After many months of planning, we saw our vision come alive.
Tuesday 3rd May an incredible team of wedding suppliers all came together to deliver a beautiful renaissance inspired styled shoot at one of the best UK wedding venues in the Cotswolds, Euridge Manor.
Every single detail of this shoot was carefully planned, from stationary, the wedding cake and a mass of seasonal florals.
The grounds at Euridge are sure to leave you breathless, from the incredible boat house, Georgian style architecture and their carefully curated gardens. This wedding venue is an absolute oasis, and I cannot wait to return.
The amazing thing about the wedding industry is the incredible relationships you build with fellow suppliers. You quickly learn who’s work aligns with yours, and the perfect people to execute the job. After months of communication, team work, an inspirational portfolio was created by the planner and lead photographer of the shoot, Paulina Walsh. I would personally like to thank Paulina for bringing me along on this incredible journey with her, which allowed me to discover Euridge.
The Castle Arch
The castle arch at Euridge, is definitely one of the most picture perfect locations for ceremony pictures. With a sparkling hanging crystal chandelier it is undoubtably elegant and luxurious adding charm and romantic aesthetic for any wedding shot.
Euridge is pretty well known for its spectacular boathouse. Surrounded by crystal blue waters, looked upon by guests from its wisteria walls on the Italian style terrace.
The Lost Orangery
With the beautiful rays of sunshine, crystal chandeliers, surrounded by the beautiful architecture and evergreen palms, the lost orangery created the perfect setting for a romantic dinner. However, this location would be perfect for almost any wedding setting, whether it be the wedding breakfast or your wedding ceremony.
The flowers were carefully selected to create the overall feel for the renaissance styled shoot. Each floral instalment and urn arrangement was thought out thoroughly, enabling them to be re-purposed in multiple locations, as if it were a real wedding day. The inspiration for the flowers selected came down to numerous things. The floral décor that was going to be created in the desired locations, I predict may be one of the future wedding trends to come over the next year and wedding season of 2023 but also flowers that worked with the overall concept and Euridge Manor. It is within my business ethos as a wedding florist to work with the seasons and what nature is producing at this time of year to achieve an organic look, whilst working sustainably .
The overall colour palette was inspired by the beauty and colours of spring flowers. Gorgeous garden roses in shades of peach, toffees and soft yellows were chosen to symbolise love and add texture to the designs. Spring is the perfect time for butterfly ranunculus and tulips, these were included in the bridal bouquet to add whimsical elegance, along with white scabious, nothing says elegant more than crisp white, delicate flowers.
With the use of tall flower stems such as alliums, delphiniums and forsythia, a floral arch was created to perfectly frame the iconic castle arch. The soft blues of the delphiniums added a contrasting colour against the yellow forsythia, and gave off the perfect essence of spring. The arch was later repurposed to the boathouse and arranged differently, in a way that worked with the surroundings. Once we had moved to the boathouse, I also introduced a dramatic urn arrangement, which worked wholly with the renaissance theme and came a part of an overall décor piece.
For the orangery table setting, I took quite a modern approach to the designs. Creating floral meadows within the centre of the table. The flowers selected were really quite monochromatic, with the use of colours very much similar, this created a large impact for a small space.
The colours worked in unity of the orangery walls, whilst adding a romantic and elegant vibe for the top table and such a stunning wedding venue.
Wedding flowers have the power to create the perfect atmosphere for your wedding. And I can prove it!
When you’re planning your wedding day, there are so many things to consider. You want to make sure the venue is perfect, you need a good photographer, and you have to choose your dress. But what about your flowers?
It’s easy to overlook the flowers, especially if you’re not one for flowers in general. But trust me when I say that having beautiful flowers at your wedding will make all of the difference!
And I’m not just talking about the bouquet and boutonniere (although they’re important, too). I mean the entire atmosphere—the colours, style, size, placement and flower choices all create the right atmosphere and vibe.
You’ve probably heard this before: “Weddings are about the bride!” But I don’t think that’s completely accurate. I believe that weddings are about creating an atmosphere that reflects the couple’s personality and style. Where your guest feels comfortable taking photos and chatting with family and friends—and having a beautifully curated space for your guests to do this starts with your floral arrangements!
Wedding flowers create an atmosphere and vibe just like any other element of your wedding: they can be fun and vibrant or soft and romantic. Your choice depends on how you want your guests and yourself to feel during your special day.
If you want something more traditional and elegant, then choose flowers that complement those vibes: white roses or lilies (with maybe a few pastel colours added in) will give a sense of classic understated elegance without being boring. This style is great for a castle, manor house or orangery wedding venue for a timeless and graceful look. A simple and sophisticated rose archway is a fabulous photo opportunity and tall table centrepieces will fill those larger venues with texture and height.
