The music of Taurrus Riley got me to ask her to marry me, finally

Beloved Flower lover,

Relaxing, because it’s a hot London day and we could not help standing outside the office to cool off, whilst we are just soaking up the London sun rays. We love it. Breathing slowly, gently and concentrating sweetly on the ease of the sun, we are smiling broadly and just feeling nice. Taking all that in we took in the locals around us and began politely overhearing a conversation between a group of  men about how the music of Taurrus Riley inspired the groom to plan for his wedding. Our ears pricked up!

They all looked like the kind of men who were in the trades, plumbing, painting and decorating, electricians maybe IT . Could be a bus driver or a barber, who knows, but defintely the kind of men who all loved football .

The groom to be said he was playing Taurrus Riley, ‘Superman’ and ‘Something strong’ and just began to recall a load of good feelings about his loved one. He said he had to cut with all of the cynics around him and just do it. He decided to live now and enjoy the fruits of his love.

We just smiled to ourselves, overhearing  grown men talk about how much they loved their women. What a beautiful reflection of what is going on in London. “What a preview of things to come”, we whispered to each other as we stood in the sunshine and relaxed and absorbed how people are loving each other today in London. How they are creating harmony and sweetness between each other.

One of the girls, beaming with her mega watt smile, took a deep breathe and signed and said,   “that’s the reason why we keep doing our floral work, even when we do not hear people talk like this about love….even when others forget or cannot see, we keep doing it and look at this….. it’s a pleasure  to hear men. Men  talk privately amongst themselves about how  creating a life and love is what dreams are made of and that just because there are a million reasons to quit that they will hold on to their dreams. Yes, we got it going on”….she said in her beautiful accent.

The big man, went on to say how he had made a compilation of songs which he would just meditate on because they reminded him of how happy he was with his lady and why marrying her was such a pleasure. Yes,he had come to love the lyrics of Taurrus Riley, even though it was not the sort of music he grew up with, he just found the lyrics and vibe said exactly what he felt a ‘real man’s man’ would say and feel if he knew the power of being a real man.

Totally absorbed and fascinated, we were well in the  private conversation and got more details. Like, how he had been invited out to a party and first heard, ‘She’s Royal’ and the whole room was full of loving couples just been affectionate with each other. he said the whole room were just breathing easy, nice steady, nice and sweetly. So it was after that and getting his first Taurrus Riley compilation that he decided to ask his own ‘Queen’ to marry him. Once she said yes, he needed help about what to do next.  so we came up with a list of  questions and answers for grooms.

Q: Who’s Paying?
Ans: Your first task is to establish who is going to pay for your wedding. Traditionally, a wedding is hosted and paid for by the bride’s parents. Today, the etiquette of old is far less rigid and only about 30% of weddings is paid for by the bride’s parents. More and more couples are opting to pay for their own wedding since they are then free to choose exactly what they want without the worry of putting their parents under financial strain. However, many brides’ fathers have prepared themselves for their daughter’s marriage by saving well in advance and they welcome the opportunity to exercise their prerogative.

Q: What is your budget
Ans: If you and your bride will be responsible for organising your wedding (whether you are paying for it yourself or receiving contributions from your or your bride’s parents, you are strongly advised to set a budget. Unless you have access to unlimited funds, chances are that you will have to financially plan your wedding very carefully. An inherent danger with planning anything on the scale of a traditional wedding is that you can very easily overextend yourselves, especially if you commit yourselves to expenses on a one-by-one basis without keeping an eye on the overall picture.

With the average cost of a traditional wedding in the UK being about £11,000, overrunning by just 15 per cent out will mean having to find another £1,650. If your parents are contributing to your wedding, it is important that you don’t end up having to go back to them asking for more money and thereby putting them under unwelcomed financial pressure. If you and your bride are paying for the total cost of your wedding, it may mean starting married life with an unplanned debt.

Unfortunately, dealing with the financial aspects of getting married can be the cause of much tension between those involved in organizing your wedding. However, by carefully monitoring and controlling your expenditure with use of a budget, you will go a long way to reducing the stress that you will undoubtedly experience during your wedding preparations.

