Good Tidings

image.jpegAs we are just about to enter the new year and all things 2019 we look back over a glorious 2018.  It was a slow start to 2018 but that gave plenty of time to get the props, vases and all of the other flower parafenalia into order before the rush began.

The most memorable wedding I would imagine of all time was Eshott Hal when the beast from the east was here.  We were caught in a white out and had to be towed out of a snow drift, at one point we had three wheels off the ground.  We got there in the end as the saying goes the ‘show must go on’.  What a day!

The choice of flowers is extensive and as ever we are looking to be as eco friendly as possible.  Most of our designs this year have not contained any floral foam and hopefully we can continue with that into 2019.  It’s a much more natural way to arrange your flowers.  The blush and grey tones have been all around us this year and going forward to next year too, some little hints of coral and peach too, beautiful.  Lots of Eucalyptus and Olive leaf too.

We have been up into Scotland this year demonstrating flower arranging to some of the flower clubs, that is always exciting and a little shopping thrown in too along the way.

We have been to many beautiful venues in the North East of England this year all with their own unique style, they all offer something different from views, to location, service and guest experience.

Here in Northumberland we have it all, if it’s a Tipi and a 12th century priory on your wish list then look no further than Brinkburn Priory set on a tranquil bend of the river Coquet, stay in their beautiful cottages and make a weekend of it.  If your style is quirky then take a look at the all new Charlton Hall and the star lit reception room.  Maybe you prefer a barn then Doxford Barns has all you need, an old threshing hall for the ceremony, lake side pictures and if you want a vintage tractor in the background I know a lady who has one.  If you fancy a country house hotel there is the beautiful Eshott Hall with plenty of cottages on site for visiting family members, set in beautiful grounds and a choice of outdoor ceremony spaces.  Linden Hall complete with spa and 18 hole golf course, set among woodland and manicured lawns or Horton Grange small and intimate with a beautiful outdoor space.  We visited Holiday Inn at Seaton Burn this year with its huge function room, newly refurbished reception area, lots of bedrooms and a spa and just on the edge of the A1 perfect for those city slickers among you.

This year we also worked with a celebrant instead of a registrar for one of our couples.  They chose Charlotte Pennefather ( to write and perform a very personal ceremony for their big day, it’s all about the little details that help to create a life time of memories.  A special way to start your life together and the ceremony can be anywhere you desire.  Just let your imagination take over.

So here we go into a new chapter and into 2019 helping to create special memories and magical moments with our floral styling, using lots of prettiness and scent, looking forward to meeting lots of new couples and visiting new places.


We will be a the following venues over the next couple of months

Brinkburn Northumberland 12-13th January and 26-27th January 11-3 for the house and ceremony space only

23-24th February the tipis will be up for viewing.

Doxford Barns and Charloton Hall Sunday 13th January 12-4

Holiday  Inn 15th January 4-8

Happy New Year X


Summer sun

Well the summer has surely been amazing so far this year.  Who would have thought 2018 would be a record breaking summer.  The wedding season has gone off to a brilliant start and hardly a drop of rain to spoil the day.   I now have the most fragranced Sweet Peas in my garden to choose from as well as some beautiful Hydrangea.  The Hydrangea have been very labour intensive during this hot spell as their name depicts they are incredibly thirsty.  The ones I have in posts have been watered sometimes three times a day Phew!!

A little fragrant posy below I found in my archive from about 4 or 5 years ago with a little dried lavender.  We recreated this as an ever lasting bouquet a few months later.

There are a busy few months left this year of weddings and parties as well as venue open days to attend all to keep us on out toes.

If you re planning a wedding or a special occasion pop along to the open day at Brinkburn Northumberland on Sunday 12th August from 11 till 3 or Thursday 23rd August 4 till 8.  Set in the woods by the river, party in the tipi and a ceremony in the Priory or white room.  or if its a barn you are after, Doxford Barns on 23rd August 5 till 8.  Set on a working farm in the middle of the rolling Northumberland Countryside.

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Glorious Spring

imageDo you love tulips?  This little beauty is a double Ivory  tulip from Smith and Munson fabulous English flower growers.  They look beautiful on their own in a vase and the simplicity is stunning.  Their stems continue to grow causing them to twist and turn to grow towards the light and trail over the side of their vase.  It’s always sad to see the end of the season but there is always something else around the corner.

The Tulip is beautiful in a long and trailing shower bouquet for a bride to carry along with a little Freesia and stunning garden Roses.  Add in a little foliage for a softer look or a few twiggies for a more rustic look.


The elements




We battle with many things as a wedding florist, flowers, foliage, getting the timings of opening flowers correct, the heat, the cold and the logistics of weather.  Last week we were met by the ‘Beast from the East’ and it was not to be under estimated

We only had one wedding last week fortunately, on Wednesday.  We were due at the beautiful Eshott Hall in Northumbetlnad at around 11am.  The snow over night was heavy and as the morning went on it gathered pace.

Our flower delivery consisted of beautiful white Norma Jeane Roses and Freesia for the bride, lots of little cut glass vases containing the same flowers along with a little Gypsophelia and Eucalytus.  We had two large vases of flowers and a couple of candelabra with gorgeous blush candles for a small intimate wedding of 14 guests.

Delivery had to be by car as the snow got heavier and heavier, we set off and within 30 minutes were well and truly in a snow drift, about an hour and a half later we were still digging in blizzard and white out conditions!  Disaster.  A phone call to the hotel do you have a 4×4 that can come to our rescue?  Then both of our mobile phones died (apparently lithium batteries do not like the cold!).  10 minutes later we heard an engine approaching how pleased were we.  It was Sean the gardener  he arrived with his quad, a shovel and a tow rope and within 15 minutes we were out.  I had had visions of ploughing through the fields with the brides bouquet above my head!!  Crisis averted.

it snowed heavy for the next four hours, the wedding ceremony took place, the hair and make up girls left in a 4×4 and we waited for the ceremony to end and Sean to attach the plough to the front of the quad.  We left in a convoy with Sean at the front, the registrars had left their cars by the A1 we gave them a lift to be duly re United with their vehicles.  The few guests that arrived and the bride and groom had to stay an extra night as well as the skeleton staff.  They were well and truly snowed in.  With many thanks to the Eshott Hall team and all of the fantastic proffesionals who turned up to make a very special couples day become a reality.


Its the little things

A few bits and pieces from last year just came to mind.  Its the little details that make a big impression.  Pretty chair decoration, a mini Sunflower button hole and a picture frame with fresh flowers as a table name with flowers in a glass tube.  The new wedding season is under way and our thoughts are popping around thinking of different ideas for our wedding fairs.  Two to look out for in March: Doxford Barns and The Town Hall in Morpeth, both on the 18th March, watch this space as I divide myself in two.