Susanne & Scott – The Swan at Lavenham

The Swan at Lavenham is one of the finest intimate wedding venues in Suffolk. Set in the medieval village steeped in history it is truly a magical place get married.

It was the setting for Susanne and Scott’s intimate wedding back in 2017. They opted for delicate jars to dress the tables with which suited the room perfectly. And to make sure your eye was not all at one level, they chose to have gorgeous garlands to adorn the beams above where they wed and had their wedding breakfast.

A soft neutral colour pallet of whites and creams complimented the timber beams so elegantly.

As we were based in Lavenham for many years before moving our shop to Bury St Edmunds, we know the swan well and love doing weddings at this beautiful venue.

Susanne held a bespoke Tudor Rose bridal bouquet of scented Peonies and Sweetpeas, Rosemary and Ranunculus.

Simply devine!

Mother of the bride Samantha was such a dream to work with. Leaving so much of the flower choices up to us meant we had free reign to design these beautiful arrangements for her daughters wedding.

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Valentines Day at Tudor Rose

Valentine’s Day! The day of love, romance and of course… Red Roses!

For the last 17 years Tudor Rose has been creating the most gorgeous bouquets from our shop in Bury St Edmunds.

It all starts with the auctions where Danny purchases the finest Red Roses, Foliage’s and other mixed blooms from our suppliers in Holland. They are then delivered to us at the shop ready for phase two. They then have to be meticulously conditioned by us, checking that each stem is of the highest quality. They are put into fresh water with flower food added to keep the flowers as fresh as possible. Our cooler keeps the flowers at the right temperature to ensure they have the longest life when they are given to the recipient.

Orders are carefully made one by one each to their own brief and lined in the shop ready for their collection or delivery. There is always a nice buzz on the day as the shop is fully staffed, everyone is busy creating gorgeous arrangements and the shop is full of customers who are off to meet their loved ones.

As you can imagine our drivers are kept busy all day delivering our gorgeous creations all over Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding areas. We also have a stand full of gorgeous bespoke bouquets which are ready to walk out the door for those of you who like to leave things to the last minute!

Although Red Roses are the focal flower on Valentines Day, we find many women are over the moon to receive a bouquet of gorgeous spring flowers such as Tulips, Narsissi, Hyacinths and Ranunculus. We suggest ordering your flowers in advance to avoid any disappointment on the day however we can whip up a bouquet in 30 minutes if you want something made there and then!

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Scarlett & Vinu – Culford School

Scarlett & Vinu are the epitome of young love!

Their wedding was held Culford Hall & onsite church, its 480 acres of beautiful grounds provided a wonderful environment for their wedding day.

All the bounty of the season were included in their wedding flowers. Beautiful David Austin roses were surrounded by cafe-au-lait dahlias, soft astilbe, nigella, scabious and delphiniums. The colour palette ranging from soft pinks through to lilacs and mauve which all complimented each other beautifully.

On the entrance to the church we created a trademark Tudor Rose arch in which Scarlett first walked under as Miss and emerged as Mrs! Trailing ferns and Jasmine gently flowed down to give it a delicate, natural feel.

In the hall of Culford school we created sumptuous punch bowls filled with the finest flowers following her theme. Three stunning long displays adorned the entire length of the top table to create a real impact in the historic room. We also dressed the fire places with fresh flower garlands.

Mother of the bride Samantha was such a dream to work with. Leaving so much of the flower choices up to us meant we had free reign to design these beautiful arrangements for her daughters wedding.

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Flower School Success!

Our brand new Tudor Rose Flower School got off to a flying start over November and December!

Our Pumpkin and Prosecco workshops were the highlight of our November, creating quirky table centrepieces inside vivid orange pumpkins. The results were stunning, with everyone’s unique eye and style coming through it was so nice to see the different creations made by our talented ladies.

Then came December… the workshops consisted mainly of wreath making. All of our students had different tastes when it came to these. Some of our attendees wanted beautifully simple, rustic wreaths consisting of twigs and cones whereas others wanted all the trimmings to make theirs full of festive delights. Although the styles varied the results were all amazing!

