A couple of weeks ago we had the pleasure of doing our take on Gatsby for event flowers for a private party at The Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich. The floral designs were made up of a mix of white and nude flowers, paired with gold vessels and pampas grass, which lends itself nicely to the extravagant style of the 1920’s whilst retaining a natural, modern feel. The stars of the show flower wise were (in my humble opinion), the white anemones with dark black centres. These really popped against the background of mixed foliage and tied in the colour black nicely to the overall scheme.
On the staircase we were really able to let loose creatively, as we were tasked to dress it with a full 9 metre long garland. This was made up of a mixture of lush, trailing foliage including berried ivy, soft ruscus and variegated ivy. This was paired with roses, anemones, soft nude-toned lisianthus and sweet smelling white sweet peas on the vine (which I am obsessed with at the moment!!), plus of course let’s not forget the pampas grass! The whole staircase took us a while to create and install, but it was a labour of love and worth every minute.
The pampas grass worked as a great alternative to feathers to bring a dramatic, decadent edge to the designs, while keeping the style natural and fresh. This, combined with the mixture of modern gold vases and tea lights, all worked to bring an updated feel to the Gatsby theme for these special event flowers. The sweet peas on the vine also added an extra level of indulgence by filling the room with a wonderful scent. Where possible we always like to bring in an element of scent in to our designs, as this is one of the key pleasures and benefits of fresh flower displays.
This hammered-effect, tall gold vase worked perfectly for the bar flowers, bringing some extra drama while guests ordered a cocktail (or two, or three!), while the distressed gold vases and tea lights that dressed the tables helped create an intimate, romantic atmosphere. This was carried through to the staircase as guests descended to the dance floor below, on a windowsill filled with trailing foliage and tall glass cylinders with floating candles.
If you looking for an event stylist or florist for a private party, corporate event or wedding, get in touch with us today for a consultation on firstname.lastname@example.org. Joanne Truby Floral Design provides wedding, event flowers and styling in central London, south London, Surrey, Kent and beyond and offers a bespoke service to every client.
With today being Valentine’s Day, we thought we would share some of our favourite romantic flowers with you. Although most people think of red roses when it comes to flowers for Valentine’s Day, they are really expensive at this time of year, and there are so many other wonderfully romantic flowers around. Some of our favourites include delicate, dark centred anemones, full, soft ranunculus, elegant tulips, frilly double lisianthus, and sweet smelling freesias and stock, all of which are readily available in February and early spring.
Personally, if it’s a romantic feel you’re after, we prefer soft blush tones and even peach has seen a bit of a resurgence of late. But if you want to stick to the traditional red, anemones, ranunculus and tulips can be found in a range of hues, from deep burgundy to bright scarlet red. All three of these flowers also come in pink, peach, blush, cream and white tones. We love the texture and lines that double blush lisianthus bring to romantic flower bouquets, and nothing says understated elegance like a simple, full bunch of white tulips.
Freesias and stocks come in a variety of colours too, and both smell just divine. Freesias are sweet and fresh, while the smell of stocks is quite heady and deep. Freesias can be found in dark, sultry tones of purple if you want to add a sexier edge to your Valentine’s bouquet, and stocks can be found in lilac, white or also lovely blush and peach tones. If you really can’t bear to part from tradition and still want to include red roses in your bouquet, why not just include a few and combine them with some of my other suggestions above, to provide something a bit more unique than your standard red rose bouquet?
Hopefully this has given you some alternative ideas to the traditional red rose if you’re thinking of buying flowers for your love. Nothing brightens up someones day more then a gorgeous bouquet of seasonal flowers!
Is there no end to this miserable weather? It makes me dream of spring, the milder weather, and the pretty blossom growing on the trees. But the gloomy weather isn’t dampening my spirits. Well, not today anyway, because it’s Sarah’s first official day working with us here at Joanne Truby Floral Design! You may remember this blog post, which I wrote at the end of 2016, where I mentioned that Sarah would be joining the team in 2017. Well, fast forward a few months and here she is. Sarah will be getting involved with everything behind the scenes here at HQ, along with working on the flowers. She is going to be one busy bee! Sarah has been working with me as a freelancer for the last two years now, so I am really excited to have her join as a permanent member of the team. As it’s her first day, I thought it would be lovely for you to get to know her a bit more, since you will see her pop up a lot more from now on. So say Hello to Sarah…
In September 2012, following 12 years working a desk job in PR and marketing, I jacked it all in to pursue a career in floristry. Following my dream of doing something more actively creative and fulfilling, I enrolled on a year-long City & Guilds course at Southwark College and since then I haven’t looked back. Over the last few years I’ve worked with a number of prestigious London florists and designers, doing everything from shop work to large scale events and installations.
