Archive :   December   2012
POSTED December 21, 2012 5:36 pm IN:

In less than two weeks we will be waving goodbye to 2012 and ushering in 2013, so what better time to look at our final instalment of the amazing events and collaborations we have worked on. From September to December we created some absolutely stunning weddings including two weddings on the 1st September which were both held in the countryside.

Managing to split her time between both of the weddings, Nikki created a secret garden inspired wedding for bride, Rhi.  Rhi and her husband, Charlie met when they were six years old at the local school in the village where they eventually got married. The couple wanted their wedding to look as English, romantic and ethereal as possible and were extremely happy with the final results.

Rhi said after the wedding, “We have never received so many comments about flowers – everyone was completely overwhelmed. As was I, when I walked in, it really did capture the magic and the history of our journey.  After the service, everyone walked through the school, through the field (I used to walk through to school every day) and to my family’s house where the reception and dinner were held. So all in all, it was a very personal day.”

Outside the church Nikki opted for an elegant arch of soft grey eucalyptus and olive adorned with grey ribbons, while in the porch of the church two grey urns on grey plinths were filled with fountains of soft cream and white stock.

Inside the church, the charming atmosphere was offset perfectly by simple but striking
phew ends made up of eucalyptus, olive and white stock and finished off with grey bows. The arrangements seen in the entrances were mirrored at the front of the altar, while the six windowsills featured glass hurricane lamps and an arrangement of eucalyptus.

What turned this usually simple surroundings into something dramatic were the three large hanging chandeliers which Nikki created from olive, eucalyptus, white peonies, delphiniums and roses. The results were stunning, creating the effect of a floral covering over the aisle, perfect to frame the bride’s entrance.

Back at Rhi’s family home, Nikki designed three concepts for the tables in the marquee. The first table saw a series of small grey garden urns which were filled with white roses, grey eucalyptus, olive and were surrounded by silver stemmed hurricane lamps and grey tea lights, while the second arrangement consisted of white candles placed on tall candelabra with a garland of eucalyptus and white roses in a bed of white hydrangea and again encircled by grey tea lights. The third display was the most striking of them all and consisted of a tall tree made of eucalyptus and adorned with knots of white roses and small hanging lanterns, all placed in a bed of white hydrangea.

On the top table we placed a series of grey garden urns alongside grey frosted vases both filled with white roses, grey eucalyptus, olive and again surrounded by silver stemmed hurricane lamps and grey tea lights, down the centre of the table. To continue the secret garden theme outside of the marquee, Rhi supplied us with an area where she wanted guests to be able to chill out while at the same time feeling like they were in a mystical garden scene. So, we placed metal urns filled with hydrangea, ivy, olive, eucalyptus around the family garden swing and wooden benches and then placed objects such as an old bike, garden gates, a pile of logs and used ivy to blend them into the garden and create a secret garden effect.

The second wedding on the 1st September was held in the brilliantly named village of Six Mile Bottom. Again this bride got married in the local church and held the reception in a large marquee at her parent’s home. The bride and groom were both very clear about the type of wedding they wanted and that by having it at home they could create from scratch the wedding they had always wanted.

Although set in the countryside the bride made it clear from the start that as the couple both lived in London they didn’t want a traditional country wedding feel but instead wanted to create a chic and elegant look that would reflect their style and personality. The bride’s favourite flowers were hydrangeas and so Nikki suggested a colour palette featuring the beautiful purples, blues and pinks that hydrangea in September come in and to mix this with grey and silver to give a stylish and slightly more contemporary feel.

The flowers were kept simple and in keeping with the space in the church, with two urns filled with purple, lilac and blue hydrangea mixed in with a fountain of blue and purple delphiniums and eucalyptus arranged in grey urns which stood on matching plinths outside the church entrance. This was then replicated again at the front of the church.

Every other pew featured a gorgeous pew end bouquet which contained clematis, purple stock, Secret Garden roses, eucalyptus and spray roses. We placed long arrangements of the same flowers on the window sills of the church and around them we dotted storm lanterns to help create a cosy and intimate feel. A beautiful alter carved from stone and wood sat at the back of the church and we simply placed storm lanterns and roses petals at the base, again replicating this in the entrance of the church for guest to enjoy as they walked in.

