Hi from a sunny, springy New York! I’ve been busy cooking up summer plans – languishing on the hidden beaches of Long Island with my gorgeous friend Juli; picking up everything in Terrain with my friend Dani {and making these amazing gift tags in the meantime} and snorkeling in the Virgin Islands with my boy. If warmer days for you mean heading nervously to the beach, don’t panic and be sure to check out this helpful guide to prepping yourself found via my favourite Brooklyn blogger, A Cup Of Jo. I’m off to book that spray tan…

Rebecca has also been busy these past few weeks. Follow her on Instagram for sneak peek of styled shoots including the latest with mini-pineapples in Peckham with Heart a Flutter Bridal!

For this month’s  its all in the details post, I wanted to chat about the principle of a little effort going a long way when it comes to making your table settings look utterly gorgeous. With a small bit of extra thought and attention to detail, a simple table can be jazzed up nicely by a pretty, interesting place setting. Before we look at the images, I want to tell you about a lady I know who has been married for over 40 years; both she and her Doctor husband work full time and have a packed social life, but they always find time for an evening supper together. She ‘dresses’ the table every evening with heavy linen napkins, a tiny floral arrangement and a little candle, even if they are having cheese on toast. I like the idea that a simple ritual like this can make even the most humble of meals seem a little more special.

When it comes to weddings, where the overall budget usually needs to be stretched to unknown galaxies, it can seem extravagant to add extra floral arrangements to place settings; Uncle Bob and his lack of appreciation for floral design will only chuck the thing on the marquee  floor anyway, right?  However, as these images prove, the settings don’t have to be huge or fancy to make an impact. Talk to Rebecca for some ideas for your gathering, special meal or wedding.

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{Source: Flowers arranged by Ivy, Pip and Rose captured by the wonderful Britt Spring Photography} Rebecca of Ivy, Pip and Rose and Rebecca of this awesome wedding created these simple but effective place settings for the Lake Como wedding that made all weddings of 2013 jealous. Rebecca {the bride…this is getting confusing!} explains why she chose this style: “I chose the lavender as it’s a beautiful colour and has a soothing and calming smell, which seemed to contrast with the hectic day we anticipated! We wanted things for the wedding to be as simple as possible and tried to make everything easy  for our helpers and suppliers. So the elegance of the napkins set up in this way really appealed. They were quick, simple and sophisticated, but really eye-catching. We had a huge amount of compliments.” I can imagine glamorous guests winding the springs into their up-dos. This one variety approach means that even the most heavy-handed helper can assist in creating the arrangements for the party!

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{Source: Ivy, Pip and Rose captured once again by the talented Britt Spring} Adding a pop of colour with seasonal berries and herbs is a lovely idea for a garden party or special meal. Mint would be really fresh in the summer time, whilst woody herbs such as thyme and rosemary would add aroma to a wintery event. I love the black and white string tying the mini bouquet together to keep the look modern. This would really complement the hanging herb display in last months its all in the details post.

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{Source: Soil & Stem} This arrangement by the talented Utah-based florists appeals to my love of heirloom silver and lots of greenery in arrangements. I also like the idea of having little not-yet-opened buds; guests can take these place settings home, drop into a pretty vase and keep the memories of your event going for a few more days as the flowers open. It can be very time-consuming to search for the right props, so let Rebecca know what you are looking for and she can help you source the perfect things.

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{Source: unknown! found on Pinterest} Big, bold blooms such as hydrangeas, flying pink saucer peonies, wide-opened poppies and alliums work so well in this style of arrangement; ask Rebecca what might be in season when you are planning your wedding or event and she can help you design the place setting. This approach might mean the overall table decoration is limited but once your guests take their seats and push the flowers to the middle of the table, a display has been created! A project for the bridesmaids could be to paint words onto calico or linen napkins as keepsakes for the guests.

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{Source: 91 magazine, issue 7, styling by Tiffany Grant Riley; as an aside, check out the Urban Jungle Bloggers/ Gift a Plant post on Tiffany’s fab blog. My friends and I here in Brooklyn like to do this as we like to greedily hold onto wine and chocolates for ourselves} I absolutely love this modern, warm take on the classic wreath idea. The name plate could be punched metal, a slither of slate with chalk writing or embroidery on vintage fabric. The simple cherry ruscus would also look wonderful on the head of your guests during supper! This DIY project would be fun to try for a summer BBQ in the backyard.

There are so many place setting ideas that it could be overwhelming to pick a style. Ask Rebecca what works well at a wedding or gathering and she can guide you through the choices – formal, casual, rustic, colourful and everything in between!

See you soon for more ideas.

x Jo

 

Jo here with some floral ideas for March. Its March already folks! We’re finally packing away the winter woolly wear here in Brooklyn and looking forward to pops of floral colour appearing around the city. This weekend I’m planning to take friends on a little walking tour of Brooklyn Heights, where the considerate residents decorate their historic Brownstones with the most gorgeous seasonal arrangements – check out Flo’s Gardens portfolio to get a glimpse into how floral and fauna can be used beautifully in an urban environment.

