28 . 06 . 17

Events to be celebrated with flowers

HI!

Almost 6 months in to 2017 and what a year so far.  We’ve witnessed events that are both shocking and heart breaking. Often times, it’s been hard to think of the something so transient and fluffy as flowers.  Yet, amongst the dreadful sadness, there are still many causes for hope and wonderful reasons to celebrate.  This is a snapshot of some of the lovely events we have supported with flowers so far this year.

Interior Trends Event

We kicked off the year supporting an event in aid of the wonderful charity Hand In Hand for Syria. In collaboration with top babe and uber Interior Designer Sam Watkins McCrae.  Check out Sam’s work at www.samanthawatkinsmcrae.com.  We dressed her Interior Trends Workshop at the fabulous Crouch End Picture House.  Any excuse to use greenery, we lined the trestle tables with on trend terracotta pots of luscious green ferns. Add in everyone’s Spring fave, vibrant orange Ranunculi in little bottles and the look was complete.  The event raised £350 for the charity and we’re looking forward to the next one in the Autumn.

 

Mother’s Day

And then it was Mother’s Day.  And there’s no better reason to celebrate and smile. Yes, motherhood – powered by love, fuelled by coffee, sustained by wine!  It’s no joke, it’s a truth universally acknowledged and in this house it’s my daily mantra!  It can be a tough gig this mummying.  But in all seriousness, never before has there been more of a reason to celebrate and commend the endless strength and capabilities of all women the world over.  Super heroines come in all shapes and sizes and Mother’s Day is always the perfect way to honour your very own.

As you know we’re a Floral Design company specialising in large scale events – weddings, parties, corporate dos etc, but for this once a year occasion we offer beautiful bouquets to the peeps of North London to send to their No.1 supporter.

This year our bouquet was a heavenly combination of the seasons finest blooms.  A peaches and cream number of ranunculus, tulips, and roses complimented with luscious greenery and grasses. An explosion of texture and style, everyone said they were truly perfect for their favourite girl!

Bat Mitzvah

And most recently, the coming of age for a special girl.  Ella celebrated her Bat Mitzvah in a gorgeous North London Italian restaurant.  The perfect teenage party, with mandatory photo booth and face painter as well as the prettiest jars of pink, lilac and green blooms.  Ella’s mama, Andrea said, ‘The flowers were beautiful and transformed the restaurant in to looking like a West End venue!. Everyone said how beautiful they were. Thank you.’ What a pleasure.

Interior Plant Styling Service

As well as the fleurs we’ve been dipping our toe in to the world of house plants.  We’ve been banging the foliage drum for quite some time now.  Even before Pantone announced that Greenery was their colour of the year 2017 don’t you know!  In fact I was reminiscing over the staircase décor we did for Verity and Ali’s wedding 2 years ago which featured only Air plants and tropical foliage.  I think it was one of my all time faves.

Foliage is ever present in all of my work. It’s impossible not to notice the resurgence of greens for the indoor.  Nothing completes a room like a beautiful plant. They add colour, warmth and depth to even the most minimal of interiors. And what’s more there are many books now available on how not to kill them!  As such we have begun to offer a bespoke plant delivery service to local North London residences.  We can suggest the most suitable plant for the space, hand select and purchase fresh from the market and deliver to your home.  In addition we can also suggest and buy beautiful plant pots for your plant to live in.  Below are a couple of images of jobs we have done recently.  Please note there is a minimum spend of £75 and a small delivery fee.

Now, settling down to planning the next few gorgeous events.  Highlights include a wedding in Northumberland, a Bar Mitzvah in the city, a late Autumn wedding at Hendon Hall and a Christmas wedding in Hampstead! Can’t wait! xx

09 . 01 . 17

Flowers and Thoughts – looking back and forward

A Happy, Happy New Year to one and all! Hope everyone had a joyful holiday time with lots of family, food and fun and are feeling relaxed, refreshed and energised for a successful 2017.  It was the first year ever that we hosted a family Christmas and so, whilst I’m used to having a few flower leftovers, this festive season I spoilt myself and created a fireplace garland and Christmas table centre piece – Joyeux Noel to me!  Eucalyptus and Mimosa paired with Gossypium (that’s cotton wool!), Hypericum Berries, copper sprayed Ruscus and Ferns with soft cream candles were the perfect flower partners for the white honeycomb balls that I hung from the staircase and bronze twigs in slim white vases dotted around, just dreamy! And then we went to sunny Spain, and that was pretty cool too.

