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Pinterest Weddings

I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. I love it as it give me creative ideas, as it does everyone who uses it. However I hate pinterest at times because it sets up an unrealistic idea of what is achievable. So many brides come to me with pins from Pinterest, wonderful beautiful pictures of stunning flowers and I have to point out to them that what they see is not in fact reality….a picture of a ‘spring bouquet’ with Dahlia in it is not Spring! Nonetheless Pinterest remains the mainstay for brides looking for inspiration, and is a fantastic guide for me to get to know what brides like.

However….last week I had the pleasure of doing what I would call a Pinterest wedding. Elaine came to me back at the beginning of the summer wishing for me to do her wedding, Elaine was if anything vague as to what she wanted, she knew her venue, Charlesfort in Kinsale with the reception in the Carlton. She was looking for something vintage or maybe rustic, she couldn’t make her mind up as to go for all whites/creams or colours. Time elapsed, and her plan evolved. After many changes of mind we settled on colourful with the exception of yellow…..She was positively allergic to yellow! Elaine is a cool chick, she had expressed certain ideas to me about her wedding that I thought were truly unique. Her daughter had drawn a picture depicting their family on the wedding day, mum, dad, brother, sister all dressed up with wedding cake in the picture. It was a sweet naive drawing that Elaine turned into her wedding invitations. To take it one step further Elaine had shown the picture of the cake to a cake baker who then went on to recreate the cake for the day. Elaine was so proud (as she should have been) to show me the cake. It was just fantastic!

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As for the location of the wedding, Charlesfort is just simply stunning as a venue. You could not get a better place to get married. Its small and intimate..(perhaps apart from occasional tourists….whom I am sure only go to emphasis the fact that you are a celebrity for a day!)

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Elaine had my 2 bay trees at the entrance and then she had given me creative license to ‘make an impact’ in the room that the ceremony was being held. I had a total of 60 jars of various sizes lace wrapped to use at Charlesfort, with them then being moved to Carlton. It was such fun dotting them around…one here…one there.

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The finished product looked amazing. Elaine was wearing a buttermilk lace vintage dress, her bouquet again I had creative license, her bridesmaids were wearing stunning navy blue with silver sequins in a kind of 20’s style. I used a combination of silver foilage and David Austins Darcy Bussell rose, with some Eryngium and pale pink Scabious, For Elaine I used a similar theme but instead of Darcy Bussell I used David Austins Tea Clipper for a reflection of the buttermilk.

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Elaine even had the most to die for vintage cars to take her to and from her venue, she explained to me that the cars were her fathers ‘real’ children. I even adorned these with flowers!

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I was so proud to be apart of this wedding, it all came together so perfectly. Elaine was so pleased with my small part in her epic wedding she even went so far as to send me the sweetest tx at 3am! “I just wanted to let you know that everyone commented on your flowers! Not just guests but staff in Charlesfort and Carlton- the response in Carlton was that they “have never seen such beautiful flowers”, I am sure they compliment every bride but they went out of their way several times. Whatever small touches I did, your flowers had max impact! The way you set up Charlesfort was just magical, everything was beyond my expectation! I know I should send this tomorrow but thought today would emphasise how blown away I am with everything, thank you so much, Elaine x”

 

I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. I love it as it give me creative ideas, as it does everyone who uses it. However I hate pinterest at times because it sets up an unrealistic idea of what is achievable. So many brides come to me with pins from Pinterest, wonderful beautiful pictures of stunning flowers and I have to point out to them that what they see is not in fact reality….a picture of a ‘spring bouquet’ with Dahlia in it is not Spring! Nonetheless Pinterest remains the mainstay for brides looking for inspiration, and is a fantastic guide for me to get to know what brides like.

However….last week I had the pleasure of doing what I would call a Pinterest wedding. Elaine came to me back at the beginning of the summer wishing for me to do her wedding, Elaine was if anything vague as to what she wanted, she knew her venue, Charlesfort in Kinsale with the reception in the Carlton. She was looking for something vintage or maybe rustic, she couldn’t make her mind up as to go for all whites/creams or colours. Time elapsed, and her plan evolved. After many changes of mind we settled on colourful with the exception of yellow…..She was positively allergic to yellow! Elaine is a cool chick, she had expressed certain ideas to me about her wedding that I thought were truly unique. Her daughter had drawn a picture depicting their family on the wedding day, mum, dad, brother, sister all dressed up with wedding cake in the picture. It was a sweet naive drawing that Elaine turned into her wedding invitations. To take it one step further Elaine had shown the picture of the cake to a cake baker who then went on to recreate the cake for the day. Elaine was so proud (as she should have been) to show me the cake. It was just fantastic!

