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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09 . 01 . 15

December Flowers : Beautiful berries for a bouncing baby boy and Scandi Style Christmas Wreaths !

So, we said goodbye to the flowers of 2014 with one of my most fave jobs of the whole year, the naming ceremony for little Jasper at The Electric House (http://www.electrichouse.com) in Portobello.  Such a cool space to decorate with florals, though the styling was more ‘little boysy’ i.e. less trad ‘flowery flowers’.  Instead, cool berries, booties and cotton wool were placed in mismatched glass vases as well as a gorg fireplace arrangement complete with copper ‘J’ (for Jasper!) and fluffy booties! Divine! Jasper’s Mum and Dad, Elaine and Patric, were one of my very first clients.  I did their wedding flowers at Shoreditch House (https://wwwshoreditchhouse.com) back in 2012, so it was a delight to help them celebrate the arrival of this cutest of little muffins!  Welcome to the world lovely Jasper!

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And for the final act of 2014, Christmas Wreaths for all the lovely clients we’ve worked with this year…Nicki Macfarlane, Peppermint Diva Events, Maids to Measure as well as the journalists that gave us such amazing coverage at Conde Nast Brides Magazine.  Sore hands and tired eyes but we think it was worth it….

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Now looking forward to an exciting year ahead…weddings and events in London, Northumberland and Amsterdam as well as a new studio and a pop up shop! Watch this flower filled space! x

12 . 09 . 14

Beautiful Wedding Flowers

There are wedding flowers and there are wedding flowers!  And these beautiful floral arrangements that we created for stunning bride Ilona were really very special wedding flowers indeed!  When Ilona saw the pretty pink bouquet on the cover of Conde Nast Brides magazine (www.bridesmagazine.co.uk) back in May, she got in touch immediately.  Lots of lovely emails later and we came up with this beautiful version for a gorgeous early Autumn wedding at Nonsuch Mansion in Surrey (www.nonsuchmansion.com)….

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And for the wedding party, posies for the bridesmaids made up solely of my most favourite type of lisianthus. It’s called Alissa and has a tutu like frilly edge, quite possibly the prettiest of wedding flowers!

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For the guys, the most traditional, but always stylish, of wedding flowers, the rose, which we paired with a masculine sprig of rosemary for the buttonholes.

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Finally, the show stopping long and low arrangement for the ceremony and top table. (Wedding flowers cost saving hint – reuse arrangements on the day, get your ushers to move ceremony flowers to the reception venue).  Bursting with flowers, the arrangement included hydrangeas, dahlias, roses, bouvardia and snapdragons.  In a riot of pink, peach and orange it complemented Ilona’s pink and gold colour scheme just perfectly.

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05 . 09 . 14

Flowers…events, shoots and weddings

It’s been a while since I last wrote so a whistlestop tour of the flowers highlights from Spring-Summer 2014.

April marked the 1st lovely year of providing beautiful flowers for Nicki Macfarlane (www.nickimacfarlane.com)  We were back at White Gallery, where we filled pretty cream boxes with my most fave of roses, Miss Piggy.  As well as other complementary beauties; hypericum berries, guelder rose, berried eucalyptus and scented stocks.

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May saw us again with Nicki and her team, this time in the beautiful Kent countryside providing flowers for divine little flower girls modelling the new season collection….

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And a most exciting June, at uber cool venue, LSO St Lukes, in London’s Old Street.  We were delighted to be tasked by super cool events agency Peppermint Diva (www.peppermintdivaevents.com) to deliver gorgeous green flowers for a special birthday party….

Finally, and crazily, in July, I was back at my own wedding venue with my own wedding florist, the gorg Helen of Bel’s Flowers (www.belsflowers.com).  Assisting her with a beautiful wedding whilst remembering a special day at Eshott Hall (www.eshotthall.com) 5 years earlier….

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Now, very much looking forward to next week’s wedding at Nonsuch Mansion (www.nonsuchmansion.com) in Surrey.  As well as this, excited for the change in season and all the beautiful flowers and the new textures and colours Autumn/Winter will deliver to us…..x

16 . 05 . 14

For Nicki Macfarlane at Quintessentially Atelier….

Very proud moment to have provided event flowers for Royal Wedding bridesmaid dress designer Nicki Macfarlane (www.nickimacfarlane.com) and her gorgeous room at London’s most exclusive wedding show, Quintessentially Atelier.  Held at Somerset House, Nicki Macfarlane requested window sills and fireplace dripped with tulips, garden roses, hydrangeas, green bell and freesias.  Our floral creations injected beautiful vibrant colour in to this most exclusive venue.  To work for Nicki Macfarlane is more than enough reason to be proud but to work alongside other the amazing florists at the event, Rob Van Helden, Shane Connolly and Juliet Glaves was a true honour for this relative newbie….x

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16 . 05 . 14

Dressing Maids to Measure

A busy couple of months at the iris and blue studio…delighted to have a gorgeous new client Maids to Measure (www.maidstomeasure.com), a unique bespoke bridesmaid dress company set up by sisters Sinclair and India Sellars.  Sinclair and I were workmates back in the mid noughties at TV Shopping channel QVC and by total happy chance, came across each other again, only to find we had both switched from changing the way the world shopped to the magical world of weddings!  A couple of emails later and we were delivering beautiful garden style arrangements to their stands at the National Wedding Show and Brides the Show….loving the aluminium trugs filled with king protea, eucalyptus, hypericum berries, lotus heads and spray roses… especially in Instagram……xxIMG_0185

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03 . 04 . 14

Covergirl for Conde Nast Brides Magazine

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Beyond thrilled that our pretty pink bridal bouquet is featured on THE COVER of the latest issue of Conde Nast Brides magazine…petite i may be, but there is one big, proud smile on the face of this north london florist!

11 . 02 . 14

2014….the floral story so far….

2014, it’s been super busy thus far! Kicking off the year with a v. cool commission from interior design company Right Space Designs (www.rightspacedesigns.com) to supply flowers for an interiors shoot at one of their gorgeous renovations.  Owner and Head Designer Sara asked us to create contemporary displays in a strong colour palette to give a boost of colour and energy to her beautifully calm space.  I give you the season’s best….protea, amaryllis, blossom, runuculas, roses, and succulents in an ever so hot ceramic teal vase….mmmm, mmmmm!

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And, once again we were delighted to provide flowers for the lovely Nicki MacFarlane whose only instruction was….‘you know the brief, eye-catching’.  Ta-dah, it was done.  A large vase filled with hellebores, guelder rose, amaryllis, succulents, green bell, eucalyptus, spray roses and finished with blossom twigs was delivered to Nicki’s stand at the Conde Nast Brides Reader Event at London’s Rosewood Hotel.

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And, here they are featured on Conde Nast Brides magazine’s website: http://www.bridesmagazine.co.uk/blog/2014/02/05/sassi-holford-rosewood-london-brides-reader-event-pictures/gallery

Next week we’ll be at the National Wedding Show with award winning bridesmaid frock designers, Maids to Measure.  We are thrilled to have been tasked with dressing their stand with beautiful garden inspired designs.

And more gorgeousness in March and April when will be creating more ‘eyecatching’ displays for Nicki….watch this space….xxx