Archive :   June   2012
POSTED June 28, 2012 5:06 pm IN:

Masterpiece London opens their doors to the public today, just down the road from our Pimlico shop at The Royal Hospital Chelsea, bringing the world of art to London. The yearly exhibition brings together exhibitors from across the world renowned for specialising in art, antiques and design of the highest calibre. As such a fantastic and well recognized event we were very honoured to have been asked to provide the floral arrangements for this ten day event and have spent the last three days installing all the flowers, working to create the right look to match the surroundings.

Now in its third year Masterpiece London confirms its position as the capital’s leading art and antiques fair. And this is no ordinary event, but a forum for distinctive design and aesthetic excellence where every exhibit is scrutinized by a team of experts to ensure every confidence in each purchase. So, as you can imagine choosing the right flowers and creating the perfect feel and look was extremely important to Nikki so that it accompanied the fabulous art on display at the exhibition.

Nikki was given the brief by the organisers of Masterpiece that the flower arrangements should be classic, stylish, elegant and should not detract from the stands. There are ten seating areas within the fair which all have large display spaces in the centre and for this space Nikki opted for planted beds of flowers with some featuring one striking tall arrangement on a plinth. These arrangements stand at least nine foot off the ground and as they were placed on clear plinths and urns they give the illusion that the flowers are floating in the air.

For the Information Desk, Nikki decided to surround the central feature of a lit tree with urns of brightly coloured flowers. The explosion of blooms are the perfect way to greet guests as they walk into the entrance area, creating the perfect wow factor.

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POSTED June 28, 2012 11:53 am IN:

With the sun finally shining, we can only hope that this is the start of our much awaited summer and it has arrived just in time for last night’s Hawaiian themed summer party. Held at the famous private members’ club, Annabel’s on Berkeley Square the event was managed by our friends at Urban Caprice and our brief was to create a Hawaiian themed oasis for all the party goers to enjoy.

On the outdoor terrace we added tropical plants, integrating them with the already existing plants and flowers.  Bird of Paradise, Heliconias and Cheese plants were just a few of the types of plants that were added to create a tropical paradise along with a few feathery parrots courtesy of Urban Caprice!

Decorating the bar and the DJ booth, our team of florists made sure that every surface was given the tropical treatment and with the evening being so humid you could have been forgiven for thinking that you were actually in Hawaii!  

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POSTED June 27, 2012 10:38 am IN:

To celebrate the launch of my new wedding blog I am running a competition for you to win a beautiful Summer Peony bouquet simply by taking a look at previous posts on the wedding blog and answering this simple question: What is the name of the venue that hosted our beautiful Jubilee wedding?

If you know the answer then please email it to jenny@wildatheart.com with your name and contact details and the winner will be annouced next week.

Good luck!

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POSTED June 27, 2012 10:27 am IN:

We are so excited to have just gotten the pictures back of an event we did for one of our favourite clients which we worked on just over a week ago, that we had to share them with you straight away. Working with the fabulous events team at GSP, the party was set in a beautiful country manor and was an occasion that allowed Nikki and her team to create some beautiful and striking arrangements for the special day, such as this gorgeous vase arrangement that greeted guests as they arrived. Combining the gorgeous colours of delphiniums, roses, peonies and hydrangea, this vase was the perfect type of arrangement to fill the entrance hall.

Throughout the rest of the house Nikki placed a variety of varying arrangements with urns filled with roses, hydrangea and peonies all in luscious pink shades…

…while low arrangements with the same colour palette adorned clear glass coffee tables.

With no surface untouched, Nikki and her team created arrangements that varied in size and colour tone throughout the house.

The piece de resistance was the dining room where we built a black canapé out of 180 bunches of dyed black eucalyptus, black dahlias, black roses, sprayed black orchids and black hydrangea.

On the table featured more black roses and dahlias in sumptuous black vases in differing sizes. All in all a 1000 dahlias, 1000 roses, 500 orchids and 500 hydrangea were used to create a opulent and lavish room.

