Featured in Wedding Ideas Magazine – MBC Summer Wedding Inspiration
Seeing utterly stunning Millbridge Court Wedding Days grace the pages of glossy Bridal Magazines is always so immensely exciting & seeing L&A’s Summer Wedding Day in the July Issue of Wedding Ideas Magazine was certainly no exception.
Their day included a host of immensely talented MBC Partners who brought a vibrant, romantic & elegant Wedding Day to life, so to see lots of gorgeous Summertime Wedding inspiration courtesy of Boutique Blooms, Spongeworks, Kalm Kitchen, Bubblegum Balloons & Sarah Legge Photography & to read all about L&A’s celebrations, click on the link below:
10 Questions with Hannah Berry Flowers
1. How did your passion for floristry come about?
Ever since I can remember, I’ve have always had a passion for flowers! The home is never complete without a flower in a room. I have always loved growing them, picking them and making things with them, whether it was creating pressed flower cards (when I was young) daisy chains in the garden, or drawing or painting them. Whilst working as a waitress at a local wedding venue through my uni years, I used to get excited to see the flower scheme arrive for that weekends wedding & I think that may have been where it all began!
2. When did you make the leap to setup HBF & create flowers for gorgeous Wedding Days & what drew you to Weddings in particular?
Floristry was a career change for me … having worked in the television industry previously as a camera operator and editor, I found the job wasn’t fulfilling my creative side enough, so out of curiosity and love for flowers I looked into work experience in a local florist shop.
My work experience soon turned into a full time position. Without any qualifications in floristry, I longed to further my knowledge and learn new technical skills, so I enrolled on a course at Merrist Wood Agricultural college where I studied and gained my Level 3 in Floral Design. This provided me with the skills, technical ability and confidence to work as a freelance florist. For two years I enjoyed working with various inspiring and creative floral designers and from this point, I just knew creating wedding flowers was the career for me. In 2013 HBF was born and I haven’t looked back since.
3. How would you describe your style of floristry?
It took a while for my style to evolve, but I can strongly see now my signature style is natural, earthy and organic for sure! Always lots of detail and texture and many of you will know I often love to add the odd Pheasant feather in!
4. What can couples expect when they choose you to create their dream Wedding Flowers?
The design process and building a working relationship with each client is the most important part to providing the perfect flower scheme.
Getting to know & understand the clients is crucial, so I always ensure that the design process is thorough. This can also be the most challenging part, as often the clients know little about flowers and it’s my job to take on board and understand their thoughts, ideas and inspiration and turn this vision into a reality.
These lengthy design meetings happen in my studio and I provide bespoke detailed proposals and mood boards throughout the course of meetings.
I never commit to more than 1 wedding a day as I want to provide all my clients with an exclusive service. It will always be myself who delivers the flower scheme alongside my team and we will always be onsite for the day to deliver and install, pin on the buttonholes/corsages and transport all the flowers from the ceremony area to the wedding breakfast room after the ceremony has taken place. We always ensure that every detail, no matter how small, is absolutely perfect before we leave the venue.
5. What do you love most about what you do?
My favourite thing about creating flower schemes is starting with a crips blank piece of paper (normally the year before) and seeing the ideas and creations evolve. Delivering the bespoke flower scheme on the day of the wedding is the cherry on the icing and knowing you have worked hard alongside your clients to develop and create their dream flowers.
6. What top tips & advice do you offer couples along the way?
I am always keen in using seasonal flowers (although most varieties of flowers are available all year round now.) It keeps the designs fresh and the flowers are usually better quality if its the right time of year for them.
