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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

Oct 24

Autumn Wedding Flowers at Stoneleigh Abbey

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Setting up the orangery at Stoneleigh Abbey for a civil wedding ceremony.I love the colours of autumn and was delighted to work on Fayeza’s wedding flowers in October that incorporated the wonderful colours of the season. Above you can see the ceremony flowers that I delivered and set up in the Orangery at Stoneleigh Abbey.

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The bride chose ivory roses and freesias and I teamed these with burnt orange cymbidium orchids, deep red anigozanthos and brown scabiosa seed heads. Above you can see the teardrop shower bouquet that I designed for Fayeza, she was keen to have a small neat bouquet that was packed full of flowers.

Stoneleigh abbey ceremony flowers in the orangery.
The wedding ceremony took place in the beautiful Orangery at Stoneleigh Abbey nestled on the side of the Abbey and overlooking the river. Two large pedestal arrangements work perfectly in here as they add colour and fragrance to the ceremony room as well as filling the space around the ceremony area. I also placed their top table arrangement on the ceremony table. The Autumnal colours worked perfectly in here with the stone walls, ivory chair covers and white aisle carpet.

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All of these ceremony arrangements were then moved to the wedding breakfast in the Saloon at the Abbey. The couple also employed us to collect all of the flowers at the end of the evening to take them to a second ceremony the following day.

in the photo above you can see how I set them up the following day for a large family celebration. We always help couple to plan how they can maximise the use of their flowers as they are so beautiful and will last for many days. These were finally collected and delivered to Fayeza’s mother’s house to enjoy and the bride said they were still lasting after 7 days!

Sep 25

Delivering Wedding Flowers to Warwick Castle

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

At Pure Botanics we are totally committed to every aspect of your wedding flowers, which include the delivery and set up of flowers at your chosen wedding venue. Here’s a sneak peak behind the scenes at a recent wedding, so you can see how we work.

Delivering thank you wedding bouquets to Warwick Castle.

Above you can see me delivering the flowers for a recent wedding at Warwick Castle. The bride had purchased two of our stunning thank you bouquets to be given as gifts during the wedding speeches.

For the wedding reception the bride and groom chose our spectacular tall candelabras which I decorated with a full all round display of flowers in pink, lilac and ivory.

Delivering wedding candleabra centrepieces to Warwick Castle.
There is a lot to be done when it comes to delivering and setting up at any venue on the morning of the wedding. We work closely with the wedding venue to arrange a time and delivery slot so that everything is looking wonderful when the wedding guests arrive. Each wedding venue is different and our years of experience are invaluable as we know the staff and set up at all the major wedding venues in Warwickshire and the West Midlands.

Setting up our candleabra wedding flowers at Warick Castle.
I will also advise you of how to maximise the use of your flowers below you can see me with the top table arrangement. This piece is often used on the registrar’s table during the wedding ceremony before being placed on the top table in the wedding breakfast.

Delivering the top table for a wedding at Warwick Castle.
Not only do we take care of the set up we also collect all of our hired items like these candelabra stands after the wedding, which normally happens on the next day to give you time to remove and give away the flowers! All this service is designed to leave you with the least amount of stress and the maximum amount of time to enjoy getting ready for your wedding day.

Jul 24

Natural Country Wedding Flowers at Wethele Manor

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

It was a beautiful summers morning when I set up Thea’s wedding flowers at Wethele Manor on the outskirts of Leamington Spa.
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Thea wanted to take inspiration from the natural country setting of Wethele Manor into her wedding flowers. So I created displays with a very natural garden look. Her colour theme was blue, purple, pink and lime green. She chose blue hydrangeas, blue thistle, purply pink roses, green hypericum berries, purple veronica and ivory freesias and stocks.

I was so pleased to see the sun beaming down on the courtyard at Wethele Manor as Thea and Nick were having an outside ceremony. Above you can see the flowers that I placed in the centre of the oak beam of the Orchard Bothy for the ceremony.
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This was matched with beautiful blue hydrangea chair ends. I placed these on the chairs either side of the aisle.

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In the marquee you can see the pretty jug arrangements that I created for the centerpieces. These arrangements not only look beautiful they smell heavenly as the stocks and freesias give off a wonderful fragrance. Another great thing about these table arrangements is they make great gift to give away after the wedding.

