The Inn at Whitewell Wedding & David Austin Roses

This is the very elegant wedding of Guy & Melanie, they were married at The Inn at Whitewell, 30th April 2009

Melanie's bridal bouquet of David Austin Patience Roses, Dutch Avalanche & fresh Rosemary.
Jenny's Bouquet of Amnesia & Metalina Roses

Melanie and I had chosen a very simple and beautiful selection of Roses to create her wedding designs.
We placed small posies of Patience & Metalina Roses on the windowsills.

The ceremony room at The Inn is intimate with the most fabulous views across the valley.
I arranged a simple vase of Avalanche & Akito Roses with fresh fragrant Eucalyptus and placed it on a pedestal stand. The Patience & Eucalyptus fragrance was heavenly and filled the small room with a gentle sweetness only English Roses can create.

We arranged a simple row of hurricane lamps, trails of ivy and Avalanche Roses along the fireplace.
The candle in the centre of the Registrars table centre was studded with tiny seed pearls, we love details like this that don't detract from perfect flowers.

After we'd set up the ceremony room we went to find Melanie, she was getting ready in one of the gorgeous bedrooms at The Inn, even in her dressing gown she looked beautiful.

We made Amnesia Rose buttonholes for all of the gentlemen except the Groom
Guy our lovely Groom wore an Avalanche Rose with a sprig of fresh Rosemary

Jenny the beautiful Bridesmaid wore an aubergine gown that looked perfect with the bouquet of Amnesia & Metalina Roses.

Congratulations to Guy and Melanie Griffiths, we were so delighted to created your wedding flowers many thanks for choosing us.

The official photographer for the day was Reg Moore from Preston

Melanie wore a beautiful Alfred Angelo gown
Melanie's bouquet was a very simple hand tied bouquet of the most exquisite roses, "Patience" from David Austin and "Avalanche" with some tiny sprigs of fragrant Rosemary between the blooms.

The Bridesmaid's bouquet was created in a combination of Amnesia & Metalina again with rosemary sprigs between and amongst. I love this huge table and the flowers from the cermony fit perfectly.
To add to the heady fragrances we included some flowering Jasmine, the sweet sent was lifted even higher by the warmth of the candle light.
The wedding cake was as everything else at this wedding, elegant, classy and simple, the thing is with a simple design like this the execution has to be perfect and we always notice how immaculate the cakes are that are made by our old friend Joe at Specialized Cakes in Burnley, he is brilliant this is a link to another wedding at Whitewell with one of his cakes. We dreseed the cake with fresh rolled rose petals and sprigs of Rosemary.

Mother's Day

We thought you might enjoy some Mother's Day Trivia, Folk Customs, Myths and Fun Facts from Around the World .

Rosa Parks was the mother of bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama that launched the Civil Rights Movement.

Chinese family names are often formed (begin) with a sign that means "mother". It's a nice way of honoring their moms long past.

The ancient Greeks celebrated Mother's Day in spring, like we do. They used to honor Rhea, "mother of the gods" with honey-cakes and fine drinks and flowers at dawn. Sounds like the beginnings of the Mother's Day tradition of breakfast in bed!

Mother Shipton was a Prophetess in Britain 500 years ago. She could see the future, and predicted that another Queen Elizabeth would sit on the throne of England. (QE II)

Japan's Imperial family trace their descent from Omikami Amaterasu, the Mother of the World.

Julia Ward Howe wrote the Battle Hymm of the Republic and was a staunch fighter for women's rights. She staged an unusual protest for peace in Boston, by celebrating a special day for mothers. Julia wanted to call attention to the need for peace by pointing out mothers who were left alone in the world without their sons and husbands after the bloody Franco-Prussian War.

Hindu scripture credits the Great Mother, Kali Ma, with the invention of writing through alphabets, pictographs and beautiful sacred images.

George Washington once said, "My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."

The Greek word "meter" and the Sanskrit word "mantra" mean both mother and measurement.
Mother Goose is one of the most popular of all children's entertainers. Her books and stories have been loved for many generations.

Native American Indian women have long been honored with the name, "Life of the Nation" for their gift of motherhood to the tribes.

Ancient Egyptians believed that "Bast" was the mother of all cats on Earth, and that cats were sacred animals.

Rose Kennedy once said, "I looked on child-rearing not only as a work of love and duty, but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world, and one that demanded the best that I could bring it."

