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.

A year on.. my best work so far

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Well, I can hardly believe it’s been (almost!) a year since I took the plunge last September and jacked in my 9-5 job to pursue floristry full time. The course is now over, I have achieved a merit for my … Continue reading

Wedding work, level 2 floristry

The below gallery shows a selection of wired and glued wedding work, including a standard wired corsage and glued corsage, glued badge, Alice band, wrist corsage, basket in oasis, wired accessory and oasis-based handbag novelty, plus a wired loose open bridesmaid’s posy and a loose open posy in oasis.

Festive Fun & Wedding Work with Jam Jar Flowers

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I’m afraid I somewhat neglected my little blog over the Christmas and New Year period, but I have not been idle, oh no! December saw me hand in my second college project on wired and glued wedding flowers (pictures to … Continue reading

Oh ! Aubergine

When we think of autumn colours, we typically think of coppers, oranges, browns and reds, but another beautiful colour that appears is the deep, purple-y aubergine. Whilst out running in my local park recently and enjoying the changing colours of the season, I noticed that alongside the rusty brown leaves were dark purple ones too, and this got me to thinking what a lovely alternative colour this is for autumn wedding flowers and events, as well as autumn clothes.

Pinterest threw up some great inspiration, not just for aubergine flowers and clothes, but also interiors and of course recipes too! From these striking dark dahlias with light, white tips, to delicate hyacinths, elegant lilies and even the humble carnation, there is a good range of purple flowers for any bride or event planner considering this colour for their theme.

Aubergine dahlia bouquet

Aubergine dahlia wedding bouquet

Aubergine and lilac hyacinth display

Lily wedding bouquet

Deep purple carnations

I also love it for clothes too, whether it’s on a cute cosy knit, or slinky dress like this one here. However, I’m somewhat sad to report that after dutifully testing out an aubergine recipe too, I can safely say I don’t like the aubergine itself at all!

Fall 2012 look shot at Sydney Fashion Week by Tommy Ton

Aubergine evening outfit pinned by Aleesha Nareg


What do you think? Do you love the colour aubergine too? ~ Sarah


Photo credits:

pinterest.com/pin/148689225166902323/ – aubergine dahlias
pinterest.com/pin/50243352062333576/ – aubergine hyacinths
pinterest.com/pin/9429480439297510/ – aubergine lilies
pinterest.com/pin/261068109619398783/ – carnations
pinterest.com/pin/208854501439598851/ – aubergine outfit from Sydney Fashion Week, by Tommy Ton
pinterest.com/pin/225180050088553848/ – aubergine evening outfit


A quick view of my latest college work

My internet access is a bit sporadic at the moment (no Sky engineer available until 19 Nov, argh!), so here’s a little taster of what I’ve been up to at college recently. Here I am ‘modelling’ a bridal wristband and hair comb, and also a traditional corsage. Excuse the rather rubbish photos, the college classroom doesn’t always provide the best light or backgrounds! Very fetching though, no?!
floral wristlet and comb accessories

Wristlet and comb accessories

Traditional corsage with spray roses, hypericum berries, china grass and ivy

Traditional corsage with spray roses, hypericum berries, china grass and ivy