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Fond Memories

Thank you brings back fond memories of classy summer wedding

Just had a great thank you card from one of our lovely couples – Tara and Darren – along with some beautiful photos of the flowers they chose for their wedding at Hengrave Hall at the end of September.
Beautiful Tara went for an elegant and stylish theme and wanted her flowers – put together by Danny and the Tudor Rose event floristry team – to be as gloriously opulent as her fabulous gold sequinned table cloths.
She went for graceful martini vases for the tables – topped with statement displays of massed ivory and blush roses, hydrangea and stocks, finished with sumptuous hanging amaranths to add to the luxury feel.
And wow, the Long Gallery at Hengrave looked almost as stunning as Tara did in her figure-hugging lace bridal gown (groom Darren didn’t scrub up too badly either in a very smart tux).
It’s a real tonic – particularly on a cold January day – to be reminded of amazing wedding floristry created here at our studio/boutique shop in Hatter Street, Bury St Edmunds suffolk, in the soft warmth of late summer of 2016 so thanks Tara and Darren for taking the time to put pen to paper – the talented florists here got a real buzz from your kind words.

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All grown in the UK…

Winter wonders – and all grown in the UK…

Each week, from just before Christmas, well into spring, the seemingly impossible happens. A box of gorgeous, UK-grown flowers turns up at Tudor Rose Florist in Bury St Edmunds.
Yes, while our gardens and fields are turned rock hard by frost or swamped in a quagmire from days and days of relentless rain, snow and slush, regular as clockwork – either via boat or plane (depending on the weather) we get a wonderful delivery from Scented Narcissi – our fabulous suppliers in the Scilly Isles.
Over the winter months – when we’re lucky to muster an eggcup of flowers from our own gardens in Suffolk – we have these constant delights to look forward to. The fragrant blooms – dozens of different types as the season goes by – come tightly packed in bunches of 10, from sunshine yellow with egg yolk centres to billowing doubles in cream and white.
It’s a real pleasure to offer such home grown beauties harvested through the winter to our customers.
And the glorious blooms are used in everything – handcrafted gift bouquets – a Tudor Rose trademark, our beautiful funeral tributes and, of course, stunning spring wedding displays.
But it is in tin buckets at the front door of our boutique-style shop, where they are perhaps most conspicuous and welcome – their heady scent filling the Hatter street winter with a blast of springtime.


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Mistletoe and wine

So we have finally given in to popular demand.
After a break of several years and an onslaught of gentle pressure from our lovely customers we have succumbed.
The famous Tudor Rose Florist Christmas tree is back.
The Narnia-like creation of old tree stumps, bark and contorted hazel has “grown” in a slightly different location this year – near the door of our boutique shop in Hatter Street, Bury St Edmunds, but the usual hallmarks are all there.
Our talented colleague Jess Ashurst created the natural woodland feel with gnarled wood, moss and findings from the forest floor – and the twisted branches reach up as high as they can go and spread out across the ceiling.
Fairy lights and some ingenious backlighting lend some wonderfully atmospheric shadows and the twisted boughs have been laden with beautiful Christmas decorations from gilded baubles to stars, glass snowflakes, stained glass and, of course, cloth elephants and camels.
Ok, I get the camels – wise men etc – but elephants…really?? Naturally enough they’re rapidly becoming our best seller.
The woodland wonder, alongside our gorgeous window displays, has been designed to draw people into the shop where our tables are laid out with Christmas delights and our flower stand stocked with beautiful gift bouquets.
We really hope the return of the Tudor Rose tree goes down a storm – we think it looks as magical as ever.


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Take us back to summer

These amazing images of one of our summer weddings have just been dropped over by our lovely bride Kelly and her husband Jethro.
We took the inspiration for Kelly’s gorgeous, flowing bouquet from the cascading flowers her grandmother carried on her wedding day and the rest of the flowers were based on that feel.
The bouquet itself, as you can see, is quite a creation and our chief florist Danny used all his expertise to bring the style of the early 20th century bang up to date.
The aisle shot in the Banqueting Hall at magical Hengrave Hall and the image of Kelly emerging into the stately home’s courtyard with her beautiful train on show are two of our favourites of the fully-wired bouquet, which took several hours to make back at the workroom at our boutique store in Hatter Street, Bury St Edmunds.
The rest of the flowers tied perfectly with the bouquet, from the trailing ivy finishing the romantic candelabra displays we made for the dining tables to the striking, flower packed top table arrangement which sat in front of the bride and groom.
Talented photographer Martin Beard has captured the joyous feel of the day and the beauty of the flowers perfectly.
But while romance and nostalgia were clearly on show in the bridal bouquet and the tables, real drama was reserved for Hengrave’s stunning minstrel’s gallery, where a waterfall of flowers following the pink, ivory and lilac colour theme cascaded over the dark wooden panelling.
Thanks to Kelly and Jethro for sharing the wonderful images of your special day – we’re sure you’ll have a great marriage ahead of you.
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Christmas transformation

Ok, so its the first week of November – the leaves are still clinging to the trees in all their autumnal splendour, but at Tudor Rose the “C” word has reared its head…Christmas.

