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silk flower wedding headdresses

beautiful silk flower wedding headdresses

14th September 2017

Two new headdress designs. The first is a light and delicate ring of pink and mauve sweet-peas and small roses, with asparagus fern leaves. Pink and mauve satin ribbons are threaded around the headdress and tied into a bow at the back. There is also a matching sweet-pea buttonhole.

The second silk headdress has a spring feel, with white roses and apple blossom, blue forget-me-nots and fresh green apple leaves and maidenhair fern leaves.

Both these headdresses can be seen on my stand at The Dorset & Somerset Wedding Showcase this coming Sunday, along with many beautiful silk bouquets and buttonholes.


silk bouquets in shades of blush and peach

silk bouquets in shades of blush and peach

25th August 2017

Beautiful photos of Jo and Tim's wedding at Holbrook House taken by photosbyjim, in April this year.

Jo's bridesmaid dresses were teal which is a tricky colour to match with flowers, so she decided to go with complementary blush and peach tones instead.

The bouquets contained clematis, roses, stephanotis and gypsophila, with matching rose buttonholes.

Thank you Jo and Tim (and photosbyjim) for the brilliant photos!


pastel rainbow silk bouquet

pastel rainbow meets alice in wonderland!

14th August 2017

Congratulations to Becca and Paul, I hope they had a brilliant day.

Becca’s silk bouquet was a beautiful collection of roses, hydrangea and snapdragon flowers in a pastel rainbow of colours, with silver charms in the shapes of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ figures.

The flower stems were covered in multi-coloured ribbon, to which a locket with a photo of Becca’s late father was added.

Paul had a matching pastel rainbow buttonhole using the same flowers.


beach theme bouquet and buttonhole

beach theme wedding bouquet and buttonhole

27th July 2017

Bouquet of pale yellow silk Hydrangea flowers with Eucalyptus leaves and looped grasses on a birch bark heart with small hanging bark hearts and sea shell details. And matching buttonhole.


replica silk bouquet in purples and white

replica silk bouquet for wedding reshoot

20th July 2017

The weather had been unkind to Megan and Stephen on their wedding day last year, so they decided to have some more photos taken this summer.

As the whole point of the reshoot was to be able to have some really lovely sunny photos of the couple taken outside in the grounds of the venue, picking the day was always going to be a last minuet decision.

Arranging a fresh flower bouquet and buttonhole at such short notice wasn’t going to be an option, so Megan contacted me to see if a silk replica of her bouquet was possible.

Using the great photos from their wedding I was able to make a bouquet similar to the original. Unfortunately silk flowers don’t come in quite so many colour shades as fresh ones and it wasn’t possible to match the purples exactly. Megan was very understanding about the limitations of silk flowers and was very pleased with the replica bouquet and buttonhole.

The reshoot took place on a lovely sunny day and Megan and Stephen finally got the beautiful outdoor photos they wished for. And a bouquet to keep forever!

The photo on the left is of Megan holding her fresh flower bouquet on her wedding day. The centre photo is of Megan and Stephen this year with their silk bouquet and buttonhole. Both photos taken by Graham Davies Photography.

The two photos on the right were taken by myself, showing the bouquet handle and flowers a little closer. Megan also asked for the bouquet to be a little bit smaller than the original.


large silk bridal bouquet of white, green and grey

naturally generous!

7th July 2017

Make a statement on your wedding day with a large bouquet of garden flowers in whites, pale greens and soft greys.

This silk flower bouquet captures two of this years trends for bridal bouquets - the colour green and a generous size packed with blooms and foliage.

Included in this natural, organic look are white rose buds, freesias, peonies and blossom, pale green tulips and viburnum, and grey stachys leaves.


purple and white silk flowers

purple and white silk bouquets

2nd June 2017

Close up of the purple and white Roses, pale purple Freesias and lilac Lilac flowers in the bridal bouquet sent to Megan yesterday, a lovely bride getting married next year. Megan's response when her bouquets and buttonholes arrived - 'They are even more stunning up close! Thank you so so much.'

Thank you Megan and best wishes for next year


yellow silk rose buttonholes and pink/green rose buttonholes

yellow silk rose buttonholes in memory of groom’s brother

24th May 2017

Congratulations to Claire who married at Stourhead Garden at the weekend.

