2013….Our Best Bits!

I apologise in advance for today’s self-indulgent post but in my defense, it is that time of the year for reflection, when you look back on all that has happened  over the past twelve months and oh my was 2013 a goodie! It’s hard to compile it all into one post so I have decided to share snippets of our ‘best bits’ (and I still feel I’m scratching the surface). I’m going to try my best to share these with you in chronological order (bare with me I am going back 12 months and sometimes its hard to remember what happened at the weekend!). First up is our first feature in Wedding Flowers and Accessories Magazine! My lovely Steve was so proud that he had the feature framed and it is now hanging in our hall way (such a sweet heart).

Our first feature in Wedding Flowers and Accessories Magazine! 

I love, love, love this magazine I buy it myself every month and as my couples know I often bring them along to our wedding consultations as a source of inspiration. So you can imagine my delight when I received an email from the magazines lifestyle editor (the lovely Cassie) asking if we would like our flowers featured in the July/August issue of the magazine!

Wedding Flowers & Accessories Magazine

Wedding Flowers & Accessories Magazine

Our flowers on pages 68 & 69

I was asked to create a bouquet, centre piece, button hole and another item of my choice (I decided on a floral wreath) using white flowers. The designs were made up of Roses, Ammi, Astilbe, Ranunculus, Astrantia, Bouvardia and Agapanthus. It was so surreal seeing the magazine on sale in my local WHSmith but a feeling I could get use to of course 😉

Scotney Castle Golden Glory Shoot….

Back in the summer we worked with the fab Creative Brides and an amazing team of suppliers; co-ordination: creative brides, styling: bellaboo and beau, photography: rebecca douglas photography, dresses: oh my honey, stationery lynda loves, cake: flossie pops cakery, hair: simply beautiful wedding hair, hair accessories: bespoke tiaras by sarah roberts, videography: three little pixels, make-up: makeup by natalie, groom attire: marc wallace menswear, macaroons: la dinettebuttons, balloons: bubblegum balloons, car: paladins classic car hire. The venue was Scotney Castle in Tunbridge Wells Kent, what a stunning venue it is with the old castle and moat it is an idyllic setting it reminds me of the fairy tale Castle’s you use to read about in story books when you were little. Anyways I won’t ramble on for to long as I think the images taken by the very talented Rebecca Douglas really do speak for themselves and you can see the full shoot which was featured over on Want That Wedding  these are a couple of my favorite images that I just had to include!

Made up of coral charm peonies, peach stocks, vandela roses and mint

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Our Floral Frame

Our Floral Frame – Rebecca Douglas Photography

Our First Front Cover!

Never did I think within the first 18 months since establishing Joanne Truby Floral Design that we would have our first front cover, without meaning to sound completely cheesy it really was a dream come true! (I know pass the sick bucket, right).

Our bouquet on the front cover!

Another of the beautiful images from the Scotney Golden Glory shoot taken by Rebecca Douglas that features our bouquet. When Clair from Creative Brides sent me this image of the front cover I think I did actually let out a little squeal! Polly’s gorgeous hair style was by Liz from Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair with Make up by Natalie and the dress from Oh my Honey. Since working on the shoot I am also proud to say that we are now a preferred supplier to Scotney Castle too!

Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle

The Magic of Oz at the House Meadow in Kent

Have you seen the the Disney film, ‘Oz the Great and Powerful?’ Now I can’t give too much away yet with the details but it was an enchanting shoot inspired by this film and working on it was so much fun! The team were amazing to work with; Cakes Lellas Cupcakes, stationary Becky Lord Design, photography  Kerry Ann Duffy. Kerry is a very talented photographer and The House Meadow provided such a stunning back drop and Clare (manager of the House Meadow) is so welcoming, the sun even came out to play too and it turned out to be a beautiful blue sky day! The shoot is due to be featured next year so watch this space and trust me when I say it will be worth the wait! For now I have these stunning sneak peaks to share with you….

