10 . 10 . 22

Gunshot Wedding Flowers

All the good vibes were felt last week.  Sunday morning, coffee in hand, an email landed in my inbox.  It was from a lovely local lady to say they were getting married at Fitzrovia Chapel the following Friday.  However, they had been let down by not one, but two local florists! Yikes! Well, I was only too happy to step up, and take on the happy position of being their wedding florist.

Not only was this the quickest turn around I’ve ever done for a wedding, but I think also the most easy-going bride and groom I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.  The brief – seasonal green and whites, natural in style, a tall arrangement for the altar, a small bouquet for the bride, a few hair flowers and a buttonhole.

Now, I do understand that some larger florists have a minimum charge for weddings. Smaller dos with fewer arrangements may not seem to be worth their time. I admit I have considered it myself.  After all, however small, there is still an element of planning, admin, selecting the flowers, preparing the arrangements and delivery.  However, one florist wouldn’t even speak with them, told them to fill in a form.  And their chosen florist told them the week before their wedding that ‘actually it just isn’t what we do’.  Rude.

But not to dwell on that, as their loss was my gain. The flowers were delivered to the happy couple, getting ready together in their lovely North London home.  Looking forward to seeing some pro pics, but one of the joys of a small wedding was I actually had a bit of time to take some pretty shots myself.

 

Brides and Grooms….for a boutique wedding experience with a florist that will definitely take the time to speak to you and will be 100% committed once engaged do get in touch. Have a lovely week. Jenny xx

26 . 09 . 22

Florals…dried, fresh and some cheeky candles.

Wow, it’s been a more than a hot minute since I last wrote a blog about flowers.  Yet, here we are, in Autumn 2023, about to launch our newest, most gorgeous bouquets to date.  This truly is the season I adore. The cheeky chill pinching my senses awake from the lazy, hazy slumber of this scorching summer.  Yep, I’m more than happy to cover up the fake tanned flesh and warmly welcome back the woolly jumpers, big boots and embrace the Autumn florals in all their deep, rich, textural glory.  Do have a peek at my Insta, www.instagram.com/irisandblue, for the new season’s palette.

But back to the blog, it’s going to be light, fun and full of useful hints and hacks about flowers, design, styling, trends and more.

For the warmup though, a quick zoom back over the highlights of 2022….

Burn baby burn….

Earlier this year, we were hugely excited to launch our first range of candles. Mini nudes in cream and taupe which are almost all but sold out. Sexy little stocking fillers anyone!?  Then grab a single, or a pair, of these last remaining slinky silhouettes.  Bums and boobs that are way too cool to burn, but look fabulous standing proud on your fireplace, dressing table, bathroom…I say pretty much anywhere.  Just like our flowers, they are packaged beautifully and so make the very best gifts.  Prices start at £18.

Forever after florals….

The trend for dried florals has been around for a while now, but we continue to create fresh and modern designs, with colour and texture perfectly balanced.  Here are a couple of the bespoke designs we’ve created for interiors shoots for Samantha Watkins McRae Interior Design studio. (www.samwatkinsmcrae.com)

 

Bottles ‘N’ Jars…

We continued our exciting collab with local wine and food emporium Bottles ‘N’ Jars, creating a bespoke florals collection just for them. We’re super proud to see our flowers alongside luxury brands like Georg Jenson (and Tony Chocolony – Yummm!) (Bottles ‘N Jars, The Hexagon, Great North Road, N2 www.bottlesnjars.co.uk) All bouquets are £20. 

 

Event Florals…

What a joy to be flowering weddings again…Debbie & Ross eventually said ‘I Do’ at one of my favourite venues, St Stephen’s Trust (www.ststephenstrust.co.uk).  While St Stephen’s isn’t South Africa where they were meant to be wed, after several covid cancellations, they decided to choose the UK where they live and work.  And what a glorious event it was….bold floral stands framed the altar, while Spring flowers danced along the tables with blush pink ester & erik candles for the perfect finishing touch. (www.ester-erik.dk)

On that note, and in the spirit of looking ahead to flowering many more happy events, it came to me that I should ‘pen’ a piece about how I work with my clients, and what I can offer from the beginning to the end of the event story. So, for anyone looking for an event florist, this is us.

We are:

Boutique…

We’re a boutique floral events and dried flower studio based in the heart of Highgate.  We’re not a large corporate, we take on one event each weekend so that our clients are reassured that all of our care and attention is on them and their special day.

