Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Simply Supplier Showcase: Blush Flowers...

What is company name?
Blush Bespoke Flowers

What is your line of business?
Floral Design

How and why the company begin?
Developed a passion for Floral Design over many years working for other companies and needed to bring my own talents alive!

Are you married? If so tell us a little about your wedding….
Yes. I was married on the 19th December 1992 – it was the most beautiful, freezing cold (glistening ground) but bright blue sky day. We had vinatge cars for transportation of ourselves and our Bridal party. The Bridesmaids' car broke down on the way to the Wedding Breakfast! Apart from that, the day was perfect – just wonderful (though a long time ago! It still makes me feel warm and happy when I think about the day). We are still married!!! and have two amazing teenage children.

Why do brides come to you?
             They find me through Google searches, venue and word-of-mouth recommendations – they always comment that they thought my photos from previous weddings are the attraction to contact me.

What is your favourite design and why?
Every wedding is unique and bespoke so don't have specific designs.

What is the most popular item you supply and why?
              I guess Roses are the most popular flower but lots of Brides do say they don't like roses too...
Where do you get your inspiration from?
             The Brides I meet – every one has their own dream and image of how they wish to portray themseleves on their most special of days – I just wave my magic wand and turn those dreams in to reality!!! :-)
What is in store for you in 2013/14
Vintage is still highly popluar – though there is more of a trend away from the 'loose hand-picked from the english country garden' in a relaxed village fete style towards a more 'glamorous vintage' ie incorporating lots of crystal type details.

Who would be your dream client, and what sort of design would you envisage for them?
             Anyone with a relaxed, happy, excited personalaity (the huge majority of our Brides) – anything they can dream of.

What would be your top tips for brides when searching for a supplier in your industry?
             Ensure you are seing examples of their work and not random pictures other people have created,  do not believe anyone who says they can 'do that for less' – quality, relaiblility, knowledge of flowers and what works well together and client recommendations/testimonials will all ensure you have can relax on you Big Day.

Also (and this applies to all suppliers) If they are boasting this award and that award, ask them how they entered these competitions and how they won them – there are too many 'awards' these days and most of them require the supplier to pay an entrance fee + they badger anyone and everyone to vote for them (as many times as they can) – it's all very transparent in the Wedding Industry, but how many Brides and Groom realise this goes on?

Tell us something super interesting about you or your business that we wouldn’t already know…?
Well, not sure about anything 'super intersting' but we have supplied flowers for Brides from all over the world – the internet / email / even social media such as Facebook and Twitter have made this possible and I also keep in touch with Brides for many years afterwards via Facebook – it's great!

Where are you based and where can you supply?
            Based north of Ripon, near to Bedale. Can supply anywhere but tends to be Yorkshire.

How can I get in touch to discuss my requirements or place an order?
Email: (that's the most reliable) or
Email is generally the best way to make an initial enquiry as I can respond when not working on wedding flowers.

Why do you like to work with Simply Bows and Chair Covers?
             Because the quality and fit of your chair covers is superior to others I have seen. I have worked with Alexandra Stead @SimplyHarrogate on a number of occasions – her attention to detail is exemplary and she is always so friendly, approachable and always willing to suggest different/unique colour options.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Simply Bows and Chair Covers Real Bride Andrea shares her big day with us....

What are your first names?

Andrea and Bruce

Where and when did you get engaged?

At home on Christmas day, the first Christmas in our new house.

What was your wedding date?

27th April 2013

Where did you get married?

St Michael's church Stanwix, Carlisle

Why did you choose your venue?

The marquee at The Garden at Eden, Crosby on Eden Golf course, Carlisle. We liked the fact that it was nice and spacious and that we could make it look how we wanted for our wedding. It has lovely gardens for pictures.


Did you have a “theme”?

Not really but lilies, hearts and doves played a big part in the wedding.

What was your wedding colour scheme?

Purple, sliver and ivory

Why did you choose Simply Bows and Chair Covers and what were they like to work with?

From the first phone call Kristy was really helpful. Looking through all of her pictures even helped us to choose our venue, as her work helps to transform rooms and make them look wonderful. Once we had chosen our venue, Kristy was great with ideas for colours and styles. She helped us lots with other wedding advice too, which was brilliant, as there's so much to do when planning a wedding. She was even able to help with decorating the church, be adding bows to pew ends. 

Kristy is really organised and efficient and nothing is too much trouble. She wants your wedding to be perfect and takes great pride in her work, which is really reassuring. The room looked amazing and all the guests commented on it. 

I also made bunting to decorated the room to complement Kristy's lovely sashes

What sort of dress did you choose and where from?

The brides dress was Adorae by Sottero and MidgleyFit and flare gown with sweetheart neckline and corset back, with swarovski beading details. The veil had a trimmed satin edge to match the dress and swarovski beads hand sewn on by the bride. Dress, veil and shoes were from Carol Roberts Couture Bridal. 

What did your bridesmaids wear?

My close friends were bridesmaids. Nicola Burnett (28) was chief bridesmaids. The others were Lisa McGuiggan (29), Michelle Evans (27) and Ruth McGowan (27) They wore purple Grecian style chiffon dresses.

The flower girl was Hanna Davidson, our neice and she wore a ivory satin and tulle dress which the bride customised with a chiffon belt and flower to match the bridesmaids. 

The bride hand made beaded bracelets for them all to wear.

Who was your photographer?

Mollie and Adele photography

What “special touches” did you add to your day?

i had made the neck ties and pockets squares in purple silk for the bridal party. i also hand stitched button holes in to the grooms bespoke suit. 

The invites, order of service, tables names, name cards, table plan and menus were all designed and made by the bride. The tables were named after lilies- the brides favourite flower. Pictures of lilies were hand drawn by the the chief bridesmaid- Nicola and I made them in to the table names.

I also made individual favours for all of the ladies. These included beaded earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, in hand made boxes. I wanted something for the guest to take away with them to remember the day by. The colours matched the wedding colour scheme. 

We released Doves to celebrate our new life together. This was a surprise to all the guests and a lovely touch to the day. 

We had a magician on the evening to entertain the guests, which people really enjoyed. 

What was your favourite part of the day?

Arriving at the church and seeing Bruce waiting for me at the alter smiling. 

 Where did you go on honeymoon?

Vegas, San Diego and New York. We got to see and do some amazing things, which we will remember forever. 

 What would be your top tip for another bride to be?

Try to be organised as soon as possible so you can relax on the run up to the big day and enjoy it instead of stressing. Enjoy every minute as it goes so quickly.