The bride wanted the colour theme to run throughout the wedding and so her bouquet
featured soft pinks and luscious purples, with the six bridesmaids carrying bouquets of pinky/purple roses. Each of their bouquets were a dome of each of the different types of roses seen in the bridal bouquet. Soft and elegant, the bridal bouquet included wild clematis, flowering mint, Memory Lane, Amnesia, Secret Garden, Sahara and Faith roses and we finished it off with grey ribbon which also matched the bridesmaid’s bouquets. The groom wore a buttonhole with a single rose combined with spray roses, clematis and eucalyptus, while the ushers wore an individual rose to match the bridesmaids.

Once inside the marquee the bride’s love of flowers really became obvious. The top table featured a 22 foot long garland of mixed lilac, blue and green English hydrangeas with Memory Lane and Secret Garden roses, that sat at the front of the table and draped over the sides to the floor. It was certainly a talking point for the guests and for the bride it was exactly the unique top table arrangement she had wanted.

Nikki opted to do two different arrangements to break up the tables, with eight tables featuring a large silver stemmed bowl with a dome of hydrangeas, purple clematis, and an array of roses, which were encircled by six heavy candlestick holders with tall white candles, interspersed with mirrored tea lights.

The other tables saw a single crystal candelabra placed on a plinth surrounded by silver beakers filled with roses, hydrangeas and purple clematis. These were surrounded by crystal cut storm lanterns and again, Nikki added silver mirrored tea lights to give a romantic atmosphere. The bride and groom had opted to have pictures of each of their guests instead of the usual name places and so next to this on the grey napkins we place a luscious Secret Garden rose which just finished off the tables perfectly.

A cake table featured the wedding cake with a dome of flowers on top while cake stands filled with flowers complimented the array of cakes and sweets that were on display – a really fun and simple idea to decorating a sweets table.

At the end of the night guests were asked to take the flowers home with them so that they could be enjoyed beyond the day, while the top table arrangement was used again the following day to decorate a table at a family BBQ that was held to keep the celebrations going.

In November, Nikki was very excited to work on a fabulous wedding in Azerbaijan working with the fabulous Fiona Leahy Design & Quintessentially events. Nikki designed and oversaw the making of all the table arrangements which featured two complementing designs – one low arrangement and one tall arrangement which helped to give variations for when guests walked into the room, while on the top table, a stunning garland of flowers was draped along the front of the table and flowed over the side and onto the floor.

Behind the striking top table, Nikki and her team built a gorgeous floral arch which featured an array of flowers in soft pinks and whites. An abundance of roses, hydrangeas, amaranthus, peonies, lilac lilac and blooms with preserved eucalyptus helped to create the perfect backdrop and made the ideal focal point within the large room.

The piece de resistance was the stunning hanging floral canopy designed by Fiona Leahy’s team that hovered above the tables in the centre of the room. Made in sections by our florists and attached to a metal frame which was then hoisted into the air, the canopy again featured roses, hydrangeas, amaranths, peonies, lilac lilac and blooms and was dressed with crystal chandeliers, creating pure elegance.

The final results were breathtaking and Nikki was so please to be able to work on such a beautiful event.

December saw the beautiful winter wedding of Wild at Heart’s friend Helen Franks to her husband, Ben in an intimate ceremony at St Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge with the reception held at private dining club, Mosimann’s in Belgrave Square. The blushing bride carried a bouquet which Nikki designed with a combination of Lily of the Valley and roses in all white. The bouquet was the perfect size and shape so that it didn’t take away from the beautiful detail of Helen’s stunning Jenny Packham dress. Her young bridesmaids carried sweet posies of white seasonal tulips, with the shape of the flowers matching their beautiful petal-inspired white dresses.

At Mosimann’s it was a standing reception which saw the events team and Nikki place small posies of white roses in silver beakers on poseur tables, while large silver urns of white roses and hydrangeas placed on the bar and on clear plinths around the room.

