Browsing Category

Suppliers

Suppliers

Five Minutes With… Victoriana Floral

January 27, 2017
Victoriana Floral, Kim Davies

Ah Friday, I’m so glad to see today arrive, are you?

This week has been one of those all over the place weeks with school commitments, bugs, bugs and more sickness bugs and general chaos! I always look forward to the slower pace of the weekend and the thought of a fresh new week, a new beginning if you like.

Today I am delighted to be sharing five minutes with Kim Davies, lead florist and creator of Victoriana Floral in Whitehead. Kim and her green-fingered team are a delight at any wedding (and they do immense hugs!) and their talent knows no bounds. If you’re searching for your florist, I urge you to check out their incredible work. Happy Friday!

1. Pinterest or Instagram?

Instagram – it’s totally addictive!

2. Belfast or Dublin?

Dublin – if I had to choose, I love its architecture and shopping!

3. Home or away?

Home, I live in an old farmhouse up a country lane, I love the peace and quiet and my garden.

4. Biggest achievement? 

My kids – they constantly amaze me. I am also immensely proud of how far my business has come in less than four years.

5. Scared of? 

Letting people down.

6 Couldn’t live without?

My family, my animals and of course the flowers!

7. Would rather not…

Do bookwork, admin and VAT returns.

8. Five dream dinner party guests? 

Peter Dinklage, Jo Malone, Richard Branson, David Attenborough and Mary Black.

9. What would you cook them? 

A roast dinner with all the trimmings followed by a passion fruit pavlova.

10. What’s the very first thing you do when you wake up?

Kiss my husband and check my phone (not necessarily in that order).

11. Last book you read?

Jo Malone’s autobiography – an absolute inspiration.

12. Favourite TV programme/series?

Anything sci-fi!

13. Guilty pleasure?

Curly Wurleys!

14. Favourite song?

I love most music it’s hard to choose just one song, loving new Adele album and also love anything from the indie 90’s.

15. Old or new? 

Mostly old, I love auctions and bric-a-brac shops however I also love Scandinavian style and the whole concept of hygge which is my new years decorating inspiration.

16. Bold or pastel? 

Both when used in the right way, especially where flowers are concerned!

17. Wedding dress or wedding shoes?

Wedding dress for sure – there are some gorgeous dresses out now brides to be are totally spoilt for choice.

18. Finds inspiration from?

Inspiration comes from everywhere. From holidays we take to walks in the country, from paint shop interiors to checking out the trends coming from other places in particular Australia.

19. Ceremony or reception? 

Both – love a romantic ceremony, love the party after!

20. Random thought? 

My daughter LucyRose told me this the other day ‘Before Alice got to wonderland she had to fall’ definitely worth remembering!

You can view Kim’s incredible work at www.victorianafloral.com.

Suppliers

Summer Enchantment in Full Bloom

August 10, 2016
Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Oh Wednesday, why are you so soggy?!

I’m guessing you are all ready for a mid-week perk so today we’re sharing an inspirational bridal shoot at Blessingbourne Estate by Gemma G Photography. It’s a true beaut and oozes gorgeous bridal styling from Lavenderlily Bridal Boutique in Castlederg, as well as a host of fabulous local wedding suppliers. Prepare to smile with joy…

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Blessingbourne Estate in Fivemiletown, County Tyrone is a picturesque country estate which has an Elizabethan manor house at the heart and is surrounded by mature woodlands, private lakes, stunning rhododendrons and a Victorian rock garden. The estate provided the perfect backdrop for Gemma’s photo shoot vision which seamlessly blends the old world charm of the buildings with modern bridal styling including wedding gowns by international designers, Ida Torez, Brides by Harvee and Modeca.

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

 

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

We are in love with this cake by Danielle at Pixie Paints and styled with Sweet William and roses.

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Stationery by Invites By Shelley, Styling by Forget Me Not.

