Portfolio update Summer 2013 to May 2014

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Well it’s been a while since my last post, but the good news is that’s because I’ve been working pretty much full time; doing a couple of weddings with London based floral designers Bo Boutique and Karen Woolven late last … Continue reading

Wild, eclectic wedding flowers by Jay Archer Floral Design

Inspired by eclectic music, early mornings, late nights, and an incessant need for caffeine, the latest wedding flower Look Book by Jay Archer Floral Design is an ode to wild love affairs and rock ‘n’ roll.

Challenging the neat, pastel prettiness of popular wedding floristry, Jay hopes the Look Book will inspire 2014 couples to ‘think outside the box’ when planning their wedding flowers.

Jay Archer bouquet

Chocolate cosmos, black elderflower, and Himalayan honeysuckle bouquet by Jay Archer

The bouquet is inspired by singer Patti Smith’s ‘Because the night’; a wild, passionate love affair, or the elopement of young lovers; filled with homegrown chocolate cosmos, black elderflower, and Himalayan honeysuckle.

A feverishly layered archway of English flowers, weeping pear, passion flower vines, and clematis, make the perfect backdrop for a bohemian ceremony. The sweetheart table, arranged for an intimate wedding breakfast, is decorated with artichoke, gold leaf figs, astilbe, and astrantia.

For the table plan, Jay has taken inspiration from the Scottish hills; childhood holidays spent playing in the stream and clambering mossy rocks. Bringing a personal story to a wedding staple, the moss covered table plan is rich and earthy.

In comparison, the decadence of the amaranthus, also known as love-lies-bleeding, is wildly romantic. Using popular favorites like ranunculus, English hydrangea and peony, Jay changes the perception of using traditional florals in a truly modern setting.

You can find more photos from the lookbook and read a fantastic interview with Jay over on Love Scarlett, where she talks about the inspiration behind her designs, her passions

About Jay Archer Floral Design

Jay Archer Floral Design is an award-winning wedding and event florist based in north Hampshire and covering London and the South East. Her style is often described as natural, abundant and eclectic, with an emphasis on homegrown, seasonal and locally sourced flowers with quirky textures and old fashioned scents. For more information visit http://www.jayarcherfloraldesign.com.

Hire the Garden Museum in Lambeth for your wedding or event

Back in May I blogged about a wonderful new museum I had discovered in London, The Garden Museum in Lambeth, which is set in the beautiful former church of St. Mary at Lambeth. The only museum in the UK to celebrate the art, design and history of gardens, its unique setting and construction, which blends medieval splendour with contemporary interior design makes it a great venue for weddings and corporate events alike. The pretty knot garden outside also makes an enchanting environment for wedding photography, a relaxed evening reception or a lively summer barbecue.

If you are interested in hiring the Garden Museum for your wedding or event, rates are detailed below.

garden museum interior

The Garden Museum’s unique interior makes a wonderful setting for weddings or corporate events


The Museum is situated in the beautiful former church of St. Mary at Lambeth, which is next to Lambeth Palace and just across the Thames from the Houses of Parliament. St Mary at Lambeth was founded in 1062 and the Museum retains much of its medieval character. The tower was a later addition in 1377. The interior of the church was largely remodeled in the Victorian period.

In 1972 the church was deconsecrated and scheduled for demolition. At that time all the internal furniture, bells and altar were removed. Just before the wreckers arrived the building was saved by John and Rosemary Nicholson who wanted to save not only the building but also the now Grade II* listed tombs of Tradescant, Bligh and Sealy.

In 2008 the venue was transformed by the installation of contemporary gallery spaces. The Garden Museum receives no public funding and is wholly reliant on the generosity of its audience and venue hire for its continuing existence.


The Museum’s garden was created in 1980. At its heart is a knot garden designed by the Museum’s President, The Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury (who was then also re-making the gardens at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire). The reason for the seventeenth-century spirit of the design is that our garden also houses the tomb of the great plant-hunters, gardeners and collectors, John Tradescant the Elder (c.1570-1638) and Younger (1608-1662), the rediscovery of which originally inspired the creation of a museum of garden history.

The Knot Garden provides a pretty backdrop for photographs, afternoon or evening drinks

The Knot Garden provides a pretty backdrop for photographs, afternoon or evening drinks

The knot garden and its surrounds are planted with species introduced by the Tradescants – such as the scarlet runner bean, red maple and tulip tree – and many others grown by them in their Lambeth garden. It is not only historically significant but also a lush and beautiful spot in the centre of London, cared for by a small horticultural team of staff and volunteers.


Private Hire details:
Sunday to Friday (5pm to 11.30pm) £3,200.00
Saturday (4pm to 11.30pm) £3,420.00
Each additional hour up to 1.30am £350.00
Corporate Hire details
Sunday to Friday (5pm to 11.30pm) £3,400.00
Saturday (4pm to 11.30pm) £3,620.00
Each additional hour up to 1.30am £350.00

For more information, please contact:

Benjamin O’Connor
External Relations and Venue Hire Manager
Garden Museum
T: 0207 401 8865 (Extension 821)
E: benjamin@gardenmuseum.org.uk

Bridal headwear with hints of yesteryear

Ever since I saw a girl at a festival wearing a cool metal forehead band this summer, I have wanted one. Unfortunately, when questioned, it transpired she got it in Barcelona. Oh well, I conceded. As summer was nearing an end anyway, the opportunities for wearing such hippy like accessories outside festival season and at the age of 30+ without looking a bit tragic were probably gone.

However, I did decide that, when someone does finally offer to make an honest woman of me, I would love to wear some kind of vintage bridal headband at my wedding.  So when I read that HT Headwear’s 2014 collection was ‘heavily influenced by the power of nature and hints of glamour from yesterday’, I absolutely had to check it out.


Lilly Diamante Headpiece with Birdcage Veil

HT Headpieces are designed and handmade in England by designer Helena Talbot and feature stunning diamante headbands with her signature detachable birdcage veils and for 2014, new detachable crin veils which offer brides a great alternative to the birdcage or traditional veil. This new collection also sees the addition of complementary pieces to be worn with traditional veils and delicate smaller pieces that are ideal for bridesmaids gifts.

Hawthorn with Crin Veil

Hawthorn with Crin Veil

Helena created HT Headpieces while on maternity leave with her first child in 2010 after having struggled to find something stylish for her own wedding without paying a fortune. Her vintage inspired designs reflect styles from the 20s through to the 50s and are all handmade in London by Helena herself, who has a BA (Hons) degree in Constructive Textiles from The University of Central England and has completed several millinery courses with Janie Lashford.

Arietis Headband

Arietis Headband

For more information visit http://www.htheadwear.com