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Let's Talk Letters ~ Funeral Flowers

Shopping for special tributes for your loved ones at this time can be a very emotional and stressful task. So many florists to choose from and so many different price options for what appears to be the same thing? 

That isn't always the case though so I have decided to write this short post regarding massed funeral letters to show what you will receive should you choose Floral Elements to create your tribute.

Edging ~ The choice of edging wether it be coloured ribbon or fresh foliage is entirely up to you and the cost is the same. Should you decide upon a coloured ribbon edging it will be prepared by hand to create a neat finish, I prefer to use a delicate web ribbon as opposed to the usual 'plastic' florist ribbon so as not to overshadow the flowers and add a more luxury finish.

Basing ~ The flower letters are covered in a 'base' of double chrysanthemum flowers in a choice of white, pink or yellow. There are many different varieties of this flower, we use a neat compact variety in a high quality grade. Our letters are fully covered in neat rows of flowers for a full effect.

Flower Sprays ~ The letters are adorned with flower sprays in your chosen colour, the number of these will vary depending on the amount of letters making up the tribute. Unless otherwise directed the main flower used in the sprays is roses and these are of the highest freshest quality sourced especially for your personal order. 

All Inclusive Pricing ~ Letter tributes are inclusive of all of the above.

Our aim is to create a beautiful tribute using utmost care and attention to detail. 

A few images of a letter tribute in progress along with some flowers we have created recently 

Kim xx

  

'Timeless' Preserved Roses.

Preserved roses are becoming ever popular due to their longevity over traditional fresh flowers. We have sourced some of the most beautiul roses in many colours and launched our own range of long lasting floral gifts and keepsakes The Timeless Rose collection. We have begun our collection with some pretty romantic gifts for Valentine's day....well it is the season of love so it would seem rude not to! 

They are real flowers which have been harvested at the prime blooming time then preserved with natural dyes and glycerine ensuring a 100% completely natural product. Following the correct care guidlines these flowers will last for between 1-3 years....maybe longer.

The are perfect gifts for romance, anniversaries, new baby, special Mum's or simple because......keep checking back with us for new additions to our collection soon......in the meantime I will leave you with a photo of the most traditional floral symbol of love...a single red rose xx


Preserved red rose

Seasonal Blooms - Dahlias

We love to use seasonal flowers, many flowers are available all year round or have an extended seasonal availability but choosing them at the height of their season brings a more 'natural' freshness and strength to them. This month one of our favourites is the Dahlia, their crisp fresh petal formation is simply gorgeous and the variety of colours is amazing, from the grand and beautiful Cafe Au Lait, popular for bridal work to the daintiest of Pom Pom varieties, we love them all! You will find them nestled in many of our customer orders this month, here's a few we have used this week.....why not treat someone special x

Seasonal Flower Bouquet

Gillian & Paddy's Pirate Themed Wedding - The Old Kent Barn. Swingfield, Kent.

We had such great fun creating the wedding flowers for Gillian and Paddy. The fun began at the very first meeting with Gillian and her Mum Irene, at that stage plenty of ideas were flowing and we brainstormed colours, flowers and details to bring their vision for a very personal wedding to life.

Gillian makes jewellery and Paddy had chosen suits that emulated Poldark and days gone by, the theme of the wedding evolved and pirate chests brimming with flowers and jewels was born. 

Gillian chose hot pinks and purple flowers with red roses for her bridal bouquet and bridesmaids dresssed in bright red polka dot dresses were complimented by fluffy white Gypsophila bouquets finished with red satin ribbon and trailing bows. Treasure chests overflowing with flowers and jewellery created focal points around the venue and the guest tables were dressed with tall candelabra filled with flowers and foliage detailed with chains of beads, pearls and vintage jewellery. 

We are very much looking forward to receiving some of the professional photos from this wedding, especially as there is so many details to recall, in the meantime we can leave you with these images of one of the Treasure Chests and Gillians vibrant and playful wedding bouquet.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish the Bride and Groom every happiness for many years to come xx

New Website & Online Shop

We are very excited to announce that our new website is live complete with online shop, you can now shop for beautiful fresh flowers at a time to suit you. 

