Alisa & Daniels Barn Wedding, Berkshire…

Alisa is a wedding photographer, we became friends on Instagram, little did I realise she was stalking me to do her wedding flowers! I’ve got to admit, It’s always an honour when another wedding professional asks me to do their wedding flowers. You think to yourself, gosh I must be doing something right if they think i’m good enough!

Alisa and I chatted after the wedding, one of my burning questions was… what was it like being on the side of the camera?… To be honest I thought it was going to be really weird as I know all the little things I would say and do to make my couples feel relaxed! However I trusted Paul, he’s a great guys, and I just relaxed into it, letting him do his thing. He must have been a bit nervy too! Truthfully, after a while I forgot he was there, I was too busy enjoying the whole experience.

Why the dress?… I wanted something that was sleek with a wow factor and this dress ticked those boxes and more. It was so comfortable to walk in and I loved the detail around the neckline and the train was just stunning. I felt amazing in it and paired with the classic veil it was just perfect.

Why the venue?… Being a wedding photographer I wanted to find a venue that I hadn’t photographed so took to instagram… and that is where I came across Wasing Park. The venue is just stunning, from the grounds, the rooms, the staff and the general feel of the place. Our biggest priorities for a venue was food, onsite accommodation and a bar in the same room as the dance floor and Wasing ticked all of those boxes and more.

How did you choose your bridesmaids?… I am fortunate to have so many amazing friends in my life and if I could I would have had an army but I decided to have my sister Amelia, my two cousins Yazmin and Leyli and my oldest dearest friend Charlotte. I did however encourage my friends to wear a shade of green to compliment the colour scheme.

What did you love most about the flowers?… WOW… the flowers were just so incredible and I knew they would be amazing, but seeing them on the day it was like a dream come true. I love flowers and Clair delivered ten fold! I absolutely loved the textures, the shades of green and the sheer size of the centrepieces. My bouquet was UNBELIEVABLE, so beautiful, so wow and everything I could have ever wanted. I can’t stop looking at all the images!

Favourite part of the day?
I am not sure that I could say just one part of the day being my favourite but if I could pick two moments it would be during the ceremony when Daniel and I exchanged our own vows and the evening when we were all dancing and I looked around and every single person had the biggest smile on their faces. It really was the best day of my life and better than I could have ever imagined and hoped, I married my best friend and love of my life and I am still smiling about it now.

Clair….you are a legend and I cannot thank you enough for making my wedding look as stunning as it did alongside the epic team at Linen and Lace. It was a dream come true. Thank you so much. xx

Photographer… Paul Gregory

Wedding stylist… Linen & Lace

Top tips to planning your wedding flowers…

I’ve had many brides say to me during their consultation, their wedding flowers are ultimately the most important thing to them… Eek… no pressure! So planning is oh so very important. With so many varieties, themes and seemingly endless inspiration to choose from, it can quickly become overwhelming, so here’s some tips…


1. Inspiration…
I highly recommend a pinterest board… i’ll always ask a bride to provided one so I can get a real vibe for the day… You can pin and find endless sources of inspiration on pinterest and google searches… Most of you tend to have a pretty solid theme or look you’re interested in so be careful not to get side tracked and deviate from your original plan, I’ve seen many confusing mood boards! Once you’ve got a decent amount pined, edit down your preferences to focus on detail and finer touches.
2. flowers…
Don’t get yourself all stressed out thinking you now need to start learning Latin and memorising all the flowers names… I find it’s best to let your theme and the season choose your flowers for you… I usually ask couples if they have any ultimate favourite flowers they’d dearly love to be included, there’s always one or two. Then I tend to find out what kind of shapes and textures you like… some like the big blousy look with thousands of petals and layers, others prefer the dainty wildflower look… It’s then over to me to create mood boards and suggestions, based on your likes, making the whole process stress free!
3. Dresses…
Super important that your flowers complement your dress and bridesmaids dresses… even if you haven’t found your perfect dress yet, or started to look for bridesmaids dresses! Have a rough idea of the colours you’ll likely go for and potential style for yourself so I can highlight any colours or styles I think will clash… It’s not always the case though, I once had a bride who had the biggest patterned floral dress with sparkly all star pumps… she kept saying to me ‘Clair, I think my bouquet should all be one colour!’… I managed to convince her that mixing the colours picking out all the shades in her dress would look awesome… she put her faith in me and it looked totally amazing, she loved it.

