April’s Real Wedding Bouquets

RoundupSo many people have pulled together to make the first month on Bicycle Made for Two a success. We’ve featured seven real Weddings from Cambridgeshire Suppliers and I’ve invited Katie Humphrey from Buns and Roses Weddings and Events to help me celebrate by writing our first monthly blog round-up. We’re concentrating on the beautiful flowers carried by our  real brides so far. Katie identifies the blooms so you can recreate these bridal styles.

A colourful and playful bouquet for a colourful and playful wedding

Jarrod and Vicky‘s laughter-filled wedding day was punctuated by the bright and bold colours in Vicky’s bridal bouquet. The different textures and sizes of the flowers that Vicky chose make for a fun combination and the bare stems lend a simple rustic vibe. The large cream roses make a great background on which the other flowers can really pop.

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(c) Annie Lovett Photography

To achieve this look Katie recommends:

Cream, lilac and red roses
Thistles
Eucalyptus
Red Scabiosa
Scabiosa pods
Red Astilbe
Lavender

A bundle of pure white blooms for an elegant monochrome wedding

Laura and James‘ chose a simple black and white palette for their elegant Cambridge college wedding. The scheme was softened with a rustic edge introduced through fabrics such as hessian and twine. Laura and her bridesmaids carried pure white bouquets which contrasted against the bridesmaids’ black dresses. Laura went for a bigger and blousier flower which set off her fitted fishtail dress to perfection.

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(c) Rebecca Wedding Photography

To achieve this look Katie recommends:

White Hydrangeas
Gypsophilia (Bridesmaids)

Romantic and nostalgic roses for a chic French wedding

CJ and Tom‘s relaxed family wedding in France featured soft green and pink hues which compliment each other beautifully. The silvery foliage in CJ’s bouquet blended beautifully with the pastel tones of the roses and the muted colours of the hydrangea. Overall it gives the impression of a faded photograph or a well-worn vintage fabric. The combination induces feelings of nostalgia and happy contemplation.

Photo by John Hope Photography // www.johnhopephotography.com
(c) John Hope Photography

To achieve this look Katie recommends:

Memory Lane & Quicksand Roses
Antique Hydrangeas
Cream freesias
Eucalyptus

Natural and informal wildflowers for a vibrant and quirky family wedding

Ross and Lisa‘s afternoon tea wedding was a feast of colour and excitement. These pretty table decorations are all about texture and colour with tiny feathery flowers and foliage providing a feminine softness to the galvanised metal. The flowers appear natural and wild as if they had self seeded in meadow. There is a lovely natural height to the arrangements making good use of the longer stems of flowers.

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(c) David Glover Photography

To achieve this look Katie recommends:

Stocks
Iris
Purple & pink Veronicas
Blue Statice
Golden Solidago
Freesias
Daisies
Pink and white Gyspsophilia

Mountains of flowers for a very vintage marquee wedding

Jess and Dan‘s big and bold floral arrangements helped to create the ‘wow’ in their vintage marquee wedding. Flowers were abundant at every turn and the coordinated colour scheme of peach and pink hues brought sophistication while the trailing foliage added romance and a more relaxed sense to the formal arrangements.

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(c) Liz Greenhalgh Photography

To achieve this look Katie recommends:

Roses
Hydrangeas
Spray roses
Ivy
Lisianthus
Ferns
Queen Anne’s Lace

A bright and colourful bouquet for a personal and intimate celebration

Beth and Scott‘s family-focussed wedding was all about their personalities and their favourite things. Beth’s bouquet is as bright and bubbly as she is with bold pops of deep colour and a beautiful range of shapes and sizes of flowers. I love the dark pinks and purples offset by the yellows and whites. This bouquet screams fun!