Gemma-G-Photo-Blessingbourne-Estate-22

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Of all the images, I have decided (after a long time looking!) this image of Rachel holding that incredible colourful bouquet is my favourite… just saying!

Gemma G Photography Summer Wedding Inspiration | Blessingbourne Estate | The Promise NI

Thanks to Gemma and all the team for sharing this beautiful and inspiring shoot with us! To find out more about Gemma head over here for a look at her own wedding!

Photography: Gemma G Photography

Dresses: Sarah at Lavenderliy Bridal Boutique

Designers: Ida Torez, Brides by Harvee and Modeca

Hair: Arlene’s Hair Studio

Makeup: Noamh at Polished Beauty Salon

Cake: Danielle at Pixie Paints

Styling and Decor: Laura at Forget Me Not

Venue: Blessingbourne Estate Fivemiletown

Signs: Flip19

Stationery: Invites by Shelley

Models: Joy Stevenson and Rachel Love

Flowers: Flowers by Alana

Suppliers

Summer Bridal Makeup: Advice from Beauty Expert, Stacey

August 8, 2016
Summer Bridal Makeup by SAK Designs

Good morning & welcome to a brand new week!

This morning Stacey Kilpatrick, our beauty and makeup expert is sharing her insider knowledge on summer bridal makeup. 

When it comes to seasons and makeup trends, should we factor this into our bridal makeup look?

I’m a strong believer that on your wedding day you should be the most enhanced version of yourself. If you normally wear a smokey eye or red lip then you may regret it if you choose not to on your big day – even during the summer months – however you may wish to alter the tones or texture a fraction to reflect the season and current makeup trends.

Summer weddings tend to have softer, pastel and muted palettes and I find my bridal parties opting for softer makeup looks to reflect this. I am however also seeing a lot of vibrant bridesmaid shades this summer; purples, deep pinks, jade greens and blues. With colourful maids we can add a pop of colour however you don’t have to match eyes with dresses as this may not be the most flattering option for your bridal party.

Trends on the catwalk don’t always filter down as suitable for bridal makeup; this season we saw glowing skin, natural beauty, faux freckles (yes it’s an actual trend so do embrace your freckles ladies), 90s influences and lots of 60s inspired lashes and red lips returned for designer Jenny Packham.

Summer Bridal Makeup by SAK Designs

Image: Nars for Mansur Gavriel

This season for brides I am loving using soft champagne, gold and rose gold eye shadows and defining with rustic and chocolate tones. I love adding soft shimmer pigments to allow the eyes to sparkle in the summer daylight and having a soft blend of eye liner in bronze tones really helps define an eye without it being too harsh. On the lips I love pops of colour; pinks, raspberries, corals but I also love a soft nude for brides opting for a very natural look. I am a big fan of highlighting, especially in the summer. Creating fresh, youthful, dewy skin will always be a favourite of mine.

Products I can’t be without this summer are:

You can follow Stacey on Facebook: s.a.k.DESIGNS and Instagram: @sakdesigns, and visit her website at: www.sakdesigns.co.uk.

{Featured image: Photography by Marc Lawson}

Suppliers

Chasing Mermaids: Creative Inspirational Bridal Shoot by Cindy & Melissa Photography

August 3, 2016
Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

As you’ve probably noticed we’re pretty keen on mixing up our inspiration around here, we like to think outside the box if you will and when local wedding suppliers do too it gets us very excited! This morning, I suggest you forget it’s hump day and turn your attention to this very creative and gorgeous photo shoot by Cindy & Melissa Photography.

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

 

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

Taking inspiration from The Little Mermaid the girls headed to one of their favourite beaches, Greencastle in County Down, where magic and fantasy was to meet sublime bridal style.

Stacey from S.A.K.Designs brought all her flair and imagination to the dreamy makeup – I mean who wouldn’t want to be decorated like a mermaid, perfect for your hen do, no?!