Kerry Ann Duffy Photography

Kerry Ann Duffy Photography

Kerry Ann Duffy Photography

Kerry Ann Duffy Photography

Shortlisted for the Hitched Breakthrough Awards!

Well what can I say other than wow! I have known of Hitched for a while, then again who in the wedding world hasn’t? Its full of brilliant planning tools for engaged couples, I particularly like their venue finding service, a great resource to search for venues in a particular area making it so much easier to browse. I am going off on a tangent sorry I have a tendency to do this sometimes, so back to the awards!

The Hitched Breakthrough Awards are hosted every year and recognise the creativity and talent of newcomers to the wedding industry and entrants are chosen by expert judges to be shortlisted. We entered this year with apprehension, I say apprehension as the awards are for wedding suppliers based throughout the whole of the UK and not just one particular area so of course that is A LOT of entrants! However I clicked the ‘submit’ button and tried not to think about it for the next month until we found out our fate. I couldn’t believe it when we received the phone call from Francesca at Hitched to tell us that we had been shortlisted for one of the top ten placements in the florist category I was completely over the moon!

Shortlisted for the Hitched Breakthrough Awards

Alas we didn’t go on to win but I am still very proud to have been shortlisted and to have our work recognised in my eyes still speaks volumes. The votes and comments we received during the campaign from friends, family and fellow wedding industry folk were truly touching thank you and I am so grateful for everyone’s support.

Deco Disco 

Think neon mixed with glitz and 1920’s glamour and you have our Deco Disco styled shoot. An amazingly talented team of suppliers; Photography by Rebecca Douglas, Styling by Bellaboo and Beau, Hair, Makeup & Co-ordination by Blush Makeup by Lucy Oldham, Dresses by Frou Frou bridal boutique, cake by Vintage Rose Cupcakes and the flowers were by yes you guessed it, us! The venue was the Bell in Ticehurst, has a stylish interior paired with rustic wood and industrial looking railings. It was the perfect choice especially as it also has lots of quirky details one of my favourites being the neon light quote.

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

I had so much fun working on this shoot and the team were just amazing to work with all our ideas came together just perfectly. The shoot was featured on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings if you want to see the the whole thing. It was also cherry picked by Kat from Rock N Roll Bride as part of her Thursday treats and is set to be featured on another well known blog next year (I can’t spill the beans just yet) so I think you could say it was much loved and received lots of attention and it was brilliant to be part of it all. We will be working with both Rebecca and Bellaboo and Beau on a real wedding next year and I can not wait!

Smiles from our lovely Couples

We of course have saved the best until last  with the icing on the top of our 2013 cake being the smiles from our happy couples on their wedding day, which is just priceless! Here are just a few I have picked to share with you…..

Mr and Mrs Hann

Mr and Mrs Hann – Chelsea Wedding Photography

Mr & Mrs Acres

Mr & Mrs Acres – Craig Doyle Photography

Mr & Mrs Colwill

Mr & Mrs Colwill – Ella Nash Photography

Mr and Mrs Cafer - Dotpix Photography by Neil Peterson

Mr and Mrs Cafer – Dotpix Photography by Neil Peterson

Mr & Mrs Short

Mr & Mrs Short Photography by Louise Warr

It has been hard to narrow all our adventures over the last year into one post so some good stuff did get missed I’m afraid but I must say looking back over this has made me realise how much of cracking year 2013 has been for Joanne Truby Floral Design. I am looking forward to 2014 and even more exciting times that are ahead. Have I had my anxious days? Yes, I would be lying if I said I hadn’t as I guess with many other new businesses its the unknown not knowing how things will turn out but looking back on all we have achieved leaves me with a warm feeling inside all the worrying is totally worth it as I truly am living the dream and loving what I do.

I want to say a special thank you to my wonderful friends and family for all their love and support, especially my Steve aka Chief work experience (who recently promoted himself!!), who without him there would be no Joanne Truby Floral Design.  To the lovely wedding industry folk who I have meet over the last year and are happy to say I now call friends (you know who you all are). To all my lovely couples, thank you for choosing Joanne Truby Floral Design to be part of your special day and to all my 2014 and beyond couples the best is yet to come.