But it’s not ugly – it’s gloriously gold, silver and bronze…with added glitter and glitz.
Yes, Christmas has taken hold in a seriously big way! Our main festive delivery – bought back in January – turned up on Thursday morning and with five towering pallets lined up against the windows of our beautiful Bury St Edmunds flower shop was almost hidden – a boutique florists shrouded by massive piles of cardboard boxes.
But as the delights within the crates emerged, we began to remember our buying trip to Holland and the glorious decorations we ordered.
Now the really hard work starts – we’re beginning the mammoth task of transforming our shop – which for most of the year is a beautiful florists full of fresh flowers and sumptuous gift bouquets – into an amazing fairyland of Christmas fabulousness.
Among the tantalising gifts are giant bronzymoose heads, wooden Christmas trees glistening with shimmering gold sparkles and outrageous pinecone bowls.
And for fans of our breathtaking trees – we’re planning another this year after a few Christmases without.
We’ll keep you posted with our progress…if we ever emerge from the piles of wood, willow, hazel, bark and moss which have started to engulf the shop!


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Tudor Rose Luxury Flower Boxes

To launch our new website and webshop the Tudor Rose team has come up with some stunning designs.
At the heart of the new look are these gorgeous flowerboxes, in stylish French grey or ivory and finished with luxury ribbon. They are filled with our exquisite handtied bouquets.
The Signature, Luxury and Seasonal ranges consist of our trademark bespoke bouquets, handcrafted at our shop in Bury St Edmunds by our talented florists.
We hope you love what we’ve done – enjoy shopping!


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Hengrave Hall Open Day Autumn 2016

Hengrave Hall open evening
We’ve been working at top wedding venue Hengrave Hall since it opened and are still the only florist the incredibly sought after venue recommends to its couples.
For the regular open evenings, we get the chance to really show how the lovely stately home looks when it is adorned with beautiful wedding flowers.
Danny decided on a colour scheme of whites with touches of mauve and lilac for the latest showcase event and introduced some new props into the Long Gallery.
Our new crystal stands were used for the lower displays – the cut glass catching the light perfectly. On top of the stands were dome-like designs filled with summery flowers such as stocks, roses, scabious and delphinium.
For the remaining tables he chose tall, elegant lily vases topped with gorgeous ball-like displays which echoed the low designs but were finished with hanging amaranths to give a cascading effect to the finished result.
For the top table a traditional long low display following the floral theme took centre stage in the middle. But the display was flanked with larger glass urns decorated with domes of flowers – making the top table a real focal point of the room.
But we saved our most dramatic work for Hengrave’s gorgeous minstrel’s gallery – a waterfall of white orchids, w  hite asparagus fern and hanging glass orbs filled with more phalaenopsis orchids.
It may have been the hottest day of the year – unbelievable for mid September – but the silvery white cascade brought a Narnia-like feel to the banqueting hall below.




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Gorgeous Summer Wedding

These great pictures perfectly capture the feel of one of our favourite 2016 weddings. Classic, opulent elegance combined with a relaxed, family feel for the celebrations to mark Elisha and Liam’s special day at the magical Hengrave Hall.

The church was decorated with one of Danny’s trademark arch displays, full of hydrangea and roses – a real stunner. Inside, two tall glass vases topped with magnificent balls of flowers stood either side of the altar, framing the bride and groom.

And gorgeous swags of hydrangea and roses finished with delicious smelling sweet peas were strung around the tops of the graceful pillars.

For the wedding breakfast, the round tables in the Long Gallery were decorated with more tall, elegant lily vases topped with the opulent balls of flowers – the table design was completed with a cluster of smaller hydrangea and rose vases around the base.

The show-stopper proved to be a sumptuous flower frame for the table plan – simply spectacular.

But it was one of those quieter wedding moments, caught here brilliantly by Martin Beard Photography, which made the day – Elisha’s utter delight at her bouquet of white roses. Perfect elegant  simplicity – both the bride and her flowers.