I feel like I am part of a host of anxious August brides, peering nervously out of windows and checking the weather forecast every five minutes in the hope the sun will make more a lasting appearance as the month moves on. Grey skies and chilly winds do not make for a particularly comfortable summer, let alone the dream wedding weather everyone hopes for! My Sundays pass curled up in bed, with a mug of hot tea, a good book and Parks and Recreation on an endless loop - more reminiscent of autumn mornings than summer days. I wrap myself in layers and wish for balcony breakfasts and afternoons in the shade of a tree, escaping the heat in idleness.
It's no secret I have been stressed out recently and my little coping methods are waning as the days pass by, so the arrival of this beautiful bouquet from Blossoming Gifts was a welcome light in my personal darkness. This particular posy of loveliness is named the Summer Garden - a heady mix of lilies, germini and the most beautiful pink-orange roses - it was an absolute delight to unwrap!
Not content with cheering me up alone, Blossoming Gifts have kindly offered me a lovely discount code to share with my readers - if you'd like to treat a friend or relative, or even treat yourself if you've been having a tough time, simply use the code BGIFTS33 to order any bouquet (with the exception of flowers by post, it's valid for any flowers across the site). They even have a beautiful selection of bouquets under £20 - so you can brighten up anyone's day on a budget!
I'm so happy with my bouquet, and although the flowers were sent to me for review, I found Hannah from their online team to be so friendly and helpful that I'm already planning a purchase of my own! It's so important to help out small businesses that have just started up and the service from Blossoming Gifts was so lovely and personal, it beats picking up a bunch of flowers from M&S on the way home any day!
Needless to say, the flowers completely boosted my mood and also provided me with the perfect opportunity to test out a couple of my DIY vase centrepieces for the wedding. The large jar was formerly known as a Sainsbury's stir-fry sauce and the bottles are a combination of ex-J2O and Schloer - isn't it lovely how a quick coat of spray paint can transform such mundane pieces? I've found this to be such a cheap yet effective way of gathering decorations for our marquee - I've only had to buy spray paint and have a sort through our recycling box! The flowers on the day will look slightly different to the ones shown here, but it was fun to do a little practice run in the lead up to the wedding - hopefully it will all come together on the day!
* bouquet provided for review, but as always all thoughts and opinions are my own!