DSC_0120

As for the location of the wedding, Charlesfort is just simply stunning as a venue. You could not get a better place to get married. Its small and intimate..(perhaps apart from occasional tourists….whom I am sure only go to emphasis the fact that you are a celebrity for a day!)

DSC_0116

Elaine had my 2 bay trees at the entrance and then she had given me creative license to ‘make an impact’ in the room that the ceremony was being held. I had a total of 60 jars of various sizes lace wrapped to use at Charlesfort, with them then being moved to Carlton. It was such fun dotting them around…one here…one there.

DSC_0097         IMG_20140927_113851

The finished product looked amazing. Elaine was wearing a buttermilk lace vintage dress, her bouquet again I had creative license, her bridesmaids were wearing stunning navy blue with silver sequins in a kind of 20’s style. I used a combination of silver foilage and David Austins Darcy Bussell rose, with some Eryngium and pale pink Scabious, For Elaine I used a similar theme but instead of Darcy Bussell I used David Austins Tea Clipper for a reflection of the buttermilk.

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Elaine even had the most to die for vintage cars to take her to and from her venue, she explained to me that the cars were her fathers ‘real’ children. I even adorned these with flowers!

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I was so proud to be apart of this wedding, it all came together so perfectly. Elaine was so pleased with my small part in her epic wedding she even went so far as to send me the sweetest tx at 3am! “I just wanted to let you know that everyone commented on your flowers! Not just guests but staff in Charlesfort and Carlton- the response in Carlton was that they “have never seen such beautiful flowers”, I am sure they compliment every bride but they went out of their way several times. Whatever small touches I did, your flowers had max impact! The way you set up Charlesfort was just magical, everything was beyond my expectation! I know I should send this tomorrow but thought today would emphasise how blown away I am with everything, thank you so much, Elaine x”

 

Lows and Highs!

So Last week I did wedding flowers in west Cork for two weddings, one on Thursday, a lovely humanist ceremony in the Dunmore House hotel, and one on Friday a wild colourful affair in Ardfield Church, with the reception also in the Dunmore. Now I pride myself on attention to detail, but last Thursday I learnt a valuable lesson! The bride to be, Ruth, an absolute pet of a woman, relaxed and charming, is an Australian emigrant, so our communications had being through emails up until the previous Sunday when she came to meet me and have a look around the gardens with a view as to her flowers for the day. As always I take notes, and compile a list of what I’m doing. So I did what I do for any wedding, I picked Ruths flowers on the Wednesday and got up bright and breezy on Thursday morning and started arranging, what I had to do was simple enough, we had vases of flowers on each dining table, plus a few scattered around the hotel. I also had bouquets for the girls and buttonholes for the boys, all in a colourful array. I had on my list ‘3 b/m-b’ To me this is 3 Bridesmaids bouquets, so I arrange my bouquets, wrap them up, load up and head off. The Ceremony was at 3pm (love late weddings!), so I got to the Hotel at 1.15pm, as I am parking, I noticed on my notes in a different note book, the 3 b/m-b…. as per yours…… I had forgotten the brides bouquet!!!!!!!! All at once I wanted to vomit/cry/scream, my heart stopped. Luckily I had time to rectify my total c**k-up. I had plenty of flowers to play with as I had over 25 bouquets for the tables. My mind was going so fast, I think I stopped breathing. My issue then became, well how will I tie the bouquet? I didn’t have enough time to go home to get ribbon and other accessories. Eeek! I frequently get told (mostly by my teenage son) that my van needs cleaning out, but I tell you, never to be cleaned out again. In my blind panic, I thought I might have something in the van….I found…stem wrap, navy ribbon(bridesmaids were wearing navy) and pins! Thank you little van for being my savior! Luckily I was able to put together a perfect Bridal bouquet, though I have to say the experience aged me. The lessons learnt, always read your notes 50 times….and never tidy your van. It has never happened to me before that I have forgotten an arrangement, least of all the brides. It is no excuse, but I think the distance of communication and the last minute meeting meant I didn’t have time to put together a final brief for the bride to approve, which is what I always do. Still, lesson learnt, mistake never to be repeated. The ceremony looked fabulous, and Ruth was delighted with her flowers, commenting, they were better than she could have ever imagined. Phew!

