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POSTED February 6, 2017 5:56 pm IN:

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Wild at Heart are offering you the chance to WIN this heavenly combination of roses &  rosé. 

This Valentine’s Day we have partnered with prestigious champagne house, Ruinart, to bring you the ultimate indulgence

For your chance to WIN follow @nikkitibbleswildatheart and @wildathearthq on Instagram and re-gram the @wildathearthq competition post on Tuesday 7th February using the #valentineswithwildatheart

… Good Luck!

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POSTED February 6, 2017 5:24 pm IN: ,

Working seamlessly alongside Lilingston Events, we dressed the dining room of ‘Spring’ at Somerset House for an evening of birthday extravagance, stunning food and entertainment from George Ezra.

With a simple brief of ‘romantic pinks’ the creative team at Wild at Heart embarked on creating the magical evening with a mass of roses, mimosa and hydrangea…Perrine20th-November06,2015,8A statement flower wall was created using a stunning mix of juliette, secret garden roses and vibrant hydrangeas.  Bringing the outdoors inside the luxurious installation created the perfect photo opportunity as guests entered the restaurant for the evenings festivities.Perrine20th-November06,2015,10Perrine20th-November06,2015,14An air of intimacy encircled the night as a selection of gold skosberg tealights warmed the room with their glow, perfectly offsetting the collection of blush roses arrangements.Perrine20th-November06,2015,4Perrine20th-November06,2015,23Perrine20th-November06,2015,54The  fresh white walls of Spring restaurant were embellished with large urns containing a mix of bold pink hydrangea urns, seasonal foliage and clashing yellow mimosa. Perrine20th-November06,2015,98 Perrine20th-November06,2015,14Perrine20th-November07,2015,93

 

 

 

  

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POSTED February 6, 2017 5:19 pm IN:

W1539_144The question has been asked, you have found the venue and chosen your dream dress, it is now time to fine tune the colour scheme and choose the perfect flowers to suit your day.

This week we caught up with our talented Event Manager Jessica as she offers her advice on how to select your wedding flowers, as well as a few key trends for 2017.

The initial steps a bride should take when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding flowers?

Have a look around, see what interests you on Instagram, get pinning your favourite floral images and most importantly take a look at potential florists website / blog to see what their current style is. This way you will be able to gauge their capabilities and have some basic ideas to work with when you have those initial talks. It’s really great when a client comes in with a concept we can work with, this is when we get creative and develop their ideas into something really special, surpassing clients expectations.

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The best wedding venues you have been fortunate enough to work in?

My favourite location has to be Osea island, it was stunning! Situated on the South East coast just 90 minutes away from London, the private Island is four miles of unspoiled landscape, shingle beaches and beauty. Wild at Heart really mirrored the natural setting with the flowers and created something fabulously wild and fresh.

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Bridal work trends?

Nikki recently suggested a variation in bouquets for each bridesmaid, for example a different roses – one Secret Garden, one Quicksand and one Amnesia. They all work well together, however, adds a different dimension to photographs.

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When it comes to the bridal bouquet, should the dress be taken into consideration?

Yes definitely! Think style, shape and colour. Often wedding gowns have beautiful bone work in them that really accentuate a brides waist , so don’t hide your silhouette behind a huge bouquet, a luxurious rose knot will draw attention to your narrowest part without hiding you away. However, a large dress needs to be balanced out, this stunning loose and wild bouquet looked fantastic against our summer brides flowing dress…

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Your words of wisdom when it comes to selecting centerpieces…

Consider your budget, if you don’t have much to spend look into prop hire and focus on accessorising the tables with candles, tealights and glassware. We have an extensive collection of props available to hire or to offer inspiration from our website

To add a dynamic touch to the room, I always suggest to use a mixture of high and low centerpieces. This can be done by using candelabras on a number of tables and perhaps lanterns or tea light on the rest. Creating a dramatic look without being too over the top. _DSC9494

Finishing touches that give a wedding that extra edge?

