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Flower Power. Supplier Showcase: Firenza Floral Design

October 30th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Image (c) James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

It’s bloomin’ beautiful on the wedding blog today isn’t it?!  After this morning’s gorgeous wildflower wedding, I’m proud to introduce you to Yorkshire based florist and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Fiona of  Firenza Floral Design.  This talented lady is a wizard with wedding flowers. You need her in your life. 

Image (c) Ann Kathrin Koch for Firenza Floral Design

How and when did you become a floral designer?

I’ve always had a passion for flowers and love being at work in my garden, although I actually trained and worked for many years in the print industry. I loved what I did but it was very technical and I am a naturally creative soul. Having always wanted to venture into floristry, I realised I’d regret not trying and so, in 2005, I decided to bite the bullet and do something about it.

I continued working full time and spent my weekends gaining invaluable work experience at a local flower shop. I volunteered help on an ad hoc basis for almost two years before I had the confidence to leave full time employment, retrain and pursue my dream career as a florist.

So, in 2005, I waved goodbye to my company car and pension and headed off to London to attend the Jane Packer Flower School career course. I rented a flat opposite Selfridges, within walking distance of the Flower School and had an inspirational and liberating month living back in London and learning the skills that I’d dreamt of.

Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Image (c) Lissa Alexandra Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Where does the name Firenza come from?

The business is named after my nana, Florence, or “Firenza” in Italian. I wanted to make the business name personal to me and after I had chosen it I found out that the meaning of the name “Florence” is “flowering” or “blossoming”, so it was even more appropriate than I had first realised!

Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Where are you located and will you travel?

Our large workshop is near my home just outside Halifax, West Yorkshire, overlooking the hills towards Ripponden and beyond. It consists of a large consultation area, an office, workshop, and of course, the all-important cutting gardens. We are very close to the Yorkshire/Lancashire border and we also have a private workshop near Cheadle in Cheshire. Distance isn’t a problem and we regularly travel far and wide – wherever the weddings take us!

Image (c) Lissa Alexandra Photography for Firenza Floral Design

What services do you offer for Brides To Be?

Firenza Floral Design is a specialist wedding and event florist and provide flowers for every part of the day. We aim to make the whole process enjoyable and special; from the initial meeting; to the wedding itself where we set up the church and/or venue flowers; delivering the bridal flowers on the morning of the wedding; then taking all the hired items away again afterwards, so our couples don’t have to worry about a thing.

Our style is a very natural, relaxed, garden style, using the sort of flowers you would see growing in a beautiful cottage garden, especially scented flowers and herbs.

Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

What about extra little details?  Do you offer a hire service for accessories and decorations?

We have a large collection of accessories including vases, lanterns, candelabra and tea-light holders, to name a few, all of which are available for our couples to hire. All these are on view at our workshop in Halifax and provide a source of inspiration during consultations.

Image (c) James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

Tell Brides Up North about your “home grown” flowers?

I am already growing a large amount of herbs and foliage for use in our weddings, but this year I have started work to convert an area of ridiculously steep waste grassland within our gardens to grow more cut flowers and herbs, which combined with our established gardens will provide a lot of flowers as well.

Work is well underway on our cutting beds – we have three raised beds all ready to start growing properly into 2014. They are on the steepest land imaginable and have been a challenge to build, especially when combined with a very busy wedding season!

This is something I feel really passionate about, I have always adored gardening and the last few years have been so busy with weddings my poor garden has just been totally neglected, which was making me very frustrated. So my (possibly rather strange) logic was if I make it part of the business I HAVE to do it and it has actually proved to be the case! I must admit though my first foray into serious seed growing was not particularly successful but I don’t yet have a greenhouse so that’s going on my list to Santa!

As part of this process I have met some fabulous growers across the country and I always use British growers where possible. I am also part of the lovely “Flowers from the Farm” network where I keep in touch with, and support, local flower growers.

Image (c) James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

What sets your business apart from your competitors?

