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POSTED February 6, 2017 5:19 pm IN: , ,

W1539_144The question has been asked, you have found the venue and chosen your dream dress, it is now time to fine tune the colour scheme and choose the perfect flowers to suit your day.

This week we caught up with our talented Event Manager Jessica as she offers her advice on how to select your wedding flowers, as well as a few key trends for 2017.

The initial steps a bride should take when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding flowers?

Have a look around, see what interests you on Instagram, get pinning your favourite floral images and most importantly take a look at potential florists website / blog to see what their current style is. This way you will be able to gauge their capabilities and have some basic ideas to work with when you have those initial talks. It’s really great when a client comes in with a concept we can work with, this is when we get creative and develop their ideas into something really special, surpassing clients expectations.

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The best wedding venues you have been fortunate enough to work in?

My favourite location has to be Osea island, it was stunning! Situated on the South East coast just 90 minutes away from London, the private Island is four miles of unspoiled landscape, shingle beaches and beauty. Wild at Heart really mirrored the natural setting with the flowers and created something fabulously wild and fresh.

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Bridal work trends?

Nikki recently suggested a variation in bouquets for each bridesmaid, for example a different roses – one Secret Garden, one Quicksand and one Amnesia. They all work well together, however, adds a different dimension to photographs.

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When it comes to the bridal bouquet, should the dress be taken into consideration?

Yes definitely! Think style, shape and colour. Often wedding gowns have beautiful bone work in them that really accentuate a brides waist , so don’t hide your silhouette behind a huge bouquet, a luxurious rose knot will draw attention to your narrowest part without hiding you away. However, a large dress needs to be balanced out, this stunning loose and wild bouquet looked fantastic against our summer brides flowing dress…

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Your words of wisdom when it comes to selecting centerpieces…

Consider your budget, if you don’t have much to spend look into prop hire and focus on accessorising the tables with candles, tealights and glassware. We have an extensive collection of props available to hire or to offer inspiration from our website

To add a dynamic touch to the room, I always suggest to use a mixture of high and low centerpieces. This can be done by using candelabras on a number of tables and perhaps lanterns or tea light on the rest. Creating a dramatic look without being too over the top. _DSC9494

Finishing touches that give a wedding that extra edge?

Guests are always appreciative of the little personal flourishes, the things that are slightly out of the box. People will be bowled over by the center pieces and features but props are often the accessories that complete the setting. At a recent event at One Marylebone, I designed hand blown oil lamps and filled them with cobalt blue paraffin to compliment the arrangements and placements.

However, one of my favourite wedding flourishes was this bespoke chair back we created for a summer wedding. Made out of garden roses, spray roses and delphinium, it added a stunning aesthetic to the wedding and the aroma was out of this world!

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How to create a focal point in the room?

There are so many options when it comes to creating different  floral focal points for both the ceremony or the reception. The use of trees in the reception has been a big trend in 2016 and we expect the demand to carry on into Summer ’17.

If your budget is tight enquire if your florist can arrange for an arch or urn to be transported from the church to the reception.

One of my favourite Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart features, was the elaborate 40 m squared rose ceiling created for a wedding in Baku.  Chris ODonovan-3187Baku 8GSPK&J002

Key SS/17 wedding flower trends?

We’re starting to see a lot less formulaic, regimented approach to wedding flowers, there are so many stunning flowers around during the wedding season, its a shame to stick to just cream roses for example. This year look out for gorgeous different sized flowers and foliage to create texture. Think, peonies, sweet peas and ferns…sherry-146

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POSTED December 7, 2016 11:40 am IN: ,

gspkj007This week we are reminiscing on a spectacular September wedding with GSP Events in the Orangery at Kensington Palace. A mix of cream and blush flowers were used throughout to compliment the light venue and create what was to be an incredibly elegant day. gspkj002 The venue for the ceremony was dressed in a large white urn and a striking floral arch to frame the couple as they completed their nuptials.  A combination of hydrangea, quick sand and four seasons roses were used in both the statement pieces and highlighted beautifully with seasonal foliage and scented eucalyptus. gspkj005gspkj092gspkj257   gspkj262gspkj256

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POSTED September 13, 2016 1:47 pm IN: , ,

Lamp productions recently invited Wild at Heart to create the flowers for a one of a kind bridal shoot. Taking place across various historical locations within the Cotswold’s, the three day shoot was captured perfectly on film by talented photographer Hilary Chan.