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

 

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

Mermaid bridal inspiration by Cindy & Melissa Photography, Northern Ireland

Feeling inspired? We hope so! Cindy and Melissa are always up for creating fun and inspiring images for all of their couples, so if their vivacious approach to photography sounds perfect for you, give them a call on 07484 085 499 & 07887 760 029.

Thanks to the girls, and all the team involved for sharing this little hint of magic with us on such a rainy day!

Photographers: Cindy & Melissa Photography, Portadown

Makeup: S.A.K.Designs, Glenane

Hair: Chocolate Blonde Hair Couture, Markethill

Flowers: Vintage Violet Floral Boutique, Markethill

Dresses: Creative Ideas Bridal, Armagh & Cookstown

Dress in water: Models own

Models: Hollie Keegan & Sophie Willis

Suppliers

Promise Picks: Semi Naked Wedding Cakes

May 24, 2016
Semi naked wedding cakes | The Promise NI

If last years cake winner was the naked cake, this wedding season will see a slightly more dressed version take centre stage – of course it’s called the semi naked wedding cake! We love that they still have a rustic appeal but dressed with just a little more buttercream and the decor of your choice – flowers, fruit, macaroons, and even succulents – these cakes can look elegant and opulent too. Here’s some of our favourites from across the web, and of course we’ve included a couple of local gems, too.

Semi naked wedding cakes | The Promise NI

Image & cake credits:

Cake Couture NI, Betty Williamson Events, Floral Earth, image: Paula McManus via Junebug Weddings // Dessert Stomach // Faye Cahill // Truly Scrumptious Cakes By Design, Omagh // Candytuft Cakes, Newtownards, image: Shoot For The Moon // Connie Whitlock Photo via Fab Mood // Cake Love At Pindari, image: Duuet via Ivory Tribe // I Could Kill For Dessert //

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planning Suppliers

Favourite Wedding Cakes of Local Cake Designers

April 19, 2016
Local wedding cake favourites I The Promise NI

Good morning! Woo hoo, productivity has returned to The Promise HQ!

You all loved our feature on favourite flowers from a couple of weeks ago, so we thought it was only right to continue on and share glorious wedding cakes. Oh yes, they are incredible works of art and we are so lucky to have these incredibly talented ladies on our doorstep. Don’t be afraid to give them a call/email if anything takes your fancy 🙂

Designer: Gillian from The Little Cupcakery, Bangor

Gillian’s favourite: I adore this buttercream cake. I just loved the way it was such a simple cake transformed completely with some pretty flowers, albeit Floralearth flowers!

Trends for 2016: I think trends we will still see lots of buttercream cakes with fresh and sugar flowers. They are timeless, pretty and co-ordinate so beautifully with the rest of the wedding, they are yummy to eat and perfect for those who are having a summer wedding or a who don’t like sugar paste! They’re also very affordable!

Contact: hello@thelittlecupcakeryni.com

Designer: Kathryn from Candytuft Cakes, Newtownards

Kathryn’s favourite: I love this bench swing cake for its simplicity. It is of the moment. It is exactly the kind of thing I am being asked for in 2016 but with a Candytuft twist. I love rethinking the traditional wedding cake table and using decorative items for an eye catching display. The display includes one tall semi-naked cake dressed with fresh flowers and macaron and two fully iced cakes with a gold metallic drip and again dressed with macaron. It also features a few sweet, little, decorative, mini cupcakes to match. Metallics are still on trend and the soft pink is ever so pretty, and with rose quartz being one of the Pantone colours of the year for 2016, you can’t go wrong. I feel this kind of display would be very appealing and also very versatile.

What’s exciting me for 2016 cakes? I am looking forward to each and every cake I will have the pleasure of making, being unique and personal; whether it be a tidy rustic semi-naked cake with fresh florals; a fully iced, themed and decorated, masterpiece; or indeed a combination of both. I have such a mixture of styles and finishes of cakes coming up and love the excitement in creating every single one.

