Karen & Ian - Reception Flowers

Test-tube-flowers

How it all began...

I first met Karen at Catriona's Hen Do in September last year and I became friends with Catriona when I did her wedding flowers that October (you can see the designs on my Portfolio | Flowers page).  That's how it goes sometimes in the freelance wedding world...you do the flowers for one wedding and then it leads on to your next gig!  

Karen and Ian got married in July this year and you can see some great photos of their special day by the very talented photographer, Jono Symonds, on his blog.  I had the pleasure of creating their wedding flowers and I thought I'd take you through a behind-the-scenes journey.  As with all wedding projects, I create bespoke designs tailored to suit the theme, setting and couple's wishes.  Here's how I do it...

 

The process...

In the early stages of working with a bride (sorry guys, but it is usually the bride that seems to make the flower decisions!) we meet-up to establish a bit of a design brief including the type of wedding the couple are going for and any ideas they have about the theme.  Some brides are very specific and know from the offset what they want, others take a little longer to decide depending on the wedding dress, bridesmaids, venue, budget, etc. etc.  Pinterest is great for creating an online mood-board and collating ideas.  Karen & Ian wanted a floaty, garden-feel to their designs using blues, whites and green.  As Ian is a Scientist, they also decided on science beakers as a novel alternative to vases for their venue flowers.

 

Venue Flowers...

With a box full of different science beakers and a bag full of pebbles from Morecambe beach I created the designs in the gallery above.  These were then used in the final meet-ups with Karen to decide on which designs they would like at the venue.  Karen created a map of Cafe Ambio (reception venue) with details of which design they would like to include and where which was really useful!  Although these designs were created in June, Scabious (Karen's favourite flower), was still difficult to get hold of and I had to substitute it for lilac Sweet September.  Also, whilst lace was used throughout the bouquets and buttonholes, Karen & Ian preferred a simpler look for the reception and it was removed for the final designs.  

I hope you like the photos and brief insight to my working process in this post.  I have lots more photos to share including; the bride's bouquet, maids bouquets, buttonholes, corsages and more behind-the-scenes info on how I style my wedding flowers.  Till then... xox