From April our cutting garden comes alive with the first flowers of the season coming into bloom, awash with pale colours, ruffly ranunculus and fresh green shoots. Always reflective of the seasonal calendar and the fluctuations in weather, our arrangements and bouquets at this time of the year are evocative of new beginnings and layered with many varieties of speciality tulips in unusual nuanced colours, hellebores, alliums, colombine,muscari, pansies and fritillaria. At the farm, with winter receding, the hedgerows turn white and pale pink with hawthorn, pear and apple blossom; the romantic shades and sculptural shapes of spring branches the perfect foundations for blowsy urn arrangements and majestic arches.
Thank you so much for our beautiful wedding flowers! They were unbelievable. We had so many compliments about them all night.
A & P, London
I just wanted to drop a quick note to say thank you for all your hard work yesterday but also tell you about my joy at seeing the flowers. They were absolutely beautiful and I had so many great comments from everyone (including the Vicar) about how wonderful they were. My bouquets are currently sitting on my kitchen table, still looking lovely.
L & N, Kent
A traditional church service in the Kentish countryside, followed by dinner and dancing in an old tithe barn, overlooking exquisitely kept gardens and historic oast houses. A pair of antique urns on plinths - a popular choice for church weddings - spilling with hedgerow blossom, ‘Clare de Lune’ peonies and clematis on the vine provided height and drama for the ceremony. Pale colours kept the overall effect light and frothy against the shadowy wooden rood screen at the front of the church, backlit by natural light pouring the magnificent stained glass windows.
Thank you so much for doing such a lovely job with the flowers yesterday - they were really spectacular. I knew you did gorgeous arrangements but those were lovelier than I could have imagined!
A beautifully-curated Shoreditch wedding in early May. The ceremony took place against the backdrop of an arched window overlooking the horsechestnut trees in bloom in the park beyond, flanked by an organic green installation of leafy spring branches and pale blossom.
Summer, and our flowers are in full bloom at the garden, in every shape and shade imaginable. Old-fashioned roses, foxgloves, sweet-peas and poppies are all flowering profusely from June onwards, joined by campanula, marigolds, delphiniums and, as the summer reaches its peak, dahlias, scabious, cosmos and zinnias. Along the farm hedgerows we forage arching briars of wild dog rose and long twirling tendrils of Clematis vitalba on the vine to capture the essence of an abundant English garden during the long balmy days of midsummer.
Thank you so so much, Alex and Jess. How you decorated St John and The Ten Bells could not have been more perfect. James and I loved all of it. I had so many people come up to me asking who did them as it was simply spectacular. Needless to say, I sung your praises and unique, thoughtful as well as homegrown approach.
A & J, London
Our rose garden at the farm contains over 120 established shrub roses, climbers and ramblers and we use them for their exquisite beauty and perfume in our designs from May to October. In June, Rosa canina, wild dog-rose, is flowering around the field, its long arched briars are a wonderful resource for creating organic installations. Popular with brides is ‘Julia’s Rose’, a scented hybrid tea rose with honey and coffee tones, and ‘Crocus’ which has pale apricot rosettes fading out to cream, with a delicate tea-rose fragrance and elegant pinnate leaves.
I have had compliment after compliment regarding the flowers and I appreciate anew every time I look through our pictures, which is very often! I know it’s cliche but that day was, as everyone had told me it would be, the best day of my life. The flowers were always important to me as a way of setting the tone for the day and your flowers were every bit as natural and relaxed and free as I wanted our wedding to be. I cannot thank or praise you enough.
K & M, Hertfordshire
Whimsical, garden-inspired florals for an early summer wedding in a 14th century church in East Hertfordshire, followed by an evening party in a remote field lined with flares and lanterns. An organic installation to the church rood screen referenced the windswept hedgerows of the surrounding landscape after a week of stormy weather.
A sultry July day in Surrey. An asymmetric arch installation to the porch of the country church, and bouquets and arrangements spilling with English garden roses and dahlias in white, cream, blush and coffee at Northbrook Park, an eighteenth century manor house set in an idyllic private estate, with reception drinks held in the walled garden and glass-ceilinged orangery. Shades of nude and parchment were introduced into the tablescape designs to elevate the pale pastel palette, with buff tapered candles, ‘Cafe au Lait’ dahlias and ‘Koko Loko’ roses.
