May seems like a long time ago…  while much of England and Wales have been battered with winds and ever so much rain, it is great to remember that Spring comes after Winter and, while I love the snow, there is hope of warmer days.

Hannah found Ivy Pip & Rose through a Rock my Wedding feature last year, and was looking for some natural (but not too natural) blooms for her wedding at The Artisan of Clerkenwell.

Hannah and Phil did not want an overly formal wedding day with the focus being able to spend time with their friends and family.  For Hannah’s bouquet, I used lots of freesias, Hannah’s favourite flower and a good measure of foliage.  As for a spring wedding, spring flowers include peonies, forget me knots and sweet peas which fitted the brief perfectly.  The flowers were mainly blue and white, with a couple David Austin Juliet roses to soften the palette.

Hannah had really thought about the details and bought a lovely selection of vases from H&M.  The H&M Home range is really undersold.  I often go hunting there for interesting vases, plates and candles which are ‘on trend’ and as it is H&M the price is always reasonable.  There were lots of other details such as the strings of stars across the balcony,  candles in wine bottles and pictures of family which really personalised the space.  The staff at the Artisan, were great too and when I was setting up, they were happily all hands on deck when it came to decorating.

The super pictures by Dale Weeks are fresh and fun, and Hannah’s Charlie Brear dress is just perfect. So here you are.


The colours; ivory, powder blue and blush;

The Style; relaxed and pretty; and

The Flowers: stocks, forget me knot, sweet peas, freesias, juliet roses, matricaria and peonies.

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Hi from sunny but cold Brooklyn! The sky is a bright blue, I’m enjoying the autumnal rust oranges and mustard yellows of the fallen leaves that line the streets and it’s quite nice to layer on the woolly jumpers. {Check out this quick video from the legendary journalist Bill Cunningham to see how fashionistas across New York are using the hues of nature to influence their style choices}. Rebecca tells me that she is particularly excited about a wedding this weekend embracing autumnal hues, seasonal flowers, namely ranunculus and anemones at the flock wallpapered, Balham Bowls Club, London, so hopefully more to come on this later.  Here, once again, the window boxes and brownstone stoops around my home in Brooklyn Heights are brimming with interesting seasonal touches like pumpkins and bulbous, over-sized cabbages. Passing these sights everyday and appreciating how even simple touches can enhance the beauty of the city has got me thinking about the details of vamping up a venue!

When planning an event, finding a venue can be one of the most time-consuming tasks on the jobs list. For my own wedding, I spent hours traipsing around village halls, country pubs, posh hotels and even a muddy field at my old school before settling on a crumbling country house in Kent; thankfully, I could rely on the expertise of Rebecca – who was also one of my bridesmaids – and she and her team of helpers busily decorated everything from our classic Lotus car to the columns in the marquee. I was so happy with how my beautiful flowers brought the spaces to life. Your venue may supply the flowers; however if that part of the event is up to you to arrange, some creative planning will be needed.

Have an ogle at the following images to get some inspiration for your special event. Rebecca will happily meet you at your venue to discuss your personal style {simple, dramatic, romantic, bold…let your imagination run wild!} and which blooms might work best to spruce up the space within your budget.  Your venue needs to reflect you and the individuality of your special occasion, and flowers can help you to do that.

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{Source: from a stunning botanical-inspired shoot in Austin, featured on Ruffled Blog} I’ve had this image pinned for a long time and this post seems the perfect time to share it. I can imagine something similar being created in a rustic village hall wedding or an intimate house party. It makes a beautiful backdrop for photographs and an understated focal point in a room.

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{Source: Katy & Co from a collaboration with Ivy Pip & Rose earlier this year featured on Rock my Wedding} So simple – strings of flowers or foliage, to make a back drop or an alternative to bunting.

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{Source: unknown, via The Wedding Belle} What could be more classic than pink rose petals scattered along the aisle? Not only could this idea be an affordable option {notice how every other chair on the aisle has a pomander of roses} but the use of one colour and type of flower makes a real impact in an otherwise plain space. This approach is also a good option if you need to re-use the displays in another location.

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{Source: top image from a wedding at Castle Gibson MC Motors by one of my favourite photographers, Jodie Chapman with blooms by Jam Jar Flowers; bottom image is the same locations, different wedding. Image by Lee Robbins, flower design by the gorgeously named Flora Starkey} MC Motors is a versatile and fun East London venue with a huge range of props and furniture to choose from for your event. In both these weddings, the muted blooms don’t fight with the bold decor but add the right amount of interest to soften an otherwise industrial space. Rebecca loves working in this urban venue.

