Journal

2020 0h What a Drama

We started the year with great things in mind and a full diary of weddings. Little did we know what was in store.

The Corona Virus hit us and everything was cancelled. Our couples were devastated as were thousands of couples planning their big day all over the world. Plans were cancelled and everyone stayed at home. Planning was put on hold some couples re booked their day and had to rebook again and again. We have managed to reschedule everyone although our diary was quite full already. Some postponed to spring 2021 and then because the virus is back on the rise have postponed again, some to 2022. Others postponed to summer and autumn 2021 and we shall keep out fingers crossed.

One or two of our couples just wanted to get married and went with either the rule of 30 or 15 depending when they tied the knot. Some were able to have a small reception others were only allowed a ceremony.

One thing was for sure priorities have changed. There were those that want the big wedding and a party, with all of their family and friends around who will wait until we have all been vaccinated. Those who decided that a small intimate wedding was the way forward went ahead when they could. Then those who have done the small intimate wedding and will have a party at a later date.

Some of the brides have worn their dresses and others who are keeping it for the big celebration later. Maybe a church blessing or a wedding celebrant for a very special kind of ceremony www.cpcelebrant.co.uk

We have been there for all of our couples and rescheduled dozens of dates. Today I looked back to see how many couples we have been able to arrange flowers for during 2020 and discovered 12. We started the year with Wendy and Tony at www.brinkburnnorthumberland.com and ended on 23rd December with kate and John at www.eshotthall.co.uk

Now we are approaching the end of the year, we are looking forward to planning with all of our 2021 and 2022 couples as well as those newly engaged couples who are just at the start of their wedding journey.

Foxglove, Sweet Pea and Alchemilla Mollis

Lets start with the tall and elegant Foxglove weather it be wild out in the woodland, purposefully planted in your garden or it has just arrived on the wind you have to love it. Digitalis Purpurea to give it, its full title. Its a diuretic and heart stimulant first accounted by in 1785 by William Withering a doctor and botanist. They are closely associated with fairies and elves (you know fairies are close to my heart) and in the words of Cicely Mary Barker author of the Flower Fairies:

Foxglove, Foxglove what do you see? The Cool Green woodland, The fat velvet bee: Hey Mr Bumble, I,ve honey here for thee

The gloriously scented and rambling Sweet Pea (Lathyrus Oderatus, the Greek for Leguminus plants) grows wild in the hedges and tamed in gardens throughout Britain at this time of year. Mind you I have a perenial Sweet Pea in the most beautiful pale pink not performing at all!! Note to self, its not happy where it is. The go to flower of choice for summer weddings for the discerning bride and available in the most beautiful pallet of colours. Mixed with glorious garden Roses and foliage what could be better.

Sweet Pea is the birthday flower of 1st February and symbolises delicacy and departure. In the language of flowers in means Remember Me.

Alchemilla Mollis, commonly known as Ladies Mantle. What can I say its bright green flowers are a fabulous back drop to any garden but it is a love hate relationship. It spreads like wildfire and grows out of cracks in the pavement. When it rains it flattens itself to the ground then revives, the leaves are soft and velvety but very resilient, long lasting and fantastic for popping into little flower arrangements and vases.

I had a student many years ago who called it Alchoholic Mollis, therefor it shall always be know as that in my mind.

Micro Summer Weddings

We are planning for two very small intimate weddings in the near future. Our couples are adhering to the government guidelines and going ahead with their ceremony only. Sometimes I think the wedding reason gets lost in the planning and paring it right back like this is both beautiful and romantic. One is going ahead in a beautiful 12th century Priory @brinkburnnorthumberlandweddings @englishheritage and the other at a rustic barn setting having only two witnesses present, how romantic @doxfordbarns

A micro wedding is worth considering and can be held anywhere. Just take your love, your celebrant and a beautiful bouquet to somewhere that is close to your hearts.