For an outdoor romantic boho wedding, then softer trailing bouquets and greenery work a treat! Mixing the surrounding colours and nature into your table arrangements and even adding flower crowns for your bridesmaids. Using locally grown, seasonal flowers will be perfect for this relaxed celebration.
Or if you are an outgoing couple that wants a big party and upbeat music for your wedding day, then bold and bright colours are for you! Larger flowers and statement floral backdrops will create that fun and energetic atmosphere you’re looking for.
When you are starting to plan your wedding you need to decide on what theme and vibe you want to create before you start designing your flowers.
I understand that this is an important decision for you and your partner-to-be, so I make sure to listen carefully to what you have in mind before designing your floral arrangements. If you’re having trouble deciding on what kind of vibe you want at your reception, don’t hesitate to reach out! I have been to quite a few weddings this year, so I am a fountain of knowledge when it comes to creating your wedding florals.
I don’t think you need to follow the trends when it comes to your wedding day.
Do you want pink flowers just because it’s summer? Do you want a particular colour just because it’s popular right now? I believe in doing what makes sense for YOU, not what everyone else is doing or what an influencer on social media says is “trendy.”
I know— I get it: Pinterest is huge right now, and there are so many people telling you what to do with your wedding decor. But you don’t have to follow everyone else, this is YOUR special day, so stand out and make your wedding different! You have whatever flower arrangements make sense for you and your venue. Your friends and family will understand what’s important and will love to see how you’ve added your personal touch and style to your wedding decor.
You Always Need Buttonholes
You don’t have to give everyone a bouquet or buttonhole. You can, of course, and if that’s what you think your budget and style of wedding require, then that’s great. But you don’t have to follow the tradition of giving all groomsmen a buttonhole and bridesmaids a bouquet. You can go outside the box and have something unique. Your boho-style wedding might suit flower crowns for your bridal party instead of formal bouquets. If you have a minimalist style, then a single-stem flower for your groomsmen would look simple and elegant. That’s the beauty of it being your wedding day, you can make all the choices!
Design It All Yourself
I know that you’ve got your heart set on having a beautiful and breath-taking wedding, full of floral arrangements and beautiful reception tables —and you’re right: flowers are an essential part of any wedding. And we also know that you want them to look absolutely perfect. But here’s the thing: no one couple designs their whole wedding by themselves. It’s just not possible for most people! The hours it takes to do your research, find suppliers, talk to your venue, find colours that will compliment your bridesmaid’s dresses ect, it’s a huge task and very overwhelming.
Working with your florist will take that stress and worry out of your hands. Your florist will know all about seasonal flowers, colours and endless options you can choose from. Your vision is, of course at the centre and then your florist will offer helpful suggestions and advice when it comes to deciding on the details of your floral decor.
As the expert in this field, trust your florist that they will bring your vision to life! You will not be disappointed in the outcome, and you can enjoy seeing the look of surprise and wonder on your guest’s faces as they see how beautiful your wedding venue is!
I think you should make your day personal, special and unique. I help create wedding flowers that match your vibe, style and energy. That’s why I don’t just create a “look”—I create a feeling. And just like in life, we believe that feelings are what really matter.
Be different, create your own vibe and colour scheme. Make your wedding exactly how you want it! Think outside the box and don’t follow the trends if they don’t represent you.
If during the summer season you are like me and have your calendar already filled with friends and family’s weddings every weekend, then you might be considering having a winter wedding. It is something a bit unusual and different but still just as beautiful.
See the many reasons why I enjoy winter weddings and why you might love them too!
You have more choices when it comes to the florist you work with. Many suppliers will be booked at least a year in advance for summer weddings, but during winter you pretty much get your pick of who you want to design your wedding! This could be a local florist that you’ve seen or a more famous UK-wide florist.
2. You have more venues available for your chosen date if you are booking out of season. Many venues will lower their rates over the winter season too, so you have a variety of options within your budget when it comes to choosing your venue.
3. More of your guests will be able to attend your winter wedding. This is mainly because you aren’t competing with other weddings happening around the same time as you would be during the height of summer. This means more friends and family to celebrate with!
4. You have your choice of unique flowers and greenery that grow in the winter. It’s true that there are fewer flowers to choose from in the winter months, but you would be surprised how dainty and colourful winter blooms really are! And they make for such showstopping bouquets that not many of your guests will have seen before.