So from that confidence knocking low point, I went home and had to get straight on picking flowers for Fridays wedding…this time with a concise brief pre approved by Kate the bride, I read and re read and read some more the notes. The brief was ‘ country, relaxed, just picked, colourful,nothing matching.’ Ardfield Church is a sweet church, I am quite familiar with it as I have had a couple weddings there. Kate really had put so much effort into the decoration of the church, it really looked like a pin from Pintrest. Enamel jugs, jars with flowers for pews. No alter arrangement just vases of flowers, lots of colour.

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Even a black board and over 50meters of bunting! (I believe her mum tirelessly made the bunting). It really did look fabulous. I was proud of my part in Kate and Brian’s wedding, the flowers really did steal the show.

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The bouquets…of which I had all of them, were along the same lines, wild and a colour explosion, along with the buttonholes, all to be different. It really did look fab!

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So once I had set up the church which was no mean feat, a quick dash down to Dunmore again, (which is where I caught up with Ruth from the previous day, to find her delighted with her wedding.) to add a splash of colour to Kate’s cake.

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I was fit to drop……home for a nap then….I ended on a high, though even as I write this I can feel that pang of O.M.G!!!!

 

So Last week I did wedding flowers in west Cork for two weddings, one on Thursday, a lovely humanist ceremony in the Dunmore House hotel, and one on Friday a wild colourful affair in Ardfield Church, with the reception also in the Dunmore. Now I pride myself on attention to detail, but last Thursday I learnt a valuable lesson! The bride to be, Ruth, an absolute pet of a woman, relaxed and charming, is an Australian emigrant, so our communications had being through emails up until the previous Sunday when she came to meet me and have a look around the gardens with a view as to her flowers for the day. As always I take notes, and compile a list of what I’m doing. So I did what I do for any wedding, I picked Ruths flowers on the Wednesday and got up bright and breezy on Thursday morning and started arranging, what I had to do was simple enough, we had vases of flowers on each dining table, plus a few scattered around the hotel. I also had bouquets for the girls and buttonholes for the boys, all in a colourful array. I had on my list ‘3 b/m-b’ To me this is 3 Bridesmaids bouquets, so I arrange my bouquets, wrap them up, load up and head off. The Ceremony was at 3pm (love late weddings!), so I got to the Hotel at 1.15pm, as I am parking, I noticed on my notes in a different note book, the 3 b/m-b…. as per yours…… I had forgotten the brides bouquet!!!!!!!! All at once I wanted to vomit/cry/scream, my heart stopped. Luckily I had time to rectify my total c**k-up. I had plenty of flowers to play with as I had over 25 bouquets for the tables. My mind was going so fast, I think I stopped breathing. My issue then became, well how will I tie the bouquet? I didn’t have enough time to go home to get ribbon and other accessories. Eeek! I frequently get told (mostly by my teenage son) that my van needs cleaning out, but I tell you, never to be cleaned out again. In my blind panic, I thought I might have something in the van….I found…stem wrap, navy ribbon(bridesmaids were wearing navy) and pins! Thank you little van for being my savior! Luckily I was able to put together a perfect Bridal bouquet, though I have to say the experience aged me. The lessons learnt, always read your notes 50 times….and never tidy your van. It has never happened to me before that I have forgotten an arrangement, least of all the brides. It is no excuse, but I think the distance of communication and the last minute meeting meant I didn’t have time to put together a final brief for the bride to approve, which is what I always do. Still, lesson learnt, mistake never to be repeated. The ceremony looked fabulous, and Ruth was delighted with her flowers, commenting, they were better than she could have ever imagined. Phew!

So from that confidence knocking low point, I went home and had to get straight on picking flowers for Fridays wedding…this time with a concise brief pre approved by Kate the bride, I read and re read and read some more the notes. The brief was ‘ country, relaxed, just picked, colourful,nothing matching.’ Ardfield Church is a sweet church, I am quite familiar with it as I have had a couple weddings there. Kate really had put so much effort into the decoration of the church, it really looked like a pin from Pintrest. Enamel jugs, jars with flowers for pews. No alter arrangement just vases of flowers, lots of colour.

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Even a black board and over 50meters of bunting! (I believe her mum tirelessly made the bunting). It really did look fabulous. I was proud of my part in Kate and Brian’s wedding, the flowers really did steal the show.

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The bouquets…of which I had all of them, were along the same lines, wild and a colour explosion, along with the buttonholes, all to be different. It really did look fab!

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So once I had set up the church which was no mean feat, a quick dash down to Dunmore again, (which is where I caught up with Ruth from the previous day, to find her delighted with her wedding.) to add a splash of colour to Kate’s cake.

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I was fit to drop……home for a nap then….I ended on a high, though even as I write this I can feel that pang of O.M.G!!!!