Jo and Guy

Jo and Guy – Wedding Flowers, The Old Kent Barn

Jo contacted us to discuss wedding flowers just a couple of months ahead of her big day, a June wedding at the most beautiful venue, The Old Kent Barn in Swingfield, Kent, a beautiful barn with a contemporary feel, a new wedding venue for us and one we were very much looking forward to decorating

Jo and Guy wanted a contemporary feel to their wedding flowers, Jo was undecided on which flowers she wanted, we knew she wanted pink and cream, she liked peonies and gypsophila, aside from that Jo trusted us to co-ordinate the final look for her, we chose seasonal flowers in shades of pink and cream to compliment the light wood tones of the barn, roses, gypsophila and beautifully scented pink peonies formed the main content of Jo’s bridal bouquet with smaller versions for the bridesmaids and flower girls

Guy wore a single rose buttonhole with pink lissianthus and gypsophila detail, a tiny buttonhole and corsage attached to brooches were perfect for the little flower girl and their baby son George, we also created a small buttonhole for their eldest son Lewis

To greet the guests we filled a wedding crate with wonderful seasonal blooms, garden roses and summer stocks to name but a few

The guest tables were decorated with large bubble vases filled with a mix of scented roses and stocks in shades of pink and cream

The bridal table was a ‘banquet’ style with guests seated on both sides, we used hand tied bouquets of roses and peonies placed into banks of cube vases, the table setting was completed with bud vases and crystal tea light holders for added romantic sparkle

The barn looked beautiful on the day and we are pleased to report the both Jo and Guy loved the flowers that we had chosen, the sun was shining, a beautiful day for a wedding, it was a pleasure to work with such a lovely couple and a stunning venue which we hope to be able to visit again soon, in the meantime we would like to wish Jo and Guy a long and happy life together xx

Sue and Derroll

Sue and Derroll – The Blazing Donkey, Kent

On a very warm mid summer day in July we provided the flowers for Sue and Derrolls wedding at The Blazing Donkey, Sandwich, Kent

Sue’s colour scheme was a fresh salmon pink, Sue’s love of contemporary styled flowers influenced her choice of beautiful Calla lilies, we used the most elegant of them all – or we think so – White Arum lilies interspersed with pearls and finished with a collar of grasses also intertwined with a pearl garland

Derroll wore a double buttonhole of two white calla lilies with grass loops and pearl details

The bridesmaids carried tied bouquets of ivory roses and calla lilies, surrounded by grass loops, the addition of crystal diamonte between the flowers ensured some extra sparkle on the day

We added a touch of colour to the venue flowers with the addition of some very pretty roses, some trailing pedestal arrangements and a long and low table arrangement for the top table complimented the simple birdcages that adorned the guest tables

We didn’t manage to take photos of these but this lovely picture of the happy couple was shared with us by one of their guests, showing a glimpse of the floral arrangements

Sue and Derroll have promised to share some of their wedding photos from their special day with us  which we are looking forward to seeing, in the meantime we would like to wish them a long and happy life together xx

Nicola and Chris

Nicola and Chris, Wedding Flowers at Pines Calyx, Dover, Kent

When we met with Nicola to discuss flowers for her wedding to Chris we were set a challenge to incorporate Scottish heather, shells and driftwood into her wedding bouquet

Nicola and Chris were to be married at Pines Calyx in Dover, Kent, a wedding set beside the sea, hence the driftwood and seashells, bespoke floristry is our speciality  so we set about designing a unique wedding bouquet just for Nicola

Nicola wanted white roses and striking blue orchids as her main flowers with some Scottish white heather representing Chris’ heritage

Nicola and Chris’ wedding flowers were a striking combination of materials and truly bespoke to them, we would like to congratulate them on their marriage and wish them a long and happy life together xx

Christiana and Alex

Christiana and Alex – Wedding Flowers, Sevenoaks, Kent

Christiana and Alex were married on a beautifully sunny day in early August, Christiana wanted scented flowers for her bouquet, we suggested beautifully scented Columbian garden roses in shades of pink and cream

These beautiful blooms were softened with Panicum grass and simply tied with satin ribbon They smelt divine!

