Bristol flower farm and florist. Pipley Flowers

Flower farmer and florist between Bristol and Bath. Wholesale flowers for florists, flower arranging workshops, growing workshops, weddings, funerals, events and sundry hire.

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Spring Wedding

In April I had the pleasure of flowering a wedding for a gorgeous couple at Homme House in Much Marcle, Herefordshire.

Roberta contacted me after seeing some work I had done in Vow Magazine and she was looking for a natural style of floristry, using lots of bright colour for her Spring wedding.

 Roberta’s bridal bouquet with scented spring flowers

Roberta’s bridal bouquet with scented spring flowers

I really loved Robbie’s bouquet which included beautiful ranunculus, tulips, freesias and anemones. Rather than the traditional domed bouquet we went for something assymetric with some flowers doing their own thing and softening the edges, giving a very natural look.

The bridesmaids had smaller bouquets to match the bride and the youngest had a simple crown of foliage which looked absolutely adorable on her.

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The family had booked the house for the weekend and we delivered the flowers the day before the wedding as they asked for lots of DIY buckets, giving them time to do their own table displays in the marquee. Many people go down this route now and we even run DIY wedding flower courses to teach you the techniques which will help you when doing your own flowers.

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No-one was left out at this wedding - even the dogs at the entrance had their own special collars with ribbon trails, making a very smart entrance for guests.

I loved working with Robbie on this wedding - she was such a relaxed bride and had great taste so from the initial enquiry I knew this one would be good!

If you are looking for flowers for your wedding I still have spaces available for 2019 and I can do everything for you, provide buckets of DIY stems, or do a mix of both like I did for Robbie. Please contact me now for more details.

Photography was provided by Joanna Nicole Photography www.joannanicolephotography.com

Vow Magazine Photoshoot

I've recently received images from this photoshoot I was involved with in April which is featured in the current edition of Vow Magazine.

Linda Thomas contacted me a few months ago after I worked with her last year and she was looking for flowers for this shoot focusing on some of her dresses. The brief was for an oversized bouquet with trail to the floor but she wanted the feel to be very natural and organic. The trail was to be loose and have lots of movement and colours to be green and white. 

This was quite different to any bouquet I had made before but I could tell it was my kind of thing and apparently Linda also felt I was the lady for the job.

The shoot took place in late April and I had a plan in mind of various flowers I wanted to use. Unfortunately things didn't quite go to plan as we were hit by a very late frost which destroyed many of the flowers and foliage I had planned to use a couple of days before the shoot.

What I was left with was a very limited selection and I normally like to have a few extra flowers as a fall back in case of breakages etc but in this case I ended up using pretty much everything. I was planning to use some lovely hops as part of the trail but this too was damaged by the frost and in this case I had to buy in some Jasmine plants to use in their place which also meant a bit more wiring than anticipated.

These are some of the struggles we have to get used to as growers but in the end I'm really happy with how the flowers turned out and I'm spoilt for choice with the images as there are so many gorgeous ones to choose from!


The TEAM (Instagram links provided)

Photography: @katy_mcdonnell_photography

Photography Assistant: @LindsayPerezPhotography

Dresses: @linda_eco_design

Hair and Make up: @ablemabeldesigns

Flowers: me! @pipleyflowers

Rings: @ecowoodrings

Shoes: @Po_zu

Models: @Tessa_gaukroger and @Damiewedemi

Real Wedding

It's a relatively quiet time of year for me right now and a good time to share with you a wedding I provided flowers for earlier this year.

Laura got in touch with me in early 2016 looking for flowers for her wedding in July, having been following me on Facebook for a few months. We had a couple of phone conversations and she sent me some photographs before our initial consultation, and straight away I got excited about her wedding as she had great taste in flowers and I could tell this would be a lovely one to do.