(c) Annie Lovett Photography

To achieve this look Katie recommends:

Freesias
Alstromeria
Carnations
Chrysanthemums
Queen Anne’s Lace
Eucalyptus

Romantic and feminine roses for a romantic and feminine barn wedding

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(c) Hannah Duffy Photography

Kelly and Mike’s rustic barn venue is married beautifully with a soft feminine palette of blush tones. Kelly’s bouquet is dominated by a single type of rose in a delicate pink which is so feminine and romantic in it’s simplicity.To achieve this look Katie recommends:

Pale pink roses
Gypsophilia
Eucalyptus

I feel very lucky to have worked with so many talented people so far on Bicycle Made for Two. I have had quite an extended period of absence so far this month but I promise there are more exciting things to come. Thankyou to everyone who has featured on this site already and do please keep spreading the word. Without all of you wonderful suppliers, photographers and brides I wouldn’t have anything to write about and I really have enjoyed it so far. From the bottom of my heart thankyou and enjoy!

Kirsty xx

Photo Credits:

  1. Jarrod and Vicky: Photography by Annie Lovett Photography; Bouquet by Tilia Wedding Flowers.
  2. Laura and James: Photography by Rebecca Wedding Photography; Bouquets by Radhika Flowers, Trumpington
  3. CJ and Tom: Photography by John Hope Photography; Bouquet by Buns and Roses Weddings and Events
  4. Ross and Lisa: Photography by David Glover Photography; Flowers by Buns and Roses Weddings and Events
  5. Jess and Dan: Photography by Liz Greenhalgh Photography; Flowers by family friend.
  6. Beth and Scott: Photography by Annie Lovett Photography; Bouquet by The Great British Florist
  7. Kelly and Mike: Photography by Hannah Duffy (Wedding Belles); Bouquet by Petals & Pearls.

Featured Product: “Leah” Fascinator from Ollie and Ivy Fascinators

Ollie and Ivy Leah Fascinator Featured ProductThis week I was introduced to Laura at Ollie and Ivy Fascinators. Zoe from The Little Vintage Car Company met Laura at a wedding fair and thought her luxury silk flower wedding accessories might be right up my street. Oh, how right she was! Just look at the gorgeous “Leah” headpiece available right now on the Ollie and Ivy website.

“Leah” features silk roses in lilac and peach hues teamed with lavender and anemones and is £54.99. I found this in the bridesmaid section but I think it would be equally stunning for a bride or even a guest at a country garden or tea party wedding.

Ollie and Ivy Fascinators have a range of fascinators, flower crowns, head pieces, corsages and accessories available for brides, bridesmaids and mothers of the bride. Check out their wedding wellingtons too! I can’t wait to see more from this great little Cambridgeshire business.

DIY Tutorial: Hydrangea and Gypsophilia Flower Crown

header image flower crownThe arrival of little Princess Charlotte this week has inspired me to make a floral crown.  A fitting way to celebrate, don’t you think?  Flower crowns are everywhere at the moment; magazines, the high street, Etsy … but a fresh flower crown is something a little bit special!

So I thought I would share with you the secrets to making your own floral headpiece in time for the summer.  I have used Gypsophilia (also known as baby’s breath) with pink hydrangeas, but you can use just about any flower and greenery you like! Continue reading

Beth and Scott’s Relaxed Family Wedding at The Willow Tree

newnham-college-willow-tree-bourn-cambridge-wedding-photographer-129I always tend to lay out the photos before I look at the responses to the questionnaires for our real weddings. I want to choose the best photos which will capture your imagination as readers. Sometimes this backfires because I read the submissions and think ‘oh, I really didn’t get that from the photos!’ and have to re-jig things a bit to sit with the text.

However, with Beth and Scott’s wedding at their favourite pub, The Willow Tree, I got ‘it’. Beth described their wedding style as ‘super relaxed’ and photographer Annie Lovett concurred: “It was a beautifully relaxed, people/family-focussed day. I have yet to see another bride who beamed as much as Bethan did all day long! It really was about the two of them, and their two families genuinely coming together.” Continue reading

Featured Product: Sweetie ‘Chest’ from TLC Candy Cart Hire

TLC Candy Cart Featured Product Sweet ChestWe’re head over heels in love with this sweetie chest from TLC Candy Cart Hire. Hire of the chest fully decorated is only £35 and includes glassware, tongs and 100 striped bags. They can also provide the sweets at extra cost.