5. More of your wedding day will be spent inside your venue, so your guests will have more time to see and appreciate your flower installations and decor. You put so much thought into designing and creating your perfect wedding, and this is a great opportunity to create large flower arrangements indoors as the backdrop to your wedding photos.
6. Pair your wedding florals with rich and textured fabrics. If you like eclectic and out-of-the-box styling, then winter brings with it vibrant colours and textures such as velvet and sequins you can add to your decor.
7. And don’t forget candles, the perfect accompaniment to any table centrepiece. Candles add height, warmth and romance to any room and create a welcoming and luxurious atmosphere. In winter when more of your wedding day will be in the dark, adding candles in every room creates an intimate and romantic vibe, and you can even have a roaring fire too!
Have I persuaded you that winter weddings are just as much or even more fun than summer weddings? If you are an alternative couple that wants something unique and memorable, then I always suggest having a winter wedding. They get to use vibrant and local florals with the best wedding suppliers around to create a magical and romantic wedding.
Are you guilty of saying or hearing the words “when it comes to paying for things wedding related, suppliers add on extra zeros?”
Whilst there is some truth to this, and I don’t speak for all wedding suppliers, I’m here to tell why that is coming from a wedding florist.
When a couple gets in touch with me to talk about wedding flowers I know how much time, effort and perfection will go into creating them. There is so much work that goes on behind the scenes into planning, curating and working closely with our couples compared to making an everyday flower bouquet. You aren’t just paying for your flowers, but also a professional and personal service in the weeks and months leading up to the delivery of your dream wedding flowers.
Sourcing Your Wedding Flowers
When enquiring for your wedding flowers, you’ll most likely find that the wedding floral professional would like to book you in for a consultation first. If you have opted for a package deal this may not be necessary, but here at Primrose Avenue, we make every wedding unique and bespoke. That is why we take the time to get to know our couples and all your wedding flower requirements through a consultation. This enables us to draw up a unique floral proposal tailored to you, from your colour scheme, style and size of florals that you envision your wedding day. We meticulously source and plan your flowers, from choosing which wholesaler to buy them from so that you get the right amount and highest quality flowers. Did you know, when a florist buys from a wholesaler, it’s actually not cheaper than supermarket flowers! You do get a wider range of flower options and the quality is a lot higher, but this also means we have to order in bulk.
The labour of love and time spent preparing your flowers once they have been sourced can now begin. We make sure that all of your flower buckets are clean, filled with water and flower food if required ahead of flower preparation. Hours are spent stripping leaves, removing thorns and manipulating flowers so they are timed perfectly to be flowering for your wedding day, it takes days of hard work, often longer than the actual designing of the flower arrangements! All of this dedication and time perfecting your flowers is reflected in the cost.
You don’t always see the mechanics behind the flowers, it’s often just the beautiful risers and pedestals that are on display. But underneath it all are structural elements that need to be sourced or made. Floral arches and even urn flower arrangements require mechanics to hold the stems in place. Selecting what will work best with your wedding venue to create style of arrangement you want. Creating and sourcing the mechanics behind your arrangements can take a lot of time, especially when you work with a sustainable floral designer, who is completely foam free. Working out how to deliver your flowers without them being destroyed upon delivery is constant problem-solving task.
We create as much as we can in our eco-friendly studios, (as most venues only offer a couple of hours to set-up on the wedding morning). This allows us to give your flowers access to water, but it’s a different story when travelling and arriving on site to keep your flowers hydrated! The delivery and transportation of your flower arrangements has to be thoughtfully planned and carried out. Dried flowers don’t require water but more times than not cost a whole lot more than fresh, especially when they are in higher demand.
Seasonal Flowers and Demand
Wedding season is usually between the months of May-October. Spring flowers will have started to bloom during May, with the appearance of summer flowers from July to early September. The season starts to slow down with the cooler temperatures as autumn approaches.
With only particular flowers available during some of these months, for example peonies in May, the wholesale price for these flowers will skyrocket because of their high demand, and therefore increase the cost to my couples. Using seasonal flowers is a great way to be eco-conscious with your floral designs and it will also maximise your wedding flower budget as they will have lower travel and shipping costs.
Flower trends will play a large factor in the cost of your wedding flowers. If you’re planning a wedding based on the latest floral trends and your floral colour theme is yellow, think just how high the demand for yellow flowers is going to be. The higher the demand, the higher the cost. That’s why I would advise not to stick to the current trend, but create your own unique colour palette, and I’m sure you’ll find many couples doing this next year!
So there’s the truth behind why wedding flowers are so expensive. It is a combination of factors and not just the individual flowers. It’s the time, labour and resources that go into creating high quality, perfect and bespoke flowers, delivered with a personal touch and a lot of love!