We have been producing wedding flowers for many couples over the last eight years at Wethele Manor and it’s a venue I always really enjoy working at. See other photos of some of the other flowers we have produced for previous couples at this unique wedding venue.

Jun 10

Ideas for Your Top Table Flower Arrangement

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

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There are plenty of ways to decorate your top table and a flower arrangement is the perfect way to add colour, texture and style to your wedding table.

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The most popular top table set up is a long one that faces out across the room with the bride and groom sitting in the centre. Above you can see two examples of what I call a long and low arrangement. The great thing about a long and low is it sits well in front of the bride and groom trails out along the table and falls down the front. So when all your guests are looking your way it sits in the perfect position.

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Some people decide to lengthen this arrangement and you can see how I have add two small versions either side of the central arrangement on Sue’s top table. The main reason being that Sue loves flowers and wanted to have a really beautiful arrangement that ran the length of the table.

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For couple that have chosen the candelabra arrangements on the round guest table they often opt for a top table arrangement with candles in it. Here you can see one that I created for Lisa’s winter wedding at Wroxall Abbey. I placed three large church candles into the arrangement surrounded by beautiful white Phaleanopsis and Singapore orchids. This looked stunning in the evening as it gets darker earlier in the winter it added really atmosphere to the wedding breakfast.

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If you are not a fan of long and low’s then don’t worry we have plenty of other designs, two of which you can see here. The one above is pails of flowers that I placed along Amy’s top table at Wethele Manor, these really suited the country feel of the wedding venue.

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Above you can see how I placed random jam jars filled with flower posies along Gemma and Oliver’s top table at the Dormy House Hotel. Gemma had a pearl theme running through her wedding so I ran strings of pearls in-between the jam jar posies.
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If you are not having a long top table you might be happy with the same table arrangement that is on the rest of the tables but if not we can always create you a unique arrangement. Here you can see two examples, Kate’s above featuring the beautiful blue and ivory hydrangeas to match with the rest of the wedding flowers, the other tables had tall arrangements so this marked the top table out by being different.

Below you can see Rebecca’s featuring the lovely church candles at various heights and surrounded by stunning red roses.

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So there are plenty of ideas and designs of how to use flowers to decorate your top table. We also really recommend that you use your top table arrangement in the ceremony as it can work really well on the registrar’s table or altar in the church.

May 30

How to Plan Your Civil Ceremony Wedding Flowers

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Flower trees marking the start of the aisle at a wedding ceremony at Walton Hall

There are so many different and unique wedding venues from weddings outside, in a church, barn, castle, historic buildings and hotels. Over the years we have done them all and have a lot of photos and ideas of how you can use flowers to make your ceremony unique.

Here you can see Kimberly and Morris’s civil wedding ceremony at Walton Hall Hotel. Having seen the flower trees on my presentation, Kimberly chose these to mark the start of the aisle (see photos above). This sets the scene for the guests as they enter the room and helps to define the asile.

It can often be quite difficult for people to visualise how the room is going to look as you rarely see them set up for the ceremony. It’s easy for me as I work on them all the time, but seeing other peoples ideas and photos that I have when you come for a consultation can give you some really good ideas.

Ivory gerbera and rose wedding flowers at walton hall

At the top of the aisle Kimberley and Morris chose our large floor standing vases filled with coordinating flowers. I also placed one of their top table arrangement on the registrars table. This is a key area to think about as not only is the wedding ceremony held here it’s where a lot of the photos are taken.

You can see how stunning it looked all set up and ready for the civil ceremony, this is a lovely room at Walton Hall with its high ceilings and stunning chandeliers.

bride holding an ivory shower bouquet outside walton hall

Here you can also see Kimberley with her beautiful shower bouquet that I created for her posing outside the entrance to Walton Hall.

May 16

Blue Hydrangea Wedding Flowers at Jephson Gardens

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Blue hydrangea wedding centrepieces.

It was a lovely sunny weekend for Sarah and Antony’s wedding in Jephson Gardens. Sarah’s bridesmaid was wearing a blue dress so she chose blue and ivory flowers to fit with her colour theme.

Blue hydrangeas are a great choice of flower for this colour theme, they also work perfectly for a relaxed natural setting like Jephson Gardens.

Low wedding centrepieces in Jephson Gardens.

