Fiona's flower filled journal

Fiona writes about recent exciting events, beautiful weddings and floral classes and workshops

When Katie from Ponderosa and Thyme came to visit

Way back at the beginning of 2017, the year started with a bang for me and has carried on that way ever since (so much excitement but more on that another time!) .

In very early January, Katie of Ponderosa and Thyme and her lovely husband Mark came to stay for a couple of days. Both still jet lagged I don't know how they were so sociable, but it was a lovely time spent getting to know the person (well, people) behind the social media accounts where I have to admit I do stalk her a little bit!  Katie is one of my absolute favourite designers, a real artist, who paints with flowers.

We had some lovely conversations over food, wine and many dog strokes! We wandered around my desperately sad garden (it was early January and we were mid re-design so it was at it's absolute worst!) and chatted about all things floral, how we got where we are now, our influences, loves, worries etc.

Whilst chatting over dinner we took a last minute decision to make an early morning trip to the local flower market for a wander round and just buy whatever flowers we fancied to create something, just because we could. 

So next morning, Katie drifted around the market looking blummin' gorgeous on about half an hours sleep while I looked like the living dead.

We had a lot of laughs trying to decide on a cohesive colour scheme (well, I say cohesive, Katie went a bit 'off piste' with some bright yellow mimosa, which was pretty out there) 

We opted for all sorts of pretty bright colours, including these VERY pink lisianthus, cyclamen and begonia and got everything nicely drinking.  We then set to work.

I dithered for a while between whether to make a huge urn or a bouquet and eventually settled on a bouquet.

Just before Katie and Mark left, we headed back inside for some picture taking, Katie managed to capture this lovely image of me (believe me, I don't say that often!) and I now use it as my profile picture for all social media platforms.

Then I took a very brief one of Katie, sadly about the only photo I took of her time here 😥

Katie of Ponderosa and Thyme

So, I'm sorry it has taken so long to actually post about our lovely time together. It really was a pleasure. I have said it in other places, but I do feel Katie and I are very similar people, with a similar ethos on life and it's all thanks to social media that we met - go Instagram! 

Next time you are in the UK Katie and Mark, please do come back, maybe in the summer or autumn when the garden is looking like a garden and not some devastated wasteland! xxx

Saltmarshe Hall

I am so honoured to have been asked to provide the florals for this shoot that came about to launch the new range of bespoke and vintage-inspired dresses from Glory Days Bridal, which happens today!

AND (small fanfare ...) Hayley is giving away a wedding dress to one very lucky winner, completely free of charge - see the bottom of this post for details - heck that's one great offer!

Hayley got the team together to showcase her gorgeous new range and everything just came together like magic.  Saltmarshe Hall was an incredible venue with amazing grounds and outbuildings. It was a heavenly day!

About the flowers:

I made three bouquets in total, these two I made in advance from my gardens and the other was foraged entirely from the grounds (with a couple of added chrysanthemum heads for added 'umph') and made on the spot , it was all wild, unruly, big and gangly!

The second bouquet was more restrained and in cooler tones of lemon, pale pink and cream flowers from my garden, including lemon sunflowers, garden roses, lemon dahlias that fade to pink, pink scabious, ferns, jasmine and sweet pea trails. As well as a single faded lacecap hydrangea head and, unbelievably for November, a small white foxglove.

The third, again all picked from the garden with the exception of the trailing pepper berries, was in deeper tones of rusts, salmons and pinks. Again, a little more restrained thank the foraged bouquet, with large dahlia and chrysanthemum heads taking centre stage, but with some twirling flourishes of sweet pea vines and jasmine trails.

I also designed a flower crown from the foraged goodies, with a bit of  chrysanthemum added for good measure.

If I had to choose, my favourite is the foraged bouquet, its wild, large, totally fits into the surroundings and until I started making it I had no idea how it would look, which i LOVE!! It is a bit like choosing your favourite child though (or dog). Do you have a favourite? Id love to hear which and why 😀

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It was wonderful to be part of such an amazing team of people (including the hairdresser who worked with a broken arm, without realising it was broken!!) and I suspect there may be more (shoots! Not broken arms ).....??? 

