Archive :   April   2014
POSTED April 30, 2014 2:23 pm IN:

I met the most wonderful and inspiring lady last week at a sample meeting. In June, she will be celebrating her 90th birthday and, not one to shy away, is throwing a huge party for all her friends and family. She got in touch with me to ask if we could create the flowers and look for the ‘party of the century’. Her words, not mine! The sample I did was a fabulous mix of her favourite colours – purple and cream – with crystal lanterns and gold sparkling tea-lights. The party will include a champagne reception, a three-course dinner, followed by dancing and singing to the sounds of an extremely talented pianist. I was utterly in awe of her energy, passion and fabulousness.

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POSTED April 29, 2014 11:07 am IN:

Can you believe it has been three years since the nation celebrated one of the biggest royal weddings, we’ll probably ever see in our lifetime? Today, April 29th, marks the third wedding anniversary of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The beautiful couple wed in a magnificent ceremony at Westminster Abbey in front of millions of eyes around the world. Who can forget seeing that Alexander McQueen dress for the very first time? Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, looked absolutely stunning – and not an inch nervous. Although, I’m sure behind the smiles there were butterflies! The whole day was a flurry of excitement, joyous cheers around the globe and street parties up and down the country. I remember the day so very clearly, I was in London and nothing could describe the electric atmosphere which surrounded the city. It’s something I will never forget.

Now, with their beautiful son and future King, Prince George, the couple look a picture of happiness as they are adored wherever they go. I hope their family continues to grow with love as they lead the way for the future of Britain. Congratulations!

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POSTED April 28, 2014 2:23 pm IN:

I’ve been sharing my expertise over the last week with a couple of my favourite blogs and their readers.  I chatted to the fabulous RedOnline all about how best to display roses – and seeing as they are my favourite flowers, I had lots to say and tips to give.

Over on the Laura Ashley blog, you’ll find out my secrets on the best way to care for your florals and help them stay gorgeous for longer.  If I had my way, flowers would live forever but unfortunately I am still searching for that magic ingredient which sees them grow for eternity!

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POSTED April 24, 2014 1:01 pm IN:

I’m so excited to be attending what’s set to be one of the most fabulous wedding exhibitions to date.  Next Saturday, 3rd May, the V&A museum will open its doors and plays host to ‘Wedding Dresses 1775-2014’.  This exhibition will follow the development of the white wedding dress and its treatment by key fashion designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Charles James, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang.

The most romantic, glamorous and extravagant wedding dresses from the V&A’s superb collection will be on display and will also include some important new acquisitions. Famous dresses will also be on loan including the purple dress worn by Dita Von Teese for her marriage to Marilyn Manson and the outfits worn by Gwen Stefani (my favourite celebrity bride) and Gavin Rossdale on their wedding day. The exhibition will highlight the histories of the dresses, revealing fascinating details about the lives of the wearers and offering an intimate insight into their circumstances and fashion choices.

I can’t wait!  Keep in touch and I’ll post all about it following my visit.

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POSTED April 23, 2014 9:32 am IN:

Saint George is always depicted as a knight carrying a shield with a red cross, generally sitting upon a horse and always fighting or killing a dragon. Despite his ‘dragon fighting’ being a medieval tale, St George is known throughout the world as the dragon-slaying patron saint of England.

Celebrate St George’s Day on Wednesday April 23rd with this stunning patriotic rose knot which is a collection of red Piano, Naomi and Grand Prix roses. Available to order online for nationwide delivery (no dragons included!). Order before midnight Wednesday 23rd and receive 10% off. Enter WAHGeorge at checkout.

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Tomorrow, Wednesday 23rd April, also plays homage to one of England’s greatest poets, William Shakespeare. This gorgeous bouquet is inspired by a theatrical English garden and a vision of dramatic colour and inspiring florals.

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POSTED April 22, 2014 5:13 pm IN:

I was lucky enough to attend a fabulous workshop last week with Willow Crossley, a florist and passionate creative.  The workshop was to also celebrate the launch of her new book, Inspire: The Art of Living With Nature, which embraces and inspires everything that’s magical outside, on the inside.

Willow combines her knowledge and passion by showing us how to use flowers, beachcombing bounty, home-grown harvests and hedgerow finds to decorate your home.