Guests are always appreciative of the little personal flourishes, the things that are slightly out of the box. People will be bowled over by the center pieces and features but props are often the accessories that complete the setting. At a recent event at One Marylebone, I designed hand blown oil lamps and filled them with cobalt blue paraffin to compliment the arrangements and placements.

However, one of my favourite wedding flourishes was this bespoke chair back we created for a summer wedding. Made out of garden roses, spray roses and delphinium, it added a stunning aesthetic to the wedding and the aroma was out of this world!

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How to create a focal point in the room?

There are so many options when it comes to creating different  floral focal points for both the ceremony or the reception. The use of trees in the reception has been a big trend in 2016 and we expect the demand to carry on into Summer ’17.

If your budget is tight enquire if your florist can arrange for an arch or urn to be transported from the church to the reception.

One of my favourite Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart features, was the elaborate 40 m squared rose ceiling created for a wedding in Baku.  Chris ODonovan-3187Baku 8GSPK&J002

Key SS/17 wedding flower trends?

We’re starting to see a lot less formulaic, regimented approach to wedding flowers, there are so many stunning flowers around during the wedding season, its a shame to stick to just cream roses for example. This year look out for gorgeous different sized flowers and foliage to create texture. Think, peonies, sweet peas and ferns…sherry-146

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POSTED January 18, 2017 6:17 pm IN:

Nikki has made the journey to Puerto Rico this week to join in the initiative helping to reduce the worsening stray dog population on the island. With over half a million stray dogs in Puerto Rico, the location has heart-breakingly been branded ‘dead dog island’. With little government intervention the inhabitants of Puerto Rico are still yet to find a humane resolve for this harrowing situation.Nikki puerto rico Taking action, Nikki set off with close friend and talented photographer Aiden O’neil, on behalf of the Wild at Heart foundation, to join the inspirational Neva, who is currently living in Puerto Rico working tirelessly to make a difference. Neva works on rescuing and re-homing stray dogs as well as spaying and neutering to prevent the birth of thousands of strays.

Collaborating with Humane Society Puerto Rico the Wild at Heart Foundation have launched their own spaying campaign in Puerto Rico with the goal of neutering 100 dogs during their stay.  The foundation are asking for donations to help raise funds for medical equipment, after-care, pop-up clinics and vets expenses.

It costs just £25.00 per dog and this could prevent the births of hundreds of thousands of dogs, condemned with a destitute life on the streets.

We’ll be hearing more from Nikki about the campaign when she returns. Stay tuned.

TO DONATE GO TO: WWW.BIT.DO/DONATEWAHF AND MARK DONATION ‘PUERTORICO’

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More to follow next week…

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POSTED January 18, 2017 10:05 am IN:

We have finally dusted off the last remnants of pine and glitter from the workshop and recovered from what has been one of  Wild at Heart’s busiest Christmas’ to date.

Wild at Heart are now walking into 2017, reveling in the mass of fresh flowers the turn of the year brings. January is a month of delicate paper-like petals, beautiful scented bulbs and strikingly detailed flowers – all of which we have been using to create a mix of feminine arrangements.

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For more seasonal inspiration visit our instagram accounts: @nikkitibbleswildatheart and @wildathearthq Or shop our seasonal bouquets here.

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POSTED January 18, 2017 9:52 am IN:

The Instagram famous Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart tree at Bicester Village has been given a brand new make over for 2017. We have replaced the beautiful festive decorations for a fresh and clean magnolia tree to welcome in the new year. It’s definitely worth stopping by to see if you are visiting the Village this January. bicester

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POSTED December 7, 2016 4:55 pm IN:

somerset-john-wedding-303Winter isn’t always a time associated with weddings or beautiful flowers but there are endless options when choosing the right floral design for your day, with winter flowers often creating some of the most striking and intimate of ceremonies.

