Bouquets

A Pretty Spring City Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea

Today I have an ultra pretty Springtime Wedding to share with you lovely lot!

It was a chilly and snowy day in London town that Vicki and Pete said ‘I do’ against a breathtaking backdrop of cherry blossom and blush toned spring florals. Just wait until you see the incredible cherry blossom branch aisle! Their pretty reception was held in the picturesque grounds and garden of The Royal Hospital Chelsea (the home of the legendary Chelsea pensioners nonetheless!). It’s a stunner and a huge thank you to Kristian Leven Photography for sharing these beautiful images and for capturing every aspect of the day so perfectly.
 

Pretty Spring Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty Spring Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty Spring Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
A cherry blossom filled church for this Pretty Spring Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty Spring Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty Spring Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty Spring Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
 
The day was set to be freezing (it actually snowed!) so at the last minute I bought some white plimsolls from Topshop and wore the thickest socks I could find with them. It looked ridiculous but no one saw and I stayed warm all day!
 
Pretty Spring Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty Spring Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty Spring Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty City wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty City wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty City wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty City wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
A pretty Spring Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty City wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty Spring wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
 

VICKI & PETE
DATE: 29th March 2014
GUESTS: 90
 
THE VENUE: Royal Hospital Chelsea was an easy choice as Pete’s family have lived on the grounds for the past few years, so it felt like home! Also it’s a stunning venue and easily accessible situated in central London.
 
STYLE/ THEME: We kept everything quite classic to fit in with our venue. The colour of the bridesmaid dresses inspired our flowers and stationery. Other than that we just wanted the day to be a real fun celebration.
 
PHOTOGRAPHY: Kristian Leven was amazing, he captured the emotion of the whole day so well. But most of all he was so relaxed, unobtrusive and blended in with our guests whilst managing to take incredible pictures.
 
THE DRESS: It was the first dress I tried on and I loved it so I bought it there and then.
 
THE GROOM: Pete’s suit was from Hugo Boss, he wanted a nice fitted black suit he could wear again! His shoes were from Grenson.
 
THE FLOWERS: We had seen Yan Skates work at a friends wedding a few years back and remembered how amazing the flowers looked. He certainly didn’t disappoint for our day. We had cherry blossom and gypsophilia down the isle, which gave the church the wow factor. We had so many compliments about the flowers. He did a great job!
 
STATIONERY: Pete did everything! He dabbles in graphic design and was keen to design everything himself, from the table plan to the order of service. A handy man to have around!
 
FIRST DANCE: ‘Ain’t No mountain High Enough’. We didn’t want a slow song, so we chose an upbeat one that would get everyone up and dancing.
 
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: The ceremony and service. It was such a joyful and emotional occasion. We felt so blessed to be getting married before God and in front of all our friends and family.
 
CREDIT ROLL…

Photography: Kristian Leven Photography  | Ceremony: St Andrews Church  | Venue: Royal Hospital Chelsea  | Dress: Benjamin Roberts | Groom: Hugo Boss  | Bridesmaids: ASOS  | Flowers: Yan Skates  | Stationery: The Groom  | Cake: Bride’s Mum
 

Such a beautiful day, don’t you just love the pics of bride Vicki revealing her plimsolls and thick woolly socks to her Mr! Who also happens to be a rather talented designer creating this amazing stationery suite! Huge congratulations to you both and a special thanks to Kristian Leven for sharing this gorgeous London wedding.
Love, Mrs White x

 

The Wedding Collective | Flowers | The Flower Drum

Day four of our ‘Wedding Collective’ series and today chief flower enthusiast and girl in the know on all things floral, Holly Hipwell from The Flower Drum compiles an explosion of flowery goodness in her mood board. Holly is the go to florist out in Sydney where she creates floral works of art and beautiful bouquets for brides to be.
 
Blooms in every colour of the rainbow from every corner of the earth.
Old English garden roses, orchids flown in from Indonesia and night blooming cerus. Marigolds strung together to create hundreds of meters of garlands and pots of rose petals are simmering away filling the air with sweet syrupy fragrance.
 
