A beauty called, Iris

With striking uniqueness and beauty, irises have rich meanings and they can convey deep sentiments.

With over 200 varieties in a wide spectrum of colours, the iris, which fittingly takes its name from the Greek word for ‘rainbow’, can be found in virtually every corner of the world, growing both naturally and horticulturally. While garden irises can come in any of these many varieties, the flower’s cut versions are mostly blue (the most popular type), white, and yellow.

The iris’s history is rich. It goes back to Ancient Greek times when the Greek Goddess Iris, who was the messenger of the gods and the embodiment of the rainbow, acted as the link between heaven and earth. Irises in purple were planted over the graves of women. This way, the Goddess Iris would accompany the departed in their afterlife journey.

Ancient Egyptian kings marveled in the iris’s exotic nature and illustrations have been found of the flower in a number of Egyptian palaces.

 

During the Middle Ages, the meaning of the iris became linked to the French monarchy, and the Fleur-de-lis eventually became the recognised national symbol of France. From their earliest years, irises were used to make perfume and as a medicinal remedy.

Today, they are primarily seen in gardens, in bouquets, and in the wild all over the world. There are some gorgeous names for the different variants of iris.

Amazing Grace, Mystic Dragon, Evening Drama, Queen of Angels, Uncle Charlie, Blonde Bearded Lady, Vision in Pink, Last Hurrah, Starlight Express,

Throughout its intricate history, the significance of the iris has come to include faith, hope and wisdom. Depending on factors such as colour and region, irises may bear additional meanings as well. In some parts of the world, the dark blue or purple iris can denote royalty, whereas the yellow iris can be a symbol of passion. Irises may also express courage and admiration.

Making the perfect Easter floral arrangement

Just in time for the chocolate bunny season, we pulled together a few ways to make the perfect Easter floral arrangement for your home.

When it comes to designing the perfect arrangement during a holiday, your options are endless. Based on your tastes and preferences, we can show you a few ways to create the most beautiful focal point for a meal.

  1. Choose a fabulous base for your design. The base can be almost anything, from a pot no longer used, a vase, a glass jar, a wooden pot, through to a deep kitchen bowl.
  2. Once you decide on the base you like then you can start thinking about decorating it. If the base is transparent then you can fill it with either small coloured eggs (fake of course) or with some special hydrating gel crystals.
  3. Finally, once you have finished, you can choose any flowers that complement your home. Place them in the decorated flower pot and then find a beautiful spot in the house, preferably the living room or the dining room, to decorate them. Try not to fill the house with too many flowers as this may not be aesthetically pleasing. Use the flowers to bring a beautiful and passionate atmosphere to your home. We love (narcissus) daffodils and lilies at Easter. Add to the whole look with black, orange and brown branches. A few glitter gold ferns can really bring out that Easter feel.

Something extra?

  1. Rosy Posy

Ideal for retro and vintage decor. Use white and pink roses mixed with ferns, rosemary and mint. These look best in pink or green pots.

2.  The easter mantlepiece

Opt for an earthy look this year, using moss, butterflies and dragonflies. You can create a stunning miniature wreath for the centre of the mantlepiece. Add lilies and narcissus in any colour (and who could say no to a couple of candles?

Tulips, mimosas, gladioli and cherry blossoms are some of the ones we use for our installations. Yellows and purple/pink colours really bring out that Easter, warm feeling in your interiors.

 

The perfect flower on Mother’s Day

There’s always a flower to put a smile on your mother’s face.

On the day when all mothers are celebrated, choose a flower as a sign of appreciation, respect and love. There’s much more to flowers than petals; for years they have been representing emotions and attributes. So follow these tips that we’ve put together for you and choose the right bouquet for them.

For beauty

Choose flowers that mirror exquisiteness: violets, magnolias, camellias, lilies, heathers and the queen of flowers, the orchid.

For tenderness

Beautify the day with catfishes, azaleas, poppies, yellow flowers and, for a little luck, bells of Ireland.

Strength and bravery

Proteas, bourgeois and daffodils, to which you can add laurel or oak leaves.

For wisdom

Honour her motherly care with honeysuckle, ferns, orange blossoms, fennel and pink carnations, as pink is the color of maternity and maternal love.

