#Cwtchfest2017 Spotlight: Best Buds By Samara

Hello everyone

On the run up to the awesome #Cwtchfest2017 at St Fagans National History Museum, we will be giving you a little glimpse into some of our incredible exhibitors who cannot wait to meet you!

Today, we have the gorgeous Best Buds by Samara…..

Cwtchfest2017 Spotlight

Best Buds By Samara

Best Buds by Samara is a wedding and event florist and was created in 2014. In a small space of time we have been lucky enough to work with some brilliant couples and help ‘Bring their vision to life’.

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We were a finalist at the National Wedding Awards 2016 for Best Florist which was a massive achievement for us and showed that our brides and grooms loved what we do. From day one you will liaise with me, Samara, I will be there to guide you, offer ideas, support your ideas (however crazy they may seem) and turn them in to reality15037128_1302716333083278_2768247434359136213_n

I don’t have a set floral style and have worked with a massive variation of couples, I work with you to make your flowers unique to you.12670692_1137915189563394_7872487041207106944_n I also have a large collection of hire items that you are more than welcome to use too which means you don’t have to use multiple suppliers, making it easier for you! I am not just here as a wedding florist, I know the wedding and event industry well and know lots of brilliant suppliers so am here to answer your questions and help! Don’t be daunted by planning your wedding trust us to ‘Bring your vision to life’!

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Colour Inspiration: Pistachio

Hello my lovelies. My chosen colour this time could be seen as a bit obscure. I have had a love for this colour ever since I bought bed sheets in my second year in uni in 1998. They just cheered me up no end, and made my room feel like a lovely place to be.  Which was just as well as it helped me get over the many hangovers (weekly), slugs on the carpet (almost daily – bleurgh), broken hearts (fortnightly) and occasional stranger asleep in the living room with a severe lack of hygiene (monthly). 

But putting aside some serious questions I should’ve been asking myself nearly 20 (20?! Holy hell!) years ago, I need to show you why this will just add that bit of gorgeous colour to your wedding you may be searching for….

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Colour Inspiration: Pistachio

Pistachio Hydrangeas 

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Oh blimey i do so love hydrangeas.  We had them all over the shop at our wedding, in fact my bridesmaids had just a bouquet made up of white hydrangeas. They are just so delicate and pretty, and the green in the them is just perfect to go with a pistachio.

Macarons
Pistachio Macarons (www.anediblemosaic.com)

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Before I even start to talk about how gorgeous these look, I need to tell you what they actually are.  Pistachio Macarons with Rose Buttercream!!! I mean, wow! Without even trying one, I can I pretty much guarantee I could eat about 70 of them.

Eating them aside, the combination of colours here are just delightful. Imagine a table full. Loads of trays, full of these gorgeous looking, delicious sounding delights!

Ok. Im back to eating them.

Pistachio Bridesmaid from Debenhams

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Pretty pretty prettiness! The drop of this is so lovely, as well as the neckline being so flattering.  This dress would suit pretty much anyone, but in this colour, its even more lovely.  Debenhams have this gorgeous dress by Debut for £99.

Pistachio Rose Cake

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Yes yes yes, I know I have already talked about cake, but this is a bigger cake, and who doesn’t love having two lots of cake!?  You can find the recipe for this wondrous looking cake on the Daily Mail website. Look how lovely its is!

Converse – Office

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Apart from the fact that these are awesome, more and more brides are opting for the casual converse look under their gorgeous gowns. There are many a reason behind this, but for me, it would be comfort (obvs) and to be able to dance dance dance until the wee hours without losing feeling in any of my toes. Office have these for £56.99.

Pistachio and Peach Shades Bouquet from Walnut and Willow

Pisachio and Peach Flwoers (Walnut and Willow)

Look at this most delicious looking floral arrangement! More flowers, I know, but the very clever Lola from Walnut and Willow has put together such a breathtaking arrangement here, with the most delightful mixture of colours (including the little pistachio elements), that I needed to show it off! And look how gorgeous the pistachio goes with peach! Just saying!

To sum up, what should, on paper, be a little bit of an odd choice of colour, when you see it in ‘bridal action’, I think you would agree the it really is such a delightful colour.  Not only does it make the most excellent colour for cheering up an otherwise depressing student accommodation bedroom, but this is surely a must for any wedding! x

 

Cwtch of the Week: A Mother and Daughter

I have a tendency to stalk Welsh photographers a little bit, so when I came across this gorgeous shot by Gareth Scanlon, I had to have it on the blog.  Its so lovely, its not just the gorgeousness of the little girl, its the look on her Mummy’s face, just contented joy.  Its so gentle yet full of that secure, safe and fierce love that a Mummy can give. I completely adore this. Over to Gareth to tell us a little bit about it….. Enjoy! 

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Cwtch of the Week: A Mother and Daughter

The Wedding was on the 13th May this year at Swansea Registrar of Births & Marriages at the Civic Centre Swansea.  The couples, Tom and Natasha and their little girl, Galah-Rae, where an absolute dream to photograph. It was an absolutely beautiful day with beaming sunshine, so these photos were taken directly into the sun allowing the lovely warm tones to filter through the trees.  I’m absolutely thrilled the way it came out – just love the pastel tones!
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 Ahhhhhhhhhhh, just looking at this makes me feel peaceful.  Its just so pretty.
As a little added treat, Gareth wonderfully also sent the following image of Mother and daughter, which was just too lovely not to accompany this cwtch.
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Just wonderful. Thank you for sharing Gareth.  x

A North Wales styled shoot by Tony Fanning

Brides to be of North Wales… if you are looking for some inspiration from some local suppliers, then you are going to love this!

