As you will know, stemgirl really loves working at Beauberry House in Dulwich. Many happy events there have been made even more gorgeous with Stem’s flowers! So it was a bit of a shock to find out that the venue had been sold and the team we know so well were moving out. I have to say that stemgirl was in a bit of a panic….
…..until I arrived and met Nick, the new General Manager, and found out that this is fabulous news for the venue itself and also for the community around it. Firstly, they have returned the house to its proper name – Belair House. Secondly, the building is being fully refurbished to breathe some life back into it’s bones. The restaurant, serving good, seasonal British food, will open throughout the week for lunch and dinner as well as brunch over the weekend and roasts on Sundays. And there’s going to be a rather lovely cocktail bar too.
And thirdly, fabulous weddings and parties will still be a really important part of life there.
So, all is well and the panic is over! And stemgirl is really looking forward to bringing some Stem Flowers magic to many more weddings and civil partnerships and parties there. Oh, and did I mention the cocktails?
Well, what a great (if exhausting) weekend Stem had at The UK Wedding Show! Once we’d negotiated the slightly mad roads around the ExCel Centre London, managing to get lost only a couple of times, we set up our stand with fabulous spring-time flowers and a collection of beautiful bouquets.
In planning the flowers we were going to use, we tried really hard to come up with a way of giving a good indication of Stem’s personality and creativity. We hoped to create a slightly whimsical, magical display and I think it worked!
Quirky accessories, cute little brightly coloured birds, loads of seasonal foliage and branches of blossom looked absolutely gorgeous next to the fragrant narcissi and hyancinths, tulips, anemones and feverfew. We even planted jewel coloured primulas in teacups, milk-jugs and sugar bowls.
Stem Flowers will be exhibiting at The UK Wedding Show at the ExCel Centre, London on 4 and 5 February. Come and say hello to us at Stand 116 where we’re working with Beauberry House (lovely venue), Shot by the Sheriff (photography) and SLRP (PA, lighting and event production). Our stand is called South Side, just to give a hint about where we’re all based! South London florists on a South London stand! I’ve got some complimentary tickets so make contact with me as soon as you can if you’d like one…..There won’t be many other florists there so I hope you’ll enjoy all the gorgeous seasonal flowers and foliage we’ll be using.
Wow! Professional photos of my flowers are on the wonderful Love My Dress blog after a really fun photo-shoot at Beauberry House. Wedding organiser Andri Benson brought together a group of fabulous South London women who are all in the wedding trade and we rocked the whole day. Pretty vintage flowers, romantic dresses, amazing cakes. And now one very proud stemgirl.
And here are some of the photos I took. Just so you can see the difference between my efforts and what a professional can do!
Well, I think there’s no denying it. Pink flowers are completely and utterly gorgeous. And pink peonies and roses are just about as good as it gets. For this summery wedding, Stem used an abundance of marshmallow pink ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ and lipstick pink ‘Dr. Fleming’ peonies throughout Beauberry House. Then there were the armfuls of delicate pink and fragrant ‘Sweet Avalanche’ roses and romantic, lacy ammi. Ooh, and tiny-leaved variegated ivy just to finish things off.
I love the simple groupings of flowers on the tables which were made a little more fancy with Stem’s posh silver-leaf votives! And the newly painted pink wall in the Entrance Hall was zingingly complemented with loads of peonies, roses and acid green molucella (that’s Bells of Ireland to you and me) in a grown-up not grannyish pedestal display. Little details, like the floating peony heads up the stairs with sparkling wire, make everything feel just a little more thought out and special. A stunning, beautiful, romantic, sexy collection of blooms!
In fact, it was bucketing down with rain for alot of Easter Saturday but Stem Flowers brought the gorgeous fragrance and uplifting colour of Spring inside with (English) sun-yellow narcissi, purpley-blue hyacinths, and old-lady’s-p0wder-puff-pink lisianthus.
Vases filled with Tete-a-Tete narcissi and yellow pansies not only made a simple but beautiful mantelpiece display but also provided plantable gifts for the guests to take home.
The White Room at Beauberry House was filled with prettiness and had the whimsical feel of Miss Marple’s local tea-room!