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  1. A mini Blog for Brides and Grooms to be, following the latest statement from Boris…

    For those of you booked to have your wedding day later this year, last night’s statement has offered us hope.  The Prime Minister has given the tentative aim of the beginning of July for sectors of the hospitality industry and other public places to start to reopen.  According to a BBC news report this morning, the Secretary of State has said he is giving a "lot of anxious consideration to the effect of the potential changes" on the current lockdown rules on marriage ceremonies.  He has urged couples to "watch this space, we're working on it."


    Although social distancing measures will clearly need to be in place for the foreseeable future, this can be planned for well in advance, allowing your special day to go ahead as well as giving your guests confidence to attend.  If you are still to confirm your florals, many details can be organised remotely without the need to meet in person.  Much can be discussed over the phone and I can provide you with clear visuals including images of suggested flowers and a collection of style ideas. 


    Examples of Emily and Mark's wedding flower visuals from their beautiful barn wedding in July last year:

    Moodboard image 01   Moodboard image 02


    As Guides For Brides suggest, the supply chain for many goods is experiencing a little disruption at the moment, so please trust your suppliers to choose the best alternatives where they need to.  A little flexibility will not only help them ensure you have the freshest of flowers, but also you both to feel relaxed and confident that you’ll have the fun day you had always hoped for.  


    Now we’re over seven weeks into lock-down we have all learnt to adapt and find new ways of working.  This should give us real encouragement for future celebrations, that with a clear strategy in place to keep safe, we will be enjoying our plans in the not too distant future.


    Guides For Brides have created an inspirational article on 


    “How to have a great, socially-distanced wedding."  


    Please use this link to




    Sending lots of love to any anxious couples - I hope this provides some hope as well as useful information.  Take care, keep safe and please get in touch if you would like to discuss your wedding flower requirements.

    Speak soon,

    Katie x


  2. Bear Hotel Macdonald-6459

    When The Bear Hotel got in touch for a wedding photoshoot at the beginning of the year, I jumped at the chance.  It is a landmark location in the heart of beautiful Woodstock.  An historical, grand building which is full of character and almost on the doorstep of Blenheim Palace.  On taking a tour of the hotel there were so many surprises; cosy alcoves and winding staircases; even an old tunnel which apparently leads to the Palace itself!

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    The shoot followed the story of a full wedding day experience at the hotel, from getting ready in the Bridal suite, to the ceremony and wedding breakfast.  The one location style wedding is a firm favourite with couples with so many advantages, reducing much of the logistical stresses a wedding day can bring.  This venue has some stunning rooms with plenty of space for your bridemaids, hairdressers, bottles of Prosecco etc! The Bridal suite is always buzzing with excitement the morning of the wedding and is such an important part of the day to enjoy. 

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    If you are considering a micro wedding with a small group of family and friends, they have a fabulous private dining room.  The photo below is the room dressed with a single, long banquet style table.  It feels grand but also cosy and intimate.  The design brief was classic, with a touch of colour and plenty of foliage and texture.  The soft pinks and champagnes tone well with the burgundy drapes. This is by far my favourite space at the hotel.  Picture this space for a Christmas wedding… the long dining space dressed with flambyant and full foliage garlands with fruits and berries and plenty of candles.  Lush!

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    There is also a larger space for bigger parties in the centre of the hotel with room for a dance floor.  Dean’s Chair Cover’s provided elegant drapes which separate the dining area from the hotel and framed the top table.  Again, the use of candles worked well, creating a warm, soft lighting against the classic, period features.

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    There are plenty of outdoor photo opportunities here too.  The hotel has a pretty courtyard just oustide the Bridal suite.  Step outside the front of The Bear and you are in the centre of Woodstock, which is a picturesque market town and just a walk away are the grounds of Blenheim Palace.

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    This was a fun, full day to be involved with!  Thank you so much to the team at The Bear for organising this and also to Creation Bureau for these gorgeous photos.  

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    Flowers varieties used:

    Quicksand Rose

    Vandela Rose

    Royal Porcelina Spray Rose

    Light apricot lizzianthus

    White Hydrangea

    Billion Stars Astrantia



    Venue: Macdonald Bear Hotel, Woodstock

    Photography: Creation Bureau

    Wedding dress and accessories: Ellie Sanderson

    Chair covers: Dean’s Chair Covers

    Flowers: Gladys Doris Flowers