5 facts about coral charm peonies

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any of my weddings, and with lots of consultations coming up and final meetings with brides who are getting married this year, I thought I would take this opportunity to chat flowers.

Coral charm peonies are definitely one of my most requested flowers during the summer months. They’re so big, blousy and romantic; you can’t blame brides for falling in love with them. They can be a bit fickle though – sometimes they don’t open in time and sometimes they open too quickly. In fact I’ve been known to make a last minute dash to the supermarket to buy pop socks to keep the petals closed for a little bit longer!

As they are such popular blooms I thought I’d share a few interesting facts, in case you’re considering them for your big day.

Bridal bouquet with coral charm peonies, quicksand roses, rose flower and eucalyptus

Bridal bouquet with Coral Charm Peonies
Photography by Emotive Imagery

Peonies are not available all year round. They actually have one of the shorter seasons and are at their best in May and June. I’ve been known to get them at the end of april and even in late July – but that is a bit of a gamble. If you have your heart set on coral charm peonies I’d say choose May or June for your wedding day.

Go big or go home
Coral Charm peonies are big flowers so if you’re dream bouquet is delicate and petite I’d say that a smaller rose would be a better option. These are statement flowers, definitely not wall flowers and create a beautiful voluptuous bouquet.

Coral or peach?
Coral charm peonies change colour as they age. When they first open they are a vibrant coral but as they age they gradually fade to the palest peach. They are truly beautiful but the colour change is something to consider if you’re after a super bright coral flower to go with a colour scheme.

Not so scent-sational
The coral charm peony doesn’t really have much of a scent so if you want a beautifully fragrant wedding bouquet this might not be your first choice. In fact the only peony which does hold a scent is the white one – which incidentally smells gorgeous. That said the white peony is even more fickle that the coral, pale pink or purple – I have known them to open a good two weeks after the date I was hoping  they’d open!

Spendy blooms
They aren’t a cheap option. Given all of the above you can expect to pay a little more for this flower. Your wedding florist needs to be able to guarantee that those chosen for your bouquet are open, but not too much, coral, but not faded. It means they will need to purchase a larger quantity than they actually need to allow for any which don’t fully open in time for your wedding, and to also ensure that any over enthusiastic ones are reserved for another role within the wedding. They’re so big and blousy that only the very very best make the final cut for the bridal bouquet.

I hope you’ve found these tips useful, please free to share if you anybody who’s getting married, or even just fancies a bouquet of beautiful peonies. They’re definitely one of my favourites and I can’t wait for the first batch to arrive in Spring.


It’s been a while

It really has been a while since I last posted. This was not intentional however summer was busy for me with an influx of weddings and also some very exciting news. If you follow me on Instagram you will have spotted that I am having a baby. It was wonderful and very long awaited news so I’m sure you’ll forgive me for being a little more quiet than usual. Once baby arrives I will tell you a little more about the trials and tribulations along the way, however for now I am basking in the delight of expecting our first child. He or she is due in January so Christmas will be particularly special for us this year.

Alliums, thistles, Jana roses, Cotswold wedding flowers

A collection of autumnal hues

As the year starts to come to a close I have begun to recap on some of the exciting weddings I have been lucky enough to have been involved with this during 2016. On Friday I will be heading over to Stow on the Wold to deliver Laura’s wedding flowers for her wedding at Hyde Barn. Laura came to see me earlier in the year and I have been very excited to prepare all of her deliciously rich wintery colours for her beautiful wedding to John. I met Laura when I was working in marketing so it feels quite special to be creating her wedding flowers.

The Cotswolds is a beautiful location for a wedding and many of the weddings that I create flowers for tend to be in this area. There are lots of beautiful venues and of course the scenery is quite spectacular too. If you’re thinking of getting married in the area let me know if you’d like me to write a post with some of my recommended venues. There’s something for everyone and I’ve been lucky enough to do a fair few weddings in the area during 2016.

Here’s a few photos I took of the flowers for lovely Laura’s beautiful Cotswold wedding at Hyde Barn:




A valentines bouquet and other flowery tales

As you know I spend lots of my time working with flowers.

We recently moved house so I haven’t had a workshop or proper space to work in since November last year. In fact you could quite often find me balancing flowers on top of wheelie bins – I’m not even joking. Thankfully I now have a lovely little space to work in. It has plenty of shelves, a nice tall table and a cute little window too. What more could I ask for?

Red grand prix roses

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A wedding garland

When my best friend announced she was getting married I knew it was going to be one hell of a shindig. The kind that oozes style and glamour.

The big day itself was months in the planning. We enjoyed day trips to London to pick shoes and accessories. We had numerous afternoon tea sessions to discuss the finer details of the day. We took road trips to see her wedding dress – a total masterpiece of a gown, and we sat up chatting until late into the night discussing the big day.

She gave me the ultimate honour of being her chief bridesmaid so I always knew I wanted to give her a really special wedding gift.

Country wedding flowers

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