I absolutely love working with flowers; whether its helping someone in a shop pick out and put together a beautiful flower arrangement or bouquet, or a bride to bring together her vision of her dream wedding day. There is something truly satisfying about working with one of nature’s greatest creations and also seeing the look on clients’ faces when they see what you’ve made. I’m really excited about working with Joanne and can’t wait to get started on all the exciting projects we have planned for 2017.
When I’m not working with flowers I love keeping active and spending as much time as I can outdoors. I can often be found just pottering around, or sunbathing in my little garden. Although this year there won’t be much time for the latter, as I will be running around after my daughter, who was born in June last year.
I have been for my morning swim, tackled my inbox & not long got off the phone to the fabulous Becky Lord after discussing the re-brand for our website which I am SO excited about (due to launch in March so watch this space!) I hope your week is going well so far? On the blog today I’m sharing with you wedding table plan inspiration for your big day. One of my lovely brides from this year emailed me last week to ask if I had any different ideas for wedding table plan inspiration as she was a bit stuck as to what to do & it dawned on me that this might be handy for other couples who are currently planning their wedding who may be stuck for ideas. So for those of you who have not yet decided what to do for your table plan, take a look at these….
Mirrors are a fab alternative for wedding table plan inspiration, this one pictured is floor standing but you could opt for a smaller one that is then placed on an easel. If you haven’t got the best hand writing (my hand writing is atrocious so I most certainly would have to give the job of handwriting to somebody else!) then maybe hire a professional calligraphy artist such as Oh Wonder Calligraphy for your wedding day that can take on all your stationary needs including other elements such as place settings or volunteer this job to one of your bridesmaids or ushers who have lovely hand writing. We added florals to the corner of this table plan made up of mixed trailing foliages & blousy romantic flowers that complimented the couples colours and overall look of the table centres and other floral decor.
How about a room divider/shutter table plan? This idea is in fact from mine & Steve’s wedding as we too were keen to do something a bit different and I had this shutter in my collection from a wedding fair I attended a while ago (and is available to hire from us if you would like to use it for your wedding) and I thought it would be perfect for our table plan. Becky created all our wedding stationary including the table plan seating & we hung these through the slats using fishing wire. We chose to add floral decor to the corner but there are various different ways you could include florals and foliage… you could hang wispy foliage such as ivy or jassmine through the slats for a soft and romantic feel. Or you could choose to create a ‘runner’ meadow type arrangement at the bottom such as the design I created below for an event last year. The great thing about this shutter is it will work in a variety of different style venues; from stately homes, marquees to coastal venues as it is really versatile.
Or how about a chalk board like this one? This is in fact the order of the day from our couple Emma & Ed’s wedding but you could indeed use it as a wedding table plan inspiration idea too. Bride Emma also done all the writing herself which I was mega impressed with particularly as I have terrible hand writing, did I mention that already?! 😉 The florals and trailing jasmine finished it off just perfectly and worked so well in their marquee.
This bird cage idea is from Claudia & Anita’s wedding back in 2015 when they got married at The Ferry House Inn and is a great option for a more rustic setting. I love how they used luggage labels for the different table names and then pegged these to the frame using wooden pegs, genius! As there wedding was a vibrant coloured affair we incorporating pops of colour with the flowers added to the frame.
Last but not least what about a door? This old and shabby style door is from Annie & Sam’s secret garden wedding which is just perfect! I adore the old whimsical keys hanging on there too so fitting! The ivy placed as if wild and overgrown just epitomises the story you read in the book and compliments the stationary design perfectly too, we love!
For more wedding table plan and signage inspiration take a look at our pinterest board here.
I hope this has given you some other ideas for your wedding table plan inspiration. I would love to hear what you have planned for yours?? Coming from someone who got married myself last March the seating plan itself can be one tricky wedmin task! Making sure that you sit people who know each other together whilst at the same time getting a good mix of people who don’t know each other but you think will get on to encourage people that don’t know each other to mingle and talk whilst making sure not to leave anyone out at the same time… my head hurts just thinking about it 😉
I hope you had a fabulous Christmas! I for one have eaten FAR to much & so the diet & exercise regime is already underway, New Year, new start (such a cliche I know!). It’s that time of year when we’re all feeling reflective & thinking ahead to 2017 and beyond planning our adventures & goals for the year. For those of you getting married in 2017, congratulations!! Coming from a bride who got married herself last year you have the most exciting times ahead & all I can say is enjoy every single minute of it! I thought now is the perfect time to share with you what is going to be hot this year in the world of weddings with the 2017 wedding flower & decor trends.