We also hosted a few table centrepiece workshops, making beautiful centrepieces which contained fragrant pine, oranges, cinnamon and tapered candles.

Whether a complete novice or a dab hand at flower arranging,  one thing is for sure – all our lovely students we welcomed to the flower school last year thoroughly enjoyed themselves! We love how relaxed the classes felt, with chatter and laughter amongst friends, family, colleagues and us.

Thank you to all who attended courses last year and we are now really excited about the classes  already on our website for this season offer. Roll on spring! As well as fun afternoon workshops we will be hosting more intensive floristry sessions (both day-long and more extended courses). These perfect for students looking to the flower business as a possible career as well as those wanting to make full use of the bounty in their gardens.

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Olivia & Lewis – Marquee Wedding

Who says that marquee weddings are only for the height of summer?!

Olivia and Lewis’s November marquee wedding was so magical. Their ceremony was held in St Mary’s Church, right in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, followed by a marquee in the grounds Olivia’s family home.

In the church we lined the aisle with dramatic groups of candles in varying height vases, which drew your eye down to the towering urns at the front which framed Olivia and Lewis perfectly.

Atmosphere is always key in marquees, as they are so tall you need the right lighting and decor to make it intimate and romantic, all of which was achieved perfectly in this case. Olivia opted for varying tall and low silver vases for her tables, the tall were finished with hanging orbs and t-lights.

The top table was adorned with a full length floral display of roses, hydrangea and soft eucalyptus, underlit by groups of candles in vases and flowers to add some drama. Candles also ran down the entire length of the table at different levels, which once the sun had gone down turned the marquee into an intimate and romantic space for dinner and speeches.

We were working along the most talented suppliers such as the gorgeous marquee from The Great Event Company, stunning cake by Amelie’s Kitchen and swoon-worthy food by Milsoms Weddings. 

Dear The Tudor Rose Team. Thank you so much for helping us achieve the wedding of our dreams! You were amazing from start to finish and we cant thank you enough. The flowers looked incredible! You knew exactly what we wanted.

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Joanne & Dan- Lavenham Church & Hedingham Castle

When you think about it, the aisle is quite an important aspect of a wedding.

But when our bride and groom Joanne and Dan said they wanted to make a thing of the aisle at beautiful Lavenham Church in Suffolk for their Christmas wedding – they really meant A THING.

This was to be one spectacular aisle and Joanne knew that our own chief florist Danny Preston, based at our shop in Bury St Edmunds, was the designer to turn her imaginings into breathtaking reality.

Morning, afternoon and evening workshops, of between six and eight people, are perfect for groups of friends and family looking for that special “experience” outing.

Towering mossed trunks topped with giant floral displays lined the aisle creating a dreamy tunnel-like effect made all the more wonderful with shimmering candles in glass storm lanterns dotted along and between and hanging glass orbs filled with twinkling tea lights.

The enchanted passageway led to a giant showstopper floral arch at the end of the aisle – finished to the sides with banks of flowers in glittering glass and candles floating in vases.

It was a truly magical look, enhanced with some stunning lighting by the guys at Dreamwave Events, who lit the graceful pillars at Lavenham church with a glorious warm glow.

We even managed to get a glimpse of the happy couple walking down the aisle and it was wonderful to see Joanne, her trademark natural-style Tudor Rose bouquet in one hand and her handsome new husband’s hand in the other, amidst the fairytale aisle she had dreamed of. An aisle indeed!

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Laura & Jake – Hengrave Hall

For her autumn wedding at Hengrave Hall, near Bury St Edmunds, our lovely bride Laura, chose a very natural and flowing style, with heavy emphasis on blush and cream tones. Pieces were finished with beautiful trailing jasmine, which gave the florals an extra-special romance.

Dramatic candelabra table centres work particularly well for November weddings at the Suffolk venue – the autumnal afternoon light is just right to show off our twinkling LED tea lights housed in crackle-glaze vases mounted on the arms of the elegant silver stands.