Joy and bliss

Show her love with calendula and sunflowers.


A flower for every attribute

Hyacinths (devotion), narcissus (respect), angelic (inspiration) and violet (modesty).

Add some plum and lemon blossoms, blue salvia and wildflowers to the composition, because the essential message that comes from your heart to your mother on this special day is “I love you” and “thank you”.

TBR’s suggestion:

Pastel colours on Mother’s day are the way to go.

Pale pink, Lilac, Pale yellow, White, Shades of green, Dusky pink

Which flowers?

Roses (all colours in pastel), Lilac flower, Peonies, Hydrangeas, Tuber rose, Lily of the valley

Intern with TBR Floral Design

If you are looking for a career in the Floral Design world, then this could be the ideal place for you.
TBR Floral Design Studio is seeking an enthusiastic individual to join our team and learn everything they need to know about becoming a high-end Floral Designer.
We have a vast list of clientele and our studio provides a lot of material on which you can build your career.
Our goal is to give our clients a stunning and unique visual experience, regardless of the type of event.
We are now opening our doors to applicants who want to learn the skills to become a floral designer and are looking for a solid start to kick off their career.
We seek energetic, fun and responsible individuals with an eye for aesthetics and design. Whether you’re a floral school graduate or simply feel that this is the right path for you, we will help you learn everything from concept to design to installation, as well as immerse you in the behind the scenes of flower markets, show you the reality of being a high end floral designer and teach you about aesthetics and administrative tasks.
It’s essential that the ideal candidate should know how to deal with unexpected situations and take appropriate action if something changes with client and venue needs.
This internship might be demanding at times, but you will be left with a complete understanding of designing installations for corporate events, weddings and many other kinds of events, including many celebrity focused events.
Responsibilities:
Preparing supplies
Floral Processing
Identifying floral quantity for each event
Budgets, wedding consultations and timings
Assisting with floral processing
Assisting in floral building and designing (bouquets, garlands and centrepieces)
Installation design
Assisting with deliveries and setups
Details:
8-16 hours a week for 3 months
Unpaid
Certificate of completion will be given as well as references if successfully completed
Location: Based in Beckenham but also various locations around the UK.

5 tips to consider when having an outdoor wedding marquee

No, it’s not just a cover for the sun. There’s so much more to it, and sometimes, if the job’s not done properly, you’ll end up ruining your entire event.

What do I mean?

1. If you have a high display, make sure the ground is sturdy with no little hills to ruin the balance. It’s always best to have a wooden flooring if you want to use high displays as it will diminish the risk of the flower display toppling to the ground.

2. In the summer season, marquees should have more than one side open. Regardless of the flowers you’re going to have on your wedding day, the heat can wilt them unless you make them more resilient to it by giving them lots of air.

3. The access to the marquee when installing flowers can be tricky. Make sure you consult your wedding organiser on the whereabouts of the marquee to decrease the time of installation. Bad organisation can lead to stress and a less than perfect result.

4. Candlelight should be concealed because of the wind as there’s nothing worse than a dark wedding table at night. You could opt for lanterns as they won’t cause a fire risk if the marquee has a low ceiling. This way you are creating an elegant and cosy outdoor feeling.

5. There are height restrictions when having a marquee. Some brides love grand, lush flowers displayed on different levels without taking into consideration the pitch of the roof of a marquee. Always check marquee height measurements before going to visit your floral designer.

Feeling inspired?

Take a look at some of our top outdoor marquee displays.

 

What were the biggest highlights of 2017?

We keep moments like the following close to our hearts. We absolutely love working on various events and for different purposes as they give us a chance to explore a variety of design and creation and to take the entire concept to a whole new level.

This year, we had the pleasure of working with the Royal Salute whiskey brand for the launch of the much anticipated polo edition. We installed at a beautiful location in Windsor, therefore we matched the beauty of the surroundings with pale pinks, lilacs and pearl blues. For the “step-up”, celebrities had the chance to be photographed surrounded by bespoke handmade arches, complimented by natural elements such as willow and bark.