We are sharing a gorgeous styled shoot by Tony Fanning and a team of exceptional North Wales wedding professionals. Let’s hand you over to Tony to tell you all about it! There’s even some behind the scenes images for those interested in how a styled shoot works. Enjoy! ~ Maria x 

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North Wales Styled Shoot by Tony Fanning

A little while ago I brought together some of the best wedding suppliers in North Wales for a bit of a jolly, and to photograph two gorgeous ‘brides’ in the stunning location that is Caer Rhun HallNorth_Wales_bridal_shoot 1

I chose the end of April to do this shoot as we had the best chance of half decent weather. As it turned out it was the coldest it has been for ages. I cannot remember seeing models shivering quite so much. I really do have to thank them both for not throwing a diva strop and walking off.

I carefully chose the two models, Iwanted two different looks for the dresses I had chosen from Wedding Belles in Llanfair PG on Anglesey. I photographed Leanne’s wedding last year in Bryn Eisteddfod so I new I wanted her to be the ‘girl next door’ look the tea-length wedding dress. Jen was new to me but as soon as I saw a photo of her I new she would be perfect for the full length fitted wedding dress. Both of them absolutely rocked it!

Obviously we couldn’t do a shoot like this without immaculate hair and makeup. I asked Julia Nicholls Creative hair and Kay Evans make up artist along as I have worked with both of them before and I know their work is always amazing.North_Wales_bridal_shoot 5North_Wales_bridal_shoot 4

What do you need to finish off a bridal look? Flowers! I asked Sarah from Scent with love to come up with something and she certainly did not disappoint. We had a variety of bouquets to work with with, and always they were flawless.

We needed some behind the scenes video as well so Geoff from Tudno TV did his thing for us. You can check out his short video HERE.

Last but not least we had a visit from Nelly the vintage VW camper. Kindly bought along by Nelly-Weds. Nelly looked fantastic in the sunlight in front of Caer Rhun hall.

Thanks so much to all the suppliers who came along and contributed to this wonderful day. I can’t thank them enough.

I must not forget the very trusting ladies who were kind enough to lend me three pairs of Irregular Choice shoes for the shoot. I know girls like shoes, but it wasn’t until this shoot that I realised just how much girls LOVE their shoes. I knew it was a bit of an obsession but I was nicely warned to look after them with my life 

Here’s a roll of honour from the day.

Photography- Tony Fanning photography
Tony Fanning photography 01492 533869

Models- Leanne and Jennifer.
Hair- Julia Nicholls Creative Hair
Julia Nicholls 01248 353887

Make up- Kay Evans Makeup Artist
Kay Evans 07470022802

Dresses and accessories- Wedding Belles
Diane Roberts 01928 735688

Flowers- Scent with love
Sarah Hudson 01492 330105

Videographer- Tudno TV
Geoff Wiltshire 01492 862875

Venue- Caer Rhun Hall
Caer Rhun hall 01492 650012

VW camper- Nelly-weds

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Lush List Vendor: The Vintage Look by Hilary’s Floral Design

A couple of weeks ago we introduced yo to Charlotte from Hilary’s Floral Design, one of our fabulous LUSH LIST vendors. Charlotte is back this week to talk about vintage inspired florals for your wedding. 

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The Vintage Look

A popular trend for weddings this year is the shabby chic vintage look.

At Hilary’s Floral Design we have seen a big increase in the amount of our Brides asking us to create a shabby chic, vintage look this year for their wedding flowers, as this trend is hugely popular in all the bridal magazines, blogs and social media.

For most Brides, the vintage look involves lace, hessian, jam jars, bunting, wood slices and props, such as ladders, picture frames and bird cages.  All of which can be decorated with vintage styled flowers and foliages to finish off the look. 3.jpg

A Soft pastel colour palette is the main theme to the vintage look, and there are plenty of flowers to choose from when planning your vintage wedding day. Popular colour combinations are either soft peach, ivory and dove greys, or pale blush pinks, lilacs and creams,

Beautiful flowers such as Astrantia, Wax flower, Astilbe, Gypsophilia, Lisianthus, Spray roses, Peonies, Lavender, Stocks, Sweet Williams, Sweet Peas, Nigella, Roses to name but a few.

What’s the most popular choice for vintage table flowers?

The most popular choice amongst most of our Brides at Hilary’s Floral Design, is to have a collection of jam jars mounted on a wood slice. This is such a pretty look, as we always correspond the flower selection with the Bridal flowers, so that you have continuity from Bridal flowers through to Venue flowers. A popular choice is to also decorate the jars with lace, hessian or floral patterned ribbon. 2.jpg5.jpg

What flowers are best for my vintage bridal bouquet?

When it comes to creating a vintage styled bridal bouquet, you need to go for a loose and relaxed styled bouquet. A bouquet with a tight domed shape is too neat and not quite that shabby chic , vintage look. So we would suggest having a mix of flowers and foliages such as Ammi, wax flower, astilbe, roses or peonies, stocks, Scabious, clematis, eucalyptus, Skimmia, perhaps lavender, rosemary or Sweet peas, lots of different textures and depths of colour. You want the bouquet to be loose and informal, but not too loose that it turns into a wild meadow/ country styled bouquet. And the finishing touch would be to have the stems banded with lace or hessian ribbon, or perhaps a vintage broach or pins. 9.jpg 4.jpg7.jpg 6.jpg

Charlotte Cooke,

Hilary’s Floral Design

01873 853086

contact@hilarysflowers.co.uk