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Introducing our new guest blogger, Mirlah Thornley

Well hello there lovely people! I do hope you are well, I’m certainly feeling pretty great to be here writing for Tineke. My name is Mirlah and I’m the new guest blogger for the wonderful, ahem, Award Winning Tineke Floral Designs! I am a self-confessed bargain hunter with a passion for vintage and all things pretty. I’m also a bride-to-be with a love for colour and a nice cup o’tea (& cake!) Each month I hope to bring you inspiration, ideas and lots of prettiness to help plan and inspire your wedding day, new project or just to pass the time on your lunch break.

I’m so excited to get started of my first post for Tineke and I do hope you enjoy it. Today we’re taking inspiration from the nature and the forest, a little Midsummer Night’s Dream you might say. With the nights starting to draw in (I’m sorry to have to mention it) it seems the perfect time to recreate the magic of the woods, to look back on a wonderful summer and celebrate amongst twinkly lights, beautiful blooms and family and loved ones.


Colours and Floral Inspiration

The colour palette for midsummer really is beautiful. With earthy tones of deep purples, shades of green magically mixed together with delicate blush pinks and pastel shades. The palette for creating this look is striking yet pretty, bold yet understated and really sets the mood for a most enchanted affair.



Getting the look

The feel of a midsummer dream inspired wedding is reminiscent of a fairytale, now of course, all weddings are magical, but this theme goes that little bit further. Think less Disney princess in a horse-drawn carriage more, elegant fairy drifting through an enchanted forest seeking her happily ever after.

This theme does lend itself to an outdoor affair, and by this, we’re talking woodland ceremonies, forest picnics and moonlit first dances, however that’s not to say you can’t recreate the look indoors. Using lots of texture and lighting you can bring the enchanted forest to any venue.

Hand crafted signs and rustic wooden trestle tables create the texture of the woodland. Use a mix of flowers and foliage to create fabulous centrepieces and team with mossy table runners to recreate the earthy tones of a forest floor.


Image Credits:

Fairy Lights: via Bobka baby and bridal

Blush Dress: Elizabeth Messina via 100 Layer Cake

Table Setting: Julie Wilhite via Green wedding Shoes

Start collecting those jam jars and empty wine bottles and fill with and abundance of tea lights and golden candle sticks, this will look simply breathtaking when the light starts to fade and who doesn’t want to feast by candle light. Just remember to check with your venue whether candles are permitted, battery operated candles may be an option instead and strings of fairy lights will create the desired lighting effect.

Pops of colour like deep purples, pinks and a dash of metallics add interest and a little grandeur to your table and décor. Finally, add a wash of pastel shades to bring a touch and whimsy and femininity to the look, bringing the magical fairytale to life.


Image Credits:

Invitation: Oh so beautiful paper | Moss pendent Necklace: Kristen Booth via Love My Dress | Tablescape: via Bespoke Bride

Veil: Kristen Booth via Bridal Musings |Sparklers: Lamb & Lark via 100 Layer Cake | Lavender Cocktails: Brides Magazine

Fairy Bride: unknown | Moss Ring Box: Docuvitae via Lovely Bride | Floral Crown: Simply Sarah via Ruffled Blog

Now then, the dress! Of course, you’ll want to choose something that you feel comfortable and 100% FAB in but to really create the whimsical nature of this theme how about turning your head to an a-line silk chiffon beauty? Layers of soft tulle, flowing trains and a touch of sparkle are perfect for a magical forest inspired wedding. You could even opt for a non-traditional coloured wedding dress, soft pastels like pale blues and blush pinks would work wonderfully with a bouquet of deep jewel tones like purples, pinks and leafy greens. Take a look a designers like Claire Pettibone as a starting point. And just so you know, the wings are optional!

I’m a firm believer in the finer details and I’m just in love with the moss filled trinket box to hold the rings in, it’s just so delicate and not to mention practical too. There are bargains to be had at vintage fairs or boot sales up and down the country, have a little rummage and see what you can find.

Oh, let’s not to forget floral crowns, a personal favourite of mine. Who wouldn’t feel like a woodland princess in one of those beauties? You can keep it simple with a delicate crown of Gypsophila or add colour and size by adding in your favourite blooms!

Your photographer will be on hand to capture those magical moments and how about recreating that middle picture? What a photo opportunity! I believe it was created by using a long exposure. The couple stood very still and people ran around them with a sparkler, don’t hold me to that to though, do speak to your photographer and ask whether it’s possible. You could also opt for a sparkler send off or entrance. Using the sparklers as the favours, set a time for your guests to light up and form a tunnel for you to walk down! Pretty magical if you ask me!


Guest blog post by Darby and Joan Vintage Derbyshire

This evening, we bring to you a fabulous blog post by Mirlah of our gorgeous friends at Darby and Joan Vintage, hope you enjoy it! Hello there lovelies! Summer is trying to hold on despite the storms, but if it's still a little grey and miserable where you are then we've got a lovely post to brighten up your day!

We're turning our heads to flowers today! Showing you ways to inject floral fun into your wedding day. We've also got a great little interview with some industry experts. We caught up with Tineke Floral Designs who kindly shared with us their tips and what trends are proving popular in 2013.

