WEDDINGS

A Festive Floral Crafternoon Tea with Jay Archer

bloved-uk-wedding-blog-jay-archer-crafternoon-tea-at-fetcham-park-maxeen-kim-photography (8)

Just before Christmas I was invited to join Jay Archer’s ‘Crafternoon Tea’. As a huge fan of Jay’s loose & organic floral designs, naturally I leapt at the chance to learn some tips and create my own arrangement under her expert guidance.  More than just a workshop, the Crafternoon Tea is an opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about the art of flower arranging with a group of like-minded creative friends, with tea served by A Cup of Vintage in a beautiful venue.  This time, it was held at historic Fetcham Park, a personal favourite of mine with it’s grand Grade II listed interiors, and warm, homely atmosphere.

bloved-uk-wedding-blog-jay-archer-crafternoon-tea-at-fetcham-park-maxeen-kim-photography (30)bloved-uk-wedding-blog-jay-archer-crafternoon-tea-at-fetcham-park-maxeen-kim-photography (34)bloved-uk-wedding-blog-jay-archer-crafternoon-tea-at-fetcham-park-maxeen-kim-photography (16)bloved-uk-wedding-blog-jay-archer-crafternoon-tea-at-fetcham-park-maxeen-kim-photography (23)bloved-uk-wedding-blog-jay-archer-crafternoon-tea-at-fetcham-park-maxeen-kim-photography (15)bloved-uk-wedding-blog-jay-archer-crafternoon-tea-at-fetcham-park-maxeen-kim-photography (20)

I brought along Maxeen from Maxeen Kim Photography to capture the action, and some of the beautiful arrangements created by Jay, and my own efforts!  After a friendly welcome over a cup of tea we settled at our benches in the glamorous Salon, with it’s painted ceilings, gold gilded panelling and crystal chandelier, for the first of Jay’s demonstrations creating a festive centrepiece arrangement.  With the most colourful array of locally grown, seasonal and beautifully scented flowers, foliage, succulents, seed pods and dried fruit laid out, Jay’s resulting piece combined rich red ranunculus and brightly coloured anemones with fresh green moss, foliage and eucalyptus for a wonderful scent. For the second demonstration, Jay showed us how to create a festive wreath, using a wire frame, moss and wire, decorated with lush green foliage, dried limes and cinnamon for scent with silvery-green succulents for a contemporary twist.

bloved-uk-wedding-blog-jay-archer-crafternoon-tea-at-fetcham-park-maxeen-kim-photography (2) bloved-uk-wedding-blog-jay-archer-crafternoon-tea-at-fetcham-park-maxeen-kim-photography (1)bloved-uk-wedding-blog-jay-archer-crafternoon-tea-at-fetcham-park-maxeen-kim-photography (3) bloved-uk-wedding-blog-jay-archer-crafternoon-tea-at-fetcham-park-maxeen-kim-photography (7)bloved-uk-wedding-blog-jay-archer-crafternoon-tea-at-fetcham-park-maxeen-kim-photography (6)bloved-uk-wedding-blog-jay-archer-crafternoon-tea-at-fetcham-park-maxeen-kim-photography (5)

With our minds buzzing with creative designs, we retreated to the beautiful Shell Room for a delicious cream tea in surely the most glamorous setting!  Chatting with my fellow attendees I met green-fingered mums, creative graduates, brides-to be and other wedding industry professionals all looking to learn something new, and create something pretty to take home too!

bloved-uk-wedding-blog-jay-archer-crafternoon-tea-at-fetcham-park-maxeen-kim-photography (17)bloved-uk-wedding-blog-jay-archer-crafternoon-tea-at-fetcham-park-maxeen-kim-photography (14)bloved-uk-wedding-blog-jay-archer-crafternoon-tea-at-fetcham-park-maxeen-kim-photography (21) bloved-uk-wedding-blog-jay-archer-crafternoon-tea-at-fetcham-park-maxeen-kim-photography (24)bloved-uk-wedding-blog-jay-archer-crafternoon-tea-at-fetcham-park-maxeen-kim-photography (25)bloved-uk-wedding-blog-jay-archer-crafternoon-tea-at-fetcham-park-maxeen-kim-photography (26)

Filled with tea and cake, we made our way back to the Salon for the fun part – creating our own arrangements! I chose to make a rustic, natural wreath for my festive front door, combining base  of Spanish Moss with pinecones, birch twigs and succulent details.  After being a little overwhelmed by the demonstration, I was pleasantly surprised that the technical process was actually quite straightforward, with just a creative eye required for the placing of all the lovely details.

bloved-uk-wedding-blog-jay-archer-crafternoon-tea-at-fetcham-park-maxeen-kim-photography (11) bloved-uk-wedding-blog-jay-archer-crafternoon-tea-at-fetcham-park-maxeen-kim-photography (9) bloved-uk-wedding-blog-jay-archer-crafternoon-tea-at-fetcham-park-maxeen-kim-photography (10)

It was a really fun afternoon, and a must for any bride thinking about creating their own wedding flowers!  Jay runs regular Crafternoon Tea sessions with new dates coming soon, or for a more personalised option you can book a private session.  Perhaps treat your mum and mother-in-law to-be or bridesmaids, before roping them in to creating your perfect table arrangements for the big day!

Find out more at here or at www.jayarcherfloraldesign.com

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

OCTOBER OFFER! 50% OFF MAXEEN KIM PHOTOG

We’ve got a super special offer to share with you this afternoon, thanks to photogra

VIEW POST

Welcome Bo Boutique floral design + styl

A very happy morning to you my loves! Before you head off for a weekend of sunshine and we

VIEW POST

THE CALLIGRAPHY MASTER

We’re constantly swooning over the curls and swirls of beautiful lettering, so when

VIEW POST

The Editorial Wedding: The Student’

Hello ladies & gents!  I hope you were inspired by this morning’s Kate Spade-in

VIEW POST