The Wedding Collective | One theme - Four collaborators | Whiter than White Weddings + Knot & Pop + Belle & Bunty + The Flower Drum | The Flowers by The Flower Drum

Credits: 1. via Wedding Gawker | 2. via Pinterest | 3. Particular Poetry | 4. via Le Decor Que J’adore | 5. The Flower Drum | 6. via Bohemian Sense | 7. Flickr | 8. via The Lane | 9. The Flower Drum | 10. Flirty Fleurs | 11. via Pinterest | 12. via Back Seat Stylers | 13. via Wedding Chicks | 14. Bjorkheim | 15. The Flower Drum

 
Inspired by the upcoming journey through Morocco, South Africa, Bali & the Navajo Nation the flowers take on a nomadic and organic turn from the traditional wedding flower style. Wild & Unstructured. Loose flower heads are piled up high in abundance, old-fashioned perfume bottles found on previous adventures are filled with hand picked garden blooms and structures are made from existing growth of bougainvillea climbing along the archways. The flowers are everywhere… wrapped around the brides ankles and in her hair, hanging from the trees and clustered on every table, there’s edible flowers in the food and hibiscus infused in the cocktails. At the end of the night every guest takes home armfuls of beautiful blooms so they can continue to enjoy the colour and life of the amazing evening.
 
Oooh, super pretty and inspiring!
I’ll see you all tomorrow for the final day of ‘The Wedding Collective’ which concludes with all of the paper goodies I have uncovered in my stationery board!
Mrs White x

Introducing The Wedding Collective

I am super excited to share with you today (drum roll please)… ‘The Wedding Collective.’ An inspiring team of collaborators put together especially for you by Whiter than White and wedding planners, Knot & Pop. As you may well know, we love nothing more than a beautifully collated mood board to inspire your celebration and it got us thinking, lets gather a rather special team to showcase the very best of a theme and the most creative of wedding concepts. We took one fun idea and asked a collective of four talented collaborators to each compile a mood board putting their own spin and signature style on things. Including everything from flowers and fashion to decorations and stationery, we’ve got it all covered.  
 
The Wedding Collective | One theme - Four collaborators | Whiter than White Weddings - Knot & Pop - Belle & Bunty - The Flower Drum  

The Wedding Collective includes wow wedding dress designers Belle & Bunty, flower goddess The Flower Drum, event designers, Knot & Pop and Whiter Than White Weddings.
 
We are kicking things off today with a ‘Scene Setter’ mood board, colour palette and story collated by Knot & Pop and yours truly. Every day throughout this week, each of the collective will be sharing their own interpretation of the theme across their own mood board, providing you with lots of interesting and intriguing inspiration to explore. The super stylish girls from Belle & Bunty have the fashion side of things covered tomorrow with their dress board followed by Susie and Claire from Knot & Pop decking out the decorations board on Wednesday. We are then heading on over to Australia for a floral explosion from Holly at The Flower Drum before concluding on Friday with lots of paper prettiness in my Stationery board. Let me tell you, you’re in for a treat as these mood boards are super gorgeous!
 
So, what’s the theme?
We’re all longing for a bit of sunshine right? Well, on this imaginary couple’s Around the World trip, that’s exactly what we get. The theme is set around the couple themselves; uber cultured and with a love of travel, they have long dreamed of taking a sabbatical from work and what better time than after their wedding, when they can embark on the most ultimate of honeymoon’s – a trip Around the World taking in some of their most lust worthy locations. With this life-long dream that they’re now sharing together, we wanted to theme the wedding based upon this exciting adventure.
 
