July. The Story So Far.

After all that effort  we didn’t win the competition after all! Not to worry, it was only a bit of fun and as a rule, I don’t really bother with competitions but as the saying goes, nothing ventured nothing gained and all that! 

I have not had much opportunity to blog of late as we’ve been super busy with lots of weddings and events every week, until this one just gone. So I thought I'd spend a moment looking over a few images I've been sent lately. It's always so nice to take a moment to reflect on recent work we have completed, to see the final details. 

Next week we are back on track with three beautiful events to flower up and so it continues all the way through to the last Bank Holiday in August when I shall be finally taking a proper break and a holiday. The summer just seems to be flying by, before we know it, it will be autumn and I shall be thinking about the ‘C’ word and wreaths (no, I am not even going there)!

I have had some fabulous photos sent through by both photographers and brides of late as well as a few I have taken myself (you will of course spot the latter - the grainy blurry ones).

My working year is punctuated by the seasons, one often overlapping another and the pictures I think you will agree show this so beautifully.

There has been just one issue I've found increasingly difficult to overcome this year and that is my British wholesale supplier sadly went out of business and ceased to reopen after the seasonal winter closure.  Previously they were able to gather from multiple sources across Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey delivering to me the most glorious flowers and foliage, as a result of this closure I find myself driving around collecting smaller quantities from numerous  growers which is proving to be uneconomical and environmentally unsound, each trip can be two hours there and back. I am faced with taking the easier and more economical option of buying a guaranteed quantity of quality Dutch flowers instead. Life throws these curve balls at us and we have to work our way around or through them. I could write about this subject ad infinitum because I whilst love using local flowers,  I do not choose them at any cost.

With this unsolved issue with no resolution in sight, let us focus instead on some of the loveliness TWHFCo has created thus far this spring and summer.

Here are a few images to show and tell about,  I hope you agree we have had some cracking weddings to flower up, I extend my thanks to the A team that is Megan and Saranna working alongside me this spring/summer. Here's a little taste of our summer so far...

 

Jo and her maids. Gorgeousness from last month at Wasing Park and captured by Studio Rouge 

Jo and her maids. Gorgeousness from last month at Wasing Park and captured by Studio Rouge 

Pretty corsages from this June wedding 

Pretty corsages from this June wedding 

I recently taught a one to one workshop, during which we discussed TWHFCo. signature style bouquet. These multi textured bouquets are one of our most popular styles for several reasons: firstly they are not overly large, which in turn means not overpowering for the bride to carry as she makes her way down the aisle and importantly they do not obscure her gorgeous dress.  Some of the Pinterest styled oversized bouquets which feature in many magazines are often viewed by clients here at TWHFCo as a little O.T.T and it is reassuring to know that our signature - not to structured, reasonably tidy but abundant, multi-textured hand ties, remain one of the most popular looks we make (this is one that my workshop co-florist Megan made). 

I recently taught a one to one workshop, during which we discussed TWHFCo. signature style bouquet. These multi textured bouquets are one of our most popular styles for several reasons: firstly they are not overly large, which in turn means not overpowering for the bride to carry as she makes her way down the aisle and importantly they do not obscure her gorgeous dress.  Some of the Pinterest styled oversized bouquets which feature in many magazines are often viewed by clients here at TWHFCo as a little O.T.T and it is reassuring to know that our signature - not to structured, reasonably tidy but abundant, multi-textured hand ties, remain one of the most popular looks we make (this is one that my workshop co-florist Megan made). 

Since making the first of these hanging planks a year ago in June 2016, they have proved to be very popular at Wasing Park.. here's one we made in June 2017 the seasonal combinations are endless.. 

Since making the first of these hanging planks a year ago in June 2016, they have proved to be very popular at Wasing Park.. here's one we made in June 2017 the seasonal combinations are endless.. 

Pretty bridal bouquet for Anya in May. A classic loose, multi textured hand tie with lots of colour, scent and movement.

Pretty bridal bouquet for Anya in May. A classic loose, multi textured hand tie with lots of colour, scent and movement.

We used tall poles along the aisle to flower the church at this gorgeous Hampshire wedding in May, the flowers were then transferred to the tables and placed on top on tall trumpet shaped clear vases. 

We used tall poles along the aisle to flower the church at this gorgeous Hampshire wedding in May, the flowers were then transferred to the tables and placed on top on tall trumpet shaped clear vases. 

Aisles in churches or civil ceremonies always look better with flowers - here at Clock Barn we often tie pretty scented posies on to the chairs, tying them with a ribbon or raffia. Photo credit to Lydia Stamps photography  

Aisles in churches or civil ceremonies always look better with flowers - here at Clock Barn we often tie pretty scented posies on to the chairs, tying them with a ribbon or raffia. Photo credit to Lydia Stamps photography  

The gorgeous  Laura at Clock Barn in May - this was a stunning bouquet very delicate and floaty. 

The gorgeous  Laura at Clock Barn in May - this was a stunning bouquet very delicate and floaty. 

The maids bouquets from Jo and Spencer's wedding in May - I'm hoping we get  to see some gorgeous pro shots of this wedding soon! 

The maids bouquets from Jo and Spencer's wedding in May - I'm hoping we get  to see some gorgeous pro shots of this wedding soon! 

April. when the English sweet peas are grown under glass and we get  some summer scent in earlier than expected, when the tulips are at their best and when all that glitters is actually gold sequins. I do love a bit of magic and sparkle and we combined a loose pastel combination of spring florals with gold sparkly runners for this beautiful wedding at Tithe Barn near Petersfield the flowers were in pretty pale blue Kilner jars. 

April. when the English sweet peas are grown under glass and we get  some summer scent in earlier than expected, when the tulips are at their best and when all that glitters is actually gold sequins. I do love a bit of magic and sparkle and we combined a loose pastel combination of spring florals with gold sparkly runners for this beautiful wedding at Tithe Barn near Petersfield the flowers were in pretty pale blue Kilner jars. 

Glitter & pastels for a wedding... yes please! 

Glitter & pastels for a wedding... yes please! 

One from April Melissa's gorgeous bouquet with lots of spirea and forget me not. Textural and heavenly scented. 

One from April Melissa's gorgeous bouquet with lots of spirea and forget me not. Textural and heavenly scented.