Personable…

We don’t use an online form to garner information about your wedding or special event.  You’re first point of contact is me, Jenny. I’m the founder and creative director and you can email or call me direct.  Even if it’s just to say your getting married and have no other details – or if you have it all sorted and know exactly what you want – either way, that’s cool with us.

Seasonal…

We only use fresh, seasonal flowers.  It makes 100% sense as it’s both cost effective to buy in season as well as eco-friendly. That’s if you want fresh – we also do dried flowers for events, both pros also apply.

Reasonable…

We take on all size weddings and our prices are fair and competitive.  We provide a breakdown quote, so you can see what each item costs and adjust your budget/flowers accordingly.

Creative

We listen to your vision and produce mood boards for each floral piece with suggested flowers, colours, vases, candles and any other accessories. We work and amend the moods boards until you’re happy.

100% Reliable…

We deliver and install all of the arrangements in a timely manner on the day and take away everything the following day, except the flowers which will be left for you.  We include the vases in the quote for you to keep and give out to your guests.

If we sound like the type of florist you’d like to flower your event we’d love to have an informal chat so do get in touch.

Email: jenny @irisandblue.com

Mob: 07985 413353

Instagram: @irisandblue

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day xx

11 . 10 . 17

It’s always about the event flowers

Autumn – Bring It On   

It’s finally Autumn, my absolute favourite time of year.  When there’s still enough warmth and light to have an afternoon out and about.  But, then the temperature drops and the darkness draws in and it’s time to scurry home and get all Hygge.   For us, that’s cosy indoors with a film on the box and Aunt Bessies in the oven by 6pm.  Proper bliss.  And as for event flowers, the colours and textures are probably the most interesting and dynamic of the whole year. Move over pastels, the primaries are in town!

Summer memories

It was a gorgeous summer which saw us spend a lovely time with the fam in my beloved North East, and where we squeezed in a cheeky, supporting role with the North East’s bestest florist, Bels Flowers (www.belsflowers.com). Following that, we had a dreamy 2 weeks in both the South of France and the Italian Riveria.  And all of a sudden we were back and the to do list no longer said ‘book pedi’ and ‘buy new bikini’ but ‘wash vases and prep event flowers’ .

Highlights

Special highlights over the last couple of months were a super cool, pineapple fuelled city Bar Mitzvah and a beautiful North London wedding.

A Fruity Bar Mitzvah

Early September and the floral sprays were out.  This time in Aqua Blue for super dude Sonny and his Bar MItzvah at The Brewery in Moorgate.  Both silver and gold geometric terrariums were filled with crisp white stones and sprayed mini pineapples.  I must admit I loved the pineapples in their natural pink state and vowed to use them again whenever another event demanded a cutsie floral accessory.  Nevertheless, several hours of spraying later and the graffitied blue and white versions were cutting edge and perfect for this very special coming of age do.

 

A Beautiful Dusky Pink Wedding

Then we came to the end of September but we were clinging on to the summer vibes.  A dusky pink beauty of a wedding day for which we created so, so many florals.  Leading the palette were a beautiful trio of Amnesia, Menta and the divinely scented O’Hara Rose which were perfectly matched with bundles of soft foliage – panicum grass, berried eucalyptus, mimosa, asparagus fern, senecio, sword fern and more!  Add in snowberries, astilbe, hydrangea and ameranthus and the effect was stunning.  The day was bursting with blooms and beautiful Iris and Blue Bride Rebecca was truly overwhelmed and said that we did the most ‘incredible job and had so many compliments‘.  Can’t wait to see the pro pics!

In the Press

Finally, to kick off October, I was absolutley delighted to be in the second edition of brand new florist magazine, Florist Business.  Featured in the ‘Little Interview’ section, I answered a quick fire questions about my floral experience and thoughts on the industry.  Thanks to Hannah and the team for including me!

Christmas is coming!

That’s it so far.  Now looking forward to our next wonderland of a winter wedding at the beautiful St Stephen’s church in Hampstead. And straight afterwards we’ll be making inspirational Christmas florals, the ultimate in event flowers, including fireplace long and lows and table centre beauties.  Get in touch for details…jenny@irisandblue.com.  xx

 

 

28 . 06 . 17

Events to be celebrated with flowers

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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!