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wedding flowers

wedding bouquet - genevieve blog

I’ve always loved cut flowers, but when it came to picking some out for the wedding bouquets, I didn’t really know where to start. I flirted with the idea of bold ranunculus, as marigolds weren’t in season, but in the end, went with my very first idea – apricot, lemon and soft pink peonies and roses. Joi at Flowers by Clowance suggested the cinera eucalyptus foliage and we were set.

peonies and roses - genevieve blog

The nice thing (and slightly scary thing if you’re a control freak like me) is that it’s one of the few bits of the outfit that does remain a surprise on the day. You’ve seen the dress, put it on loads of times, chosen the jewellery, the shoes, had a hair trial… but the flowers arrive on the morning, all fresh and dewy in their jam jars, sparkling with water drops. I really didn’t have a clear impression of what they would look like but I was chuffed to bits. I wish I could have taken them on honeymoon with me.  Luckily I can still drool over the pictures.

wedding bouquet - genevieve blog

welcome to the newlyweds - genevieve blog

And the table flowers were a total joy too.  Jan at the farm offered to fill mismatched vintage jugs for the tables for the refreshingly cheap price of £5 a pop! She made it clear she wasn’t a pro florist, but who cares when they’re this pretty? I asked for a colourful wild flower-style arrangement and they went perfectly with the rural farm venue. Check out those sweet peas! The corn flowers! Sorry, bit gushy there.

wedding flowers - genevieve blog

flowers on the windowsill - genevieve blog

wedding table flowers - genevieve blog

I’m looking at flowers in a whole new light these days and find myself browsing beautiful natural-style arrangements. Now I just need to plant a garden to give me fresh cut flowers on demand… Hmm, with a house as in need of work as mine, it may be a while.

hedgerow flowers - genevieve blog

All photos by Camera Hannah


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wild flower cigarette cards / rubber stamps

I’d been searching for a good copy of The Observer’s Book of Wild Flowers but I was thrilled to get one better than that for Christmas in the form of a set of Wills’s wild flower cigarette cards.

I used to press wild flowers as a child in Cornwall and I love them all the more now, as they remind me of a time when I lived closer to fields, hedgerows and streams. But nostalgia aside, the mini flower cards are just so pretty. I’m hatching a plan to display them somehow, perhaps all lined up as below, or perhaps in a smaller batch.

I’m known as a bit of stamp fiend (of the craft variety, although I’m rather fond of old postage stamps too), so I was super chuffed with these knitting-themed rubber stamps and assorted ink pads I got as well. My love of stamps and knitting all brilliantly rolled into one.

They are by Skull and Cross Buns, a make I’d never heard of, but having checked out the Etsy site, I already want at least half of them. They are so nicely made, and the stamp comes out clean and crisp every time. I also really like the way the rubber stamp is raised quite far from the wooden ‘handle’ bit, which means no nasty accidental marks.

So that’s my print/pattern Christmas present round-up. I reckon I did pretty well! I can’t wait to put them all to good use.