New and old Dot and the Dandelion dried flower designs. Styles and photographed in the home of wallpaper artist Adam Calkin
Starting the wedding season with a beautiful spring wedding in the picturesque venue of Cornwell manor in the heart of the Cotswolds. Seasonal spring blooms including Ranunculus, Anemones, Muscari and Fritillaria. Using lots of greenery, to keep the flowers looking relaxed and wild, bringing a spring garden inside to the venue.
The dried flower cloud. Made from studio leftovers, including dried and bleached broom, pepper berries, dried honesty (from my friends garden) foraged (and then dried) grasses, strawflowers and other found items.
This January Dot and the dandelion dressed a Christening party. It was still close to Christmas so we wanted the flowers to have a subtle festive element. Foraging really impressive ivy and selecting some pale painted foliage from the wholesalers with some winter white flowers allowed the arrangements to have a seasonal quality to them,
The main focal points were the fireplace and the staircase, great areas in interiors to dress with flowers. They create such a great impact. The house has a dominant grey theme pithing it, so we used a lot of soft silver/green foliage such as olive and eucalyptus to compliment this.
I have been wanting to make a winter arrangement from things i have foraged for a while and finally this week i got round to it.
i wanted to make an arrangement based around one of my favourite characters in literature, Miss Havisham. I wanted to create a piece that could be placed in her fading wedding reception .
I went and foraged and found some foliage that worked well with each other. As its January, it was more of a challenge to find foliage that would work well in a floral arrangement. However some of my favourite pieces come out at this time of year, such as Catkins (Lambs tails) and old mans beard. They have such great texture and bring such alternative texture to an arrangement. They also look great on their own in interior spaces.
I added some dried hydrangeas to my foraged collection and also some reeds that i had dried earlier.
This was Dot and the Dandelion’s first proper Christmas and it was such a special one. I love making Christmas wreaths, they are one of my favourite things to make, i really enjoy foraging and selecting all the materials for a wreath.
I decided this year i wanted to have a theme to my wreath designs and decided to go with Tchaikovsky’s ballet ‘The Nutcracker’. I based my wreaths around some of the central characters of the ballet, the Nutcracker, Sugar Plum fairy, Mother ginger and the Snow queen. It was really fun working with these characters as floral themes and allowed me to use a wide range of colour and texture.
With Christmas comes exciting floral jobs and i got to display my wreaths in some really lovely spaces including London cafe 26 grains and some of my favourite spots in Bristol including Papersmiths, Pasta Ripiena and Full Court Press.
We have launched our online shop launch, which is very exciting! Dried flower bunches, hair garlands and dried confetti are now on sale.
The bunches named after Shakespeare’s female characters, were created to fit into variation of different styled homes. A more permanent decoration than fresh flowers, these bunches are able to have the ‘prettiness’ of flowers whilst also being a more long standing part of your interiors.
The hair garlands and confetti are a prefect addition to your wedding, the hair garlands, can be used for both bride and bridesmaid.
Buy now and keep forever!
Julian and Amy’s wedding was a favourite of mine. In late September they wanted lots of greenery with a few autumnal flowers. Their choices worked really well with the venue, Loft Studios, west London.
The rustic flowers worked really well with the industrial aesthetics. The ceremony room’s main focus was a hanging flower installation, which the couple married underneath. Made from lots of seasonal greenery including eucalyptus, wild thyme and asparagus fern the clouds flowers were reflected in bud vases decorating the windows and the pew ends.
Amy carried a bouquet made from late summer flowers including cosmos, dahlias and thistles.
I got to make a beautiful bespoke bouquet for a intimate wedding at the end of this July. Its really lovely when the opportunity arises to put all your focus on making one exquisite design that will be the floral focus of an event.
The bride wanted soft pastels with a twist, with a touch burgundy in it. As it was high summer we went with all the scents, combining David Austin pale pink roses with light peonies. Lucky for me i was staying at my parents at the time and was able to cut some Cotinus from the garden, along with andan everlasting sweet pea.
James and Nicola married this May in the beautiful setting of the Chew Magna, a picture perfect village just outside Bristol.
The couple had a traditional church service followed by a reception in the School rooms, located right next door to the church. The tables were laid for afternoon tea and decorated with pastel pom poms.
The flowers reflected the quaint theme, the bride wanted a pink base for her flowers with some whites. Being that the wedding was in late May, i had some of the best English blooms to choose from and i included Sweet peas, Peonies and Spirea (A favourite of mine).
Little froffy pink urns were placed on the tables. The couple also requested confetti, that i made from dried flowers.
Nick and Lydia chose the beautiful Sommerleyton Hall for their big day . The other wedding on the 19th May, the theme was green and white, allowing the flowers to blend well with the venue's winter garden room, an orangery covered with wall plants.
In the church the poles as you entered, were decorated with foliage to create impact. By the windows were little urns filled with greenery and a few wild natural flowers including early cows parsley (sheeps parsley)
The bride carried a trailing green and white bouquet, with Calla lilies (the brides favourite) and natural, seasonal blooms including Ammi, Orlaya and Aquilega to keep the bouquet looking wild and natural.
In the venue there were a variation of tables long tables and round. With the round tables, we created high arrangements made from Beech and May flower, much of which we could cut from the Suffolk countryside! On the long tables there were classic style urn arrangements, along with plants in planters, bringing height to the tables.
Poppy and Erick married this May in Belair House, Dulwich, London. The couple had a Mexican theme. They decided on bright colours for their flowers with lots of textures and strong oval shapes.
Using seasonal british blooms combined with some slightly more unusual flowers we created really bold table arrangements, capturing the colour and heat of Mexico.
As you entered the venue, installed was a bright garland with lots of coal peonies and proteas. This guided you up to the venue stairs, that were decorated with clusters of flowers with greenery in-between giving them a more natural feel.
In the ceremony room, simple dried simple pew ends were tied with bright ribbon, this worked really well with the white paper picado decorations.These were my favourite feature of the wedding!
Photos : My own and Alice Bing
Charlie and Freds winter wedding at the Ned, London. Winter whites with woodland features and pheasant feathers.
Parasol with chocolate cosmos, cappuccino roses, hypericum berries and Virginia creeper.
A September wedding in Kings Weston house, Bristol. Autumnal hues entwined with rose gold.
Some film images i have collected over the summer of my mums garden. A constant source of inspiration.
An arrangement made from my mums garden.