We absolutely adore every single season here at McQueens Flowers, but there is something undeniably exhilarating about this time of year, as we shake off the cobwebs of winter and warmly welcome the sunnier months and longer days. The flower markets are once again flooded with the colour and scent of spring, and the studio is filled with the sound of florists swooning over ever more beautiful and beguiling varieties with every passing day. Today, it is with immense pleasure that we share a series of sensational designs showcasing some of these incredible stems – created earlier this month by our talented Events Team, at our latest spring shoot in London.
"The flower markets are once again flooded with the colour and scent of spring, and the studio is filled with the sound of florists swooning over ever more beautiful and beguiling varieties with every passing day."
Featuring a spectacular array of seasonal gems – from the daintiest of Narcissi to swooping Fritillaries, elegant French tulips, and heavenly-scented Hyacinth – this rich and textural meadow is quite literally, spring encapsulated. So much so, in fact, that a passing bumblebee promptly dropped in for a visit and stayed for the rest of the day.
Created in individual sections that can be positioned alone or joined together in any manner of formations – meadow designs are ideal for a variety of special occasions, as described by Lead Events Creative, Alison – the creative mind behind the design:
“With the trend towards garden-style florals growing ever more popular, we’re seeing a marked rise in the popularity of meadow designs that instantly create that summer-like, wild garden feel. They are perfect for wedding aisles, particularly in inside and out venues, where the seamless design creates a smooth transition between the two.
Positioned individually, or in smaller groups, they are also perfect at the base of an arch, a top table, surrounding an outdoor pergola, a grand entrance, wedding alter and more – the possibilities are endless. We used parts of this design to later decorate a fireplace.
We went with quite an organic, wild garden look for this spring installation but meadow designs aren’t limited to a countryside aesthetic, with different varieties such as white delphinium, roses, hydrangeas etc. they can be very luxe and glamorous too.”
Fluffy, bright and heavenly scented – there simply isn’t a flower that can beat the joy that Mimosa brings at the start of spring. Our team made the most of it’s fleeting season to create a spectacular suspended mantlepiece design using this zesty stem alone, on masse, to create a vibrant and eye-catching, asymmetric cloud – a trend that has gained huge momentum in recent years and shows no sign of slowing down, as Alison describes:
“In comparison to more traditional, symmetrical designs – asymmetrical mantelpieces designs are very much on trend, also using just one flower on masse is something we’re doing more and more of, especially if it’s something that is in peak season at that time – Mimosa is a classic example of this."
"Fluffy, bright and heavenly scented – there simply isn’t a flower that can beat the joy that Mimosa brings at the start of spring."
In front of the magnificent Victorian fireplace, the grand dining table received a meandering row of ceramic and glass vessels brimming with dainty spring stems in zesty yellow, ivory, and green hues. Egg-yolk centred Narcissi dance alongside nodding Hellebores, paper-thin Snakehead Fritillaries, scented Genista, frilly-edged tulips and more. The overall effect – playful, joyful, fresh and satisfyingly versatile, as explained by Alison:
“This style of table runner is a classic that works really well on long tables in particular. We’re witnessing more of this design, as it’s foam free (much better for the environment) and very adaptable – using lots of smaller elements helps to position the flowers between and around different serving plates, candlelight, and tableware. The vessels themselves can really add to an overall colour scheme, too. Here we used a combination of linen-hued ceramics, green and clear glass bottles, to tie in with the overall spring theme."
Last but certainly not least, the magnificent, carved fireplace of the living room – a feature so ornately beautiful, that a more imposing design would risk swamping the delicate original details. A trio of florals (cleverly re-purposed from the meadow design) were artfully arranged on three corners, featuring a combination of garden-like varieties in soft, pastel hues, alongside clusters of candlelight – allowing the eye to gently meander around the design, settling and observing each intricate detail.