Buddha honored mothers when he said, "As a mother, even at the risk of her own life, loves and protects her child, so let a man cultivate love without measure toward the whole world."

Mother's Day is now celebrated in many countries around the world. Australia, Mexico, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Belgium, Russia, China, Thailand, all have special celebrations to honor Mothers, but not in the same way or on the same day as the United States.

In the Bible, Eve is credited with being the "Mother of All the Living."

During the 1600's, England celebrated a day called "Mothering Sunday." Servants would go home to see their families, bringing cakes and sweets to their moms. This custom was called "going a-mothering". Each mother would receive a simnel-cake (Latin for "fine flour) and mother's would give a blessing to their children.

Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia began the campaign that brought about the official observance of Mother's Day in the United states. Her mother died, and Anna wanted all mothers to be remembered. She asked that white carnations be the official mother's day symbol. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed the orders that made Mother's Day a national holiday.
Just nine years later, Anna filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop the over- commercialization of Mother's Day. She lost her fight. Now, cards, letters, candy and dinners out mark Mother's Day for most families. Anna had hoped for a day of reflection and quiet prayer by families, thanking God for all that mothers had done.

Mother Earth is also known as "Terra Firma". That title is a Latin translation of some lines from one of the Greek poet, Homer's, greatest poems.

Books & Blinking Florist Bloggers

OK this posting isn't really about flowers it's more to do with blogging and the power of that medium and about the greatness of independently owned businesses doing their own thing....

Elaine & Sue own Silverdell Book Store in Kirkham, it's a fabulous business, they get the most amazing authors for book signings and they organise lots of superb literary events.

I read random books avidly, as many of you know I'm not a big sleeper in fact three hours a night if I'm lucky, so the rest (Well almost) of the night is devoted to silent activity; reading and blogging, you may've noticed postings completed around 2:00am.

I have a "book of the week" slot on my blog to let you know what I'm reading, thanks to all of you who take the trouble to e-mail me with reccomendations and your opinion on my selection.

I did have a shaky start with a book called "The Book of Laughter & Forgetting" I loved the title and I never ever read the blurb, I told you I was reading it and then about three quaters of the way through I realised it was a more than a little rude to coin a phrase my mum uses, so I apologise now for those of you that fell into the trap of reading it and I know many of you did because you told me and chastised me, not only that you went into Silverdell to find it, which of course surprised my lovely friends there, quite gentile ladies purchasing quite a radical book.

But this highlighted a need to work together, Elaine & Sue from Silverdell now send me books to read (Books already checked out for dodgy content) though they assure me they may get a bit racey but not quite in the same league as my previous choice. I collect cookery books and not suprisingly flower and floristry related books though not gardening books and apart from that I'll read anything.

I learned that books often surprise you, a few years ago when my first born was doing GCSE English she really got into War Poetry which really wasn't my bag (Up until this point I only read happy books) but helping her with revision really taught me to appreciate and indeed love lots of different genres so thanks to Rebecca for showing me the way, after that I never bothered to read the blurb on the back or in fact the picture on the front I just went for titles (Hence my problem earlier).

Now the superb thing is I'm now reading some of the best literature ever the Jodi Picoult book I read last week "My Sisters Keeper" would never have been one I would've chosen but I've loved it, it made me think, it made me laugh, it made me cry, it was a great read and next week thanks to Elaine & Sue I get to meet the Author at a literary lunch at The Grand, it couldn't get much better could it? Actually if some of you came too it would be the cherry on the cake, I honestly don't know if they have any tickets left but give them a ring and see, I'd love you to come here's the link

And tomorrow they have one of my all time favourite authors Victoria Hislop in the shop from 2:30-3:30, I wish I could get to meet her but I'm doing a very beautiful wedding at The Inn at Whitewell tomorrow afternoon, but perhaps you can make it.

Find out more about the Victoria Hislop visit to Silverdell follow the Link

English Country Garden Wedding Bouquet

A sweet scented trial wedding bouquet for Katie, I've included Lilac, Roses "Belle Rose", Peonies, Alstromeria & Calla lilies.
We're thinking of using these lovely crystal cake stands on the dining tables with a small nosegay of fresh flowers on top.
The shades are soft pastel with a nostalgic feel.
I've arranged the bouquet in a very soft and relaxed style in keeping with the flowers themselves.

I adore roses, they are probably my favourite flower but if you ask me in February I may say Tulips.

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