I created these wonderful low wedding centrepieces using blue hydrangeas, ivory freesias, stocks, gypsophila and chrysanthemum daisies arranged together with dark green ruscus leaves. These were placed in white lace pails that fitted with their vintage style wedding.

The workshop smelt heavenly as I made these, as the fragrance from the stocks and freesias is wonderful. These arrangements were being taken over to the Royal Pump Rooms for the evening reception as well as being given away as gifts at the end of the night.

Blue hydrangea and ivory freesia bridal bouquet.

Above you can see the bridal bouquet that I made for Sarah, a stunning handtied posy featuring blue hydrangea, ivory freesias, gypsophila and dark green ruscus leaves.

White hydrangea and freesia posy bouquet.

As her bridesmaid was wearing blue, her bouquet was made with white hydrangeas and freesias so that it stood out in front of her dress.

You might like to see our blue wedding flower page for even more ideas.

Apr 11

Summer Wedding at Kenilworth Castle

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Posy bouquet for a young flower girl.

We took this wonderful photo of Brandi’s flower girls as they sat patiently waiting for the wedding ceremony to start at Kenilworth Castle.

We really enjoyed being on site as the wedding was taking place. Brandi and Kevin (the groom) had asked us to stay until the wedding ceremony was over so that we could transport all the flowers over to their wedding breakfast.

Bride holding a shower bouquet outside Kenilworth Castle

This gave us an opportunity to take some photos; above you can see Brandi as she appeared after the ceremony into the glorious sunshine. She chose an ivory shower bouquet that I created featuring lilies, roses, freesias and orchids. It was a beautiful design that was inspired by a photograph that Brandi had shown me.

Pesdestal arrangements for a wedding at Kenilworth Castle

I also placed two beautiful pedestal arrangements either side of the stunning large window in the castle (see photo above). White flowers work particularly well at this venue as they stand out so well against the dark wood.

I have worked on many wedding at Kenilworth Castle as Pure Botanics has been on the recommended suppliers list for over eight years. We always enjoy delivering to this very unique and special wedding ceremony.

Mar 31

Warwick Castle Wedding Reception Flowers

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Warwick Castle with wedding flowers in the State Dining room

I had the pleasure of working on Andrew and Sophia’s wedding flowers at Warwick Castle this month. They had an intimate civil wedding ceremony in the Blue Room at Warwick Castle. This was followed by a wonderful wedding breakfast in the state dining room. You can see in the photos above, what a stunning venue this is for a wedding celebration.

I produced three beautiful long and low flower arrangements that ran along the middle of the table. The couple chose red and ivory flowers that worked really well in the setting.

Living in Hong Kong, the couple arranged all of their wedding flowers with me over the Internet. We have a lot of experience of working with brides that live abroad and it’s always reassuring for couples to know we have such experience. In previous years we have produced wedding flowers for couples from America, South Africa, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia as well as closer European countries.

Feb 23

We Were Busy at the Recent Wedding Fair at Walton Hall

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Our stand at the Walton Hall Wedding Fair.

It was lovely to meet all the couples that visited us at the Walton Hall wedding fair yesterday. The weather may have been awful but that didn’t dampen people’s enthusiasm for the event.

For brides that are planning their special wedding day at Walton Hall you might like to see our featured page showing you lots of our wedding flowers at this unique venue.

I also met lots of couples that plan to marry at St James Chapel in Walton, here is a link to a blog post featuring this pretty church.

If you need help and advice with planning your wedding flowers please don’t hesitate to contact me to arrange an appointment for a consultation. Don’t forget to get in touch soon as dates get booked up very quickly as we only do one wedding per date.

Jan 29

Silver and Soft Pink Bridal Bouquet

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

silver and pastels coloured wedding flowers

I love this colour combination of silver, soft pink, ivory and cream. It just looks so pretty and feminine. This is a posy bouquet that I created for a recent summer wedding.

Jay the bride wanted to incorporate silver and soft pink and she loved gypsophila, so I set about creating the bouquet you can see here.

I used the bruni berries for the silver colour and the beautiful ‘Avalanche Blush’ soft pink roses. The delicate gypsophila flowers give it that wonderful textured look.

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See more examples of our wedding posy bouquets.

See a stunning wedding where we used lots of gypsophila.

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