Sony’s launch for the highly acclaimed Netflix series “The Crown” was complemented by a plethora of beautiful colours. Held at the St. Ermin’s hotel, the idea was to create a real banquet style scene (fit for a queen!). We dressed 5ft stainless steel candelabras in red and gold with the occasional burnt orange whilst using roses, hydrangeas and clematis. All tables were accompanied by candle light on three levels and in order to give it a more authentic look, we added mixed fruits set in gold bowls with single head flowers spilling over the table. Buckingham Palace would have been very proud.

For the first time ever, we had been given the chance to work with the Natural History Museum – a TBR goal for years. The autumnal theme that NHM had chosen was complemented with yellows, oranges, reds and browns, as well as a lot of roses and winter hydrangeas.

The venue at 2 Temple Place in Embankment was a wedding to remember. The couple wanted a more summery feeling, considering that it was an autumnal wedding, which is why we used blues and whites (a huge craze for 2017 weddings).

Fishmongers Company was also one of our top picks this year. With spring in mind, we had been commissioned to dress an event for HRH Princess Anne, using cherry blossom as the main colour. Creating another banquet style design, this event was dressed with some of the best silver taken from the Company’s vaults.

Flowering with the Stars (2017)

We are often given the chance to collaborate with some of the biggest names in the world of entertainment. A fantastic opportunity to showcase our creativity to the wider public and to put our stamp on something other than weddings and corporate events etc, and for that, we thank you for choosing TBR Floral Design.

This year has been tremendous. Apart from an increasing clientele, we were chosen to create bespoke settings for video clips, celebrity birthdays AND MUCH MORE.

Some of top picks this year?

A Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack video clip starring Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik. A shoot that took place at the Great Eastern Hotel, for which oranges, deep reds, burgundy, mustard and purples were used. The colour palette stood out with a splash of pure white.

 

For the Sam Smith single cover, the idea was to create a sort of dying flower display that maintained attractiveness. Therefore, we bought flowers a week and a half before the shoot and hung them upside down to air them.

Here’s Toby in action (talk about true commitment to his craft!)

Ronan Keating’s 40th birthday had a very elegant twist without using too many flowers. Each table was dressed with gold vases of white roses and hydrangeas. Candles were disbursed on different levels and were complemented with tea lights as well as twisted gold willow to create a very crisp look that still kept its masculinity.

Gordon Ramsay and Gino’s banquet was also one of our favourite installations this year. Read all about that by clicking here

Daisy & Brian’s spellbinding wedding

If Hogwarts isn’t for hire then there’s always a chance to turn the Natural History Museum into a magical venue for a wedding.

And this couple’s love for Harry Potter, as well as their passion for mesmerising finds birthed the inspiration to hold their wedding at one of London’s most striking locations.

Nearly Headless Nick may not have been floating amongst the guests but they revelled in the chance to get together and celebrate Daisy and Brian’s themed wedding on December 30th in magical elegance.

With the Harry Potter theme in mind, we used yellow, green and splashes of white and blue to create an atmospheric environment that resembled a scene straight out of Hogwarts. Collaborating with the wonderful Golborne Events and with 90 minutes to set up, we installed our handmade, bespoke trees as high displays, with hanging glass globes.

For our low displays we adorned birdcages with candles and self-contained flowers alongside candelabras, willow arches, tremendous plinth displays, lanterns and abundant candle light on the tables.

In addition, we used numerous bark vases and troughs for the top table.

It was an honour working with Golborne Events on this occasion. For a chance to have your dream wedding planned perfectly for you, why not give Golborne Event Planners a go?

 

When the clock strikes midnight…

We know where we’ll be on December 31st.

The Silver Fleet is one of the best ways to take in the beauty of a firework display on NYE. And this venue, just like its guests, should be dressed to the nines for a special day like this. Which is why we picked the best “outfit” for this floating gem on the Thames and dressed it up just in time.

This year we opted for a more neon theme, using natural elements such as (faux) eucalyptus, ivy and pine.

The rest of the boat was dressed in bespoke handmade wreaths and garlands.

During dinner, guests we’ll enjoy a mouth-watering menu whilst taking in the beauty of an elegant setting. To create a more Christmassy atmosphere, we’ve added white shiny glass vases accompanied by a mixture of willow, eucalyptus and pine.

We finished the look by adding white coloured baubles.

Ambiance and elegance for a memorable New Year’s eve.

Where will you be when the clocks strikes midnight?