Q: How do I go about choosing Venues And Setting A Date
Ans: Once you know who is paying for your wedding and how much money you have, you will be able to choose your marriage and reception venues for the type and style of wedding you want (whether it be a church or civil wedding, large or small etc.) and choose a date. Deciding upon the date of your wedding will not be as straight-forward as you might think since you will need to obtain available dates from your preferred venues. Popular venues get booked up early. However, if your budget is a consideration, it is worth bearing in mind that it is often much cheaper to get married on a weekday or out of season as  venue and other wedding service providers are only too pleased to have an income at quieter times. Also, venues that  have vacant dates in the very near future will charge less simply to have the date filled.

Q: How do I go about compiling my Guest List
Ans: Since weddings are family occasions, your and your bride’s immediate families and relatives (usually one step removed such as grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins) are always included? You would also invite your close friends and possibly work colleagues who you have known for some time. The parents may also have close family friends that they would like to invite, especially friends that have taken a close interest or involvement in your upbringing.

If your budget is limited, keep the number attending your service and wedding reception to a minimum, inviting others to the evening reception only. Alternatively, to accommodate more guests, you could opt for spending less per head on the receptions. Halfing your cost per head will double the number of guests you can invite.

Whatever number of guests you decide to invite, it is considered that the perfect wedding guest list should provide a balanced picture of the lives of the bride and groom and their families (regardless of who is paying for your wedding). Therefore, as a starting point, it is recommended that invitations are allocated using the following ratios: one third the bride’s parents’ guests; one third the groom’s parents’ guests and one third for the friends of you and your bride. However, it is often the case that adjustments to this ideal solution will need to be made, especially where family sizes differ greatly.

Although both families will be involved in compiling the guest list to ensure a good representation of family and friends, ultimately the host, who is paying for your wedding, must give the final approval.

Q: Compiling Your Wedding List
Ans: Whatever your thoughts about the desirability of wedding gifts list, you will be bought gifts by your guests. The difficulty most couples face when considering the issue of wedding gifts is balancing the desire of your guests, who want their carefully chosen gift to be received with appreciation, with your desire to receive gifts that you need or would find useful in your home. It is in no one’s interest to buy or receive gifts that are duplicated or not needed.

The answer to this problem is to have a wedding list from which those wishing to buy you a gift can choose something they know is wanted and will be appreciated. It is important to remember that there is nothing wrong or presumptuous with having a wedding list. It is only considered bad taste if you try to force your wedding list onto your guests.

Therefore, together with your fiancée you will need to compile a gift list in readiness for when your invitations are sent out so that it is available when your guests ask for it. Please note, your gift list should only be made available to guests upon request and should not be included with your invitations as this is still considered bad manners by many and it will cause offence to some of your guests. It is a well known nuptial nicety that those attending your wedding will buy you a gift – your guests will not need to be reminded of this!
Q: Tell me about the Legal Bits
Ans: Traditionally, the groom is responsible for ensuring the legal requirements are fulfilled together with paying the church or registrar’s fees. The legal preliminaries vary depending on how you choose to marry and where. For example, if you plan to get married in your bride’s parish church and you live in another parish, it is your responsibility to ensure your marriage is authorised by the reading of the banns in your own parish (a Church of England requirement). If you have chosen a civil wedding to be held outside the registration district in which you live, it is your responsibility to ‘give notice’ at your local register office.
The Groom may also be responsible for organising the wedding insurance.

Q: How do I go about choosing my Groomsmen
Ans: Choosing your best man and ushers is not always as easy as it sounds? Traditionally, the role of best man is offered to your closest male relative or best friend. However, it should be some one that will be ready, willing and able to take on the responsibilities and duties, not only on the day itself but also during preparations. It is equally important that whomever you ask is acceptable to your bride as the day could easily be spoiled if you choose someone she isn’t comfortable with. Ushers generally are chosen from both sides of the family but can quite acceptably be a group of friends.

