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Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

wonderfully whimsical: introducing flowers at the barn

August 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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If you’re currently at the point in your wedding planning where you’re on the search for someone to provide your beautiful blooms then standby, as we’re introducing a new Brides Up North Sponsor to the blog today who can most certainly assist.

Flowers at the Barn is the creation of talented florist Andrea Moyle, who was inspired to set up her Yorkshire-based business due to her love of all things pretty and floral, not to mention her slight obsession with weddings!

Working with beautiful seasonal flowers and fragrant herbs, Andrea is a pro at creating informal and whimsical style arrangements; from fabulous bouquets and button holes to striking flower crowns and arches.

To tell you more about the business and blooms, we’ll leave you in Andrea’s green-fingered hands…

Images by Hayley Rose Photography & Jane Beadnell Photography.

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Tell us a little about your background and when and why you first set up Flowers at the Barn?

andrea says: Growing up I used to love being outside, I loved anything and everything about nature: animals, flowers, mud, rain – the lot! But it wasn’t until two-and-a-half-years ago when I moved to Yorkshire from the hustle and bustle of the London suburbs that I saw myself wanting to exclusively work with flowers. Prior to this my career was as a Personal Assistant in a far more corporate, desk orientated world – I knew something needed to change! When I fell pregnant with my daughter this was all the spurring on I needed to set about making Flowers at the Barn – a living dream and I’ve not looked back since!

What do you enjoy about working in the world of weddings? 

I love weddings, in fact some may say I’m even a little bit obsessed! I love not only the flowers, but the dresses, venues and overall styling. You just can’t beat a good wedding! It’s one of the happiest days of a couple’s life and it’s thrilling to be a part of that. I love the planning and thought that a couple put into a wedding and then seeing their vision come to life as the venue is dressed on the wedding morning – it’s very rewarding.

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What is your favourite part of your job? 

Meeting a new bride/couple and learning about their plans for their big day is so exciting to me. I enjoy throwing ideas around and collaborating with them to come up with a design for their day. Also, delivering the flowers to the bride on the wedding morning and seeing her reaction while wishing her all the best for her big day.

How would you describe the style of flowers that you create?

I guess you could say the flowers I create are inspired by my love of nature. I love an informal, whimsical, English country garden style, using seasonal flowers and herbs where possible.

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Where do you advise brides to source inspiration from for their flowers?

Some brides know exactly what they want but for those who don’t inspiration can be found by looking at the venue they are getting married at. A grand house is often more suited to candelabras, rose bowls and cut glass arrangements whereas a tipi or barn wedding will have a more rustic, country vibe so this can be reflected in the flowers. I also find the time of year the wedding is taking place is also a great source of inspiration if you’ve no idea where to start. And don’t forget Instagram – hours can be lost looking through gorgeous flower images there!

Beyond bouquets and button holes what other elements of the wedding can you assist with?

I undertake all types of floral work, from thank you bouquets to floral arches, flower crowns to decorating a tree!  If you can think it, I’ll try to deliver it!

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petals & pencils. the leafy couture school for florists

February 26th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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As well as being a source of inspiration and guidance for our brides-to-be we also like to give our supplier followers a helping hand where we can by letting them know about blooming marvellous industry events such as Leafy Couture’s two-day styling class on the 5th and 6th of March 2015, part of their brand new offering – The Leafy Couture School For Florists.

I’ve been doing quite a bit of public speaking on blogging and social media within the wedding and lifestyle sector recently, and I’m honoured to have been invited along to share my top tips in a dedicated session during this special event.

I love hosting smaller group sessions like these, and if hearing about my recent adventures into the world of coaching have peaked your interest a little do watch out for some very exclusive workshops launching here soon.

But back to those flowers.

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Our good friend and the wonderful talent behind Leafy Couture Sarah Richardson, has a an amazing portfolio that comes with some serious clout. This incredible lady has vast experience in the world of weddings having worked on hundreds over the past eight years, from marquees to grand stately homes, she is truly passionate about couples’ big days.

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Her work is regularly featured in national wedding magazines and local press as well as on numerous national and international wedding blogs, including Brides Up North. She’s also one of our go-to-girls for styling at our industry events and creative shoots, delivering impressive blooms every single time. To add to her credentials Sarah has taught floristry to BTEC Level 3 as a college tutor, demonstrated at RHS Harrogate Flower Show and has recently been nominated for a Wedding Magazine blogging award, phew!

