Thursday, 31 July 2014

Traditional "Lucky" Bridal Horseshoes from The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company


A handmade horseshoe from The Real Petal Confetti Company

The modern wedding day is full of little traditions and symbolic links with our past and the giving of a 'lucky' horseshoe to the bride is one that endures. It's a lovely gift and an ancient symbol of good luck. Most families have old pictures of newly married couples stood outside the church - groom with a floral buttonhole and bride with her big bouquet and lucky horseshoe.


A 1940s wedding party outside the church


A 1960s bride
A newly-wed couple in the 1930s
 
For Christians the meaning comes from St. Dunstan who trapped the Devil inside a horseshoe. He would only release the Devil if he swore an oath to never cross the threshold of a Christian home that was protected by a horseshoe hung above the door. So the bride would take her horseshoe to her marital home and the newly-weds would be protected.

But the positive symbolism can be traced back to ancient Greece where horseshoes were associated with the crescent moon and regarded as a symbol of fertility.

A child gives a lucky horseshoe to the bride

The Victorians (who loved their symbolism and are responsible for most of our wedding traditions!) filled the wedding day with meaning and omens of good fortune and female family members would give a horseshoe to the bride to bring good luck to her marriage. Having a child give a horseshoe is thought to be particularly beneficial in terms of fertility.

For the Victorians the luckiest horseshoes were cast from iron - a perfect marriage of fire and earth. And they chose used shoes so that horse’s strong energy had been absorbed into the metal. But tastes have changed over time and our horseshoes are light aluminium and brand new - so that they can also be used as part of "Something Old, Something New, Something  Borrowed, Something Blue" - another meaningful bridal wedding tradition.

A good luck horseshoe - something new and something blue!


The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company's horseshoes are lovingly handmade with pretty ribbons and paper flowers. They are available in 6 different colourways: Blue, White, Pink, Red, Candy Mix and White with gold ribbon and cost £14.99.


White Daisies with Silk Leaves
Gold Ribbon with White Daisies

Pink Cherry Blossoms
Classic Red Roses with Silk Leaves
Candy Coloured Flowers

We can also make horseshoes to order if you have a bespoke flower colour request. (Subject to availability). We have a small selection of paper flowers available - please just email sally@confettidirect.co.uk.

Rosy Red Flower Mix Bespoke Horseshoe


 
Remember - it's very important that a horseshoe should not be turned upside down or all the good luck will fall out. Unless you are Anglican, Eastern Orthodox or Roman Catholic, who hang a horseshoe with the ends pointing down so that good luck can flow out into the home... the choice is yours!

For more information about our handmade wedding horseshoes visit www.confettidirect.co.uk or call 01386 555045


Too cute!

Friday, 11 July 2014

The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company's Delphinium Flower Fields in Wick, Pershore, Worcestershire 2014

***Opening dates for 2017 are 30th June - 9th July, 10am - 5pm daily


Confetti Flower Fields 2014

Colourful views to Bredon Hill. (Photograph: Andy Poppleton)

The delphiniums echoing the colour of the sunset (Photograph: Ian Vaux)

The perfect place to be on a summer's day! (Photograph: Tammie Louise Cornish)

A close up of the vivid colours   (Photograph: Chloe Field)
The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company's delphinium flower fields are blooming and thanks to the wonderful weather we have been enjoying they are looking fabulous!

This year we have planted a 25 acre field (twice the usual size!) so it is a spectacular sight. The views change as you walk around the field with Pershore Abbey and Bredon Hill providing a beautiful backdrop to the flowers.

Worcestershire is wonderful county and in July we are sure we can offer the best views in England. If you'd like to come and have a look then give us a call - 01386 555045.


Pershore Abbey peeping out from the blanket of Pale Pink Delphiniums

Views across the flowers to Bredon Hill
Cera enjoying the flowers (Photograph: Geoff Robinson)


The stripes of different coloured flowers in the summer sunshine

The flower are 4-5 foot tall and Cera is well hidden! (Photograph: Geoff Robinson)

A pink delphinium stem in full bloom

These flowers will become Azure Blue confetti petals

Stray colours that pop up make for great photos!

In the top corner of the field is a peaceful blue area with views to Pershore Abbey

A cornflower looks magnificent in the evening sunshine


We love it when visitors to the flowers share their photos with us - if you get some great pictures please share them with us on our Facebook page - tag us and use the #flowerfields!

We have also had a lot of interest from professional photographers this year who are keen to use the flowers as a beautiful backdrop for photo shoots. Worcestershire photographer Tammie Louise Cornish captured some fabulous moments amongst the flowers...

Amy and Josie enjoying the delphiniums (Photograph: Tammie Louise Cornish)


Baby Barney loves the flowers! (Photograph: Tammie Louise Cornish)

Sofina and Charlie share a moment  (Photograph: Tammie Louise Cornish)

And local photographer Chloe Field captured some beautiful shots of the delphiniums whilst working with her clients...

A majestic Azure Blue Delphinium stand straight and tall (Photograph: Chloe Field)






A mix of different coloured stems (Photograph: Chloe Field)




Flowers reaching high for the sky (Photograph: Chloe Field)


But we don't plant the flowers for fun - we are a working farm and to us they are a crop that needs to be harvested like wheat or barley. Our team of pickers are hard at work gathering petals - they are all hand picked and then dried naturally in the sunshine to become our beautiful, natural and 100% biodegradable wedding confetti.

Petal pickers at work in the field. (Photograph: Geoff Robinson)



A rainbow mix of our Delphinium Confetti Petals in our handmade Cones

You choose your own pretty blend of colours on our website, we pack up your order by hand and send it out with the postman - it's sure to be the most eco-friendly element of your wedding!

The confetti petals in action! (Photograph: Sam Pelly)

For more information and to buy some confetti visit - www.confettidirect.co.uk 
To see more pictures from 2013 click here.

Have a great summer everyone!
The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company x

Simply magical (Photograph: Ian Vaux)


All other uncredited imagery by The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company.
If you would like to use these images please ask permission where there is a link to the photographer and where there is not please credit the appropriate photographer and link back to www.confettidirect.co.uk - Thank you.