Taking inspiration from the beautiful settings of the shoot, the team hand selected a bounty of the freshest seasonal flowers including; secret garden roses, delphinium, ivy and volumes of wildflower. The chosen palette for the three shoots was a combination of pastel tones, white and light grey, which created a magnificently natural and feminine look to the arrangements.

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POSTED June 9, 2016 3:56 pm IN: , ,

London’s iconic Dorchester Hotel was the backdrop to some very special nuptials this week. The dining room was transformed  into thee most magical space which included statement table centres comprising of 1,250 fragrant white and cream sweet peas. Complemented by beds of flowers running along the tables, perspex candelabras, silver mirror and contemporary crystal accents, it was the epitome of luxury.

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POSTED September 30, 2015 1:45 pm IN:

We were lucky enough to work with Kit and Caboodle on this extravagant wedding in Baku, Azerbaijan. Using a floral palette of pinks and purples with wild and trailing garden foliage and berries, we were able to create a life-size enchanted forest, which wouldn’t be complete without its own selfie flower wall of course!
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POSTED August 7, 2015 3:49 pm IN:

We fell in love with the hopelessly romantic colour scheme of soft pinks and delicate purples at this dreamy summer wedding in Regent’s Park. Pink and white peonies, sweet peas, white hydrangea and purple clematis made up the sumptuous table centres and were accompanied by gold and crystal accents from surrounding tea lights and candelabras. The top table featured a tall birch tree decorated with glass orbs and tea lights growing out of a bed of gorgeous summer flowers … a true mid-summer night’s dream.

We worked with Snapdragon London (www.snapdragonparties.com) to bring this wedding to life, and photographs below are courtesy of Chris Morgan Photography.
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POSTED July 22, 2015 3:53 pm IN:

With so many weddings taking place each month here at Wild at Heart, our florists are always advising brides-to-be on how to create the perfect flowers for their big day. The tables were turned last month as our very own head florist and manager of our Pimlico store, Ruth, tied the knot at a beautiful English country garden wedding in Cornwall.

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What happens when you’re a florist getting married…

There are enough decisions to be made when you’re getting married, but when you’re a florist getting married, does it make choosing your wedding flowers any easier? We asked Ruth how she went about selecting her bridal blooms:

‘I chose a June wedding so I could pick from the beautiful scented flowers available at this time of the year, but that was the only easy decision! Having seen so many beautiful arrangements before, I had a lot of trouble deciding what I wanted.’

But with all these decisions to be made, Ruth still had time to make her own bouquet and buttonholes!

Cornish Seaside meets English Country Garden

Nestled away in the charming Tregulland House in Cornwall is where Ruth and Ollie decided to exchange their vows. Inspired by the Cornish seaside, with the blue and grey tones of the coastline incorporated into Ollie’s suit, along with stunning floral decorations giving the day a distinct countryside garden feel.

Ruth’s bridal bouquet was kept pretty and feminine with white and lilac sweet peas, Sarah Bernhardt peonies and lilac scabiosa to compliment her soft, floaty wedding gown.

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For the reception, mixed arrangements of flowers in pastel tones including Sarah Bernhardt peonies, lilac scabiosa, blue delphinium, pink and lilac sweet peas, nigella, blue and lilac hydrangea and O’hara, norma jean and quicksand roses were combined with coral and white peonies, flowering mint, lavender and cotoneaster to create a spectacular statement arch at the marquee entrance. Various combinations of these gorgeous summer garden flowers also filled white urns that ran along the centre of the tables with tea lights scattered throughout for a magical touch before the speeches and celebrations began.

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What a wonderful day! Wishing Ruth & Ollie all the best for their future together from the Wild at Heart Team x

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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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