Gorgeous wedding flowers by the lovely Bex
One of the best things about Twitter and Facebook is connecting with people who have the same interests – particularly if they happen to live down the road! I first saw Bex’s work when I sourced Emily and Bryan’s wedding for the real-life section of Wedding magazine back in 2009. I was immediately struck by the effortless look of her designs, and was delighted that the magazine article highlighted her work. She’s since launched Designed By Blush – her own wedding flowers business, which is going from strength to strength. I recently discovered Bex was following my blog via Twitter, and when we found out we lived five minutes from each other, it was time to get together for a cuppa and a chin-wag!
The bride’s sweet pea bouquet contained fragrant English varieties in shades of pink and purple.
Bex outside her garden workshop, surrounded by blooms.
Bex runs her business from an idyllic little workshop at the end of her mum’s garden. I couldn’t help feeling a bit envious – how many people get to wander down the garden to their ‘office’ every morning? Bex was busy prepping flowers for a wedding, and had already made up the bouquet and several reception arrangements. The bride had given Bex a very loose brief, and simply wanted fun and colourful displays – and boy, did Bex deliver! A sea of stunning pink and blue flowers were laid out in front of the workshop, including giant peonies, regal spires of brilliant blue delphiniums, sweet peas, hydrangeas, stocks, lisianthus and veronica.
How stunning is the combination of pink peonies with brilliant blue delphiniums? Bex always orders English sweet peas for their amazing fragrance.
Buckets of blue delphiniums and purple lisianthus wait to be conditioned.
A table decoration featuring sweet peas, peonies, delphiniums, veronica and lisianthus.
Now that’s my idea of the perfect office!!
Bex has developed her own distinctive style over the years, and specialises in informal, country-style arrangements displayed on vintage glass cake stands and inside antique containers sourced from eBay and charity shops. I’m also obsessed with hunting for vintage treasures, so we spent ages chatting about our favourite places for spotting a bargain! Bex and her lovely mum Beth made me feel so welcome and I can imagine every bride who comes for a consultation feels similarly at home. “I think the first meeting with a couple should be really relaxed,” says Bex. “We usually discuss ideas over tea and cakes, and then I’ll put together a quote. I always encourage brides to choose flowers in their favourite colours, rather than going for a certain look or scheme just because it’s fashionable.”
I absolutely loved this milk-churn display. Bex found the churn on eBay – a farmer had discovered a shed full of them, so she snapped them up! Such a nice alternative to a traditional urn.
A bucket full to the brim with peonies. Even the bucket matches the colour scheme!
Bex also gave me some useful pointers to consider when I’m doing my friend Hannah’s flowers this September, and even offered to help me practice arranging some tablecentres. I’ve always been a bit cynical about social networking sites, but without Twitter and Facebook I probably wouldn’t have met this super-talented and very lovely lady. Can’t wait to get together again soon for some more floral inspiration!