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Wedding Table Designs Part 01 - Cut Glass with Pastels

There are so many options with table decor for your wedding, elegant central vase arrangements are always a beautiful statement or something simpler like trailing foliage mingled between tapered dinner candles for those tables with a little less room.
Over the next few journal posts I want to share a few alternatives for table styling, each one offering something a little different whilst celebrating seasonal flowers, whether you are planning to have long runs of trestle tables or scattered round tables draped in linens.

Firstly, are these mixed antique cut glass vessels filled with pastel summer blooms.

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wedding table design cut glass and pastel summer flowers vervain florals
vervain wedding table design cut glass and pastel summer flowers

The tiniest cut glass vessels can hold some of the prettiest blooms like delicate phlox and ruffled pansies.

summer tablescape with summer pastels and cut glass

Every vessel holds a unique mixture of flowers, making no two the same. Perfect for scattering along trestle tables or clustering in the centre of rounds. You can add extra height to your tablescape with tapered dinner candles in complimenting colours.

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cut glass filled with summer flowers in pastel colours
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summer roses and pansies in cut glass for a wedding table

Flower styling like this means that you can use all the best of the season, with each flower being carefully picked to work in a specific vase, including using flowers that would normally be short or too delicate to work in a large table centre.

summer wedding flowers in pastel colours in cut glass vases table design

Part two will be an explosion of pink…

Summer wedding on an Essex Island

In August last year we loaded up the van and headed for the Essex coastline, our destination was Osea Island. Osea Island is an island in the River Blackwater that our lovely couple Martha and Ed had hired for the weekend. 

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Their secret garden ceremony had an aisle lined with bunches of seasonal foliage tied to vintage chairs with silk. A very large statement urn stood at the entrance to the garden filled with large Cafe au Lait Dahlias and trailing mile a minute vines. 

unusual unique wedding flowers on an essex island

Martha and Ed held their wedding breakfast within an old industrial building on the island, the Powerhouse, this was a great space with a blank canvas for us to create a focal point. 
Martha trusted us completely to create a wild installation piece for behind the top table. This large wild and sprawling installation piece bloomed out of the window as if growing through the cracks in the wall, using vines and seasonal foliage we created delicate intertwining gardens that covered the wall behind the top table. 
Their wedding breakfast tables were decorated with simple glass bottles and vessels with small arrangements and single stems, we gathered tiny perfectly coloured apricots that were growing in the secret garden to add to the tablescape. 

Unique Essex Wedding Flowers

The installation piece was filled with tall elegant white Cosmos, fluffy white Scabious, pale delicate pink and cream garden Roses and dainty Japanese Anemones. 

unique wedding installation on an essex island

Martha carried a bouquet packed full of heady garden Roses, delicate Hydrangeas and evening scented Nicotiana, wrapped in simple cream and pale pink silk ribbons. 

Shout out to Paula & Lily, who made the weekend very memorable. The planner was Charlie from London Bride.

Wonderfully captured by The Kitcheners 

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Flower Filled 2016

 

2016 definitely had its highs and lows, but right now looking back on all the flowers that were created I would say there were far more highs. 

In 2016 we ran the first couple of flower courses on the farm, it was both incredibly fun and a learning curve. It also made me realise that I really enjoy teaching and the farm is the perfect location for it. So in 2017 there will be a LOT more courses happening, including some really exciting collaborations with some wonderfully talented people. WORKSHOP LINK

Above and below are a couple of polaroids Joanna Brown took when she came and snapped my first workshop in 2016. 

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2016 was full of so many beautiful weddings, weddings that challenged and pushed me (and CJF...) logistically and creatively. Thank you to all of the Brides and Grooms from 2016, you helped me achieve so much and get the most of a year of flowers, letting me loose to be as creative with flowers as I wanted. Thank you also to all the lovely freelancers who helped out along the way, I couldn't of done it without you. 

I also made a LOT of flowers for myself in 2016, whenever there were leftovers or an abundance of blooms on the farm I would get lost in my studio making something purely for pleasure and a little for practise... 
Below are some of the highlights of 2016, mainly behind the scenes and flowers for me, with a few wedding flowers in there and some images of flowers I created when freelancing for others over the course of 2016, which I hope to do more of in 2017. 

Happy New Year. 
Lets see what 2017 has to offer! 

2017 - More flowers for me, more challenges, BIGGER flowers and maybe to become a little less camera shy. Oh and a Valentines Pop Up shop in Bristol... 

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A love of good foliage

Full of my favourite foliage, amelanchier and currant branches. Foliage is one of the hardest things to source, but it is one of the most important elements, without the right foliage an arrangement just doesn't look as good. 
This spring vase is full of homegrown and locally sourced flowers, tulips and ranunculus in shades of pink, peach and white.