In England a Celebrant ceremony is not a legal ceremony you do need to sign the legal declaration in the registry office at some point. It does mean though that you can mark the day you had planned with something really special. Last week I found the most beautiful pictures from a wedding shoot In the Lake District, proving you can have the most dramatic images no matter the weather and its all about you. Take a look at the instagram pages of those involved. @cpcelebrant @wildfirefloralco and @esmewhitesidephotography

Whatever you choose let it be the best you can do and make it your own. Share the love and romance.

Hanging florals

pretty hanging florals

Have you thought about hanging florals? Added to your ceremony or your reception venue it can add impact and interest as well as filling in high ceiling space, creating interest. A beautiful central arrangement, hanging above your ceremony space full of pretty scented booms is very intoxicating.

The beauty of a hanging installation as well as adding impact to the setting, means if the aisle is narrow it adds to the space without the worry of something being knocked over, damaged accidentally or caught by your dress as you sweep down the aisle.

Depending upon your venue style then it could be a rustic style with lots of trailing foliage and interest from berries, seed heads and cones. A pretty installation containing scented blooms, trailing amaranthus, peony and beautiful garden Roses such as http://www.davidaustin.co.uk . If it were a hanging installation above your table setting then little hanging globes of light can be added. Light and candle light adds atmosphere and romance to an evening setting in particular.

Hanging florals can add impact in particular to a marquee, what you can have depends on the type of tent you choose and a conversation must take place between the supplier and the florist to discuss hanging technics http://www.collingwoodmarquees.co.uk . Foliage added to the frame work around the edge of the tent as well as something hanging centrally helps to bring the outside in. This works particularly well inside a tipi http://www.specialeventtipis.co.uk .

suspended scented blooms photo credit http://www.sarahjaneethan.co.uk

Suspended single stems of scented flowers and foliage hung in a row above the top table above head height is dramatic especially during the spring and summer months. During the autumn and winter months lush foliage and berries work with dried flower stems of Hydrangea and Sunflower among others adding a little interest.

living in strange times

Here we are in May 2020 and who would have thought we would be in week 7 of lock down Britain. It is surreal and somehow we are all in our own little bubbles. We are all taking stock and coming to terms with a slower pace of life which can only be a good thing. No family visits and infrequent shopping for essentials has become the norm.

The majority of out weddings up until mid August at the moment are postponed many to 2021 some to later in the year. Some couples are holding out to see what happens next before they make a decision. Its all very unsettling for everyone but as long as we are all safe that is the main thing. Wedding venues in the main have been so supportive as have wedding suppliers. Weddings will happen again and when they do they will be all the more special and even more magical. Wedding dresses will be chosen http://www.bridalwish.co.uk, cakes will be tasted http://www.thecakegarden.co.uk, you may choose a celebrant to conduct your ceremony http://www.cpcelebrant.co.uk whatever you do we will be by your side as your wedding florist.

My storage shed is tidy and my house has no dust!!! I have been able to do yoga every day with the lovely Jo from http://www.happyyoganewcastle.com which has been amazing. My knitting collection has grown 7 jumpers for little people so far (7 grandchildren all under 6) so small garments. All of my lovely wool from http://www.facebook/closeknitmorpethwoolshop.

When you are used to handling flowers on a daily basis and have done for over 30 years its hard to resist even the humble dandelion to arrange in a vase. I have a vase of garden foliage and no flowers in the house it is very pretty, you can do so much with foliage. http://www.lavendersblueflowers.blog

This Sunday 10th May is Garden day which is a community initiative encouraging everyone to enjoy their gardens. Down tools, make a flower crown, have a glass of fizz or a cup of tea and celebrate the beauty of your garden, window box, or even your house plants This weekend the forecast is a little cooler you may have to put on your coat. http://www.gardenday.co.uk

Woodland walks have become a daily ritual we are so lucky to live where we do but today I notice quite a lot more traffic out there, people you just need to stay at home #stayhome We have seen so much wildlife, birds, deer, rabbits but not a squirrel to be seen. We have the nightly visit from our resident hedgehog.

So looking to Boris, to see this weekends announcement and hopefully everyone will do as they are advised, for the good of the country.

Stay safe.