Q: The Honeymoon
Ans: If your wedding is being paid for by your bride’s parents it is traditionally expected that the groom will pay for the honeymoon. However, where once the groom was expected to surprise his bride with their honeymoon destination, nowadays most couples make a joint decision so that the appropriate clothing etc can be packed. Where you are not leaving for your honeymoon destination on the day of your wedding it is also your responsibility to book an appropriate venue for the nights in between. Be sure to advise the hotel that it is your wedding night as you will be surprised at the extras that are often included free of charge. If you are flying to your honeymoon destination, also tell the airline company that you are a honeymoon couple as you may be offered extras including seat upgrades.

Q: Wedding Outfits
Ans: Once the bride’s style and colour schemes have been decided upon, you need to decide upon the style of outfits you wish the men in your bridal party to wear.
If you are not wearing lounge suits (day suits) it is traditionally the responsibility of the groom to pay for the hire of outfits for the best man, ushers and himself. Therefore, you will need to arrange with the other males in the wedding party (including the bride’s father) to attend the outfitters, in order that you ensure a co-ordinated look and correct fittings. Arrange to collect your outfits a day or two before your wedding so there is time to deal with any problems that may arise.

Q: Wedding Rings
Ans: One of your more pleasant tasks is the choosing and buying of your bride’s wedding ring, a duty that is normally undertaken together. You are then responsible for the collection and payment for the ring and its safekeeping until the day of the wedding when you can pass this responsibility on to your best man. If you are to receive a wedding ring, it is traditional that your bride pays for it.

If you opt for a gold wedding ring, you need to consider how many carats the gold should be. A carat is the unit of measure for the fineness of gold, equal to 1/24 part. Pure gold is 24 carat; gold that is 75% pure is 18 carat. A band of pure gold will be too soft to last a lifetime, so it is hardened by alloying with other metals. The purest gold recommended for jewellery is 22 carat, whereas the hardest wearing gold generally available is 9 carat, which is 37.5% pure. It is recommended that the fineness of your bride’s wedding ring matches her engagement ring so that one does not wear away the other.

Q: Preparing Your Speech
Ans: The dreaded speech is probably the one duty that you fear the most but it has to be done as it is basic courtesy to thank your guests for their attendance and gifts on behalf of you and your wife. For your own peace of mind prepare in plenty of time, giving yourself time to practice and perfect your speech.

Q:Your Stag Night
Ans: Although the organisation of the stag night traditionally falls to the best man, it is advisable to try and have some involvement, bearing in mind that what your friends might consider to be a great practical joke could result in much embarrassment and explaining.

Q: The Wedding Rehearsal
Ans: If you marry in church one of your last duties, before the big day, will be to attend the rehearsal. This will involve yourself and your bride, together with the best man, bridesmaid and sometimes the bride’s father, going through the order of service with the minister so that you all know what to do and where to stand etc. on the day. The rehearsal usually takes place during the week preceding your wedding.

Tried and true advice and off course we would love to do the flowers for that wedding!

Oh yes….we continued to politely overhear his last comment….He said the first dance will be, ‘Stay with you’ by of course Taurrus Riley

The Team

The London Flower Lover

The London Flower Lover

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Allow yourself to enjoy the high season of summer flowers and friendships!

Beloved Flower Lover,

Take summer into every part of your body.

Act like a child. Or remember what it was like when we broke up for summer holidays and it felt like the summer lasted for an entire year.

Imagine that summer  really is an entire year and that you have the healthiest summer of your life. Let summer serve us.

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We wait so long in London for days like this. We wait. We wait and we wait. Now, let’s take the opportunity to take the summer into our hearts.

It’s a wonderful July day, let’s just slow down, give each other flowers and enjoy.

Many of us are very productive, we love to check things of our to do list and just get things done. But perhaps let’s leave more and more free space and time to spend time with friends and those we love.

Yes, it’s summer.

 

 

The Team,

 

The London Flower Lover

 

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Community Flower workshop in central London just by the British Museum enjoyed by all sorts of people

Beloved Flower Lover,

One hundred percent gentle today in London.

