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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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Blooming Gorgeous! Happy Fifth Birthday Leafy Couture!

October 24th, 2011 | Julia Braime


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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Faye Hatton Photography

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A few weeks ago this was invited along to join in the celebrations for my Florist friend Leafy Couture’s Fifth Birthday at Harewood House’s Wedding Open Evening.  As one of a select number of exhibitors, I spent an utterly gorgeous evening drinking champagne and chatting to brides to be in the beautifully decorated Courtyard, bedecked with blooms by Sarah and her team.

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This morning, we celebrate with Sarah, find out about Leafy Couture’s roots and how they hope to grow, whilst she shares some seeds of wisdom that will help you in choosing your own wedding flowers. 

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Floral photographs by Faye Hatton

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Faye Hatton Photography

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Happy Birthday Leafy Couture – tell Brides Up North about how it all began?

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I was searching for a creative change in direction and was given a beautiful bouquet of flowers.  I was blown away by the style, textures and fab colours… I quickly researched courses and my love affair began! I booked myself on a course and part of the requirements was 120 hours work experience. I blagged myself into a job in a local florist and was soon learning the ropes. I later moved on to a more modern and funky florist, spending all my time researching new designs, trips to London to see famous florists and lots of trade shows and exhibitions.

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I took the leap of setting up on my own five years ago as I wanted to concentrate on weddings and special events.  We did 15 weddings in the first year from my mum’s cellar, with candelabra arrangements lining the cellar steps and large pedestal displays in the front room!  We soon outgrew the cellar and moved into premises. The past five years we have gone from strength to strength and have done weddings as far as Belfast and London, with work regularly published in the national magazines such as Wedding Magazine and Wedding flowers. We also teach flower school. In the busy summer months we can have up to six leafy girls busy making arrangements so its all go and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Faye Hatton Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Faye Hatton Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Faye Hatton Photography

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What are your qualifications?

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I have BTEC level two and three diploma in Floristry and also taught Floristry for two years with my PTLLS teaching qualification at Shipley College.  I also have a Degree in Sociology.

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What services do you offer?

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We create all the flowers that couples will need on their special day from bridal party flowers, ceremony arrangements to venue dressing. We have dressed marquees, hotels, stately homes and private parties. We also have a large range of hire items such as candelabras, trees, cake stands, candlesticks and vintage props. We offer an initial consultation then can meet couples at their chosen venue for a site visit if needed and we can create mock up arrangements to help them visualize their day.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Faye Hatton Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Faye Hatton Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Faye Hatton Photography

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Can Brides Up North come in to see you and do they need an appointment?

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We offer a by appointment only service and couples can come and see what we do and look at our portfolio. We do have a price list but it is a guide as all weddings are bespoke. We ask for £100 deposit to book the date and we do get booked up quickly for certain dates in the summer.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Faye Hatton Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Faye Hatton Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Faye Hatton Photography

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If you had to make Leafy Couture a birthday bouquet, what would you include?

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Hard question as we love so many flower combinations… it would have to contain roses as they feature heavily in our work and as our birthday is officially in the summer we would probably include hydrangea, sweet peas, astrantia with lots of herbs and textures. We would also include some David Austin roses as they smell divine!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Faye Hatton Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Faye Hatton Photography

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What was the thinking behind the open evening at Harewood House?

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Well, we are five years old and in this day and age its important to celebrate still being here and being so busy. We love an excuse for a bit of a celebration and there is always time for cake.

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We are the recommended Wedding florist for Harewood House and so we thought it would be a great place to celebrate and to showcase some designs.  It is such a beautiful location and its right on our doorstep. We love dressing the Pavilion and the Courtyard: they are such blank canvasses and so you can let your imagination run wild with any theme.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Faye Hatton Photography

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What are your plans for the future with Leafy Couture?

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We are developing the flower school for brides to be and hen parties with the Michelin starred Box Tree in Ilkley and so people can create fab arrangements and have an amazing dining experience at the same time.

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We shall keep doing what we do with over 40 weddings booked in for 2012 already and also look forward to working on some more photo-shoots with our industry friends. They are a chance for us to play and show our creativity, we love being in the wedding industry.

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What are you top 5 tips for wedding flowers?

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HEARTGo with what you love, its your wedding not anyone else’s, so do your homework, trawl wedding blogs, rip out pages of magazines…

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HEARTGo seasonal – flowers are just at their best at the right time of year. 

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HEARTChose a delicate scented flower in your bouquet to calm any last minute nerves – flowers you could choose include – lily of the valley, sweet peas, peonies, lavender, mint and freesia.

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HEARTLess is more: sometimes just using one type of flower en masse can look just stunning.

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HEART If you are on a budget spend the most on your bouquet as it is the most photographed arrangement on the day, when else in your life do you carry flowers?

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What are your no nos for wedding flowers?

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HEARTDon’t be too gimmicky… flowers are beautiful so let them speak for themselves

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HEARTI’m not a lover of red and white together in a bouquet as it looks too stark.

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HEARTIf you are going to try do flowers yourselves to save money then do a course such as at our flower school or a local college.

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HEARTIf you are having different people creating flowers for different areas such as bridal, church and reception keep it simple. 

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Faye Hatton Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Faye Hatton Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Faye Hatton Photography

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Why do you read and like Brides Up North?

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We love Brides up North as it is a fabulous resource for brides providing daily inspiration and a great place to find suppliers. We are also passionate about the North and so its great to see a wedding blog flying the flag for the North showcasing all the talent we have up here. I was very lucky to have my own wedding featured on Brides Up North and felt very proud seeing my husband and I on the blog. We also attended the tweet up in Leeds it was a great way to meet industry friends.

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If you were making a Brides Up North bouquet – what would it include?

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I think we would create a really vibrant bouquet with a modern feel and with lots of pink! We would use cerise anemones with black centres as they are funky and modern but a very beautiful spring flower to reflect the freshness of Brides Up North. We would include lots of roses as they come in lots of gorgeous pinks and also pink ranunculus to carry on the spring theme. We would finish the bouquet with some lime green guelder rose to add a funky feel and bind the stems with cerise ribbon, a black lace overlay and black pearl pins.

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{Ooh!  Yes please!}

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  – Images © 2011 Faye Hatton Photography

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