Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015 blogThis year, the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show celebrated it's 25th anniversary (June 30th - July 4th) and so knowing this, I reached for my sunglasses and sped to East Molesey (that is, after booking tickets in advance)! To my surprise, the weather at the flower show was even more pleasant than further down South, seeing a temperature of 27°C and frequent sunshine - though, that wasn't all the day had to offer..

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015 blog
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015 blog

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015 blog
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015 blogAfter having recently blogged about a plant photography masterclass I attended, i'm certain it'll come as no surprise I spent most of the day with my camera lens buried in petals, though it was near impossible not to dive into the floral arrangements when there was just so much beauty on display!  Speaking of displays, I should point out there were some fantastic show gardens at the flower show and all of which.. I missed.  That's right, I missed them all.  Just maybe I'm terrible at map-reading or perhaps I had my face buried in food and flowers too often to know what was going on around me.  Either way, I missed them.  Looking on the bright side, it makes for a brilliant story - ''I visited Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and missed all of the show gardens.. though I can recommend the hot dogs!''

I'm sure we can all agree this wasn't my finest moment and move on, agreeing never to speak about it ever again..

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015 blog
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015 blog

There were dozens and dozens of food stands lining the grassed paths that meandered through the grounds; from tasty cumberland sausages to generous fudge selections, I definitely didn't miss out on anything on that front.  If you're considering visiting the flower show next year and find yourself uncertain of who you should attend with due to various levels of interest in flowers, I can assure you anyone who enjoys food will enjoy their time spent there!

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There really was an extraordinary amount to see and admire, with a highlight for me being the beautiful Floral Marquee.  Very much supporting the idea of 'Pretty in Pink', the marquee stood long and wide, bursting with roses and other perfectly feminine flowers.  I'd forgotten how much I love bunting!

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015 blog
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015 blog 
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015 blog
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015 blogJust before joining the crowds making their way out of the flower show and back to their steaming hot cars (a very large parking area is located opposite Hampton Court Palace, a two minute walk away at most), we came across a couple of interesting garden designs, with The Tea Party by Charlie Bloom stealing my focus (above).  The setting was simply idyllic and reminded me of some of my fondest memories of previous travels to the South of France.

As we made our way through the iron gates and across the small bridge connecting the flower show, we were pleasantly surprised to comes across deck chairs scattered across the main grounds of Hampton Court Palace.  The day ended perfectly, with soft canvas seating and a glowing orange sunset.  Bliss.

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015 blog
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015 blog
The summer herb, Borage - ready for Pimms!
Finally, I took some time to admire the walled rose garden before returning to the car and indulging in enough fudge to drown me - if I were unfortunate enough to fall into any of the nearby fountains!  Even now, I feel instantly rested by remembering the floral scents of the flower show and the feeling of total relaxation when leaning back in the deck chair.  My thoughts on the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show?  All positive.


Dress - Purchased abroad

Sunglasses - Bally
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015 blog


See 2015 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show awards here.

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Beautiful flowers!!! :) looks like fun!! The fudge looks so good!

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    1. You can never have too much fudge!

      Gabrielle x

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  2. What a wonderful environment and you look so happy. Best wishes!

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    1. It was hard not to be happy at such a lovely place! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  3. It was perfect timing that you just took that plant photography class! I love your dress :)

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    1. That's so true, I definitely took advantage of the mass of flowers around me! Oh thanks Colleen!

      Gabrielle x

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  4. Love these beautiful photos!
    xo, Jane
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  5. Beautiful, have always wanted to go to one of these, looks marvellous :) x

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    1. I hope you make it to one in the future, I've no doubt you'll enjoy yourself there!

      Gabrielle x

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous floral pictures and it looks like you have a wonderful time! Awesome!

    Prudence
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    1. Thanks very much Prudence, I had a fabulous time thank you!

      Gabrielle x

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  7. gorgeous snaps, my dear
    spend a day among flowers is really day well spent
    kisses
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    1. Thank you and I couldn't agree with you more!

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  8. This looks like such a pretty event- I'm glad the weather behaved for you :P Your flower photography is just stunning, especially of the herb-- it's so intricate. Food looks good too. Its a shame you missed the show gardens, but it looks like you still saw plenty of beautiful gardens- I like the pink bunting one. The khaki dress is lovely too

    Rachel xxx
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    1. It really was and I'm so glad to have finally attended! Thank you so much for your kind words on my photography Rachel and yes, I can confirm the food was delicious ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  9. Oh I love Hampton Court! I’ve only been once but it has completely enchanted me. Ever since, it has been on my list of places to revisit. I noticed you’ve put your recently gained photography knowledge well into practice. The flower pictures are incredible. Hope you’re well and speak very soon xxx

    Caz | Style Lingua

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    1. It's great to hear you've visited the palace before, it truly is a lovely location - both house and grounds. Oh thanks Carolin.. and thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend!

