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Tuesday 17th July 2018

A love of rich Autumnal tones….



There’s another spectacular wedding we want to share with you…

This one was at the beautiful Clock Barn in rural Hampshire. This venue oozes charm and romance and it’s always a real treat to take our flowers to such an amazing location.

Speaking of amazing, the bride was absolutely radiant… Pippa’s dress was exceptionally beautiful, and we like to think the flowers were the icing on the cake! Being an autumnal wedding we chose colours that were both warming and rustic in feel and they complemented Pippa’s natural style perfectly. Not to be left out, the groom, Luke, had a fragrant button hole made up of rosemary, lavender and berries.

Rosemary and berries were also included in the floral decorations, and as you can imagine the room smelt wonderful.

This really was a great example of a wedding that had been thought through in every aspect and yet managed to look natural and rustic. Huge congratulations to Pippa and Luke for creating such a stunning, informal environment – the guests couldn’t help but feel relaxed and enjoy every aspect of the day.

Every wedding season has a feel and style all of its own, and Autumn weddings give us an opportunity to bring that ‘woodland’, russet, changing-of-the-leaves feel indoors… we’re sure you’ll agree that looking at these photos it’s worth planning your wedding date just for that!

Images by Lydia Stamps (Images 2 & 8 by Eden Blooms)

Highlighting Scabious - Eden Blooms
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Tuesday 15th May 2018

Highlighting Scabious



Now here’s a flower that we don’t talk about very often – and we really, really should!

The gentle, delicate, exquisitely beautiful Scabious is affectionately known as the Pincushion flower. Reasons that we love it? Firstly, there’s few better flowers to grow in your garden. Not only do they have a fantastically long-flowering season which means you can admire the plethora of lovely colours for longer, they’re also great for attracting pollinators into your garden so you’ll be helping keep the bees and butterflies happy too!

Secondly, they come in an amazing array of colours. Those lovely textured petals and spiky ball centre come in reds, blues, whites, purples, pinks… even blacks. Perfect for cutting and bringing those wonderful colours indoors, they can be used fresh or dried. Even the dried seed heads can be used, you don’t get much more versatile than that in a flower!

We love using these little treasures in arrangements and bridal bouquets, where they add a charming ‘country garden’ feel in the spring and summer, while the seed heads add a lovely and interesting texture to autumn and winter bouquets.After all that, needless to say Scabious will be featuring heavily in our Eden Blooms cutting garden this year!

All Images by Eden Blooms Florist.  Be inspired by this beautiful flower in our Eden Blooms Pinterest galleries.

A summer’s day wedding - Eden Blooms
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Tuesday 17th April 2018

A summer’s day wedding



Excited at the prospect of some sunshine coming our way (thank goodness!), we’ve been reminiscing about a wonderful wedding we were lucky to have been a part of last summer.

This was the lovely Laura & Tom's wedding held at the ever-stunning Hotel Du Vin in Winchester. A boutique hotel in Hampshire, built in 1715 it really is a splendid venue… and ideal considering this really was a splendid wedding!

Needless to say, the bride looked absolutely stunning, everything went to plan, and the sun shone on the guests who’d gathered to share this special occasion.

Once inside, the interior reflected the splendour of the day. Picture gold candelabras, gold rose bowls, stem vases, dinner candles, tealights – all incredibly romantic, particularly in these surroundings. To complement this theme, we created what we’d like to describe as ‘floral heaven’… a combination of Peony, Garden Roses, Pinks, Whites and textured foliage which created romantic, blousy, feminine arrangements.

The bouquet itself was pure white, as were the petals that were scattered down the ‘aisle’… stunning in its simplicity.

As we look forward to another summer of wonderful weddings, this one sticks in our mind, and we can’t wait to create some more amazing floral memories this year!

All images by Paul Gregory Photography

Sweet Pea Heaven - Eden Blooms
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Wednesday 21st March 2018

Sweet Pea Heaven



It’s an unassuming little flower, but we are completely in love with the humble sweet pea (lathyrus odoratus). So much so that they have been given plenty of space in our very own Eden Blooms’ cutting garden.

You can easily grow sweet peas giving you a steady supply of colourful, fragranced joy to take indoors.

Now’s the time – as soon as spring arrives start planting in pots, or sow directly into the ground. Plant in a bright sunny spot in the garden, or in large containers on the patio.Its beneficial to pinch out tips (simply squeeze the top off between your finger and thumb reducing the plant to about 2 inches) when plants reach about 4 inches. This will encourage each plant to become bushier and more robust, not to mention the more shoots there are the more flowers you’ll get!

As climbers, they’ll need some support once they start growing – garden canes, trellis or even wire supports are fine. You’ll prolong the flowering period by regularly cutting the flowers – which is really good news – that’s more to take indoors.

There’s a HUGE range of varieties offering a myriad of colours -  apricots, pinks, lilacs, purples, deep maroons along with different patterns and fragrances. And given their amazing scent and blousy relaxed feel, they make a stunning wedding bouquet and can be the focus of a beautiful country garden style wedding.

You can see some of our home grown sweet peas on our pinterest and @eden blooms Instagram, and would love to encourage you to plant now and create your own little sweet pea heaven this year – these scented little beauties will reward you over and over again… very sweet indeed!

Images 1-5 by Eden Blooms Florist.  Image 6 by Guy Collier 

The Great Outdoors - Eden Blooms
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Tuesday 13th February 2018

The Great Outdoors



There’s something really special about an outdoor wedding, everything feels so natural and relaxed and as a florist it’s a real pleasure to work on.

When Shelley & Tom Nicoli chose an outdoor wedding at one of our favourite venues, Bury Court Barn, we were delighted with our brief. The bridesmaids would be wearing pale pinks, the general theme was soft pastels and a special ‘feature’ was needed where the ceremony would be taking place.

We created a floral arch beam decoration as the focal point to compliment the brides’ bouquet and all the other arrangements in the barn. These comprised Lilac Sweet Peas, Alchemilla (otherwise known as Lady’s Mantle), Astilbe, one of our all time favourites – gorgeous Peony, Rose, Lavender, Flowering Mint, Olive and Rosemary. And yes, the fragrance really was as good as it sounds! 

It was an incredible, joyful occasion, captured beautifully as ever by waterlanephotography, and the relaxed nature of the surroundings was embraced by all those attending to create an amazing atmosphere.

Wishing every happiness to Shelley & Tom, and thanks for letting us be a part of such a gorgeous day! 

Take a peek at our pinterest page for some inspiration…

All images by Waterlane Photography.

A love of Roses - Eden Blooms
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Wednesday 10th January 2018

A love of Roses



Picture the archetypal English flower and most people will think of a rose. Fragrant, delicate, beautiful and oh so romantic. 

Unsurprisingly roses are one of our most frequest requests in a wedding bouquet, with good reason. But do you know how many varieties of this beauty there are?

Margaret Merrill’s are popular - highly fragranced, dainty with perfect blooms of white. The Malaya Spray Rose is also a lovely creamy pink but this time looking more like a traditional garden rose. 

In contrast the Rachel is a wonderful combination of pink and peach frilled petals, Evelyn are apricot flowers made up of numerous small petals inter-twined with larger ones, Kiera is the rose of glorious vintage style blooms and Kate  - yes, named after the Duchess of Cambridge – the perfect rose to sit amongst other cottage garden flowers and foliage.

The final one to mention is White O’Hara, as beautiful in scent as it is in looks. One of our favourites to use in a bouquet.

There are many more varieties and to be honest, we love each and every one of them. When you’re thinking about your bouquet, add a little gentle, natural romance… we’d be happy to talk to you for hours about all the different types so we can find the perfect, in season, one for you. Take a look at some of our images here. 

As Shakespeare rightly said…

‘A rose by any other name would smell as sweet’

Image 1 by Tell Your Story Photography all other images by Eden Blooms Florist.

A day of festive wreaths, - Eden Blooms
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Tuesday 12th December 2017

A day of festive wreaths,



We were delighted to host two Christmas Wreath Workshops at Neptune’s Farnham Store, on Saturday 25th November.

Inspired by Neptune’s seasonal colour Teal we choose to use the finest textured foliages and sundries to create the most luxurious door wreaths, teamed with sumptuous velvet ribbons.

We were thrilled to be joined by so many talented individuals who with step-by-step tuition were able to produce so many striking wreaths to take home and hang in pride of place.

Not only were we surrounded by the most beautiful home wares and design inspiration (we might have made a few little cheeky purchases!) but we also enjoyed the delicious mulled wine and maybe the odd one or two mince pies!!

If you would like to get creative and learn a new skill in 2018.  Please do take a look at the exciting courses we have coming up in the Spring by following this link.

Image 1,2,3,4 5 by Yvonne Hardman at One Purl Row  Image 6 Janne Ford

Eden Blooms on what’s tipped to be the hottest trends for our 2018 brides! - Eden Blooms
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Tuesday 28th November 2017

Eden Blooms on what is tipped to be the hottest trends for our 2018 brides!



We’ve had a year packed full of unique and gorgeous weddings.  Whilst we’ve covered everything from hot pinks to hues of blues.  The palette for our brides has most definitely been all about the blushes, elegant whites and silvery foliage’s.  2018 looks set to change all this and be moving more towards colour…the brighter the better! Oversized bouquets continue to make their mark and we simply cannot wait!

The industrial styling is ever popular with Copper, set to be huge in 2018.  Teamed with marble accessories and geometric vases and lanterns creating a new element to tablescapes.  Against a backdrop of Navy and vibrant blues such as Farrow & Ball's Stifkey Blue & Inchrya blue –it looks incredible.

It’s no secret that we love a floral hoop here at Eden Blooms.  Any size, shape, carried, suspended, mossed we just cant get enough of them.  Simple yet incredibly effective.   We have lots more ideas to play with in the months ahead!

The love of ‘foliage only’ designs is something brides are still aspiring too. Texture, scent and the botanical feel is something that will most definitely be coming with us into the year ahead……

Images 1, 5 & 6 by Lydia Stamp Photography. Images 2 & 4 by Eden Blooms. Image 3 by Janne Ford

The magic of Farnham Castle - Eden Blooms
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Tuesday 21st November 2017

The magic of Farnham Castle



Coming straight out of a picture book, it really is a jewel in the regions crown - an idyllic venue for the big day. Here at Eden Blooms we’re so proud to be one of the Castle’s recommended suppliers.

For the first time this year, Farnham Castle hosted an Official Wedding Show, and we made sure that our displays lived up to their surroundings, it’s always such a treat to be working in those atmospheric halls and chapels. 

 

On 15th & 16th October, Farnham Castle opened its doors to the public.  The Lantern Hall, Norman Chapel (our personal favourite!), Great Hall and Stone Hall were all styled and we created some suitably decadent decor.  From lanterns, seasonal plants, candles, olive trees and using textured foliages to create natural earthy displays and luxurious but soft garlanding.  We simply adore how versatile this venue is.

If you are planning a wedding at the Castle do take a look some of our photos on Pinterest, and also at this wonderfully unique venue.

 What more inspiration could you need for your wedding… arrive as a Prince and Princess, and by the end of the day you’ll be King and Queen of the Castle!

