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cream and blue wrist corsages and buttonhole

cream and blue wrist corsages and buttonholes

24th May 2018

Congratulations to Brian and Julieanne!

Julieanne chose to have a wrist corsage instead of a bouquet for her wedding to Brian last week in Crete, and the same but smaller for her bridesmaids. Brian and the gentlemen had matching buttonholes.

Julieanne’s comment when she received them - “The flowers are totally stunning I love them, my lovely man loves them, all is seriously beautiful ... exactly what we had in mind.”

Wrist corsages are ideal for a destination wedding, so small and easy to pack into your luggage!


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pale pink and white wedding flowers

summer wedding flowers fit for a royal bouquet!

17th May 2018

Beautiful summer wedding flowers, hydrangeas, roses and peonies, ready to be made into bouquets and buttonholes for my June bride.

I wonder if we will see similar flowers on Saturday at the royal wedding?

Traditionally royal brides carry a bouquet of all white flowers. It is wired and very controlled, and often contains scented Lily of the valley and/or Stephanotis.

Meghan’s favourite flowers are said to be Peonies, so I would expect to see them in her bouquet, especially as they are in season. She may go for a more relaxed contemporary hand tied bouquet and include some subtle pastel shades - similar to these silk ones maybe! :)

One tradition that will probably be followed though is to have a sprig of Myrtle in the bouquet from the bush planted by Queen Victoria at Osborne House. Myrtle is a traditional wedding flower symbolising love and fidelity.

One thing is for sure - they won’t be silk flowers. Maybe Meghan would like a replica made! Ha ha!!


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lily of the valley and white rose replica bouquet

lily of the valley and white rose replica bouquet

9th May 2018

Cherifa asked if I could possibly make a replica bouquet for her from one old black and white photo? Of course I replied!

The photo was of Cherifa’s cousin holding her Lily of the valley and white Rose bouquet (above left), and Cherifa wanted a replica to give to her on her 50th wedding anniversary.

I was a bit concerned because faux Lily of the valley flowers are actually a little larger than fresh ones (don’t know why!!) but the final bouquet was lovely and Cherifa was very pleased with it - “I have just received the beautiful bouquet. It is simply stunning thank you so much, she will be thrilled.” And after the anniversary - “I wanted to tell you how totally thrilled my cousin was with her bouquet so much so it reduced her to tears.”

Fresh Lily of the valley is a classic and traditional flower to include in bridal bouquets and was carried more recently by Kate Middleton. But it has an extremely short season (just May) which makes it very expensive to buy, and difficult to find at other times of the year. So artificial ones are a really good affordable alternative and scent can be added to enhance the realism. Also fresh ones are poisonous! So all round faux Lily of the valley is the answer :)


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brides-to-be say yes to Pinterest!

4th May 2018

My mini survey of brides-to-be at a recent local wedding fair brought mixed results!

I didn’t get the feed back on bouquets that I had hoped for as many of the brides-to-be had only just started their wedding planning journeys and hadn’t considered their bouquets yet.

But those that did comment on silk flowers said being able to keep their bouquet forever as really important to them, and that my flowers were very realistic, which was really good to know.

The one thing that did stand out loud and clear was that Pinterest is the place they all went to for ideas. This didn’t totally surprise me but did give me the incentive to put some work into updating my own account and boards.

It’s still work in progress but I now have single colour boards of my own bouquets etc and a sub-section of wedding ideas in that colour. So now it’s just a case of keeping up the good start and getting lots of lovely images of silk flowers posted for everyone to see :)


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yellow, blue and white spring flower trailing bouquet

trailing spring flowers between the April showers

19th April 2018

Congratulations to Minty and Matt!

The sun came out just in time for their wedding at Sherborne Abbey last week, and I was there to take a few snaps and see one of my bouquets in action - which was lovely!

Minty especially wanted daffodils in her bouquet and a sprinkle of blue delphiniums to match Matt's cravat and the bridesmaid's dresses. Also in her beautiful trailing bouquet were yellow freesias, forsythia and trailing variegated ivy.


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replica bouquet of red roses and alstoemeria, pale green carnations, white roses, hypericum berries and eucalyptus leaves

silk replica bouquet for silk wedding anniversary

10th April 2018

Stephen commissioned a replica bouquet of his wife’s wedding bouquet as a present for her on their silk wedding anniversary - how clever!

The photo on the left is the original fresh flower bouquet and on the right the silk flower replica.

When I sent photos of the replica to Stephen for his approval he said “Wow! Looks very impressive. I tried it out on the ladies I work with, compared with a photo of the real thing.. and both of them picked yours as the 'real flowers' “ - the best complement I could ever wish for!

