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.

Oct 29

Romantic Summer Wedding Flowers – Warwick Castle

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

I’ve finally had the chance to catch up with writing my blog posts as the main wedding season draws to a close. It’s also be a great opportunity for me to look back on the year.

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

It’s wonderful to see all the fabulous weddings we’ve worked on and I’m always so delighted when couples generously share their wedding photographs. Although I always photograph the flowers before and during set up, they never look as good as when they are with the people they are made for.

Rose and peony handtied posy bouquets in blush pastel shades.

As the nights draw in it’s lovely to look back at the fresh early summer blooms that you can see here for Justyna and Richard’s June wedding at Warwick Castle.

If you’ve been following my blog you’ll know that back in the New year I predicted a trend for blush colours. Well boy did that prediction come true! It’s certainly been a year for the stunning cream ‘Vendela’ roses that you can see here and the beautiful blush pink ‘Sweet Avalanche’ rose both of which Justyna chose for her bridal bouquet.

bridal bouquet inside at Warwick Castle with the couple.

Cream Vendela roses and white peonies in a bridesmaids posy bouquet.

Bride holding her posy bouquet at Warwick Castle.

Another one of my predictions was for the hydrangea flower. We’ve been working with this flower for many years but this year it really was arriving at our workshop all the time as brides were so keen to have it for their wedding.

Top table wedding flowers being delivered to Warwick Castle for the wedding ceremony.

You can see in the photographs here that they featured in virtually every aspect of Justyna and Richard’s wedding flowers from the bridal bouquets to the candelabras, pedestal arrangements and top table flowers. The only things they weren’t in were the buttonholes and corsages as they’re not suitable.

Delivering and setting up the wedding flower decorations at the castle in Warwick.

Hydrangeas have that classic elegance with a nod to the vintage look. I think the last time we used them on this scale was for Kate’s summer wedding that you can see here.

Blush pink and cream civil ceremony flower decorations at Warwick Castle.

Make sure you follow this link to see more of the beautiful flowers from Justyna and Richards wedding on our featured wedding page, you won’t be disappointed it really is a magical wedding.

Cream Vendela rose buttonhole.

You can also see full details of all the wedding suppliers here on Alive Network Enertainments
Thanks also to Chris Fossy Photography for the beautiful images that they shared through the Alive Network article.

Oct 07

Ettington Park Wedding Flowers

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

I’ve just updated the Ettington Park Wedding venue page with lots of new photos that you might like to see here.

Wedding candle flowers at Ettington Park on the staircase.

On this feature page you can see lots of photos featuring candles and candelabras as we are creating more and more of these type of arrangements for couples at lots of venues. Candles are really good at adding that romantic ambience to your wedding ceremony and reception room.

Candelabra wedding centrepieces at Ettington Park hotel.

We supply to lots of venues throughout Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, West Midlands and Solihull you can see examples of my work at some of these venues on our Venues Wedding Flowers Page.

Top table candle decorations used in the wedding ceremony at Ettington Park hotel.

Sep 01

Heather and Jordan’s Winter Wedding Flowers

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Bride carrying a handtied posy bouquet in ivory and purple with the groom at Walton Hall.

You might find it hard to believe looking at these wonderful wedding photographs from Heather and Jordan that they had a winter wedding at the end of November. The sun shone all day for this lovely couple and I really enjoyed creating their wedding flowers that you can see in the photos.

Winter wedding flowers at Walton Hall near Stratford Upon Avon.

Right from first meeting the couple they had their heart set on a Cadbury purple wedding colour theme. So you can see how I’ve added the beautiful purple lisianthus, and freesias to Heather’s handtied posy bouquet. Jordan had a purple freesia for his buttonhole and I put blue thistle into Heather’s bouquet to pick up the colour of his suit.

Winter wedding flowers featuring roses, freesias, lisianthus and veronica.

I love this photo (above) as it captures everyone looking so happy outside celebrating in the grounds at Walton Hall.

Winter wedding bouquets and table arrangements with a purple wedding colour theme.

The couple chose our tall dining table arrangements. I added little purple aster flowers and blue thistle to give the natural look the couple liked along side the ivory roses and purple freesias and lisianthus to pick up on the purple colour theme.

We always enjoy hearing from couples and being able to see and share their photos is always wonderful. Here is what Heather and Jordon said about their wedding flowers.

“Thank you so much for making them so beautiful. They really made the day extra special”.

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