      Gabrielle x

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  10. Oh my! This show sounds and looks amazing. I would love to see something like this! Really special and extraordinary. So funny missing the flower shows for the food. But you are right everything looks delicious! And the fountain is spectacular! Have a great week!

    xo, Bry

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    1. It would most definitely be worth experiencing at least once! I still can't believe I missed such a huge part of the event, though I loved what I did manage to experience :)

      Gabrielle x

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  11. Love your outfit hun, and the photographs - especially those in the golden hour lighting - are so gorgeous. Your funny stories just top off a fab post too :)

    Elle
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    xx

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    1. Thanks so much Elle, I love wearing khaki and I really appreciate your kind words on my photos :)

      Gabrielle x

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  12. Wow this place is stunning! You live in like the best place always such great places to visit :)

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    1. Thanks girls, I certainly feel fortunate for the area I live in and it's surrounding areas!

      Gabrielle x

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  13. Hahaha, Gabrielle, you just cracked me up here, hot dogs, huh ;) well at least you weren't starving, lol. Cool pics, I like your dress.
    xox
    Lenya
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    1. I'm glad we can laugh about it now, I still can't believe I made such a major error! Haha oh, I definitely wasn't starving! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  14. Lovely photos! I would love to visit this flower show <3

    xo,

    Emma
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    1. I hope you find time to in the future, Emma!

      Gabrielle x

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  15. You are so pretty girl, Gabrielle! :) Your smile is so dear and friendly :) I love it :)

    Janet
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    1. So sweet of you to say Janet, thank you - you've made my day!

      Gabrielle x

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  16. What a treat to get to spend the day with so many gorgeous flowers. It's a shame you missed the show gardens but maybe that means you can go back next year to view them :)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more, it made for such a peaceful, calm day. Mm, it really was a shame.. though I can't help but laugh a little about it!

      Gabrielle x

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  17. Great post dear!
    xoxo Antonella
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  18. What a lovely day Gabrielle! The weather was beautiful for this event! The flowers were gorgeous and that sausage looks so delicious! I SUPER LOVE the tea party picture. I'm such a fan of anything Alice In Wonderland-esque. You looked beautiful.
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    1. The weather truly did (pleasantly) surprise me! The cumberland sausage hot dog was insanely tasty, I can assure :)

      ps. thank you!

      Gabrielle x

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  19. This may be a dumb question, but where exactly is Hampton Court Palace Flower Show? I just found your blog and I'm curious where you live! You take such gorgeous photos! These flowers are breathtaking!

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    1. Not dumb at all! Hampton Court Palace is at East Moseley (Greater London) and I live in Hampshire, which makes access to a pretty wide radius quite simple! Thanks for your kind words on my photography :)

      Gabrielle x

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  20. The flowers look utterly gorgeous and the food looks delicious ! x
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    1. I can't stress enough how good the food was there...!

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  21. Ah, I'd love to go one day! How gorgeous and lovely of a time. xx

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    1. I hope you find yourself there in the future, I've no doubt you'd love it!

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  22. Oh, this sounds absolutely lovely and I don't blame you for missing the shows! I would probably have the same luck because I would be too immersed with the food and everything else in my surroundings! Gorgeous pictures, Gabrielle and the photography class has definitely payed off!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Thanks for making me feel a bit better about my massive mess-up haha. The food was insanely tasty and there was simple so, so much to admire at every turn. Oh thank you Shireen, greatly appreciated!!

      Gabrielle x

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  23. These photos are stunning! What a beautiful place!

    RedLip&Love

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    1. Thanks very much Tash!

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  24. Love the flowers! And the food looks good too XD
    Nati xx
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    1. Thanks for stopping by Nati!

      Gabrielle x

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  25. Wow this looks just gorgeous.
    I love that khaki dress too.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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    1. It was a wonderful event, that's for certain! Thanks Jennifer.

      Gabrielle x

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  26. Simply gorgeous. I love the photo of the water tree + hot dog. And you of course, are smashing!

    XO K
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    1. The photo of the hot dog kills me every time I see it.. I want it back haha! Oh you're too sweet, thanks Kelly :)

      Gabrielle x

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  27. Nice pics & a nice post. Please Feel free to add your blog on BloggerPride - Directory of Bloggers

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  28. Your photos are beautiful- so many bright and fun colors! I giggled about the hot dog comment. At least you had a good time, spent some time outside and got to enjoy some tasty fudge!

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    1. Thank you Jessica, I love any opportunity to capture colour and beauty! That's a very good point and as far as flowers go, I was certainly immersed in them anyway! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  29. Your flower photography is so pretty and you look stunning as always. Xx


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    1. Thank you so much Ella, you've made my day!

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  30. You look amazing, my love! You inspire me every time with your pics! Definitely looks like a place I would want to visit! Thanks for sharing!
    Sending you much love & I hope your Wednesday is as beautiful like you!!!
    xoxo, Vanessa
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    1. Thank you Vanessa, I'm so glad you feel that way and this is definitely a show to experience at least once! Have a wonderful weekend :)

      Gabrielle x

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  31. This looks incredible! I would have loved to go to something like this!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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    1. I hope you have the chance to experience it for yourself in the future, Melanie!