Images 1-6 by Eden Blooms Florist.  Image 7 by Tony Hart.  Image 8 by Sophie Duckworth

 

The wedding of Sacha and Andrew - Eden Blooms
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Tuesday 14th November 2017

The wedding of Sacha and Andrew



It’s difficult to know where to start with this wedding – it was such a wonderful combination of warmth, happiness, sophistication, lovely people, amazing food… and of course beautiful flowers!

The service was held in the most amazing candlelit church, a more atmospheric setting would be hard to find. The winter foliage we used to decorate St Leonards in Cliddesden, combined with the candlelight, turned it into something truly breathtaking.

 And just when you thought it couldn’t get any more beautiful… Sacha and Andrew welcomed their guests in a Winter Marquee. Picture pure elegance and sophistication, more candlelight and more beautiful flowers. 

The wedding bouquets were all carefully chosen winter arrangements, and these were reflected in the seasonal decorations around the venue. It really was nothing short of a very serene winter wonderland. 

 The catering also deserves a mention, a true feast for the eyes – we love working at events with the ‘Eat the Street Caterers’ – they always provide wonderful food that’s just that little bit different. 

And of course, the photographer Martin did a perfect job, as ever, of capturing the unique beauty of the day. 

It was a real pleasure to be part of this wedding, it flowed beautifully from beginning to end, with lots of twinkly lights inbetween… and we wish Sacha and Andrew a lifetime of happiness together, knowing that they had a day they’ll never forget.

Images 1-4 by Martin Bedall Photography.  All other images by Eden Blooms Florist.

Millbridge Court Soiree - Eden Blooms
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Tuesday 31st October 2017

Millbridge Court Soiree



We’re delighted to announce we’re now a recommended supplier at Millbridge Court, a gorgeous boutique hotel and wedding barn just outside of Farnham, on the borders of Hampshire and Surrey.

On the evening of 27th September we had the great pleasure of taking part in an event for couples who are booked to get married at the venue so that we could give them a taster of just how spectacular their flowers could look on the day.

We worked with some beautiful combinations and colours – focussing on Raspberry, Deep Pink and Chocolate and utilised scented English Roses, Chocolate Cosmos (you won’t believe how good they smell!) and fragrant herbs including Rosemary, Purple Basil, Geranium, Olive and textured foliage’s. 

Our floral installations included a stunning table runner installation made up of herbs and vintage stem vases along with gold candles and gorgeous calligraphy by Judy Broad . There were olive trees, a floral hoop and a cascading design for the Patisserie Table to compliment the delicious deserts created by Kalm Kitchen… all the little touches that make the difference between a great day and a stunning day.

We hope those that attended left feeling inspired.., and we very much look forward to seeing some of them back for the real thing on their big day! (For your own inspiration, take a look at some of the photos from the event)

Images by Jasmine Andrews

Combining some of our favourite things… - Eden Blooms
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Tuesday 17th October 2017

Combining some of our favourite things…



We are delighted that so many of you have already chosen to join us on at one of our Eden Blooms Seasonal Wreath making courses over the next few months.  

 It’s so satisfying to meet new people and see them learn and create something new. To see everyone create a beautiful Christmas wreath made up of the finest British Foliage’s and Herbs not only looks great but smells divine too.

 If you are feeling inspired and would love to have a go yourself then these are the courses for you and we would love to teach you and show you how.

We are offering various courses on the following dates;

Festive Styling - Floral Styling & Photography Workshop-Bury Court Barn GU10 5LZ

Thursday 16th November 10am - 3.30pm

Christmas Wreath Making Course at Hoddington Arm - Upton Grey Hampshire RG25 2RL

Monday December 4th 2017 11.00am or 5.30pm

Christmas Wreath Making - Neptune Store - 16 Folly Hill, Farnham GU9 0BB

Saturday 25th November - 2pm- 5pm 

For further details on all of these courses and details on how to book please follow this link.  If you need any more information, please do not hesitate to contact us and we would be more than happy to advise.

All Images by Janne Ford

A day of Creativity, British flowers, Photography and Floral Styling - Eden Blooms
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Tuesday 26th September 2017

A day of Creativity, British flowers, Photography and Floral Styling



We were delighted to host the second of our social media courses this year in partnership with the talented Instagrammer @JanneFord. ‘British Flowers Floral Styling & Photography’ workshop at the gorgeous Bury Court Barn on Tuesday 19th September.

The event was sponsored by The Real Flower Company Trade, who provided the most exquisite and sumptuous blooms for the day.  Rich autumnal tones and heavenly scents filled the barn and inspired some stunning images from all who attended.  The flowers included Scented Garden Roses, Scabious, Dahlias and an abundance of beautiful textured seasonal foliage’s and grasses.

There was a delicious lunch and obviously the odd slice of cake too to keep energy levels up!  Followed by more expert tuition and the chance to create and style their own arrangements in various locations around this gorgeous wedding venue using the props provided.  The possibilities were endless…the images really do speak for themselves.

Every attendee received the most fabulous goody bag full of treats thanks to Neptune Home, Jing Tea and seeds provided by Pigpen Flowers.

If you would like to join us for our next course ‘ festive Styling’ or any of our courses happening throughout Nov & Dec please follow this link.  But be sure to be quick they are hugely popular and so much fun.  We would love you to come and join us.

All Images by Janne Ford

A Gardeners Delight - Eden Blooms
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Tuesday 12th September 2017

A Gardeners Delight



Cally and I have been trying to plan the new Poly Tunnel (its actually a square? So what would you call it?) and the cutting garden for 2018. We’ve been pouring over seed catalogues and trying to predict trends for Summer 2018.Instagram is a great tool for gardening inspiration. We’ve been following @katieinthegarden for a while and Cally had the pleasure of visiting the garden on a guided tour during their open day in the Summer. 

Image Off Shore Dream

 Image Inca Glamour

Image Dark Butterfly

After Chocolate Brownies & Tea we were taken on a guided tours of the cutting garden, greenhouse and wider grounds. After picking Katie & Lisa’s brains all morning we showed them how to make hand ties in a ‘skils swap’ session.

Katie is now going to come to our cutting patch and give us some advice. How lucky are we!

I hope you enjoy all the images of their beautiful flowers. If you love gardening give Katie a follow on Instagram. 

Image Phantom

Image Roald Dahl

Image Sanguisorba Tenuifolia Purpurea

Image Attar of Roses Pelargonium

Image Rapsody in blue

All images by Eden Blooms Florist

Lucy and Robert’s Russet House Wedding - Eden Blooms
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Wednesday 6th September 2017

Lucy and Robert’s Russet House Wedding



A glorious Summer wedding is a thing of beauty… and few get more beautiful that of Lucy and Robert in July. Not even the good old British weather (yes, umbrellas were required!) could cast a shadow on this day.The lovely bridal party got ready at The Barn at Roundhurst, Lurgashall before the wedding ceremony at St Teresa’s Church in Chiddingfold followed by a wonderful reception at Russets Country House. This is a magical place with the only 5-star Google rating of all the wedding venues in Surrey. It feels like everything here sparkles… and most sparkly of all were the bride and groom!

Our brief was to come up with a wild and relaxed country garden style featuring lilacs, pale blues and whites using seasonal blooms, foliage and herbs. In short, every florists dream!

Lucy looked stunning and her effortless style was complemented by the ‘wild’ bouquet. Silverado Roses, Ocean Song Roses, Delphinium, Flowering Mint, Oregano, Nigella, Scabious, Olive and Asparagus Fern made up the large asymmetric style with mesmerising herbs and fragrance. 

The bridesmaids carried smaller hand tied bouquets with the same relaxed feel.

At the fantastic venue, we put in two stunning urn arrangements along with a mixture of tall and low arrangements on the tables. To match with the bouquets, these all included lots of British herbs and foliage and the resulting scent that filled room at Russets was nothing short of incredible.

Take a look at the photos on our Pinterest board, the wedding party is glowing, and a little bit of rain couldn’t stop the warmth emanating from this couple! 

All images by Murray Clarke Photography.  All flowers and styling by Eden Blooms Florist.

Lucy and Robert’s Russet House Wedding - Eden Blooms
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Wednesday 6th September 2017

Lucy and Robert’s Russet House Wedding



A glorious Summer wedding is a thing of beauty… and few get more beautiful that of Lucy and Robert in July. Not even the good old British weather (yes, umbrellas were required!) could cast a shadow on this day.

The lovely bridal party got ready at The Barn at Roundhurst, Lurgashall before the wedding ceremony at St Teresa’s Church in Chiddingfold followed by a wonderful reception at Russets Country House. This is a magical place with the only 5-star Google rating of all the wedding venues in Surrey. It feels like everything here sparkles… and most sparkly of all were the bride and groom!

Our brief was to come up with a wild and relaxed country garden style featuring lilacs, pale blues and whites using seasonal blooms, foliage and herbs. In short, every florists dream! 

Lucy looked stunning and her effortless style was complemented by the ‘wild’ bouquet. Silverado Roses, Ocean Song Roses, Delphinium, Flowering Mint, Oregano, Nigella, Scabious, Olive and Asparagus Fern made up the large asymmetric style with mesmerising herbs and fragrance. 

The bridesmaids carried smaller hand tied bouquets with the same relaxed feel.

At the fantastic venue, we put in two stunning urn arrangements along with a mixture of tall and low arrangements on the tables. To match with the bouquets, these all included lots of British herbs and foliage and the resulting scent that filled room at Russets was nothing short of incredible.

Take a look at the photos on our Pinterest board, the wedding party is glowing, and a little bit of rain couldn’t stop the warmth emanating from this couple! 

All images by Murray Clarke Photography.  Flowers created and styled by Eden Blooms Florist.

Garden of Hygge Wedding Ideas - Eden Blooms
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Thursday 24th August 2017

Garden of Hygge Wedding Ideas



What happens when the two buzz words/concepts of the year collide in the wedding industry? A beautiful inspirational wedding editorial filled to the brim with ideas for stylish couples of course!

This shoot was inspired by Hygge and 2017s colour of the year, greenery. The concept of Hygge is one I really love, it’s an ethos and way of life, so it’s really a wonderful idea to include within a wedding. It’s not necessarily a ‘ook but more of a feel or atmosphere, something intangible, which guests will be sure to adore on the day. Greenery of course is all about oodles of green touches, natural foliage and lush blooms, something this shoot has in abundance. Not to mention a table scape of divine cuisine, darling calligraphy and a wedding table of dreams.

Many thanks to Sophie Duckworth Photography for sharing these gorgeous images. Bluebird Creative tells us more;

“Combining Hygge, a Danish word meaning cosy and togetherness and the 2017 trend of ‘Greenery’, we have created a photoshoot that combines the freshness of botanicals and herbs with the cleanliness of Scandinavian styling. What better way to celebrate togetherness than sitting at a table and enjoying some amazing food in beautiful green surroundings?

The photos include a gorgeous lace long sleeve dress by Ellis Bridal, style 11482 and an open back lace short sleeve dress by Romantica of Devon, named Penelope. With both a relaxed boho up-do and a side fishtail plait and make up to match, the bride’s look was very rustic but chic.

