Continuing the legacy of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and Chiltern Firehouse, Manhattan Loft Corporation has opened a magnificent design hotel in East London. To celebrate the launch we transformed The Stratford’s rooftop into a tropical sky garden for an exclusive party in collaboration with Perrier-Jouët Champagne. Our floral installation and bar arrangements used palm leaves, birds of paradise, heliconia, peonies, hanging amaranthus and orchids to create a burst of colour against the skyline of the Olympic Park.
Twenty years after opening their very first spa at Babington House in Somerset, Cowshed has undergone a well-deserved refresh, with an event at Kettner’s to celebrate. The update involved new packaging and names to make the products more relevant to today, with fresh botanical illustrations of ingredients on the bottles and boxes. To compliment the new look we created bright and bold floral arrangements, table displays and hanging floral chandeliers.
In 2019 John Lewis & Partners participated in alternative floral art show Chelsea in Bloom for the first time - and we were tasked with creating a show-stopping first impression. An astounding 3,000 fresh blooms were needed to craft our ‘under the sea’ themed display on behalf of John Lewis and Edinburgh Gin. Our sustainable design sculpted flowers into tumbling waves, tropical fish and colourful corals using chicken wire and no floral foam. Edinburgh Seaside Gin inspired our choice of bladderwrack, rose and lavender to create the colourful seabed.
We were over the moon to win a Gold Award for efforts… but scooping The 2019 People’s Champion Award made our year!
Annabel’s in Mayfair, not to do anything by halves, celebrated Valentine’s Day in style this year with a selection of beautiful floral displays. Throughout the club we used luxurious pink Secret Garden roses, with red Heart roses amongst a selection of beautifully scented David Austin roses. The colour combination set the mood off perfectly with two giant heart-shaped arches welcoming club members inside, and through to their beautiful garden room.
And not to forget Annabel’s famous Gorilla, who we dressed suitably for the occasion!
For the launch of a new fragrance for women, Her Eau de Parfum, Burberry launched their ‘Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner' campaign starring Cara Delevigne. As part of the accompanying experiential activity to capture the spirit of London we worked with Burberry and RedHouse Production to create a striking installation on London’s Southbank. Inside a six-metre long perspex box, complete with scented steam effect and pink neon lighting design, we created a series of ethereal gypsophila clouds scattered with white orchids.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, particularly in Mayfair where we helped assemble one of the biggest Christmas trees in town at Annabel’s. Working with the immensely talented team at S2, we turned the club's famous facade into a gigantic tree lighting up Berkley Square with its thousands of lights, baubles and oversized gifts. A candy cane door arch and giant gold bow provided the finishing touches... not forgetting a gold star shining brightly on top of course!
A blood-curdling amount of effort went into our transformation of Mayfair institution Annabel’s for Halloween 2018. Weeks of preparation alongside two production companies culminated in an all-day installation to cover the club’s famous facade in creepy-crawlies and cobwebs. Inside, we metamorphosed the Rose Room into a cemetery for the fright night using fresh red roses, black waxed roses and acres of moss. Our Horror Maze laden with hanging vines led ghoulish guests to the Underworld Nightclub.
The Grandirosa team pulled off it's largest event to date in the form of Annabel's Jungle Party held at its stunning club in Berkeley Square. We worked with three production studios to create a spectacular evening for their valued private members.
The star-studded crowd were greeted by performers dressed as monkeys abseiling off of the all-natural foliage and flower facade our team built. Acrobats adorned in wild and wonderful costumes swang down the six flights of stairs hanging from natural garlands in the main stairwell. We transformed the Garden Room into a tropical paradise where Rita Ora surprised the audience on a custom-built stage which we covered in clusters of bananas, monkey vine, lotus pods, tropical leaves and Spanish moss. In the Elephant Room we used grasses and dried flowers to create a more African-inspired jungle scape. An unbeatable setting for a serious jungle boogie!
Luciana and Tim chose the breathtaking Bocconoc Estate in Cornwall for their summer nuptials. In the height of the heatwave, the estate was in its full glory with its rolling hills, surrounding forest and impressive stately home. The brief was romantic and elegant with a tonal palette of blush, berry, whites and greens. We used blousy garden roses and peonies, showstopper Cafe Au Lait dahlias and champagne lisianthus all set off with pops of plum-coloured seasonal flowers and foliage for a floral arch and walkway of meadow flowers for the church reception. Come evening, a dramatic floral display welcomed guests to the reception where we used over 100 crystal cut vases of flowers to the fabulous feasting table!
2018's Investec Derby Festival marked the tenth anniversary of Investec as title sponsor of the great race. In celebration, we helped transform Epsom Racecourse Suite into a luxurious space for racegoers to enjoy. Our flowers complimented the three different areas in hospitality, each with its own distinct colour schemes. Arrangements of blue delphiniums, hydrangea and white peonies in the first, terrariums full of ferns and succulents and urns with flowing greenery in the second, and finally, Sweet Avalanche roses, sprayed palms and a growing rose wall in the blush and gold lounge. An incredible event all round - here's to the next ten years!
