KIMBERLEY'S BLOG

 

We get invited to arrange floral displays for all sorts of occasions at many different venues.

Recently, the Bristol Harbour Hotel and Spa asked us to provide the floral displays for their Press Day, an important event on their calendar.

The Hotel is stunning, a fantastic restoration of the Lloyds Bank building.  It offers 42 luxury bedrooms and the former grand banking hall has been turned into a breath-taking events space for weddings, corporate events or other celebrations. 

The former basement bank vaults now comprise the HairSpa, featuring treatment rooms, an indoor pool, hydrotherapy pool, steam room and sauna and state of the art gym.

I know that every blushing bride is always seen carrying a beautiful bouquet, but have you ever wondered where the tradition originated? You’ll be surprised!

It goes all the way back to ancient Rome when garlands of flowers were worn as they were believed to be symbols of new beginnings, fidelity and fertility.

By the Middle Ages, strong smelling herbs and spices were mixed in with the flowers, partly to ward off evil spirits, bad luck and ill health, but also to mask the unpleasant body odour of the blushing bride. Dill was prominent amongst the herbs used as it was known as the herb of lust, intended to increase sexual desire.

When we reach the Victorian age the bouquet is exclusively comprised of flowers. Indeed Queen Victoria herself carried a ‘tussie-mussie’, a tiny round clutch of flowers in a filigree holder filled with moss and orange blossom, when she was married to Prince Albert.

 

Every good marriage needs to be built on solid foundations, something that came to mind when we were recently asked to create some unique floral displays for a builder’s wedding day.

I think they may have thought we were a little mad when we started talking about using bricks, helmets and gloves, but they soon came round when they saw the finished articles.  Thinking outside the box can often produce quite remarkable results.

This short video sums up what we were able to create for them.  Have we inspired you to try something different?

I like to think that we are always prepared to ‘go the extra mile’ to help make our clients wedding days especially memorable so I’d like to ask you if you would do something for us.

The Wedding Industry Awards are the only regional and national awards voted by clients to recognise and reward excellent wedding suppliers. In addition the awards help the next wave of soon-to-be newly-weds choose the best suppliers.

Naturally, we would love to win an award in the floristry section of the competition. To help us all you need to do is click on the link below and complete a simple online form and rate our service in various categories such as quality of expertise, advice and guidance.


I always say we like a challenge and we certainly got one with a recent request for flowers and floral displays for a wedding in Somerset.
It was held at Blackwell House in North Somerset, near Bristol. The venue offers a unique setting in a relaxed environment and we were called upon to dress the mantles in the Meeting Room and Lounge. I also managed to add some flowers to the main staircase in a rather interesting and unusual way!
Overall the attendees were treated to a pretty stunning display as you can see in this short video.

 
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