Gemma and Peter, The West Mill, Derbyshire

Beautiful People. Beautiful Flowers. Beautiful Mill.

This is just a snippet of the amazing wedding day of Gemma and Peter, who married in early summer at The West Mill venue in Derbyshire.

This is a couple who know what they like, and Gemma came to our first meeting brimming with design and colour ideas. They were keen for the gorgeous wine bridesmaid dresses to be a starting point for the colours, but didn’t want a scheme that felt heavy or wintery. So into the floral mix we threw stunning pink garden roses, orangey spray roses and the most delicate sweet peas, while the buttonholes were a mix of succulent flowers, blushing bride protea and spray roses, all bound with copper wire ribbon. Perfect!

Peter, the handsome groom loves succulents too, so was keen to introduce these too, so each design had a succulent somewhere, and the table plan was dedicated to these beauties!

All this loveliness was captured by The Twins Photography and I have to say, when I first viewed the album, I shed a tear or too the images were so emotional! Congrats you two.

Tipi-luxe shoot, The Heath House

Tipi Styling. Florals. Co-ordination.

This was, without a shadow of a doubt, a tipi wedding feast for the eyes!

Earlier this year I was fortunate to be given almost ‘carte blanche’ to create a styling and floral theme for the Peaktipis spring open weekend, hosted at The Heath House in Staffordshire. Working with the dedicated and incredibly hard working team at Peaktipis we pulled together a super luxe look that suited the elegance of the country house setting, and challenged the theory that tipis are for rustic weddings only.

I was keen to create a fully opulent look, and the starting point was ‘that’ amazing dress I selected with the help of Lorraine from Lori G Bridal in Derbyshire. The voluminous tulle and lace gown had shades of pinks and blues within the skirt and I used this as the colour direction for the rest of the styling. I pulled together the best and most beautiful blooms available to create a to die for bouquet and finished the bridal styling with a unique floral hair piece and necklace. The long tables were brimming with foliage runners, guilded candle sticks and compotes, with golden grapes and apples to give it that little bit extra.The hand painted stationary by Yellowstone Art Boutique and cakes and treats by Bake Ashbourne fitted perfectly with the scheme.

As with all shoots, you’re in the hands of the photographer, and I’m sure you’ll agree that Ben from HBA Photography has created an awesome set of images for us all to enjoy!

And if you want the hairs on your arms to stand on end watch this beautiful film by Jason Lynch. And yes, the models are a real couple – can’t you tell?

Here is the stella list of contributors…

HBA Photography Venue The Heath House Tipi & Coordination Peak Tipis Videography Jason Lynch Weddings  Stationery Yellowstone Paper Works Cake & Treats Bake Wedding Car A & C Vintage Wedding Cars Celebrant Ceremony
Alison Kirkham Beloved Celebrant Hair & Makeup Claire Lowe Dress, Veil & Accessories Lori G Drapes & Props More Production Bunting Tickety Boo Bunting Table Linen Executive Linen Crockery & GlasswareWhitehouse Event Crockery


Gina and Matt, Shottle Hall, Derbyshire

Champagne Supernova…

Gina and Matt Married at Shottle Hall on one of the most beautiful days in August. Gina was keen to make the wedding a day to remember for everyone and didn’t leave any detail untouched, and selected a beautiful champagne colour palette that created an old time glamour feel to the day. Her all rose bouquet was accented with fine champagne flecks and the table decor sat high on elegant champagne mercury glass vases that really looked the business. Her darling flower girls wore flowers in their hair and I’m sure you’ll agree they really looked beautiful.

Congratulations to a beautiful couple.

All these stunning images are by Humpston & Bull.


Sneak peek, Yeldersley Hall

Just Peachy (and pinky)

I knew you’d love a sneak peek of these beautiful portraits by Karienne & Elizabeth Photography, so while we wait for the rest, enjoy.

You are welcome!

