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A Year In Bloom – A Bouquet For August

August 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Morning all (although, yes, I agree, it is closer to the afternoon – so sue me, even a needs a Bank Holiday Sunday lie in)!  The sun seems to be up this morning, so lets hope it lasts for any Bank Holiday wedding celebrations, picnics or parties. 

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If, like me, you are using the Bank Holiday weekend to catch up on admin, VAT returns and invoicing, then this beautiful blog post should cheer you up!  Although it might take a lot of David Austin roses to lessen my VAT gloom…

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Not to drag you down, let’s hand you straight over to one of my friends and very favourite florists Sarah of Leafy Couture who in this recurring series shares her favourite seasonal blooms for each month of the year with twelve stunning bouquet ideas for you to print out and keep.

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Peach David Austin Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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Juliet David Austin Roses

Peach Avalanche Roses

Green Hydrangea

Rosemary

Poppy Seed Heads

Pittosporum Foliage

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Peach David Austin Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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Sarah says: Our bouquet of choice for August embraces the textures of late summer. We are madly in love with David Austin roses- a specialist rose grower that breeds the most exquisite roses. They are a wonderful extravagance for wedding flowers and some of the varieties have a heady scent. For this bouquet we chose the peach Juliet variety, it is detailed on the website as being the £3 million pound rose as it took fifteen years of breeding to release the first cut rose variety.

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Peach has seen a revival in wedding bouquets over the past few years, so we teamed Juliet with Peach Avalanche roses, green hydrangea, rosemary and poppy seed heads and pittosporum foliage. The poppy seed heads are almost a hint to autumn and the small ones look great in buttonholes too.

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I adore the combination as the peach tones are so delicate that the green tones of the other flowers let the delicate peach reign. I like comparison of the roses and specialist roses, the endless petals of the Juliet are gorgeous. We finished the bouquet with green ribbon as to tone in and peach pearl headed pins. This bouquet would compliment a peach or gold colour scheme. It would work especially well with sage green, navy, peach or ivory dresses.

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Peach David Austin Bouquet by Leafy Couture   Peach David Austin Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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Did you see Leafy Couture’s gorgeous floral displays for my Brides Up North Tweet Up in Yorkshire? Sarah and the team even created an indoor garden! Click here to see the photographs.

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Click here to see Leafy Couture’s bouquet for June.

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Lucky For Some! A Real Wedding – Gillian & Dave

November 23rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Happy hump day everyone!  Today’s first dose of pretty on this wedding blog comes to you from Northumberland in the form of Gillian & Dave’s Real Wedding.  Their classically elegant day was caught on camera by Image Newcastle and made into a gorgeous movie by the ever talented Steven at Forever Film.

Gillian & Dave actually found Forever Film via Brides Up North so it is my pleasure to welcome them to these swirly silver pages today. If you do one thing this morning, watch this video – it really brings their day to life! Enjoy.  

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Let’s hear from Gillian:  Dave asked me to marry him on a stormy night in a private viewing room at the top of the Baltic Art Gallery on July 13th 2010.  We married on August 13th 2011 at Doxford Hall in Northumberland.  13 has become a lucky number for us!

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We picked Doxford Hall because we needed somewhere that was geographically in the middle for both of our families as the majority of my family is in Scotland and the majority of Dave’s in Cheshire. This was perfect! I call Northumberland home and Dave has been based up here with his job in the Air Force for a few years so it was the natural place to be. We wanted a country house feel but modern at the same time and from the moment we visited Doxford we were blown away by the whole setting. The grounds were perfect and the hotel itself simply stunning!  Add to this the service by Leanne the wedding coordinator and we couldn’t have picked a better venue!  We went for a vintage country garden theme, with lots of sage green and pink. 

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Image Newcastle    Image Newcastle

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I wore Geneva by Maggie Sottero which I finally found after many weeks of hunting for a dress! I loved it from the moment I saw it on another girl trying it on in the shop on the day I bought it.  I bought it at The White Tulip Wedding Company in Prudhoe who gave the most lost bride to be the biggest smile on her face!

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My bridesmaids all wore different dresses but in the same colour of celadon green by Dessy and they were bought from Mia Sposa Bridal & Menswear in Newcastle.

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I carried a bouquet of hydrangeas, David Austen roses and rosemary by The Flower Barn and my  bridesmaids each had a simple bouquet of cream roses. 

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To add personal touches to our day, I am Scottish and my mum had made a request for a bit of Scotland in our theme. Unfortunately the theme we had in mind didn’t really allow for this so we hired the wonderful North East Piper to pipe the cars up the driveway as a surprise. We also used homemade strawberry and champagne jam and brown ale chutney with fudge for our favours which were made by Dave with the assistance of the wonderful Sandy at Fourway Foods (My dad is the business development manager for local food producers) and Kenspeckle.

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Lucy Bewley played on piano for our ceremony, I walked down the aisle to Florence and the Machine Cosmic Love which Lucy played beautifully.

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Click through to hear more from Gillian.

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