The cake was a stunning three tier cake which we sat on a ring of white roses and topped with a small grouping of the same roses. A beautiful city winter wedding, the concept was to create simplicity and elegance and by opting for all white and silver Nikki achieved this perfectly.

The highly anticipated SS13 show of Meadham Kirchhoff took place in September at
the Topshop Showspace in Bedford Square and saw them bringing back Baroque style for Spring London Fashion Week. Known for their striking and innovative sets, this year saw the fashion duo combine Marie Antoinette boudoir, with Pomp de Franc cupcakes, enticing red apples, and an array of fabulous flowers courtesy of us!

Creating head corsages, flower cumberbunds and luscious urns and vases overflowing with flowers, Nikki opted to use an array of flowers to create dramatic and striking displays and accessories.

Having provided flowers for many of Meadham Kirchhoff’s previous shows, Nikki has
always loved their unique and creative collections, as well as their exquisite attention to detail which was certainly seen in this show with surprise elements throughout.

October was a busy month working both here and in Paris. In London, Nikki worked with the Frieze Masters in a bespoke temporary structure designed by Annabelle Selldorf, in the unique setting of Regent’s Park, creating the right floral design for the event. The Frieze Masters provides the public with the opportunity to see and buy work ranging from the ancient era and old masters to art of the 20th century.

We created some unique and striking arrangements for the VIP section of the fair, as well as the Deutsche Bank area. Basing the arrangements on a natural theme in varying shades of greens, our florists installed a range of succulent and herb plants, installing a contemporary arrangement down the center of four long tables, while the bar area and adjoining walls also received the Wild at Heart treatment.

In Paris it was early mornings and late nights for Nikki and her team, who worked all through the weekend to produce fabulous floral arrangements and styling for the Vionnet dinner reception at the beautiful Hotel Salomon De Rothschild on Rue Berryer. Working with the brilliant GSP events, Nikki took four florists, 8000 roses and loaded up an 18 tonne truck that carried beautiful hardware, grey urns, crystal storm lanterns, silver candelabra, and 685 battery operated tea lights, pillar candles and dinner candles.

Once on location Nikki and the team worked hard to create stunning table arrangements as well as arrangements in the entrance and on the stage, helping to create a magnificent evening to celebrate Vionnet’s re-launch.

As a massive supporter of Battersea Dog and Cats Home, Nikki is always willing to help out where she can and she again provided flowers for their Collars and Coats Charity Ball this year. The event had a ‘Best of British’ theme, with Nikki designing red, white and blue arrangements which included tulips, hydrangeas and roses for all the tables mixed in with candelabra.

In its 152nd year of caring for lost, unwanted and abandoned animals, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is a fantastic British institution that along with their supporters help over 3 million animals and give them a second chance in life. Paying tribute to the real stars of the night there was a doggy fashion show where top designers including Stella McCartney, Stephen Jones, Matthew Williamson, Jenny Packham, Henry Holland and Julien Macdonald designed outfits for some of Battersea’s cutest models. Nikki was very excited that she managed to put in the biggest bid and bagged herself the fabulous Jenny Packham dog coat – now all she has to do is decide which of her fours dogs will get to wear the fashion item.

The end of December has been consumed with all things festive and merry in the shape of our bespoke Christmas decorating service, which has kept our events team and Nikki very busy. Working all over London and outside the city, creating beautiful Christmas trees and winter wonderlands bespoke to our clients needs, Nikki has been designing for clients such as Apple, Manchester United, Groucho Club, Google, as well as a whole host of private clients.

Thank you to everyone we have worked with this year and to all those who have supported us and used us for their events or order flowers from us. We wish you a Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year – we look forward to seeing you in 2013!

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POSTED December 20, 2012 1:06 pm IN:

There is no doubt that Nikki works extremely hard to make sure that the business runs smoothly and that all our client’s demands are met in true Wild at Heart style. So, it was lovely to see that Nikki had a fabulous night off at her friend’s birthday party at the Ivy Club. Enjoying a rare night away from flowers, Nikki had the pleasure of hanging out with rapper Professor Green, his Made In Chelsea girlfriend, Millie Mackintosh and Prof Green’s manager Jed, as well as having a wonderful evening celebrating with the birthday girl.

