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Easter seasonal flower window display

Happy Easter everyone!  I was delighted when an email popped into my inbox earlier this week from Becca and Maz at The Garden Gate Flower Company – I’ve come down with a horrid cold this week so it was lovely when they appeared with a wonderful Easter-inspired guest post.

It’s full of beautiful inspiration for wedding styling if you love that combination of seasonal flowers and vintage finds.  I’ll hand you over to The Garden Gate Flower Company to tell you about the beautiful Easter window display they created in one of their local vintage and antique shops in Cornwall.  Over to Maz…

Spring wedding flowers in vintage teacups

Easter is here, and we have gone all nostalgic at the Dower House in Lostwithiel.  We have just been styling an Easter window in a shop that is filled with vintage lace, jelly moulds, buttons, ribbons and much more!

Becca rediscovered The Downy Duckling (or something like that, it’s a good job she’s got little kids to read it to!).

Easter window display

We made pretty miniature arrangements in vintage cups.  Spring flowers like primroses and grape hyacinths are short stemmed so make a good addition to a tea cup.

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Pink tulips, snowdrops and cyclamen leaves in a vintage teacup

The Natural Wedding Company is a huge supporter of seasonal British grown flowers (if you’re interested to know more check out the #britishflowers chat that’s happening on Twitter) and so I want to ramp up my support by sharing truly seasonal wedding flower inspiration with you.

I think what can be so hard some times is knowing actually what’s in season in Britain during each month of the year, and even whether it’s seasonal in the part of the country you’re getting married in – for example, the flower growers in Cornwall tend to have blooms earlier than somewhere in the north.

Seasonal spring daffodils in a teacup

Teacup of dreamy romantic spring wedding flowers

The lovely ladies from The Garden Gate Flower Company in Cornwall have been playing around with some seasonal spring flowers and created these beautiful arrangements that I’m delighted to share with you.  The ideal inspiration for those of you planning a spring wedding!

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Vintage teacup bird feeder

Wow, this feels very strange – a return to ‘normal’ blogging after an incredible month of offers and competitions (lots are still running so do take a look!).  And what better way to return, than with a lovely New Wives Club post and a guest post from the lovely Sharon from For The Love Of Vintage.

Vintage teacup bird feeders

Sharon came up with this fantastic idea to give a new lease of life for chipped vintage teacups – turning them into rather lovely bird feeders!  In her business, hiring out vintage crockery for weddings, the china understandably takes some wear and tear.  So Sharon came up with this idea for reusing some of the pretty teacups that are too good to throw away.

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On Wednesday I had so much fun.  I drove up to Lancashire to meet Mark Tattersall, we had lunch and caught up, then we set up a mini photoshoot.  Mark took the pictures and I brought along a boot full of ‘bits and pieces’ from my home, some beautiful English sweetpeas and delicious cupcakes.

I suppose in the world of weddings you would say I ‘styled’ the shoot, but it feels rather odd, as it was more just a collection of pretty things made to look nice.  With this gorgeous (and sometimes stifling) hot weather we’ve had, I wanted to create a small lazy summer picnic.

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A couple of weeks ago my mom and I went on a lovely flower arranging workshop hosted by Jo and Rachel of Green & Gorgeous Flowers.

Not only was it great to meet Jo and Rachel, but we also learnt some fab tips on how to arrange garden grown flowers – perfect as in a week’s time we’ll be doing all the flowers for my wedding.

Green & Gorgeous Flowers is based on a dairy farm in a truly beautiful part of Oxfordshire.  They have a barn where the workshop was held, a smaller studio filled to the brim with vintage crockery, and about 2 and a half acres of flowers.

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I’m so excited to share these beautiful, elegant and understated vintage pieces from Pretty Vintage.  As well as a gorgeous selection of earlier vintage crockery (think 1900’s – 1940’s) Lucy also hires out picnic blankets, deck chairs, lawn games and tin baths.  I’m in heaven!

Pretty Vintage has just joined the directory and I am so eager to share with you some of the pretty items you can hire.  I got rather carried away looking through the gallery – but just feast your eyes on these…

Dainty teacups and saucers.

Tin baths and glass vases.

Embroidered tablecloths.

Vintage croquet set.

Earthenware pots and vases.

Deck chairs, bunting and picnic blankets.

Pretty Vintage is based in Norwich and can deliver within a 60 mile radius.  Lucy is happy to deliver anywhere in mainland UK just email her at contact@prettyvintage.co.uk to discuss what you’re after.

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Green and Gorgeous recently ran a hen party workshop for a bride who has ordered buckets of flowers to arrange herself for her April wedding.  The bride and her bridesmaids spent a fun and relaxed day creating spring posies, flowers in a tea cup and a corsage.

Spring flowers included anemones, tulips, muscari and scented narcissi – aren’t they gorgeous in those vintage tea cups!  Check out Green and Gorgeous for their ‘Bouquets and Buckets’ service if you’re a bride on a budget.  I’m booked onto one of their flower arranging courses in April with my mom and can’t wait!

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