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Darling Buds: Perfect Flowers For A Spring Wedding With Firenza Floral Design

April 16th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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With Spring well and truly in the air, expert wedding florist Fiona Pickles, from Brides Up North Featured Supplier Firenza Floral Design, takes the business of choosing perfect arrangements in her stride. Having recently won Best Wedding Florist for the North East Region from The Wedding Industry Awards, she knows a thing or two when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding flowers.

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With her expert knowledge and awareness of seasonal availability, not to mention a champion for locally grown flowers, Fiona is prettifying these pages this morning with her seasonal creations, as she shares some advice and tips on choosing the perfect flowers for a Spring wedding.

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Fiona says: Spring is all about fresh new beginnings and optimism and it is my favourite time of year for flowers, they are all so beautiful. To keep the feeling that Spring is in the air, choose lots of fresh, local and readily available blooming flowers.

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When choosing flowers for a Spring wedding one must consider the seasonal availability to hand and the abundance of colour on offer, which makes Spring time the perfect choice for both a soft, muted and romantic look as well as a vibrant, bright and fresh wedding.

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Growing my own flowers means all sort of options are open to me that just aren’t available at the flower markets, such as beautiful pale lemon cowslips, ever-so delicate forget-me-nots, honeysuckle, stately dicentra (little white or red heart shaped flowers), and aquilegia (grannie’s bonnets), to name a few.

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There are so many different flowers to choose from and to help you decide, here are some of my favourites…

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Tulips are a popular Spring flower and perfect for weddings as they come in a huge variety of colours, making it easy to fit in with themes. They look great mixed into a bouquet or grouped together on their own.

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Narcissi (daffodils) are the flowers that signal the beginning of Spring. As well as the familiar bold and cheery yellow daffodil, with a beautiful open bloom there are also some beautiful muted narcissi in buttermilk (cheerfulness) and even white varieties (paperwhites). They work beautifully in bridal bouquets giving a delicate almost frilly effect, as well as adding a beautiful scent. They make wonderful table centrepieces and can be potted up as favours for guests.

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Cherry blossom is available in pink (usually pale) and white and are fabulous for table centrepieces – they work equally as well in an informal “jug style” display as well as in tall, dramatic statement pieces.

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Lilac stunning heads of lilac or white flowers offer a delicate scent. They add a beautiful extra dimension to bridal bouquets. A bouquet of lilac on its own is really stunning.

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Ranunculus - like gorgeous mini peonies, they come in a wide range of colours and are one of my absolute favourites. A bouquet of just a single colour ranunculus is so delicate and striking. Equally they work well mixed with other spring flowers.

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Viburnum opulus (guelder rose, snowball) is a versatile spring flower in a vivid acid green, which fades to almost white as it ages. They work brilliantly in large pedestal displays and go with every colour of spring flower available.

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Hyacinth come in many colours and have the added bonus of being highly scented (although it may be best to avoid for people with allergies) and are very versatile in all styles of design.

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Anemone are so delicate and many have a beautiful dark blue/purple, almost black centre, so even the pale colours become a fabulous choice to tie in with darker coloured bridesmaid dresses in a very subtle way. As well as a large range of whites and pale pastel colours, they do come in strong colours such as vibrant magenta and red.

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Hellebore is a beautifully delicate flower which ranges from white, pale green through to a more acid green, to shades of mauve and purple right up to a beautifully moody dark purple. A hellebore head with twigs and herbs makes for a striking buttonhole.

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Spring flowering clematis – a pretty climbing flower that works when trailing over a candelabra or around vases for a stunning centrepiece. They also work really well in garlands.

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Bluebells provide a vibrant blue in late spring and when combined with a fresh zingy lime green offer a beautiful bright option whilst retaining a natural look.

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Snakeshead fritillary are a native British flower and grow wild in grass meadows, they come in either the usual mauve checkerboard effect or a white variety of the same. They are so delicate and make a beautiful addition to a mixed spring flower display.