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POSTED December 20, 2012 12:54 pm IN:

Creating something a little bit different for an event at the Serpentine Gallery, Nikki opted for white and rose gold branches to fashion striking and contemporary arrangements.  Working with the brilliant Urban Caprice, we used tall white vases and white gold fish bowls which helped to add to the contemporary look. The simplicity of the shape, the texture and colour combination of the arrangements all worked together to create a unique dispaly which suited the space in the Serpentine Gallery perfectly.

Thank you to Urban Caprice for another great event.

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POSTED December 17, 2012 5:51 pm IN:

Nikki was excited to be invited by Livingetc magazine, along with some of their famous friends, to create exclusive, handmade Christmas baubles to auction in aid of the charity Crisis. Along with 12 stylish creative bods such as Tricia Guild, Jonathan Adler, Clarissa Hulse and entrepreneur, Holly Tucker, Nikki was given a plain white bauble and allowed to do with it what she wanted. Opting to stay true to her love of flowers Nikki created a floral appliqué bauble combining layers of floral paper flowers with beads (our of the 12 our bauble is the last one on the far right).

All the baubles are on ebay and anyone can bid from now until 10am Wednesday 19th December to own one of the baubles. Whether you want to give it as a gift or keep for years to come, bidding for these baubles will support this worthy cause, with all proceeds going to the Crisis at Christmas campaign.

Want to be the proud owner of Nikki’s beautiful bauble then click here to bid for it.

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POSTED December 13, 2012 12:03 pm IN:

We have just found these two gorgeous images of Nikki’s close friend Sophie Conran’s wedding and had to share them with you. The stunning wedding which was held in Bermuda saw Nikki help style the event and create the flower concept, with her even tying all the bows on the chairs for the reception and hanging the paper globes in the marquee. What a beautiful, elegant and relaxed wedding it looked.

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POSTED December 11, 2012 5:53 pm IN:

Nikki’s close friend and amazingly talented photographer, Martyn Thompson is currently working with Nikki’s favourite medium, flowers.  A series of floral still life, his latest project is inspired by a Cezanne’s painting called, ‘Vase with Tulips.’

We are so glad that he has been inspired to continue to use flowers as his subject and look forward to seeing the whole collection when it is finished.

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POSTED December 10, 2012 6:33 pm IN:

We are very excited to see that the gorgeous wedding that we worked on in September has made it to the pages of Wedding Flowers magazine this month. This beautiful two page spread shows the fabulous mix of blues, purples and pinks which we used for this country wedding and how incoporating greys and silver into the colour scheme gave the day a more contemporary feel. Pick up your copy now to read all about the types of flowers we used and the concept behind this stunning wedding.

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POSTED December 7, 2012 3:43 pm IN:

Nikki is well known for her amazing eye when it comes to interior products. Her love of texture and colour truly brings her floristry to life. Our Pimlico shop has a fabulous range of interior pieces, all handpicked by Nikki. But next week sees us getting another delivery of items, which Nikki has hand picked just in time for Christmas. So keep your eyes peeled for some sumptuous pieces!

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POSTED December 7, 2012 11:52 am IN:

2012 is nearing its end and with 2013 cheekily poking its head around the New Year corner we thought this would be a nice time to reflect on what Nikki and her Wild at Heart team has achieved during this busy and exciting year. In a three part blog post that will run up to Christmas we will be looking at some of the fabulous events we have worked on, the beautiful weddings we have created and the collaborations and partnerships we have been involved in over the last 12 months. With lots of flowers, plenty of sweat and hardwork, here are a few events that have stood out for us here at Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart in 2012.

Weddings have always been Nikki’s passion and she just loves to work closely with a bride to create their dream day. It was after all how Wild at Heart came about, with Nikki creating flowers for a friend’s wedding which in turn lead to her discovering her passion for flowers. Every wedding is special and for Nikki memorable for different reasons. This wedding that we did in February was for the co-founder of events company GSP, a company who we work very closely with on some spectacular events, so it was a pleasure to be able to work with Emma Gold and make her wedding the best event she had organised.