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{Source: DIY idea from Once Wed} This loose archway creates such a pretty backdrop for photos and is an elegant way to brighten up a blank area of wall in a minimalist venue or garden. I love this idea for a simple gathering where the bare bones of a venue can take centre stage. Archways – traditional or more modern like this one – are a great idea for dividing spaces and always look really pretty in photographs. Check out other backdrop ideas in one of our previous posts.


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{Source: Blooms for a floral event by Katie Marx Flowers in Melbourne; image from Oh Happy Day} Click on the links to see the overall effect that an hanging display like this can have on a monochromatic colour scheme and a simple venue. Vaulted ceilings  – in a barn, for example – are fantastic architectural features and it can be fun to draw the eye to them through hanging arrangements. Tulips work beautifully; these have the bulbs left on and probably lasted a few weeks. Rebecca has created similar displays with carnations and roses. Chat through your ideas with her if you fancy something like this.

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{Source: Forbesfield Flowers, via Ruffled} I love the decadence and richness of this floral table runner. There are endless ways to incorporate this kind of design into a wedding party or other special event. This could work well if your venue is an old pub with rustic tables, as in this image, or you want to add some warmth to a corporate space.

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{Source: Decor designed by LemonBox Studios; photographer Claudia Rose Carter; florist Myrtle and Bracken. All discovered via Ivy, Pip & Rose’s favourite wedding blog Rock my Wedding}. Hot off the press is this stunning modern and fun example of decorating a traditional space. Influenced by Scandinavian design and an appreciation of the mid-century modern style, this couple used geometric shapes to draw attention to the beautiful rafters in the barn.The Bride was so in love with her centerpieces she filled the bath with them the next day!

Whether you’ve been influenced by the latest trends or want something tried and tested, talk to Rebecca about what might photograph well in your chosen venue. We hope you’ve been inspired by these ideas! Let us know in the comments section if you have tried any of them at your gathering or wedding. Until the next time…

xx Jo

It’s been a while! I’m enjoying the last few weeks of sizzling summer heat here in New York, and I’ve definitely found myself walking more slowly and trying to smell the roses, literally. It’s the time of year when we want to bring a little of the outdoors in. There are some wonderfully inventive ideas in two newish books that are on my shopping list: Holly Becker’s book Decorate with Flowers  and the glorious first publication from the Flower Appreciation Society  which has beautiful illustrations and practical, fun tips for enjoying your blooms. Kick back and have a flick through.

Recently, I was chatting to Rebecca about the universal appeal of mason jars – and how they can often look fabulous –  but how there are so many other vase and vessel options out there to bring floral arrangements alive. In our homes, we probably grab from a small selection of vases to display our flowers. However, for a special event, there are some creative, affordable, impact-making alternatives to consider to add some originality to your event. Of course different blooms, venues and themes will suit different vessels and Rebecca can chat through some suggestions with you. In the meantime, scroll through some of these inspiring images and let your imagination go for a walk…as old Van Gogh once said, “Normality is a paved road. It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.” Perhaps its time to pack the mason jars away!

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{Source: Vintage Whites Blog} A colourful, romantic vintage tin can help to define a theme and bring some individual character to a wedding or party. Scour thrift shops, boot fairs, your granddad’s shed and Ebay for interesting tins. My friend Victoria of ancienesthetique has some really great French tins for sale in her Etsy shop.

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{Source: a new discovery for me, the absolutely wonderful florist Meg Edwards. Follow on Instagram! Now!} I scroll through millions of pictures a day on Instagram {I don’t post much myself!} and this one made me put my donut down. Imagine these stunning, textural arrangements at your doo, using a range of simple glasses of similar heights. These look like humble food jars; you could use old milk bottles, Korma paste jars, old Bon Maman jars…the point is they are not Mason jars! The arrangements are themselves the talking point – I love the peppers and carnivorous flowers with a few pops of Rebecca’s faves, the yellow bobbles of joy that are craspedia or billy balls.

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{Source: Two Peas and Their Pod} Simple is so often best! I love how graphic and restrained the colour palette is in this image. It’s also the kind of arrangement that might appeal to an intimate wedding or party, where you won’t want billowing arrangements blocking the view of people across the table! In this case, the proportions are important – if you are using long stemmed flowers such as these {or sunflowers, alliums, calla lillies or similar}, choose tall vases that won’t topple or look stumpy. Rebecca can help you source vases like these. I also love how the log slices keep the table from looking too plain.

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{Source: Sugar Rose Flowers via Ruffled Blog} The shadows on the table are just one of the pretty features of this display. This terrarium arrangement was created for a whimsical, boho wedding but it could look just as fitting at a slick City affair. There is no shortage of ideas out there on how to use terrariums in the home, but I love this option of fancying them up a bit with flowers {not the usual succulents or air plants!} and they would make wonderful gifts for your helpers. If you find yourself anywhere near Anthropologie’s gardening shop Terrain in Pennsylvania, check out their unbeatable selection of terrariums! I’ve picked up each and every one and they are all lovely!

