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!
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!
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….
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
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)….
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!
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.
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.
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.
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….
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….
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
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
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……xx
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!
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.
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
Briefed, way back in August, by the Fashion Director of Conde Nast Brides mag, to send in a ‘long, loose and natural pink bouquet, the sort you’d hold in your arms‘ I’m so super chuffed that the bespoke bouquet we created was selected to be featured in this v cool, non-trad shoot on page 222 in the newest issue of Conde Nast Brides mag….not only in print but online too…woo hoo!!