Book Review – Vintage Wedding Flowers by Vic Brotherson

WP_20140412_003I have to say that this book is beautiful, I squealed and cooed over every page when it arrived yesterday. It has stunning photographs by Catherine Gratwicke, of Vic’s highly inspirational designs, along with amazing wording  that really sums up the different types of vintage wedding flowers available. The book covers bouquets, buttonholes, table settings, headdresses and lots more floral creations.


Most of the designs use the traditional English flower varieties that we grow here on the farm. Flowers like sweetpeas, cornflowers, larkspur, ammi majus, dahlias, roses, cosmos, astrantia and herbs are all used throughout the book.

It is divided into six different themed chapters, each showing bouquets, table flowers and other designs that fit with the theme. The last chapter has detailed  step by step instructions to make a number of designs including a hand-tied bouquet, wired buttonhole, pomander and hair garland.


The book explains how important flowers are to a wedding day, and how they can be incredibly personal to the bride and groom and their families. “Everyone has wonderful stories that can woven into the day through the flowers, creating a modern interpretation of a very ancient ritual.”


I would say that this book is an absolute must have for brides looking for vintage inspiration, British flower growers, and wedding florists.




Flower Photography

Last week, I went on a one day flower photography course at a wonderful plant nursery in rural Cheshire called Bluebell cottage gardens and nursery run by an energetic and highly enthusiastic plants woman called Sue Beesley. The course was held in her charming shed, come tea room, by the talented local photographer, Jane Burkinshaw of picture it big.
There was just four of us on the course and we all had a truly wonderful day. I was certainly more of an amateur photographer than most of those on the course, and I really did learn an enormous amount.
The morning of the course concentrated on the theory of photographing flowers and how to set up your SLR camera correctly, Jane’s way of presenting was really interesting and terms used, were described in an easy to understand way. After a really delicious lunch provided by Sue, we went outside to use our own cameras, and snap away in Sues stunning garden.
Here are some of the pictures I took.





The course ran from 10am until 4pm and cost £52 for RHS members, slightly more for non-members and that included lunch, it was great value in my opinion.
If you fancy taking this course yourself, there are a couple more dates this summer, for more details take a look at Sue’s website