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!