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Every girl needs flowers

Ok so it’s coming up to the year countdown of when I am planning to have our wedding..and no I haven’t booked anything yet, but as soon as my venue is booked I will start up Wedding Wednesday’s again filled with lots of ideas and DIY’s. But until then, it never hurts to fill your day with floral love! Enjoy

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I love the idea of having a bouquet filled with a varity of colour and texture. My idea for the wedding is to do a floralworkshop, then have a nice evening before the wedding filled with cocktails and fun with my bridesmaids when we all sit down together and make our own bouquets….ordering a bunch of fresh flowers in for this.

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I making it my mission at sompoint to do a big floral shoot…the closest I have come to doing one was in Italy…fun times..see it here.

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I am torn between pastel arrangement or vibrant one like this…descions descions..what do you guys think?

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See pastels do look pretty…damn beautiful right….

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I dream of having a garden full of colour with flowers and ivy hanging down… Love this so much..if this could be in my garden right now that would be great thanks.

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I have done a few face the foliage portraits, which are so much fun..they are on my instagram which you can see here… but I think there’s so many creative ways to make artworks out of flowers, like this so simple yet so beautifull.

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This is from an instalation by Rebecca Louise Law’s work….the rest of it is just as divine. If I could have this at my wedding thst would be amazing.

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Well this totally needs to happen..it’s like a floral dream…

I hope you all enjoy your Tuesday..I’m currently led in bed with a grumpy boy after having his jabs yesterday.

 



RECIPE; LAVENDER CUP CAKE

What you need

For the cake:

120ml whole milk
 3 tablespoons dried lavender flowers or 3 tablespoons of lavender syrup
 120g plain flour
 140g caster sugar
 1½ teaspoons baking powder
 40g unsalted butter, at room temperature
 1 egg

For the icing:


 25ml whole milk
 1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers or 1 tablespoon of lavender syrup
 250g icing sugar, sifted
 80g unsalted butter, at room temperature
 A couple of drops of purple food colouring (optional)
 A 12-hole cupcake tray, lined with paper cases

 

1.Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/gas mark three.

2. On a very low heat infuse your milk with the dry lavender or lavender syrup. Do this for a couple of minutes then leave to cool.  Do both batches for your icing and cake mixture to save time. 


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Ok so I tried out both methods with using dry lavender infused in the milk, and using my lavender syrup. The syrup was more subtle so I preferred the syrup cakes, but both work well.

3. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder and butter in a bowl and mix until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.

4. Strain the lavender-infused milk and slowly pour (the amount for the cakes) into the flour mixture, beating well until all the ingredients are well mixed.

Lavender-batter

You can add your food colouring while combining the mixture. 

5. Add the egg and beat well.


6. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the sponge bounces back when touched. A skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean.

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7. Leave the cupcakes to cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

 

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For the icing.

1. Beat together the icing sugar, butter and food colouring.

2. Add the infused milk into the mixture and beat together.

3. Continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy (at least five minutes). The longer the frosting is beaten, the fluffier and lighter it becomes.

4. When the cupcakes are cold, spoon the lavender frosting on top and decorate with a sprig of lavender.

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I also tried combining flavours alternating the lavender cakes and icing. Lemon goes really well with lavender and so I did a plain lemon cupcake using the lavender icing which went sooo well together!! Tune in next week for fun lavender cocktails!!

 

I got the original recipe from Hummingbird Bakery book, which is awesome and has such fantastic recipes in it! I recommend you check it out!!

 



FLORAL LOVE ITALIAN STYLE

Just a quick note to say thank you to all of your kind words on mine and Richards Engagement, completely over the moon!

Now onto today’s post we all know I have a small obsession with flowers, so why would it stop just because I was is Italy. I love how nearly every house had a display of flowers surrounding their windows and garden, as if there a giant flower show and the whole of Italy are competing. Here are some of my favorite pictures I took of floral displays.

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How lovely is this, this is like my absolute dream. A house covered inside and out in plants and flowers.

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Some beautiful flowers Richard brought for me the day before he proposed, guess he was trying to butter me up! These are from the local florist and old lady who watched as Richard gave them to me and gave me a lovely big smile and a wave.

 

 

 

 

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I thought this little house was si pretty, completely covered, then I saw this little pot just in the window. Interesting no??

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I saw these pink flowers everywhere in different shades, maybe its the popular flower of the moment. They were so vibrant and pretty though.

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Everywhere I looked in Italy, balconies were just covered in flowers and plants, I love this one i particular because of the picture shrine beside it, its just so beautiful, I couldn’t not take a picture of it.

 

 

So there’s my snippet of floral Italy style for you, I tried so hard to get some pictures of the countless fields of sunflowers we drove past, but it was always at such a speed and no where to stop alas, I failed. But do enjoy these ones! Tomorrow Italian cakes and believe me there are quite a few!

 

Speak soon x