Helen & Michael Hint of Christmas Wedding by Sacha Miller

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I love Christmas! Who doesn’t! Just because you get married near Christmas doesn’t mean you it to be the main theme of the day. Helen and Michael did a brilliant job with their a hint of Christmas wedding without it … Continue reading

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. 



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


Lush List Vendor: Floral Fashion by Hilary’s Floral Design

Today we are joined by Charlotte, guest writer and RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medallist from one of our fabulous Lush List vendors: Hilary’s Floral Design. Charlotte will be writing a series of posts on floral fashion, beginning today with wearable florals. Take it away Charlotte!


Floral Fashion

Wearable fresh flowers by Hilary’s Floral Design

At Hilary’s Floral Design we have seen an increase over the last couple of years, in the amount of Brides and female guests who are attending a wedding and would like a bespoke floral accessory, such as a necklace or hat created in fresh flowers

This unique and bold statement of fashion, not only smells beautiful, but looks incredibly beautiful too.

How do I wear flowers as a Bride?

Flowers are more adaptable and versatile than most people realise, and can be used in so many ways other than within your bridal bouquet. Many of our brides like to accessorise their look with a floral crown or hair slide which corresponds with the flowers within the bouquet. Other brides like to step up their look and have a floral body adornment created, which can be worn throughout the wedding day. Floral crownBody adornment.jpg Back of body necklace

One of our favourite looks at the moment at Hilary’s Floral Design is the floral parasol, which replaces the traditional bridal bouquet. The floral parasol is so unique and memorable and attracts so much attention.

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I’m a guest at a wedding, what can I wear in fresh flowers?

A firm favourite amongst most guests and especially with our Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom who are attending a wedding, are our floral fascinators and floral hats.

Many Mothers of the Bride and  Groom love to bring in their fascinators into us and we then add  fresh flowers and accessories which creates a beautiful new look for the day.

Floral hats are also a popular choice and are unique pieces of floral fashion, which can finish off the overall look to your outfit for the day.

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How can I wear floral jewellery?

At Hilary’s Floral Design we would recommend the best wear to floral jewellery would be as a floral necklace, floral earrings or rings.

Floral necklaces are the most popular and easiest item to wear to a wedding, as you can simply pop the necklace on and forget about it for the rest of the day. All items of floral jewellery can be created to correspond with your outfit or accessories to match or compliment perfectly.

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What flowers are best to use?

We would always recommend Phalaenopsis, Cymbidium and Dendrobium orchids first, as they are fantastic at lasting and look amazing throughout the day. Other flowers which work well are Ornithagalum (which are a small white daisy shaped flower) Spray rose buds, craspedia, germini, astrantia, hypericum berries, viburnum berries, ranunculus to name but a few.

Any flower that has a relatively flat base, hard or firm exterior, of petals that retain moisture normally works well when creating floral items such as hats, fascinators or Jewellery items.


Standing out from the crowd

We all like to look our very best when attending a wedding, and what better way than to do this, than by having something made for you that is bespoke and uniquely made out of fresh flowers  by one of our very talented florists at Hilary’s Floral Design.

So if you are planning your wedding day or are attending a wedding day soon, pop in and see us soon.


Charlotte Cooke

of Hilary’s Floral Design

01873 853086



CWTCHFEST! Exhibitor Spotlight: Part 2

We’re back with three more fabulous Welsh wedding suppliers who will be joining us at Cwtchfest! The Grove, Hilary’s and Piece of Cake are here to introduce themselves to you, if you want to meet them in real life make sure you buy your tickets to Cwtchfest today!


The Grove

Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside, The Grove in Narberth is a truly enchanting setting for your wedding.


Surrounded by the tranquillity of our lawns, flower borders and meadows, with stunning views across the Preseli Hills, you are sure to have a day to remember. Our wonderful team deliver a genuine and friendly service which is tailor-made to your individual requirements. Specialising in delicious cuisine and fine wines, your first meal together as a married couple will be truly memorable. Our intimate restaurant rooms can cater for up to 80 guests for a sit-down meal, and up to 120 guests for an evening reception. The Grove is also licensed for civil ceremonies in a variety of our rooms for up to 120 guests. At The Grove, we aim to make you feel completely at home in this charming country house, which can be exclusively yours to create the most relaxing atmosphere for your special day.  1 MainHousewith Bluebells

We look forward to seeing you at Cwtchfest! On the day we will be showcasing our fabulous bespoke wedding packages, including brochures, sample menus and a portfolio of images from previous events. Mikaela our duty manager will be there in person to discuss any enquiries and organise viewings of The Grove for potential wedding couples.
We will be offering our Cwtchfest Brides a special 20% reduction on autumn and winter wedding packages for 2015!

