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Cindy is a professional wedding florist, with the experience of working on 100's of wedding throughout Warwickshire and the Midlands. Find out more here

Jun 02

Who Wears a Buttonhole for a Wedding?

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Phalaenopsis orchid buttonholes for a winter wedding.

The gents’ wear buttonholes and the ladies wear corsages. Now when it comes to deciding who needs one then my advice is to stick to the main wedding party.

Here is simple guide to who needs a wedding buttonhole:

First and foremost it’s the groom! Often we make the groom’s buttonhole slightly different to the rest of the gent’s by adding a small extra detail. Here you can see one I created for a recent Groom. I’ve added a small pine cone and deep blue berries to match with the bridal bouquet that had a winter wedding theme.

Groom's buttonhole featuring an ivory rose, pinecone and blue berries for a winter wedding.

You can see from the two photo’s below how the Groom’s buttonhole features the main flower in the brides bouquet, so that you get a lovely coordinated look.

Buttonholes made to coordinate with the bridal bouquet flowers.

Next you need to include buttonholes for the dad’s, best man, ushers, page boys and don’t forget any granddads.

Wedding flowers in ivory and lilac at Ansty Hall.

Basically you want to include the gents’ in the main wedding party that are likely to feature in the wedding photos. Above you can see a photo from Lauren and Anthony’s wedding that I produced the wedding flowers for at Ansty Hall.

I look forward to hearing from you to discuss all your wedding flower requirements. Please use the contact form or you can call me on 0788 7557489.

May 01

What Flowers do I Need to Decorate the Church?

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

One of the most cost effective ways to decorate your church is with pedestal arrangements.

Church pedestal arrangements featuring red flowers including roses.

Pedestal Arrangements

These large flower arrangements do a great job of adding your colour and flower theme to the wedding ceremony as well as giving the church a beautiful fragrance.

We often place two pedestal arrangements at either side of the altar (see photo above) so that when your guests sit down it sets the scene for a wedding ceremony. Some of the churches we decorate are not large enough to have both pedestal arrangements at the altar so we often use one in the entrance to greet everyone as they walk in and the second at the side of the altar.

Pew Ends

Pew ends decorating a church ready for a wedding.

Another popular church wedding flower decoration are pew ends. This is often a bunch of flowers that coordinate with the rest of the wedding flowers or a single flower. When I attach them to the pews I always use colour co-ordinating satin ribbon bows so everything matches.

Above you can see a cluster of Singapore orchids and in the photo on the right a single white hydrangea. You don’t necessarily need one on every pew end, we often use them on every other or at the start, middle and top of the aisle.

Flower Archways

flowers over chapel arch for wedding

Flower arches look stunning. In the photo above you can see one I created in Wren’s Cathedral at Wroxall Abbey.

Flower Garlands

The handrails and pillars decorated with wedding flowers, St James Church Walton.

If your church doesn’t have a suitable arch then flower garlands around pillars or handrails are a pretty alternative. Here you can see how I’ve created them in St James Chapel, Walton using Singapore orchids.

Finally front facing flower arrangements work well on windowsills as these can often be transported after the wedding to your reception venue. These flower hearts have also been very popular. I have created these to be placed on church doorways and hanging on the lectern as seen here below.

heart shaped wedding flowers on church pulpit

It’s really up to you to decide how much you want to decorate your church with flowers, sometimes it comes down to budget and or the size or decorative nature of the church.

For help and ideas for decorating your church with wedding flowers then please feel free to contact me to discuss your ideas and look at the options.

Apr 23

Ladies Wedding Corsages

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

We often get asked if there is a difference between the gent’s buttonholes and the ladies. The answer is a simple yes! The ladies normally wear corsages, which are slightly larger and made differently to the gents’ buttonholes.

Singapore orchid lapel corsages being delivered to the wedding.

