I love to hear a bride utter those magical words, ‘the flowers are one of the most important elements of my big day,’ as it makes creating the flowers on the day all the more special as I know it is helping to make the bride’s dream day come to fruition. This was the case with this bride and her September wedding, which was held in a large marquee at her parent’s home, while the ceremony was in the local village church. The bride and groom were both very clear about the type of wedding they wanted and that by having it at home they could create from scratch the wedding they had always wanted.
Although set in the countryside, in the brilliantly named village of Six Mile Bottom, the bride made it clear from the start that as the couple both lived in London they didn’t want a traditional country wedding feel but instead wanted to create a chic and elegant look that would reflect their style and personality. The bride’s favourite flowers were hydrangeas and so I suggested a colour palette featuring the beautiful purples, blues and pinks that hydrangeas in September come in and to mix this with grey and silver to give a stylish and slightly more contemporary feel.
When it came to the church, which was an old traditional village church, I suggested that the flowers be kept simple and in keeping with the space. So, we created two urns filled with purple, lilac and blue hydrangea mixed in with a fountain of blue and purple delphiniums and eucalyptus that were arranged in grey urns and which stood on matching plinths outside the church entrance. This was then replicated again at the front of the church.
Every other pew featured a gorgeous pew end bouquet which contained clematis, purple stock, Secret Garden roses, eucalyptus and spray roses. We placed long arrangements of the same flowers on the window sills of the church and around them we dotted storm lanterns to help create a cosy and intimate feel. A beautiful alter carved from stone and wood sat at the back of the church and we simply placed storm lanterns and roses petals at the base, again replicating this in the entrance of the church for guest to enjoy as they walked in.
The bride wanted the colour theme to run throughout the wedding and so her bouquet featured soft pinks and luscious purples, with the six bridesmaids carrying bouquets of pinky/purple roses. Each of their bouquets were a dome of each of the different types of roses seen in the bridal bouquet. Soft and elegant, the bridal bouquet included wild clematis, flowering mint, Memory Lane, Amnesia, Secret Garden, Sahara and Faith roses and we finished it off with grey ribbon which also matched the bridesmaid’s bouquets. The groom wore a buttonhole with a single rose combined with spray roses, clematis and eucalyptus, while the ushers wore an individual rose to match the bridesmaids.
The reception began with drinks in the garden and as an alternative to a table plan we tied name tags to the beautiful weeping birch tree in the garden for guests to find their table. Small arrangements of roses were dotted around on garden tables and the large apple tree featured hanging bubble tealight holders which we filled with individual rose heads, creating an elegant yet whimsical feel to the drinks reception.
For this couple they were adamant that the marquee have the wow factor and that the guests didn’t feel as though they were in a marquee in a field but in a stylish venue that oozed sophistication. I lined the pathway from the garden to the marquee with birch trees in grey pots which we underplanted with gorgeous smelling lavender plants.Once inside the marquee the bride’s love of flowers really became obvious. The top table featured a 22 foot long garland of mixed lilac, blue and green English hydrangeas with Memory Lane and Secret Garden roses, that sat at the front of the table and draped over the sides to the floor. It was certainly a talking point for the guests and for the bride it was exactly the unique top table arrangement she had wanted.
I styled the 16 round tables to continue the colour theme by draping them in charcoal grey linen to match the carpet and added silver chairs – I think this really added to the elegant feel that the bride and groom were after and was a nice alternative to white.
We opted to do two different arrangements to break up the tables, with eight tables featuring a large silver stemmed bowl with a dome of hydrangeas, purple clematis, and an array of roses, which were encircled by six heavy candlestick holders with tall white candles, interspersed with mirrored tea lights.
The other tables saw a single crystal candelabra placed on a plinth surrounded by silver beakers filled with roses, hydrangeas and purple clematis. These were surrounded by crystal cut storm lanterns and again, I added silver mirrored tea lights to give a romantic atmosphere. The bride and groom had opted to have pictures of each of their guests instead of the usual name places and so next to this on the grey napkins we place a luscious Secret Garden rose. As one of my favourite flowers, I think roses are the epitome of elegance and having a rose in each person’s place setting, I think, just finished off the tables perfectly.
Apart from the main tables we created arrangements for the bar and small posy arrangements for the coffee tables that enclosed the white dance floor, as well making sure that everyone could continue to enjoy the church flowers by re-using them in the marquee. The pew ends were attached to the usher’s and bridesmaid’s chairs, while two of the large urns were brought into the marquee either side of the stage and the other two framed the entrance to the marquee.A cake table featured the wedding cake with a dome of flowers on top while cake stands filled with flowers complimented the array of cakes and sweets that were on display – a really fun and simple idea to decorating a sweets table.
At the end of the night guests were asked to take the flowers home with them so that they could be enjoyed beyond the day, while the top table arrangement was used again the following day to decorate a table at a family BBQ that was held to keep the celebrations going.
A truly beautiful wedding day, it was a pleasure to be able to bring to life the bride and groom’s dream wedding.