Contact: kathryn@candytuftcakes.com / tel: 07890 698619

Designer: Emma from Truly Scrumptious Cakes By Design, Omagh

Emma’s favourite: It’s not very often that you find a bride who knows exactly what she wants for her dream day, let alone have a clear vision of her perfect wedding cake. My bride Samantha is an event stylist specialising in weddings. When she approached me with her idea to create an entire wedding with an enchanted garden theme, I was immediately hooked. She gave me the freedom to work with the design brief and more importantly the resources to get creative with.

Her cake was certainly a challenge from start to finish… from experimenting with textures, colours and techniques to attaching the amazing garland of fresh flowers (created by Skea Flowers) to the cake…which I might add took four people! The whole experience was like being involved in a very glossy photo shoot and to see the final results…wow! I still pinch myself that I was involved in creating such a breath taking piece of art. This cake will forever hold a special place in my heart.

For 2016 I am loving: Metallics! Combining them with textures and detailing drawn from wedding dresses and invitations, as well as lots of flowers both, sugar and fresh.

Contact: truly-scrumptious-cakes@hotmail.co.uk / tel: 07904 480920

Local wedding cake favourites I The Promise NI

Image: The Lous

Designer: Catherine from Cake Couture NI, Bangor

Catherine’s favourite: The theme for this winter wedding was festive red and gold. The centerpiece was a contemporary two tier cake in white and gold, also a semi naked gold edged cake and a buttercream ruffle cake all finished with fresh flowers supplied by Floralearth. There were lots of little treats in addition to the cake: cake pops, cupcakes and mini cakes, decorated with touches of red and gold to complement the colour scheme. Grace and Saviour provided the decorated screen backdrop and gold glitter table linens. Floralearth added the lovely foliage runner and dressed the table with cinnamon sticks, candles and pine cones. This is one of my favourite recent wedding cakes because, after endless hours of preparation, everything came together so beautifully- styling, flowers and cake! I love the clean contemporary style mixed with a little bit of rustic which was perfect for the stunning venue- The Carriage Rooms at Montalto. As a cake maker, it’s a joy to create a display that is a strong feature and focal point of the day, as well as being able to cater to all tastes with a wide range of flavour options.

This year I’m excited for: The Pantones colours for 2016 – my personal favourites are Rose Quartz, Serenity and Iced coffee and I’ll be incorporating these into new designs for 2016. I’m also delighted that metallics are still going strong.In terms of trends, I think there will be a move towards pared back, immaculately finished, contemporary designs. Rustic style remains popular but now with a more polished edge. If 2015 was the year of the Naked cake, 2016 looks set to be the year of the Nearly naked cake!

Contact: catherine@cakecoutureni.co.uk / tel: 028 9127 7146

Designer: Gail from Airy Fairy Cakes, Lisburn

Gail’s favourite: This cake was created for The Promise styled photo shoot where the brief was bright, industrial and modern. I have a bit of a passion for anything industrial as my house is filled with that sort of decor and I knew straight away I wanted to do a marble effect cake, it’s everywhere at the minute but has yet to hit the wedding scene in a big way. I also wanted to take the colour scheme of blues, pinks and peach tones and make those my stand out colours rather than a typical grey marble stone effect. It gives this cake a really  modern feel with the square tiers, sharp edges and I love it for this reason, I could see it in my head and the end result was even better.

This years key trends: We have seen metallic cakes around for a while now and these will be taken to the next level this year. Geode cakes are starting to come through as are marble effects with flecks of metallics, stone finishes and cakes adorned with precious gems to look like rocks.

Couples are a lot more open to experimenting with colour too, they know their cake doesn’t need to be iced white and in fact doesn’t even need to be iced, the naked cake has been very popular and now people are moving towards the semi-naked cake where the cakes are partially frosted with a crumb coating only and then adorned with flowers, berries, meringue kisses, toppers, painted metallic finishes – really whatever they fancy.