Mirlah x

Crowning Glory

Ahh I do love a floral crown, there's something so elegant and effortless about them. With festival season well under way, floral crowns are a firm favourite with brides this year. From the elaborate to the delicate. The vibrant to the pastel, floral crowns are a show-stopping way to add a touch of whimsy to your day.


Image Credits

At Dusk via Bridal Musings | Love is a Big Deal via GreenWeddings Shoes | Caught the Light via Before the Big Day

Justin Aaron via Burnett's Boards | Esty: Penny Brown Bridal | Laura Murray Photography via Style Me Pretty

Etsy: Otaduy | Blush Photography via 100 layer cake | Virginia Rock 'N Rose

Floral Details

When planning your wedding you'll no doubt face the saying  'don't sweat the small stuff.' Of course the details aren't the be all and end all of your wedding day, but they are the little nuggets of gorgeousness that bring your styling together, and with todays couples turning their hand to a bit of DIY, it's those details that give your day a personal touch too!

You can add some floral fun to your details and styling in so many ways, starting with the invitations.  Create a gorgeous memorable scent by adding a sprinkle of lavender or opt for a floral illustration to set the tone.

Create the perfect spot to say 'I do' or say 'Cheese' with floral backdrops for the ceremony or a fabulous photobooth. Jazz up an elegant naked sponge cake with handpicked flowers. Why not add a touch of 'Flower Power' to your favours? Seeds or succulents make wonderful gifts and can double up as place settings too! Perfect!


Image Credits

Philippa Craddock Focus Photo inc via 100 Layer CakeSarah Kate Photo via Ruffled Blog

Etsy: Adore paper Design | Chris Giles Photography via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings | Lavender Filled Invites: Mirlah Thornley

Design Sponge Shop Ruche | Esty: Wicked Paper

Fashion Forward

The High Street this Spring/Summer is adorned with florals and patterns and it's no surprise that wedding fashion is fully immersing itself in this trend too. Whether it's summer brights and big, bold patterns or 'Kitson' inspired pastel prints, there's something for everyone. If you don't want to don the florals on your big day, add subtle touches to your shoes or accessories and leave the rest to your bridesmaids, 50s style dresses are perfect for a bold print. Last but not least, the groom. Who could resist adding a splash of floral pattern to that tie or pocket-handkerchief. Gorgeous.


Image Credits

Freya RoseJennifer Gifford Designs | Vivien of Holloway

Torella: Ted BakerJustin Aaron Via Burnett's Boards | Olivia: Claire Pettibone

Andrew JR Squires via Love My Dress | Wendy Makin |Brooke Davis, Blush Photography via Rock n Roll Bride

Over to the Experts

Hello! Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Kerry Wilkinson and I own and run Tineke Floral Designs which was established by myself back in 2005. The company has seen amazing growth from very small beginnings in my parents garden shed with help from my ever understanding and supporting partner Andy, along with brother John and his partner Shaun. We now have on board Avie and the help from my Dad and other brother Martin.


What do you enjoy most about being a Floral Designer?

I enjoy bringing peoples visions and dreams to life on their wedding day and seeing all of the beautiful ideas come to life.

Wedding Photography

What trends have you been seeing recently in 2013?

We have certainly seen more colours and vibrancy within floral designs and people are opting for more glamorous designs using silverware and glass.


What advice would you give to couples beginning to choose their wedding flowers?

I would start to keep your eyes out for ideas and start pinning or cutting out ideas to bring along to your floral appointment, Any colour samples or fabric also helps. Also, keep an open mind and look for flowers in season as these are always at their best quality and price. Above all, enjoy it! Flowers are amazing!

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Image Credits: Tineke Floral Designs & Butterworth Photography & Matt Brown Photography & Wings Photograpy

Thanks so much Kerry, we think flowers are amazing too! We're just in love with your studio and consultation room, and of course, your beautiful designs. You can find out more about Tineke Floral Designs on their website, Facebook & Twitter, not only are they lovely they're award winning too don't you know!


Real life wedding, Natalie and Andy

This evening, we bring to you the beautiful wedding of Natalie and Andy married in May at Norwood Park in Southwell.
This couple were such a dream to work with, and both so involved with the flowers which was so lovely.
We loved all of the personal and gorgeous touches by the bride and groom, so much lavender everywhere - simply beautiful.
Hope you enjoy the pictures as we much as we did, by the fabulous Neil and Becky of Butterworth photography.

We hope you enjoyed this post. If you are interested in our wedding flowers, please find more information here. Gift bouquets can be ordered for UK delivery here from our Derbyshire studio.

Real wedding of Jane and Jonathan


Hope you are enjoying this little glimmer of sunshine!Today, we bring to you a very special wedding as the Bride is one of Kerry's best friends, and Kerry was also bridesmaid, as well as the flower sheriff for the day! It was such a lovely change to be involved with the wedding from start to finish. The wonderful Becky and Neil of Butterworth photography captured the day beautifully and were brilliant on the day. It was also great to see Phil at Lafbery cars chauffeuring some of the bridesmaids to the wedding and also DJ Ferret of Promo disco services who made sure the dance floor was always full. Rose from Pink Cake Box created a lovely cake complete with figures of the Bride, Groom, Flowergirl and Jane's special horse! Hope you enjoy these images! Congratulations Jane and Jonathan, we love you both lots! If you would like further information about wedding flowers click here or call 01335 370 700 for availability. Bouquets can be ordered here 24/7 designed by Tineke.