As well as the above, we specialise in using scented flowers and herbs, a lot of which are grown in my own garden. The unique ability of a particular smell to remind us of times, places and memories, is the reason why I’m so keen to use scent as much as possible in my weddings.

We use a lot of typical garden flowers like forget-me-nots, aquilegia, clematis and even buttercups, which give our flowers their very distinctive natural, garden style.

Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Tell us about some of the industry connections you have made and shoots that you have worked on since launching your business?

We have met some lovely people along the way and have built up some fabulous relationships with many fellow suppliers. We’ve worked a lot with the lovely people from PapaKata and have worked on many of their 2013 weddings, they are great to work with and our natural style flowers particularly suit their tipis.

Since setting up in 2005, we’ve worked on several shoots with great photographers including Damian Hall, Barnaby Aldrick, Shelly from Toast, Sarah Mason and Lissa Alexandra, to name a few. One of our former brides has recently set up her own photography business, Laura Calderwood Photography, her work is beautiful and we have worked a lot together this year as well. We’re currently working on a series of shoots with local photographer James Melia and make up artist Jo BLiham. We all share a similar style and the shoots we’ve worked on so far have been truly beautiful, some of which have been picked up by the wedding media.

Image (c) Andy Sutcliffe Photography for Firenza Floral Design

What have been your professional highlights to date?

In July 2012 we were commissioned to provide flowers for Her Majesty The Queen. This was so exciting, although a little terrifying, if I’m honest. The brief was not to be “too weddingy”, so I stuck with my natural, gathered, garden style and imagined the sort of flowers that she would choose. I opted for bright cerise Yves Piaget rose, which is gloriously scented, with lilac delphinium, blackberries, purple clematis, mint, pink campanula, Artemisia, antirrhinum, stocks and hydrangea. The presentation bouquet for Her Majesty had a selection of these, with pink peony and monarda – it was an absolute honour and a very proud day!

What are your favourite wedding floristry looks for 2013?  What trends do you see emerging?

Our style of floristry is timeless and not particularly trend-led and I will always be a huge fan of very natural and unfussy designs. The just-picked look is still very popular and will remain so into 2014. There is a move towards more mixed and bright colours and in a much more unstructured style – less rose domes and more wild, natural and untamed designs.

Image (c) Lissa Alexandra Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Image (c) Lissa Alexandra Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

What would be your top tips for a Bride To Be when choosing her wedding flowers?

Allow your florist to have as much free reign as possible – I don’t mean just let them do what they want, but rather guide them with an idea of the sort of look you are after, what flowers you like and dislike, and then let the florist do the rest. This way you benefit far more from their creativity and you get a totally bespoke look designed specifically for you. If the florist understands your vision, it gives them the confidence that if they see the most beautiful but unexpected flower at the market that week, they can use it and you will love it. The more prescriptive a bride to be is, the less creative the florist can be.

Also, take some time to look at previous work the florist has done and consider whether it is in line with what you want, before asking them to give you a quote. I wouldn’t expect someone to come to us looking for a contemporary and off-the-wall design, because that just isn’t our style. All florists have their own natural style and pictures on their website blog or Facebook page or displays at wedding fairs will reflect this and help to show you their signature style.

Finally, don’t feel you always have to use the colour of the bridesmaid dresses in the flowers, especially if it is an unusual colour, instead you could use the dresses as a backdrop for a different colour scheme. For example, if you have a royal blue colour scheme you could consider opting for flowers that compliment it instead, perhaps using ivories, greens and blush pinks or maybe ivories, peaches and oranges. If your chosen colour scheme is particularly dark, I would always recommend using tones of the colour as well, to prevent a clash of dark and light colours, so instead of just using red and white flowers for example, introduce ivories as well as pale and darker pinks as this gives a far more cohesive appearance.

Image (c) S6 Photography for Firenza Floral Design

What would be your no-nos?