These were used first on the alter for the service in the pretty church at Hengrave – here fitted with real church pillar candles for a gorgeous twinkling feel.

The church was finished with massed candles and scattered petals but the star of the show was a glorious floral arch over the door. The seriously romantic design is a Tudor Rose speciality and our chief florist Danny Preston makes the construction look an awful lot easier than it is (check out time-lapse videos of how one taking shape on our Instagram feed – Tudor Rose Florist).

And the arch is the perfect backdrop for photographs – these dreamy pics of Laura, her pretty and elegant bouquet and, of course, her new husband, Jake, are by the super talented Martin Beard Photography.

``Thank you so much! The flowers were completely perfect and made our day even more special... ``

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Stacey & Giuseppe – Hengrave Hall

The wedding of Stacey & Giuseppe back in August of last year at Hengrave Hall was truly the wedding of dreams.

Right from the beginning Stacey was the perfect client to work with. She had keen eye for the beautiful and a stunning brief of blowsy displays in natural and summery shades of light peach, cream, soft blue, lilac and purple.

In the church, we filled the windowsills with beautiful flowers and massed candles to create an intimate and romantic atmosphere. It definitely had the desired effect as the photographs will show. The day was captured beautifully by Benjamin Wheeler (photography) and James Poole (videographer)

The morning of the wedding was lovely for us setting up as various members of the bride and grooms family were popping into the church of Hengrave Hall and taking photographs of its gorgeous architecture. Giuseppe’s father was snapping away on his retro Canon camera while his mother was chatting away with us… a lovely relaxed atmosphere.

Words can not describe how much i loved our wedding flowers. Our guests still comment on how beautiful they were. You were a pleasure to work with and your service leading upto and on the day of our wedding was exceptional. The memories will live forever in our hearts and we are eternally grateful.

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Tudor Rose Flower School

He may be bit of a shrinking violet but only so many people can tell you you should set up a flower school before you take note.

So now our own head honcho florist, Danny Preston, who despite his shy demeanour has a reputation as one of the best in the business, is sharing his extensive floral knowledge at the Tudor Rose Flower School – passing on the skills which have given him so much job satisfaction as well as considerable personal pleasure.

The warm and informal coaching sessions – held in the brand new design space created at our beautifully refurbished shop in Hatter Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk – will be fun and informative with a magical sparkling of Danny’s unique brand of inspiration.

Morning, afternoon and evening workshops, of between six and eight people, are perfect for groups of friends and family looking for that special “experience” outing.

Learn to make the lush Christmas door wreath you’ve dreamed of creating or how to transform a bucket of stems into a beautiful bespoke bouquet. Whatever the results, cake and fuzz will celebrate your achievements!

Danny and his talented team also offer in-depth tuition for people looking to gain more formal floristry experience – possibly as the foundation for a new career.

Day sessions and more extended coaching courses over several weeks - timed to coincide with large-scale wedding and event work - are available. One-on-one sessions on request.

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Maison Talbooth Open Evening

When the lovely Alex from Maison Talbooth emailed to ask if we would be able to do some flowers the following week for an open evening at the absolute jewell of a wedding and party venue, we were utterly shattered.

We were in the thick of a major refit. Our new-look shop and flower school was about to open and we were knee deep in paint, electricians and boxes and boxes of new stock.

But having done some beautiful, intimate weddings at Maison Talbooth, we knew how glorious the venue on the Essex/Suffolk border looks and how some great florals can make it really magical.

With autumn fast approaching, we chose a very seasonal colour theme – flame reds, burnt oranges, berries and seed heads. We coupled densely packed posies with a shimmering runner of floating candles in glass vases and finished the display with seasonal gourds and wispy old man’s beard.

The array for the long dining table was complemented with a long low display set out in the neighbouring room, which – along with the stunning pool area in the delightful and secluded gardens, is licensed for wedding ceremonies.

And chatting to guests and the Maison Talbooth staff throughout the evening was a delight – they were all very complimentary and not one of them mentioned the matchsticks in our eyes!!!

P.S - I expect the candlelight helped...

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