The setting for the shoot was in a beautiful Hampshire village with so much green and some beautiful backdrops for the bridal shoot. The bride carried a stunning floral hoop featuring moss, olive, foliage, white sweet peas and nigella along with two stunning bouquets. One filled with scabious and roses adorned with gorgeous silk ribbon trailing behind. The other, with stunning whites including nigella, sweet peas, veronica, olive and lavender foliage.

I recruited some of the finest local and upcoming talent to participate and ensure every detail of this trend is captured. With the final photos representing a gorgeous twist on ‘The Garden of Hygge’, a cosy outdoor setting.”

“We created a styled food display featuring gorgeous and colourful earthy salads, roasted beef and salmon. The colours were so vibrant but sat so beautifully amongst an abundance of herbs and rustic furniture, including a dresser and apple crates. This was featured inside an outdoor cabana with exposed brickwork and an old stove featured in the background, which we filled with logs to again bring in the cosy vibe. We created mooding with festoon lighting hanging from the ceiling. There was a gorgeous urn filled with beautiful green and white foliage to bring that ‘greenery’ trend into the backdrop. Bringing the outdoors in!”

“The calligraphy for the shoot compliments the table and floral styling, featuring greens, coppers and white. It is fresh and zingy and we even had a wax stamp featuring a gorgeous tree to fit the theme.”“The tablescape was set in the gorgeous garden area surrounded by so much foliage and a beautiful tree hanging over the table itself. From there we hung small glass globe tea light holders and white sweet peas. The table was totally rustic with no tablecloth or runner and we used both rustic benches and cross back wooden chairs for seating to create a really natural hygge vibe. It was dressed with grey plates with clear glass plates on top to give a different effect. There were grey linen napkins placed under the plates hanging down with copper cutlery either side. The table featured woods, glass, greens and a hint grey and copper. The glasses had a copper trim to match the cutlery. The candle sticks were a subtle grey bringing in the Scandinavian feel. Each setting featured a fresh pear tied with a simple white ribbon, holding a small name tag with beautiful calligraphy written guest names . Finally white fur rugs were strewn over a few chairs to add a cosy vibe to the whole setting.”

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Sophie Duckworth Photography

Planning and Styling | Bluebird Creative

Florist | Eden Blooms

Catering | Jacaranda Catering

Chair hire and linens | Couvert

Crockery and cutlery and glassware | Couvert

Bride | Laura Batchelor

Bridal Wear | Belles Bridal

Venue | The Hoddington Arms

Centre pieces and décor | Couvert

MUA and Hair | Polka Dot Hair and Makeup

Decorative Furniture | The Packhouse

Calligraphy | Judy Broad Calligraphy

Festoon Lighting | Lightwave Productions

May - the month for travelling florists! - Eden Blooms
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Wednesday 9th August 2017

May - the month for travelling florists!



May was a great month for me and Head Florist, Shelly – we both had a holiday, we both loved them and we both saw some amazing flowers.

Me first… it’s no secret that I have a love affair with Cornwall. 

On this occasion my brother and his family were on a trip from their home in Australia and I was excited to show them this part of the country as they’d never been before. We stayed at one of the gorgeous Unique Home Stays properties, it was just the perfect way to relax.

Even for those used to stunning scenery, it was easy to understand my fascination with this stunning coastline. Add to that we had wonderful weather and delicious food from outstanding restaurants (a special mention to Porthminster Beach Café, can’t recommend it enough).  

We managed to fit in a day trip tp Bottalack Mine and Charlestown Harbour and as a self-confessed Poldark addict, this was my ideal holiday!

 Over to Shelly….

‘Celebrating my husband’s 40th birthday this was a great opportunity for family time, and oh my goodness, did we make the most of it! 

I haven’t been to Portugal before and was lucky to stay in the lovely town of Sagres. Martinhal resort is really geared towards children which means us parents can relax too! Our garden house was surrounded by the things I love – beautiful plants, grasses and flowers – making me feel right at home. 

There was Agapanthus, and my absolute favourites - Olive, Rosemary & Lavender in wild abundance so I was in my element. 

Another highlight of the trip was seeing wild dolphins on a thankfully very calm ocean. All in all a fantastic holiday and a florists paradise’.

Now where to go next?!...

All images by Eden Blooms Florist

Natalie & Matthew… - Eden Blooms
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Wednesday 26th July 2017

Natalie & Matthew…



The odds were in their favour… firstly, the wedding was at Clock Barn, one of our all time favourite venues in rural Hampshire. Really, it has to be seen to be believed. Secondly, the caterers were Galloping Gourmet – once tried never forgotten! 

Thirdly, the photography was done by Mia Photography – you’ll see from her images why we love working with her.

And the best bit of all was, of course, the bride and groom, the lovely Natalie & Matthew – oh my goodness, this is how every couple should look and be on their wedding day! 

There was a very relaxed, country feel to the flowers, think soft blues, lilacs and a hint of purple…In other words…  sweet peas, delphiniums, spray roses, dried lavender, rosemary, herbs, asparagus fern and roses. Needless to say, not only did it look beautiful, it smelt divine! So hooray for an April weddings, this was a culmination of all things Spring-like and we loved every minute! 

Images 1-6 by Mia Photography.  Image 7 by Eden Blooms Florist.

Chelsea Flower Show… and other treats! - Eden Blooms
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Tuesday 11th July 2017

Chelsea Flower Show… and other treats!



This one is totally from the team… I was busy enjoying myself in my second home of Cornwall so missed out on what sounds like a fantastic outing… so over to Shelly, Head Florist….

‘Before arriving at the Show we met up to indulge in a decadent, well deserved afternoon tea at Kensington Palace Orangery – the cakes were simply delicious! 

The day was a really great opportunity to meet with one of our suppliers, The Real Flower Company at their Trade Stand who had THE most incredible flower wall that was jam packed full of garden roses – absolutely breath-taking.

We then spent plenty of time looking at the artisan gardens and were completely blown away by the flowers in the main pavilion – if there were such a thing, we were all in florist heaven! Every single flower, every single variety, from Delphiniums to Sweet Peas to David Austin Garden Roses… they were at their absolute best and had to be seen to be believed.

Moving on the main show gardens, a friend of ours – Charlotte Harris – was one of the main designers and her Royal Bank of Canada Garden was awarded gold. It’s really interesting to read the inspiration behind the garden which you’ll find at www.charlotteharris.com. A very talented lady, and very generous with her time, we spent a while chatting about the design and planning which was both fascinating and inspiring and we were very grateful for the insight.

And our wonderful day out came to an end… of sorts… we shall take what we learnt and make all our gardens look as fabulous as possible. Roll on next year’s Chelsea Flower Show!’

All images by Eden Blooms Florist

An exciting announcement from me! - Eden Blooms
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Tuesday 27th June 2017

Look who’s become a Chapel Designer!



In April I attended a Chapel Designers Course at Brixton East, London. It was run by none other than Holly Heider Chapple – one of the world’s top florists, along with Mood Flowers from Glasgow.

It involved an amazing three days where the hours were filled with business and floral workshops culminating in a Gala Dinner which showcased our designs. It took an incredible forty florists six hours to create – you can see why in the photos! 

All the flowers were sponsored by Real Flower Company Trade, Dave Austin Roses, Meijer Roses and Zest Flowers. 

Inspirational and education speakers included Rona Wheeldon – Social Media guru; Fiona Humberstone, Robbie honey and Simon Lycett – all Brand Stylists.

I learnt a great deal and am delighted that I’ll be able to offer even more arrangements that will be unique and impressive… there’s nothing quite like job satisfaction and consider myself so lucky to be able to work with flowers all day long! 

I am now one of only 200 worldwide Chapel Designers and one of 41 in the UK… so have a think about how you want to wow your guests… I always love a challenge…

Images by Dasha Caffrey & Eden Blooms Florist

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Tuesday 13th June 2017

British Roses



Synonymous with love, the rose is without doubt one of the best loved and requested flowers to include in a wedding bouquet. Why wouldn’t you want these delicate, perfumed blooms included in your magical day… they are as close to perfect as you’re going to get! 

With it being British Flower Week next week (#homegrownnotflown) I wanted to talk a little about our very own British varieties – among the finest you’ll find anywhere! Take the Evelyn with its showy, shapely large flowers and rich fruity scent. Or the Rachel, a frilly old fashioned large rose with a lovely perfume. The David Austin Juliet is a ‘neater’ medium sized flower, almost too beautiful for words! 

The Margaret Merril is a daintier rose and exceptionally fragrant, while the David Austin Kiera has many ruffled petals, looking a little like a Peony. A more traditional shape is Kate, a garden style that sits exceptionally well with other cottage garden flowers. 

Then there’s Charity, Purity and Patience – all medium sized, delicate, and well, just incredibly romantic. And finally, Darcy – a red, red rose named after Darcey Bussell – picture the elegance! 

We’re proud of these home-grown beauties, and we’d like you to join us in celebrating the wonder of British flowers. 

And include them in your big day… afterall, nothing says love quite like the rose does. 

Image by 4 by Real People Photography- all other images by Eden Blooms Florist.

Summer Flowers - Eden Blooms
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Tuesday 30th May 2017

Summer Flowers

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At last! The great British Summer has finally arrived and with it some of our most glorious flowers. The great variety available at this time means wedding bouquets are wonderfully scented, relaxed and romantic.

Some of our favourites are Stock, with their tall sturdy stems and beautiful array of colours, Roses, quintessentially English and beyond compare, Nigella and Cornflower, the cottage garden favourites, Scabious, part of the honeysuckle family, Lavender with its unique and unmistakable fragrance, and delicate, gentle Sweet Peas. In addition we love to use flowering mint and herbs, not only do they look good but obviously smell pretty amazing too!

So if you’re planning a Summer wedding, think about introducing a soft and relaxed ‘natural garden’ feel… picture a combination of rustic foliages and pastel shades, and a fragrance that will make all your guests think of Summer meadows…

Makes me smile just thinking about it….

Images 1,5,6,& 7 by Eden Blooms Florist.  Image 2 by Iona Wolf.  Image 3 & 4 by Aga Tomaszek.

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Tuesday 9th May 2017

Speechless



It goes without saying that every wedding is an extraordinary event, filled with love and laughter. But every now and then you see a wedding that positively EXUDES love and laughter and leaves you speechless (in a really good way!)

Such was the wedding of Lou and Bessie at Millbridge Court in Farnham. It was quite literally perfect. Aside from the happy couple themselves (which I’ll come back to) it was an idyllic location, a wonderful cake (courtesy of Milk Street Kitchen), an astonishing photographer (Guy Collier – you can see his photo’s here and you’ll understand what I mean!) and, dare I say, some really, really beautiful flowers. 

 

We were excited with our brief to ‘bring the outdoors in’ – an absolute pleasure to fulfil. There were Sweet Peas, Ranunculus, Freesias, Anemone, Honeymoon Tulips, Tanacetum Daisies, Rosemary & Alchemilla Mollis, Blossom, Viburnum, Astrantia,   Narcissi  lots and lots of spring bulbs. All in all it looked, and smelt, pretty amazing!