The fabulous book is divided into five chapters: Woodland, Flora, Fauna, Edibles and Beach. Ideas range from hellebores displayed in test tubes to a garland made from hydrangeas. Spring narcissi planted in wooden wine boxes and a table display incorporating gilded apples and pears.  Displays of pebbles, coral and shells, and sea urchins fashioned into napkin rings.  Hollowed-out red cabbages used as vases, a colourful posy of chillies and a stylish wall display of antlers.

I chatted to Willow as she showed the class how to make hand-crafted, decorative and beautiful napkin rings. It was wonderful to meet someone as passionate and caring about the world we live in; nature is simply beautiful.

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POSTED April 18, 2014 11:03 am IN:

Can you believe we’re already wishing everyone a Happy Easter? It seems like only yesterday I was up and down Christmas trees and making gorgeous scented wreaths for homes all over the country.

I love Easter with all its colour, flowers, sunshine (hopefully!) and social gatherings.  I’m lucky enough to taking a couple of days off and heading home to the country to spend some special time with my beautiful family, friends and dogs.  I’ll be taking long walks on the beach, baking Easter cakes and enjoying the fabulous fresh spring air. I hope you all have a wonderful Easter too, enjoying a well-deserved rest and copious amounts of chocolate!

Don’t forget, if you want to buy your Easter flowers we are still open today, Friday 18th and tomorrow, Saturday 19th.  Wild at Heart Liberty will open on Easter Monday.  We will still be delivering in London until end of close Saturday 19th (there will be no London Delivery on Monday 21st).  Nationwide delivery will resume on Thursday 22nd for delivery on Wednesday 23rd April.

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POSTED April 17, 2014 11:30 am IN:

It’s not often I’m prepared to wait six months for a book.  But then again, Once Weddings is not ‘just a book’.  This, my beautiful brides-to-be, is the most luxurious, extravagant, sought-after book you will ever come across.

Ziad Raphael Nassar is the creator of over 60 royal weddings and designer of events for the world’s most illustrious clientele. A true artist, Nassar produces once-in-a-lifetime fairytales and unforgettable visions.  These moments are captured in his book and take you on a magical journey through the lavish, crystal-glazed eyes of some of the world’s luckiest guests. The luxuriously oversize collection gathers the most inspiring celebrations together in one place for the first ever time.

Arriving in layers of beautiful packaging, I opened it as delicately as I’d open up a glass box of diamonds.

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POSTED April 17, 2014 11:03 am IN:

At Easter, whilst we are accustomed to scrumptious chocolate eggs, far too many hot cross buns and fluffy bunnies, around the world traditions are somewhat different.

In Greece, Easter is the biggest and most celebrated holiday of the year. Hard-boiled eggs are dyed red to represent the colour of Christ’s blood and then used for decorative purposes or baked into sweet-bread loaves.  A popular activity is to also crack the red egg against one another to determine luck. The owner of the last un-cracked egg is deemed the luckiest.

Finland treats Easter like Halloween and children play in the streets dressed up in costumes, usually witches, seeking treats. Their tradition stems from the belief that witches fly to a German mountain the Thursday before Easter to meet with Satan.  In some parts of the country people burn bonfires on Easter Sunday, because it is believed that flames scare away witches who fly around on brooms during this weekend.

Celebrations in Haux, France, involves making a giant omelette with over 4,500 eggs, which is then served in the town’s main square and feeds up to 1,000 people. This tradition stems from Napoleon’s time, when the leader and his army stopped in a small town in the south of France and ate omelettes. According to the legend, Napoleon liked the omelette so much that he ordered all people to gather their eggs and make a giant omelette for him and his army the next day.

In Australia, the Easter bunny has transformed into a bilby, an animal which brings children chocolate. Because rabbits destroy the crops and have no natural predator, Australians have decided to replace them with an endangered species, namely the bilby.  In Colombia turtles, iguanas and big rodents are on the menu for Easter.  Hmm, I think I’ll just keep with my chocolate egg!

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POSTED April 16, 2014 12:45 pm IN:

Whether you’re giving or devouring this Easter then you’re going to be spoilt with the range fabulous Easter Eggs available.  From personalised to hand-painted, some of the eggs are so beautiful you almost won’t want to eat it…. almost.   Here are my favourites from left to right:

Cocomaya; Claridges; Ladurée; Fortnum and Mason; Harvey Nichols; Rococo Chocolates

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