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!
As a florist in Holborn for the past 32 years, I have seen many changes. The home of Stems has always been in Sicilian Avenue.
Central St. Martin’s School of Art and Design, www.arts.ac.uk was opposite my shop in Sicilian Avenue, and Victoria House was The Liverpool Victoria.
So when they both moved out, it felt very empty. Other insurance companies and Building Societies slowly moved out of the area. Then the first www.Metrobank.co.uk opened
Central St. Martin’s is now full of small TV and production companies. Victoria House has several companies, but also the fabulous Bloomsbury Ballroom in the basement – home of the London Cabaret Club www.thelondoncabaretclub.com. In the old Prudential building, we now have the fabulous Rosewood Hotel , www.rosewoodhotels.com
We have the lovely academic buildings of Bloomsbury, and of course, The British Museum. Lincoln’s Inn Fields is the home of The Sir John Soane Museum – a hidden treasure.
We are in Sicilian Avenue itself, with its beautiful towers and turrets.
Holborn is neither the City, nor the West End proper. It is its own little oasis in the centre of the two parts. At weekends, it is full of tourists, visiting The British Museum.
If you want to send flowers, come and visit us, or call us on 07932 052411. You can also order online.
We keep a beautiful stock of flowers in Holborn, and specialise in speedy same day delivery in the local areas of Holborn, Bloomsbury, Covent Garden, the City and the West End.
It always amazes me how different colours of the flowers look in the changing seasons – orange roses become almost luminous in autumn, the pinks don’t look as soft as in summer, the browns and golds match the falling leaves of nature and the golden, autumn sunshine.
We’ve had the usual run of interesting customers lately, including a lady whose wedding flowers we supplied in the early 99’s! She hadn’t been back since, and was delighted to find us still in Sicilian Avenue after all these years.
Then there was the guy secretly in love with a girl at work, a bouquet for a film set, plus birthday bouquets, thank you bouquets and new baby gifts.
Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t like the Christmas window display to go in too early. But I suppose it’s about time, with Christmas office parties starting at the beginning of December.
Holly, mistletoe, blue pine, cones and cinnamon smells so good. We like to keep our displays as natural as possible. Luckily, blue pine, ilex and cones are very log-lasting, so you can buy well before Christmas.
We are very excited to be appearing at The Chelsea Flower Show next year, and we’re busy designing a beautiful Shakespeare garden for our booth, which is for Gerit Quealy’s amazing book, Botanical Shakespeare. It covers all the plants, trees, herba and flowers in Shakespeare’s works.
If you need to send flowers in Holborn and surrounding areas, do give us a call on 020 7831 6776 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have an online shop for your convenience. You can call if you’d like to discuss your requirements. We supply flowers for weddings and corporate events.