But it can’t be denied, what really made the day was the Lou and Bessie themselves, two nicer people you couldn’t hope to meet and their relaxed, fun and loving attitude was contagious. Do take a few minutes to look at the photos and you’ll see exactly what I mean. 

Congratulations once again, it was an absolute pleasure and I’m looking forward to a Summer full of amazing weddings and amazing flowers. 

(I love my job!)

Images by Guy Collier & Images 4,5 & 6 by Eden Blooms Florist

It’s not just Spring… it’s Peony Season! - Eden Blooms
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Thursday 27th April 2017

It’s not just Spring… it’s Peony Season!



The Peony is a true hero among wedding flowers – with layer upon layer of petals and a delicate fragrance, it turns a bouquet into something truly wonderful. What’s more they are often regarded as a symbol of good fortune and a happy marriage so who are we to argue?!

There are a number of varieties, each equally beautiful in their own right. Alerti, very fragrant, compact, and turn from pink to white;  Sarah Bernhardt, with its large double flower of blossom pink; Coral Charm whose buds open salmon pink and gradually change to orange and finally yellow and Duchess De Nemours, huge white pom poms of flowers! 

If not in season for your wedding, have a look at the Peony Rose and Ranunculus as a really great alternative that will give the same ‘blousy’ feel. 

We love Ponies so much and we are so excited to be collaborating alongside the amazing Instagram Photographer and Stylist Janne Ford in June for our 'Magic of Peonies' – Floral Styling & Photography Course at our Flower Wholesalers – Dutchmasters Wholesalers. It's set to be a wonderful day and we look forward to welcoming so many of you and sharing some stunning images with you on our Eden Blooms Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest next month, following the course!

So... bring on the Peonies!

Image 1-Senior Mac Photography.  Image 2-6 Eden Blooms Florist. Image 7-Cotton Candy Photography.  Image 8- Elton Mogg Photography.  Image 9-Janne Ford.

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Tuesday 18th April 2017

Planning an Autumn Wedding



Hooray… Summer is finally on the way… and here I am wanting to talk to you about Autumn Weddings! 

Well, we do like all that planning ahead. And now is the perfect time to think about a beautiful Autumn occasion. You can see the stunning palettes of colour that can be created in these photos from one of our weddings at Farnham Castle last year – taken by the super lovely and super talented Sophie Duckworth.

Always try and work with your florist to choose flowers that are in season and you’ll discover many English flowers are still in bloom at that time… like one of our favourite often forgotten delights, Chocolate Cosmos. It looks (and smells!) stunning with softer blush tones and interesting textures from foliages and seed heads.

The flowers used at the wedding of Nichola and Johnny are a great example of this, deep maroon and blush tones of Menth Rose, Quicksand Rose, Blush Ranunculus, Eucalyptus Poplus, Scabious Seed Heads, Garden Roses, Maroon Scabious and of course, Cholcolate Cosmos. The overall effect? Well… a picture speaks a thousand words…

So now’s the time to look ahead, talk to your florist, prepare for Autumn… and enjoy the imminent Summer! 

Images 1, 3, 4, 7 & 8 by Sophie Duckworth.  Images 2, 5 & 6 by Eden Blooms Florist.

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Tuesday 21st March 2017

Bury Court Barn Wedding Extravaganza



 

There’s nothing quite like the excitement you’ll experience at a wedding event, and our first Wedding Extravaganza of the year took place at Bury Court Barn, on Sunday 29th January between 11am and 4pm. 

A room full of soon-to-be brides and grooms has an atmosphere like no other, and is an amazing opportunity to meet with all sorts of suppliers – photographers, stationers, dress makers and suppliers, not to mention us florists!

Our vibrant spring colours included the delicate Sweet Pea, beautiful Scabious, oh-so-English Garden Roses, bright Muscari and lustrous Ranunculus. Along with samples of British Herbs and Foliages, our Spring Bridal bouquets sent many a brides heart aflutter!  

The event also saw two fashion shows where truly gorgeous dresses were showcased and our luck was really in when we found ourselves positioned next to Jacaranda Catering – the in-house caterers at Bury Court Barn itself. We spotted some delicious desserts they had made as samples so there was obviously only one thing we could do! 

The whole event reaffirmed our affection for the rural setting that is Bury Court Barn, the outstanding catering they have there, and the wonderful flowers that we find at Blooming British Flower Wholesalers. Take a look at our Eden Blooms Pinterest Board – Bury Court – for some photos of the day. We’re quite sure it achieved its aim to provide inspiration and dreams of great weddings to come!  

 

4 Reasons to choose an wedding or event planner - Eden Blooms
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Tuesday 28th February 2017

4 Reasons to choose an wedding or event planner



Designing and creating a wedding or event is a full time job. It can be very overwhelming at times, albeit extremely exciting. Couples may choose a planner for numerous reasons, whether it is the amount of time needed to plan their wedding, wanting professional help bringing their ideas to life, needing guidance along the way or someone to help with the styling. Whatever the reason, an event planner can help make the whole experience much less stressful and therefore let the couple not only enjoy the day, but the planning process as well.

TIME

Planning a wedding or event is extremely time consuming and most people do not realise quite how much time it can take up until they are half way in! This can obviously cause some stress as you wouldn’t have expected to have to find so much time to plan, and perhaps don’t have it available around a full time job. Sadly, the enjoyment of planning then slips away. Planning a wedding for example can take between 180-200 hours to plan. An event planner has the time to take on the jobs you can’t fit in or don’t want to deal with as it is after all, their full time job. 

KNOWLEDGE

Choosing to have someone help manage the planning for your event or wedding means that you are getting use of their knowledge of the industry. They will think of details you wouldn’t realise to consider, such as have you arranged the power supply if you’re wedding is in a marquee? They can also make suggestions for personal touches and details that you haven’t thought of, but would love! An event planner will know what questions to ask potential suppliers as well as helping breakdown your budget and suggest where to spend more and where to save, letting you know what will have a better impact. An event planner has done it before and although they will strive to create a unique event for every client, they know the industry and can help guide you through the process.

CONNECTIONS

Deciding to use a professional to plan your wedding or event means that you can tap into their database of connections. This isn’t their first rodeo, so they will have made lots of connections over their time in the industry and will pass that information onto their clients. Whether its suggesting a florist that they feel fits with your style, or being able to get you a better deal with a supplier because they have a previous working relationship. Not all discounts are seen on paper, but suppliers may add a little something extra if they want repeat business from an event planning company. This means that of course the client benefits by getting that something extra! But most importantly if your event planner suggests a supplier, you can be reassured that they feel they are up to their standards and know that the day will run smoothly working with them. 

FLEXIBILITY

If you work with an event planner for your wedding day or event you are giving yourself flexibility. Whether you want someone to help you with the full planning from start to finish, someone to take over on the day and make sure that it runs smoothly with no hiccups or something in between. An event planner can ease the stress and guide you in the right direction. If you are choosing a planner for your wedding, they will more than likely be happy to create a management plan to suit your needs. 

At Bluebird Creative Events we suggest that when you decide to start planning your wedding or event, sit down with your partner and work out how much time you have to put into planning and who might be willing to help you out on the lead up? Consider areas you may want support and areas you feel you don’t have any knowledge. Then book a complimentary consultation with a wedding and event planner and talk through your ideas. You have nothing to loose by contacting a planner and most companies offer a complimentary consultation. This will give you an opportunity to see how much knowledge you will gain from using them and how little stress you will have from having that extra help. Make sure you choose someone that you gel with and you think understands your style and ideas.

If it is your wedding that you are planning, have you considered using a wedding planner for ‘on the day’ management? You may have really enjoyed the whole planning process and want to ensure that all your hard work goes to plan and is seamless on the day! Hiring a wedding planner for ‘on the day’ management means that 4 weeks prior to the wedding, you can hand over your supplier details and contacts and all the information for the day. Your planner will then put together a detailed schedule for you and check that you are happy with everything. Then on your wedding day you can relax knowing that everything will be set up on time and how you have imagined. If anything goes wrong, you know it’s being dealt with by a professional and you won’t be any the wiser. The last thing you want on your special day is stress, or to be worrying whether the cake will make it in one piece. Your planner will take care of it all and make sure that all your guests are well looked after ensuring unforgettable memories all round. 

Images 1-3 by Eden Blooms Florist.  Image 4 by Tony Hart Photo

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Tuesday 21st February 2017

Petersham Nurseries



Sometimes you just can’t help but want to tell everyone about a place you’ve been too (even though there’s a small part of you wants to keep it quiet so you can have it all to yourself!) 

Petersham Nurseries is one of those places. 

Introduced on their website as an ‘Internationally prized garden centre, Petersham Nurseries is a tranquil oasis and seedbed of inspiration’ and that’s a very accurate description. 

Aside from the beautiful nurseries themselves, it’s worth a visit just for the food!

In both the Café (serving lunch with a menu inspired by the seasons and what is growing in the garden at the time) and the Teahouse (serving lunch and my favourite… homemade cakes!) its divine.

 

You can’t help but be inspired to go home and ‘get growing’, be it flowers or plants of the more edible variety; a day out that inspires you is always a good thing in my book. 

And what I really love about this place is they care about everything that they do, and it all looks so…  well… pretty! From the vintage pots to the rustic furnishings… and did I mention the cakes! Worth a trip on those grounds alone…

Images by Eden Blooms Florist

Counting the days until Spring - Eden Blooms
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Friday 3rd February 2017

Counting the days until Spring



As we start to leave the dark days of Winter behind us we can look forward to witnessing the arrival of Spring in all its glory. It’s the time of year when vibrant colours start to be seen everywhere, telling us that finally the days will start to get longer and (with a bit of luck) the sun is on its way.

Fields of Tulips (Tulipa) in all their glorious colours start to make an appearance. Representing ‘consuming love’ they make the ideal addition to a Spring wedding bouquet, they’re hardy, bright and cheerful… a good reflection of the bride!

Think about adding colour AND fragrance with the ‘oh so English’ Lavender (Lavandula), it makes a really delightful and unusual button hole.   

 

And then there’s one of my favourites (I have quite a few!), the delicate Sweet Pea - Lathyrus Odoratus - so pretty and adds such a gentle look to any bouquet. All those lovely pastel colours… it’s worth planning a spring wedding just so you can include them! 

Ranunculus - ‘the Rose of the spring’, Muscari – ‘the Grape Hyacinth’ and Syringa – Lilac, possibly the most spring like of all…  so many wonderful flowers worthy of consideration for the ‘big day’.

Yes, Spring will soon be on its way… and I for one can’t wait!

Third image by Janne Ford.  All other images by Eden Blooms Florist.

Summer Festival Inspired Wedding - Eden Blooms
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Friday 20th January 2017

Summer Festival Inspired Wedding



Tim & Carla's festival inspired wedding at Northbrook Park was full of colour, stunning seasonal blooms and a personal favourite here at Eden Blooms.  