      Gabrielle x

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  32. this post is full of such prettiness!! love

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    1. Glad you think so lovely!

      Gabrielle x

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  33. This looks wonderful - I never knew that there was so much to do at this show. I always imagined it would just be gardening.

    Lizzie Dripping

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    1. I had a similar preconceived idea of the flower show and so it was nice to be proved wrong!

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  34. Hi Gabrielle, what a beautiful event! is there anything more beautiful that flowers? I don't think so, I always try to keep fresh flowers at home. You pictures are great, and the hot dog look delicious! Just beautiful post!! Have a lovely day.
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    1. Hey Arely! I know what you mean, they can be just impossibly beautiful! That sounds lovely, I also do the same although more so during the warmer months than winter :)

      Gabrielle x

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  35. Oh wow, your photos are just so beautiful my dear Gabi!! It looks like you had a great time :D

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    1. Thanks a million Cláudia, I had a wonderful day!

      Gabrielle x

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  36. Beautiful pictures. Looks like so much fun. I loved your pictures.
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  37. this looks like so much fun! :) I can't believe you got to go! I would die if i could xx
    I'm going to a flower show in Columbia this month so hopefully it'll be as beautiful as these pictures!
    xo,

    Kelly


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    Hope you're having a beautiful day! xx

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    1. I hope you'll enjoy the Columbian flower show you're attending this month as much as I have done this one, Kelly! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  38. A flower photography masterclass sounds like it would be amazing. And it's well worth it--you did a great job with these pics.

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    1. It really was incredible, I blogged about it just a few days ago if you're interested in seeing more images!

      Gabrielle x

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  39. Sounds like you had an amazing time! Those flowers are gorgeous, and so are you! xx

    Erica
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    1. I had a spectacular time, thanks very much Erica!

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  40. I see that your photography masterclass has common handy already! Haha
    These are some gorgeous pictures Gabrielle and you look lovely (and relaxed) as per usual!

    X

    Anjelique

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    1. I have to admit, it was pretty good timing ;) Oh thanks so much Anjelique, that's wonderful to hear!

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  41. Such a wonderful event and your photos looked amazing! Especially the hot dog :)

    ~ xo Sheree
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    1. Thanks for your compliment on my photography and yes, that was on hell of a hot dog ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  42. wow i love it

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  43. You look super gorgeous with that and a great flower show!

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    1. You're so kind, thank you Karen!

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  44. Wow i love this kind of show.
    Flowers everywhere!
    Lovely photos too

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    1. You and me both, there's just so much to admire (and photograph haha)!

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  45. Lovely, thanks for sharing! xo

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  46. I am so going next year ! I miss this year show as I other fun plan :)

    great post thanks for sharing !!
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    1. I hope that you do and enjoy it as much as I've done!

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  47. Wow, amazing photos! Hope you had fun! ^_ì

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  48. An amazing event! Your photos are incredible! Love the pink and red flowers

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  49. So beautiful floral market!
    Amazing photos, you look very pretty! :)
    xxx
    S
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  50. I love this post and the vibrancy of the photos!
    Gorgeous dress by the way :)

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    1. That's so great to hear - thanks for letting me know!

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  51. Oh my goodness! That hot dog looks amazing and the following photo of the fudge! YUM!

    I also loved how you phrased that you ran to the Hampton Court, after buying tickets in advance, of course :)

    Chelsea
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    1. Mm.. you can tell I had food on the mind at this event! Haha thanks Chelsea, a car may have been involved too ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  52. So pretty! All this food looks delicious!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Ashlee!

      Gabrielle x

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  53. What a fab day! Your flower photos are amazing!

    Keisha xo

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    1. Thank you Keisha, I've developed a real interest in photographing flowers!

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  54. Beautiful photos! It looks like such a lovely day! Although I can't believe you missed the shows haha! Nevermind there's always next year :') I've never been but I'll have to one day :) xx

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    1. Thanks! I know, it's something I doubt I'll ever be able to live down haha - though you're quite right, there's plenty more opportunities to see the show gardens :)

      ps. I hope you visit one year!

      Gabrielle x

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  55. What a great flower show, love the pretty in pink theme, really livens up the entire atmosphere! Glad you had a fun time Gabrielle! :) xo~ Lena
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    1. So glad you pointed out the pink theme, I thought it went that extra mile in promoting the show's prettiness! Thanks Lena :)

      Gabrielle x

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  56. LOL you missed the flowers shows?? Sorry, but that's just too funny:):)
    The hotdog looks good though, and so does your outfit, - I love the color of your dress.

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    1. I know, it's horrendous haha ;) Thanks very much Mitzie, I love wearing khaki!

      Gabrielle x

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  57. WWOWOW!!! Looks like u had a magical time in the Hamptons! Such stunning sunset pics!
    kisses
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    1. I had a really lovely day at the flower show, that's for sure! Thanks girls :)

      Gabrielle x

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  58. Woowww beautiful photo....amazing event :)
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    1. Thanks very much Francesca, hope you have a lovely week ahead

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  59. Ohhh...when I was in UK I lived there...fabulous area ; -)

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