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She’s therefore incredibly well placed to support others in their passion for flowers through both her group styling events and one-to-one mentoring sessions. Whether amateur or experienced a lot can be learnt from this lady and we’re sure some of our florist friends will be keen to go back to school if it means gaining tricks of the trade from Ms Richardson.

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But enough from me, I’ll hand over the pages to Sarah to explain in more detail what her upcoming styling event has to offer – catch you there!

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sarah says: This class is especially for florists who are wanting to build their confidence in the world of weddings.

We will hold your hand and guide you through a series of arrangements to build your portfolios. We will introduce you to a wedding planner, wedding blogger and events team to get insider tips on how to get on in the industry.

And there’s more. We’ll help you work on building your own style and create images for your websites and social media. We will guide you through our processes with wedding appointments and show you how to create wedding bouquets, buttonholes, flower crowns and then style a ceremony and wedding breakfast with large scale designs such as urns and an archway.

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All classes take place in The Chili Barn, Otley – a real wedding venue, where we will show you all the things you need to think about when working on site and fill your head with ideas. You will be working on your own and also as part of a team as you would in a real life wedding situation.

This is a two-day course with all refreshments, including tea and coffee and cake and a delicious lunch, provided. All material, aprons, workbooks and flower material will also be supplied.

Places are limited so each student will get maximum experience and attention. A basic knowledge of flowers and floristry is preferable but we are on hand to guide you every step of the way.

We shall have a photographer on site but you are advised to bring a camera too or a smart phone. All students will get a free skype or phone mentoring session a month after the course to continue the support. Students will also get free access to our new E-Book chapter on wedding flower appointments and session hand outs.

Hope to see you there!

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For more details about the styling class, costing £600 per person, and Leafy Couture’s one-to-one mentoring sessions, please email Sarah at sarah@leafycouture.co.uk, or visit www.leafycouture.co.uk.

Images by James Melia.

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Wedding Planning SOS: Hello Petal!

March 15th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It might not surprise you that when planning my own wedding, I was one of those brides who kept a wedding scrapbook (more on my own wedding scrapbook coming up very soon on the wedding blog) – not so much a place for collecting ideas – more a work of art to be treasured for centuries to come.  By me and me alone, but still:  it was fabulous!

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So, when it came to finding a florist to turn my dreams into reality (and on budget!) this was no mean feat.  I was lucky to know and work with amazing North East florist Claire De Lune, who absolutely nailed it on our big day (you can see some pictures here, here, here and here if you are so inclined) – but what if you have no idea where to start?

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That’s where my fabulous guest blogger and Yorkshire wedding planner, Helen of Bash comes in!  Take it away Helen! 

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With images by Faye Hatton Photography and flowers by Leafy Couture

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Helen says: As an established Wedding Planner, I am experienced in helping couples at various stages of the planning process to achieve their perfect day. It is something I am particularly passionate about. Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than the sight of a gleaming smile on the face of a radiant bride, enjoying every moment as her dream day unfolds. With this in mind, is it surprising that I am ever so slightly particular about the suppliers I choose to work with? It’s essential they share the same ethos: they’ll be prepared to take time to get to know and understand you, and will be determined to deliver a service that exceeds your expectations.

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In many cases, this is often the very reason why so many Brides contact me. Having chosen a venue and visited a number of wedding fairs where they’ve met numerous photographers and tasted great cake, they need a helping hand in refining their choices but don’t know where to start.

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So far in this series, we’ve looked at identifying priorities, choosing a venue, finding the right photographer and sourcing stationery, and now it’s the florist’s turn. Granted, your florist plays a huge part in terms of creating some of the most important accessories for your day, but before you rush out to meet them, please take another leaf out of this little ‘Wedding Planning SOS’ book.

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Great florists do get booked early and often impose a limit on the number of weddings they are willing to do to ensure they can offer a personal service so it is worth starting the search as early as possible.  Before you get started, look for testimonials on florists’ own websites. There’s nothing quite like a genuine recommendation.

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Not only is it important to choose wisely, it is vital that you give them all the information they need in order to create what you’re looking for. There are a number of factors which will almost certainly influence your choice of flowers, not least the venue (in terms of its scope and grandeur), the style of your dress and of course, any colour palette you have in mind.