Nigella, Cornflowers, Sweet Peas, Stocks, Scabious, Rosemary and Flowering mint all played a key part in the relaxed and rustic floral designs.  Vintage Crates filled with cascading blooms and foliage, a tumbling mantlepiece design, relaxed hand tied bridal bouquets and of course a floral crown!  The scent in the Vine Room was incredible.

The images are by the very talented Kerry Ann Duffy and really do speak for themeselves.......

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Friday 6th January 2017

Hues of Blues



There’s something wonderfully romantic about a field of cornflowers… they somehow manage to look wild and elegant all at the same time. And they have that same effect when used as part of a wedding bouquet –  Centaurea cyanus bring the outdoors in, in all its blue splendour.

Must be something in the colour as the blue tones of Delphinium, Scabious, Dried Lavender and Nigella have that same lovely quality. 

Delphiniums’ tall spikes of flowers are pure joy – it’s no wonder they’re also called Bella Donna, ‘beautiful lady’. And Scabious, part of the honeysuckle family, is ideal for bouquets with their long and wiry stems.

Increasingly popular is the soft blue of Dried Lavender, both as part of a larger bouquet and displays, but also as a natural confetti that smells simply divine!

And then there’s Nigella Damascena, the wonderfully named ‘Love-in-a-Mist’, my personal favourite. The ferny foliage gives great texture while the unique flowers, delicate, wispy looking, surprisingly robust, are oh so blue!  

If you’re starting to think about your wedding flowers, spare a thought for these British beauties… nothing says the countryside quite like them. 

Images by Eden Blooms Florist & Image 9 by Hana Laurie

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Friday 9th December 2016

Deck the halls….



We were so delighted that many of you joined us as we really got into the Christmas spirit at our Flower School wreath making courses at the Hoddington Arms last week.

We managed to combine some of our favourite things… luxury wreathes…. great food… mulled wine…. and having fun!

Oh, and there were a few glasses of the bubbly stuff too! 

 

 

It’s so satisfying to meet new people and see them learn and create something new. And everyone successfully left with a beautiful Christmas wreath made up of British Foliage and Herbs  - the smell alone was enough to evoke festive cheer… ‘tis indeed the season to be jolly!

Not only that, everyone left having had a fantastic gourmet dinner – the Hoddington Arms in Upton Grey never disappoints on that front. The Chocolate Delice with Salted Caramel Ice Cream was to die for.

Take a look at some of the photos from the night on Janne Ford’s Instagram page, Janne herself made a stunning wreath.

I hope all those who attended enjoyed the evening as much as we did – and have their wreaths hung up with great pride! 

Images by Eden Blooms Florist & Janne Ford 

Christmas Wreath Making Course & Supper at Hoddington Arm - Upton Grey - Eden Blooms
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Wednesday 7th December 2016

Christmas Wreath Making Course & Supper at Hoddington Arm - Upton Grey

Deck the halls



 

… with your handmade Christmas wreaths!

We were so delighted that many of you joined us as we really got into the Christmas spirit at our Flower School wreath making courses at the Hoddington Arms last week.

We managed to combine some of our favourite things… luxury wreathes…. great food… mulled wine…. and having fun!

Oh, and there were a few glasses of the bubbly stuff too!

It’s so satisfying to meet new people and see them learn and create something new. And everyone successfully left with a beautiful Christmas wreath made up of British Foliage and Herbs - the smell alone was enough to evoke festive cheer… ‘tis indeed the season to be jolly!

Not only that, everyone left having had a fantastic gourmet dinner – the Hoddington Arms in Upton Grey never disappoints on that front.

Take a look at some of the photos from the night on Janne Ford’s Instagram page, Janne herself made a stunning wreath.

I hope all those who attended enjoyed the evening as much as we did – and have their wreaths hung up with great pride! 

Autumn and Clock Barn… - Eden Blooms
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Friday 25th November 2016

Autumn and Clock Barn…



These Autumn evenings always bring certain flowers to mind for me… dark and fragrant Chocolate Cosmos, dusky Evelyn and Rachel Roses, dainty pink Astrantia and delicate pink Scabiousa. Add to that a touch of Purple Basil and I’ve pretty much listed one of my favourite bouquets for this time of year…

So imagine our delight here at Eden Blooms at being named the new floristry supplier to the stunning location that is Clock Barn in the heart of rural Hampshire. You couldn’t get a better match for our love of country and rustic style flowers. And it’s just a wonderful venue for this season… think log fires and the warmest of atmospheres.

Working with the photographer Tom Halliday at Clock Barn has been an absolute delight so we’ve added him to our recommended supplier list, I don’t need to say any more on that subject, the pictures speak for themselves! Thank you also to Real People Photography who took some amazing images of our work at the Clock Barn Tasting evening.

We’ve been blown away by the catering supplied by Galloping Gourmet at Clock Barn, a true feast for the eyes and they really do live up to their aim of providing the best wedding food in the UK.

Take a look at our Pinterest Board ‘Eden Blooms at Clock Barn’ and you’ll see just why we’re delighted to be part of such an amazing venue and why we’re enjoying this Autumn even more than usual! 

Image 1 by Real Simple Photography.  All other images by Tom Halliday.

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Tuesday 8th November 2016

Remembrance Flowers

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row”



It’s the time of year when the beautiful bright poppy helps remind us of the sacrifices made during war. Armistice Day is held on November 11 and commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

In France it’s the Bleuet de France that is the flower of remembrance. Like the poppy, this beautiful blue cornflower continued to grow in land devastated by conflict… creating a rare splash of colour in the battlefields.

Another plant long associated with remembrance is Rosemary, which has particular significance in Australia where it can be found growing on the slopes of Gallipoli.

We deal with flowers every day and love them all, but the poppy will always have a special significance. Perhaps you can join us and give a thought to the The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. It’s the Legion’s biggest campaign held every year.. and every year there’s a new generation of veterans that need our support. If you’d like to make a donation simply click here and it will take you straight through to the Royal British Legion website…

Royal British Legion

We know we’ll be wearing our remembrance flowers with pride…  

‘We will remember them…’

First Image 'Poppys & Cornflowers' & Sixth Image 'Rosemary' taken from Pinterest.  All other images provided by Eden Blooms Florist.

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Friday 28th October 2016

Chocolate Cosmos

All because the lady loves… flowers!



There’s few better treats than chocolates and flower right?

Well, did you know there’s a heavenly combination of the two… Cosmos Atrosanguineus, more commonly known as Chocolate Cosmos… and it’s simply wonderful!

Chocolate Cosmos is such a beautiful little flower with the delicious unmistakeable scent of chocolate, and we think more people should include it in their big day! Available August to October, it makes a lovely addition to bridal bouquets or buttonholes, with its dark reddish brown flowers that have a soft velvety texture on long slender stems.

It’s not difficult to grow this Mexican perennial, it’s very versatile and suitable for patio planters, window-boxes and borders. They like to be in full sun in moist, well-drained soil so why not give it a go. Who wouldn’t want their garden to smell of chocolate for several months of the year!

In a bouquet this Autumn jewel works particularly well with pastel flowers such as English Garden Roses and creates a great talking point, although we can’t guarantee it won’t send you running out for a bar of the real thing…

(well, that’s our excuse and we’re sticking to it!)

Images taken by Eden Blooms Florist apart from Clock Barn images taken by Real Simple Photography

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Friday 14th October 2016

Wedding Florist at Bury Court Barn



A lovingly converted Barn in the heart of Surrey with beautiful grounds, great staff and exquisite catering from Jacaranda are just part of the reasons why we love being a preferred supplier for The Barn at Bury Court Wedding Venue.

The traditional oak beams and exposed stonewalls lend themselves perfectly to our rustic country chic style but they also allow for such versatility. You could opt for the more traditional country garden of delicate, romantic soft shades or go all out and burst with the vibrant wild scheme, almost anything goes! 

    

The beautiful and original interior features of this venue mean that you can really personalise the day to suit your love story; use the height of the Barn to your advantage and incorporate some tall, elegant and dramatic pedestal displays and use those gorgeous original beams for garland or floral arrangements. Or perhaps you concentrate the intimacy down to eye level and compliment that bare stonewall by using country chic installations throughout; wild vintage milk churns and wooden crate displays with table centrepieces of vintage vases, lanterns and cascading garden flowers; with this venue the floral world is your oyster! 

Images supplied by Guy Collier, Damian Bailey, Cotton Candy Photography & Eden Blooms 

Poldark Inspired flowers by Eden Blooms - Eden Blooms
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Sunday 28th August 2016

Poldark Flowers in London

Love Poldark? Love Flowers?



Poldark continues to be everywhere, the public’s imagination has been completely captured as much as ours and we’ve got no complaint about that! The new series starts Sunday 4th September on BBC1

With season 2 on everyone’s mind we recently decided to venture out of our countryside retreat and into the big smoke on a mission. We wanted to show our appreciation and share our passion with the top dogs of our beloved drama. Oh yes we delivered simply gorgeous Georgian and Poldark inspired bouquets to none other than the beautiful Ruby Bentall, the mighty Mammouth Screen Productions and the oh so handsome Adian Turner!

   

   

If you love our Poldark flowers come and join us on Instagram & Twitter @poldarkflowers

   

Please note we do not provide the flowers for the BBC's Poldark or have any official association with Mammoth Screen. We simply adore the flowers in the show and are spreading the love for them to you all. 

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Monday 18th July 2016

Country Regal Wedding



We absolutely love spring and the colour combinations it can bring with it. Maddy and Matt allowed us to really utilise this time of year and create some simply stunning country spring inspired displays for their wedding. A wonderful mixture of Sweet Avalanche, Ranunculus, Sweet Pea, Muscari and Tulips allowed us to create really romantic yet very country regal pieces; very fitting for their venue of the show stopping Farnham Castle! We had such fun with these flowers and we’re delighted to see that Maddy and Matt had as much fun on their big day! Captured perfectly by the talented John Alexander Photography. 

    

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Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Eden Blooms at Silchester House

Our first visit to this Bijou venue



A new adventure for the Eden Blooms team saw us heading over to the gorgeous Silchester House in Berkshire one gloriously sunny Saturday in April for Rebecca and Ed’s country charm inspired wedding. Silchester House, a grand Victorian country home with beautiful gardens was the perfect match for possibly our favourite colour palette so far this year. Juliet Roses paired with pale blue Delphiniums, cream Freesias and apricot Stock just oozed romance whilst singing spring is ending and here comes summer! 

This was a personal one for us as Rebecca’s parents are our wonderful neighbours and back in December 2014 we also had the pleasure of working with their other daughter Victoria and partner Freddie for their wedding at Clock Barn. We’ve loved being part of this family’s special moments and wish Rebecca and Ed and lifetime of happiness.

Thanks to the talented Iona Wolff for stunning photographs of the beautiful couple and to Janne L Ford for shots of our beautiful flowers. 

         

 

Peony Wedding Flowers by Eden Blooms Florist - Eden Blooms
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Wednesday 8th June 2016

Peony Perfection



One of the timeless delights of late spring and early summer, peonies are like old friends; utterly dependable and a joy to greet each year.