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Fiona will be exhibiting her beautiful blooms and floral displays next Sunday 21st April 2013 at The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at The National Railway Museum in York.  Do you have the date in your diaries? Click here for all the info and to pre-register as a VIP Bride To Be. 

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Fiona offers consultations at her beautiful studio and workshop in West Yorkshire. For more information visit www.firenzafloraldesign.co.uk or ring 01422 835540.

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A Year In Bloom – A Bouquet For September

October 1st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Would you look at that, I’m a day late! 

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Mental note: 30 days hath September.

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Still, this beautiful bouquet for September by regular blog contributor and Featured Supplier Sarah of Leafy Couture was too good to miss, even if it is the 1st of October already.  Be inspired!

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Leafy Couture - Bouquet For September

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Upper Secret Roses

Snowberry

Astrantia

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Leafy Couture - Bouquet For September

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Sarah says:  September’s hand tied bouquet gives a little nod to the changing season with the use of Upper Secret Roses.  The two tone rose reminds me of the time in September when all the leaves start to change and you know Autumn is coming.

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Upper Secret are a gorgeous rose – really strong and would compliment many colour schemes. We teamed them here with Snowberry and Astrantia to add a bit of texture. Autumn is full of berries and so Snowberry seemed appropriate.

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The Astrantia is so pretty and delicate, it too has a two tone effect with its delicate paper like petals.

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We finished the bouquet with two ribbons, the stems can be bound in many ways. We are enjoying experimenting with different effects at the moment. It is a lovely way to bring your colour scheme in to the flowers or to highlight a colour that you may be wearing.

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This colour scheme would work with a number of bridesmaids dress colours, ivory would look great but also a delicate blush or dark maroon or raspberry.

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Leafy Couture - Bouquet For September

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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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A Year In Bloom – A Bouquet For July

July 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I was up with the proverbial lark this morning – and a lark it wasn’t, trust me! – and straight onto the early train heading South (why are the lyrics from Don’t Stop Believin’ now running through my head?  Lack of sleep?).  I’m off to London to partake in a photo shoot and interview for Fabulous Magazine all about the rapid growth of my Brides Up North blog, brand and business and let more more people know all about the Northern Revolution.  Whoop!

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Full behind the scenes blog post and links to the subsequent mag feature coming soon, but I just can’t wait to be primped and preened and made to look pretty.  The lovely Katie from Fabulous rang me earlier this week to check if I minded having my nails done.  Did she really need to ask?!  These keyboard bashed digits are crying out for some t.l.c.  So despite the early morning call, I’m in high spirits as I navigate London to find the studio and base for the day.  Bring on the blusher!

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In the meantime, I thought I had better leave you with something beautiful.  If you are taking longer over your morning cuppa (maybe adding a bacon sarnie – it’s Friday after all!) make sure to check out yesterday’s posts as it was a bumper day for emotions on the blog with hilarity juxtaposed against a thought provoking and bittersweet real wedding.  Click here and here to recap. 

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That done?  Now it’s onto something bloomin’ lovely

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In this new series on the wedding blog, one of my friends and very favourite florists Sarah of Leafy Couture 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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Bouquet for July by Leafy Couture

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Camomile daisies

Vuvuzela

Roses

Peonies

Crespedia

Lavender

Achemilla mollis

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Sarah of Leafy Couture says: So I thought I would share something bright and fabulous for July’s bouquet. I adore the textures we used in this bouquet, the delicate camomile daisies, the vibrant vuvuzela blowsy roses, hot pink peonies for added texture and scent, bright yellow crespedia (or "billy balls" for a touch of fun and very popular at the moment). Fresh seasonal lavender sprigs and lime green achemilla mollis add a softness and calming scent. I love it, it’s full, whimsical and fabulous. We finished the bouquet with a lace trim to bind the stems.

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Bouquet for July by Leafy Couture

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It would suit a laid back relaxed wedding in the country and would be ideal complimented by bright bridesmaids dresses. It would compliment a mixture of colour schemes and dress colours from navy to peach. You could accessorize with a few of the blooms in your bridesmaids’ hair to match. Buttonholes of crespedia and lavender would work really well to compliment this bouquet.