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But enough of Christmas already!  I’m looking forward to 2017, marking 5 years since I began this magical flower filled journey.  From my first nerve wracking wedding at the coolest of venues, Shoreditch House.  I had my new baby strapped to me while I prepared the flowers and my lovely hubby was sweeping up around us! More exciting venues followed – London Zoo, St Johns Wood Church, Nonsuch Mansion, St Lukes LSO, The Electric House and more.  And big clients too, creating beautiful arrangements for Royal Wedding Designer Nicki MacFarlane was a hugely proud moment as well as for the hottest brand for Bridesmaids, Maids to Measure.  Shortly afterwards Iris and Blue was not only named Stand Out Florist by the Editor of Conde Nast Brides magazine, but one of my bouquets was then featured on the cover (THE COVER!).  Last year, I dressed amazing venues such as Dodford Manor, Islington Town Hall, St Stephen’s Trust Hampstead and the Covent Garden Hotel.  My flowers appeared on the very finest of Wedding Blogs ‘Rock My Wedding’ (YAY!) and finally I now have my very own studio from which to create beautiful flowers for the stylish peeps of North London and beyond. Yes it has been an exciting, sometimes scary, but always wonderful and truly rewarding, blast. Playing a small part in the some of the most pivotal moments in the lives of both friends and strangers – helping to celebrate weddings, anniversaries, new babies, christenings, Bar Mitzvahs and much, much more has been truly humbling.  And now, I’m seriously looking forward to the next 5 years. Yep, this petite florist in this diddy studio is planning some BIG flower stuff.  More amazing events in London and beyond, a bespoke weekly flower delivery service and charity affiliation, being featured in more aspirational media titles, Open Studio Days, Workshops for Adults and Children and an online Shop…..do keep on watching and supporting, I really really appreciate the flower love. x

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17 . 10 . 16

Beautiful Bouquets for North London

In celebration of Rosh Hashanah, and inspired by the foods traditionally associated with Jewish New Year – apple, honey and pomegrante – we created beautiful bouquets bursting with blooms and berries in shades of blush pink and deep berry. Bouquet after bouquet was created and delivered to families celebrating the special day two day occasion, and we were delighted to wish all of our Jewish friends and clients a sweet and peaceful New Year.

30 . 09 . 16

Summer Flowers for London Weddings, Parties, Events…

Its been a busy summer so blogging has fallen off the bottom of the to do list again, despite my sincere and best intentions at the beginning of 2016 – and now it’s almost the end of the year!  So, a quick whizz around the flower events of this summer…we flower bombed the beautiful wedding of Claire and Sachin at one of Hampstead’s finest venues- St Stephen’s Trust. Cafe Au Lait Dahlia, David Austin Juliet Roses, Quinty Dahlia and Blueberry Roses teamed with dreamy foliage – floaty Asparagus Fern and Panicum Grass, created soft, whimsical florals that Claire and Sachin said they ‘had so many compliments about’!

Fast forward to end of August and our next wedding was a smaller, but no less stylish affair with Oliver Bonas Store Manager, Nick marrying his handsome beau Simon at the Covent Garden Hotel.  Nick and I met when he helped me to source some copper letters for Ali and Tim’s wedding back in February – going above and beyond to track down an A, & and a T, he told me he was getting married in September and lo and behold, two weeks before the big day he asked me to create some cool modern centre pieces coupled with the couple favourite blooms, oriental lilies….see results…they said we hit the nail on the proverbial head!  And hot on the heels, a beautiful 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration in Highgate Village where beautiful glass bowls of yellow and creams decorated the tables for this intimate family affair.

And finally, amongst the gorgeous Spanish Gardens of Kensington Roof Gardens, the hugely anticipated wedding of Scott and Laura took place. Their only request was ‘bright and no pink’ (only Flamingos allowed!)  and so gorgeous Orange Romantica Garden Roses took centre stage in Laura’s stunning bouquet, as well as in the smaller versions for her Maids.  Babe Spray Roses coupled with White Hypericum Berries and Thlaspi Green Bell complimented the Bridal Party Flowers.  A large vase dripping with orange, green and white florals illuminated the ceremony room while on the reception tables super cool copper terrariums filled with garden roses and handpicked British dahlias as well as little bronze pots (sprayed by me!) of succulents and cacti were the perfect centre pieces.

Now looking forward to creating beautiful bouquets for Rosh Hashanah this weekend.

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Email me at jenny@irisandblue.com for more details.

