Barefoot luxury with a chic rustic feel was the order of the day for this June beach wedding I recently worked on. Set on the picturesque French island of Île Sainte-Marguerite , off the coast of Antibes and Cannes, this intimate wedding was simply stunning with an effortless colour scheme of whites and creams.
With a fabulous pre-wedding party the night before on a yacht, the wedding day saw the ceremony and reception taking place outside on the white sands of a private beach. The beauty of working on a wedding where the venue is a location such as a beach is that it is a clear canvas to create whatever fairytale the couple are looking to fashion for their special day. With this beach wedding I wanted to create an aisle not just from the seating but also make an entrance point and a definitive area where they were to get married.
For the entrance to the aisle we placed two tall, elegant flower arrangements in clear urns, on distressed white pillars either side of the walkway. The clear urns made sure that the arrangements didn’t look to heavy and had the illusion that they were floating. At the end of the aisle, we designed a beautiful arch of flowers for the couple to get married under. Filled with white roses, hydrangea, peonies, delphiniums, stock, and eucalyptus, the arch not only created a romantic place to get married under but also framed the stunning view out to sea and created the perfect focal point for the guests. A second, smaller arch was constructed as a doorway for guests to enter under.
With the white chairs that lined the aisle, I decorated them with chair ties combining O’Hara roses, guelder roses, hydrangeas, peonies and a sprinkling of eucalyptus, to create a soft and chic outline to the aisle.
In my initial meetings with the bride and groom and the fabulous GSP events team, they explained that they were looking for an abundance of flowers to create the luxurious feel to a simple setting while also wanting me to recognise the environment that the wedding was taking place in. The white and cream with hints of green were used to be very much in keeping with the white sand and green olive trees. While for the reception tables, the arrangements were full and blousy but didn’t take away from the stunning natural surroundings, with the exception of the top table, where I created a bespoke flower tree canopy to add a focal point to the outdoor area.
Often with wedding flowers the key is in the details. Creating arrangements and displays that guests aren’t expecting, such as the canopy of flowers on the top table, is what creates the wow factor that guests will be talking about. The details that I focused on for this wedding were things such as filling a wheelbarrow full of beautiful flowers and creating a natural feel to the bamboo columns by winding garlands of eucalyptus and white roses around them, fashioning a rustic feel to the setting.
In the surrounding olive trees, hanging cascades of white delphiniums and peonies added a chic element that was another small detail that created a unique talking point for the guests.
The intimate setting, the fabulous weather, and the beautiful styling of the day made this wedding a memorable day, not only for the bride, groom and guests but also for those of us who worked on the event, it was truly a pleasure to be involved. Congratulations!