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silk bouquets at wedding fair

silk bouquets at wedding fair

10th October 2016

I had a great day at the Kingston Maurward wedding fair in Dorchester on Sunday.

The sun was shining and lots of brides came to see the magnificent house and gardens, and meet the helpful wedding suppliers in the stunning rooms of the house.

The picture shows my stand with my silk bouquets and my new board of silk flower samples. And the ceiling of the room I was in - stunning!


Autumn silk bouquet and arrangement

autumn silk bouquet and arrangement

28th September 2016

Autumn window at Not Just Brides in Westbury. Bouquet with gun metal coloured wire collar and dusky blue hydrangea, yellow roses, dark red berries, and autumn leaves and veronica. With a matching buttonhole and arrangement.


Autumn flowers for silk bouquet

autumn wedding fair season in full swing

22nd September 2016

The Dillington House wedding fair on the 6th September was a great success with lots of lovely brides to chat to about their bouquet dreams.

My next fair is on the 9th October at Kingston Maurward House in Dorchester. A lovely venue with a beautiful garden, ideal for a wedding.

Above are the rich autumnal flowers ready to be made into a silk bridal bouquet and buttonhole for my latest couple - a beautiful October bride and her groom.


Autumn silk bouquets

autumn colours

1st September 2016

The first day of autumn and three seasonal bouquets are ready to go to The Red House in Yeovil. "Gorgeous, as always" - The Red House.
On the left is a bouquet of large dusky blue hydrangea flowers with thistles and brown grasses and leaves. Central is a silk bouquet of red dahlia flowers, orange sorbus berries, copper brown leaves and veronica seedheads. And on the right is a bouquet of silk sunflowers with brown grasses and round seedheads.

Also getting ready for the wedding fair on Tuesday 6th September, 5pm - 9m, at Dillington House near Ilminster. Entry is free, and you get a free welcome drink! There will be over 60 suppliers and a fabulous musical firework display at 9pm. Organised by By Invitation Events it’s guaranteed to be an excellent evening and I’m looking forward to meeting lots of lovely brides.


Artificial Vanda and rose teardrop bouquet

vibrant vandas

19th August 2016

Another new design - but in total contrast to my previous one (see below).

These stunning purple Vanda orchids are so luxuriant and paired with large ivory roses make a lavish teardrop bouquet.

This bouquet will be one of the many examples I will have on display at the wedding fair on Tuesday 6th September, 5pm - 9m, at Dillington House near Ilminster. Entry is free and you get a welcome drink! There will be over 60 suppliers and a fabulous musical firework display at 9pm. Organised by By Invitation Events it’s guaranteed to be an excellent evening.


Summer vintage daisy bouquet

vintage summer daisy bouquet

9th August 2016

Whilst at a promotional event at the wholesalers I saw a arrangement being made with fresh flowers and some lovely wispy grasses, I thought they would also look great in a bouquet with silk flowers.

I chose a loose hand tied design of summer flowers - pink daisies and sweet peas, and with a little artistic licence included pink ranunculus and white blossom, which are spring flowers of course.

To give it a vintage, hand-made look I included four lovely fabric hearts and bound the stems with fabric ribbon. Their natural beige colour matched the grasses.

I also made a simple child’s wand from a heart and grasses, covered with ribbon and tied with a bow. The grasses move playfully when waved in the air!

The matching buttonhole is just a heart with grasses looped over and secured through the wooden bead.


Angela's wedding bouquets

brightest gerbera bouquet

13th July 2016

Congratulations Angela and Nick, and best wishes for the future. Angela's bouquet contained orange-red and gold-yellow Gerberas and ivory Calla Lilies with dark green leaves. The same yellow Gerberas were used for the buttonholes. All had looped grass details.

"Thank you for the wonderful bouquet and buttonholes. They looked wonderful on Saturday." Angela


Somerset Wedding Campervans

wedding campervans

7th July 2016

Somerset Wedding Campervans looking their best in the sunshine outside Holbrook House Hotel, Wincanton.
’Lily’ the ivory coloured campervan has just been for a refit and the interior looks superb. The garlands I made can be seen on the back shelf and the dashboard.


Emma's wedding bouquets

beautiful blues

25th June 2016

I returned from holiday to find a lovely surprise waiting for me - photos from Emma! Here is a lovely one of Emma with her bridesmaids before she went to the church. I also took a few close-ups before I delivered them.