Helena and Dale at The Ashes, Endon

A sweet summer Ashes wedding

Helena and Dale married at the beautiful rural barn venue, The Ashes, in August this year. And to stay in keeping with the location and venue, Helena was keen to have a mixed summer country bouquet, with beautiful scented roses and herbs along with a delicate circle of flowers for her hair. I’m sure you’ll agree she is the image of the quintessential English bride and Dale, the most handsome of grooms?

Their floral decor was also very appropriate for there venue, with jugs of mixed pastel blooms and pallet planters of flowers. The cake wasn’t short of decoration either and had a very special white O’hara and spray rose placement, that looked almost as good as the cake its self!

I love that even at the end of the evening, once things had turned a little more casual Helena was still sporting her hair flowers and veil! Such a babe!

These beautiful photographs are the work of K and L Photography

Excuse me while I indulge in blue a while…


So, if you love a feast of all things blue, welcome!

I just wanted to take this opportunity to share images of a very special, rainy summers day wedding here in Derbyshire.

These pictures are from OUR wedding day and we wanted to take this chance to thank everyone who was involved in making this day so special.

David and I married in a secret ceremony high above the busy little tourist spot of Matlock Bath at the overwhelmingly beautiful Swallow Barn, Masson Farm. The ceremony was small with only our little family, my parents and our two witnesses in attendance. I’ve created flowers for many weddings over the years at Masson Farm, and we love the wonderful lady host and her magical patch of this green and pleasant land, so we really couldn’t have done this anywhere else.

We followed our ceremony, by a quick stint in the games arcades and cafes in Matlock, before heading back home for our party – the guest all thought they were coming to celebrate our birthdays so it was surprises all round for everyone!

There were so many people who kindly added to our special day with their unique talents, and they all deserve their own little mention.

My amazing bespoke blue dress was handmade by the incredibly talented, warm, funny and couldn’t be more fabulous Lorraine at Lori G Bridal, which is also where Evie’s True Bride beauts dress was from. My head piece was by Sheena Holland, handcrafted rings by Glasswing and cufflinks by Tatty Devine. Beautiful Kiki from Air Hairdressing Ltd got up extra early to lovingly style our hair while Rebecca Shearer Make Up Artist worked wonders on my tired eyes with her make up skills. Once we were back at home our party started in a lovely little marque provided by Will Top Marques and we were fed and watered by The Orange Food Box (best fish n chips ever!) and Lanza’s traditional ice cream bike. The crazy ass blue cake of my dreams was by the ever innovative Hannah from Bake Ashbourne. We were well entertained by Mango Acoustic Duo, and magic to keep us guessing was provided by Anthony Chan. Hannah at Yellowstone created a special family illustration portrait for our invites. Thanks also to my wing women Laurissa, Soraya and Penny, (and man) Andrew who helped set everything up and kept everything moving on the day! And Denise, we owe you forever…

But the biggest shout has to go out to the frankly awesome Ben and Hannah Appleby of HBA Photography who provided us with an amazing collection of images to help us remember this day until we’re grey and old! See here for their take on the day…

Kate & Rob at The West Mill, Derbyshire

Colourful and cosy at West Mill, Derbyshire

So here is a beauty of a wedding at The West Mill – that was featured a few months ago in Perfect Wedding magazine for its fab details and use of colour – just perfect for a late winter wedding.

This lovely couple contacted me late last year to provide the most lovely cheery florals for their January wedding  in the very picturesque Darley Abbey area of Derbyshire.

You will have probably seen on earlier posts that The West Mill is a wonderful venue full of quirky details and Kate and Rob really wanted to play this up! With the use of their lovely collected Golden Syrup tins, used as table centres and vintage bottles with colour pop blooms. The couple created a super cute light bulb installation to which I added in more flowers from their scheme.

Kate and her maids wore really pretty dresses, that were all high street finds, but boy did they ‘rock the look’, along with Rob sporting the very best in tweed and bow tie combos they really were a great looking bridal party.

All these images were captured by their very talented photographer Matt Parry, of Matt Parry Photography.

This wedding was also featured in full on Boho Wedding Blog

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