Contact: hello@airyfairycakes.com

Local wedding cake favourites I The Promise NI

Designer: Helen from The Cakery NI, Omagh

Helen’s favourite: I have chosen my own wedding cake! It was a sentimental thing making my own cake and it’s not something I will hopefully ever do again! People told me I was mad, but I don’t think I was. I’m a bit of a control freak and work best under pressure, so I figured doing it myself meant I got the result I was after. The most stressful part about it was trying to find room for the cakes in the fridges. My vision for the cake was a big showstopper but nothing too fussy at the same time. Keeping the detailing basic helped in the end. My husband and a few guests are gluten free so I made half the cake gluten free. We had lemon, chocolate, caramel, chocolate and orange and white chocolate and raspberry flavours, there was definitely something for everyone!

This years trends: I will be creating quite a few big cakes, again showstoppers! I’m seeing lots of metallics, either pearl lustres, silver leaf and of course the 24ct gold leaf, also. They are my favourite as I love all things bling! I’m also seeing the semi naked cakes become extremely popular, overtaking the naked cakes. Both suit the rustic theme a lot of people choose and can be cheaper in price which helps. The ruffle cakes for me are getting more and more popular. They are a labour of love as they take hours to create, but are very rewarding when complete. Also I see a few people going back to traditional routes and having fresh flowers on cakes, it looks fab, simple and classy!

Contact: thecakeryni@hotmail.co.uk / 07756 222737

Designer: Natasha from Sugar Flower Cake Company, Moira

Natasha’s favourite: I call this cake the Enchanted Garden Cake! I love it because it encapsulates the magical air of a dreamy enchanted garden. The owls represent a bond created by being the only two who know what lies behind that door!

This wedding season I’m excited for: Semi-naked cakes where some tiers are iced and others are naked, 1920’s or Art Deco themed cakes and berry colours!

Contact: info@sugarflowercakecompany.co.uk / tel: 07798 655855

 

{Featured image: Ten21 Photography}

Planning Suppliers

Favourite Wedding Flowers of our Local Floral Designers

April 7, 2016
Local wedding florists favourites I The Promise NI

We’re an inquisitive bunch here at The Promise, we like to know things, it helps us work better and deliver more relevant and local inspiration to you all. I was delighted when seven local floral designers and artists agreed to share their favourite designs with us. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect person to create your wedding day florals, take note, we may just have found her – yes, they’re all lovely ladies!

Designer: Hollie from The Rosehip and Berry Floral Studio, Belfast

Hollies favourite: I think to date my favourite sort of arrangements have been simple, asymmetrical, free flowing arrangements like this one. This particular arrangement was made using Ivy berries, wild Clematis, Cherry Blossom, burgundy Ranunculus and Astrantia. I like the natural, simplicity of it, with subtle pops of colour.

This year I’m excited for: Stripping back my designs, mixing lots of different types of foliage, and focusing on more natural shapes. I am looking forward to some brave, vibrant colour choices, as well as the classic ivory and greens – which I will never tire of, along with lots of lovely foliage heavy weddings! I’m also excited to use some contemporary techniques I learnt during my time in Melbourne last month as well as experimenting with a few ideas of my own!

Contact: therosehipandberry@gmail.com / tel: 07885 782164

Designer: Kim from Victoriana Floral, Whitehead

Kim’s favourite: I love this for so many reasons, it was so organic, so natural, so textured and the most beautiful contrasting colours of peach and burgundy. It was all about bringing the outside of Lusty Beg island inside.

This year’s trends will be: Bigger bouquets both cascading and asymmetric, less rounded compacted flower bouquets, and a lot more variation of flowers used, looser and loads of texture, more country garden style bouquets. A big push towards locally grown and seasonal, scent and a lot of foliage and perhaps, dare I say, in some cases less flowers?

Contact: kim@victorianafloral.co.uk / tel: 028 9337 2519

Local wedding florists favourites I The Promise NI

Designer: Janice at The Flower Studio, Dungannon

Janice’s favourite: This bouquet was a big favourite of mine from last year. The soft palette of colours, the mix of textures and of course, the focal flower, the anemone! You either love this flower, or you hate it – I adore it! It’s lovely to create a bouquet without the old faithful rose included.

