Archive :   August   2012
POSTED August 31, 2012 11:12 am IN:

I look to all sorts of things for inspiration when creating bouquets or styling a wedding, and often find that creating a mood board for a wedding helps me with concepts and allows the bride to get an idea of the direction in which the wedding could go. It also allows them to see what I have done previously that is similar to the style or theme they want and use it as a starting point to constructing what they want.

My advice for brides-to-be who have an idea of the sort of wedding they want is to collect images and make their own mood board of ideas. This is a great source to refer back to when having meetings with your florist, wedding planner, stylist, and even something to go back to when you are looking for your dress so that the all important gown suits the surrounding of your wedding venue. Visually putting pictures of the things you like together will help you decide on important elements such as the colour scheme, the theme and the style for the day.

So, on that note, I wanted to share with you a mood board that we have done recently for a wedding where the bride wanted a chic garden party feel. This mood board that we created for her brings together all the elements that I think make a stunning garden wedding without looking too twee.

Look to your outside surroundings for inspiration and when choosing your flowers opt for seasonal blooms that can be displayed in a loose and natural way, mimicking the garden surroundings. Containers such as small urns or rustic vases are perfect for creating statement table arrangements and can be mirrored but on a grander scale on plinths in the garden or at the ceremony.

I love to include candle light in every wedding I do; I just love the ambience that it creates and especially in a garden setting I think it is a must. Varying sized hurricane lamps and storm lanterns are the perfect element to add to your garden wedding, introducing them to the surrounding landscape as much as possible while also incorporating them on your tables.

Use nature as much as you can as this is one of the easiest and most effective ways of styling your outdoor wedding. Hang tealights from trees, use potted olive trees with pea lights to create a walkway and use your surroundings as a source of colour inspirations. For this wedding I wanted to keep things soft and suggested using pale pinks, peach, white and cream so that the effect was striking but not overpowering to the environment.

Having any element of a wedding outside creates a magical factor that often you can’t simulate indoors and if it is possible to do then I think it is a beautiful element to add to your special day; whether you get married outside in the garden or have drinks in the garden or the wedding breakfast under the stars, it will be truly memorable part of the day for you and your guests.


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POSTED August 31, 2012 10:25 am IN:

Nikki has been collaborating with the Tate Britain in a one off project to design a bouquet inspired by their new Pre-Raphaelite exhibition. Starting on 12th September and going on until 13th January 2013, this exhibition comprises Britain’s first modern art movement. With over 150 works in different media, including painting, sculpture, photography and the applied arts, this exhibition will feature many famous Pre-Raphaelite works.

For Nikki’s Pre-Raphaelite bouquet, she took inspiration from the rich and luxurious colours of the exhibition pieces. She in particular loved the oil on canvas by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Beloved (‘The Bride’) 1865-6, which motivated Nikki to design a sumptuous rose arrangement.  Creating a beautiful golden and lilac toned knot, Nikki opted to use a variety of roses including peach Avalanche, Amnesia, Memory Lane, Quicksand and her favourite rose Secret Garden to imitate the beautiful shades in the pictures own flowers as well as creating the feel of opulence that the painting as a whole exudes. This bouquet is now available online an in stores to buy.

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POSTED August 24, 2012 11:23 am IN:

We don’t want to ruin the surprise but here is a sneak peak at some of the fabulous items that will be on offer when Nikki’s gorgeous new online lifestyle store launches this autumn. These fabulous cushions and throws by Karen Nicol are part of a collaboration between the talented textile artist and Nikki, with flowers being the inspiration behind them. Although there are a few more weeks before you can purchase Nikki’s favourite interior pieces from her new online lifestyle shop, we do have a limited selection of these soft furnishings in stock now. So, why not check out our website and be the first to get your hands on these bespoke textiles.


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POSTED August 23, 2012 10:34 am IN:

Tomorrow sees the unveiling of the highly-anticipated Yahoi Kusama dedicated window display in Selfridges. The display, created by the artist herself, is a celebration of the pop-up boutique that will feature in the Selfridges’ Concept Store, playing host to Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with Kusama. The joint collection sees injections of colour and Kusama’s famous polka dot patterns splashed across a series of products including leather goods, ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, watches and jewellery. Here at Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart we are very excited to see the second instalment of the collaboration after being wowed by the first line that launched in July this year. We are particularly excited to see what the Selfridges’ window will feature as we love the Louis Vuitton window that is currently entertaining shoppers on New Bond Street.

As well as a life size model of Kusama, the Louis Vuitton windows see Kusama’s renowned polka dot flowers that have been an important component of her work since the beginning of her career. The flowers, which have a comical alien/sci-fi aspect to them due to the giant eye in the centre, have been seen before in her series of sculptures, Flowers that Bloom at Midnight. The symbolism of the flowers reflects the artist’s disregard for dichotomies: life and death, celebration and mourning, masculinity and femininity and for Kusama, flowers flourished in many of her earliest paintings and drawings, due to a plentiful supply of blooms thanks to her family’s nursery business.