Her groom and his parents wore yellow rose buttonholes in memory of his brother who died as a child. And Claire's parents wore pink/green rose buttonholes, her mother’s also had a burgundy feather around the rose.

Claire was very creative and made her own beautiful brooch bouquet.


purple silk flowers ready for bouquets

buckets of purple and ivory!

17th May 2017

Silk flowers all ready to be made into bouquets and buttonholes. Ivory roses, deep purple roses, mid purple freesias and lilac lilacs with a touch of green ivy.


silk cabbage rose and rose flower scent

fresh flower scent for silk bouquets

27th April 2017

In recent years the quality of silk flowers has improved considerably (except those found on garage forecourts and cheap national high street stores!), they are more realistic and there is now a wonderfully large range of varieties.

Silk flowers like the cabbage rose are so realistic it’s hard to tell they aren’t the real thing, that is until you put your nose near to inhale their divine scent - disappointing!

But now you don’t have to miss out on the scent fresh flowers bring to your wedding bouquet. Available in a range of flowers scents, scented oil can be added to your bouquet to add that extra dimension which has traditionally been missing from silk flower bouquets.

I currently have four different scents - Rose, Lavender, Freesia and Flower Shop, that can be added to your bouquet just before delivery to give you a lovely scented wedding bouquet.


silk spring garden flowers ready for bouquet making

spring garden bouquet

11th April 2017

I’ve been so looking forward to making the spring bouquet with these flowers. It’s going to be a new style for me, much larger and looser than my usual designs but really beautiful and something I would love to do more of.

The flowers’ petals have all been ‘soldered’ to smooth any frayed edges and are now ready to be put together to form a loose trailing bouquet.

The bride’s love of daffodils and the blue of her bridesmaids’ dresses were the main influences in the colouring of the bouquet. Yellow freesias and forsythia, white blossom and gypsophila, and variegated ivy will be added to the daffodils, with pops of blue delphiniums and matching satin ribbon to cover the stems.

It’s going to be a long wait, but I’m really looking forward to being able to show you the photos of the finished bouquet after the wedding next year!


silk wedding bouquet of vintage pink roses

vintage rose and hydrangea silk bouquet

29th March 2017

Beautiful hand tied bouquet of silk flowers with organza ribbon.

The vintage pink-green and cream roses complement the lovely vintage purple hydrangea and pink wax flowers. The olive-green leaves brings out the green in the roses. And it’s all finished off with matching green organza ribbon around the stems and little bows amongst the flowers.

This new bouquet and many others can be seen on my stand at the Budmouth College wedding fair on Sunday 2nd April, organised Perfect Day Wedding Services.


silk bouquet of blush peonies and white hydrangea

blush silk peony bouquet

22nd March 2017

Soft and romantic silk bouquet of blush Peonies, white Lacecap Hydrangea, pale pink Physostegia and fluffy grey Stachys leaves.

Tiny silver filagree hearts are scattered across the bouquet and attached to the end of the handle which is covered in grey green cord.

This bouquet and many others can be seen on my stand at the wonderful Dillington House wedding fair on Tuesday 28th March, organised By Invitation Events.


silk replica wedding bouquet

sunny bouquet of spring flowers

13th March 2017

Silk flower wedding bouquet, full of bright sunny flowers - small daffodils, tulips, ranunculus and crocus, with fresh green hazel leaves and catkins. The handle is covered in yellow paper ribbon and it’s finished with a double swirl of the paper ribbon over the top and tied with a raffia bow.

The matching buttonhole has two ranunculus flowers and a sprig of hazel leaves and catkins.


silk replica wedding bouquet

silk replica wedding bouquet

20th February 2017

Fresh flowers are lovely of course, but they just don’t last much past your wedding day!

Here is a beautiful fresh flower wedding bouquet (pictured on the left) and it’s equally beautiful silk flower replica (centre and right). Now the bride has her bouquet as an everlasting memento of their special day and a lovely bunch of flowers to display at home.

The bouquet contains pink vintage roses, ivory lisianthus, pink wax flowers and eucalyptus leaves.


heart shaped silk floqer bouquet

valentine’s engagement

15th February 2017

Congratulations if your loved one popped the question on Valentine's Day!

