophila wedding bouquets.

Picking up the gypsophila for the bridesmaids’ echoed the beautiful lace detail on their dresses and gave their bouquets a modern touch as gypsophila really has been a highly fashionable flower recently.

Wedding ceremony flowers for a pale blue colour theme.

If you’re planning a civil ceremony it’s a good idea to use your top table on the registrar’s table for the wedding ceremony. It can then easily be moved over to the top table for the wedding breakfast.

Table arrangements for a wedding at Warwick House, Warwickshire.

Be sure to take a look at more of the photos and information about Jill and Jem’s fabulous wedding at Warwick House on our featured wedding page.

Bride and groom during a civil wedding ceremony at Warwick House near Leamington Spa.

Dec 17

Professional Wedding Florist – Our Services Explained

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Cindy delivering wedding flowers to Warwick Castle.

When you book your wedding flowers with Pure Botanics you can be assured that we take care of everything for you.

“David and I absolutely loved the flowers and were so happy with the ease of communication throughout.”

Ella and David 

Delivering Your Wedding Flowers

Delivering the bridal bouquets to our bride at Walton Hall.

We deliver all of the bouquets, buttonholes and corsages to the bride on the morning of the wedding.

“I just wanted to let you know how amazing our wedding flowers were and how much we appreciate your fabulous service. We didn’t have to worry about anything.”

Alison and David

Setting Up At Your Venue

Setting up candelabra wedding centrepieces at Hampton Manor, Solihull.

We set up all of the wedding flowers at the ceremony and reception venues. This includes putting up flower displays and positioning all of the flower arrangements and table centrepieces.

Setting up tall wedding centrepieces at Ashorne Hill, Leamington Spa.

“We just wanted to say a huge thank you for the delivery, set up and making of our beautiful wedding flowers.”

Ama and Neil

Collection Of Sundries

Cindy from Pure Botanics collecting from a wedding.

Many of our couples hire our pedestal stands, vases, candelabras, trees, mirrors and tea light holders. We collect all our hired items the next day, leaving the flowers for you to give away to friends and family.

“What can I say…..the flowers were absolutely stunning. Our guests greatly admired your handiwork so much so that we allowed our close friends to take away the table pieces as a momento of the day.”

Tam

“Everyone on the day spoke about how beautiful the flowers were and what’s better is they lasted a while after so decorated our house for the after wedding celebrations!”

Ella and David 

The best part is this is all included in our prices. You don’t have to do a thing. The morning of a wedding can be very busy. Time flies by with hairdressers, make up artists and photographers, the last thing you want to be worrying about is setting up or collecting your wedding flowers. You don’t have to worry as we are here to take care of everything for you.

Testimonials

We have pages full of wonderful testimonials from previous brides, here are just a few of the most recent ones:

“Throughout all of our planning you have been so helpful and reliable, we honestly can’t thank you enough.”

Rebecca and Ian

“Thank you so much for all your guidance and the wonderful flowers and arrangements. My bouquet was beautiful and all the other flowers were fantastic. I would recommend your company to anyone getting married – you are a star.”

Danielle

Cindy delivering the bouquets to the bride on the morning of her wedding.

“I wouldn’t change anything your customer service is fantastic. The flowers were absolutely beautiful. Better than I could have ever imagined. Thank You.”

Abbey (seen in the photo above) and Luke 

Nov 27

Natural Muted Wedding Flowers – Fiona and Mat’s Wedding

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Bride holding a pastel flower bouquet in the church grounds in Leamington Spa.

The sun was already starting to shine as I boxed the bridal bouquets ready to deliver them over to Fiona’s (the bride seen above) Mum’s house in Leamington Spa. I love delivering the bouquets to the bride on the morning as it’s such an exciting time. The flower delivery is normally the first thing to arrive and people often remark that the day starts to feel more real once the bouquets have arrived.

Cream and blush pink rose wedding bouquets.

I loved the delicate muted tones that Fiona chose for her wedding flowers, all the tones and shades coordinated beautifully with the shades of the dresses. Fiona’s stunning bridal gown even had a delicate hint of blush (photo below).

The bride and her mum photographed outside the church holding her rose posy bouquet.

The warm buttermilk tone of the stunning ‘Vendela’ roses worked beautifully with the bridesmaids dresses . It was clear to see that Fiona had gone to a lot of trouble to coordinate and theme all of her wedding decorations.

Dusky buttercream 'Vendela' roses in posy bouquets for the bridesmaids.

Hydrangea’s were a wonderful choice for this wedding as they fitted perfectly with the vintage theme of the wedding. The shade of pale blue that I ordered in was a really soft pastel blue so that it coordinated with the muted shades of the rest of the wedding flowers. There are so many different shades of blue when it comes to hydrangeas and these were just right. The peak season for hydrangeas is May to September, this is the time when you have more choice of colours.

Tall pale blue hydrangea wedding centrepieces at Wethele Manor, Warwickshire.

It’s always so exciting to see everything coming together. As I set out the table arrangements in the marquee at Wethele Manor (photo above) it was lovely to see it all complete and looking wonderful before the wedding guests arrived.

Blush pink and cream bridal bouquet photographed with the bride and groom.

Sit back and relax as you can pour over more of Fiona and Mat’s wonderful wedding photos on our featured wedding page. A lot of the photos were kindly given to us by Tim Hodges Photography.

Nov 16

Natural Top Table Garlands

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Trailing ivy and eucalyptus wound around candles and decorated with ivory flowers.

Natural Trailing Garlands

As there has been a trend for wedding flowers to have a more natural look we are being asked to create designs with more foliage in them. Beware of over doing the foliage as you can create a look that’s rather untidy or too large.

I think we achieved a great balance with Ella’s top table garland (above) between keeping it natural with trailing and hanging foliage without over doing it and using up too much of the table. I also added plenty of flowers to give it a soft pretty appearance.

“David and I absolutely loved the flowers and were so happy with the ease of communication throughout. Everyone on the day spoke about how beautiful the flowers were.”

Ella and David, Nailcote Hall, Balsall Common

Two examples of wedding garlands used on the top table during the wedding breakfast.
Ella had candle centrepieces on all of her guest tables so I incorporated our mini hurricane vases with small church candles into her garland (photo above right). Garlands are a perfect choice if you want flowers to cover the whole length of the table.

Ivory and blush pink garland running the length of the top table for a wedding at Hampton Manor.

Flower Cluster Garlands

When I first spoke to Gemma about creating her top table garland (photos above and below) she wanted the flowers to be more dominant than the foliage. However she still wanted a natural look. So I came up with the design you see here with flower clusters linked with trailing soft ruscus leaves and white Singapore orchids.

Wedding garland in soft pink and ivory at Hampton Manor Solihull.

Unlike Ella top table design, Gemma did not want her garland to fall down the front of the table so we made sure it all sat of the edge of the table.

Flower clusters linked with ruscus and Singapore orchids to form a top table garland.

I love interpreting everyone’s ideas and coming up with unique designs that are perfect for each individual wedding. It always amazes me how you can slightly change some elements and come up with a design that’s unique.

Please contact me if you would like me to design your own unique wedding flowers.

See more of our Wedding Table Flowers.

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