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Your decorations for the wedding exceeded every expectation. Truly outstanding. The flowers everywhere were just perfect and I am now trying to dry many of them. Your attention to detail is phenomenal. Thank you both so much.
E & J (A note from the bride’s mother), Surrey
This is just a quick note to say a big thank you for our wedding flowers… They were truly magnificent and really lifted our celebration. From the moment of the bouquets and buttonholes arriving and the fragrance of the garden roses… to witnessing the beautiful display at The Kitty Hawk - you made a city garden come alive in a way that is beyond what we could have envisaged… Every guest who came managed to take some flowers home and commented on how beautiful they were.
K & T, London
Colourful, freshly cut blooms in brass vases, and a wild garden border installation for a stylish wedding in the City, with a private evening restaurant reception at contemporary British restaurant, The Kitty Hawk.
A destination wedding in Herefordshire at Dewsall Court, a stunning country house in idyllic rolling countryside with views over the Black Mountains. Luxuriously floral decorations to the church entrance and rustic barn reception with a plethora of late summer flowers and a nod towards the encroaching autumn. A midsummer night’s dream.
We are so incredibly grateful that you were able to provide the flowers for our wedding - they helped create such a sensational atmosphere and completely captured (and improved upon!) my vision. One of my favourite memories of the day is sitting at the table with everyone eating around me and just gazing in wonder at all of the fantastic flowers decorating the tables. I knew from the first time I saw your Instagram that we simply had to work with both of you, and that you perfectly encapsulated that glorious rustic look I was hunting for. You both did such an incredible job in creating something truly 'us' and we had so many comments on the day about how beautiful and unusual the bouquets and arrangements were.
R & J, London
Thank you so much ladies! The flowers were insane. I spent the entire reception gazing at them adoringly and saying to everyone ‘look at these flowers, look at these ones, look at these!’ It completely bought my vision to life and I’m so grateful.
R & J, London
Just wanted to say a quick thank you for our lovely flowers on Saturday. They were exactly how I had imagined and more, and the smell was divine! We received so many wonderful compliments.
J & J, London
Autumn in England is perhaps the most beautiful season of all as misty mornings merge into warm, mellow afternoons of shifting colours and the scent of drifting bonfire smoke and windfalls. The garden is still producing a prolific quantity of flowers, and the foliage is starting to turn shades of lime, blush and russet. Our arrangements and bouquets at this stage of the year are often highly textural, with berries, metallic grasses and seedpods alongside dinner-plate sized dahlias, jewel tones and gleaming fruit.
Shapely urns and dramatic, natural aisle arrangements for a service at St John’s Church, Waterloo, followed by an autumnal feast-for-the-eyes at Hixter restaurant, Bankside with clustered amber bottles of garden flowers and asymmetric garland installations of hops and grasses.
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A wedding and reception at the Savile Club in Mayfair, an exquisitely decorated private member’s club, founded in 1868. The pastel, silver-gold interiors were complemented by ornate, antique vessels, branchy, light autumnal arrangements, a grassy staircase installation and tall candles in rose-pink, gold and pale blue.
As the winter comes on, thoughts turn to the festive season - to rich, velvety jewel tones, fragrant spices, citrus and candlelight. But this time of the year can also be a time of lightness - herbs such as rosemary, thyme and sage, evergreen foliage, ice-white narcissi, hellebores and frail anemones all bring their own unique pale beauty to the table.
Wild and wintery installations for a late November wedding at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, overlooking the City skyline, followed by a lunch reception at St John Bread & Wine with tables dressed in a palette of whites, creams, coffee and gold. Seasonal materials included anemones, tulips, ranunculus, nerines, variegated ivy, rose briars and fluffy wild clematis (‘old man’s beard’).
I just wanted to say that the flowers at the week-end were absolutely stunning - everything we had hoped for and more. The installation in the window in the 100 Room, made a perfect backdrop for the photos … it was beautifully ethereal, and with the sun shining in it looked like they were getting married in a magical garden. Thank you so much for all your hard work…how thrilled we were with your interpretation of what we wanted to create, your artistry, and your expertise and professionalism. It was a great pleasure to work with you, and we cannot praise your work highly enough.
A note from the groom’s mother, London
Thank you!!! We had an amazing day and the flowers were my favourite part of our look. Thank you so much again.
C & H, London