Now the fun starts! So much to think about - venue, dress, photographer and cake are high on your list, but don’t forget to give your wedding flowers plenty of thought too.

Your bridal bouquet is a very important part of your day and something you would like to cherish forever; choosing silk flowers will allow you to do just that.

An artificial bouquet will continue to look fresh and remain a beautiful everlasting keepsake of your special day, just like this heart shaped bouquet with birch bark hearts.


silk flower wrist corsages

ready for your prom?

10th February 2017

Beautiful silk flower wrist corsages and hair combs/clips ready for you to buy, or you can order a bespoke creation with your own choice of colour and design.

Examples can be seen on my Facebook page

Apologies to anyone who has tried to contact me by the email address on the Prom Show leaflets, that address will be active shortly, please use the one on my contact page in the mean time.


silk flower wrist corsages

artificial flower corsages

23rd January 2017

Beautiful new corsages ready for the Prom Show organised By Invitation Events next month.

White apple blossom and rose bud, with pearl bead bracelet and details.
White roses with grey leaves, with silver bead bracelet and diamanté details.
Bright pink flowers with grey leaves and beaded bracelet and details.
Purple rose, hydrangea and freesia flowers, with pearl bracelet and bead details.
Pale green roses, pale blue , with diamanté bracelet and details.
Single peach coloured peony with pearl bracelet.
Orange alstroemeria and burgundy cornus flowers with matching ribbon tie and bead details.
Red rose, burgundy orchid and hydrangea, with black bead bracelet and feathers.

These silk corsages will show the students the kind of designs I can make but they are also very welcome to choose their own colours and flowers and have a bespoke corsage made just for them. Corsages will also be available to buy and take away on the evening.


wrist corsages ready for artificial flowers

sparkling wrist corsages

16th January 2017

I’m really looking forward to making wrist corsages with these pearl and diamonte bracelets and sprays. I’ll also make some with various coloured satin ribbons instead of the bracelets.

The silk flower corsages will be a lovely item for the Prom students to wear, and to keep as a memento of their special evening.

These corsages are for a new Prom Show being held at Woodlands Castle Taunton, on 9th February, organised By Invitation Events.


autumn silk bouquet featured in Rock n Roll Bride magazine

as seen in Rock n Roll Bride magazine!

9th January 2017

Very excited to see one of my silk bouquets and buttonholes featured in a real wedding article in the latest edition of Rock n Roll Bride magazine. The brilliant photos of Lexi and Rob's wedding last autumn were taken by Enchanted Brides Photography and Lexi wore a beautiful dress by Gilly Woo Couture.

The magazine is packed full of real weddings, suppliers, DIY ideas and advise for alternative couples - excellent read!!


white silk rose and peony bouquet

happy new year!

2nd January 2017

Best wishes to everyone for the coming year and especially to all the couples who got engaged over the holidays - congratulations!

The silk flowers I work with are of a high quality and especially chosen for their realistic look and will remain a beautiful everlasting keepsake of your special day. So whether you are getting married near to home or abroad I look forward to helping you fulfil your floral dreams.

Here is a white rose and peony bouquet with a fluffy Stachys leaf base, which would look lovely for a snowy winter themed wedding.


silk christmas wreath and table arrangement

silk christmas wreath

20th December 2016

Modern Christmas door wreath and table runner arrangement of silk flowers and cinnamon sticks.

Beautiful winter white silk roses, freesias and hellebores, with fresh green artificial apples and ivy leaves, dark pine leaves, and real pine cones, all arranged down the centre of a row of cinnamon sticks.

The door wreath has a small bunch of the silk flowers and foliage hanging from the bottom by a satin ribbon.

Two wreaths placed together make a stunning table centre, and the scent from the cinnamon sticks really adds to the Christmassy feel.


autumn silk wedding flowers

autumn silk bouquet

12th December 2016

Pictures of Lexi’s bouquet and Rob’s buttonhole taken before their wedding in October (top row).

The silk bouquet contains red roses, hydrangea and spider orchids, burgundy hydrangea, burnt orange dogwood and witch hazel, and ivy leaves, with a birch bark heart shaped collar. The handle is covered with silver grey satin ribbon to match the under fabric of Lexi’s dress.