Above you can see four of our white Singapore orchid lapel corsages packed in the bridal box. (photo courtesy of R&S Gillespie) Our lapel corsages are often made on magnets, which makes them really easy to attach to the lapel of a jacket. It also means you don’t get any pin marks on the jacket. Below you can see them being worn.

Mum's wearing lapel corsages at a wedding.

Who wears a corsage? Normally it will be the mums, grandmothers and possibly sisters if they are not being bridesmaids. The reason we create corsages in orchids is because they are light flat flowers so they sit well on a jacket.

If your wedding is in the really warm summer months the females might not have a tailored jacket. It they have a lightweight top in a soft floaty fabric a lapel corsage will not be suitable. So the alternative is a handbag corsage as seen in the photos below.

Orchids decorating a clutch bag.

You can see that once again I’ve used the beautiful orchids. I like to have the handbags at our workshop six weeks before the wedding so that I can work out how I’m going to attach it and know that I’ve got it ready for the day. It then gets delivered on the morning of the wedding with the flowers on it.

Singapore orchids and freesia's decorating a handbag.

The final type of corsage (seen below) is a wrist corsage. We make these on a soft wire bracelet that can easily be adjusted to fit the wrist and ensures it stays in place.

Singapore orchid wrist corsage.

Apr 12

My Floristry Masterclass at Warwick University

By Cindy | News

I was delighted to present the floristry Masterclass at Warwick University over the weekend.

It was a fantastic venue with a full class of 14 participants. Unfortunately we had to turn some people away as we were fully booked.Making aqua packed bouquets at the floristry workshop in Warwickshire.

Everybody had a great time and took home three professional arrangements.

Delivering the flowers to Warwick Arts Centre for the Masterclass.

I had help from Paul to unload all the flowers and sundries for the class early on Sunday morning.

Floristry demonstration at Warwick University.

Above you can see me in full flow demonstrating the aqua pack bouquet.

Students on the flower masterclass at Warwick university.

Everyone hard at work concentrating on creating their own bouquets.

Preparing flowers at the floristry workshop.

Students arranging flowers at the Pure Botanics masterclass.

Great results were achieved by everyone, the aqua pack is not the easiest of bouquets to create.

Working on a dining table flower arrangement.

After lunch everyone got to work on their table decorations.

Rose and anthurium table arrangement

What stunning table centrepieces, they were all really beautiful.

Table arrangement created by a student at the floristry masterclass at Wawick Arts Centre.

Congratulations to all of those that attended I was really impressed with the standard of work that everyone achieved.

Mar 21

Spring Wedding Flowers: What Flowers are in Season?

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Spring is a wonderful time of the year to get married, it’s now as popular as the summer. Pink peony handtied posy bouquet, Stratford-Upon-Avon.If you’re planning your spring wedding, here is a guide to some of the most popular spring wedding flowers.


Currently the most popular spring wedding flower is the peony. It has a wonderful large bloom with a mass of delicate petals. It always amazes me how such a large bloom can come out of such a small bud.

Peonies come in a variety of colours including classic white, the very popular soft pink, deep pink, peach and burgundy.

A white posy bouquet featuring peonies, roses, hydrangeas and freesias.

They have a beautiful fragrance and I just love having them in the workshop as their fragrance fills the room. They are a great choice for vintage and country style wedding themes as well as the soft romantic wedding look.

Peonies work well in posy bouquets on their own as seen in the photo at the top of this page, created with the pretty Sarah Bernhardt peonies. They also work well with roses and freesias as seen in the photos above and below.

A spring wedding bouquet featuring pink peonies.

Here you can see how I placed them in-between the tiers of a wedding cake, I teamed them with white hydrangeas.

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

The flower meaning: Bashfulness.


A beautiful delicate flower with a vivid dark centre. The anemone comes in a variety of colours from white, red, deep purple, burgundy, cerise pink, pale pink and a vivid blue/purple.

They work really well for vibrant spring wedding colour themes.