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In preparation for any consultations, it is also worthwhile gathering together fabric swatches and collecting images, clippings and articles which help to illustrate what you do and do not like. Whilst you may not have the time to invest in creating mood boards, at least be prepared to describe what you consider to be the key aspects of your day as these will inevitably have a bearing on the choices you make.

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Even if you haven’t selected your dress, be prepared to talk about the styles you like and what you believe will suit you. Bear in mind that you will be carrying the ultimate accessory which should complement both the dress and your body shape. An oversized bouquet can so easily overshadow a simple gown or cover up gorgeous curves, which could otherwise be accentuated. Visualise yourself carrying your bouquet. How does it look? How do you want to feel?

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Think of a reason… will your bouquet and any other floral accessories contain any flowers which have a special meaning to you? Perhaps there’s a particular flower that resonates with you because its appearance or scent reminds you of a special person, place or time.

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Whatever the season… although it has to be said that some flowers are simply not available all year round, a great florist should usually be able to source what you’re looking for, or at least suggest a suitable alternative. Do bear in mind that seasonality can have a significant bearing on cost. Flowers are particularly expensive around Valentine’s and Mother’s Day and at Christmas time, red and white roses generally become more expensive.

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Once you’ve considered these points, you are ready to meet with a florist to talk through your ideas. This is an ideal opportunity to ask questions about the service they offer:

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Who will create your bouquet, bridesmaid’s flowers, ceremony arrangements, centre pieces, button holes and corsages? Many hands make light work but how personal is the service you will receive?

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Will they deliver to multiple locations and will this be included in their quotation or is there an additional cost?

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How flexible are they? If they’re delivering flowers for more than one wedding on your wedding day, can they co-ordinate delivery with your photographer’s arrival? This is particularly important if you want to incorporate the delivery of the flowers into the documentary of your day.

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Is it possible to see a sample of their work?

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Are they prepared to arrange a meeting at the venue?

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 Could any elements be re-cycled? For example, flowers used to decorate the ceremony might also be utilised during the reception or evening celebrations. Perhaps they might even double up as gifts?

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 Will they collect any hired items, such as vessels or vases the next day or is it your responsibility to return them?

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What are their payment terms?

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Following the consultation, your florist should write up a detailed proposal, itemising the number of arrangements, the kinds of flowers to be used, and any additional costs associated with delivery and set-up.

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If you have followed this advice and asked the right questions, I hope you will be happy with the outcome and receive precisely the flowers you want. You will certainly avoid some of the pitfalls that are usually the result of a florist having no option other than to create their own interpretation of your ideas, because you haven’t been clear from the start.

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Previous guest posts by Helen:

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Wedding Planning SOS- Practical Paper- Wedding Invitations

Wedding Planning SOS – Picture Perfect- How To Choose A Wedding Photographer

Your Move! Wedding Planning SOS- Where On Earth To Begin?!

Wedding Planning SOS- Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn- Wedding Venue Rescue

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Would you like to be a guest blogger for Brides Up NorthContact me

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © Faye Hatton Photography for Leafy Couture

Bash is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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Peacock Chic! A Real Wedding – Natalie and Graeme

March 2nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Massive OMG!  Brides Up North Featured Supplier and amazing photographess Karen McGowran Photography has truly excelled herself.  Today on Brides Up North she shares the Real Wedding of Natalie of Purple Peacock, creator of gorgeous bespoke stationery (some of which I showcase below :-) ).

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I couldn’t bear to leave any of the beautifulness out, so it’s a long one, but if it’s inspiration you are looking for… you won’t be disappointed!

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The bride, Ms Purple Peacock herself, tells all: Graeme and I were married on the 28th of August at The Ramside Hall Hotel in Durham (a Brides Up North Featured Supplier no less!).  I really wanted a modern meets classic elegance wedding. Something I can look back on when I’m very old and very wrinkly and still think how lovely everything was. It was pretty cliche, in the best day of my life kind of way. The rest of the wedding was a stylish celebration of how much we love each other.

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I really LOVE flowers, I think they really made our wedding. The tone was really set for the day with the arrival of the bouquets. Hydrangeas, roses & orchids were the order of the day! Under strict instructions to deliver Knock-Out-Flowers my florist, the lovely Lisa from The Wild Bunch Sunderland, really excelled herself. My centrepieces truly overwhelmed me, tall vases packed with hydrangeas, roses and orchids hung on ribbon complete with candlelight. The top table, Escort card table and guest book table came completed with mirrored cubes packed full of hydrangeas, tall slim vases of orchids and candles.

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