Net-a-Porter’s AW Trend Presentation demanded the most elegant of arrangements. We created a blossoming affair at Venue Lab’s incredible space in Mayfair, the former Indonesian Embassy - the perfect backdrop to such a stylish event. Making the most of the last of the Mount Fuji blossom, it was a final nod to a wonderful early Spring and a warm welcome to the long-anticipated summer. A dramatic entrance arrangement consisting solely of gigantic branches of white blossom formed a stylish welcome and this sleek, simple theme ran throughout the rest of the venue, from blossom and spirea arrangements in the pop-up Net-a-Porter cafe, through to the showroom itself.
As Soho House relaunch Kettner’s, the iconic Soho restaurant with a long intriguing history of entertaining iconic figures, we're thrilled to have been appointed to create their floral arrangements each week. Keen for the flowers to compliment the opulence and glamour of Kettner’s, roses have been an obvious choice for both the champagne bar and restaurant so far, combining dusky, vintage colours alongside rich velvety varieties, and using glossy Camellia foliage to add height and drama to arrangements. We look forward to working in such an historic establishment, using new blooms and foliages throughout the stunning venue as the seasons change.
It's a privilege and a joy to create floral arrangements for The Ned all year round but we were especially giddy to get to work this Christmas. Taking inspiration from the original African pillars and the luxe interiors, the 20ft Premier Nordmann Fir tree in the main hall glows with 4,500 lights and more than 900 decorations in green and gold hues. Trees around the hotel are decorated in the same style, with a touch of plum red in the Tapestry Room and Saloon to create a cosy festive feel. Garlands are filled with seasonal, natural decorations, diffusing scents of lavender and orange - pop in for a cocktail, we guarantee it'll get you in the Christmas spirit!
Images By Tamin Jones
Returning to spectacular country manor Aynhoe Park to do the flowers for Rebecca and Craig’s stylish and creative wedding this August was an absolute treat. The floral showstopper was our three-metre-high archway packed full of hydrangea, roses and delphiniums for Rebecca’s grand entrance into the ceremony in the Orangery. Tables were dressed with roses set out in clusters of crystal cut vases with copper tea lights and flowing foliage. Rebecca looked breathtakingly beautiful in her Berta dress and we complimented her look with a bouquet packed full of scented garden roses and peony roses.
Images: Craig & Ava Sanders Photography
Dress | BERTA at The Wedding Club
Makeup | Sanshel MUA
Hair| Ami Cass
Bridal Robes | Amanda Barden Bridal Accessories
Bridal Party Headpieces | Studio ANISS
Bridesmaids Dresses | Fame and Partners
Tuxedo | yardsman
Venue | Aynhoe Park
Catering | The kitchen, Aynhoe Park Indulgence Boutique Hospitality
Photography | Craig & Eva Sanders Photography
Videography| Bloomsbury Films
Balloons | Bubblegum Balloons
Cake | The Confetti Cakery
Since its opening in April, its been a whirlwind ride for us at The Ned. Not just with the beautiful blooms we've been installing each week but also the incredible events happening each day. We’ve been lucky enough to help style, decorate and 'fill with flowers' some of London’s most stunning event spaces.
The Saloon (our secret favourite) is a romantic, opulent and stylish ballroom and the best backdrop to any London wedding, dinner or party. We recently worked with the incredible Jodie, decorating the gigantic, ornate mantlepiece and packing the long dining table full of Peonies, Dahlias, Hellebores and Sweet William's in bold and dark colours. Setting the perfect scene for this social media lunch. And don't event mention the chandelier…
It's only on the rare occasion that we're left 'speechless' but the first time we entered The Ned we were pretty quiet… and on discovering The Tapestry Room we lost our voices, left in awe by the scale and grandeur of the space. The original tapestry is one of the largest of its kind. Four impressive fireplaces set amongst dark wooden panels create an authentic, traditional feel beneath restored vintage chandeliers. For a recent shoot we used whites and greens to create a fresh look to compliment the room; a fusion of hydrangeas, peonies, pampas grass and sweet peas.
We are delighted to announce that we'll be working with The Ned, London's hottest new hotel opening, as the official contract florists. The hotel, situated in the old Midland Bank building, has been brought back to life by the Soho House and Sydell Groups. The stylishly restored venue boasts, 250 stunning bedrooms, seven restaurants, two pools, a spa, club and breath-taking roof terrace. For the florals, we'll be adding to the existing drama and scale with large and impactful displays to welcome guests to the hotel, using opulent roses to enhance member spaces and crafting relaxed arrangements for the relaxation areas. Trust us when we say The Ned has to be seen to be believed!
We had a wonderfully whimsical day working on the flower styling for Wonderland's recent Amanda Wakely shoot. Collaborating with the amazing Toni Blaze and team was an experience in itself - the creative energy was infectious! We carefully selected beautiful large blooms in pale colours to create other-worldly angel wing headpieces, creating a truly striking look. The moody industrial setting resulted in some amazing images which showcased key pieces in the latest collection beautifully.
There was a mass exodus from the studio last month as team Grandirosa decamped down to Glastonbury to create festival-worthy floral displays for Camp Kerala. Given the luxurious feel of this exclusive venue, it was essential for flowers to match the chic and stylish nature of the event. Inspired by the Somerset surroundings we combined a wistful and relaxed feel with bold colours, interesting flower choices and impactful design. Across the site, we crafted hanging meadows, floral arches, a stunning herb bar and other spellbinding installations for festival-goers to enjoy.