Purple anemone wedding flowers.

Anemones look really good when teamed with other spring flowers including tulips (see photo above left). They also look fantastic on their own as seen above decorating this rather delicious looking chocolate wedding cake.

Spring wedding bouquets featuring anemones, ranunculus and freesias.

In the photo above left you can see how I have combined the anemones with roses, freesias and ranunculus to create this very rich looking bridal posy bouquet.

The flower meaning: Sincerity.


Ranunculus are one of my favourite flowers, I just love the range of colours this pretty little flower comes in. They are available in white with a pink strip (as seen in the photo below), white, burgundy red (as seen in the buttonhole photo below) cream (also seen as a buttonhole below). Other colours include vivid yellow, orange, peach, dark pink and red.

Spring bridal bouquet in pink and cream featuring ranunculus, roses and peonies.

Burgundy red and white ranunculus buttonholes for a spring wedding.

This flower has the appearance of a giant buttercup with its mass of delicate petals. It works very well in posy bouquets for a natural relaxed country and wild flower wedding look. You can team it with roses and freesias as seen above. It also works very well with other spring flowers such as anemones, astrantia and sweet williams.

The flower meaning (I like this one): I am dazzled by your charms.

Narcissus (Daffodils)

If you want to add a splash of colourful sunshine yellow into your spring wedding flower theme then there is nothing more perfect than the daffodil. It works really well when used on mass. You can see in the photos below how I have used the sunny yellow daffodils to produce the handtied posy bouquet this bridesmaid is holding. For the flower girl I used the pretty smaller headed version.

Posy bouquets made with yellow daffodils.

The small tête-à-tête make into perfect buttonholes when clustered together. You can see the ones I made for this spring wedding in the photo below.

Daffodil buttonholes for a spring wedding.

You can also get daffodils in white and there are many different varieties available.

Flower meaning: You’re the only one.

I hope this gives you lots of ideas if you are planning your own special spring wedding flowers. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your own unique flower requirements and to check if we are still available for your wedding date.

Mar 01

Wroxall Abbey Spring Wedding Fair

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

I’m delighted to be exhibiting at the Spring wedding fair at Wroxall Abbey.

White hydrangea and pale pink rose bridesmaids bouquets, Warwickshire.

It’s being held on Sunday 20th March 2016 and doors open at 12.00 midday.


If you are planning your wedding at this unique wedding venue why not come and visit me at my stand to discuss your wedding flowers. I have over thirteen years experience of working at Wroxall Abbey, so there’s lots to see in my extensive wedding flower portfolio.

wroxall-wedding-bouquetsIf you’re getting married somewhere else in the county of Warwickshire, The West Midlands or Solihull why not come and see me on the day to discuss your wedding flower requirements. I will be situated in the marquee at Wroxall Abbey.

Before the event why not check out my Wroxall Wedding Flower page on our website.

I look forward to seeing you all there.

Feb 18

Learn How to Create Stunning Home and Gift Flowers From a Professional Florist

By Cindy | News

I’m delighted to be part of the Masterclass workshops that are running at The Warwick Arts Centre.

Delivering gerbera and iris centrepieces for an event.
In April I will be running a one-day workshop on ‘How to Create Stunning Home and Gift Flowers’. Lots of people have asked me “how can I create beautiful flowers for my home and friends” so if you’re one of those people follow the link here to check out my workshop at the Warwick Arts Centre.

Learn my tips and tricks on how to make flowers into beautiful gifts and arrangements. And the best bit is you will create three wonderful flower arrangements to take home.

Ivory rose and gypsophila thank you bouquets.
I’m going to be showing you how to create a wonderful aqua packed bouquet that any friend or relative will be delighted to receive. A table decoration, which will look stunning in the centre of your table. Finally how to add flowers to your presents and gifts to give them that extra WOW factor.

