{Feature Friday} Foxley Flowers

Good Morning!

Wowee isn’t it FREEZING? However, there is something about Winter that I just love, probably as it’s another excuse to go clothes shopping for that all important ‘warm coat’ (to add the the 500 other ones in my wardrobe). Also, we are one step closer to Christmas and I think it’s only so many sleeps until Christmas Day 😀 … Anyway, enough of that! Feature Friday is always dedicated to the fabulous suppliers that have that something special that gives weddings that va-va-voom! So, this week we are turning our focus to Foxley Flowers.  So, without further ado, let me introduce you to Laura of Foxley Flowers.

Ps. LOVE the first wedding pic!

Foxley Flowers are freelance Florists covering the whole of the South of England – we love all things, Floral, Country and Vintage. Be it a small woodland wedding or a grand state of affair – we will where possible provide you with Seasonal English Country Flowers whether you are looking for a rambling country display with a naturally arranged style or beautiful big blousy blooms with flowing ribbons or vintage lace – Planning your wedding should make you feel excited and inspired – especially choosing beautiful flowers. This is important to us. Plus we can also provide the accessories and decorations to compliment the flowers, candelabras, pedestals, vintage china, cups & saucers and more.

We don’t just do weddings! As well as providing By–the–Sea career courses for other aspiring Florists we also run courses for the more do-it-yourself bride to teach all the essentials you would require if you fancy the adventure of making your own table centres or button holes – and we will supply the loose flowers for you to do so! (and some end of the telephone panic support if necessary!)
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So please give us a call or an email to chat, mail@foxleyflowers.com , or 07922684556 or take a look at our site to learn a bit more about us – www.foxleyflowers.com

{Flower Friday!} Floral Trends & Tips from Red Magnolia

It’s Friday and the start of another wonderful weekend! For once, in the craziness of wedding season, I have a weekend off!! Woo-hoo! If you guys are busy wedding planning, then today’s post should be a monumental help with the floral side of things! I have to admit, I know NOTHING about flowers! My mum is a really keen gardener, so luckily I was able to hand over control of my bouquet to her, but I had a good idea of what I did and didn’t want. If you’re befuddled by flowers or don’t know your peony from your primrose, then this is the post for you!

Today, the very lovely Jill from Red Magnolia guides us through the minefield of flowers by clueing us up with current trends as well as helpful hints on how to choose those perfect blooms! Get your mid-morning cuppa and have a read!



Gypsophila was once only viewed as a filler flower, it is now making a comeback and standing out proudly. Its delicate and fluffy texture certainly makes an impact in wedding designs and there is a current trend with brides requesting Gypsophila, from table vases to a beautiful full domed bridal bouquet or even a headdress design.


DIY weddings have become increasingly popular over the last few years, whether its handmade invitation, favours, decorations or wedding flower designs with many recent brides choosing quirky jam jar, tea cups or vases to decorate the centre of the tables.

Its also a great option to help with a tighter flower budget as vases can be sourced by a bride from raiding their grandmother cupboards, shopping in charity shops or even getting a bargain at a local car boot sale to find quirky, mismatch vases and jars.

Decorating your own vases with beautiful fabric or lace certainly adds a personal touch to your wedding and allows an opportunity to get your friends and family involved.

By sourcing your vases yourself will also help save the cost of hire charge from a florist or supplier. These arrangements then can be given as gifts to your guests as a lovely token to remember your wedding day.



These lovely jars were decorated by a bride using fabric, lace and ribbon containing beautiful Amnesia and sweet avalanche roses, sweet peas, viburnum, gypsophila and eucalyptus.

Choosing your flowers

My advice would be, before visiting your florist, do your research to see what types of flowers are available in the season your are getting married. Simply search the internet on wedding websites, blogs or the Wedding Flowers & Accessories magazine which has a fabulous section on seasonal blooms.

Here are my top three flowers perfect for a wedding.


Hydrangeas are in season from May through to October, available in a huge variety of colours and are perfect for a wedding.

There are numerous ways of creating beautiful designs whether its a bridal bouquets, table arrangements to decorating your wedding venues.

Although they can be expensive, the size of hydrangea heads allows you to cover a large areas in an arrangement which may help to reduce cost.

View the design below to see different ways to use hydrangeas for your wedding whether a bouquet, pom poms, table arrangement or to add texture to a buttonhole, hydrangeas are very versatile.

Red Magnolia Floristry

 Red Magnolia Floristry 


In season late spring to mid summer with a single and double form and with a wide variety of colours and scents these fabulous flowers are a perfect choice for a dreamy bridal bouquet.