The wedding was held at the Belvedere with the ceremony next door in The Orangery set in Holland Park. The romantic setting was the inspiration for Nikki’s concept, using ‘English Garden’ type flowers in beautiful shades of pinks, white, purple with flashes of green.

The Orangery sported two large urns of white hydrangea, delphiniums, clematis, stock, roses including Sweet Avalanche and Memory Lane and guelder rose and eucalyptus at the front of the space. While hand ties of roses, stock and gulder rose where attached to every other chair and lined the aisle. Even the statues were given the Nikki Tibbles floral treatment!

The reception saw roses taking centre stage and creating a romantic and intimate atmosphere. Guest’s tables featured crystal candelabra surrounded by clear glass beakers of posies of pale pastel roses and pink tulips. The top table differed in that instead of a candelabra it featured a stunning floral tree made up of roses, stock, orchids and eucalyptus, making a real statement piece.

A rose garland led guests from the drinks reception to the main dining area, while roses where placed around the beautiful cake display.

On the subject of love and romance, February also saw us create a beautiful Valentine’s Bouquet inspired by Liberty and our fabulous concession at the renowned department store. The mix of velvety red Naomi roses, deep blue anemone, lilac lilac, rambling clematis and red hypericum was a huge success and one of the most sort after bunches that were ordered on Valentine’s Day.

Inspired by creating a bouquet for a specific occasion, March saw us develop a whole new range for Mother’s Day, including another gorgeous Liberty inspired bunch. Many of the bouquets designed by Nikki, had the option of being arranged and sold with a vase or jug, making the range the ideal unique gift for our customers to show their mum just how much they care.

We were excited about our Mother’s Day range, as many of the bouquets featured a brand new and rare variety of rose, only created last year, called ‘All For Love’ which is absolutely beautiful.

Apart from Valentine’s Day, February can be a slightly depressing month as the festivities of Christmas are fast fading and summer is still a fair few months away. However, one of our customers made sure that this wasn’t the case for them and their friends by throwing a 70’s Disco party, where we were asked to make a pink flamingo and two 70’s disco boots out of flowers to decorate the front of the house.

The beauty for Nikki and those who work at Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart is that no day is ever the same, and although these boots or the flamingo may not be some people’s cup of tea, it certainly allowed us to have some fun and get creative, setting us a challenge to make something that we don’t normally do.

April again was an exciting month due to a fabulous wedding at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel during the Jubilee Weekend. There was no doubt that London was the place to be that weekend with crowds flocking to the capital, the city awash with red, white and blue, and a mood of true jubilation. 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.

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 the historic, Edwardian-style building, the Mandarin Oriental is one of our 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.

Flanking the aisle in the Ballroom with six seven foot olive trees which we under planted with flowering lavender in elegant Versailles tubs, we also created four striking urn arrangements with 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. A crystal bowl filled with beautiful roses adorned the registrars table.

Outside, 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.

Back in the ballroom, we had a short time to turn the space into an elegant space ready for the evening festivities and Nikki 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. 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.

It was a great start to the year and to see what other fantastic events we worked on then check out the blog next week for the next part of this overview of Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart’s year.

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POSTED December 3, 2012 6:26 pm IN:

This weekend saw a beautiful and chic city wedding take place at St Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge with the reception held at private dining club, Mosimann’s in Belgrave Square. The blushing bride, Helen Franks married Ben in an intimate ceremony which saw her carrying a bouquet which I designed with a combination of Lily of the Valley and roses in all white. The bouquet was the perfect size and shape so that it didn’t take away from the beautiful detail of Helen’s stunning Jenny Packham dress. Her young bridesmaids carried sweet posies of white seasonal tulips, with the shape of the flowers matching their beautiful petal-inspired white dresses.

At Mosimann’s it was a standing reception which saw the events team and I place small posies of white roses in silver beakers on poseur tables, while large silver urns of white roses and hydrangeas were placed on the bar and on clear plinths around the room.

The cake was a stunning three tier cake which we sat on a ring of white roses and topped with a small grouping of the same roses. A beautiful city winter wedding, the concept was to create simplicity and elegance and by opting for all white and silver I feel that we achieved this perfectly. Congratulations to Helen and Ben!

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