I really dislike dyed or artificially coloured flowers, especially the rainbow rose, which in my eyes is just wrong I’m afraid! Nature is so beautiful on it’s own so we should use what nature gave us. I would suggest finding other ways of bringing in unusual colour schemes, maybe through ribbon, or brooches.

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Who would be your dream client and why?

George Clooney. He seems to be the sort of person who would choose our flowers, his style is so understated and classy, with nothing too glitzy or bling. I think he would want very natural and beautiful flowers. He has a villa on Lake Como (one of my favourite places) and I have a vision of a ceremony outside, under rose covered pergolas on a late spring/early summer day, it’s sunny but not too hot, with the lake in the background and oodles of displays of scented garden roses, scented stocks, herbs, peonies, delphiniums and hydrangea. His bride is carrying a very simple but beautiful bouquet of herbs, roses and peonies in blush pinks and ivories…ah well…we can all dream… (the number is below George if you’re interested)!

Image (c) James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

Image (c) James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

Are there any really memorable weddings that you have worked on?

They are all memorable in their own way, but a recent one we worked on was a little different. Flowers were really important to Georgie, she wanted a very natural, forest floor type theme, which all worked fabulously with her tipi wedding and we created a lot of beautiful displays for her. But, the memorable thing for me was that she arrived at the wedding breakfast on a white horse (something I’d always wanted to do) and I just love this shot of her with her bouquet. Apparently the horse bucked at one point but she clung determinedly onto her bouquet throughout!

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Which weddings or shoots do you have coming up that you are really excited about?

We worked on a wedding a couple of months ago where not only did the bride wear a crown of ivy and daisies in her hair, but the groom wore a flower crown as well, which he was most excited about. I imagine this will be the first and last time I design a flower crown for a groom and it was great to get creative!

Image (c) James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

It’s a bit “how long is piece of string?” I’m afraid. That is almost impossible to answer as everything is totally designed around each couple, I will say that working on a percentage of your wedding spend, which a lot of magazines seem to suggest, is not always the way to go as it doesn’t take into account whether you want a lot of flowers at the church, whether there are a lot of bridesmaids or table centres, how time consuming the set-up is, or even the sort of flowers/herbs you want and it seems to result in some very unrealistic expectations! It may seem very obvious but the more flowers you want the more it will cost. There is a very rough price guide on our website which can help with budgeting purposes but we always suggest a full consultation before giving more specific ideas on price.

Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

Image (c) Laura Calderwood Photography for Firenza Floral Design

How can Brides Up North see examples of your work or find out more?

We offer consultations our beautiful studio and workshop in West Yorkshire. For more information visit www.firenzafloraldesign.co.uk or ring 01422 835540.

You can follow Firenza Floral Design on Facebook and on Twitter

Image (c) James Melia for Firenza Floral Design

 

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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

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pink ranunculus

tulips

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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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A Year In Bloom: A Bouquet For November

November 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Sarah from Leafy Couture is back with another indulgently beautiful bouquet in pinks and crimsons to warm up your November.  Because you’re worth it! 

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Be inspired.

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November

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Grand Prix & Black Baccara Roses

Cymbidium Orchids

Hydrangea

Skimmia

Ivy Berries

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Sarah says: For November’s bouquet we chose the deep burgundy colours that hint that its nearly the festive season. I adore the mixture of cymbidium orchids and roses, it gives a lux feel to any bouquet. The hydrangea has turned this time of year and each petal shows a rainbow of tones. The skimmia and ivy berries echo all the berries in nature this time of year. The roses are Grand Prix and Black Baccara they are velvety in texture and the smell of raspberries.

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I love the ribbon detailing as it adds extra interest to the bound stems and also the two tone ribbon adds to the glamour of this little posy. It would look stunning next to dresses that were red, burgundy, sage green or pale pink. We added a gold votive as it just shows how the tones would work well in a colour scheme of these colours.

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

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It’s so very nearly Christmas, so don’t forget Leafy Couture’s festive classes. I’ll be there, taking advantage of the mince pies (these baby bumps have their uses)!

