1Jamie Aston at Brides The Show – October 2014


In this week’s Wedding Wednesday blog post, I’m delighted to feature florist Jamie Aston’s stand at Brides The Show in London earlier this month. Taking centre stage and appearing to almost float above the table was a spectacular long floral design with an abundance of eye-popping colours and different textures.  Phalaenopsis orchids, roses, hydrangeas, astilbe, dendrobium orchids, spray roses, amaranthus and gloriosa lily could all be found in the arrangement. This tall design was also complemented by a low design, which went down the length of the table.

Jamie said: ‘As we didn’t have a bride involved, we really wanted to make something we loved that was unusual, vivid and fun to create an amazing impact. We wanted to show brides that contrasting colours can still look like a wedding and still be just as beautiful as classic whites and blush pinks.’


Jamie had created three gorgeous bridal bouquets, close-ups of which you can see below.




I loved this pomander too!



Stunningly opulent is how I personally would describe the style of this design. I’m sure your wedding guests would be in awe of it too! If you’d like to see more of Jamie’s wedding flower designs, do pop over to his new website. And on his blog, you’ll find more photos of this stand.

P.S. In this Flowerona Reflects video, you can see footage of Brides The Show.

(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)

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0Florists…would you like to visit the Serax HQ in Belgium next month?

One of my workshop sponsors, Serax, is organising a trip to their showroom in Belgium next month, especially for UK florists! If you’ve not heard of Serax before, they’re an innovative Belgian company who make beautiful glassware, ceramics and home accessories. During the visit which takes place on Monday, 3rd November, there will be a demonstration by the very talented floral designer, Moniek Vanden Berghe. Here are some more details below…


I’m really looking forward to the trip! If you’re a UK florist looking to stock up for Christmas and spring, it would be lovely if you’d like to come along too. Simply contact Sue Cottingham, the UK Serax agent.

P.S. Here’s an interview which I did with Sue last year, where you can see some of Serax’s products, including their very popular ‘ball vases’.

(Image : Serax)

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2Styling session at Another Country with flowers & ice cream


A little bit of a different blog post from me today…I’d like to tell you about what I got up to a few weekends ago.  Kate Baxter and Daniel Nelson of October Communications invited me to a styling party at Another Country’s newly opened store in Marylebone in London, as part of their #anothersummer campaign. I was paired with writer and photographer Kate McAuley, who writes a blog called I am not a celebrity. Another Country sell a beautiful range of contemporary craft furniture and home accessories and it was our task to select items from the store to feature in a mini-shoot.

Prior to meeting, Kate and I had a Skype call, chatted about the theme for our session and decided upon ice cream, as we were still enjoying the Indian summer. With my flower knowledge and Kate’s food expertise, we were inspired by Kinfolk magazine’s flower cones. And after a tour of the Another Country store, we went shopping in nearby Marylebone High Street and bought pomegranates from The Natural Kitchen, chocolates from Rococo Chocolates and ice cream from a local shop. Then we visited Jane Packer in New Cavendish Street for beautiful blooms. We chose hydrangeas, sedum and roses in shades of pink. From Another Country’s shelves, we selected their Classic CutleryCup and Dinner Plate. And here are our styled shots from the session…





We had a lovely morning creating the images. And it was such fun working with Kate and picking up lots of hints and tips on how to style photographs. Thank you so much to Another Country. If you’re looking for contemporary furniture or home accessories, do pop along to their store at 18 Crawford Street, Marylebone, London, W1H 1BT.

(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)


0Spirit of Christmas Fair 2015 – Floristry workshops, plus a special readers’ ticket offer


I hope you had a lovely weekend. With less than ten weeks until Christmas Day, if you’re looking for floristry inspiration or starting to think about special gifts and treats for the festive period, the Spirit of Christmas Fair is the perfect place to visit. It’s taking place from November 4th-9th at Olympia in London.


My favourite part of the fair is the floristry workshops which take place each day…

House & Garden Workshops

Creating a Christmas Wreath with The Dorchester’s Designer Florist Phil Hammond11.30am (November 4th-6th)

The Dorchester’s designer florist Phil Hammond returns to Spirit of Christmas this year to demonstrate how to create an exquisite festive Christmas wreath during an interactive workshop. The wreath will be inspired by The Dorchester’s winter decorations in majestic colours of gold and bronze allowing participants to take home their own little piece of The Dorchester this Christmas.


Sensational Christmas Flowers with Hannah Bignell of Ruby & Grace, Florist to Cliveden House : 11.30am (November 7th-9th)

Using a selection of luxurious seasonal blooms, Ruby & Grace will show you with a step by step guide, how to make a sumptuous Christmas wreath to make your front door look beautiful over the festive season. This will be followed by an exercise making a seasonal place setting perfect to give your guests or family at your Christmas Day lunch or parties.


Special Flowerona readers’ ticket offer

I’m delighted to let you know that Flowerona readers can get a discount on tickets! Enjoy a very special offer of £15.70 per ticket (15% off advance tickets), including a copy of The Fair Book, available on arrival. You can book either online or call 0871 230 1089* and quote FL01 to receive this offer. *Calls cost 10 pence per minute plus network extras. Booking fee applies. Box office closes 3rd November 2014. Standard advance ticket price £18.50.


(Images : Spirit of Christmas Fair)

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0Flowerona Links: With autumnal arrangements, sequins & a rooftop garden…


I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. Here’s my round-up of inspirational floral links from around the world…




Flowerona Blog Posts


Incredible floral designs by Annette von Einem.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Sunday’s links and have a lovely day!

(Images: 1. Ria Mishaal/Ruffles & Rockstuds, 2. Julie Pepin Photography/100 Layer Cake)

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