    

It is easy to see why this gorgeous flower is the most popular bridal blossom. Characterised by its large open and welcoming head of delicate, layered petals this flower can produce a beautiful fragrance and therefore are often smelt before they are seen. It is also available in the most romantic of colours; pure whites, creams, pale and vibrant pinks, crimson reds and corals all just perfect for added a touch of glamour to those Spring/Summer palettes. Peonies are a particular favourite of everyone’s, they work so well with all other flowers however they have a short season of April to July so if they are a favourite of yours too, think careful about when you select your wedding date!

The wedding below was captured by Gem from Cotton Candy Wedding Photography, see more from this gorgeous country Wedding on Rock My Wedding.

                       

A flower as graceful as the finest ballerina the Peony simply goes exceeds expectations and will quite simply finish off any bouquet, centre piece or arrangement. 

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Wednesday 18th May 2016

Eden Blooms and Emily Quinton



We were totally spoilt the other week as we attended one of Emily Quinton’s workshops. For those of you who are not familiar with the talented Emily keep reading!

Emily Quinton is a professional photographer, writer, blogger and maker! She has been a photographer for over a decade and has an extensive portfolio and an unimaginable amount of knowledge! She now spends her time helping others to see the world around us in a creative and more appreciative light. Emily does this through her beautiful instagram account and online courses but most prominently through her Makelight Studio Workshops where she teaches how to take beautiful pictures of the everyday things we do and make.

    

As I said we have been one of the lucky ones to attend her Makelight Studio based in South London and we must say it is a creative wonderland. A beautiful industrial building with huge original windows and high ceilings, it has light coming from all angles highlighting the room’s features and lending itself perfectly for learning about light, composition and photography! It is safe to say Emily and her course have helped us to improve our technical skills, to become more focused on developing our Eden Blooms style and to find simple ways to keep inspired and take beautiful pictures. Here is a sneak peek but keep watch of our Instagram to see us put in to practice what we learnt! 

                                  

Follow Emily on Instragram @emilyquinton  and find out about her workshop and courses on her website.

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Wednesday 4th May 2016

Poldark and Georgian Flowers



Hand’s up anyone else who is head over heals in love with Poldark?

Oh yes we are not shy in admitting our love of the period drama! Of course this is for the fairly obvious reason (hello Mr Turner) but also for the gorgeous array of flowers that continuously grace our screen. From beautifully arranged displays during family celebrations to the vast fields full of wild flowers that surround their homes, we’re just smiling at the thought.

   

So naturally that got us thinking about period flowers in general, specifically the style of Georgian flowers. As you will have seen from the hit series, flowers during the time were very open, loose and blousy. Popular choices of the era were those that are delicate both in form and colour, things like roses, daises, pansies, peonies and astilbe. All of which are quite aptly prized English country garden flowers, perfect for a Cornish based drama!

  

Flowers were an integral part of the home during the Georgian era but did you know they were of personal decoration too. Our beloved Demelza is the perfect example of this; she effortlessly wears them in her hair, constantly carries posies everywhere and even pins them to her clothes. She always has a freshly gathered bunch of things like cornflowers, daises and astilbe in her hand, which just sums up the style of the era; gloriously wild and irregular!

 

Okay so you love watching Demelza arrange her flowers at Nampara and dream of the overflowing rose bowls at Trenwith? Then join us this October 2016 for a workshop learning everything Georgian held in of course non other than ‘Poldark Country’, Cornwall! Let’s learn to recreate Demelza and Verity’s wedding bouquets together. Eden Blooms meets Poldark; Cornwall, 8 October 2016

  

And just becuase we all know this is 'the' picture of season 1... you are welcome! 

Please note we do not provide the flowers for the BBC's Poldark or have any official association with Mammoth Screen. The flowers for Series 1 where created by Philip Corps. We simply adore the flowers in the show and are spreading the love for them to you all. 

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Wednesday 20th April 2016

2016 Trends - Gold and Blush



 

Many have thought that blush was on its way out but after Pantone announced Rose Quartz as its colour of the year we expect this trend to be back and with a bang! Although rather than just the known pastel pink palette we are seeing couples incorporating more soft peachy pink hues even paired with soft sunset orange, coral and warm sherbert hues. It is a tone-on-tone explosion for this season; using slight varying shades of one colour will create a beautiful soft ombré effect – oh so romantic! 

    

Warm tones like rose gold and copper are the most requested metallic accent shade for 2016 showing up in everything from Wedding stationary, the rings to table linen and even the food! Don’t worry we’ve been assured it’s edible dust! But this marries in perfectly with the blush flowers as brides are seeking a relaxed and elegant vintage vibe; step to the side rustic and welcome elevated chic glam! That means less mason jars and more mismatched, interesting antique vessels paired with less burlap and more bling!

We love that the country rustic look is being expanded and a more vintage vibe added, that said the structure of displays will not lose that oversized, wild natural look. Brides want that “freshly gathered from the garden” feel, so loose displays inside receptions and ceremonies will continue to give that inside-out look, expanding on to tables by mixing up each tables centrepieces is more and more in keeping with the wild natural bouquets that we’ve seen so far this year. Being the year of oh so natural a popular trend we’ll be seeing a lot of is hanging displays, yes you heard us, hanging! Suspended centrepieces, chair garlands and beautiful arches are going to be a feature prominently, it’s likely to largely be foliage based with a sprinkling of those beautiful blush flowers, these displays certainly add a real ‘wow’ factor!

The right mix of style and simplicity will be the cornerstone of fabulous wedding floral arrangements in 2016, remember it’s the year to shimmer and sparkle!

Images by Tony Hart Photogrpahy and Guy Collier Photography

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Wednesday 6th April 2016

Ranunculus Love



 

Spring deserves to be celebrated and what better flower to do this with than the exquisite, delicate and oh so romantic Ranunculus flower.

This gorgeous miniature flower is characterised by layer upon layer of delicate petals, reminiscent of a tiny peony in bloom. Cultivated in a multitude of colours you can get shades of red, yellow, orange, white and pink and it’s petals open one by one, so you can slowly look deep into it’s beautiful heart.

Also known as Persian Buttercup due to its Asian origins, although by a roundabout route ended up in Europe where it got it’s official name of Ranunculus. Although not the most delicate name for such a romantic flower is does in fact symbolise ‘radiant charm’. If you were to give someone a bunch in Victorian times you were effectively saying, “I feel you have many charms” – those were the days eh!

 

Ranunculus are a particular favourite of ours, they work so well with all other spring flowers such as Narcissus, Hyacinths, Parrot Tulips and by gosh are they a great alternative to that hard to come by and everyone’s favourite, peonies. Like most flesh-stemmed flowers they like cold, clean water and will benefit from re-cutting, it is advised to change the water daily if possible (we all know how precious time is mind!). It is key to note that misting can encourage fungal rots, so do not mist! Look after them well and they will stay looking perfectly pretty for up to seven days, so ideal for weddings and we can enjoy these glorious blooms right now, although not from our beloved garden here at Eden Blooms but they’re widely available, specifically from the end of November through to May!

There is beauty in everything coming from nature, but Ranunculus flowers simply go above and beyond expectations. Wither their incredibly radiant colours it is fair to say that they will brighten anyone’s day!

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Wednesday 23rd March 2016

Farnham Castle Wedding Flowers - Open Day



Spring is upon us, and what better way to start the season than with a glorious sunny Open Day at one of our favourite venues, Farnham Castle. Following that weekend another favourite of ours the talented Guy Collier stopped by and kindly captured the ‘masterpieces’ for us. 

  

The Fox steps lend themselves beautifully to making a grand entrance for guests; spring pots of Daffodils and Grape Hyacinth’s surrounding hurricanes lanterns up the stairs or even a feature whimsical foliage arch as they enter, a beautiful and friendly welcome. Carry these ideas on into the gorgeous Norman Chapel and add in a couple of soft Olive Trees and your room is transformed into romantic spring time ceremony.

2016 trends are seeing collaborations of rose gold and soft blushes (more to come on this in the coming month) so tying that in with a spring wedding and you get beautiful arrangements of Sweet Avalanche Roses and Mentha Roses, Hyacinths, Ranunculus and Anemone, whether that be in a soft bouquet or an installation, all of which compliment the stunning stone and woodwork features and interiors of the castle.

   

Personal touches at a wedding are a must, Farnham Castle have plenty of original feature areas like the naturally framed ledge in the Stone Hall that welcome little quirks such as a bottle of your favourite tipple with a flower or two; not sure if you can tell but we are partial to a G&T and that gorgeous ice blue of the bottle complimented by a simple stem or two of Blue Delphinium – wow!

We even put to use the skills learnt at our recent workshop with the talented Judy Broad by creating a unique hand-drawn calligraphy table plan, which paid tribute to the vintage steps it sat on and quaint jam jar arrangements that surrounded it. All in all a perfect start t

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Wednesday 16th March 2016

History of Flowers - 1920s



The 1920s is always a popular era to recreate for a wedding; the fabulous flapper dresses and glamorous flowers make for an elegant look that you can still have fun with. It is a decade when fashion became more exciting and attractive, constricting and modest clothing was ditched and people began developing their own styles. It was a very prosperous era where in the world of flowers decoration changed drastically and became about extravagance and showing wealth! 

     

The most noticeable element of 1920s flowers were that there were still very much in the Victorian nature of using just one flower per arrangement yet were hitting on the modern structure of lose and relaxed, it was combination of the two styles; an era that became known for being showy and lavish to the point of overflowing.

Dinner parties saw tables covered end to end with a long arrangements that complimented the accompanying floor to ceiling floral pieces and every inch of fireplaces were covered. When talking bridal well they were larger than life, to the point when you would see nothing but hands and feet, poking out from behind the bouquet! The bouquet spray was fulsome with masses of foliage and relatively few flowers. Other floral displays were often in flared vases, urns of porcelain, silver and pewter or stood on tall elegant plinths. The choice of what flower to use was all down to the location, flowers had to match and harmonise with the colours of the walls and furnishings of the room they were being used in. Popular choices were almost always roses, along with the other well-loved and often home-grown garden flowers of the time; tulips, lilies, anemones, and fuchsias.

   

Floral colour choices in the 1920s were from the cooler palette and there was an abundance of white, although flowers tended to be of the same species in the display, different textures were used to add life to the elegant and natural colour scheme. The use of feathers and foliage within arrangements complimented by pearls and sparkles in clothing and accessories enabled for a really fun yet elegant atmosphere, something that definitely matched the Jazz age era we all love! Thinking the 1920's sounds like you, here are some modern day twists on the fabulously extravegant era.

     

All of the above imagery was sourced from Goggle and Pinterest, none are the property of Eden Blooms and authors were unidentifiable. 

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Monday 8th February 2016

Gaining new skills for Summer 2016

Pens at the ready!



Our name tags created by Judy Broad
Our name tags created by Judy Broad
Judy's perfect version of Eden Blooms in Calligraphy
Judy's perfect version of Eden Blooms in Calligraphy
Shelly working through her letters
Shelly working through her letters
My first attempt at flower labels for the Loseley Show
My first attempt at flower labels for the Loseley Show
Name labels
Name labels
First attempt at table plans
First attempt at table plans

A couple of weeks ago Shelly and I went to one of our favourite places The Medicine Garden in Cobham to attend a Modern Calligraphy Course with Judy Broad.