I wish you all a restful and Merry Christmas!

Joanne xx

Deco Disco!

I have something very special to share with you on the blog today, a few months back Joanne Truby Floral Design had the pleasure of working with this incredibly talented team; Make up & co-ordination by Lucy Oldham Blush Makeup, Photography by Rebecca Douglas, Styling by Bellaboo and Beau, Dress from Frou Frou Bridal Boutique, Cakes by Vintage Rose Cupcakes and of course flowers by us, on a rather fantastic styled shoot held at The Bell in Ticehurst .

Think neon, glitz and 1920’s glamour all mixed together to create something truly original.  The idea behind the shoot was to show a slightly different slant on the vintage trend coming away from using pastel colour combinations. We wanted to give couples inspiration of how a wedding can look if you decide to encompass a theme using bright colours. Being the time of year and thinking ahead to the festivities of Christmas we also felt it would be fun to pair the pops of colour with glitz. So Without further ado,  I bring you our Deco Disco styled shoot as featured recently on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings!

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

I love, love, love this image taken by the talented Rebecca Douglas. It has a real 1920’s cinematic feel to it don’t you think? The flower crown we designed was made up of pink spray Roses, Clematis, Craspedia, orange Ranunculus, Scabiosa heads, and berried eucalyptus sprayed gold. The colours compliment the glitzy curtain made by Bellaboo and Beau perfectly, don’t you think?

Our shoot models Emma and Gavin done a brilliant job on the day, considering as well it was a long day they didn’t complain at all and don’t the pair of them look fab!

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Deco Disco Neon Glitter 1920s Wedding Styled Shoot Kent Sussex 0173

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

In terms of the flowers I wanted them to be bright and bold to work with the theme and decided to go for a multi-coloured pallet made up of mainly yellows, oranges and pinks with pops of red and purple and hints of foliage sprayed gold to add ‘glitz’ for the center pieces I wanted to co-ordinate with the styling of Bellaboo and Beau which was centralised around neon and decided to create something quite quirky. A glass bell jar filled with flowers and moss pots covered the length of the table with cutemini crab apples in red & some sprayed gold interspersed with moss accompanied Bellaboo and Beau’s cool mini neon bottles & gold tea lights.

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Photography by Rebecca Douglas

Photography by Rebecca Douglas

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

My advice to couples looking for inspiration for their wedding would be, don’t be afraid of colour particularly if you’re having a winter wedding as the ‘glitz’ factor really can add that magic to your decor.

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Rebecca Douglas Photography

Here’s a behind the scenes snippet of what each amazing supplier bought to the shoot & what they wanted to achieve;

Make up and coordination of the shoot – Blush Makeup by Lucy Oldham; “Inspiration for the shoot was to be mix of Quirky, whimsical, dramatic and romantic. Billowing smoke, lots of sparkle, flair and pops of colour. The hair and makeup were inspired to have a 20′s Gatsby flair, with a modern twist and lots of sparkle. For the hair, I created a low soft chignon, with a sweeping fringe and accessorised with beaded diamante head scarves. The makeup was kept clean and fresh, with a dewy finish, smouldering eyes and a pop of red lip.”

Styling Bellaboo and Beau – Jenny Sinclair assisted by Leanne Benn; “When I saw inside of the Bell and the areas that we were able to use for the shoot, neon and glitter instantly came to mind. The stylish interiors consist of slightly industrial looking dark, raw wood including a sleeper style table, a neon light quote and metal railings. It sort of reminded me of a trendy London basement bar in the stable in particular so thoughts of disco lighting, smoke effects, glitter and sparkle would be great.  The odd spot of neon here and there and the combination of this, with the glitter, created an exciting display and cut through the darkness of the surrounding interiors. I created an array of bits, from neon-glitter backdrop mobiles to snow globe favours and little neon glowing glass vials for the table set and more. We wanted to create a look that would suit the upcoming festive period but not limit it so with the gold foil curtains, wall of light and glitter blowing shots, there is a christmassy feel there without it being obvious and conforming. This shoot was a great one to be involved with and gave us all a real opportunity to try something new and work with slightly more edgy ideas.”