Rebecca has had a busy month with another successful A Most Curious Wedding fair under her belt. I wish I’d been able to check out the Palm Springs-inspired installation for myself {gold pineapples are a weakness of mine} and if I ever got married again I will definitely be lusting over the Olwen Bourke gowns…Did any of you fair goers manage to nab one of Rebecca’s handmade lavender soaps? {Photograph is by Roberta Matis although by this point all the soaps had gone!}

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For this month’s its all in the details post, I have been gathering fun and inspiring images to help anyone planning a hanging arrangement at their special party or wedding. Using blooms in this way can be really high impact or surprisingly subtle and can draw attention to interesting architectural details in your venue.

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{Source: Gypsy Floral & Events} We’re all wearing geometric jewelry so why not extend the theme to your wedding or party? I love how flexible this display is; limit the floral arrangements as in the styling above or trail more foliage between the triangles. It would also look amazing against a dark wall or as a divider in a large open space. DIY friendly!

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{Source: Sebesta Design} Besides the fantastic colour palette, these hanging flowers work because the shapes are interesting and modern, with just the right amount of whimsy. For more wire cube inspiration, have a look at Flora Grubb Gardens.

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{Source: Sweet Root Village.} Check out this stunning Virginia wedding on The Knot…and ask your Granny to lend you her macrame hanging planters! If you are using a venue full of character like this place, why not draw attention to the open rafters by hanging displays at varying heights? The orange and pinks add a nice feminine touch and keep the overall style modern.

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{Source: Ivy, Pip & Rose and photograph by Meredith Mullooly Photography} The posh word for these balls is pomanders…but if you ask Rebecca for a ‘fabulous hanging flower ball’ she will still know what you mean! Using beads and twine, the possibilities for these arrangements is endless. I think these would look beautiful in an intimate backyard event.

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{Source: Twig & Twine Design} We’d all love to be invited to a Kinfolk supper, right? Recreate the rustic, rather French chateaux look by hanging herbs over your tables. This could be a nice budget-friendly option, especially as you can give them away at the end! For tips on drying herbs, Kinfolk have written a lovely guide.

Feel free to contact Ivy, Pip and Rose if you are thinking about incorporating some of these ideas into your event, and let us know in the comments if you’ve taken on any of the DIY ideas!

See you next month!

Jo x

After meeting so many lovely people last year we are back again and exhibiting at A Most Curious Wedding Fair, London.

So come along and say hello and we will be ready to chat all things floral.

 

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Jo here from a rather chilly Brooklyn, NYC, with the first of a new feature ~ monthly roundups of inspirational floral trends that have caught our little eyes! I’m delighted to be contributing to Rebecca’s beautiful blog, not least because she’s a great friend but also because I’ve loved watching Ivy, Pip & Rose grow from a hobby to much more. Be sure to visit the Ivy, Pip and Rose stand at the Most Curious Wedding Fair on March 6th to 8th in London to see what all my fussing is about!

We’d love to hear from you with ideas that have taken your fancy {pop a comment in the section below}, but for my first post I thought I’d look at the trend for floral necklaces that I’ve been tracking for a while. It’s certainly a fun look, and adds a modern touch to a bridal dress or bridesmaids outfit. Big, bold blooms like ranunculus and peonies work well for these arrangements, softened around the edges by green leaves and trailing twine. Ask Rebecca what will be in season when you are getting married and she’ll pick some stunners for you. P I N this to pinterest

{source: Green Wedding Shoes. The simple dress is lifted by the feminine arrangement, which is kept lose with pretty peonies. Be sure to check out the fabulous DIY wedding ideas on this site, including the rather wonderful looking S’mores kit!}

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{Source: Style Me Pretty. I am madly in love with corals, pinks and greens of this Brooklyn wedding! The stylish necklace sets off the sweetheart necklace in such a pretty, delicate way and the soft-as-velvet rose in the centre keeps the arrangement looking formal enough for a city wedding} P I N this to pinterest

{Source: Love N Fresh Flowers. These beautiful blooms look so pretty on a delicate chain and would be perfect for bridesmaids, perhaps tying together a colour theme}

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{Source: Ivy, Pip & Rose. Sophia’s floral collar was featured at the last Most Curious Wedding Fair and includes my favourite little yellow Craspedia or Billy Ball flowers which add such a fun pop of colour. Sophia modelled this with a very simple shift – perfect for a more casual affair}

See you next month for another fresh idea!

Jo x

Summer has gone (is going) in a flash and we are overdue a blog post or two.

Robbie and Amelia’s wedding was back in May.  They both live in Atlanta and had decided to get married in London after both travelling here whilst Amelia was studying. Their wedding was intimate, about 25, people and because of the size Amelia was really able to focus on the details including spray painted dinosaurs which doubled as place name holders.

Amelia studied as a designer so she had a good idea of what she wanted and what worked well. Amelia wanted the flowers to be muted and elegant but with lots of texture.    She originally wanted blushing bride proteas – but they were just out of season, so we adapted the bouquet to include Juliet roses instead.  We also used deep blue thistles  for the buttonholes and in the reception flowers – complementing Robbie’s Scottish heritage.

The reception was at The Grazing Goat, Marylebone and we decided to have a mixture of arrangements using a small milk glass pedestal vases, gold mercury tea lights and vases which were all different sizes.  Amelia had brought along a lovely runner and napkins rings which along with the flowers, lifted the table setting.

The pictures of this fun day, filled with lots of love have been captured by  Caterina Ley (apart from the reception shots – which are courtesy of my iPhone!).

The Colours:  blush, gold and ivory (with a hint of navy)

The style: laid back muted elegance;

The flowers: david austin juliet roses, peonies, astrantia and ranunculus.