"Thank you Sharon, your bouquets and buttonholes are beautiful and the best thing is they are still looking as fresh as the day they were made and will do so for along time. Thank you so much !!" Emma and Mark, Bridport


bunches of summer flowers

bunches of summer garden flowers

13th June 2016

Summer flowers ready to go to their new home at The Red House.
Pink bouquet - pink roses and Sweetpeas, white Clematis and wild roses.
Yellow bouquet - yellow garden roses, pale green Petunia, white daisies and green Anethum.
Blue bouquet - blue Scabiosa, white Peony and Veronica, green Anethum, and small blue wild flowers.


Not Just Brides window flowers

summer again!

9th June 2016

Summer flowers back in Not Just Brides window. Amazing how time flies, it doesn't seem like a whole year since I made these. They still look fresh and beautiful even after 9 months in storage and 3 months in the window last summer.


before and after daisies

soldering flowers!

31st May 2016

Many silk flowers develop frayed edges, so my first job before I can even start to assemble a bouquet or buttonhole is to tidy up the offending edges.

I've found the easiest method is to melt the threads away with a soldering iron. The trick is to move the iron lightly along the petal edge quickly enough that it doesn't burn a hole whilst taking great care not to touch any other petals or your fingers - easy!

It's rather time consuming, makes you go cross-eyed and the burning material on the iron makes smoke which isn't very pleasant to breath in, but the end result is very satisfying and makes all the difference to the quality of the flower.


garland for campervan

campervan dashboard garland

9th May 2016

So pleased to be helping Jo and Roger Bateman with flowers for their classic VW Campervans, which are available to hire for weddings etc. Somerset Wedding Campervans.

"Things are beginning to come together and we are just about to collect our first silk flower arrangement from Cooper Floral Design. We're really pleased with Sharon's creation for our first photo shoot on Thursday! Thank you Sharon.” Jo Bateman


bunches of spring garden flowers

bunches of spring garden flowers

26th April 2016

Bunches of beautiful silk spring flowers ready to go to their new home at The Red House.
And a sunny bouquet of yellow Daffodils and Tulips, white Wax Flower and small Tulips with catkins and leaves.
A fresh bouquet of blue Forget-me-nots, pale green Tulips and Viburnum, white Fritillaries and bright Maidenhair fern.
And a delicate bouquet of pink Tulips and Fritillaries, white Anemones and apple blossom with birch leaves.


Silk bouquet of spring flowers

bouquet of spring yellows

25th March 2016

The sun is shining and the garden is full of bright yellow flowers … Hurrah! Spring is here!

My spring flower wedding bouquet is also full of yellow and orange 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.

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

But unlike the spring flowers in the garden this silk bouquet will not die but remain fresh and become a lasting keepsake of a wonderful spring wedding.

This bouquet and buttonhole will be amongst the many examples I will have on display at the wedding fair at stunning Dillington House near Ilminster on Thursday 14th April, 5pm - 9m. Free entry and welcome drink, over 60 suppliers and a fabulous musical firework display at 9pm. Organised by By Invitation Events


Red rose heart bouquet

valentine heart

14th February 2016

Congratulations if you got engaged on Valentine’s Day!

You might also be considering a Valentine’s Day wedding - red roses, hearts, soft music - what could be more romantic?

Nothing! But fresh roses are SO expensive at this time of year, taking them beyond many brides budgets.

The answer to this seasonal problem is SILK. Red silk roses aren't more expensive than any other colour at this time of year and can be purchased well before Valentine's Day anyway.

Here is a bouquet of beautiful velvety red roses with looped grasses to form a heart around the flowers, intertwined with ribbon and fine red wool. And a buttonhole to match.


winter bouquet

winter sparkles

19th January 2016

Unlike some parts of the UK, here in the south west we still haven’t had many cold days yet this winter, just lots of soggy grey days. My latest winter bouquet will add sparkle to any winter wedding no matter the weather.

Christmas decorations found at my local garden centre are the base for this bouquet! The beautiful large skeleton leaves are made from silver-grey material with gold glitter and bead details. These complement the dusky blue-grey Hydrangea flowers on the top and sandwiched between the leaves. To bring out the blue in the flowers I have used blue satin ribbon to cover the handle. There is also a matching buttonhole.


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