Image by Owen Howells Photography

Image by Owen Howells Photography

Hilary’s Floral Design

Hilary’s Floral Design are leading floral stylists creating exceptional floral designs, for exceptional occasions. With our head office based in the beautiful market town of Abergavenny, we deliver weddings all over the country, as no wedding is too far for the team at HFD.


With our recent success as being crowned for the third year running Best Wedding Florist in Wales 2014 at the prestigious Welsh National Wedding Awards, and also Charlotte picking up a GOLD medal at RHS Chelsea flower show 2014, we are the very best at what we do. Creating beautiful and bespoke floristry for each and every occasion.

To book your free wedding consultation or to receive a wedding quote, please call 01873 853 086 or email one of the team at contact@hilarysflowers.co.uk

Piece of Cake

Hi, Rowanne here from Carmarthenshire based Piece of Cake Wales. At Piece of Cake Wales great pride is taken in designing and creating beautiful bespoke wedding cakes and quality toppers inspired by a couples ideas, styles and personalities.All cakes are freshly baked to order using only quality ingredients to ensure that they are as amazing on the inside as they are on the outside.

Looking forward to seeing you all at Cwtchfest, where you can try some tasty samples and have a chat about your dream cake (with competitive pricing guaranteed)!

Don’t forget:


Real Wedding: Charlotte & Ian’s Ibiza Themed Wedding by Maria Farrelly

Award winning florist Charlotte from Hilary’s Floral Design & her new husband Ian got married on September the 6th, 2014. Their day was photographed by our very own award winning Maria Farrelly Phototgraphy, Charlotte is here to tell us all about their gorgeous wedding day. Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly056Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly127

How would you describe your wedding theme? Ibiza, both Ian and myself love Ibiza, we got engaged there, we both had our stag and hen do’s there, we even went there for our honeymoon too, so we incorporated the vibrant colours into the flowers, and had sun glasses as our favours. Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly077 Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly079

What was your favourite part of your wedding? There were so many parts of my day I loved, but I think the best part for me was getting ready in the morning with all my bridesmaids and mum. It was a chilled and relaxed atmosphere, drinking champagne and having my make up and hair done. Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly002 Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly005 Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly009

Tell us about your Wedding Dress I found my perfect dress at All About Eve Bridal in Newport after trying on approx 30 different styles of dresses, it was completely different to what I thought I’d go for but it was perfect and I cant imagine having anything else. I had such an enjoyable experience, and wish I could do it all again. Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly057

Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why? I had four bridesmaids, Chrissie, Rachel, Jess and Michelle. Ian had four best men, he couldn’t choose so I told him to have all four, and it worked so well when it came to the speeches. Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly018 Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly027

Why did you choose your venue? We choose to have a marquee which was perfect as being an award winning florist I did all my flowers myself, so by having a marquee I could set it all up a couple of days in advance which made life a lot easier. Also this enabled me to have a bright pink floor. Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly073 Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly076 Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly086

How did the proposal happen?  We were on holiday in Ibiza. It was our last night on the island and we decided to go watch the sunset go down on the beach. After the sun went down Ian held out both of his hands clenched and asked me to choose a hand, I choose the left and he said ” you don’t want that hand, you want this hand”…..so he opened his right hand and inside was the ring. Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly047

What was your first dance & why? Our first dance was I need your Love by Calvin Harris ft Ellie Goulding, this was one of the songs we heard a lot whilst out in Ibiza. Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly135Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly138

In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently? No, I can honestly say that everything went to plan and was perfect. Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly059 Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly099 Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly128 Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly132

Do you have any advice for future couples? Try and remain as stress free as possible, don’t allow small details to upset you and concentrate on the most important thing which is that the only thing that matters is that you are marrying your best friend. Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly061 Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly119 Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly125

What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received? Never go to bed on a argument.

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding? I loved making plans for my own wedding flowers. I do it so often for other Brides on a daily basis that it was so nice to actually create wedding flowers for myself. I also really enjoyed making all my wedding stationery. Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly016 Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly031 Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly035Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly028 Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly068 Marquee_Wedding_Abergavenny_Maria_Farrelly122

The Suppliers

Photographer: Maria Farrelly Photography
Ceremony Venue: St Michaels Church, Llanvihangel Crucorney, Abergavenny
Reception Venue: Marquee in Llanwenarth, Abergavenny. Marquee by Monnow Marquees.
Bride’s Dress: All About Eve Bridal
Groom’s Outfit: Slaters
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Bank
Cake: Ian’s Cousin made it.
Flowers: Hilary’s Floral Design
Hair: Michelle @ Studio One
Make Up: Sophie Woodward Makeup & Hair
Band: The Kiltics
Stationery: Handmade
Caterers: Spiros
Transport: Henrietta Hire

The Wedding Album

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WOW! What a stunning wedding! If you want showstopping flowers like these then make sure you give Charlotte a call! And if you want gorgeous photographs like these then get in touch with Maria!