The matching silk buttonhole contains one red rose, burgundy hydrangea and ivy leaves.

Stunning photos taken on the day by Enchanted Brides Photography.


winter silk arrangements

sparkling winter designs

5th December 2016

Just like the frosty weather we have been having lately this silk bouquet certainly has a wintery feel, ideal for a winter wedding.

I don’t usually choose silk flowers that aren’t the same colour as the real ones they replicate, but I couldn’t resist these delicate bluey-grey Nerines.

The silver cord covered handle and glittery silver birch twigs add a frosty sparkle to the ivory roses and Nerines.

The two Nerine flower heads hanging from the twigs have diamanté bead details, as does the end of the handle and the simple but elegant matching buttonhole.

The bouquet, buttonhole and large arrangement can now be seen in the window of Not Just Brides in Westbury, Wiltshire.


winter silk arrangements

winter silk arrangements

29th November 2016

Silk flower arrangements for the Christmas and winter seasons to be displayed on the bar at The Red House in Yeovil.

The first is an Xmas arrangement of variegated holly, ivy, pine, Poinsettia flowers and sparkly gold designer seed heads. Followed by stunning branches of Magnolia flowers. And last but not least, beautifully realistic pink Hellebores with bare twigs. (See previous posts below for close up photos)


pink silk hellebore flowers

the holly and the ivy (and the pine, and the poinsettia, and the sparkly stuff!!)

21st November 2016

Silk flowers ready for a large festive table, or should I say bar, arrangement for the The Red House in Yeovil.


pink silk hellebore flowers

beautiful silk hellebore flowers

14th November 2016

So very pleased with these new Hellebore flowers from a new supplier.

The Hellebores will be combined with winter flowering blossom and bare twigs, to make a stunning winter arrangement for one of my clients in January (photos to follow).

They would also make a beautiful late winter wedding bouquet, just by themselves as a hand tied bouquet held together with a simple ribbon.


burgundy and white silk bouquet

burgundy and white silk bouquet

7th November 2016

New bouquet designed especially for brides to hold when trying on dresses at Wedding Time Bridal Salon.

The bouquet contains white roses, apple blossom and Freesias, which blend into burgundy Hydrangea flowers and Begonia leaves around the base. The handle is covered with pearl bead thread and large pearls nestle amongst the flowers. And there is a matching buttonhole to go with it.

Wedding Time is a long established bridal shop in the centre of Dorchester, with beautiful dresses and accessories for the bride and suits for the men to hire.


various silk buttonholes

a rainbow of silk buttonholes

31st October 2016

I’m very pleased to have been asked to make new buttonholes for Frederick L. Mabb the mens wear and hire shop in Yeovil.

Frederick L. Mabb was first established in Dorchester in 1922, offering a wide range of quality men’s clothing. The Yeovil shop opened in 1984 and has had a large selection of hire wear for men and boys since 1996.

These various coloured silk buttonholes will add the finishing touch to the mens wedding suits on display in the shop and at wedding fairs through out Somerset and the surrounding counties. I look forward to being able to show you images soon!


dahlia flowers

beautiful dahlias, fresh and silk

24th October 2016

I spent a relaxing day at Tyntesfield, the spectacular Victorian Gothic Revival house and gardens in north Somerset, last weekend. The house was amazing of course, but I was just as impressed with the walled garden and its cut flower borders. At this time of year the borders are full of Dahlias of many shapes and colours.

The large ‘cactus’ Dahlia flowers are glorious but I love the small ‘pompoms’, they are just wonderful. Nature has made a flower so perfect, with each row of curled petals sitting exactly between the next, making decreasing rings to the centre - magic!

I haven’t come across any silk pompom Dahlias yet but there are some lovely larger ones available, which would make a lovely autumn hand tied type bouquet.


silk garlands for wedding campervans

silk garlands for wedding campervan

17th October 2016

Two new silk flower garlands for Somerset Wedding Campervans, who are based in Somerton, Somerset. They have two classic VW campervans to hire for weddings and events.

The longer garland sits on the back shelf with the champagne and glasses, and the other one sits on the dashboard. The silk flowers are white Scabiosa and apple blossom, pale pink Physostegia, and ivy leaves.


contemporary silk bouquets as unique as you are