Bold and playful we look forward to seeing Kusama’s Louis Vuitton designs invading the streets of London.

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POSTED August 22, 2012 10:53 am IN:

Everyone knows that the British weather can be extremely unpredictable and opting for a wedding ceremony outdoors is always a brave move. However, this weekend the sun finally shone and this couple’s decision to get married outside in the grounds of Braxted Park paid off, making it a glorious celebration of their marriage.

Sheltered from the blazing sunshine, the bride and groom where covered by a beautiful pergola which we wrapped in garlands of soft grey eucalyptus, ivy and knots of soft vintage roses. I wanted the flowers to be in keeping with the surroundings and so created garlands that were obvious yet soft in colour and were not too over the top.

Using already existing bay trees we added knots of vintage roses and placed them either side of the pergola, framing the structure. While with the chair ties we added them to every other chair and just on the chairs that were on the inside of the aisle, helping to create the illusion of a walkway. We then scattered beautifully elegant rose petals down the aisle to create a carpet of flowers for the bride to walk down on. The chair ties featured an assortment of luscious roses as well as stock, phlox and Bombastic spray roses. I opted to use these flowers not only because they are a simply stunning combination but also because they have a natural look and feel to them that doesn’t make them look too constructed and fitted in well with the garden theme of the day.

The reception for this wedding was a fun job to work on, as the bride provided us with the containers that she wanted the flowers to be displayed in on the tables. Supplying us with varying size vases and trinkets that she had collected over the years, it was a great challenge to create balance on each of the tables with such an eclectic mix of containers. However, I think it worked brilliantly and created a unique and personal look to the wedding reception room.

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POSTED August 22, 2012 9:43 am IN:

As a massive fan of British textile artist, Karen Nicol we are very excited to announce the launch of her new book ‘Embellished New Vintage.’ An inspiring and illuminating look-book, Embellished juxtaposes vintage pieces and techniques with Karen’s contemporary work and it is the ideal inspiration for fashion, textiles and interior designers, as well as those who love Karen’s pieces.

Having worked with Karen over the years on bespoke pieces for events that Nikki has styled, Nikki is now collaborating with Karen on beautiful and unique cushions and throws that have a floral theme. These are available now from our Pimlico shop and will be online on the Wild at Heart website within the next few days to buy on Nikki’s new interior ‘shop’, Nikki Tibbles at Home

Here is a sneak peek at what Karen and Nikki have been working on…

Congratulations to Karen on such a fantastic book and keep checking out our blog because as soon as we have our hands on this fabulous book we will be letting you know our favourite bits!

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POSTED August 16, 2012 8:59 am IN:

I have been enjoying the much-anticipated arrival of’s annual One Fine Day Wedding Guide. Whether you’re getting hitched in a month or in a year from now (or even if you’re just planning on being an excellent bridesmaid or guest at the nuptials of another), I would advise you to check out the trend setting list of all the ideal items (from stationary to shoes) to suit your style—be it rebel, classic, country, or something in between, there is no guide more stylish than Vogue’s wedding bible.

I particularly adore The Rebel Wedding section that adds an edge to any wedding day. Featuring a stunning grey ‘Rebel’ wedding dress, Fred Leighton nineteenth-century ruby-and-pearl-bird-aigrette hair ornament and stunning Christian Louboutin Tres Décolleté shoes (perfect for the bridesmaids), Vogue has managed to pick everything that I would want generally in my wardrobe, let alone on such a special day! 

And if you are a bride looking for the ideal clutch bag to go with your perfect dress then the Valentino beaded satin clutch, featured in Vogue’s The Society Wedding section, will meet every bride’s handbag dreams.

Getting married / going to a wedding this is a must see…

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POSTED August 16, 2012 8:49 am IN:

We just had to share this gorgeous dome of white hydrangea, white avalanche roses, green berries and alchemilla, all presented on a beautiful silver plate that was a gift for a 21st birthday. Adding a twist of colour by adding blackberries in the arrangement, this client wanted the silver plate, chosen especially for the birthday girl, to be  presented in a unique way and so asked Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart to work their magic.

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POSTED August 16, 2012 8:42 am IN:

Fashion is one of my main inspirations for the work I do here at Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart, whether it is creating a new bouquet or working with a bride on the direction of her wedding, I look to current trends and directions in the fast-paced world of fashion. So, I am always pleased to collaborate with fashion labels, designers and companies on shoots and fashion shows and it was no different when The Outnet asked us to provide beautiful bridal flowers for a shoot they were putting together for their bridal section. The Outnet is a fabulously fashionable fashion outlet devoted to selling discounted designer womenswear and  is brought to you by the team behind the award-winning designer fashion website NET-A-PORTER.COM.

As the ultimate in chic discount shopping, they have a great bridal section that is the ideal place for any bride to head to for that special dress, bridesmaid dresses and accessories at the perfect price.


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