For those of you who don’t already know, the Pantone colour of the year for 2017 has been announced as greenery & I for one could not be happier as it means that foliage is still going to be a key trend for weddings this year. For those of you not yet convinced by this love of all things green, hear me out… foliage is just so versatile when it comes to the styling and decor for your big day from creating focal entrance points for your ceremony, arches, garlands for the table centre pieces to hanging installations there are just soooo many possibilities. If your keen to incorporate some florals and pops of colour into your scheme then opt for foliage heavy arrangements with hints of flowers that compliment your scheme, that way you get the best of both worlds.
Recently we have been seeing an appreciation for all things Danish within the media that has been influencing lifestyle and interior trends which is also having an effect on wedding day decor. Think pared back, natural and relaxed. Hygge is appreciating and taking pleasure in the simplest every day moments creating moments which are more beautiful & meaningful, a sentiment that is just perfect for wedding nuptials and celebrations (in my humble opinion!). It’s not just about rustic barns & fairly lights (although these are indeed dreamy settings there is no denying) it’s about Danish minimalism, think natural style arrangements and soft candlelight to warm your guests. A style that consists of heavy greenery, branches & natural elements with no bold colours but instead more muted neutral tones.
Vintage is out for 2017 wedding flower and decor trends replaced with organic styling, what we have been calling ‘fine art’ during 2016 if you have heard that previous terminology. Simple understated elegant styling with with the florals unstructured and effortlessly stunning. Tables are bare and rustic with long banquet style tables being preferred to round. This look is inspired by the backdrop of Tuscany and how naturally stunning it is. Hand died silk ribbons left long and trailing from bridal bouquets are still a key trend for weddings and now this is set to influence wedding day decor. Hand dyed silk table runners are set to be popular for adding that elegant yet organic feel to your reception tables, paired with candles for a truly Tuscan feast inspired feel to your big day. Calligraphy is a trend that is still going strong for 2017 particularly for wedding day stationary and place name settings and if you fancy learning this technique yourself why not sign up to a calligraphy workshop? Quill London host workshops on a regular basis some of which are for complete beginners.
Romantic blush tones are very much here to stay for 2017 & I can totally understand why, soft blush colour combos are just so darn pretty! Particularly when incorporating blousy blooms such as garden roses & peonies into your schemes. Blush also compliments really well with both gold or silver metallic if you were thinking of adding a splash of metallic to your big day decor. A few examples of floral varieties that are available in blush include; Astilbe, Garden roses (David Austin Kiera is a particular favourite) Peonies, Dahlias (the wizard of Oz variety in particular) quick sand roses are gorgeous if you’re looking for a more subtle slightly beige shade of blush.
Hanging Flower Installations
Hanging florals are still set to be big for 2017 wedding flower and decor trends and work particularly well within marquee and tipi style reception venues. Having said that it of course entirely depends on what your venue is like. Hanging installations are great for creating a focal area such as above your dance floor or top table and add a real wow factor to your big day blooms. If budget would allow I would suggest investing in one main installation rather then more smaller arrangements as these have more impact and will be a talking point for your guests throughout the day. There are a number of different options in terms of design too, you could opt for a hanging chandelier (these work particularly well in a marquee) or plank style arrangement (which work well with long banquet style tables) a hanging ‘meadow garden’, floral curtain, or hanging hoops (a good option for creating a focal back drop behind the top table).
If your venue doesn’t have any obvious places that allow you to attach/have a hanging installation then you may need to think of other options that might be possible. Last year we flowered two lots of bar lights & this created a unique focal area above the bar that people probably weren’t expecting as it’s not an obvious place you would expect to see flowers!
This year wild, untamed, non symmetrical designs are going to be big among florals. This style is inspired by the old ‘dutch master paintings’ where the design reflects the fluidity and movement of each individual flower as opposed to tight compact arrangements. Think oversized bouquets and big statement urns made up of an abundance of foliage arranged as if growing wildly and the flowers placed as if they have a life of their own!
Neutral flower tones
In keeping with the trend for all things natural and organic this is also running through to the floral colour schemes for weddings. Instead of the bold bright popping colours that have been popular in the last couple of years, brides and couples are opting for more neutral and ethereal schemes such as classic whites & greens, nudes, creams, minks and beige’s.
Lighting has been gathering momentum over the last couple of years as part of wedding day decor and now it is probably one of the key elements to creating the ambience for both the ceremony and reception. Hurricane candles grouped together create a simple yet beautiful display particularly at winter weddings and candle sticks with tea lights are a lovely addition to the centre pieces on the tables. You could opt to have coloured candles too in shades that compliment your wedding scheme rather then just cream. Hanging fairly lights create a romantic and atmospheric vibe and look stunning in both rustic and industrial style venues and marquees. Festoon lights are also another great option for your dance floor/party area as these are a bit more fun and quirky as opposed to romantic.
So there you have it the 2017 wedding flower and decor trends, which ones are your favourite?? Any that you are planning to use for your own big day? I hope this has given you some ideas and inspiration to think about if you’re currently in the mists of planning your own wedding.