 

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POSTED June 27, 2012 9:38 am IN:
Our events team are currently working hard at Masterpiece London just down the road from our Pimlico shop at The Royal Hospital Chelsea. Masterpiece brings together exhibitors from across the world renowned for specialising in art, antiques… and design of the highest calibre. We are very honoured to have been asked to provide the floral arrangements for this ten day event and here is a little sneak peak at one of the arrangements that our fabulous florists have created.
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POSTED June 26, 2012 5:05 pm IN: ,

It is no secret that I am fan of visual artist Rob Ryan, who is especially famous for his detailed paper cut outs. Having always followed his work I was so pleased to meet him at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show when I invited him to come see the Stylist front cover we had created completely out of flowers, after he kindly emailed to say how much he loved the cover. Having honed his craft at the Royal College of Art, Rob’s extremely intricate, detailed work is simply awe inspiring. So, this is why I had to share this stunning ‘wedding’ dress that Rob created for Vogue (a little while back) – I just think is absolutely fabulous!

And it seems that Rob loves a good wedding having created several pieces, such as this charming handkerchief with the idea that the bride could give it to her bridesmaids as a gift on her wedding day or vice versa. The cotton hankie  is hand printed in blue (something blue!) and comes in a little hand-printed box, reading ‘Forever my dearest friend, you shall always be…’

And never restricting himself to paper, this lucky bride got Rob to design part of her wedding dress with this lazercut that was then lovingly sewn on by the bride’s mother giving her dress a unique design personal to the bride.

It really does seem that Rob has no limites when it comes to creating moving, whimsical and beautiful artwork. 

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POSTED June 21, 2012 4:11 pm IN: ,

I adore everything about Karen Nicol, the embroidery and mix media artist who is a genius when it comes to creating fabulous and unique fashion and interior pieces. I have been collaborating with her for a few years now and she has never let me down when it comes to creating beautiful, bespoke pieces for events that I have worked on.

As well as creating stunning made to order cushions and throws for the Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart online shop, I often call upon her services to help me create a personal touch to weddings which I have been asked to style.

Exclusive, personalised hand embroided napkins are an element that I think brings a real personal touch to a wedding breakfast and something which Karen does beautifully. Not only does having your guest’s initials displayed on the corner of their napkin look thoughtful but it makes a divine gift that they will want cherish and take away with them.

For a previous wedding that Karen and I worked on together, we not only incorporated the guest’s initials but brought in the element of flowers with Karen creating single blooms out of material and attaching them onto the napkin. Using the flowers in the arrangements as inspiration, Karen created beautiful and simple blooms that matched the decor and added an elegant finishing touch.

Karen’s work transcends across the border of fashion and interiors, so not only can she create luscious pieces to enhance your decor but why not give guests Pashminas which are hand embroided with the flower choice of your wedding  – it really is all about the personal touches that make your day that extra special for you and your guests.

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POSTED June 21, 2012 3:01 pm IN:

Here at Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart we love everything Alexander McQueen – I mean, who doesn’t? But we especially love what Sarah Burton presented us with at the AW12 show giving us yet another phenomenal collection of couture inspired pieces, but this time bursting with florals galore, displayed in a true McQueen extravaganza.

Dandelion embellishments, tiered chiffon twirl skirts, lavish feather trimmings and rose covered necklines as well as dresses embellished with small flowers all hit the runway. Burton’s colour palette saw models emerge wearing lilac, baby pink and cerise red, reminiscent of spring flowers in full bloom, while the design of the dresses saw delicate layers and layers of light chiffon give a petal-like quality to her creations.

We especially love this stunning pale pink exploding tiered gown with organza spikes which is seen here featured in this month’s Vogue US.

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POSTED June 20, 2012 9:12 am IN:

Over the last two decades, Nikki Tibbles has become one of the world’s most innovative and wildly creative floral designers, her name synonymous with style and luxury.  Having worked with clients such as Chanel, Prada, Meadham Kirchhoff and Tom Ford, as well as being the chosen florist of illustrious establishments such as Kensington Palace, the V & A and the Natural History Museum, Nikki is the go-to florist when it comes to sumptuous flowers and providing unique, bespoke concepts.

Her wealth of experience and innate ability for original ideas has meant that when it comes to events such as weddings, Nikki knows a thing or two about creating the perfect day. So, this is why Nikki has decided to launch her very own wedding blog. The Nikki Tibbles Wedding Blog is a labour of love where Nikki will be sharing all the spectacular weddings that she has worked on, revealing her inspiration, inviting you to join the conversation and answering any wedding queries as well as discussing her take on all that is going on in the world of weddings.