And after that…Christmas is coming! x

 

10 . 05 . 16

Florist trends – Foliage Upfront

It was flowers I first fell in love with when this floristry journey began, but with each event my love for foliage just grows and grows.  The textures, shapes and colours seem endless and just add so much depth to each arrangement, I simply can’t imagine trying to create beautiful floristry work without it now.  It’s the foliage sellers at New Covent Garden Market that I visit first, before even going in to the flower market – having to control myself before I blow all my budget on gorgeous greenery!  From feathery ferns – check out Asparagus Fern which is just the most floaty, romantic foliage I’ve ever come across and literally transforms an arrangement from ordinary to extraordinary with a single stem.  And then there’s the tropicals, such as dramatic Monserrat and Palm leaves which create modern boho drama – seen in large cylinder vases alongside cacti and succulents on Instagram’s hottest LA pads!  And back home, pretty delicate Thlaspi Green Bell and Pancium Fountain Grass are much more ‘English Country Garden’ and give a bouquet that freshly picked feel.  I could wax green lyrical all day but instead here’s a few pics of where going Green is the way forward in more ways than one….xx

 

09 . 05 . 16

Wedding flowers in the City

It was the turn of Sarah and Niall to say ‘I do’ last weekend and they did it in style at Islington Town Hall and then partied the night away at St Bart’s Brewery in Smithfields.  Sarah’s divine Charlotte Olympia shoes were the inspiration for gold to lead the colour palette – the bouquet had a relaxed yet elegant feel, as the gorgeous gold tones of the Combo rose was paired perfectly with sweetly scented O’Hara, while Miss PIggy and Alissa Lisianthus injected pops of colour. Pretty delicate Matricaria (daisies), cream Fresia, blue Muscari and lovely foliage including Thlsapi Green Bell and Pancium Grass gave the bouquet the soft, natural feel Sarah wanted .  At the venue, the mismatched jam jars stood elegantly – delicately arranged with the jewel like tones of the Combo rose and deep purple chrysanthemums as well as my new fave foliage Grevillea – a spiky number to add some punch to the arrangements.  The Groom and his Ushers were super smart with the cutest buttonholes – yellow craspedia balls, blue muscari and green bell tied together with natural twine. Can’t wait to see the pro shots but for now here’s a couple of mine….xx

 

10 . 03 . 16

Flowers 2016 so far….

A gallery of the beautiful event flowers in 2016 so far….for Eva Joy’s baby naming ceremony, the flowers were a testament to her beautiful name – a joy to create and a joy to look at!  A Valentines Wedding at the stunning Dodford Manor for lovely Ali and Tim, where reds and coppers filled this gorgeous country venue. And last weekend, raspberry ripple Mother’s Day bouquets, were happily delivered to Mamas and Grand-Mamas all over North London!

 

15 . 01 . 16

Flower Trends 2016 by iris and blue

 

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Hola!  A slightly belated Happy New Year!  It’s been a soggy start to 2016 but hope that it’s full of positive vibes and sunny outlooks for one and all!  After my dismal performance of regular blogging  in 2015 I’m (hand on heart) determined to up my game this year. What’s more, I’m not only aiming to keep an online journal of my own flowery work but also curate information and useful advice on all things floral.  With that in mind I’m beginning with a forecast for what will be trending at wedding dos this year…colours, flowers, style and shapes.  And by the looks of it it’s gonna be a goody!  The below does all come with a disclaimer that when it comes to your own big day then it’s what makes your heart sing that counts. And if Pantone 13-1520 doesn’t float your boat, that’s cool with us!  Anyhoo….

Colour

There’s some new kids on the block when it comes to this years palette, as Pantone announce that for the first time there are two – Rose Quartz, a beautifully soft pink and Serenity, a calm peaceful blue.  Together they offer the most delightful combination and are an interesting move away from pinks being paired with peach as we have seen for the last few seasons.  And for something altogether more fun, there are vibrant brights, Fiesta, Buttercup and Limpet Shell offer the opportunity for the modern urban bride to be more playful and less serious – after all the day is all about fun!  As the Executive Director of The Pantone Institute commented…’Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves.’  Can’t argue with that, sounds great! (For full Pantone report visit www.pantone.com)

Bouquets

Bouquets have been getting bigger and bigger and continue to do so, both horizontally and vertically. The tight posy is gone for now, as the wild, natural, loose look dominates, for a freshly picked garden aesthetic.  We will also see interesting combinations of exotic flowers such as King and Pincushion Protea as well as exciting succulents such as Tillandsia (Air plants) paired with English garden varieties revived for the modern day bride, such as carnations and chrysanthemums….though there are still some that should be condemned to the garage forecourt forever more in my opinion, (I’m looking at you Gerbera).