Sunflowers, gladioli,hollyhocks, surrounded us on the stalls, whilst lavender,sage, marjoram, mint scented the air today as they were used to create  gorgeous floral crowns.Grown women and little girls were getting their floral crowns made and others were simply just enjoying all the joy flowing around.

We were just around the corner from the British museum. Behind all the big important buildings, getting along nicely within a little square. We welcomed people from all walks of life to enjoy the land art-flower workshops and so much more.

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We just breathed as we released.

It felt like heaven on earth as we exhaled and let go of drama energies and all the issues we recently had been feeling. Yes, we felt safe and were smiling.

London has gone through so much recently yet today on this warm summers day we enjoyed a flower workshop which included making mandalas as well as planting out own parlance lettuce in an eco friendly manner. We remembered who we really are and accepted that on such a day that it reminded us that duality is what being on earth is about. That being on earth will always be about opposites and complementary elements. That being on earth is really about being able to experience us both sides of life whilst reminding ourselves that heaven, that place of oneness is always within us.

 

 

 

Happiness is being able to know that and be at peace with all of that.

London glowed in peacefulness!

 

The Team,

The London Flower Lover

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The Rejuvelac drink and Summer Flowers

Beloved Flower Lover,

The seed

Something is always calling us to wellness, a company, a product, and idea. Many of us are told that we have to believe in something to become well, so we can believe in our own bodies ability to be well.  If you are reading this, you might be just that person.

Well some of us in our team have been having digestive problems and been exploring how to use seeds to make drinks and  found this drink called Rejuvelac, a probiotic drink . So sharing what we have found. See link..http://www.superfoods-for-superhealth.com/rejuvelac.html

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We are going to attempt to make the drink ourselves from seeds to benefit from its healing abilities and enjoy that experience. If you have experienced it please share.

 

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The Team,

 

The London Flower Lover

 

 

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Self love does not have to show up with flowers- it’s already in you

Beloved Flower Lover,

We love self love to be accompanied with flowers.Of course we do. And it’s because we think you are worth it, but you don’t have to. Please consider what Gabor Mate has to say about self love.

 

The very fact that you are willing to explore, and discover the truth about self love and you come here means you are already flowering. You can then use them physically if you want or not.

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The team,

The London Flower Lover

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Give and Get Flowers for the Summer Solstice Celebrations and Notice their Ripple Effect

Beloved Flower Lover,

It’s a magical time of the year. It’s a ‘choose again’, time of year which we call Midsummer. The longest day  is around June 21st/22nd where you can celebrate how our joy, peace and happiness creates a rich emotional ripple effect as we identify with the exquisite abundance of life.

If you are in the northern hemisphere, the scent of the air is thick, green and juicy; it’s lost it’s spring astringency and is simply lush. The whole world is stretching it’s limbs and frolicking. The world is at it’s peak of beauty, seen through our adoring eyes. It’s Midsummer. It’s the Summer Solstice. It’s your time, our time to stop for it’s four days and re-imagine life, sweetly renewed. Teeming, swollen and fat with all the beautiful clarity of blessings we desire and request for a peaceful lovely life. We love it.

The Summer solstice is the culmination, the highest point of all the energies of the year. It’s a pivotal time of the year because we can take stock. When we look at what has come back to us emotionally. Whatever, disappointment, depression, desperation, joy, peace or fear. We just observe it and not to judge them.

It’s also a time when you can ask the heavens for help. It’s like asking a committee of helpers to enter your life. Like a joy angel, an abundance angel, a peacefulness angel, even a forgive and forget angel to clear things up.

We notice how this time reminds us all that it’s our own choice to offer acts of love and kindness. To be aware of how it creates ripple effects in all our relationships. A ripple of tone, of colour, of delicious flavour which we come from the etch we placed in our hearts again and again.

Yes, it’s every single person’s choice to recognise how a simple act of giving flowers, as a symbol of this.  How as an act of love and kindness, to self or others, ripples outward, eternally.

For us, it’s been the impact of giving and receiving flowers, to our selves first, others next and the impact of being surrounded by beautiful flowers, at home, or work that has been our focus.The love of all things feminine, including how it complements its complement.

