A Day in the Life of Bride and Bloom: crafting wedding flowers from Worcestershire fields to beautiful seasonal bouquets
I am always so delighted when our flower farmers get in touch to say they have a set of A Day in the Life photos to share with our readers. Bride and Bloom are one of our newest additions to our eco wedding directory, and whilst I do get to visit a number of our recommended suppliers, it’s always nice to find out more in these kind of features.
You can see ‘behind the scenes’ with a number of our other flower farmers by visiting our A Day in the Life archives, or for similar posts check out our Meet the Maker series. What I particularly love about today’s feature, is that fellow mum and flower farmer Hannah, had her little girl along to help her pick flowers for the wedding.
What’s also special about this feature, is that at the end of the post we’ve shared photos from the wedding that Hannah of Bride and Bloom was working on in her A Day in the Life. Over to Hannah to share her day in the life at Bride and Bloom…
What a truly seasonal British Valentine’s bouquet looks like – hellebores, daffodils, primroses, snowdrops, violets and more
I love roses, but garden grown and in season, not on Valentine’s Day. But what does a seasonal British Valentine’s bouquet look like? We asked Anne-Marie from Forage For to make us a Valentine’s floral creation – she is quite renown for her stunning floral designs.
So from one corner of Suffolk in a walled garden, this is what was seasonal this year – and it’s worth noting that this has been a particularly unusual year, with unseasonable weather resulting in quite an array of flowers.
The above floral heart features bellis daisies, witch hazel, primroses, hellebores, snowdrops, heather, daffodils, violets, violas, scabious, muscari, blossom and cow parsley (yes really). This crazy unusual weather means that Anne-Marie still has one cow parsley plant that’s hung on all winter and is still flowering. Incredible.
A couple of weeks ago I was travelling around Devon and Cornwall visiting TNWC businesses, and as part of that roadtrip I got to spend a whole day with the lovely ladies at The Garden Gate Flower Company (you can read more about it here). We had made plans to do a little shoot of seasonal wedding hair flowers, and despite the fact that it was a wet and windy day on the farm, we were undeterred.
Flower crowns have been a popular wedding trend for over a year now, and don’t seem to be going away any time soon. Whilst I absolutely love them, I noticed they were getting bigger and bolder, and felt that I would never have felt confident or comfortable to pull off a flower crown like that for my wedding. It got me wanting to share some inspiration for more subtle and understated hair flowers, yet still incredibly beautiful.
Becca and Maz at The Garden Gate Flower Company equally loved the idea, especially as they’ve had more and more brides this year asking for more demure hair flowers, so it was a great opportunity to try out their ideas. We were joined on this wild June day by Louise and Teo from Taylor & Porter Photographs who have captured Becca and Maz’s designs exquisitely.
Louise and Teo have recently relocated to Cornwall and their photography business Taylor & Porter Photographs is quite special – why? Because they only shoot on vintage cameras using film. With at least six of us huddled in the polytunnel at The Garden Gate Flower Company for the shoot, it was pretty magical listing to the whizz and click of Louise and Teo’s vintage cameras.
Somehow I ended up ‘modelling’ a number of the hair flowers, which wasn’t my intention, but my long hair wound me up in the styling seat when Becca and Maz’s friend who was going to model for us had to leave early. I am not one for having my photo taken, especially when I’m not prepared with a bit of make-up and less windswept hair – I’m hoping the hair flowers are so stunning you don’t even notice me!
Enough talking, over to the flowers…
I’m sure by now everyone in England is living in hope that this warm, sunny weather will last a few more days, at least over the bank holiday – fingers-crossed! Yesterday was May Day although with the delayed growth it doesn’t feel like we can really be into May already. It was also my husband’s birthday yesterday, so I can always remember what we did year to year, and a few years ago we’d had a lovely birthday picnic amongst the bluebells – of which there is no sight of yet.
What could be prettier than a wedding cake decorated with white, pale green and soft blue flowers? I am a big fan of scabious and love these powder blue ones on this cake. I’ve also spotted a few frothy heads of ammi or Queen’s Anne lace, which have that cow parsley-esque feel to them and will always be popular on this blog.
I like how the cake is finished off with a dusky gold small tier, and I’m even endeared by the china figurine cake topper – the kind you see on your granny’s mantelpiece – it fits well with the wedding cake and is a sweet touch.
Oh how lovely is this wedding cake! I love that something so simple can make you feel so cheerful. Somehow this pretty wedding cake captures what a natural wedding is to me. What do you think fellow natural wedding fans?
Sitting atop it’s tree trunk cake stand, wreathed in silvery green rosemary (the smell!), and topped with a single delicate white scabious flower, a few sprigs of purple buddleia mint flowers (I think) and those papery seedheads – it’s just heavenly.
I will stop whittering on and just let you enjoy it – such lovely inspiration for anyone wanting to have a homemade wedding cake that’s natural and rustic.
This afternoon I have the second part of my feature on ferns in bridal bouquets and arrangements – if you missed part 1 yesterday do take a look at the bold and colourful fern and floral displays. Today I’m going to showcase the best of the soft and neutral arrangements that use ferns, starting with that beauty above – never did I think white and green could look so pretty together.
I hope that the ideas I’ve come across will help to inspire you if you’re looking for something a little different in the way of your bridal bouquet or your wedding flowers in general – you can find all of these images on my Pinterest flowers board so if you’re creating your own wedding flower inspiration board do get pinning!
A deep green fern bouquet for a woodland wedding…
A soft and creamy romantic fern bouquet…
Win a seasonal bridal bouquet or a hen party where the bride goes free from The Real Cut Flower Garden
*This competition is now closed*
Today’s competition will give one lucky bride-to-be a choice of two fantastic prizes from The Real Cut Flower Garden. You can enter to win either:
A stunning bridal bouquet of seasonal flowers, grown by Charlie in her flower field, and handmade and arranged to your particular preferences.
A flower arranging hen party at Charlie’s flower studio in Herefordshire, where the brides goes free and up to 7 hen’s can join you with an exclusive 20% discount per person. Plus you all get to take the flowers away with you at the end of the day!
Yes you might have spotted me in the picture above – that’s because Charlie from The Real Cut Flower Garden made my bouquet for our wedding last May, so I can vouch for how beautiful her flowers from firsthand experience.
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