7. What floristry trends are you seeing for 2019/2020?
I can see grasses (all different heights and varieties) especially Pampas Grass are going to be very popular next season! Great for me as I love a grass : )
8. What do you love the most about Millbridge Court?
Whats not to love … when you first enter through the front door, I always feel the need to take my muddy boots off as its like walking into a really homely room with the lush pink sofas and the smell of the scented Neom candle burning! Then theres the 2 stunning barns which are a complete blank canvas for decor and styling. I feel this sets the foundations to each unique flower scheme. I often say the views from the outside ceremony space looks as though you are looking through a frame at a stunning oil painting landscape, with the odd cow grazing away. And the hidden bridal cabin (The Hideaway) – simply magical!
9. Outside of creating beautiful Wedding Flowers, what other hobbies/ passions do you have?
Walking Dug (my very naughty Cocker Spaniel) pottering and growing flowers in my flower cutting garden, crocheting, painting and sailing (not that I get much time to do the latter!)
10. What are your three favourite industry professionals/ brands to follow on Instagram?
@local_milk (blogger & creative)
September Tasting Evening
This week, we’re sharing with you all a selection of gorgeous images taken by the lovely Jasmine Andrews, of the food, drinks & the beautiful setup from our September Tasting Evening.
We love the opportunity that these evenings provide for our couples, not only because they get to try & choose their Wedding Menu but also because they are able to see the Venue in action & at nighttime, they can also gain Wedding inspiration from a handful of fabulous MBC Partners, as well as getting to see the team once again & they can also meet other Millbridge Court couples who they can chat to & share their thoughts & ideas with throughout the evening.
Creating the breathtaking tablescape was our newest MBC Partner, Eden Blooms, a Farnham based Florists who we have had the pleasure of working with on many occasions over the past few years, & who created such intricate & delicate jars of flowers, in wonderfully vibrant & deep autumnal colours on the day of our tasting. Complimenting the change of seasons further was their use of metallic pumpkins & candle holders, as well as a beautiful moss wreath which hung from our shelves. Adding the final touches to the table setup was the one & only Judy Broad Calligraphy who made such exquisite place cards using gold ink on deep blue card which matched the blue & silver striped linens so perfectly.
Serenading our wonderful MBC Brides & Grooms throughout the evening was Tristan Mackay, an amazingly talented musician, singer & songwriter who we always adore working with & listening to.
Lovingly bringing the menu to life was the always outstanding Kalm Kitchen. From the canapés, to the sharing plates, to the intricately plated dishes & the Patisserie Bar (complete with cascading florals by Eden Blooms no less), everything looked, smelt & tasted divine.
Thank you to everyone who we worked alongside to create yet another wonderful Tasting Evening & to all of our lovely Millbridge Court couples who attended, we hope you had the most fabulous evening with us!
So, without further a do, here are Jasmine’s gorgeous snapshots of our September Tasting Evening! Happy browsing.
The Food & Refreshments…
Winter Wedding At Millbridge Court #marriedatmillbridge
This cold, crisp, festive time of year seemed like the perfect opportunity to share Mr & Mrs Shandall-Woods’ breathtaking Wedding Day with you all. If you love foliage & want some winter Wedding Inspiration then this blog post is definitely the one for you!
S&R’s chosen florist was none other than Jay Archer Blooms who created the most spectacular foliage arrangements that stood tall in our Dining Barn and on alternate tables there were lower centrepieces which featured soft blooms of white & blush. The arrangements stood upon blocks of tree trunk and little tree trunk slices were used to create tea light holders which gave the tables a real woodland feel.
The Bride & Groom chose not just one, but three fabulous Kalm Kitchen interactive Menu options, starting with a Charcuterie Board, followed by Carve at the Table Beef (featuring comedy aprons!) and lastly, a rather beautiful looking sharing Mille-Fueille. Such a fun way to get your guests interacting and a sure way to fill the Barns with laughter, especially when the ‘Carvers’ unwrap their aprons!
Their chosen photographer was the wonderful Kate Gray who captured the Barns and Jay Archer’s incredible work so perfectly and with the soft Winter sunlight on their side, the photos of S&R in the Millbridge Court grounds are so spectacular. Kate really did capture every happy moment and all of the details, even the smallest, so wonderfully.