Tuesday, 21 October 2014

‘Got the Wedding Bug’

 Cherry Blossom Bouquets (the floral company of Cherry Blossom Floral) was lucky enough to be a part of a fun packed event full of inspiration at The Wedding Fair at London Excel on 20th and 21st September.
All aspects of the wedding industry were covered at the show-
~ Wedding Cake Suppliers
~ Honeymoon Companies
~ Venues
~ Wedding Dresses
~ Favours
~ And not forgetting of course – Bridal Bouquets and Floral Décor  
                                                                    Bouquet By Cherry Blossom Bouquets
                                                                   Photography: Tom Halliday Photography
First let’s focus on the flowers (of course!)
The collection showcased by Cherry Blossom Bouquets at this event included a mix palette of colours with a few Autumnal colours perfect inspiration for an Autumn or even Winter wedding.
Colours of russet, maroon and gold, dusky pinks and mocha coloured pearls were features of the collection.
Bouquets by Cherry Blossom Bouquets
Fitting with the current trend for all things vintage looking, birdcages were very popular and floral birdcage arrangements in shades of peach and shades of pink were showcased and well loved by many visitors.
                                                              Floral Birdcage by Cherry Blossom Bouquets
Cherry Blossom Bouquets was asked to participate in 2 of the big ‘feature’ catwalk shows.
The overall theme of the show was nature – lots of muted colours, soft relaxed hair and romantic looking bridal dresses.
Look 1
The Floral Lanterns
                                                             Floral Lanterns by Cherry Blossom Bouquets
                                                                       Photography by Tom Halliday
                                                                Dress Designer: The Bespoke Wardrobe
Beautifully showcased by the models and fitting in perfectly with the natural romantic theme
Look 2
Autumnal Great Gatsby
                                                               Bouquets by Cherry Blossom Bouquets
                                                          Photography by Tom Halliday Photographer
                                                                       Dress Designer: Naomi Neoh
Glamour with muted colours – pearls, feathers and rich soft autumnal colours of dusky pink, dusky peach, deep red and deep purple all set off with feathers and pearls for the glamorous Gatsby touch
There was some great on the day feedback from the show and key points that came up about the collection showcased were:
‘The flowers are so realistic’ – many visitors had to get up close and feel the flowers to believe they were not real
~ There were a number of visitors considering fresh flower bouquets until they saw the collection on offer and realised they could get a cost effective bouquet which can be kept long after the wedding day and displayed in their home
~ I met a few ‘travelling brides’ getting married abroad and a keepsake bouquet was the perfect thing for these brides to be as it meant getting the flowers and look they wanted organised and completed before jetting off to foreign climes
~ A great way to get out of season flowers or unusual colour schemes incorporated into your Bridal Bouquet
I met a number of 2015 and even 2016 brides planning ahead and trying to get a head start in planning their weddings.
Cherry Blossom Floral Bridal Advice:
If flowers are important – please do not leave this till the very last minute
A bridal bouquet takes many hours of intensive and intricate work to put together and in order to source the best quality and colour of flowers a good amount of time is required.
For a Bridal Bouquet –  you should always aim to allow a minimum of 4-6 weeks before the wedding day – but in peak wedding seasons 2-3 months is not unheard of
For Flower Arrangements – more time is required a minimum of 6-8 weeks is ideal and again 3-6 months for the peak wedding seasons especially if a lot of arrangements are required.
                                                             Bouquet by Cherry Blossom Bouquets  
Orders can be turned around in quicker periods of time but to allow sufficient time for consultation, sourcing flowers and making the bouquet/arrangement – the more time you have the better and less stressful it is for the bride to be!
Back to the rest of the show –
Wedding Dress Galore!
Lace was yet again a big hit and a reoccurring theme. There were dresses completely made of lace and others with just a hint. Lace always looks feminine and elegant – if that’s a look you’re trying to achieve then consider incorporating some it into your wedding dress for a timeless look.
There were some fantastic designs showcased by ‘Confetti and Lace’, 'The Bespoke Wardrobe' and also 'Naomi Neoh' – Whose beautiful dresses were showcased on the catwalk and beautifully complemented by Bridal Bouquets and hair accessories by Cherry Blossom Bouquets.
Photography by Tom Halliday
                                      Dresses by the Bespoke Wardrobe  & Naomi Neoh
There was definitely a feel of the unique and personal style wedding as showcased by some lovely exhibitors on the day.