Take a look today… http://www.wildatheart.com/wedding-blog

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POSTED June 19, 2012 4:05 pm IN: ,

There was something truly magical about the recent Jubilee weekend. The excitement of a four day weekend was combined with a festive atmosphere up and down the country, with millions hanging bunting and waving Union Jack flags. However, there was no doubt that London was the place to be with crowds flocking to the capital, the city awash with red, white and blue, and a mood of true jubilation and a desire to have a good time. So, working on a wedding the Saturday of the Jubilee weekend was always going to be that little bit special and certainly one to remember for the bride and groom and all those who attended.

Held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the wedding flowed from the Ballroom to the loggia to the terrace and back to the Ballroom for a fabulous wedding breakfast. Housed in a historic, Edwardian-style building, the Mandarin Oriental is one of my favourite places to work in with its ornate chandeliers and gold cornice detailing on the walls and ceiling. It really is a magnificent place to hold a chic city wedding.

Working with the fantastic Atelier London, who made sure that every element of the wedding went accordingly, we agreed that there should be a vintage moment with fabulous crystal and silver vases and beautiful traditional English flowers used in varying sized arrangements to convey the different parts of the day.

Sara, Director of Atelier says, “The client’s brief was to create a very elegant wedding. The primary colours were ivory and gold, so in the Mandarin Oriental Ballroom we overlaid the floor with ivory carpet and dressed the tables in ivory silk. This gave a blank canvas effect which was offset by the gold wall decorations in the ballroom, the gold rimmed glasses and plates, the gold sequinned napkin ties and the pastel colours of the roses. On the day of the wedding this elegant backdrop was enhanced by many of the guests wearing brightly coloured jewelled Saris.”

Arriving at the hotel at 6.30am with my team of florists, we were lucky enough to see the spectacular rehearsal of the Queen’s troopers on horseback processing from Parliament to Buckingham Palace, as we unloaded everything – a really wonderful treat. Once inside we began with the ballroom, flanking the aisle with six seven foot olive trees which we underplanted with flowering lavender in elegant versailles tubs. The lavender added a beautiful aroma to the room, so when the guests walked in they were greeted with the gorgeous, garden smell.

 

As the ballroom is such a grand space, I wanted to create arrangements that would work with the scale of the room. So, I opted for four striking urn arrangements where there was an illusion of flowers exploding out of the containers and filling the room with beautiful blooms. Cloud-like hydrangeas in white and purple, mixed with peonies and purple and pink stock surrounded by an array of O’Hara, Sweet Avalanche and Secret Garden roses with a hint of eucalyptus, created the four main focal points of the room – two at the back of the room and two at the front where the wedding took place. A crystal bowl filled with beautiful roses adorned the registrars table.

Despite the unpredictable June whether, the rain held out and for the terrace I wanted to create a tranquil and delightful place to enjoy drinks and canapés after the ceremony. The ceremony was at 4pm and so although still fairly light I was able to create an atmosphere by covering the area and space in between the white sofas with 30 silver framed storm lanterns of differing heights. These storm lanterns also framed the bride’s entrance as she walked through the very exclusive gates from Hyde Park into the Mandarin Oriental – normally these are only opened for The Queen!

At the top of the staircase and to create an entrance onto the main terrace we placed stems of stock, delphiniums, guelder rose and roses all filling white urns that were placed on plinths. Clear crystal vases were place on the occasional tables and filled to the brim with luscious roses. Bespoke poseur tables were made to feature seven foot olive trees in the middle of them.

 

Conjuring up the vintage feel, we continued to use the crystal stem vases inside on the landing area using elegant shades of roses. As my favourite flower, roses are a must for me when it comes to creating memorable arrangements for weddings as they are classic and will never date when you look back at your photographs.  

 

Back in the ballroom, we had a short time to turn the space into an elegant space ready for the evening festivities and a big team of florists and staff worked hard to transform the room in time.

 

I created two table centre designs so that the tables varied in their look and feel. The first design had a large raised crystal candelabra surround by crystal and silver vases filled with roses and peonies and crystal hurricane lamps, while the second design saw low crystal vases with different height candlesticks and tea lights. By the time we finished setting up the room I believe that we had more than met the client’s brief of creating an elegant feel. There was the perfect mix of colour, texture and candle light which enhanced the beautiful ballroom and created a simply gorgeous setting for a beautiful day.

 

 

 

 

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