Images - Shutter Go Click Photography

Dresses - Glory Days Bridal

Flowers - Firenza Floral Design

Make up - Victoria Farr Make Up artist

Hair - Hula Hair

Venue - Saltmarshe Hall

And for that chance to win the wedding dress see the feature on Rock My Wedding today - you have until midnight on 28th January 2017. Good luck!!!

Always live life to the full

On 21st November 2015, Jess and Ollie had a beautiful, meaningful and personal wedding.  A day where two people who loved each other just wanted to commit to one another.

Arranged in just a few short months by Michelle because the only thing Jess and Ollie wanted was to be married as quickly as possible, while they could.

A few months earlier Ollie had devastatingly been diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of cancer, which tragically was also now terminal. He underwent treatment, which was put on hold temporarily to allow him to be as healthy as possible for their day. They had only their very close family there for the big day and it was a real honour to be asked to provide their flowers. If ever there was a wedding that was to be special, this was it!

Tragically Ollie passed away in July this year.

I wanted to feature their beautiful day, not only to share the lovely images by Mark Newton but also because Jess has decided to run the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge to raise money for Cancer Research and I hoped that maybe, in a tiny way, I could help to boost her fundraising. That is one tough challenge to undertake and the least I could do is feature their lovely day on the Journal.

So PLEASE spend 5 minutes enjoying their day, then head over to the Just Giving page Ollie's Yorkshire 3 Peak Challenge and donate whatever you can. I know it will resonate with many people for different reasons and let's face it, it could so easily be any one of us ...

Jessica and Oliver Collinge - November 2015

The eagle eyed among you will have noticed their wedding was a year ago today but I can't even wish them congratulations on their first anniversary.

I cannot imagine what Jess is going thorough and has gone through since they received the diagnosis, she is one very tough lady and she is determined to make a difference by running the challenge, so as I say, PLEASE head over to the Just Giving page and donate whatever you can, thank you.

Fiona xxx

 

Photography Mark Newton Wedding Photography

Florals by me!

Dress Eve and Ellis Ripponden

Wedding Planner Taylored Elegance

Church St Michael's Church in Mytholmroyd

Drinks at Oliver's local The Hinchliffe Arms

Venue Holdsworth House

One of my all time favourites ...

It's well over a year ago that I was involved in this fabulous collaboration but I've never actually shared it on my website - until now :)

It was a collaboration with, amongst others, my two lovely friends James and Jo Melia of Melia Melia Photography (see below for full details of everyone involved) and the images we achieved are some of my all time favourites.

It was the first styled shoot at The Arches, Dean Clough in Halifax, West Yorkshire UK, from which they launched as a wedding venue. It is fabulously different, it's industrial setting allows for something that little bit different and away from the mainstream wedding 'look', all of which is right up my street!

For this collaboration we wanted to embrace the heritage and grittiness of the building itself, I used flowers to pick up the colour of the brickwork, grey silk ribbons that echoed the stone flag flooring and the steel girders,  we even used items from the fabulous antique shop around the corner, most of which were from the mill itself. 

I created an arch from a piece of rope and a branch, built a fireplace from crates and a charred old plank, we filled a filing system with flowers and used two beautiful salvaged wooden benches for the ceremony. The table plan was foliage circlets hanging from holes I could find in the beautiful stone wall (now sadly no longer there).

The flowers were large and unapologetic, this was a chance to do something that I would naturally do, given a free reign and an open brief, a dream come true in fact!

The food from Eat Me Drink Me was amazing too, we know as we got to taste it at lunchtime!! It is as good as it looks, proper "Yorkshire Fare' !

Florals and styling - Firenza Floral Design

Images and styling - Melia Melia Photography

Venue - The Arches

Planning and styling - Charlotte Eden and Eve

Dresses - Eve and Ellis Bridal Couture

Hair - Kizzy Charisma Bridal Hair

Make up - Jo Bilham Make up artist

Calligraphy - Claire Gould

Catering - Eat Me Drink Me

Rock My wedding also featured us on their fabulous blog last year