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REAL WEDDING // Lauren + Chris // Pastel rustic barn wedding

Today I’m excited to share Lauren + Chris’ pastel, rustic wedding at Kingscote Barn, thanks to Charlotte’s photos from Bristol Contemporary Photography. Lauren had her heart set on a rustic, barn wedding from the start, and I think you’ll agree from the photos that they achieved this beautifully!

Lauren + Chris met at University, and got engaged on their 6 year anniversary at a spa hotel. Chris had made Lauren a photo book and at the end it said “will you marry me?” ♥

For the flowers, Lauren decorated a lot of jars with jute string, burlap and lace. The venue was decorated with a lot of these jam jars, with a variety of pastel colours.

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Top Tips for getting married on a hot day

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If you’re getting married on a hot day like we’re having today, you’re going to want to read my top tips on how to cope with the heat!

We all wish for a sunny day when we get married, hoping our guests will be able to enjoy the venue’s grounds, and that photos can be taken outside after the ceremony and throughout the day. The weather was one of the main deciding factors when my husband and I were deciding on which country to get married in. As I’m from France, and my parents still live there, we knew that we had a better chance of having good weather if we got married there (amongst other reasons I must say). Good weather, we did get, a whole 36 degrees of beautiful hot sunshine! Needless to say, it was a pretty hot day, but knowing the vast majority of our guests were little English roses, we had planned a few things to help everyone cope with the heat…

Fans

We weren’t going to do favours for our wedding, but I did get some fans for our guests, just in case they were a little hot on the day. I got some sandalwood fans like these ones, and when you look at our wedding video, I love how everyone has one on full swing at the beginning!

So fans are definitely one of my top tips!

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Water

Ensure that there is plenty of water available to you and your guests. And then, of course, make sure you drink lots of it! We provided all the drinks to our wedding, and had bought a lot (!!) of water bottles, and these were by far the most popular drink of the day.

If your venue is providing the drinks, they should be able to provide plenty of jugs of water for everyone. Adding mint, lemon or berries are great ways to add flavour whilst keeping it really refreshing still.

Outfits

We made a point of warning guests that it would likely be very warm, so they should wear what they were comfortable in. We did not have a specific dress code for them to follow.

This can still be tricky, especially for men. The women at our wedding were mostly wearing summer dresses, and the kids had shorts and dresses. But the men were all in suits or at the very least trousers and long sleeved shirts (!).

Barry had a 100% cotton, light coloured suit, from Next‘s summer collection. His shirt (and apparently even his socks and pants) were also 100% cotton. He also had a second shirt at the ready should he want to change it throughout the day.

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In hindsight, I probably should have opted for a much lighter dress… one of my bridesmaids offered in all seriousness to “fan us up our skirts” should we get too hot. We laughed it off at first but did follow through her request in the end!

Shoes

As a follow on from the above, make sure you plan shoes. I wore my heels for the ceremony but as soon as we got to the wedding venue for the Reception, my trusty Havaianas came on!

Why not extend this to your guests, by offering them a pair to change into to allow them to carry on dancing whilst giving their feet some respite.

Makeup

Good makeup should be able to withstand the heat. I am lucky to have a very talented friend, who did my makeup exactly as I wanted it, and it still looked great at the end of the day. Gettting personal recommendations from people you know is always a great way to start, or ask some of your wedding suppliers. It’s a small world in the industry, and suppliers are always happy to recommend other suppliers they know and trust.

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Timings

This may not be possible, depending where you are in your wedding planning and where you getting married, but choosing what time you get married can make a big difference, as it will be cooler in the evenings.

If getting married abroad, in all likelihood, the wedding ceremony will take place later than we are used to in the UK. The French tend to get married in the late afternoon, followed by dinner around 8, and then literally dance the night away until the early hours of the morning. We moved everything forward to make it more in line with the UK hours, as we had a lot of families and children at our wedding. But it did mean that I had everyone walking to the Mairie in the great heat of the day…. (sorry guys!).

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Be Flexible

Don’t feel you have to follow a strict timeline. Go with the flow, and see how the day takes you. For example, on our wedding, we told parents that we were happy for kids to run around and do their thing. This encouraged the adults to be more relaxed, and in between courses in the meal people wondered in and out for fresh air.

My bridesmaids also had beautiful, heavy petticoats as part of their outfits. But after the ceremony and the official photos, they were simply to warm for them to wear so ended up in a big heap in the bathroom!

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Your Flowers

Remember that, as much as your florist has carefully conditioned and prepared the flowers, if it is a hot day, some flowers will cope better than others. Buttonholes in particular are likely to feel the strain as once prepared, they are therefore out of water, and when they’ve been crushed all day in hugs too…. well it might be a long day for them!

Some flowers will fare better than others. I had mostly eucalyptus and wax flower for my own wedding, which lasted beautifully and made the house smell incredible afterwards!

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For your bouquet, and those of your bridesmaids, either bring some vases to the venue, or else ask your florist if you can hire some from them. I hire out vases for a nominal fee, and suggest using them as an additional arrangement either on the tables, or lined up on a mantelpiece for example. This gives your flowers a chance to have a good drink (remember to add water to the vases, just a little, for it to sit below the ribbon on your bouquet).