4. Location
Your venue will always have a strong influence on choices and styles…Ideally, you want an element of fluidity running through your flowers and venue… I find a lot of couple really like to embrace nature and often want to bring the outside in going for wild natural looks with lots of textured foliage and complementing blooms… barn weddings are often nice to incorporate rustic elements such as milk churns, bricks, and rustic wooden crates… you might think ‘brick!’… picture those beautiful old dusty type bricks with a half melted chunky pillar candle.. This kind of simple styling looks very cool and really embraces a vibe.

5. Budget
Budgets are all to often a taboo, I find it so difficult to advise my couples when they haven’t decided on what they can afford… My job is interpret your dreams and visions for the day alongside your budget, offering suitable suggestions that fit within… I strongly advise you have a rough idea… understandably, most of you haven’t a clue about the cost of floral designs, however you’ll find most florist will have a basic price list on their website, I’d check as many of these out as possible and figure out a budget from here. If you’re still not sure let you florist know what you consider to be a lot of money, what you don’t want is your florist making lots of suggestions that are going to be unsuitable.

So then guys, I hope you’ve found this helpful and are now fully armed with all the info you’ll need to start planning your wedding flowers, your florist will love you if you’re this organised. If any of you have any questions, hop on over to the contact page and ping me an email… Good luck x

Rupert & Emily… Sopley Lake Summer Wedding…

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Emily and Rupert (aka… Mr & Mrs Concker Gin) for many years. As some of you may know my studio is right next door to their distillery here in Southbourne… the scent of gin flowers is a pretty alluring combination I can tell you! I was honoured when they asked me to be their wedding florist, not just because I was close by and they knew me, but because they love all things natural and rustic…

I asked Emily and Rupert about what look they were after?… “We wanted a natural wild, outdoorsy feel with lots of foliage. So often we walk past and see your work, so we knew you were the one”. One of the ingredients used to brew their Gin is Gorse, grown and foraged right here on the cliff tops of Southbourne, so mustard yellow was a big feature in the wedding… Rupert really liked dried, natural seed heads and textured elements like thistles… Emily had  chosen a dusty lavender bridesmaids dress, so she asked for hints of this colour too, and they left the rest to me. Emily’s bouquet was super rustic and wild, I loved it, it represented everything I’m about. Her little girls had super cute bundles of daisy’s to complement their little yellow dresses… floral jars lined the aisle, leading to a wow factor moongate covered in textured foliage, fresh hops and splashes of bright yellow solidago, creating the perfect back drop to the lake where they had the second ceremony of the day. “You produced the showstopping flowers that we adored and it really finished off the day”.

I asked them Why they chose this location… “Sopley Lake is a stunning location Because it’s by the water. The lake was the perfect place for us to say our vows in front of all ours gusts, it felt special. We actually got married at High Cliffe Castle in the morning with just a few family and friends, we wanted the main event to be at the lake.  The best bit was we had the entire place for two days, and all of our friends and family could stay together on site in yurts and camping. It felt secluded and private but also gave us enough space to create an intimate wedding. Even though we invited 120 people!! We had a massive barbecue the following day, which was such good fun, it was nice to have that extra day to soak everything up and relax a little”.

How easy was it to find your dress?… “Well that was REALLY difficult. I struggled to find one that I liked. I was worried about Rupert liking it, I hated the idea of being centre of attention and everyone looking at me. I felt this huge pressure to look beautiful. I ended up taking some buddies with me for support, their help and encouragement helped me confidently find a dress that I liked. I didn’t want anything too flashy and sparkly but still wanted a bit of a show stopper. This one ticked all the boxes, and it complemented my figure”.

How would you sum up your day?… “Every moment was special, being with everyone I absolutely love was amazing. Rupe was such a gent. Kids were absolutely adorable. Everyone was so happy! The food was lush too and so much of it. Dancing was phenomenal and we partied into the night! I just wish we could do it all over again”.

Photographer – Charlotte Razzell 

Sarah & James, Winter Wedding, Sopley Mill….

Sarah and James got married last winter at Sopley Mill… I think there’s something truly magical about winter weddings… you get to embrace the dark wintery afternoons with fairy lights and cosy candles, creating the ultimate enchanted environment. It wouldn’t matter if the rain was battering on the windows, because you’re all tucked up inside, nice and warm with good food and wine, family and friends…