Tracy and Louise hire out a wide range of props and accessories via their Facebook Page and website. They also have made-to-order craft items for sale so make sure you check them out!

What are your favourite candy bar treats? I love a jazzie!

DIY Tutorial: Advertising Tin Centrepieces

Blog Introduction ImageI have been delighted by, and slightly in awe of, the number of Brides-to-be I have come across recently who have expressed a desire to do their own wedding flowers. I’ve also attended some wonderful weddings where friends and family have provided blooms from their own gardens to arrange around the venue and in the table centrepieces. I thought, if a Bride is willing to give it a go on her wedding day, that I should be able to throw something together on a relaxed afternoon at home. So, we’re starting with something very simple and styling three bunches of white roses in vintage advertising tins today to create four subtely different table centrepieces – all for under £15! Continue reading

Jess and Dan’s Vintage and Rustic Marquee Wedding in Ramsey

Vintage Marquee Wedding © Liz Greenhalgh Photography_0097What does rustic mean to you? For me it is all about the countryside, working the land, a bit of nostalgia, hand tools, craftsmen and farming. A rustic wedding would balance these harder elements with soft lace and an abundance of natural blooms. So with all that in mind, I don’t think you could actually get much more ‘rustic’ than this marquee wedding from Liz Greenhalgh Photography.

Vintage Marquee Wedding © Liz Greenhalgh Photography_0024I loved reading about Jess and Dan’s wedding from the point of view of their photographer, Liz Greenhalgh. I will celebrate my third wedding anniversary Continue reading

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Photo by John Hope Photography // www.johnhopephotography.com
Dress from Shades of White (c) John Hope Photography

Sunday is a bit of an admin day on Bicycle Made for Two. This is when we will do announcements, coming-ups and shout out to all you lovely Cambridgeshire Suppliers to tell you how you can get involved.

We are not an exclusive party! We have a team of bloggers who cover cakes, flowers, vintage styling, stationery and photography but that does not mean that you can’t get involved if you do that too. We are open to all Cambridgeshire suppliers and we won’t be leaving anyone out!

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Very Vintage Weddings (c) Rebecca Wedding Photography

So what can we do for you?

1. First and foremost the best way to get your business onto Bicycle Made for Two is to be featured in a Real Wedding. If your product has been used in a Continue reading

Meet the Suppliers: Harriet Bull from Kissing Otters

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(c) Hannah Hall Photography

Today I caught up with Harriet Bull, founder and creative force behind Kissing Otters who create such gorgeous and unique wedding stationery designs.  Harriet started Kissing Otters following her own wedding in 2014.  I really love her style of designs, that lace together pretty & traditional with fun and quirky, and her spinner design is my favourite wedding invite I have seen in a long time! Katie xx

Let us know a bit about the face behind Kissing Otters – what do you like to do when you are not creating wedding stationery?

I am an avid traveller and love going abroad; I spend plenty of my day plotting my next holiday in my head – next up is New York!

I live with my husband John and 2 cats Archie and Lola (who is snuggling Continue reading

Capturing The Perfect Confetti Moment

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(c) Wedding Belles – Hannah Duffy Photography

Every time I flick through a real wedding to choose the ‘cover’ shot which appears at the top of the article my heart will skip a beat at the confetti shot. It is often full of colour, centres on the newlyweds in the moments after their ceremony and undoubtedly contains the biggest smiles of the day. I love a confetti shot! And in this I am not alone.

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(c) Lisa Jane Photography

My own confetti moment (above) may not have gone exactly as I planned – I hid underneath my bouquet! I hadn’t quite envisaged the violence with which Continue reading