Theme: Around the World Wedding
The wanderlust couple have their sights set on lands full of culture, scenic beauty, delicious local foods and endless explorations. Starting in Morocco where their senses will be set alive with the busy markets – the smell of exotic spices igniting the senses, the Moorish architecture and the beautiful traditional mosaic tiles. Vibrant colours reminiscent of an African sunset pervade the colour palette as burnt oranges and rich reds mix with golden hues and sea aquas. From the tip of Africa to the toe, the couple continue to South Africa for a Safari. Their love of animals take them to a park for endangered species, where they stay with the sanctuary in Safari tents under the vast South African sky and stars. After South Africa a flight to Bali to see the undulating rice paddies of Ubud and relax at a yoga retreat. A time to unwind, Bali will be spent immersed in the unique Balinese local culture and the Hindu rituals. The famed wood carvings and gold and silver crafts on the region will also be sampled, with visits to local artisans to see the hand-crafting. The final destination will be America to see the sights of the Navajo Nation to see the unparalleled beauty of the region, it’s historical monuments, tribal parks and intricate crafts. The bright light of Los Angeles then beckon, before flying back to England.
 
The scene is set and here it is, the first of five dreamy mood boards heading your way this week that have inspired all of our creative collaborators…
 
The Wedding Collective ! Scene Setter Moodboard | By Whiter than White Weddings & Knot & Pop

Credits: (From top left) 1: Tablescape | 2: Fairy lights | 3: Floral Motif | 4: Dress | 5: Chromogenic Print | 6: Black/ White Beading | 7: White Garland | 8: Rug | 9: Globe | 10: Spices

 
Make sure you pop by tomorrow to see the gorgeous fashion board from the lovely UK wedding dress designers Belle & Bunty. The journey begins… Mrs White x

Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre

With Christmas just around the corner and the weather so cold, let’s transport ourselves for a minute back to the heat of those summer days with this super pretty August wedding. Loved ones gathered in a beautiful old amphitheatre in the centre of Amsterdam for this flower filled, bohemian wedding. It was a relaxed affair filled with colour, fun, some seriously cute flower girls and one sexy bride. The stunning images are taken by the lovely Eliška of Khiria Photography. I am completely in love with this bouquet too…

 

Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
I wore a long veil and a crown of fresh flowers in my hair. I borrowed earrings from my best friend and wore heels (I absolutely loved the pistachio colour of them!!).
 
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
Our aim was to have a relaxed, colourful, cozy and bohemian wedding, almost like a mini festival! The ceremony was held in an old outside amphitheater at Rijk van de Keizer in Amsterdam. It was so, intimate and very personal, we prepared some words for some of our loved ones.
 
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
For our favours we chose wooden spoons with our initials engraved, we tied our favourite recipe to them (homemade Buma BBQ sauce) and a red pepper!
 
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
My dress was from Cymbeline and was the first one I tried on! It was originally long at the front as well, but we cut it out. I wanted to feel comfy in the dress but also be able to dance like crazy in it! The dress was elegant, romantic and flattering, yet super sexy at the same time.
 
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
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Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
Instead of a cake we had a buffet table full of a variety of small deserts, all made by our friend Nicoline.
 
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
In the evening we had small open fires where our guests could sit and eat marshmallows. There were hundreds of small candles and little glass vases filled with just a couple of field flowers.
 
Bohemian, Colourful Wedding in an Old Amphitheatre, Amsterdam | Read more at Whiter than White Weddings

 

SHARON & TEUN
DATE: 24 August 2013

GUESTS: 210

 

THE PROPOSAL: It was Christmas day and we were on holiday in Udaipur, India. Teun got down on one knee in a beautiful Maharadja palace garden. Very romantic!!!
Our friends kindly made us a small rocking bench that was covered in flowers for the ceremony.
 
THE VENUE: Luckily the amphitheater was all part of our venue, which meant the day flowed beautifully from the marriage itself to drinks, diner and dancing. The venue was incredible, it had a rustic ambiance, great views and so much greenery considering it was in Amsterdam! It felt like we were abroad surrounded by all the beautiful flowers and scenery. Plus the staff were amazing!
 
PHOTOGRAPHY: We chose the incredible Eliška from Khiria Photography. We love her work and in Netherlands her style is very unique. Eliška traveled 1000 km from Prague to Amsterdam on the day!
 
BRIDESMAIDS: In Holland the parents tend to arrange the outfits for the flower-girls and page boys themselves. Most of their outfits were handmade or from Zara kids!
 
THE FLOWERS: We wanted field flowers, a little rustic and wild with lots of colour! The venues florist did an incredible job!
 