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Bouquet for July by Leafy Couture

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For a July wedding this bouquet works perfectly, hot summer colours using seasonal flowers and something to brighten any rainy wedding day!

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Bouquet for July 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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A Year In Bloom: A Bouquet For June

June 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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In this new series on the wedding blog, one of my friends and very favourite florists Sarah of Leafy Couture shares her favourite seasonal blooms for each month of the year with twelve stunning bouquet ideas for you to print out and keep.  Scrapbooks at the ready!

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James Melia for Leafy Couture

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White Peonies

Lily of the Valley

White Freesia

Rosemary

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Sarah of Leafy Couture says: One of the many joys of being a wedding florist is the changing season keep provides you with constant inspiration. June to me will always signify peonies, the heady scent, the delicate unfolding layers of the petals. I get so excited when the first ones are available. Here white peonies have been tied together with Lily of the Valley, the tiny delicate bells that have such a special short season, We have brides who have chosen their wedding date based on the availability of this delicate pairing.

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James Melia for Leafy Couture

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I added delicate white freesia too, my favourite scent. I had a huge vase of freesia in the room when I was getting ready on my own wedding day, the smell of them takes me back to the nervous excitement I felt that morning. I have also added rosemary, a lovely summer herb to use in bouquets as it not only adds more scent but signifies remembrance. It is so important to have scent in your bouquet as when you smell that same scent in the future the memories will come flooding back.

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James Melia for Leafy Couture

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The style of this bouquet is classic, elegant and would suit all kinds of dresses, it would work especially well with a lace embellished dress as it is very romantic.

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WINNER! Bels Flowers Bespoke Bouquet

July 3rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I hope you are all having a lovely Sunday in the glorious sunshine that we lucky Northerners are getting.  It’s been hard to tear myself away from the garden to update my lovely little wedding blog, but needs must, as I have some exciting news for one lucky Brides Up North reader!

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Bels Flowers

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A month ago, I launched a gorgeous competition for one of my readers to win a bespoke bridal bouquet, hand tied by the lovely Helen of Bels Flowers and worth up to £200.

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Well, you better have a gorgeous gown lined up to match*…

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    June 27, 2011 | I’m a big fan of brides up north and have been watching it grow over the past few months. It’s great to be able to go to a northern site for help and ideas. I hope it’s not to late to enter, I don’t ever win anything but thought it’s worth a try if it’s not to late! Thanks for the opportunity!

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Many congratulations you lucky thing (and thank you for the lovely comments! *blush*). Contact me to claim your beautiful blooms.  This might be the bouquet toss off the agenda!

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Have a fabulous summer evening Brides Up North.  Fire up those BBQs!

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*Winner drawn at random

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Wedding Bels! A Bels Flowers Giveaway (CLOSED)

June 3rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I have a little treat for you today my lovely Brides Up North, brought to you by my new wedding industry friend – the lovely Helen of Bels Flowers, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

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Bels Flowers

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I met Helen at the recent Weddings in the City event at The New Northumbria Hotel, Jesmond, where she was dressing tables with her beautiful floral displays. 

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Bels Flowers aims to provide bespoke flowers for every client, focusing on natural beauty with a touch of sophistication.  Brides Up North thinks that her designs are gorgeous!

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Today, Bels Flowers is offering one lucky Brides Up North reader the chance to win the bridal bouquet of their dreams, bespoke to them and worth up to £200.

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To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post (click “comments” right at the foot of the post) telling Brides Up North and Bels Flowers why you deserve to win.*

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Good luck!

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The competition closes on 3 July 2011 (not 7 June 2011 as previously advertised in error.  All Brides Up North giveaways are open for 1 month). 

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*The winner will be selected by Brides Up North and Bels Flowers.  The judges’ decision is final.  No cash alternative.  Delivery charges not included.  Upon entry you will automatically be subscribed to the Brides Up North monthly newsletter. 

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