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Sarah says: Our festive wreath class takes place on Saturday 8th December from 10am -1pm. Learn how to make and decorate a stunning seasonal mossed wreath whilst nibbling mince pies and drinking spiced hot chocolate and we will also be demonstrating how to make some festive decorations for your home.

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Or try our festive table arrangement class on Saturday 15th December from 10am -1pm. Learn how to make a beautiful scented arrangement for your home with candles, dried fruits and decorations. We shall also be showing you other tricks to inspire you at Christmas.

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We are also opening a pop up shop for all your festive needs, we will be taking orders in the weeks leading up to the big day and will be open 20th, 21st and 22nd December in the Garden School at Courtyard Planters in Otley, we can’t wait! Come and see us for a mince pie or two!

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All course materials supplied with refreshments, courses to be held in the garden school at Courtyard Planters in Otley.  Places limited to twelve for maximum flowery festive fun! Both courses £55+ VAT each. Contact sarah@leafycouture.co.uk ASAP to make a booking.

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A Year In Bloom – A Bouquet For October

October 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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The clocks have gone back, the ghosties and ghoulies are gathering, the bonfires are ready to be stoked and our monthly bouquets by my friend and guest blogger Sarah of Yorkshire florist Leafy Couture are just getting more and more beautiful.   

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This vibrant October bouquet wards off the winter gloom, gives a stylish nod to Hallow’een and is my favourite yet. 

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October Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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Cherry Brandy Roses

Cotinus

Scabious Seed Pods

Crespedia

Hydrangea

Chines Lanterns

Crab Apples

Berried Eucalyptus

Viburnum Steel Berry

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Sarah says: We are fully embracing Autumn with this month’s bouquet. We love all the textures and deep colour tones at this time of year, the changing leaves on the trees, that smell in the air, berries in the hedgerows and apple harvests. We have tried to bring it all together in this bouquet. A great choice of colour tone to bring warmth on a cold crisp autumn day.

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October Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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We have used cherry brandy roses, deep cotinus foliage, scabious seed pods, crespedia, hydrangea, chinese lanterns, crab apples, berried eucalyptus and viburnum steel berry. We finished the bouquet with a jute ribbon. This bouquet would look great with brown, ivory or rich orange bridesmaid dresses.

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October Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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The bouquet has lots of layers and every time you look you see more details. The cherry brandy roses with their two tone appearance and cotinus with its variegated leaf reflect the changing autumn leaves. The wired crab apples and lanterns add a different dimension and we love to use these in arrangements this time of year.

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October Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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And if it’s nearly the end of October, that that only means one thing:  Christmas is coming (wahoo)!

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If, like me, you fancy trying out your floristry skills before you hear the jingle of sleigh bells, then Leafy Couture’s festive classes are for you.  I signed up back in July!  Who is for joining me in decking the halls this December?

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Sarah says:  Our festive wreath class takes place on Saturday 8th December from 10am -1pm. Learn how to make and decorate a stunning seasonal mossed wreath whilst nibbling mince pies and drinking spiced hot chocolate and we will also be demonstrating how to make some festive decorations for your home.

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Or try our festive table arrangement class on Sunday 15th December from 10am -1pm. Learn how to make a beautiful scented arrangement for your home with candles, dried fruits and decorations. We shall also be showing you other tricks to inspire you at Christmas.

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We are also opening a pop up shop for all your festive needs, we will be taking orders in the weeks leading up to the big day and will be open 20th, 21st and 22nd December in the Garden School at Courtyard Planters in Otley, we can’t wait! Come and see us for a mince pie or two!