Tablescapes

Tablescapes are also evolving, indeed the lone centrepiece is becoming a thing of the past…for now at least.  The circular table set up has been upstaged by the long elegant trestle, decorated with a variety of interesting vessels and non-floral accessories.  We see more and more of the achingly cool on trend terrarium filled with moss, stones and succulents, alongside single stem vases, long tapered candles and low level tea lights.  And if you avert your gaze upwards the decor is also hanging above with florals and foliage swinging freely above tables and dance floors, truly bringing the outside in.

Foliage

Foliage as a filler is no more, gone are the days when a bit of ivy was about as far foliage went.  Greenery was showing signs of stepping in to the limelight last year, with pure foliage displays creating, at once, a natural yet dramatic aesthetic.  The breadth of variety, shape and texture is a florist dream, and as well as being easy on the eye, using lots of foliage is also easy on the pocket.  From exotic palms to asparagus fern the choice seems endless, and I’m looking forward to see how far this trend will go.

It’s all looking pretty damn sexy and I’m so excited about the events of 2016.  We’ve already provided brightly coloured arrangements in bronze churns for a special bridesmaid event and now looking forward to a beautiful Valentines weddng at the stunning countryside venue Dodford Manor.

So if you’re a Bride or a Groom planning your own special day please do get in contact with me.

Jenny on 07985 413 353 or jenny@irisandblue.com ….I’d love to chat florals with you!

 

 

 

 

09 . 11 . 15

iris and blue flowers – a 2015 retrospective

So, as 2015 draws to a close and the blog is looking (to my horror and shame) distinctly void of chat or pics, I’m going to try to salvage with it a retrospective of all the lovely flowers we have created this year.  The excuse for lack of blog action is that we’ve just been too damn busy flowering to write about it!  While trawling through the many beautiful images what struck me was the different styles of arrangements we have provided, and I hope that it demonstrates how we approach each client, venue and event – with open ears, a clear head and a clean sheet, so as to create bespoke flowers especially tailored for each individual client and their occasion.  Whether it’s soft English Peonies mixed with hot (as in ‘bang on trend!) spiky cactuses for an Anglo-Mexican wedding in Hackney….or Neon Sprayed succulents in acrylic cubes for a super cool Bar Mitzvah in the city, we have ideas in abundance and will work with you to create the perfect florals to compliment your special day.

 

I’m also really proud of the venues that we have dressed this year which include Islington Town Hall, The Proud Archivist, The Brewery, The Spread Eagle, Fever London and Seaham Hall. These venues join a growing list of esteemed establishments that we have already worked with which include London Zoo, Shoreditch House, The Electric House, St Johns Wood Church, LSA St Lukes, Nonsuch Mansion and Somerset House. And finally, the kind words from the gorgeous people that we worked with is the thing that fills me with the most pride….here are some snippets of their lovely appreciation…

‘The flowers were amazing, they added such beauty to the day. Thank you for putting so much thought in to them and getting them just right. Thank you, thank you, thank you’. Ali, Bride

‘Just wanted to say a massive thank you for the wonderful flowers….they were perfect. The bar area looked really fabulous and glamorous, I just loved it and the candleabras were gorgeous too. I only wish I could have iris and blue flowers every week. Tree, 40th Birthday Party

‘Thank you so much for my beautiful flowers, I am so delighted. They were way beyond my expectations.’ Jo, Champagne Tea Party

‘Looking for a wedding florist? Check out @irisandblue…..so BEAUTIFUL!’ Fever London

Now with only 6 weeks to go until Christmas our attentions are turned to wreaths and designing beautiful creations to adorn doors all over North London and beyond!  Mood boards of blue spruce wreaths, decorated with dried fruits, cinamon sticks and pine cones and finished with beautiful hand dyed ribbon are being plotted and planned right now.  Watch this space.  And looking forward to 2016….sitting in my new studio doing MORE BLOGGING! xx

30 . 01 . 15

Flowers: Perfectly Peacock!

Loving the start to the year…a request from the Lifestyle Ed of Brides Mag for a peacock inspired bouquet, no feathers, just the beautiful colours…..now I’m not a fan of purple but this little number I was really quite pleased with!

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