This is the latest news on what’s been happening at Stems!
Some of our Stems girls had a friend getting married on the beautiful Greek island of Kasos, and were asked to prepare all the floral displays.
They wanted to use the indigenous olive and bougainvillea, which is stunningly beautiful, and at its best right now. The bride also wanted ivory roses, lisianthus and gyp. We designed the bouquet in London, but without the bougainvillea, which doesn’t grow well in our more temperate climate.
The end result was a beautiful bouquet, tied to make it robust enough to withstand the heat, as well as being thrown by the bride to see who would be next in line to get married!
There was a large number of guests, all seated at long trestle tables adorned with mini olive trees and dotted with small vases of olive, bougainvillea, roses and gyp.
This was a truly romantic setting for a wedding, and the girls enjoyed the beautiful beaches and amazing scenery the island has to offer after the wedding.
We were asked to make a vase of ivory flowers for a presentation this week. The flowers were set off by the gorgeous phalaenopsis orchid. Flowers can certainly add a touch of elegance to a room.
This weekend marks the start of a new academic term, and our diary is filling up with requests for flowers from the many academic institutions that surround our shop on Sicilian Avenue, Holborn.
We look forward to the arrival of the autumn flowers, in beautiful shades of gold, orange and copper. It’s like the warmth of the golden, autumn sunsets.
A wedding flowers planner is a must for your special day. This will help your florist to give you the best advice, according to your preferences. Make an initial appointment with a florist to sketch out the wedding flower plan. It is then like a jigsaw, and you can add the finer details, like buttonhole numbers and final table number at a later date.
At Stems, we have supplied flowers for the tiniest weddings – the couple and two witnesses, to the grandest affairs at stunning venues. The main thing is, we give you exactly the right feel for your own special day.
We are based in Sicilian Avenue, Holborn, close to Gray’s Inn, The Inner Temple, Ely Place, St. Bride’s, St. Paul’s and St. Margaret’s Westminster Abbey, and have supplied wedding flowers at all these venues.
A church setting requires different flowers from a civil wedding venue, and we will share our expert knowledge with you to provide flowers that look fantastic in whatever your setting – we’ve even supplied flowers in the Aquarium at London Zoo, and are just about to do the Upper Concourse at St. Pancras station!
It can be overwhelming once you start to realise how much is involved in planning a wedding. I like the Pinterest wedding boards that can be shown to dressmakers, florists, cake makers and venues to give a feel of what you’re looking for. Inspiration can be taken from so many sources nowadays.
Once you’ve got all your suppliers in place, it’s a good idea to put them all in touch with each other. From our point of view, we can liaise with the venue and cake maker regarding timings on the day, and save you a lot of hard work. I often hear sighs of relief when I say I have spoken to these people, and we have a timetable in place.
This wedding flowers planner will help you make all the right choices.
BRIDAL BOUQUET first of all, make a collection of images of bouquets you love, using Pinterest , magazines and other social media sources. This is really helpful for your florist to gauge your personal taste and tell you if your choice is feasible for the time of year.
BRIDESMAIDS’ BOUQUETS This will, of course, be dictated by the colour you choose for the bridesmaids’ dresses. It’s best to have chosen them before arranging an appointment with your florist. Even any detail on the dresses can be picked out with the flowers, and you don’t want the flowers to detract from any detail.
HAIR FLOWERS can be in the form of a circlet, worn on the forehead or hairline, or as little floral clusters, dotted in the hair.
BUTTONHOLES The groom, best man/woman, ushers, parents and grandparents are normally included on this list. Think about tie and waistcoat colours, and match with the flowers
CORSAGES For the key women. Find out what they will be wearing, and choose appropriate colours. Some women prefer a wrist corsage,or a flower cluster in their hair.
THE CAR has a shelf at the back to place flowers on.
CHURCH OR WEDDING CEREMONY VENUE Two or more large pedestal displays to flank the bridal pair as they give their vows look lovely. Maybe some flowers around the door, or a display to soften the entrance. A floral display on the registration table looks lovely in photos of register signing. Large displays can then be moved and enjoyed during the reception.