For 2016 I am excited for: Two key looks, the glam formal look with lots of full open blooms in soft shades, and the loose rustic look (the new vintage), which features lots of texture and varying colours for a laid back fun day.

Contact: janice@theflowerstudio.plus.com / tel: 07884 180098

Local wedding florists favourites I The Promise NI

Designer: Jude at Floral Temptations, Omagh

Jude’s favourite: This bouquet of South african proteas stands out as a favourite as its been so so different to my other bouquets which have trended on the vintage themes and traditional themes. The bride was South African and we added Irish heather to it to represent the local groom. Part of theme included baskets of berries which guests threw at the bride and groom as sign of fertility.

Designs I will be creating this year: I’ll be using a lot of teal with flowers in this vibrant colour. Pastel pinks and lilacs are still very much on trend too as is gyp bouquets.

Contact: jude.kempston@hotmail.com / tel: 028 8225 0505

Local wedding florists favourites I The Promise NI

Designer: Jil at The Stables Flower Co, Coleraine

Jil’s favourite: My all time favourite wedding flower is Stephanotis. It has an incredible fragrance, its notoriously difficult to work with but so pure and beautiful looking, this bouquet was a marathon of construction!

Trends I am most excited about in 2016: Installations! Hanging installations like beams and floral chandeliers, freestanding installations like arbours and flower walls! Another exciting trend is the brides new awareness to luxury wedding flowers. We see that more of the budget is being allocated to flowers so more top end budget designs filled with lush full flower heads and luxurious foliages are being requested. Brides all want their weddings to look like it could be on a stylish wedding blog and they see the flowers can do that!

Contact: thestablesflowercompany@gmail.com / tel: 028 7035 7109

Designer: Victoria at Tortraits Floral Design, Portglenone

Victoria’s favourite: This floral crown really stands out in my memory as it was very unique to the bride and captured the brief she gave me in which lots of foliage was to be used with accents of flowers. The crown completely complemented the style of her dress, sculpting her head – it was simple yet so very eye-catching – what made it even more special was that I d never met the bride before her wedding as she lived abroad so it was created from images and a few measurements yet it fit perfectly! The design uses several foliages – namely danae & seeded eucalyptus with accents of delicate ivory rose buds and lisianthus flowers.

In 2016 I am loving: The continued enthusiasm for freestyle/unstructured designs especially in terms of bridal bouquets. The popularity of floral arches and hair flowers is also exciting – as a florist I naturally believe that flowers are an integral part of any wedding, they bring personality and warmth – the more they feature the better! In terms of colours, we are once again polarised between subtle ‘neutrals’ and bold colours – I enjoy working within any colour palate, blending tints and tones to create unique floral designs.

Contact: tortraits@btinternet.com / tel: 07775 744906

Local wedding florists favourites I The Promise NI

Image: Clay

Designer: Gillian at Flowers By Mee, County Down

Gillian’s favourite: Relaxed, informal bride’s bouquet using deep burgundy carnations, rose hips, alstroemeria, eucalyptus and greenery. This is one of my favourite bouquets because of its relaxed feel, it’s simple and natural in styling and structure. I definitely was drawing inspiration from a wild garden for this look..bringing the outside in!

In 2016: There is lots to look forward to! I think with floral wedding designs its really about telling a story, I really love bringing personality into the designs, it makes for a more effective overall look. I’m obsessed with all things geometric, copper and glitter….. offset these with more natural floral designs, whites and greens – it’s a real wow factor. Very excited to be creating lots of cascading floralscapes this year too, a big feature of creative space styling!

Contact: gillian@flowersbymee.com / tel: 07753 123669

 

Thanks for taking part ladies! The featured image is from our contemporary and colourful photo shoot, with flowers from The Stables Flower Co and photos by Photography by Marc Lawson. It’s well worth a look if you love colour! Just head, here