Here’s what Sarah and James had to say about their big day…
We knew we wanted a winter wedding – we got married on our 6 year anniversary and so the date was special to us! However, I really didn’t want the ‘traditional’ winter wedding with a Christmas colour scheme. For us it was important that it was relaxed and informal and Sopley Mill was the perfect setting. We loved the building itself but also loved that we could put our own stamp on it. The beams at Sopley are the main focal point, crying out for some serious decoration… We adopted Clair as she was described to us as ‘The Foliage Queen!’… We wanted to created a magical enchanted forest feel, incorporating the beam decor into the tables themselves so our guests would feel all cosy and warm… we decided on clustering hanging globe tea lights from the beams, creating a central point above each table. This met a medley of cosy candle light styling by the fabulous Linen and Lace… Flowers were really important to me. I love fresh flowers and always have them in the house without fail. I knew from the start that I wanted lots of foliage, rustic yet glam! The flowers and foliage we picked not only looked, but also smelt amazing. I went into the ceremony room just after it had been set-up (still in my dressing gown!) and the smell of the foliage was amazing. I also wanted candles to feature heavily, again I’ve always got candles lit at home. Someone gave me a great tip to have a wedding scent for your candles and so I opted for orange, cinnamon and clove and this combined with the flowers and foliage set the scene beautifully. We had so many comments on how the Mill not only looked amazing but smelt amazing too.
Finding a dress was a lot harder than I expected…I’m fairly petite and vertically challenged and so a lot of dresses swamped me! I therefore opted for something more fitted, however I still wanted a bit of drama and I achieved that through my long train and full length veil…it may not have been the most practical given the winter weather but it did create some stunning photos when the wind picked-up!


To continue the relaxed feel to the day we had canapes of sausage & mash, mini cheeseburgers and halloumi fries served with craft beer alongside prosecco. We wanted our wedding breakfast to be informal too and so we opted for sharing starters followed by host a roast where each table nominated their head of the table who was given a chefs hat and apron before a turkey crown was placed before them for carving! Next came the speeches followed by dessert and sparklers on the terrace. We completed our informal wintery fare with a Pimp your mac ‘n cheese in the evening! the entire day was just magical, we were absolutely thrilled and can’t stop looking at our wedding images, reminiscing about our very special day.

Image by – Peppermint Love

Styling by – Linen & Lace

Must Have Flowers For Spring Weddings 2019…

As a wedding florist I get so excited about every season change… but there is something I truly miss about spring flowers during the wedding season… I thinks it’s because some have a natural cascading flow to them, which is essential in my work, to give that natural flowing look! In no particular order here are my must have flowers for spring weddings…


Dicentra… bleeding heart…
These little beauties have such a short season, just two months. They come in pink and white, I have both growing in my garden. I love them so much I have them tattooed on my foot, and featured in my own wedding flowers. For me it’s the natural curve with it’s dainty little heart shape flowers that almost drip from stem. They look just stunning trailing from bridal bouquets and table centrepieces…

Syringa… Scented lilac…
Don’t be fooled by their delicate little flowers, this is a statement flower and rivals the very much loved Hydrangea, in fact I think I will name this the winter Hydrangea! They mainly come in white, and of course lilac! I love to team these with delicate focal flowers and textured foliage, while they soften into the background creating lots of texture and depth. These beauties also featured at my wedding…

Ranunculus…
Seriously, who doesn’t love them! These blousy delicate blooms come in such a wide variety of colours and sizes, and the season can stretch as far as 5 months starting from late November to late April. They’re the perfect way to create texture within floral designs with their thousands of layers and petals….


Hellebore…
My heart flutters just a little when I see these little fellas. The season is pretty long for these guys too, some flower in my garden from December until June. Again I love to use these for their bendy, curving stems with heavy heads that create perfect natural flowing shapes to bridal bouquets and shorter wild looking arrangements such as urns. They make a cracking button hole too. The colour range is so unusual, always muted tones, moody hues, and speckled finishes.

Tulips…
Every year I say to my husband ‘please don’t buy me roses, grab a bunch of tulips’. I love nothing better than a vase packed with tulips and nothing else! They don’t need it. They’re a flower that just keep giving, they grow and change right before your eyes, even when you think they really should go in the bin they’ll gently curl over the side of the vase with their last breath of life looking as beautiful as ever! The variety of textures, shapes and colours make these an awesome product to play with too.

Fritillaria meleagris… Snake’s head…
There are many varieties of fritillaria that all have their own beauty, however meleagris is the one! Slender delicate stems push through the soil, tipping into a plum, or white bell shaped head, that has most intricate pattern I’ve ever seen… It resembles snake skin, hence its nickname… Sadly they don’t last very long. I get ever so excited when I see them pushing through in the garden. I love to use them in close up work and bridal bouquets where they can really be seen.

So go on girls… get a little inspiration from this blog and start planning your spring wedding flowers!

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