Photography – Rebecca Douglas Photography assisted by Heather True; “With the exciting and strong colour palate of neon and gold my mind was racing with experimenting with light in such a quirky venue. I particularly wanted to play with creating some effects after dark so I set off sourcing some lighting and we used a smoke machine to add smouldering drama. Some fairy light curtains coupled with the gold metallic curtains added such a seasonal backdrop to the stunning table set up for a Deco Disco feast. I love working with real couples on styled shoots. Emma & Gavin have been together for 10 years and it was so lovely to create some space for them in the shoot to have some loved up fun and create some romantic images that couples planning their wedding can connect with.”

Dresses & accessories Froufrou Bridal Boutique;  “With a theme like Deco Disco we knew the dresses we chose needed an element of sparkle to them, some whimsical some elegant but ultimately glamorous and fabulous. So with a mix of designers Nicole Miller / Sarah Seven and Lusan Mandongus we knew these designs could hold their own amongst all things glittery and neon!”

Cakes: Vintage Rose Cupcakes – Alex Harding; “I was really inspired by the rustic feel of the venue and wanted to incorporate that feel in the cake design. Inspired by flora and fauna I hand designed both a beautiful rose teamed it with a succulent. The gold theme of the day was carried through with a stag silhouette on the top-tier of one of the cakes.”

Do you love the images from the shoot as much as we do? Any of you thinking of having neon incorporated into your big day? Its set to be a big trend in 2014, would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Joanne xx

www.joannetrubyfloraldesign.com

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

The festive season is now officially upon us the first two doors of our advent calendars have been opened (your never to old for a calendar) and of course time to put up our Christmas trees! We bought our one yesterday from Columbia Road & with it being mine & Steve’s first Christmas in our new home, this year is going to be extra special. We of course opted for a fresh tree, for me you just can’t beat having the real deal. The fresh smell of pine  and having  your own piece of the great outdoors indoors.

Now we have the tree its time for the fun part, adding the pretty décor! I used to love dressing the tree when I was a little unwrapping all the pretty decorations, me my brother & sister would all take it in turns each year to add the star to the top & of course every year each one of us would say it was our turn!  So this year starting our own Christmas collection from scratch its hard to decide which style to go for? Whilst pondering on this thought I created some festive mood boards for inspiration. I’m really liking the Scandi style that is a big trend at the moment.  The modern take on the classic Christmas with reds and the reindeers, but I am a sucker for glitz and gold too…. which ones your favourite?  

Scandi Christmas….

Scandi Christmas Board 2

Glitzy Gold…

Gold Christmas Style Board 3

Enchanted Woodland….

woodland Christmas Style Board

Happy tree decorating! Feel free to share your Christmas tree photos on our facebook page we would love to see your creations.

Joanne xx

Flowers for Emma Tindley’s Goddess Collection shoot!

I was delighted when recently I was asked by talented bridal dress designer Emma Tindley if I would create the flowers for her latest bridal collection shoot which took place at Wakehurst place in Haywards Heath West Sussex.

For the designs I decided to let the Autumnal season be my inspiration using deep red toned berries and hints of burgundy toned leaves. Whilst adding a soft romantic feel to the bouquets by using gorgeous pastel roses, one of them being the Vuvuzela Rose which is a gorgeous peach colour. Which I mixed with Cyclamen and Heather to add texture.

Emma Tindley’s Goddess Collection

We do love a flower crown here at Joanne Truby Floral Design and doesn’t model Amy look just stunning wearing the one we made to compliment the Emma Tindley Eleanor dress?

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It was a wonderful day and the some even came out to play! Emma, Claire (from Woodlandhill Photography)  and the rest of the team were an absolute delight to work with too.

We will be creating pretty blooms for a designer day coming up at Emma Tindley’s Bridal boutique soon, watch this space for more details.

Joanne xx