If I wasn’t a little bit in love with Joanne Truby after swooning over all of the beautiful and colourful images that arrived in my inbox, that quote has absolutely sealed the deal. Oh my goodness, has there ever been a truer word spoken? Joanne Truby, you’re a little bit wonderful.
Flowers come armed with a super power which never fails to spread happiness — Joanne Truby
Anyway, enough of my fan-girling and let’s find out a little bit more about this floral superstar.
“I’ve always been a creative person - when I worked in retail, I’d always draw on my knack for colour and design but I still had a yearning to do something more hands on instead of just sitting in an office all day. I decided to take the plunge and enrolled on a course in floral design & event management. I loved that so continued on and gained a first class Honours degree from Greenwich University who partnered with the Covent Garden Academy of Flowers.”
Joanne then launched Joanne Truby Floral Design, which, she says, gives her the opportunity to live out her passion. Specialising in flowers for weddings and events, every floral scheme is unique and will be packed full of special and creative touches. Joanne happily admits to collecting sea shells from beaches, trailing antique shops hunting for vintage brooches and hunting out wonderful containers and props to make every wedding beyond brilliant.
“My style is natural but voluptuous. I like to mix pretty colour combinations with an assortment of flowers and foliage to create interesting textures in every design. I’m partial to sweet peas (they’re my favourite flower!) and I am a total sucker for foliage and ferns.”
We do love a Winter wedding here at Pocketful of Dreams and although the summer months are without doubt our busiest of the year, we’re now seeing the trend for winter weddings increasing. What could be more perfect than having your own country-house bolt-hole for a weekend of feasting, merriment and laughter? Think crisp winter walks, hot mulled cider and roaring open fires. It’s certainly my idea of heaven, so today we’re basing our monthly inspirational wedding concept on a weekend wedding retreat at a Country Manor: Country Elegance.
Our venue of choice for this concept is Iscoyd Park - a stunning country house venue in Whitchurch, Shropshire, surrounded by 18th century parkland and beautiful gardens with views overlooking the borders of North Wales, Shropshire and Cheshire and available to hire exclusively on a 1, 2 or 3 day basis for your wedding.
I recently met with Philip Godsal, the owner of Iscoyd Park, and was blown away by his passion for the house and for giving his couples the very best day of their lives. What makes this venue so special, is that Iscoyd is a private home and works hard to maintain the character and history of a country estate whilst providing the welcoming warmth of a family home. The passionate owners want you to feel that Iscoyd truly is your home for the weekend, and refreshingly, they don’t have a huge book of rules that you have to follow! Instead, they offer you an understated, elegant and romantic setting which is equally relaxed and welcoming; little touches such as beautiful NEOM scented candles and fresh flowers throughout the space make you feel instantly and effortlessly at home.
The venue can accommodate ceremonies for up to 130 guests in the Garden Room with dining in the onsite Marquee and is also well suited to more intimate affairs, with the Drawing Room providing a beautiful setting for a ceremony for up to 60 guests. The Garden Room also transforms into the most decadent lounge bar come nightfall. There is onsite accommodation for 18 people, with 3 rooms in the main house and B&B accommodation in the Stable Rooms and Laundry Room. A further 8 people can be accommodated in Wolvesacre Cottage which is on the edge of the estate, a mere 5 minutes drive away. Again, exquisite attention to detail is evident throughout with luxury NEOM bath products, White Company bedding and an effortless fusion of classical furnishings and contemporary detailing.
Iscoyd is a beautiful example of elegance without formality. Light cascades into every room and the mix of roaring fires, an abundance of candles, ornate chandeliers and wooden floors create a warmth and romance that perfectly suits an elegant winter wedding.
Following on from Tamryn’s introduction to Midlands based photographer Jordanna Marston yesterday lunch time, I was keen to share these truly inspirational images with you – shot by Jordanna herself and created in collaboration with stylist P J Parker of Emily Harmston Cakes. The creative duo were inspired by the concept of an autumn /winter shoot based on the Dutch master’s still lifes.
I love the use of strong light and rich colours and how one of the UK’s most talented stylists, Sammy Aki, has teamed contemporary groomswear with the most beautiful original vintage wedding dresses. I hope that you love looking through these images and can draw some beautiful seasonal inspiration from them.
were used with the simple authentic background of a local, unrestored barn with an earth floor, stripped wood and lime washed walls. The feast table was filled with loose flowers, indulgent cakes and autumnal fruits and the beautiful original vintage dresses and grooms wear from the best contemporary British tailors used lovely pieces in fine wool, tweeds and velvets, perfect for a wedding in the colder months.’
“Foxtail Lilly’s vintage shop and florist in the market town of Oundle, Northamptonshire provided the backdrop for this photo shoot. The tumble of 18th century buildings that is the home and shop of Tracey Mathieson, includes an original and unrestored grain barn complete with earth floor, stripped wood and lime washed walls. The restricted light here brought a unique darkness and mood with strong light and dark contrasts – which was perfect.”
“The bridal dresses from The Pocket Library were a mix of authentic vintage from their original archive and pieces from their made to order collection. Every dress in Rebecca ‘s archive is exceptional in its detail and craftsmanship. Her brilliance is in her ability to allow these vintage pieces to appear effortlessly contemporary with her precision to detail and understanding of couture.
Additional vintage dresses and accessories including a special Balmain dress were sourced from Hope & Harlequin.”
“One wedding cake didn’t seem indulgent enough so Emily Harmston Cakes provided three. The largest tiered was adorned with a mass of hand painted chocolate flowers capturing all the scarlets, browns, russets and yellows of the season’s palate. Another cake gave an opulent flash of gold leaf with delicate hellebore sugar-flowers.
The third was an extravagant dark chocolate cake with oversized sugar rose, which impressively filled the barn with an amazing chocolate aroma.”
“The feast table was a central theme with its strong imagery evocative of Dutch master’s still lifes. The soft paleness of the vintage dresses and muted natural fabrics of the grooms wear were enlivened with the flamboyant sweep of autumnal fruits and flowers. A large planter was filled with a loose and unstructured array of dense black Dalias and Cala ,Briza grass, fern, sweet pea tendrils and Astrantia mixed with old fashioned roses grown in the surrounding gardens.
The massive shooting flowers of actual Foxtail lilies were a lovely addition from Foxtail Lilly giving surprising height and a flash of warm yellow.”
“The intensity and atmosphere of the scene suited the mix of masculine colours and textures chosen by Sammy Aki for the grooms tailoring. Sammy works with the best of British tailoring and brought together brands that included Richard Anderson, Emma Willis, Peckham Rye and Marwood.
The fine wool tweeds and velvets brought tactile warmth, perfect for an autumn or winter wedding. The accessories complemented the feel using soft antique rose and vintage silk prints in blues and deep burgundy.”