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Picture - Boris and Betty at London Excel

Boris and Betty showed some of the most beautiful looking vintage china and decor for weddings and parties and in my opinion they had one of the most eye catching stand displays at the event.
                                                          Photography by Tom Halliday Photography
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PoshPuds and Sugarplum Cake Co showcased a beautiful range of wedding cakes in every style from simple and classic to the more detailed and elaborate designs – there were also plenty of cake tastings available at the fair as well which I must say is probably the highlight of the wedding planning experience for most!
There were some fab wedding invitations showcased at the event.
What better way to set the tone for the wedding ahead than to incorporate your theme into your invitation design- perhaps this is a colour such as pink or blue or maybe you have a them – oriental- with some oriental inspired designs or roaring 20’s with some art deco inspired designs
The right invitation is a great way to get your guests into the look, feel and style of your wedding.
                                                                                                    Invitation. www.invitationstyles.com
Well, that’s it for my coverage on the Wedding Fair at London Excel, If this has wetted your appetite then take a look at the dedicated website www.theweddingfairs.com  for more images and coverage of the weddings fairs at London Excel as well as the fairs in Manchester and Bluewater.
Cherry Blossom Floral will return with more advice and inspiration for brides to be
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Signing off
Cherry Blossom Floral X

Thursday, 26 June 2014

All Things Vintage

My Vintage Passion – From Bouquets to Décor
Vintage is everywhere today and to be honest who doesn’t love a bit of a vintage touch?
For me this means 3 things:
·         *Unique
·         *Style
·         *Inspired by a past era  
Vintage style is perfect to incorporate into bridal bouquets and floral décor, after all the tradition of weddings and ‘the big white dress’ has remained in essence the same over time.
Vintage style is summed up by one of the true icons of a past era:
                ‘In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different’
                ‘Fashion fades, only style remains the same’
Coco Chanel
(Source: bridalmusings.com)
A lot of my work is inspired by the past and a drive to make something truly different and unique at the same time.

                                 (Cherry Blossom Bouquets)
The 'Peachy Pearl Bouquet' features soft antique looking roses in muted shades of golden peach and is finished with pearl clusters – how very Chanel!
The Popular 'Cherry Vintage Bouquet' was recently ordered by a Bride for a 'Great Gatsby' themed wedding - now what is more vintage style than the roaring 20's - think pearls, feathers and elegance

                                       (Cherry Blossom Bouquets)

(Source: fwweekly.com - from the film 'The Great Gatsby)
Décor Inspiration
A favourite piece of decor designed by Cherry Blossom Bouquets – Antique gold birdcages filled with different shades of pink silk flowers and wrapped with pearls.

(Cherry Blossom Bouquets)
I loved the way my customer styled the arrangements in a marquee wedding celebration  - simple ivory drapes, chandeliers and a few birdcages have set the scene beautifully for a very special occasion.

 (Cherry Blossom Bouquets)


How Best to Incorporate the Vintage theme into your occasion?

·         Make sure you use the best quality silk flowers your budget allows – this will add a touch of luxury and elegance

·         Make use of cut glass bowls and vases to display your flowers

·         Use feathers, pearls and tall candlesticks to add an extra dimension to your theme, but do remember to go easy on the feathers!

·         Muted colours always work best – soft ivory, peaches, pinks and lilacs will always look the part.

Much Love

Cherry Blossom Floral  X


Monday, 23 June 2014

Welcome to The Cherry Blossom Floral Blog

Welcome to the Cherry Blossom Floral Blog -
This is the official blog of my Floral Company Cherry Blossom Bouquets
On this Blog you will find samples of keepsake bouquet designs and floral décor inspiration to help you plan your special day all with a little vintage touch. All designs which have been made by Cherry Blossom Bouquets are available to order : - simply contact by Email: Cherryblossombouquets@gmail.com to enquire and place an order.
We will endeavour to update our blog on a regular basis and welcome comments and feedback on themes or topics you'd like to see covered.
Remember ~~~ Its not just a wedding that requires bouquets and floral décor ~ bridal showers, engagement parties, wedding anniversary, birthday or a dinner party at home ~ all can be made special by adding a floral touch.
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Looking forward to our floral blogging adventures together..................
Cherry Blossom Floral