For a sophisticated winter wedding we tend avoid the traditional Christmas colour palette of  mixed of whites, greens and reds. Often opting for deep burgundies, soft pinks or creams. When selecting the colour scheme for your arrangements don’t be afraid to choose a flower that perhaps doesn’t emanate Christmas or winter but is in season, this will help to get the most out of your flower. The market is a mass of anemones, tulips, ranuculus and luxurious roses during the winter months, all of which are very versatile and will lend themselves to wedding arrangements perfectly. somerset-john-wedding-133somerset-john-wedding-134For this December wedding, in the Scottish highlands, we designed the arrangements using very soft blush tones with hints of sage foliage, often a palette associated with early spring. However, to give an eccentric nod to the festive period we accessorised the arrangements and table settings with tasteful pheasant feathers, gold pine cones and luxury silk ribbon. We added warmth and sophistication to the evening reception using opulent crystal hurricane vases, detailed candelabras and a selection of gold vessels were used to display the blush rose center pieces.

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POSTED December 7, 2016 4:53 pm IN:

The team at Wild at Heart have been working ferociously over the past couple of weeks to transform many of our favourite London shop fronts into scenes that would be welcome on the front of any Christmas Card. The Wild at Heart flagship shop is no exception with arches made from a mass of sprayed pine, asparagus and lichen, framing the fresh winter flowers below.

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POSTED December 7, 2016 4:29 pm IN:

Wild at Heart, recently dressed the tables of Wrotham Park for an unforgettable 50th birthday dinner. The opulent table settings were designed to mirror the beautiful surroundings of the historical room with generous gold beakers containing a mix of cream roses and dahlias running down the length of the table. The flower arrangements were  accented with gold pineapples and crystal storm lanterns to complete the lavish look.

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POSTED November 29, 2016 9:47 am IN:

To mark the 1st of December and the countdown to Christmas, Wild at Heart are sharing Nikki’s personal home interior tips this festive season…

What is your advice on creating the perfect tree? 

Your tree will be the focal point of the room and the center piece of the home over the festive period, so choose a theme and colour scheme that will compliment your existing décor.

Decorating your tree with a mixture of standard and over sized ornaments is a great way to give it a more professional look. Embellish your tree with the larger decorations first and don’t be afraid to incorporate a variety of textures to create depth and interest.

I love generosity in everything and Christmas is the perfect excuse for this, I always use masses and masses of lights. I can’t think of anything else that would make your tree more magical!

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Where do you find your Christmas inspiration?

My time is split between my home in London and my home in the country, I find massive inspiration in my surroundings from the architecture and gallery’s in the city to the stunning woods and open fields near my home in the south downs. I love to take the dogs out on big walks on a crisp morning and look out for seasonal foliage and branches such as lush holly and lichen to take home and incorporate into my decorations. It’s important to remember that you can add a natural element to your decorations by using foraged pieces which can be so beautiful and free!

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What are your key tips for fresh flowers in your home during the festive period?

Always work with flowers in season, as they will not only look their best but they will last longer. Every December I fall in love with Anemone’s again, they have such delicate petals and come in a beautiful variety of colours, to suit any home. My home in Notting Hill is bold and bright, so a mixed clashing Anemone Bouquet acts as the perfect accessory to my living space.

You should always make sure you re-cut the stems of your flowers at an angle before placing them in cool water. Ensure your vase is extremely clean and you change the water every couple of days to try and get the most out of your arrangements.

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How do you like to dress your own table for a dinner party over the festive period?

I keep my table simple each year using just a few elements to create impact, again incorporating dried fruit and pine to envelope guests with their beautiful fragrance but also to add a texture to the table. I do have a weakness for a candelabra’s they add a drama and height to the evening, however, for a cozy dinner with friends our new table centers create the perfect focal point.

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Your essential Christmas must have…?

Christmas scents are essential… no matter what decor I have each year, I always try and incorporate fresh pine, scented O’Hara roses, cinnamon and dried orange. These scents are such an indulgence at Christmas and evoke so many memories for me.

If you have an aga it’s really easy to make dried oranges yourself.  I slice them into thin segments, lay them on a baking sheet in leave them in the bottom of aga for a couple of days.

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What kind of Christmas wreath do you go for?

I always go OTT with my wreaths, the more indulgent the better, again you should consider existing decor and colour of your door when choosing your own. I will be spending Christmas in the country this year, so have gone with a large, dried orange, lime and pine wreath – it smells delicious!

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