And when he presented them to his wife - “She loved it! It's got pride of place in our front room under a wedding photo montage”


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pink rose, stenphantis and viburnum flower bouquet with matching buttonhole on books

rose scented bouquet

2nd April 2018

Petite silk bouquet of pink cabbage and small roses, white stephanotis and lime green viburnum flowers with a pink satin ribbon covered handle. Matching stephanotis and viburnum buttonhole. This bouquet has a delicate rose scent added to the cabbage roses, which makes it all the more realistic, just a pity you can't smell it!


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small bright yellow faux daffodils

is spring here at last?

26th March 2018

Daffodils in full bloom in the garden and this beautiful small silk daffodil in the sunshine, spring is here at last - hurray!


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meadow flower bouquet and buttonhole

sunny meadow flower bouquet and buttonhole

21st March 2018

A lovely delicate natural bunch of meadow flowers in blue, white and yellow. An ideal style if you are having a summer festival or outdoor wedding. These silk flowers would also work really well as table centres in jam jars.


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red and white rose bouquet

unexpected snowy wedding!

6th March 2018

Kara and Matt’s wedding at the weekend had the unexpected fun of the chilly white stuff! But the snow didn’t stop them having a wonderful time, and I look forward to sharing their photos in due course. In the meantime here are three photos I took before their flowers were delivered last year. Yes last year! Another bride taking advantage of silk flowers lasting forever and ordering her flowers well in advance.


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purple, pink and white flowers

the joy of faux flowers

28th February 2018

One of the many advantages of faux flowers over fresh is that bouquets and buttonholes can be made well in advance of your wedding day. Lizzie isn't getting married until the summer but was able to see her flowers at the weekend and hold her bouquet when she tried her dress on. "Oh thank you so much! We loved the flowers! They are better than I ever expected them to be, so thank you" - Lizzie emailed later. Now she can relax knowing her flowers are just as she dreamed they would be!


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velvety red rose

Happy Valentine’s Day!

14th February 2018

And congratulations if your loved one popped the question today!

Now the fun starts! Your bridal bouquet is a very important part of your wedding day and something you would like to be able 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 to treasure and admire for years to come.


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pale grey-mauve faux roses

‘Ocean Song’ - what a beautiful name for a rose

28th January 2018

New faux roses ready for summer wedding bouquets and buttonholes. The nearest fresh rose to this colour is called 'Ocean Song' - what a wonderfully dreamy name, just right for this delicate colour. Looking forward to showing you the finished bouquets later in the year, after the wedding of course!


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pale lime and teal silk bouquet

tricky teal solved!

3rd January 2018

Happy new year everyone - let’s make it a special one!

Teal is a very popular colour for weddings, but a little tricky where flowers are concerned. Even silk flowers are limited in teal and if you wish to only use realistic coloured flowers in your silk wedding bouquets and buttonholes you will need to include teal through other materials not flowers.

Photographed above is a pale lime silk rose bouquet with grasses, a wire collar and satin covered handle all in teal, and a matching silk buttonhole.


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ultra violet purple bouquet

festive ultra violet bouquet

15 December 2017

Loose heart shape silk bouquet of rich purple roses and ivy leaves, with a double swirl of twisted gold and sparkling diamantés.

A festive bouquet for a winter or Christmas wedding in Pantone's colour of the year 2018 - ultra violet.

Pantone - “Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets."

bridemagazine.co.uk - “Purple has always been a popular wedding colour choice, but Pantone's influential stamp marks a new wave of movement and sets a trend for a more modern take on the colour. Demure and dazzling, Ultra Violet presents a bold choice that bridges the gap between masculinity and femininity. From the buttonholes to the bridal bouquet, all elements can confidently make use of the colour. "


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peach and white silk replica bouquet

birthday replica wedding bouquet

27 November 2017

Laura ordered a replica of her friend's wedding bouquet for her birthday just a few months after the wedding. Replica bouquet pictured left and centre, original fresh flower bouquet on right.

When Laura received the bouquet - "I have just opened the flowers and am blown away, they are gorgeous!! I cannot wait to give them to her!!!!"

And after she gave them to her friend - "She absolutely loved them! I was so nervous! There were a few tears on both sides :) Thanks so much again!"

So smiles all round then! :)


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A bouquet of blood red velvet roses

happy halloween!!

31st October 2017

A bouquet of blood red velvet roses and loops of real thorny rose stems. A matching buttonhole and an arrangement with a bleeding black candle. Photographed in a haunted church of course!


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