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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

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Astrantia

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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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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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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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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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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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It’s Beautiful Up North! A Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot

November 24th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Erm.  Wow!  As a I see a lot of pretty things, trust me, but I was completely blown away by this stunning wedding inspiration shoot sent to me by James Melia.  The shoot is a collaboration between some of my favourite bridal suppliers and takes place in good old Yorkshire.

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it’s beautiful Up North. Northern Brides: think local!

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Natalie from I Am Nat explains: A group of Yorkshire-based suppliers came together to produce this stunning inspiration shoot, which took place at Northorpe Hall, a converted barn in Yorkshire – home to a charity who primarily work with youngsters who have learning difficulties. The venue touched our hearts; not only because of it’s beauty, but because of it’s ethos: when it is booked for an event, the money made goes straight back into the charity.

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Little Black Book

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Photography: James Melia

Flowers: Leafy Couture

Event Design and Prop Hire: Beau Collections

Vintage Prop Hire: Hello Vintage

Ceremony Location: Northorpe Hall

Stationery: I am Nat

Dress: No.9 Bridal Couture

Head Pieces: HF Couture

Cake: Just Darling Cakes

Hair and Make Up: Jodie Smith

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  – Images © 2011 James Melia 

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Because You’re Gorgeous! A Real Wedding – Lisa & Russell

November 10th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Anddddd… its Thursday!  How in the bejeezus did that happen?  Its a good day people – just one more day to the weekend and an AMAZING Real Wedding to share with you on the wedding blog this morning, sent in by my wedding photographer friend the super talented – see for yourselves! – James Melia Photography

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Lisa and Russell’s Real Wedding is an absolute master class in understated elegance and almost has a French feel to it, such is the sophisticated and romantic vibe of their day. 

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C’est chic – Yorkshire style.  The best type of style that there is. 

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The lovely Lisa, this morning’s bride, says:  We got engaged in the sea off the tiny island of Anti-Paxos in July 2009 and married on 10th September 2011 at All Souls’ Church in Leeds and then went on to the Angel Inn at Hetton. 

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Russell attends All Souls’ church and we are both friends with the lovely vicar Alice Snowden. For the reception we chose the Angel Inn, where we’d been a couple of years before to celebrate Russell’s birthday. We knew it was the right place for our wedding reception: the food is out of this world, the staff friendly and accommodating and the atmosphere incredibly romantic. It was a dream location in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

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We tried to pick things we loved rather than obsessing over whether things matched. In the end the colours sort of clustered around a natural, organic, or even wild palette: ivory, deep blue, dark green, teal, slate grey and so on.

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I chose a Ritva Westenius dress from Amy Louise Bridal in Nantwich. It was quite 1950s in style but full length (I’m too short for tea-length style!).  My bridesmaids both picked their own dresses.  Jessica (20) wore a navy blue strapless dress from Coast. Lily (11) wore an ivory dress from BHS.

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I carried a bouquet of ivory avalanche roses, ivory freesias, eryngium and eucalyptus by Leafy Couture in Otley.  

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The scene is perfectly set.  Keep reading for heaps more gorgeous. 

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