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{Source: Ivy, Pip & Rose photographed by the super talented Katy & Co} Rebecca keeps a huge stock of vases at home; some of them are pictured here, and I love the randomness of this display, which was taken as Rebecca was preparing for a styled shoot. This haphazard, ad-hoc approach could work brilliantly for a laid-back, chilled wedding. Notice that the blooms aren’t mixed up – this would look too contrived. Use whatever vessels you have to hand in your home and use flowers that you really love, or  that have special meaning to you, and you will end up with organised chaos that will complement a relaxed event.

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{Source: 100 Layer Cake} Hunt down vintage brass candle holders, vases, bowls, jugs and bring them together with interesting textures to create an elegant and creative centerpiece. Its a stylish alternative to clear glass and would look great in a rather plain venue, drawing attention to the tables and floral arrangements. It’s true that achieving this look could be time-consuming, but Rebecca can help and its the kind of assemblage style that your friends and family can easily DIY. I love that a few nibbles fit around the display, because lets face it we all get the munchies during the speeches.

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{Source: Ivy, Pip & Rose} Rebecca created a collection of little bouquets in tiny vintage glasses for a good friend’s London wedding. Traditional, seasonal flowers look interesting displayed in this modern way; the wedding reception was held in a beautiful pub so anything too overpowering would have detracted from the venue. Look out for a full post on this wedding soon!

So there you have it, floral friends. Until next time, I hope we all enjoy experimenting with displaying our blooms in interesting ways! Remember to follow Ivy, Pip & Rose on Instagram to keep up with Rebecca’s creations!

x Jo




Nathan & Kayla got married in July, in London.  Uncharacteristically, for London it was a lovely, even hot,  summer’s day.

This wedding was fun and fresh with lots of love.  Nathan is Welsh and Kayla Australian, they met in north London and had a crazy long distance romance – which took them to London, Australia, the Netherlands, Wales and Ireland.

The wedding was in North London with the photographs taken by Britt Spring, I love the depth of the green in the Hampstead Heath shots.  The reception was in Mill Hill at the Adam & Eve a great space both inside and out. Nathan’s sister, Deb,  had made heaps of cakes for the reception and the wedding cake which provided the sugar rush to keep everyone dancing.

For the flowers: Kayla wanted something light, fresh and fun.  The bridesmaids’ dresses were yellow, a 50’s cut, with a mauve tie so they set the tone.  Working with pinks, yellows, creams, whites and mauve created a really fresh palette.   We opted to focus on more creams and yellows for Kayla’s bouquet so as not to overwhelm the simplicity of her dress and then have fun with the bridesmaid’s bouquets; embracing everything about a summer’s day.   Kayla left me to pick the flowers at the market and with this palette there was no shortage of fabulous blooms to choose from, given the season. Wax flower was by far one of the most versatile blooms,  reasonably priced, goes a long way and is hardy even on warmer days.

For the reception Kayla had collected and entire box of glasses and bowls from a thrift shop.  I wasn’t quite sure what I would be getting to work with but the eclectic mix really work well with the relaxed mix and match style at the pub.



The Colours: Yellow, mauve and pink;

The Style: light and fresh;

The flowers: roses, peonies, dahlias, wax flower and delphiniums.


Laura and Olly had a relaxed city wedding; getting married at Islington Town Hall before moving on to a relaxed BBQ reception at the Mildmay Community Centre.  The lovely photographs are brilliantly captured by Laura deBourde, which was featured on Rock my Wedding.

For the flowers most of all Laura wanted a bouquet that was natural and seasonal with a mix of soft pastel shades popping through lots of foliage.  The bridesmaids dresses were different styles and different colours so the bouquets would need to compliment each dress.  When making the bouquets I made the foliage frame first and then added the flowers after, this enabled me to get a much looser bouquet and to work the different colours together.   Laura and I also decided on different ribbons to match each dress and  Laura tied  the most beautiful blue locket to her bouquet.

For the reception the brief was oversized flowers in simple vases.  There was no formal sit down reception so the flowers were needed to decorate the standing tables, ice-cream bar etc. Elisabetta Ciruli White of Linen and Silk worked with Olly & Laura on styling and set up.  The hanging records, pinwheels, origami swans,  the hydrangea’s and other thoughtful details worked brilliantly together. But best of all, as child of the 70’s, remembering my parents owning this album was the Blondie inspired Parallel Lines  back drop – genius.


The colours: ivory and pastels;

The style: Relaxed and fun:

The flowers: dahlias, delphiniums, lavender, september, larkspur, stocks and matricaria.



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