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A Year In Bloom – A Bouquet For February

February 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Ok.  I think we’ve had enough snow now, don’t you?  Maybe leaving the beautiful Snow Queens shoot up from yesterday afternoon and into this morning (click here to catch up if you missed it) has jinxed me. At least I felt that way when I skidded down my drive and drove oh-so-slowly to this lunchtime’s meeting!  Bah.

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I think it’s time for Spring to, erm, well, spring, don’t you?  Luckily, Brides Up North Featured Supplier and regular wedding blog contributor Sarah of Leafy Couture is here with one of her beautiful bouquets and an injection of my favourite colour (c’mon, surely you could tell?) just in time for Valentine’s Day. 

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February Wedding Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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February

green cymbidium orchids

pink ranunculus

tulips

camellia leaves

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Sarah says:  The bouquet this month was inspired by love, its Valentine’s this month after all! We have gone for a lovely seasonal pretty modern mixture instead of the classic red roses.

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We have used a combination of green cymbidium orchids for a touch of the exotic, pink ranunculus – seasonal and girly like a spring peony and classic pink tulips. The flowers are young clean and pretty: perfect for a Spring wedding or a delicate posy for Valentine’s day.

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February Wedding Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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Spring is such a wonderful time for flowers, after the dark Winter it brings beautiful vibrant bulbs. 

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Ranunculus are so romantic for weddings with each one having layers and layers of delicate petals. Tulips are an elegant flower that look gorgeous en masse or used with other Spring flowers. I love that they grow so they are not the flower for you if you like flowers that stay neat and perfect, they have a wild nature of their own! We finished the bouquet with sleek camellia leaves and grosgrain ribbon.

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February Wedding Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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Happy Valentines Day! Get your man to buy you some beautiful spring flowers this year or why not break tradition and get some for him?!

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See more of our Year In Bloom series by clicking here.

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And that’s not all.  I think it’s high time to introduce you properly to the lovely lady who has been bringing us beautiful blooms month on month.  But why not let her introduce herself and her team?  Let’s take a peek behind the scenes at Leafy Couture.  This is such a gorgeous and inspiring little film. 

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Sarah says: I wanted to do a behind the scenes film to show clients who we are and our passion for what we do. It can be hard when planning your wedding to know who to choose to work with on your special day so here are the Leafy girls in action!

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We work with all different themes and ideas for weddings, every one is so different, it keeps us on our toes! The wedding in this film was one of the biggest we have worked on with thousands of roses and 5ft flower balls and was featured on Brides up North
(click here to see it!). We love a challenge and this one had us weighing flowers to work out how much the truss in the marquee ceiling could hold. The results were stunning and the marquee smelt amazing!  For more information visit the Leafy Couture website.

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Film by Artisan Films

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Leafy Couture

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

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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Pretty Perfect! A Pastel Palette Real Wedding In The North East, Alex & Sil

December 25th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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This wedding blog favourite, first featured back in September, packs so much pretty it should almost be illegal.  But being beautiful isn’t an offence, lucky for us!  Merry Christmas to Alex and Sil, and to all of you on this very special day. 

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Katy Melling Photography

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Friend of the wedding blogKaty Melling Photography sent me the perfect antidote to darker evenings recently: a prettily perfect summer wedding packed with peonies and pastel shades.  Alex and Sil, today’s couple, packed the English leg of their multicultural celebration with gorgeous details, traditional tailoring and amazing floral displays.  And one beautiful wedding dress, worn two ways. 

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Be sure to click through to take in all the inspiration.  Just wait till you see the centre pieces!  Oooh the centre pieces!  I die.

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Two words: Be inspired!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Katy Melling Photography

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Over to the bride.  Alex says:  Sil proposed in January 2010 in his parents garden after they had decorated it with fairy lights, Chinese lanterns and floating candles.  We had two wedding celebrations this year, two days apart.  Our English wedding was held at Middleton Lodge, North Yorkshire on 1st May 2011 and our Chinese wedding was on 3rd May, at China Court Restaurant, China Town, Birmingham. 

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We instantly fell in love with Middleton Lodge because we could have the house for the whole weekend and the owners and staff so very flexible and friendly.

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A Florist’s Almanac – A Year In Brilliant Bridal Blooms

August 26th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I get lots of emails from readers of the wedding blog asking for floral ideas and inspiration.  My wish is your command.  You don’t mess with a bride to be in full wedding planning swing now, do you?!

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This is a print off and save post if ever I wrote one! To ensure seasonality and style, I enlisted the help of fantastic florist, Sophie of I Heart Flowers.  Here are her picks for a year of brilliant bridal blooms. 

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Presenting:  A Florist’s Almanac.  Sophie says…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: I Heart Flowers

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White vendella roses and eucalyptus make a classic choice for the cold months. Team a simple bouquet like this one with faux fur, feathers, diamantes and pearls for understated elegance.

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Red "passion" roses are the classic “I love you”. 

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Deep pink anenomies provide wonderful colour for winter and spring weddings, available in bold red, pink and deep blue and striking in white with their black centres.

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White ranunculus, pink antirrhinums (snap dragons), pink "Esperance" roses and ruscus.
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May brings the start of peony season, peonies being one of the most requested and popular flowers for weddings. The peony season runs from May to July, and peonies are sometimes available into August if you’re lucky. Pink "Sarah Bernhardt" peonies, Queen Anne’s lace, "Mimi Eden" spray roses, pink bupleurum, white sweet peas, eucalyptus.

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Pink "Sarah Bernhardt" peonies at their best mid season.

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A wonderful mix of seasonal summer flowers in pinks and blues – poppy heads, deep pink "Dr Alexander Flemming" peonies, blue scabious, blue delphinium, blue cornflowers, pink sweet peas, lavender, rosemary and eucalyptus.

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This bouquet shouts summer!  Pale pink peonies, white gerbera daisies, yellow craspedia, "Lemonade" and "Lydia" spray roses, champagne grass, eucalyptus and echevaria succulents.

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Usher in the shorter days with ladylike tones of pale pink "English Miss" spray roses from the Real Flower Company

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Vibrant autumn shades mixed with white cut a striking dash – "Mango" calla lilies, white avalanche roses, phormium leaves, "Black Tie" cordyline.

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Hot pink "Caprice de Meilland" roses and pale "Pink Peony" roses with eucalyptus from the Real Flower Company – November bride Anna
was desperate to have peonies, but as they are out of season in the winter the Real Flower Company provided a beautiful alternative.

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Brassica flowers are a great choice for winter brides looking for something a little different and are available in beautiful whites, greens and purples as well as some red shades too. Green and white brassicas, white lisianthus, eucalytus and dracaena.

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To see more of Sophie’s amazing artistry and seek further inspiration, head on over to the I Heart Flowers blog pronto!

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  – Images © 2011 I Heart Flowers

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