Christening Flowers – September, Cumbria

For me, christenings are a rite of passage – whether you’re religious or not. So I could call these Christening Flowers – but, really, whatever you call it, religious or nay, a Christening, Naming Ceremony or just plain party is a great excuse to get everyone you love together to celebrate a new little

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christening flowers cumbriaWe got married in September, several years ago now! And of course Pollendine’s did the flowers for that. Even though this Name Day Celebration was at the other end of the month (we got married on 26th September), the season reminded me so much of all the floral preparation that I did. These two events look so different – with the exuberant, eye-popping, clashing dahlias taking centre-stage here, where I prioritised the blues of hydrangeas for my wedding flowers. It just reminds you of the diversity of British blooms! christening flowers ecofriendly florist cumbriaGoing all-British definitely doesn’t have to be limiting, in any way.



Christening Flowers – or Naming Day, or just Baby Party!

Whatever you call it, it is a great event when you can celebrate the birth of a child.

Christening flowers can be very formal – in a church, they can feel almost like a wedding. Each type of christening resonates with the parents, but just because you choose something less formal doesn’t mean it is less important, or less celebratory.

This was no ordinary Christening. This was titled “The Dilly Do” – an informal party, on a summer’s day, to celebrate everything about little Dylan. There was no formal, religious element – just a party for friends and family in a marquee in a field, with a fresh selection of Indian food and a mint-decorated croque em bouche!

Flower Recipe for Dylan’s Christening Do


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With our own wonderful, bright and bolshy dahlias in bloom, as well as alstroemeria and those rich purple scabious from my wholesale supplier down in Cornwall, these Christening flowers were all about informality, fun, and celebration.

I also gathered plenty of cottage garden-style blooms like Japanese anemone and borage to add to the feeling of informality, the brief being to look like a summer garden overflowing with joyful, bright blooms.


Arches can work at an entrance to a marquee, to lead the way down a path, or as an arbour under which to say more formal vows. This one was kept unruly and wild, a pop of colour to herald summer in this green, green field. We kept a little lightness by keeping it bare to the frame up the sides of the structure.september christening flowers uk

If you’re looking for Christening flowers, whether you’re in a church, venue, outside or in a more informal space, local blooms are the perfect way to inject personality and a sense of celebration.


Lake District Wedding Fair

We landed at Lake District Wedding Fair last weekend!

What an awful lot of wonderful wedding suppliers there were in attendance. Particularly enjoyed the Gilpin’s rowing boat full of afternoon tea – I could get behind that on a lazy Sunday afternoon! This was the first Lake District Wedding Fair, held very near to home for us – we don’t think it’ll be the last!

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Pollendine’s for Emma Jane Events at Lake District Wedding Fair

Pollendine’s didn’t have a stall, but we provided a bit of flower power to the lovely Emma Jane Events, a local Wedding Planner we have a few jobs down the line with. She also works regularly with venue Park House Barn, who also had a Lake District Wedding Fair table, alongside Emma’s.

After what I can only call a wipe-out of a week (if anyone has had the Norovirus this winter/spring, you know what I mean!) we managed to get a little florist-floor woodland wilderness onto the wedding wishes postbox table, alongside Emma’s tablescape featuring her rose gold candelabras (which I love!), her amazing Edison bulbs suspended from the gold circle backdrop and her rustic candlestick holders.

Conjuring a Spring woodland, we had snowdrops, tulips, aspragus fern and aquilegia popping out of the moss – a statement centrepiece which could also work as a tablerunner down the centre of the tables for your wedding breakfast.

Wonderful Emma is your one-stop-shop for beautiful backdrops, tablescapes and organisation and advice on the big day, and I for one would be chuffed to leave such a big day in her capable hands!

As a Cumbrian florist who travels for work, it’s great to meet up with other wedding suppliers around the region, whether they’re doing a similar type of thing to us or something completely different. It’s nice to finally meet people you follow on Instagram.

Penrith Flower World’s stall was completely lovely, and their blooms just popped jewel-bright. But I think we were the only table there showcasing all British-grown blooms – and that’s the Pollendine’s ethos. Less travel miles, more sustainable, and more reflective of the environment around you on your big day, giving your photos a real sense of place and time.

Weddings are a massive day for the bride and groom, but they can have a massive impact on the environment, too. Not only do flowers regularly get shipped from all over the world by plane, which is not great for anyone’s carbon footprint, but ‘floral foam’ (AKA the green devil!) is a single-use microplastic which is really nasty stuff! Lake District Wedding Fair Pollendine's Cumbrian florist

We say a firm ‘no’ to floral foam at Pollendine’s. We also try to minimise anything single-use, regularly reusing and recycling, and only use flowers and foliage grown and foraged in the UK.

If being ecofriendly and environmentally ethical is an important box for you to tick for your wedding day, or if you are just drawn to our once-wild aesthetic, get in touch to chat about your big day!