The only issue that came up early on was that Laura's favourite flowers, and ones which featured strongly in images she liked, were ranunculus and peonies, both of which were out of season in July. With that in mind we looked at options for flowers with a similar look which we could use instead, and garden roses fitted the bill.

In our initial consultation we came up with a good idea of what flowers and colours we would use along with styles and types of arrangements required. We then met again a couple of weeks before the wedding so Laura could see the flowers growing and we wandered around the flower farm, picking a selection of the ones we had in mind in order to come up with the final chosen ones!

I absolutely loved the finished arrangements and had some great feedback from Laura after the event.

If you are planning a wedding and would like to see what I can do for you please get in touch.

DIY Wedding Flowers – Things to consider

The costs of weddings have spiralled over the years and apparently the average spend is now a whopping £22,000! Recently more couples are looking at the option of buying buckets of flowers and arranging these themselves for their special day. Some will do this in an effort to reduce costs and others simply want to make their wedding more of a personal affair.

Arranging your own wedding flowers can be a hugely positive experience but there are potential pitfalls and things to consider before you embark on something that you might regret.

  • Arranging flowers is time consuming and takes practice

If you have arranged flowers before then you know it takes time to make something that looks really pretty. Even an experienced florist with the quickest fingers will want to give wedding flowers that extra bit of attention to make sure they look fantastic. It’s not something you can throw together in five minutes so make sure you think about how much time you need and then add some as a contingency. If you can enlist some help that’s great but be careful who you choose and if possible get some practice in with any helpers beforehand to make sure they cut the mustard!

If you’ve not arranged flowers before then have a go a few times before you decide whether this is for you. Many growers and florists will run workshops or one to one training if you ask.

  • Make lists and check your venues

This is obvious and should be done whether you use a florist or DIY but still worth mentioning. Make a list of all the flowers you need and think about your venues. If you are having flowers at the church can you reuse them at the reception? Ask the venues whether they will have anything already in place. You may find that you don’t need as much as you thought.

  • Plan your time

    I‘m touching on my first point here but this one is important!

    When will you be arranging your flowers? Find out if they are already conditioned and if not how much time will they need? Your arrangements don’t want to sit around for days before the wedding so make sure you plan your time and don’t leave other things to the last minute if at all possible. You don’t want to be up until the early hours fussing with flowers on the night before your special day!

  • Transport

    Will you arrange your flowers at the venue or will they need to be transported?  You might find it easier to make arrangements up on site. If this isn’t possible then plan who will deliver, when they will deliver, and ensure they have a vehicle large enough to move everything. I know someone who made up arrangements that would have fitted inside the car but didn’t go through the door as they were too wide – sounds like a silly thing to mention but these things happen!

  • Glassware

    Be organised with your glassware. The vases, jam jars and other vessels that you use will have a great effect on your arrangements so make sure you have what you need well in advance and get to practise with it.  If you are going to borrow glassware then make sure you’ve seen it beforehand so you can ensure it’s right for the area you want to use it in and the type and size of arrangement you want to create.

    If you need help with glassware then many florists and flower farmers who sell DIY flowers will have things you can hire.

     Bouquets, Corsages and Boutonnieres

  • Think carefully about the flowers you choose for these. Some flowers don’t cope well with being out of water all day and bear in mind that these arrangements get a lot of abuse so picking the right flowers will ensure that you don’t have droopy blooms in your wedding photos!

    Bouquets in need to be wrapped well to ensure they stay together, but not so well that the stems are snapped or crushed. If you’re not confident in this consider getting them done professionally and arranging the other flowers yourself. It’s a great compromise and will still give you the chance to add a personal touch and reduce costs.

If DIY wedding flowers are right for you there are lots of local growers like Pipley Flowers who can supply fresh British flowers. Whether we supply by the stem or arrange for you, your chosen florist or grower will want you to have something you love so get in touch with them and ask their advice if needed.

Whatever you decide to do I hope your flowers look fantastic and you have the wedding you dreamed of!

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