If you would like to come along and join me to learn how to produce flowers for your home from a professional florist I’d love to see you there. You just need to sign up on the Warwick Art Centre Website.

Feb 14

Gypsophila the Trendy Flower for 2016 Weddings

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Every year we have a flower that tops the trendy chart and this year it’s got to be gypsophila. Here you can see the flowers I produced for Laura’s wedding at Walton Hall at the start of this month.

Romantic gypsophila rose and freesia handtied posy bouquet.
Gypsophila works so well with roses and freesias (photo above) it’s a beautiful timeless combination and fits perfectly for a romantic country wedding theme.

Wedding corsages and bouquets featuring gypsophila.
This pretty delicate little flower has a few names it’s often referred to as ‘Gyp’, ‘Baby’s Breath’ and ‘Maiden’s Breath’.

Lace covered wedding bouquet handle.

The beautiful delicate texture of gypsophila works really well with lace wedding dresses. Here you can see (photo above) how I covered Laura’s bouquet handle with lace to coordinate with the lace on her wedding dress.

Gypsophila works well in all the different wedding flower arrangements. Photo above left is a lapel corsage made for the mother of the bride. The bride chose freesias and gypsophila as they had personal importance to her. You can also the gent’s buttonholes in the photo below.

Gypsophila and freesia buttonholes.
The couple chose our tall wedding centrepieces (photo below) for the wedding breakfast. They had seen a similar design in our portfolio. The gypsophila gives a wonderful delicate texture to the arrangements.

Romantic tall wedding centrepieces featuring roses, gypsophila and freesias in ivory.

See more examples of our ivory white wedding flowers.

Jan 06

Choosing your Wedding Florist for a 2016 Wedding

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Bridal rose bouquet, Ingon Manor in Warwickshire.

I’m really looking forward to working on all the wonderful weddings that we already have booked for 2016.

If you haven’t already got your wedding florist booked, then please don’t hesitate to contact me to see if I have your wedding date available.

Setting up the civil ceremony flowers at Ingon Manor near Stratford-Upon -Avon

At Pure Botanics we approach the planning, preparation and delivery of your wedding flowers very differently to other retail florists. With us it’s all about the individual designed approach so that you get exactly what you want to fit with your budget, colour and style. I have over 12 years experience of working on a countless number of weddings each of which are unique to the couple I created them for.

When you book your flowers with me you can be ensured of a quality of flowers and service that are like no other. We are not high street retail florists that are busy working on running their shop. We are wedding specialists and only book one wedding per date to ensure our own unique quality of service and set up.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you to design your perfect wedding flowers.

Dec 09

Christmas Wedding Flowers

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Over the years I’ve produced wedding flowers for many couples on the run up to Christmas as well as over the Christmas holidays. It’s a very romantic time to get married and many people choose to have their wedding in December for that reason.

Bride meeting santa clause before here wedding at Coombe Abbey
Above you can see Annanlisa meeting Santa Claus, Mrs Christmas and their reindeer just before her dad is about to walk her down the aisle. It’s a great shot that really captures the delights of a Christmas wedding. Annanlisa chose red roses to fit with the Christmas wedding theme. She asked me to design her a shower bouquet that was packed with red roses and featured a small trailing point.

Red rose shower bouquet for a christmas themed weddingAnother great shot as the couple pose for photographs by the lake at Coombe Abbey. I’m always really grateful to people who send us such fantastic shots as they are great to see and share with other brides to be. You can see here that although it’s December its one of those beautiful mild sunny winter days which is just perfect for a wedding.

The couple chose to keep with the romantic theme of red roses for their wedding centrepieces. I decorated candelabras with the roses, red hypericum berries and winter foliages. Candles are a perfect choice for a December wedding as it gets dark so much early and adds that special ambiance to the wedding breakfast.

If you are planning a Christmas wedding and need help planning your wedding flower be sure to get in contact as we have a wealth of experience of providing quality flowers over the Christmas season.