Carey's Flowers First Post

I am sure when the Carey Family open the doors to the flower shop in 1912 not one of them could even dream of computers, no less than the internet and blogging. However here we are today starting our first family blog.

We thought that perhaps giving out a family history would be a good place to start. From there we will move on to requested topics as well as ideas that come up along the way. We hope you enjoy Carey's Flowers bolg as much as you enjoy Carey's Flowers!

Pure's evening for Gorgeous Girls

This is the very "Lovely Jane" proprietor of “Pure Beauty” on St Albans Road, last night she hosted a wonderful evening of distraction, demonstration, libation and mastication.

We had a superb evening and it appeared that everyone who is anyone was there (Russell Brand & Jonathon Ross couldn’t make it due to un-foreseen circumstances, but apart from them) including Janet Fenton/Heald. We sipped Champagne, viewed the amazing new treatment rooms, watched Jane perform (and wished it was on us) an “Elemis Aroma Stone Therapy Massage

Sally was our official photographer for the evening, and I think she did a pretty fabulous job.
Then there was us, not quite as glamorous (or as young) as those beautiful Pure girls, I wondered if I was the demonstration equivalent of bringing your ugly friend along to make you look better! I had very cleverly forgotten my hairbrush, Sally and I had both locked out lipsticks etc in the boot of her car (Sally did manage to blag some from the “purists”) so this was my situation as the very first stunningly beautiful ladies arrived (“What did you expect doing a demonstration in a beauty therapy centre?” I hear you ask!).

This is me at work (Not the most flattering angle Sally!) making a textured piece I'd designed, to go on a low coffee table together with the lovely fragrant Elemis Spa Candle.

This is the completed design.

They also gave us a fantastic opportunity to buy the Elemis Christmas gift boxes, with lots of lovely incentives like free gift wrapping and complimentary treatments, Emma seemed to be non-stop helping people.

Jane’s lovely husband Matthew had prepared a sumptuous feast of delicate, desirable canapés.

Ella introduced us to the world of “Long Lashes” and launched this brand new semi permanent treatment.

This was my favourite creation of the evening, Jason had sawed (possibly another made up word but you know what I mean) up the pieces of Polyganum for me so that I could arrange the miniature pineapples, "Two Faces" roses and Germini in the tubes, they are a perfect shape and size for taper candles too.

Thankfully I was rescued by so many friendly faces, lots of my gorgeous brides and their lovely mums, thank you for being so encouraging!

The flower designs I created were designed to co-ordinate with the Elemis range, I did my homework, checked out the ingredients and used complimentary flowers.

This was my "Out of this world" design.
Everyone was given a lovely bag of goodies and a Café Germini when they went home, I’m sure everyone went home with lots of ideas for their Christmas wish list, I know I did.

Sara Kerr modelling for Sally whilst she got to grips with using the new camera, thanks for that Sara!
All of the lovely arrangements created last night are available to view and or purchase from Flower Design today.

Halloween Window

Jo & Rachel designed this window display, Black, Purple & Orange were their chosen colours.

Rachel with Jo's Wig on, Do Blondes have more fun?

Launch of Arrangement Competition...

Physalis Fire Cracker (Designed by Rachel)

In my lovely warm cosy office/bridal suite I have a low coffee table, on the said coffee table I have a flower arrangement delivered to me from downstairs for my pleasure and delectation, these exquisite little beauties give me inspiration, remind me of the season and give me a view of fresh flowers whilst I plough through the piles of paper work that land on my desk week after week.
Not only do these flowers pleasure me, they give enjoyment, happiness and delight to the lovely visitors I receive each day, I have noticed that certain designs obtain more compliments than others, so I have decided to give all of you blog readers the opportunity to comment, in fact you have the power to select a winner, the designer of the coffee table design recieving the most comments by Christmas will get a fabulous prize (As yet undecided but will keep you informed as and when I come up with something suitable, suggestions welcome).
So here is the first one, designed by our very own Ravishing Rachel....

Rebecca & Lee Parry, Wedding Day at Lytham Hall, 25th October 2008

The Bride and her party all left from The Rooms on Church Road, Jo & Jason thought that the calm, relaxed atmosphere was absolutely perfect for everyone, the decor is amazing too.

What a wonderful Autumnal Wedding Day, for Lee & Rebecca, their ceremony and wedding breakfast were both at the very elegant Lytham Hall.

This is Lee the Groom we made him a Boutonnière of a Hot Chocolate Cala lily, Black Baccara Rose and a cluster of lovely Rose Hips.

Kian above wore a simple Black Baccara Rose.

The ceremony arrangements framed the marriage beautifully, we used lots of autumnal foliages, Chocco Anthuriums, Naranga Roses, Mango Callas & Mistique Gerberas. Rebeccas wedding bouquet was a fabulous combination of texture, colour and fragrance, we included Green Cymbidium Orchids, Black Baccara Rose, Mango & Hot Chocolate Callas, Cafe Germini, fresh Rosemary & Eucalyptus, lots of Autumn leaves and fresh berries.

Elaine & Laura the two Bridesmaids looked beautiful and carried smaller versions of Rebecca's bouquet.

The Bride & Groom, Mr & Mrs Parry

The photographers for the day were from fotoamour, and I'm sure they'll have some briiliant shots of such a lovely day.

Fresh flowers on a very luscious chocolate cake.

Single Cafe Germini's for each guest. Rowleys did a wonderful job of the catering, everything always looks so delicious!

These lovely images were all taken by Jo, Jo & Jason managed all of the beautiful flowers at this wedding and did a wonderful job for Flower Design. (Jo celebrated her wedding to Jamie a few weeks ago at Lytham Hall, so she had a little trip down memory lane).