That ripple effect is what we have loved and enjoyed over the last 6 months from the Winter Solstice until now. Midsummer is then our time to renew our love for all that we dream for ourselves, you and others.

It’s the time to reclaim and re-engender more and more extravagant images of us being victorious in being peaceful from within. Using our own imagination to express that victory in the words we use and the images we hold of ourselves.

We get to decide how valuable we are, beyond the material. Yes, we can up-scale our own value of ourselves, to ourselves about ourselves.

Our own gold standard which allows us to align ourselves with the best of ourselves can be inspired by flowers. Symbolically and materially.

Flowers, the giving, the receiving, to ourselves, and to others, can remind us of this Gold Standard and uplift our environment.   That space where you are coming from, is what matters the most. The resurgence of your real identity at Midsummer is the signficant turning point. That is it’s power, it’s importance.

We keep coming back to the fact that the earth is stopping still, for those short 4 days. It’s a time to also stop thinking you have to earn lovely things like flowers. No,  instead it’s a time for you to remember your own birthright. So even if you evaluate yourself as having fallen short of your goals, you may also realise that just because you are alive, you deserve to experience love, peace, and joy.

It’s a time for fun, joy, parties,barbecues and more with friends and family. It’s the beginning of summer a time for the beach or the park.

It’s the time to celebrate your vision, your plans, your structures, your support, your loving.

It’s the time to shift the internal world to make the external world, get high on   your brightest vibration.

It’s time to create some ‘over the top’, positive interpretation for why something ‘is not’ happening. It’s the time to totally beam in the fullness of life.

It’s amazing we began to look at the film ‘Pay it forward’, and recognised the message. It’s a message that says it’s an opportunity,  a wonderful time, a time where we can feel and see the ripple effect – from our thoughts and actions ripple outwards from the action we have taken, to impact those around us and the world at large.  It’s ultimately how we change the world by changing ourselves.  So it’s a pay it forward time.

Wow, we are full of it.

Imagine if you gave 3 people ‘flowers’, as an act of kindness. Imagine if they did the same. Imagine that ripple of love. Imagine, if you want to see more kindness in the world, the solution  sits with you to be kind, yourself, first. These good feelings in particular rub off, are contagious and just ripple out.

Today if you find a friend who is not smiling, how about offering them a pick me up. Just as Hermione in Harry Potter, who is known to be very uptight all the time, gets loosened up by Fred and George. Fred and George teach Hermione how to smile.  We often imagine the ripple effect if they gave her flowers?

Thank you for reading this, it’s a new beginning so, what ever your do, remember the solstice energy is happening.  So why not avail yourself of this opportunity to re-energise your life by imagining the bountiful, abundant, flourishing entanglement of life. And enjoy how you can pass on the love, just by a simple act of kindness.

Give Flowers.

Peace and many blessings

The Team

The London Flower Lover

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Forget Valentine flowers-the years most popular day for popping the question is

Beloved Flower Lover,

Interflora has reported after questioning 1500 couples that the most popular day for popping the question is June 25th.

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So forget valentine!

 

The Team,

 

The London Flower Lover

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Summer Fire Bouquet- Share your Heart with others

Beloved Flower Lover,

red peony bouquet tea for two

The Team,

 

The London Flower Lover

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Observe 5.24 a.m.GMT: Summer Solstice. Enjoy the flowers!

Beloved Flower Lover,

Observe 5.24 a.m. GMT. Just pause, or at least put your alarm on. Think about the fully realized garden. The soil based garden and the one in your heart.

Appreciate it.

TheLondonFlowerLover Tootsie and sweetwilliam

The Team,

The London Flower Lover

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Use the power of Summer Solstice to bring floral love into the life of others

Beloved Flower Lover,

No one needs to know why you are doing this, just yourself. Show someone you care. As time passes away, they will remember this energy you are sending through flowers.

Just send them love using flowers and see them smile……that’s the power of your power!

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The Team,

The London Flower Lover

p.s. Notice how that love rubs onto you. The love you send gets experienced twice. Through you first and now again!

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