Your florist will of course do the most they can to make sure the flowers last as long as possible for you, but the above definitely helps.

So there you go, my top tips for getting married in the hot weather. Which one is your favourite? If you have any additional tips, let us know in the comments below! And if you know anyone getting married either abroad or in Summer, why not share this post with them!

 

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Valentine’s Day Bouquets

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Valentine’s Day is just over two weeks away, so make sure to get your bouquet orders in this week! Emerald & Jade Flowers is now taking orders.

As we don’t tend to do traditional in anything we do… we won’t be making traditional Valentine’s Day red roses bouquets, but instead bouquets in our very own preferred style. Think beautiful, bright colours, with flowers freshly chosen from the market for looking their best. If you aren’t familiar with our work, have a look on our Instagram account which is full of beautiful, colourful flowers!

  • Bouquets will be gift wrapped and aqua-packed for you. We are offering three prices:
    • £25,
    • £35 and
    • £45.
  • Bouquets to be collected from St Anne’s Park (BS4) between Saturday 11th and Tuesday 14th  February 2017.
  • Orders to be made by Monday 6th February 2017, and payment is to be made online by Tuesday 7th February 2017 at the latest. (think about it, then it’s done done and paid for, ready for your grand gesture 😉 )

To order, please get in touch by email or via our contact form confirming :

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Which price bouquet you would like
  • Date & Time you would like to collect the bouquet.

Any questions or anything else you’d like to check, let me know!

Whatever you believe about Valentine’s Day, flowers always go a long way. I meet so many women who tell me they NEVER get bought flowers… seriously, so many! So make sure this year you get them a beautiful, unique bouquet.

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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year everyone!

If you’re like me, you might feel as though 2017 has been going on for a long time already, and when people ask you about Christmas you wonder why they’re asking you about something that happened so long ago! Funny how time can go so quickly, yet we are only in mid January…

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My intention was always to write a blog post at the end of 2016… It was a great year for Emerald & Jade Flowers, and I am incredibly grateful for everyone who helped support my business, from all the amazing clients I had, friends and family who recommended me to everyone around them, the incredible suppliers I’ve met and worked with… Working in an office as a lawyer seems like a long, long time ago (which I guess in a way, it was). Becoming a Regional Finalist for The Wedding Industry Awards was an amazing cherry to go on top all of that!

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Being self-employed, means I am lucky to work when and how I want, which is simply amazing especially when working around two little ones. My eldest turned 6 just before Christmas, and I am so grateful to be able to work around her and her brother, and I am also grateful for my clients who happily let me take them to consultations with me at times were I couldn’t leave them at home.

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2016 was a very big year for me, and for Emerald & Jade Flowers. But I am equally excited about 2017. For the time being, I have decided to focus mainly on Wedding Flowers. As I work from home, I take on a limited amount of weddings each year, so that I can give my full attention to each couple for their big day. From the consultation until even after the big day, I remain available to all my clients for any queries they may have concerning their flowers and their wedding. 2017 is looking busy already but I do still have some free dates, so don’t hesitate to get in touch to book a consultation here.

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I also have some exciting ideas to go alongside the flowers, so keep your eyes peeled for more info!

Most of all, 2017 will be the year I continue to explore ways to live a beautiful life. Which is also what Emerald & Jade Flowers is all about. In line with this, I am working on an incredible giveaway for Mothers’ Day, along with some amazing Bristol suppliers. Details will be announced via Instagram so make sure you follow me so you don’t miss out.

I am also working to host a variety of workshops and I am currently looking into various venue options in Bristol to host these. If you would like to take part in a workshop, or if you have a space that would feel would be perfect for such an event, please do get in touch 🙂

So here’s to another year filled with flowers, beauty, and a happy, mindful life ♥

What will you be focusing on in 2017?

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REAL WEDDING – Izzi + Chris – Jenny Packham & bright flowers

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I met Izzi and Chris at a wedding fair I did last year. They were initially due to be married next summer, but when they found out there would soon be a happy arrival, they decided to move the wedding forward. As such, when Izzi contacted me for her wedding flowers, the wedding was due to take place just over a month later. I already had a two week holiday booked in so we met just before I went and got talking flowers and planning. (more…)

REAL WEDDING – Kirsty + Dom – Bright & Vibrant

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Kirsty contacted me via my website, when she was looking for a wedding florist. Kirsty told me that their wedding was to be fairly informal, and as such they didn’t have a colour scheme. She also did not want a formal looking bouquet. Other than that, she told me she loved the photos of my work and so was happy to let me decide on what would look beautiful for her wedding.