"Credit Crunch Santa" takes a second job

Santa visited Flower Design on Saturday, amazingly he was advertising The Lindum's Christmas Parties, even Santa has had to take a second job to help make ends meet! Watch this space for some fabulous offers for Flower Design Customers and Rowleys Christmas Party Nights!

Wedding Flower Planning for 2009 & 2010

Saturday, autumn/winter is upon us, what to wear? The decision is based largely around what has been ironed and what still fits, chestnut tweed skirt, cream polo neck, scarf Rebecca bought me last week from Camden (it had a strange smell so I doused it in Lime Basil & Mandarin).

I have about four Saturdays a year when I don’t have weddings, so we fill them with appointments to see new brides who can’t come in during the week, I really enjoy these meetings and it’s great to hear ideas, plans, hopes and dreams, meet new people and generally get very excited. Wedding flowers are very, very exciting and I love it when we get grooms in as well to share in the excitement.
So we set the scene, arranged lovely flowers, lit candles, put the heater on and made it all nice and cosy in the Flower Design Wedding Flowers Studio, I hope you all enjoyed…

This week I met some really wonderful people the beautifully outrageous Annetta and her bridesmaid Abby whose going for a largely green (environmentally friendly not colour green) wedding at Greystoke Castle & The Rheged Centre in Penrith, then there was Sarah and her mum now these two have very elegant taste, Lytham Hall a classic regency house was there choice for reception venue and Copp Church, this is a lovely Church just near Great Eccleston (The services I’ve sat in on there are really good), then another Sarah and her lovely mum came in to talk about a 2010 wedding at The Great Hall at Mains, this one promises to be a full on fairytale affair, lots of sparkle and candlelight, Romance and Roses.
My final appointment of the day was with a really great couple Bev & Howard, this wedding is at a castle in Scotland Comlongan Castle these two had some fabulous ideas and some of the best wedding guests, we’re really looking forward to seeing Mark & Isobel there (Mark was joint winner of our slightly secret groom of the year competition) hopefully Howard will make the grade for next years prestigious title!
All of these appointments were arranged ages ago and then last week we had a last minute booking for a wonderful wedding at Lytham Hall, so our newly married Jo took up the mantle and managed the Flower Design part of the day her lovely photos will be on tomorrows posting.

Rudding Park House Harrogate Wedding

Table Centre candelabras
The Thoughts and Inspiration behind the designs for Heidi & Chris Hopkins…

Heidi & Chris's Wedding day was all about elegance, understated opulence and traditional British values; this is shown in their choice of magical venue Rudding Park House in Harrogate, traditional cake maker Betty's of Harrogate and the elegance of Heidi's Alan Hannah, Thai silk gown, not to mention the table names taken from the Harry Connick jnr classic "Recipe for Making Love"

There was always going to be a surrounding sense of magic and enchantment, with secret jewels tucked deep into some of the blooms, Flower fairy bridesmaids carrying magic wands their wishes picked out in tiny jewels and fragrant buds. Some flickering candles in frosted glass and golden chocolate hearts for the table favours (From Betty's).

The cream and gold colour scheme is not only graceful and classy but is also suggestive of angelic freedom, charm and magic. In order to add to this feeling we wanted to use flowers and materials with magical qualities, such as fragrant herbs, dangly amaranthus, ivy, orchids, callas and a variety of diamantes and jewels. And there was just the slightest hint of fairy dust (A bit like the finish on the invitations).

Everything though was to be truly beautiful and elegant, nothing superficial. Truly independent flowers – beautiful in their own right; the swirls and curls of the rose, the elegant arch of the calla lily and the intense details of the orchids. We wanted everything to be subtle yet all the more beautiful because of the surroundings we recommended some high designs, candelabras on some of the dining tables and silver fruit bowls filled with gorgeous blooms on others, the golden glow of candlelight added to the ambience. The chairs were copvered by Creative Cover Hire who as always did a superb job.

The ceremony itself needed to be dressed in order to add enchantment to the proceedings the two placements of flowers on either side of the bride groom for any kind of marriage ceremony historically these are to represent the couples Guardian Angels, I thought as an angel collector Heidi might enjoy this imagery.

The staircase is wonderful and perfect for indoor photography on cold wet days.
Heidi was staying in one of the lovely rooms at Rudding Park, so we delivered her bouquet along with her bridesmaids quite early, we showed everyone how to carry and make the most of their bouquets.

The library is perfect for guests to gather before and after the ceremony.

Civil Ceremony dressed with fresh flowers
The pedestals looked so at home in this room.

The photographer for the day was Aggie McGuinness, we have a copy of the album filled with the most fantastic images, my piccies look slightly hopeless by comparison, but should you wish to see the professionals version of the day call into the shop and we'll happily show it to you.

The arrival of the groom and his party, Chris wore a Picasso Calla lily (Which matched perfectly with the image on the order of service) a sprig of fresh lily of the Valley and a small Cymbidium Orchid.

Chris's Mum wore a fabulous eppaulette corsage of White mini Calla lilies and Singapore Orchids.

The Groom's father wore a single Picasso Calla lily, whilst Chris's nephews wore Vendella Roses.

The Bride her Father & the Bridesmaids make there way to the ceremony room.

The ceremony was lovely, the room is so comfortable and perfect for a Civil Ceremony.

After the ceremony there was time for some photography.

The Bridesmaids looked beautiful and were kept warm with co-ordinating wraps.

Heidi's bouquet was in a very tradtionally English design, the colours were subtle but complimented the day perfectly.

Then some lovely fresh Rose Petal Confetti throwing

We bid our farewells ...
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