We had the most amazing morning learning how to write all the letters of the alphabet and link them together. The warm and friendly Judy, who was full of praise and encouragement for our efforts, greeted us at the beginning of the session and guided us through A to Z. The three hours whizzed by in a blur of laughter and creativity.

Modern Calligraphy is a hot trend for 2016 weddings and we wanted to take some time out from the flowers to learn ourselves.

It is not as easy as it looks! We've now spent many hours practising our letters over and over. I'm really enjoying the process and have already spent a small fortune on inks and papers. The images on this blog show some of Judy's fantastic work and then our 'work in progress' efforts. 

Thank you to Judy for her enthusiasm and patience. She is such a talented lady. Please check out her website today. 

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Saturday 30th January 2016

What to expect when choosing your Wedding Florist



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Delivery
From first meeting to delivery on your wedding day you will be looked after by one dedicated florist.

Colour palette
Working with you and your palate of colours we start by creating a mood board for you on Pinterest.

Wedding Fairs
We attend Wedding Fairs on a regular basis so you can come along and see some of our flowers before your big day.

Calligraphy
We also offer a Calligraphy service for your place names, table plans and invitations.

As the early signs are Spring start to show many 2016 and 2017 brides are beginning to think about booking their florist for the big day.

One of my main passions working with flowers is my role as wedding consultant. It’s unbeatable! You get to share in the excitement of an incredibly special day so its impossible not to give it your all and make your contribution the very best that it can be.

Choosing a florist for your wedding is, in my opinion, as important as many other aspects of the day… the dress, the food, the location… and while not everyone will agree with me, I hope that my enthusiasm shines through. We’ll work tirelessly to make your flowers as beautiful as they possibly can be on your wedding day.

You’ll get a good idea of our style from our website www.edenblooms.co.uk. We’re proud to declare ourselves specialists in home-grown, blousey English flowers so if you’re after modern, minimalism with urban grit then we’re probably not the florist for you!

But assuming that you like our style, what sets us apart? Well, you’ll meet the florist who will help you plan and deliver to your wedding… we get to know you, we get involved, we get excited with you! You, your partner, your wedding, its all unique… and we’ll ensure that your flowers are too.

We’ll pre-prepare for your first consultation by creating a Pinterest board of your ideas which we can add-to and update through the creative process. This lets us have an insight into what you like and don’t like from the very beginning and is a great way to get to know you. Chances are you’ll have a vision of how you want your wedding flowers to be, and its our job to turn that into reality.

Our first consultation will be an hour at our studio so we can get to know your likes and dislikes. Believe me, we know that every single wedding is (and should be) very different, so we’ll never ask you to choose your designs from a menu of options – this is about you and no-one else!

In addition to the flowers themselves, we have access to hundreds of different glass wear and hiring items so we’re confident that we’ll be able to offer something that matches your ‘vision’.

During that first meeting, there’s no pressure for you to make any decisions, we want you to have a good idea of your options, feel at ease to ask any questions that you have, take your time and we’ll have a second appointment eight weeks before your wedding to choose your final items.

We’re not in the business of cramming in as many weddings as we can, in fact we purposely limit the number of weddings that we do per week to make

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Thursday 17th December 2015

Seasons Greetings from Eden Blooms



Christmas Wreath Course
Christmas Wreath Course
Christmas Table centre from Flower School
Christmas Table centre from Flower School
First visit to Millbridge Court
First visit to Millbridge Court
First visit to Coworth Park
First visit to Coworth Park
First visit to Ufton Court
First visit to Ufton Court
Happy Christmas to you all.
Happy Christmas to you all.

Well 2015 seems to have gone by in a flash. We completed over 80 weddings alongside some very special 18th, 21st & 30th birthday parties. 

We've also relaunched our flower school and rebranded the whole business. We are thrilled with the new look and have had so much positive feedback from clients. 

One of the great things about being a wedding florist is working at new venues and this year we've been thrilled to visit Coworth Park, Ufton Court and Millbridge Court for the first time. 

We've been featured three times on Rock My Wedding, twice on Flowerona and we managed to get a Highly Commended Award at this years Wedding Industry Awards. 

It's been another great year working with all our awesome catering partners including Caper & Berry, Jacaranda and Fusion Catering. Thank you so much for recommending Eden Blooms. 

A big thank you goes out to all the photographers who have shared their amazing images with us.

I personally would like to thank my amazing team for all their hard work in 2015. Happy Christmas to you all. We hope you enjoy a peaceful and restful Christmas. We are now closed until 4th January. We look forward to seeing you in the new year. 

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Tuesday 15th December 2015

Millbridge Court Wedding Venue - Eden Blooms Winter Wedding

Our first visit to this stunning, new venue.



Mared's Wedding Bouquet
Mared's Wedding Bouquet
Rustic Foliage on the Shelves with Hanging Jam Jars of Flowers
Rustic Foliage on the Shelves with Hanging Jam Jars of Flowers
Stunning styling is in evidence all around the venue
Stunning styling is in evidence all around the venue
Close up of Jam Jars on the hanging shelves
Close up of Jam Jars on the hanging shelves
Willow Twigs surrounded by Winter Foliage rings
Willow Twigs surrounded by Winter Foliage rings
We just love Christmas weddings
We just love Christmas weddings
Instagram Image from Millbridge Court account
Instagram Image from Millbridge Court account
We are looking forward to being back at Millbridge Court in 2016
We are looking forward to being back at Millbridge Court in 2016

We were delighted to have our first booking at an amazing new venue in Farnham at the weekend. Millbridge Court is run by Kalm Kitchen

Mared and Nick had been recommended to Eden Blooms by friends who had used us in the past. We love working at new venues and over the last 18 months we've been watching this butterfly emerge from its chrysalises on social media.

For our first visit we created a winter wonderland in the Dining Barn. The tables were covered in rustic, winter foliage rings. Half of the tables were decorated with twinkling candles in hurricane lamps and the other with contoured willow twigs and tea light holders. 

The shelves in the Barn had a combination of Soft Ruscus, Eucalyptus and Ferns tied from the pegs with winter white flowers hanging in jam jars.

The whole venue is out of this world and the interior design is outstanding. If you are thinking of getting married this venue is well worth a visit. Both Kalm Kitchen and Eden Blooms were regional finalists in this year Wedding Industry Awards. We managed to get a Highly Commended award whilst Kalm Kitchen won the regional heat for best caterer. Good luck to Kalm Kitchen in the final in January. If the delicious scents floating out of the kitchen on Saturday are anything to go by they have it in the bag! 

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Tuesday 1st December 2015

Wedding Industry Award 2016

Yes we did it!



Julia and Stephen got married at Bury Court Barn this year. Image by  Michelle Wiggett 2015
Julia and Stephen got married at Bury Court Barn this year. Image by Michelle Wiggett 2015
Stunning Autumn colour at Charlie & Tim's Wedding. Image by Guy Collier
Stunning Autumn colour at Charlie & Tim's Wedding. Image by Guy Collier
Hannah & Tom's wedding Image by Aga Tomaszek
Hannah & Tom's wedding Image by Aga Tomaszek
Louise & Dave who got married at Frensham Height - Image by Murray Clarke
Louise & Dave who got married at Frensham Height - Image by Murray Clarke

BIG, exciting news for Eden Blooms… we’ve just been highly commended in The Wedding Industry Awards 2016 awards!

So, forgive me if this months blog sounds a little self-congratulatory, but I’m so excited and proud of the team that I want to share some of the comments with you, because these awards are voted for by customers which is what makes me so happy.

Here are some of the words from our lovely clients and no-one’s opinion counts more than that…

“Hazel Shaw and the team at Eden Blooms were simply outstanding! I asked for the seemingly impossible and it was made very possible with creative thinking, intelligence, lots of care and a can-do approach. I have never been as impressed (in my business or personal life) by a supplier as I have Eden Blooms; they raised the bar beyond where I thought it could ever possibly go and I was thrilled by every single thing that they did for us. Eden Blooms is without hesitation the very best in this biz!”

“Eden Blooms were amazing – they were there right from the beginning and helped every step of the way. They didn’t just advise with florist related queries either – they were always there to help if we had any other questions relating to the venue and other elements of the day. I would recommend Eden Blooms to anyone. Not only were they your florist, they felt like they were a real friend throughout!”

“The team were amazing from start to finish. The consultation was by far the best I went to – you can tell Hazel really cares and shows you the best relevant ideas from her portfolio. She was also country miles ahead in suggesting ways to maximize a budget to greatest effect. The flowers on the day blew me away and pretty much made the whole bridal party cry, they were PERFECT. Considering my ‘vision’ was a mixed bag they turned it into something coherent and that matched the days festive theme.

There are lots more and I could go on… but hope you get the general idea!

We love nothing more than to make our clients happy – they don’t call it the best day of your life for nothing and we take our role in making that happen incredibly seriously.

Thanks to these awards we get all this marvelous feedback, and all feedback is appreciated; we always love the thoughtful thank you cards that we receive - we’ll read every review and see what we can learn so that we can continuously improve our service.

I think this is also the perfect opportunity for me to thank the people without whom I wouldn’t be able to offer the level of service of which I am so proud. To the Eden Blooms team – I couldn’t do it without you – you are fantastic in every way! And also my lovely suppliers and fellow wedding professionals, you’re all great!

(A very happy) Hazel x

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Thursday 29th October 2015

Eden Blooms Flower School



Finished Autumn table centre from Birmingham course
Finished Autumn table centre from Birmingham course
All the equipment set out for students
All the equipment set out for students
"How to Make" take away instructions and equipment for students
"How to Make" take away instructions and equipment for students
Demonstrating making a bridal bouquet
Demonstrating making a bridal bouquet
Students with their completed designs
Students with their completed designs
Each student leaves with a 'How to Make' guide to help them recreate their designs at home
Each student leaves with a 'How to Make' guide to help them recreate their designs at home
Christmas Door Wreath course will take place at The Hoddington Arms on Monday 30th November at 1pm
Christmas Door Wreath course will take place at The Hoddington Arms on Monday 30th November at 1pm
Join us for a Floral Headdress course in March 2016 at The Hoddington Arms
Join us for a Floral Headdress course in March 2016 at The Hoddington Arms

This month I want to tell you about how you can share my love of all things floral… by showing you and getting you involved at one of our courses!

What makes this such a great activity is that we come to you so that you can share our passion from the comfort of your own home, office, hotel… pretty much anywhere where there’s a group of you that want to learn a little more about the delightful world of floristry.

We recently ran a fantastic course in Birmingham as part of an international conference. It was such a joy because there was potential for language to be a barrier and it was pure testament to the wonderful language of flowers that there was no such problem and the experience was thoroughly enjoyed by all involved. The result? Autumnal themed table centres that the clients could keep in their rooms, and be very proud of, all week long!

When we run these courses we bring everything you could need with us… the flowers, all the related equipment, aprons and crib sheets, you just need to turn up and enjoy yourselves. This is where we differ from other flower schools as we want to make this all about the flowers, not the logistics of you getting a group of people to a fixed location.