WEDDING RECEPTION Your florist will need to know table shape and room layout. It’s handy to have the venue’s website to show images of the rooms. Give a contact name for the venue. The florist may well visit the venue. Apart from table displays for your guests and top table, you may wish to have the cake decorated with fresh flowers. Perhaps a banister lends itself to a garland.
THANK YOU BOUQUETS can be a lovely idea, given to people who have helped you to plan your special day during the speeches.
It is important to take the advice of a good florist. Some of the images you find may not be practical for your wedding. If you have a budget, let the florist help you use it in the best possible way.
Meadow flowers are very fashionable right now, but perhaps you would like something more traditional. You don’t have to be a fashion victim – think outside the box. This occasion will produce many images that will probably remain dear to you for years to come.
Our style at Stems of Holborn has been described as eclectic. We enjoy producing vintage bouquets, meadow bouquets, sculptural pieces – we enjoy the challenge of something different every time. You can make an appointment to come and discuss the possibilities for your wedding day with us. There is a danger that you start to think you must have what you’ve seen others are opting for in masses of social media images. But if you view it in the long term, just clear your mind and think what you really love – a colour, a type of flower, a colour combination, an atmosphere – like fairyland or Saturn!
We love to be surrounded by greenery. It is synonymous with serenity and good health. It provides us with oxygen. Green is a peaceful colour.
With so mich emphasis on cleaning up the environment, the spotlight is on adding more green to our lives. Plants not only feed oxygen to us, but they also remove toxins from the air.
I love to put the key in the door at the shop in the mornings, and see all my beautiful plants – succulents, cactuses, palms, ficus, dracaenas, ferns and philodendrons adorn the window and shelves.
So my top six are:
First place in houseplants has to be the spathphyllum, or peace lily, as it is commonly known. This is an amazing plant, with elegant, deep green, shiny leaves and white blooms. It can be kept moist, and it tolerates shade.
The spider plant. This is a robust plant that sprouts little baby plants in the air, easy to repot at this time of year. I have one hanging from my ceiling in the living room, and itt’a enormous.
philodendron scandens, with its heart – shaped leaves. Tall plants on moss poles are great for corners, and aren’t too wide. You can also have the trailing/creeping version
Cactus plants are fascinating! They are sculptural, and come in all shapes and sizes. They require good natural light and very little water I owned a collection of 24 cactus plants when I lived in Stockholm, and they flowered in July while I was on holiday, then shed the flowers all over the window ledge before I returned.
Succulents, including the crassula, (money plant), echeveria and of course, aloe vera. It’s a useful one to have on the kitchen window ledge in case of burns!
Stephanotis (jasminum). I love the scent of jasmine! You can train these plants to grow around a window. When they are not flowering, the beautiful leaves are enough
Wedding flowers are a joy to design! Such an important day, and we are the right people to help create the fairy-tale look for your flowers!
The softer tones are definitely popular at the moment. We love the vintage shades in bouquets, including the gorgeous Memory Lane roses. The introduction of clematis to the cut flower collection adds the wild look, as well as Green Bell, which looks like Shepherd’s purse, with its tiny, heart-shaped leaves.
Eucalyptus is the favoured foliage, keeping the look very gentle. Astilbe is wild and wispy, and the spring ranunculae look like little peonies.
We recommend going for either the palest peaches with soft green and white, or the vintage pinks. They both have a very gentle, serene look.
If you’re having rectangular dining tables for your wedding or event, little clusters of vases look fab, perhaps interspersed with candles.
Circular tables can have a ring of flowers, surrounding a storm lantern with a candle, or filled with flowers.
It’s a good idea to create a Pinterest board for your florist, which can show the feel you want for your day – dresses, venues, flowers you love….
We have been supplying wedding flowers for over thirty years, and have seen all the changing trends – and returning trends! The best thing about now is the vast selection of flowers there are to choose from. From big Colombian roses to the tiniest, snowflake rosebuds, from indigenous, English country garden blooms to exotic orchids fron the Far East.