Christiana’s sister carried a smaller version of the bridal bouquet and we supplied single cut stems of roses for the dinner tables

Crystal Bouquets – Wedding Bouquets

We have been busy over the summer with fresh wedding flowers but we have also produced a steady stream of our crystal elements range of heirloom bouquets for our brides that want something to keep forever, here is a small selection of them xx

In an English Summer Garden

In an English summer Garden – Wedding Flowers at Bridgewood Manor Hotel, Chatham, Kent

It was our pleasure to provide the personal bouquets and buttonholes for Julie and Dave’s wedding at Bridgewood Manor Hotel

We were recommended to Julie by Tina Morris of Christina Jane Events who were providing the venue decor, our brief was a natural mix of flowers and colours that you would find growing in a typical summer garden…..the only request “please include freesias” the brides favourite flower

Of course we were only too happy to oblige and to a mix of summer grasses and foliage we added freesias, nigella (love in a mist) pretty blue scabious, lissianthus, dahlias, flowering mint and matricaria (cammomile)

The brides bouquet and flower girl bouquets were finished with burlap and satin ribbon, the wedding guests were treated to mini bouquets tied together with string in a bright mix of colourful blooms to complete the natural summer wedding theme

We hope you enjoy the images, we sure loved creating them xx

 

A Family Affair

A Family Affair – Peony Wedding Flowers, St Mary’s Church Kemsing, The Grasshopper Inn Westerham

Our most recent wedding was a very personal and special occasion for us, my Son married his Fiancé Katie at the picturesque St Mary’s Church in the village of Kemsing in Sevenoaks, Kent, it was a pleasure to be able to work so closely with Katie & Liam in the months leading up to their special day designing wedding flowers as well as finishing touches to create a co-ordinated style to their wedding day.

Katie wanted a vintage style to her wedding, the picturesque village church and the Tudor backdrop of The Grasshopper Inn set the scene perfectly, Katie chose beautiful ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ peonies for her wedding bouquet and in keeping with their vintage style seasonal blooms in shades of pink and cream were used to decorate the church and venue

Liam wore a pink peony buttonhole to match his brides wedding bouquet and in true vintage style we tied it all together…no wiring of these back in the day!

Katie’s sister Steph was her maid of honor and carried a tied bouquet of vintage pink ‘Old Dutch’ roses mixed with scented garden roses and the delicate oyster pink ‘Sweet Avalanche’ rose

We decorated the church with garlands, pedestals and delicate pew decorations with draping pearls and heart shaped tags with romantic quotes stamped onto them

The guest tables had centrepieces of large flower filled candelabras including peonies and roses and finished with drapes of pearls, the long top table arrangement was filled with a mix of roses, peonies and seasonal blooms

We created vintage style banners for the sweet table and card box, the place settings were dressed with hand made paper roses made from vintage styled music sheet paper, the notation was ‘Stand by Me’ the song chosen for their first dance …..we don’t just do fresh flowers, on this occasion we created paper ones too!

A great day was had by all and we wish Liam and Katie a long and happy life together….of course we have added some pics for you to browse and these are courtesy of www.mathewpagephotography  who incidently we would highly recommend

Detling Wedding Fair

Detling Wedding Fair – Kent County Showground, Detling, Kent

We had a wonderful day on Sunday, it was our first time exhibiting at this wedding event, we met lots of lovely couples and it was great to hear of everyone’s plans and ideas for their wedding day

We chose to showcase two styles of wedding flowers, ‘Romantic Roses’ in shades of vintage lilac, nude and blush pinks, a colour palette that is versatile to compliment many colour schemes, we displayed traditional arrangements of candelabra, pedestal and table wreaths bought up to date with modern foliages to compliment the roses

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