I personally adore the Sarah Bernhardt Peony, with layers upon layers of blush pink petals, this beautifully compliments pink and lilac tones within a bridal bouquet



Piano Roses

Over the years I have noticed some bride shy away from the ‘common rose’ as described, but you would be surprised by the vast variety of yummy country garden roses available.

I adore the beauty of the Piano rose, a deep cup of layers upon layers and once opened this perfect English country rose is simply striking in a bridal bouquet.


Next step, once you have researched which flowers are in season and chosen the ones you loved, my advice would be to set up a wedding “Pinterest” board. “Pinterest” is a great tool to collect data and is a perfect source of information to email your potential florist, this allows them to have an insight into your vision of your wedding day and start to build a portfolio of your potential colour scheme and designs.

A huge thank you to Jill for sharing her tips & trends on choosing your wedding flowers! To see more of Red Magnolia’s beautiful work, head over to their beautiful website!



{Feature Friday} The Traditional Vintage Flower Company!

It’s been an exciting week here on A Vintage Wedding Guide, with our very own Natalie sharing her proposal story and the start of her planning journey! We can’t wait to hear more about Natalie and Dan’s big day as it is set to be utterly beautiful! Natalie will be keeping us updated with news and insights into her wedding planning as the year goes on and I’m sure you lovely readers will get lots of tips! We’d also love to hear your planning stories too so don’t be shy and get in touch!

Today is, of course, Friday! And Friday is all about showcasing our fabulous suppliers here on A Vintage Wedding Guide. Now, once you’ve chosen that all important dress and perfected the bridesmaids’ outfits, what’s the next thing on your list? That’s right! Flowers! It’s so important that you choose a bouquet which will compliment that look and feel of both your dress and the colour scheme of your whole day. Whether you’re going for a pastel themed country-chic day or maybe a more vibrant summer wedding, a great florist will be able to direct you to finding the right flowers for the time of year as well as bringing your personality into the day.

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The Traditional Vintage Flower Company are specialists when it comes to selecting, designing and producing the most beautiful creations with a vintage edge. From the more traditional bouquet of blush roses, to a more exotic feel with a splash of colour, owner and director, Clare, can help! With amazing attention to detail in everything they do, you will NOT be disappointed with the level of customer service you receive as well, of course, as the fantastic bouquets and displays she will provide.


At The Traditional Vintage Flower Company we take pride in recreating a level of service and style from a bygone age. We are not ‘mass-market’ or just rigidly stuck in a limited catalogue of designs. At The Traditional Vintage Flower Company we take pride in our traditional approach of using vintage materials; all in the creation of a thoroughly bespoke design for each individual. That’s not to say that we’re afraid of the modern, far from it, we add a modern twist to many of our designs to produce something really special and distinctive. So at The Traditional Vintage Flower Company, you will find traditional levels of service, quality and attention to detail, vintage and off-beat materials and bespoke designs that are all wrapped up into a unique floral creation just for you or that someone special.


The Traditional Vintage Flower Company is about the creative design of the floral arrangement. Each client receives a unique floral gift, lovingly handmade, that meets their and only their requirements. The key to this is the personal touch where time is spent making sure that the floral gift is right for you right from the outset. Add to this a passion for flowers and floral design along with a genuine desire to make the gift truly special.

We are a young company but with a considerable experience in design, event co-ordination and marketing. So whatever event you require floral designs for, big or small, formal or casual, you can be sure that every aspect is catered for.

We all know how important it is to hear from past brides about the level of service they have experienced from a wedding supplier, so you’ll be happy to hear some fantastic testimonials about this wonderful company too:

Clare, we cannot thank you enough – you are utterly fabulous in every single way – you are more than a florist you are a fabulorist (see what I did there? lol) – I could burst with happiness at how perfect the day was but to hear gasps of wonder from our guests at your fabulous designs just added even more extra sparkle – you rock Mrs thank you so much xx

Thank you so much for the flowers and the display you helped us with for our wedding. It was truly amazing and we got so many compliments about the flowers, table centres, mason jars, origami centre piece….everything!

We will definitely be recommending you to all our other friends who are getting married in the area – it has been an absolute joy working with you and we loved all our email correspondence and meetings at the vintage lodge. We are actually quite sad to think that we won’t be contacting you regularly!

You can’t go wrong with a company with those testimonials! So, be sure to head over to The Traditional Vintage Flower Company’s website to see everything they have to offer!