I can't tell you how pleased I am that Spring has lovingly embraced the outdoors and made things warmer, greener and prettier.  It seems that this Winter lasted forever, and I'm so ready to spend some time outdoors now with the littley, and growing bump!

As I was sat gazing at all the lovely flowers in our garden yesterday, I was inspired to write up a post of a floral nature. I LOVE flowers – though I admit, I never took anywhere near as much notice of them until I met my now Husband, who has expert green-fingers and who, with the exception of the bridal bouquets and button-holes, grew all the flowers for our wedding in our own back garden, and prepared their presentation on the morning of our wedding himself.  Clever clever boy. 

Our garden is always a hive of life in the warmer months, the daffodils are saluting to the sun (quite a little bit later than they did last year, I notice?), and the  hellebore are making everything all pretty and fairy like (I tell my 4 year old they are the fairy's favourite flowers – mostly to stop her from picking them all!). 

Here are some of my favourite florists websites at the moment – I hope they offer something to anyone seeking some floral inspiration for their wedding or special event maybe…

Scarlet and Violet
{London}

Love My Dress UK Wedding Blog – Imagery Copyright (c) 2010, Scarlet and Violet

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Having worked with flowers for 14 years, in 2006, Vic Brotherson founded
Scarlet and Violet in 2006, "We now deliver flowers across London, install  house flowers lovingly, and give our all to weddings and events"…

What fabulous displays! I love the idea of little jugs and buckets full of English Country Wedding/shabby-chic style flowers at a wedding…

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Visit the Scarlet and Violet website, or email info@scarletandviolet.co.uk.


Hilary Maddren
{Cleveland, UK}

I cannot praise my own wedding florist enough.  She wasn't our first choice (who regrettably proved to have very different ideas to me when it came to planning erm, *my* wedding bouquet) and Hilary stepped in at very short notice indeed and was so incredibly receptive to all my ideas.  It was very important to me, marrying on the first day of Spring 2009, to have a seasonal bouquet, comprising largely of Spring Narcissi – I didn't want a huge amount of fuss.

This, is what Hilary came up with – along with an array of matching button-holes.  I was astounded at her ability to create something that went way beyond my expectations and I love how she used fabric from my own wedding dress and the Bridesmaids dress to wrap around the stems of the bouquets, and how she used the same fabric to decorate 4 little baskets that I'd purchased to hold confetti…

Love My Dress UK Wedding Blog – Imagery Copyright (c) 2010, Karen McGowran

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"I have been working in the floristry business for over 25 years, twenty of those owning and running my own shop. I studied horticulture at college in Wales for 3 years then went on to work in London, where I was privileged to work at the Chelsea flower show, and where many of my clients where  film stars and celebrities.  After a spell working in Los Angeles I returned to my home town in the north-east.  Wedding flowers are my passion.  I love the challenge of taking a brides dreams and making them reality. Whether traditional, contemporary of funky I have a wealth of ideas.  No matter how small or lavish the same attention to detail will be given to all brides on their special day."

I never did throw my bouquet.  I was so in love with it I kept it hung it for a month after our wedding to dry, then boxed it very carefully.  I checked on it a few months after storing it and it's perfect. I can't wait to show it to my children and grand-children in the years to come Spring Time ~ Time to Celebrate Pretty Florals... (Weddings )

Hilary likes to personally delivery the flowers to all her Brides on the
day of their wedding, so tends to cover the Cleveland area only.  Visit the Hilary Maddren website or contact Hilary directly on flowers@hilarymaddren.co.uk.


The Traditional Flower Company
{Staffordshire/Midlands with nationwide delivery}

This wonderful Staffordshire based business grow all their own produce and choose to work with seasonal flowers.  Their roses are carefully selected for their scent, colour and fabulous shape. 

Love My Dress UK Wedding Blog – Imagery Copyright (c) 2010, The Traditional Flower Company

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"Our flower collections will evoke nostalgic memories from the days when old fashioned traditional values were at the heart of British countryside living.  Step back in time – indulge your senses"…

Visit The Traditional Flower Company
for further information.


The Vintage Flower House
{Brighton & Sussex Area}

The Vintage Flower House are a specialist Sussex wedding florist, covering weddings across the region.

"From our studio in Brighton our trained florists offer a complete service for your wedding flowers. Whether your style is classic, contemporary, vintage or theatrical we will cater for all your needs and create the most stylish  wedding flowers for your special day."

Imagery Copyright (c) 2010, The
Vintage Flower House

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Visit The Vintage Flower House
website
for further information.


Hayford & Rhodes
{London with nationwide delivery}

I interviewed the team of 3 Sisters that make up this
fabulous London based floristry business here, and I had the good
fortune of meeting them at the Absolutely Beautiful Weddings show last month too. 
This is elite floristry at it's most beautiful!

Love My Dress UK Wedding Blog – Imagery Copyright (c) 2010, Hayford and
Rhodes

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"I think our appeal basically stems from the fact we are all young (well 30ish!) women with experience of organising weddings and know what a nightmare it can become. We understand how much it means to Brides to achieve their dream day, so we always go the extra mile to ensure the flowers and our service are nothing short of perfect…"

Visit the Hayford and Rhodes website
for further information.

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Annabel is the founder of Love My Dress. She lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, two daughters Eska and Leanora and three dogs. If she's not being a Blog Queen or practicing her photography, you'll find her fighting her way through a renovation dust cloud as she and her family transform their forever-home.

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