I therefore chose some beautiful bright and vibrant flowers for her, and I loved the result! The venue also had a table with turquoise legs which really looked incredible with the bright pinks and yellows. (more…)

REAL WEDDING – Fiona + Richard – A Classic Wedding

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Fiona and I used to work together, back when I was a lawyer! When she became engaged, I was thrilled when she asked me to quote her for wedding flowers. Fiona was great to work with. She knew she wanted a classic wedding, with red roses and white flowers, and we worked together to create what it was she had in mind. Her bouquet included gorgeous Red Naomi roses, white Avalanche roses, white Freesias and white Eustoma. It looked, and smelt, amazing! Fiona loved it so much she ordered a similar bouquet from me for her mother on Mother’s day 🙂

Similar bouquets but on a smaller scale made up the table centrepieces. These were  essentially small hand tied bouquets. I had provided some wrapped up paper and ribbons, ready for the guests to take home the flowers at the end of the night. A very popular option at the moment 🙂

Fiona and Richard met through work, and got engaged at Walton Hall and Gardens during a fancy picnic. They got married at Henleaze Trinity United Reformed Church, and had their reception in Old Down Manor, in Bristol. I decorated the pillars and the ladies from the Church decorated the rest of the Church. They were so friendly and made me really welcome whenever I’d pop into the Church, I enjoyed every visit! Lucy and her team at Old Down Manor were also great and really helpful, and it is a stunning wedding venue!

Fiona’s advice to couples planning their wedding:

Enjoy every moment of the preparations as it is all part of the fun.

Make sure you spend quality time together in the lead up, where wedding chat/planning is banned!

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S U P P L I E R S

Photographer // Caroline Alexander // http://www.caroline-alexander.co.uk

Bride’s Dress // Berketex Bride // http://www.berketexbride.com/

Bridemaids’ Dresses // John Lewis // http://www.johnlewis.com

Make Up // Jessica Mills // http://www.jessicamillsmakeup.co.uk/

Hair // Gari Henri // http://www.garyhenri.co.uk/

Grooms Outfit // Moss Bros // www.moss.co.uk

Venue // Old Down Manor // www.olddownestate.co.uk/weddings

[Photoshoot] Modern City Wedding with a Vintage Vibe

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My first photoshoot was an amazing experience. Since setting up my own business, I had been eager to meet a photographer who would take some beautiful photos of my flowers, and organising a photoshoot seemed to be the perfect way to do so!

I met Charlotte from Bristol Contemporary Photography and Sarah from The Rosie Shaw Cake Company at the first wedding fayre I did. We instantly got on well and it wasn’t long before we began organising a photoshoot to showcase our work.

Kate from Heartfelt Vintage provided the dresses for the shoot, which are incredible, original vintage wedding dresses. She even had a photo of the original bride wearing one of the dresses! If you are a fan of vintage clothing, you absolutely must go and see Kate’s shop up in Clifton, it’s a true little gem and they even serve cake!

Rosie from Goldbrick House gave us access to the whole venue, including the top floor with gorgeous views across Bristol. I have always loved Goldbrick House, not only for its food and cocktails but also for the beautiful building it is, with its hidden corners and gorgeous staircases. It was perfect for our Modern Wedding with a Vintage Vibe theme 🙂

Emily from Able Mabel (who also made the red fascinator pictured below) and Claire from Claire Clark Make Up work closely with Kate from Heartfelt Vintage, and are experts in the Vintage look. When creating the three looks we were after from the 20s, 30s and 50s, they made each model look amazing and truly reflective of that era.

I was also extremely grateful that 3 of my friends agreed to model for us for the day, thank you girls, you look amazing!! (and of course thank you to Mike as well, the handsome groom!)
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And yes… we did get to eat the cakes at the end!

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All of us who took part in the shoot are local suppliers in Bristol working in the wedding industry, so if you see anything you like, get in touch!

Venue – Goldbrick House

Photographer – Bristol Contemporary Photography

Dresses – Heartfelt Vintage

Cakes – The Rosie Shaw Cake Company

Hair – Able Mabel

MUA – Claire Clark Make Up

Flowers – Emerald & Jade Flowers

Models – Mike, Fay, Sarah, Rebecca

[Photoshoot] Clevedon Hall and Clevedon Pier

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Last year, I was invited to take part in a photoshoot organised by Kayleigh Adams Photography at Clevedon Hall. It was my first time in this incredible wedding venue, and I was absolutely taken away with its’ grandeur and beauty! From the stunning grounds (complete with deer!), view on the sea, to the beautiful rooms inside, I can only imagine that any wedding there would be magical!

For the shoot, I was lucky to work with an incredible team of women. I met Kayleigh at a wedding show earlier that year, and was instantly drawn to her stall as she had made it so cosy and welcoming, it was impossible not to go over and say hi! And I’m glad I did as she as lovely a person as she is a talented photographer! Kayleigh organised this shoot and the suppliers involved with it.

Kayleigh was keen to work with Longfield Hospice, who have a bridal shop in Stroud. So yes, all of these dresses are pre-loved, and available to buy at amazing prices whilst all going to a good cause, can’t get much better than that really!

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Dresses – Longfield Hospice, who have a bridal boutique in Stroud.

Venue – Clevedon Hall

Photographer – Kayleigh Adams Photographer

Flowers – Emerald & Jade Flowers

Make Up – JV MAKE UP

Hair (and model!) – Nicole Dodd from The Stuart Holmes Salon

Models – Claire, Emma and Ryan

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