London Calling – Three days at Brixton East with The Chapel Designers



The pilgrimage to the chapel

Around 8 years ago I spied a bouquet online that blew me away. It was voluptuous and had all the right curves in all the right places. I was in love. I became a flower stalker and had to know all about the creative behind this dream design. This was my first flower crush and it was the work of Holly Chapple, an internationally renowned designer from the US. Subsequently I followed Holly’s blog and her honest words became a bit of a salvation for me, she wrote so frankly about her floral adventures and experiences that it was great to know I wasn’t the only one in the world woking on designs into the wee small hours, long after the rest of the family was tucked up in bed.

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Ali and Karl’s super stylish wedding at The West Mill

You say you’d like a big bouquet…Okey Dokey!

I met Karl and Ali to discuss their West Mill wedding over coffee on a what was a dirty, raining winter day. It felt like meeting old friends and I loved the fact they chattered over each other, excited about all the “tat’ (their words) they’d been collecting – including old film reel cases to stand their table flowers on. Karl is a camera man and it was a really nice nod to his profession – and kinda cool in the West Mill’s urban industrial environment.

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Spring time shoot at Beehive Farm with Peaktipis


The darling buds styled shoot

Where to being?

There was so much love that went into this shoot, from so many people.

I’ve worked with Peaktipis on numerous projects (see here ) and this spring I was honoured to be asked to help out again. We were super keen to revisit a back to basics style to reflect the stunning natural setting at Beehive Farm, a stunning collection of fishery lakes just out side Burton.

So we decide to go for a colourful spring styled festival vibe, and really played up the colours and the floral elements.

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Sophie and Sam’s alternative autumn wedding at The West Mill

Sophie’s timeless beauty with contemporary twists

I start most of my relationships with couples via email, and most of the time I get a good sense of what they’re like from the very first message. Sophie was no different. Her messages were sweet, friendly and full of enthusiasm – just like she is!

The couple knew exactly the direction they wanted the wedding designs to go in and as you can see by these images from the super cool Red on Blonde Photography team, that direction was stylish and considered, with just the right amount of quirk!

We were thrilled for everyone to see this featured on the prestigious Rock My Wedding blog in June 2017.

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Jennie and Kyle’s English Irish Spring Wedding at The Ashes Barns

Rustic chic green and white – and gasp – no roses!

I first met Jennie and Kyle over coffee in a beauts cafe in my home town of Ashbourne. They’d travel over on a Sunday morning for breakfast to discuss their forth coming spring wedding at The Ashes Barns, Stafforshire. Something that Jennie said very early on was that she was keen for the wedding to contain no roses, but to have clover somewhere present to represent Kyle’s Irish roots. We discussed a full scheme and the most important elements we decided were lush white and green florals, texture and wood.

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Charley and Bobs and THAT dress at The West Mill

Red dress? Oh yes!

I love a bride with a distinctive sense of style and I knew as soon as I received the emails from Charley saying she had purchased a red dress and wanted a show stopper bouquet for her day that I HAD no choice but to work with her and bring her vision to life. Along with the very dashing Bobs this stylish couple went on to curate a very beautiful and personal mid winter wedding at the stunning West Mill venue right here in Derbyshire.

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Floral couture anyone?

When HBA Photography and I get together…

So sometime you get the chance to do stuff, stuff that doesn’t really have a place in ‘real life’ but creatively is good for the soul. This image is a result of that.

Ben and Han from HBA Photography invited me to be part of  shoot they were working on for Charlotte and Dave, the beauts people down at Field and Forest Weddings in Yoxall Woods, on the most bizarre weather day I think I have ever experienced! The shoot had many different purposes, and you can see more of that here.

But for now, I’m just going to leave this here. Soraya, looking regal, in her fresh flower cape. Boom…

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Faye and Jon’s laid back summer wedding at the Ashes Barns

She’s got smiles for miles

I really liked Faye. I warmed to her as soon as we first met and every time after, I’d leave the meetings smiling from ear to ear. She is so warm and kind and smiley – you just can’t help smile right back. But I’m guessing you’ll see that when you look at these wonderful images from her day with Jon. All captured by the keen lens of Steve Bridgwood Photography.

Faye and Jon chose The Ashes for its simple laid back vibe and wanted their special day to reflect that. They were eager for the bouquets and buttonholes to select blooms suited to the summer season. Faye especially wanted a soft colour palette of pastels for her bouquet, with garden roses and summer blooms with a few accent thistles as a nod towards Scottish family heritage. the buttonholes followed suit and included spray roses, wheat ears and thistles and were all wrapped up with twine.

The table decor included lots of Faye’s own bottles and jars and they had a beautiful long floral arrangement full of all the flowers of the day on both the registrar table and top table.

This really is the sweetest wedding, with the most lovely couple. And that ice cream looks pretty good too!

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Philippa and Alex’s English Village wedding at Rose Cottage

The bouquet that stole my heart

Honestly? What’s not to love about Philippa’s choice for her bridal bouquet? It had all the elements it should – colour, scent, movement, peonies and a rose call O’hara, finished with Liberty print fabric knots. Perfect.

When Philippa approached me she was so excited about all the different things they would have going on in there wedding. They were busy folding 1000 paper cranes as a couple, they had a fab band lined up, mum was busy making bunting, runners and all manner of soft dressings for the marquee, not to mention growing a host of flowers to create her own tablescapes.

How could I help? Well Philippa had her heart set on what can only be described as the ultimate English summer bouquet. It was to contain peonies, garden roses, sweetpeas and a host of herbs and other seasonal foliages. I was more than happy to oblige this, and enjoyed every second of creating this bouquet.

The rest of the bridal party co-ordinated with a posy for her bridesmaid, a wand for her flower girl, with everyone else sporting buttonholes or corsages finished with Liberty print knots. Honestly, when I first thought about becoming a wedding florist, this was the wedding I thought I’d be creating!

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Gemma and Peter’s late spring wedding at The West Mill

Stylish wedding flowers with copper accents

This is only a snippet of the stunning day Gemma and Peter enjoyed when they wed in a late spring ceremony at The West Mill venue.

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 masala coloured bridesmaids dresses to be a starting point for the palette, but didn’t want it to look heavy or wintery. So into the floral mix we threw stunning pink garden roses, orangey toned spray roses and the most delicate sweet peas. The groom and his ushers wore a mix of succulent flowers, blushing bride proteas and spray roses, all bound with copper ribbon. Just perfect.

Peter loved succulents so much he was keen to use them in other parts of the wedding too, so we created a whole table plan dedicated to using those beauties!

Gemma was keen for the little ladies in the party to have their own special crowns and made use of Nadia Di Tullio Crowned to create a set that co-ordinated with the fresh blooms used on the day.

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