DECOR + DETAILS:  Our friends made the festival style wooden signs that were displayed throughout the grounds. Most of the decorations were organized by the venue but we brought some giant balloons and made some lanterns with long ribbons attached.
 
THE ENTERTAINMENT: We had a band during the reception drinks when we served homemade punch and lemonade followed by another band and DJ in the evening.
 
THE HONEYMOON: Morocco!
 
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: The ceremony itself and all the speeches and movies our friends & family put together for us – it was hilarious yet very moving!
 
OUR TOP TIPS: Don’t forget to enjoy the planning as well as the day itself and don’t be afraid to let people arrange things for you if they are willing to help!
 
CREDIT ROLL…

Photography: Eliška + Aneta Trajerová of Khiria Photography VenueRijk van de Keizer | Florist: Rijk van de Keizer  | Dress + Veil: Cymbeline | Brides Shoes: Supertrash | Groom: Tailor made, Belgium |  Bridesmaids: | Zara 
 
What a beautiful day, I love the relaxed vibe of the bride and groom and those adorable flower girls and page boys. Wishing Sharon and Teun every happiness together and a great big thank you to Eliška + Aneta for sharing this stunning wedding with us.

Love, Mrs White x

Winter Bridal Bouquets

With a winter wedding you can create an utterly romantic, atmospheric affair. Roaring fires, winter whites and a good measure of sparkle all make for a truly magical day! Winter bouquets are one area you can really capture the essence of the season and I have hand-picked a selection of my favourite bouquets. Think icy whites, festive privet berries, eclectic overflowing bouquets that are full of texture, all mixed together with pops of unexpected colour…

 

Winter Wedding Bouquets | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. via Style me Pretty | 2. Photo: Kate Harrison via 100 Layer Cake | 3. via Remodelista | 4. via Boho Weddings

 

One of my favourite things about a winter bouquet is the textures you can create; from the softness of winter roses and cotton flowers to the metallic shimmer of dusty miller and the matte pearl like quality of berries. Add to the mix all the wonderful textures of heather, seed pods and pine boughs and the result will be pretty spectacular. The very nature of winter flowering blooms means that your bouquet will look pretty and fresh all day long and well into the following week too!
 
Winter berry bouquets | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. via 100 Layer Cake | 2. Photo: Simply Jesse via Bridal Musings

 
You can easily add some festive magic to your bouquet around this time of year by adding a selection of rich red berries and pine boughs to your bouquet. I love the idea of adding some tartan fabric or ribbon around your bouquet too as shown below.
 
Winter red berry bouquets | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. via WeddingoMania | 2. via Wed over Heels | 3. Photo: Paula O’Hara | 4. via Sortrature | 5. via Green Wedding Shoes

Blue Winter bouquets | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. Photo: Morgan Trinker via Ruffled | 2. Photo: Lottie Designs via Pocketful of Dreams

Winter bouquets | Whiter than White Weddings

Credit: Sortrature

Winter White Wedding Bouquets | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1.via Magnolia Rouge | 2. Taylor’d Events | 3. via Wedding Wire | 4. via Bollea | 5. via Ruffled | 6. Photo: The Beatys Photography

 

During Spring and Summertime you are pretty much spoilt for choice with an abundance of colourful, natural and seasonal blooms to choose from. Many brides worry that there is not as many options in the Winter months. However you’d be surprised, there is still a huge choice of incredible seasonal blooms and foliage. I have compiled a list of some of these gorgeous winter flowering blooms below…
 
Flowers: Anemones, tulips, astrantia, roses, tuberose, paperwhites, cotton, narcissus, amaryllis, scabiosa, waxflower, snowdrops, eryngium, pansies and lilies
Foliage: Fresh dill, rosemary, pistache, heather, holly, sola flowers, eucalyptus pods, banana stem, berzelia berries, conifer branches, silver brunia, scented-geranium leaves, dusty miller, juniper boughs, privet berries, pine boughs and pine-cones.
 
Well I’m spoilt for choice! Which is your favourite?

Mrs White x