Haversham’s Halloween Horror

Thinking about flowers for Halloween events, if you want to something a bit less obvious than cut out pumpkins and witches hats, here’s an alternative we’ll be championing.

Its draws inspiration from Dickens’ Great Expectations. After being jilted at the altar, Miss Haversham stops all the clocks in her grand mansion and remains in her wedding dress, sat at her the decaying wedding breakfast table for eternity. There’s something gruesomely glamorous (think more Gillian Anderson than Helena Bonham Carter) and beautiful about the fading opulence as the flowers die and the room gathers cobwebs.

You could get the effect by using dried, vintage roses in delicate faded pinks and lilacs in beautiful crystal vases. A cobweb effect is easy to create using either spray cobwebs or actually netting that you can buy from a craftshop. Then all it needs is a big sprinkle of dust to create the impression that it hasn’t been touched for years. Fire ashes  through a fine mesh sieve work a treat.

A TBR Exclusive hand-wired bouquet

We’ve had a couple of weddings in the last few weeks and we wanted to share this exclusive TBR Floral Design bouquet with you. It’s a hand-wired, tear-shaped bouquet – very traditional – and these types of bouquet are having a real renaissance at the moment.

But they don’t come cheap! Every flower and piece of foliage is hand-wired to the base, so they are very labour intensive. Our bride had a white and green theme; we used freesias, roses, spray roses, lizzies, boulvardia, buried ivy, chinchiringa and soft russcus, frosted with plenty of crystal diamantes to really make it sparkle.

Some of these flowers have particularly symbolic meanings for weddings. For example:

• Freesia – innocence and trust

• Boulvardia – enthusiasm

• Rose – love and beauty

This tear-shaped bouquet took five hours to arrange and complete. It’s actually just the mock up for our lovely bride who wanted to check that it lived up to her dreams. It blew her away!