It might be a corporate event, team building activity, hen weekend, clients considering a change in career, or just because sometimes its great to do something completely different while learning a new skill in the company of good friends… we want to do the leg work so that you just get to do the fun bit!

We also run courses at the excellent Hoddington Arms in Upton Grey – I can highly recommend the food and wine – both of which are utterly delicious! In the new year we will be running a Wedding Workshop in February and a Floral headress workshop in March. Great fun for a girls day out. 

As an alternative, for those of you who want to surprise family and friends by learning how to do your own wedding flowers, fancy a work experience day or learn how to confidently arrange church pedestals, I offer one to one courses in my own studio where you’ll have private tuition and learn a lot about this world that I’m so passionate about. Prices for these private courses vary depending on what you want to achieve so get in touch and together we can plan a course that meets your needs perfectly.

So… why not do something different and let me give you an insight into the heady world of flowers, I know you’ll love it and we’ll have loads of fun while you learn!

Hazel x 

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Wednesday 21st October 2015

Summer wedding in Hampshire countryside



Beam Decoration at Bury Court Barn
Beam Decoration at Bury Court Barn
Tom's Buttonhole
Tom's Buttonhole
Just Married
Just Married
Love the coordinating umbrellas
Love the coordinating umbrellas
Hannah's bridal bouquet
Hannah's bridal bouquet

We are very lucky at Eden Blooms to have been working at Bury Court Barn for many years. This rustic barn nestled in the heart of the Hampshire countryside has award winning show gardens and one of the best caterers in Jacaranda.

The neutral tones of the barn’s interior suit any type of floral decorating from pretty, vintage pastels or more modern flowers.

As an approved supplier to Bury Court Barn & Jacaranda Catering we have the privilege of working with some of the best suppliers at this wedding venue including Sitting Pretty Chair Covers and Gift Heart Cakes.

This year we did a fantastic wedding with Hannah & Tom using scented sweet peas, English garden roses, stocks and freesia. So on a rainy October afternoon, get a cuppa of something warm and sit back and enjoy some summer flowers.

These lovely photographers have been supplied www.agatomaszek.com

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Wednesday 7th October 2015

Eden Blooms Cutting Garden



Perfect start with seeds from Higgedy Garden in Cornwall
Perfect start with seeds from Higgedy Garden in Cornwall
The seedlings starting to come through
The seedlings starting to come through
Planting out and labelling the seed trays
Planting out and labelling the seed trays
Home grown David Austin Roses, Hydrangea, Nigella & Astrantia
Home grown David Austin Roses, Hydrangea, Nigella & Astrantia
Stunning dark Cornflowers from Higgledy Garden Seeds in Cornwall
Stunning dark Cornflowers from Higgledy Garden Seeds in Cornwall
Lovely Larkspur
Lovely Larkspur
Homegrown Hampshire Lavender drying in the studio
Homegrown Hampshire Lavender drying in the studio
The fruits of our labours - nearly all homegrown and ready for a wedding
The fruits of our labours - nearly all homegrown and ready for a wedding

I’m really excited about this blog, as it’s a subject very close to my heart, although, to be fair, all flower related topics fall into that category!

This year, for the first time, we’ve been able to use some of our own flowers, grown on site, in our bouquets and I can’t begin to tell you how satisfying that is.

First of all, I want to let you know that the British Flower movement is really…. well… blossoming. The industry is making a come back, more and more large scale growers and smaller farms are springing up around the country reducing the need for imports. And here at Eden Blooms we’re doing our bit too.

I’m very proud of our on site Sweet Peas, Lavender, Rosemary, Cornflowers, Larkspur, Alchimilla Mollis, David Austin Roses and Cosmos.

If you’re not familiar with some of those, Larkspur looks identical to perennial Delphiniums and comes in a variety of colours including spikes of red, pink, violet and white.

Alchimilla Mollis is otherwise known as Lady’s Mantle, and has scalloped, bright green leaves and tiny yellow flowers. It takes its name from the Arabic, meaning little magical one, as in the middle ages the water collected from its leaves after morning dew was said to have healing properties!

Cosmos are beautiful, large open white and pink flowers with delicate apple-green foliage. These are one of my favourites and look so pretty in a bouquet.

We get our seeds from suppliers such as Higgledy Garden seeds in Cornwall who pride themselves on providing the very best seeds, a great range of colour, form, scent and longevity.

You can get involved too. October is the time of year to start sowing next years Hardy Annuals. These include Corncockle (a pretty purple flower), Nigella (an old cottage garden flower also known as love-in-a-mist), Cornflowers, Sweet Peas, (such gorgeous delicate colours), Delphiniums, Lupins and delightful Flowering Sage.

British Flower week is in May but you don’t have to wait until then to get involved. If you start now, come May you can be celebrating your success along with us! As I said at the beginning, the satisfaction you’ll get will be well worth the effort.

Hazel x

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Wednesday 30th September 2015

Wedding Cakes



Bellissimo Cake at Farnham Castle - Image by Voyteck Photography Flowers by Eden Blooms
Bellissimo Cake at Farnham Castle - Image by Voyteck Photography Flowers by Eden Blooms
Bellissimo Cake's Helen Massey with Hazel from Eden Blooms at Northbrook Park - Image by Galileo
Bellissimo Cake's Helen Massey with Hazel from Eden Blooms at Northbrook Park - Image by Galileo
Gifted Heart Cake at Bury Court Barn - image by Eden Blooms
Gifted Heart Cake at Bury Court Barn - image by Eden Blooms

It's a well known fact that Florists adore cake. We enjoy eating it when we are working, we love nothing more than a creative wedding consultation in a yummy cake shop and we enjoy watching the wedding cakes being assembled on our client's wedding day.

We are very lucky at Eden Blooms because we work with some of the best cake makers around. We know that some clients just want a plain and simple cake from a well know high street store more famous for selling underwear but we really don't think you can beat the real thing made by a professional cakemaker.

We wanted to feature two of our favourite cake makers in this blog. We've been very lucky to be working with the talented Helen Mansey for about three years now. Helen owns Bellissimo Wedding Cakes based in Liss. Helen teaches at Squires Kitchen and this year published a book which features our flowers. Her cakes are stunningly simple with the most delicate hand piped lace work. Their elegance and detail are just perfect at any wedding. The taste and flavour of Helen's Cakes are out of this world.

We also have the pleasure of working with Emma at Gifted Heart Cakes. From stunning themed cakes to Macroon towers Emma really can cater for every taste. We just adored this Apple Crate cake created at Bury Court Barn.

Between Emma and Helen any cake to suit a whole range of designs can be yours for the big day. So give that old High Street faithful a miss and go to the professionals. It is, afterall, the most importand cake you'll ever taste.

If you love making cakes why don't you have a look at Helen's fantastic book which features our flowers. Bellssimo Wedding Cakes.

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Monday 14th September 2015

Amy & Charlie’s Wedding at Farnham Castle

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Amy and her Bridesmaids - image by Voyteck - London Wedding Photographer
Amy and her Bridesmaids - image by Voyteck - London Wedding Photographer
Amy with her rustic and relaxed hand tied shower bouquet
Amy with her rustic and relaxed hand tied shower bouquet
Just married - Amy & Charlie
Just married - Amy & Charlie

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We are very lucky at Eden Blooms to work with some stunning wedding suppliers. It is no secret that one of our most favourite venues is Farnham Castle. 

The venue is not only a historical masterpiece but from a wedding suppliers point of view it's clean, super organished, friendly and highly professional. The food produced by Galloping Gourmet is second to none and every single client of ours has the most amazing wedding day at The Castle. 

The venue also keeps their list of approved suppliers small and highly professional. This gives clients reassurance that only the best suppliers are on the list.

We had the pleasure of working with the amazingly talented Voyteck from the http://www.london-weddingphotographer.com/ last weekend. 

There is a link here to his blog about Amy & Charlie's wedding at the Castle a couple of weeks ago. Click here for Blog

Amy choose a stunning collection of flowers for her big day include David Austin Kiera Roses, Sweet Avalanche Roses, White Freesia and Avalanche Roses. Here are just a few images from their big day on our blog. Please visit Voyteck's site for the full blog. 

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Tuesday 1st September 2015

Peach beauty at Farnham Castle



Flower delivery of Peach Flowers for wedding
Flower delivery of Peach Flowers for wedding
Peach Rose palate
Peach Rose palate
Image of the table centre jugs taken from above
Image of the table centre jugs taken from above
Lianne's throwing bouquet
Lianne's throwing bouquet
Large displays for the Lantern Room
Large displays for the Lantern Room
FT confetti cones
FT confetti cones
Lantern Room fully decorated
Lantern Room fully decorated

We've been working on a lovely wedding for about a year now with Lianne & Peter. They are a great couple with lots of fab ideas on how to incorporate their favourite things into their wedding. We used a lovely palate of peach roses including Miss Piggy, Vuvuzela, Peach Avalanche and David Austin Juliet Roses. 

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Friday 21st August 2015

Summer Wedding at Bury Court Barn



Stephanie arriving at the Church
Stephanie arriving at the Church
Alex's Buttonhole
Alex's Buttonhole
Just love this image of Alex and Stephanie in the field around the Barn
Just love this image of Alex and Stephanie in the field around the Barn
All the bridal flowers together at Bury Court Barn
All the bridal flowers together at Bury Court Barn
Cascading flowers from Lanterns
Cascading flowers from Lanterns
Rustic Milk Churn inside Bury Court Barn
Rustic Milk Churn inside Bury Court Barn

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Gorgeous is the only word that comes to mind after a day like that spent with the lovely Alex and Stephanie at Bury Court Barn. Yes… there really is such a thing as a dream wedding day!

The beautiful bride and groom were a picture of happiness and their delight was contagious. Everything about the day was special… the people, the venue, the atmosphere, and… dare I say the flowers!

Of course, I cannot wait to tell you about the flowers first. Think romantic and soft and big bouquets! They managed to harmoniously make a statement while being gentle and sensitive to the beautiful historic surroundings.

They also oozed romance (very important on such an occasion!) and complimented the style of the wedding and the venue perfectly.

A combination of pastel pink Sweet Avalanche Roses, dainty Peony, Lavender and Alchimella Mollis worked together to paint a stunning picture.

The Sweet Avalanche Rose never fails to deliver as it always opens fully presenting a perfect bloom. And with a sturdy stem, they’re guaranteed to look as great at the end of the day as it does at the beginning. Much like the bride!

The venue… The Barn at Bury Court is a beautifully converted barn that blends old oak beams with versatile modern facilities while the enchanting walled garden affords privacy and tranquility. Think old world charm, warmth, atmosphere, and lovely textures to compliment the flowers and decorations. The soft flowers sat beautifully against the wooden beams.

Photography by Cotton Candy Photography means that Alex and Stephanie will be able to look back on the day with a really accurate representation of just how wonderful it was! They captured the mood beautifully and the resulting images are enough to make every bride (and bridegroom) swoon!

So… once more… huge Congratulations to Alex and Stephanie, and to everyone involved in making it the fantastic, beautiful wedding that it was!

Hazel x  

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