We are pleased to be joining other exciting suppliers and exhibiting at A Most Curious Wedding Fair this year in Hackney.  Also, rather excitingly, Ivy Pip & Rose are one of the finalists in the BridalNEXT category so come along and say hello we will be delighted to see you!

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What is there to write about  New York which has not been written already?  Probably very little.

While I ponder on a city which has held my heart for longer than any guy.  What is the attraction? Is it just the ultimate romance…. influenced by a lifetime of television and film of any genre; I wonder what visiting New York would be like without such visual references, it is impossible to say.  But then I digress for a city  which exudes the masculine the reason for this trip was ever so more so the feminine; to visit a flower shop.

Flowergirl NYC is tucked away on Eldridge Street, just of East Houston.  The Lower East Side is still a mixed bag and is a little rough around the edges and this my friends is its charm.flowergirlnyc2P I N this to pinterest

Denise Pocaro is the woman behind Flowergirl NYC which has had its doors open for ten years or so. The instagram following and the client list (the New Yorker, Elle, Vogue I can go on) are testament to her (and the flowergirls) work and vision.

What makes it different?  While I was there a reporter came by and made the comment that the shop seemed like a ‘conservatory’.  It is a very personal space, underpinned by the essence of New York styling; black and white. The monochrome palate is then softened with driftwood, succulents and old crates and boxes.  flowergirlnyc1P I N this to pinterestNext time you are in New York pop by and if you have time stop by the Bluebird Cafe on East Houston (by 1st) for coffee and banana bread.  Then  there is the option of  the Smile in Noho, 26 Bond Street (crossing Lafayette St) for a tasty range of brunch treats. (If you make it to Cobble Hill in Brooklyn check out Van Leuwen Ice Cream & Coffee Shop – delicious.

New York flower market is up on 28th Street.  There is no covered warehouse but a city block of individual shops selling wholesale.  The selection is incredible; peonies and sweet peas in December no less.  The difficult part is hailing and fitting your purchases  in a yellow taxi (after that ….  having your taxi drive off with the 70plus feet of cedar garland in his trunk and having to chase him to the next set of lights).  Also on 28th Street is Jamili and Aladdin’s cave of ribbons, containers, candles and embellishments.  If only I was allowed more than one case on the flight home.

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I met with Venetia in May to discuss her plans for her September wedding,  Venetia was a fantastic client, she had a good idea of what she wanted, the wedding style and it was a real pleasure working with her. We were able to quickly sift through ideas in the early stages and create a mood board which put the project right on track.

The brief – less is more apart from candles….  georgian candelabras, carriage lanterns, tea lights, and hurricane vases; housed our waxed friends.

The style – traditional and elegant.

The details – using some beautiful lace from Venetia’s dress by The State of Grace for her bouquet together with the pearl pins.

The flowers: blue and white hydrangeas, wax flower, ranunculus, anemones, ivory, garden roses and blue thistles (paying homage to Venetia’s  Scottish heritage).


(Photographs by: Koon Leung Photography)

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This wedding was really special.  I have known Rebecca & Justin for a few years now.  She was brought up in England, but her Mother, Rossella (the most fabulous cook) is Italian.  Justin, is from Perth, Australia.  They met years ago in London and have had courtship of long distance variety.  Although for the past two years they have both been based on the same continent, yay!

Both Justin and Rebecca had lots of lovely ideas for the wedding and the flowers. They were based in Melbourne, I was based in London and the wedding was in Italy.  There were lots and lots of emails and lots and lots of pictures.  Surprises at the wedding included lego men in the favours and a tube map inspired seating plan.

The brief was originally lavender but given a super cold winter across Europe, fresh French lavender in May was hard to come by.  Dried lavender was great alternative and easy to add to the place settings, secured with string.  It was simple and effective. It also worked well mixed with the fresh flowers in the table arrangements.  For the table decorations we used a mix of herbs, anenomies, delphiniums and hydrangeas in different blues.  Using pretty glass vases of assorted heights and colours resulted in a clean, fresh and modern look.

Rebecca’s bouquet of hydrangeas, delphiniums and lilly of the valley worked beautifully with her elegant dress and brilliant cobalt blue shoes. Britt Spring took these fabulous photographs and the full post can be checked out on her website.

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