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All course materials supplied with refreshments, courses to be held in the garden school at Courtyard Planters in Otley. Places limited to twelve for maximum flowery festive fun! Both courses £55+ VAT each. Contact sarah@leafycouture.co.uk to make a booking.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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  – Images © 2011 Faye Hatton Photography

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Yorkshire’s Finest, A Real Wedding – Becky & Andrew

January 4th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I went to law school (yep, law school!  Haven’t you read my About page yet?) with this gorgeous girl, and am very excited to feature her Real Wedding on the blog today.  Not only are Becky and Andrew a truly beautiful couple, but they used some fantastic Yorkshire suppliers, and that makes Brides Up North a very very happy girl indeed! :-)

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Becky and Andrew

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Over to the new Mrs S: After 7 years together my now husband, Andrew, proposed by the banks of the Seine in Paris. It was incredibly romantic and set the theme for our special day. We married on 19 June 2010 in my parent’s village church in Kirklevington, near Yarm followed by a fabulous reception at the beautiful country house hotel, Crathorne Hall. I can genuinely say it was the best day of my life. Not only did I get to marry by best friend but after all of the months of planning, everything came together on the day and it was just perfect.

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Becky and Andrew

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After trying on nearly every dress in West Yorkshire with my mum and friend Joelle in tow, I finally went for a strapless slim line dress with a lace overlay by Sottero and Midgley from the lovely ladies at The Bridal Boutique, Guiseley. I wanted a dress I could feel fabulous in all day without it restricting my every move and this dress was absolutely perfect. I fell in love with the intricate lace train and cute empire waistline.

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Becky and Andrew

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Becky and Andrew

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Becky and Andrew

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We hired a gorgeous coffee and cream vintage 1952 Bentley to take us from the church to the reception. As it was only a couple of minutes up the road the driver took us on a slight detour to allow us to drink our champagne in a much more leisurely fashion.

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Becky and Andrew

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We had the most brilliant photographers on the day in Andy and Gill Sutcliffe, who put us and our guests at ease from the outset. We couldn’t recommend them any more highly.

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Becky and Andrew

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My beautiful bridesmaids wore sage green prom style dresses made by Nicola Russell in Middlesbrough. I struggled to find a style of dress I liked so combined a few ideas and had these made. Their outfits were completed with vintage accessories from Glitzy Secrets and AccessorizeAndrew and the boys wore grey morning suits, with ivory waist coats and silver cravats. Andrew wore a sage green cravat. Their outfits were completed with Amnesia rose button holes.

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Becky and Andrew

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I wanted a vintage look for the day and knew exactly the look I wanted for my flowers. Fortunately I met the amazingly talented Fiona Pickles, from Firenza Floral Design at the Yorkshire Brides Wedding Fair who was showcasing exactly what I imagined! Our wedding flowers were mainly comprised of Amnesia roses, peonies and stocks in dusky pinks and ivories, complemented with beautifully fragrant herbs. They smelt amazing! Several of the flower displays were contained in ‘shabby chic’ French style urns to complement the theme – suggested by the groom himself!

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Becky and Andrew

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Becky and Andrew

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After the ceremony we had a champagne and canapé reception during which the Josie Smith Quintet entertained our guests. We also put up (selective) photographs from the stag and hen parties to give everyone a bit of a giggle. We knew we wanted a top table, but also wanted to break from tradition slightly so we opted for an oval top table. We also named our tables after famous Parisian landmarks and made the place names from sepia postcards we picked up on our last trip to Paris.

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Becky and Andrew 

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Our favours were heart shaped shortbread biscuits baked by my mother in law herself (which were very popular and yummy) and bagged by me and my fabulous bridesmaid Mianne in a slight frenzy the day before the wedding. Top tip: always leave sufficient time for last minute details!

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Little Black Book:

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Venue: Crathorne Hall

Dress: The Bridal Boutique, Guiseley

Flowers: Firenza Floral Design

Photography: Andy and Gill Sutcliffe

Bridesmaids: Nicola Russell

Accessories: Glitzy Secrets, Accessorize

Music: Josie Smith Quintet

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Newlyweds and photographers! Contact Brides Up North to feature a Real Wedding on the blog. I am also accepting engagement sessions, trash, cherish and rock the dress and couples shoots!

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