Sarah and David were married on 11 August 2018 in Witham. Sarah asked if I could use British/locally grown flowers as much as possible - so that's what I did! The Country Garden Flower Company provided most of the beautiful flowers, including dahlias, cosmos, cleome, aster, ammi, zinnia and dahlias. I sourced foliage from the Irish Green Guys and alstroemeria from Crosslands Flower Nursery. I also used some homegrown flowers and foliages, including grisilinia, nigella and the stunning cafe au lait dahlia for the bridal bouquet. It gave for a really beautiful result!
Sarah's bouquet was a stunner - and with the chunky stems of the British flowers it was also pretty heavy! I finished the stems with twine to tie in with the theme and decorated it with a little bow.
The bridesmaids held smaller versions of the bridal bouquet with white dahlias rather than the cafe au lait.
All ready for delivery!
The buttonholes featured a spray rose and some greenery, including alchemilla mollis which is a lovely foliage. The ladies corsages were very similar with the addition of some aster to make them a bit "fancier".
All my buttonholes and corsages are now delivered in a little vase of water to keep them fresh for as long as possible during the day.
Wishing all the happiness in the world to this couple 💚
Catherine and Iain were married on 7 July 2018 at Dove Barn. With Iain's Scottish heritage it was only natural for the couple to go for a Scottish theme for their flowers; using white roses, thistles, lavender, eucalyptus and pittosporum. I only provided the bridal flowers for this wedding but I got to deliver them to beautiful Lavenham where the bride was getting ready.
The bridesmaids held smaller versions of the bridal bouquet, but using grey eryngium rather than blue - the bridesmaids wore navy dresses so inverting the colours meant that the flowers didn't get lost against them.
All packaged up and ready for delivery!
Iain's buttonhole drew flowers from the bridal bouquet, incorporating a spray rose, blue thistle, lavender and pitto. The bride's bouquet and the groom's buttonhole were finished with the groom's family tartan, which was a lovely touch. The other groomsmen buttonholes didn't have the blue thistle and just had spray roses, but the ladies corsages had a little bit of everything - it's quite nice for the ladies to have a corsage that's a bit bigger and 'fancier' than the men's buttonholes.
There were also two flower girls that wore little wrist corsages on a length of ivory satin ribbon.
I've posted below a sneak peek of the stunning professional photographs by AxL Photography.
Wishing a very happy future to this lovely couple 💙
Sarah and Carl were married on 6 July 2018 at Crabbs Barn Wedding Venue. They went for an earthy, rustic theme with neutral flowers and just a pop of colour. I used scabiosa, sweet peas, nigella, tanacetum, ammi, achillea, mint, spray roses, stocks, incredible poppy heads and a number of different grasses to achieve the look.
Sarah's bouquet was a beautiful mix of all the flowers, using mainly small flowers with no obvious focal to keep with the natural, rustic theme. The little pops of colour really added something extra to the bouquet and I think the grasses look amazing!
Sarah only had one bridesmaid who carried a smaller version of her bouquet, with all the same flowers and foliages. I just love those giant poppy heads!
Sarah and her maid also wore flower crowns for the day - we kept the designs fairly simple so as not to be overwhelming, with mostly foliage going round and a grouping of flowers to one side. They were finished with twine so they could be adjusted to the size of their heads. Without the wearer there while making a crown it is quite tricky to get the size right. However, my mum was out watering the garden while I was designing so I used her as my model - she has a pin head and I have a giant head (lol!) so I designed the crowns so that they were too big for her but too small for me - I figured that was the best way to get them right!!
All packed up and ready for delivery!
This wedding featured a large number of buttonholes and these were so fun to make and looked gorgeously rustic all laid out together. I used an eryngium head, scabious pod, dried lavender, dried wheat, euc parvi and a little bit of one of the grasses. There were also a few corsages for the ladies which were pretty much the same with the addition of a white spray rose head.
Sarah and Carl went for a personalised box for their top table. I've used these boxes a few times now and they look so great when full of flowers and make for a lovely keepsake after the wedding. You can get them on eBay - please message me if you would like the link. In this particular box I designed the arrangement in a meadow style, with lots of lovely little flowers all arranged really naturally. The table centrepieces featured a complimentary grouping of flowers arranged into a different gin bottle that the bride and groom had been saving up (though they tell me they didn't drink all of the gin themselves!)
Here's a few snapshots of the happy couple courtesy of the bride's instagram, and the bride and her maid's lovely hairstyles courtesy of Dawn Taylor Wedding Make Up Hair & Beauty.
Wishing Sarah and Carl a lifetime of happiness together 💕
April and Sam were married on 5 July 2018 at Leez Priory. They chose a pink and white colour scheme and wanted to include germini and roses - so that's exactly what they got! It made for a very pretty combination and worked really well with the birdcage centrepieces and rustic setting of the venue.
The three bridesmaids and one little flower girl carried posies of germinis and gyp, finished with twine and a super cute little bow.
The buttonholes featured my favourite menta rose as well as a little bit of gyp and a sprig of eucalyptus parvi.
The bride and groom provided their own birdcages which they dropped off in the week leading up to the wedding. These featured a lovely mix of flowers from the wedding and complimented the pink chair sashes perfectly.
The flowers were rounded off with a couple of thank you bouquets for the mums which matched the colours of the wedding.
Some of the beautiful professional photographs by S E Photography can be seen below.
Wishing a long and happy future to this lovely couple!
Rachel & Dan were married on 30 June 2018 at a church in Stanway, followed by their reception in the Anne of Cleves Barn at Great Lodge. This gorgeous wedding was so well thought out by the bride, with such a great attention to detail. The ivory/peach/pink colour scheme was so subtle and elegant and complimented perfectly by naturally dyed silk ribbons to finish the bouquets and as runners on the tables.
For the flowers I used garden roses, 'quicksand' roses, spray roses, stocks, scabiosa, sweet peas, carnations, astrantia. astilbe, and succulents, with eucalyptus, olive, pistache and some jasmine trails in the bride's bouquet.
Rachel's bouquet was an elegant stunner - the colour worked perfectly together and there were so many lovely textures and scents in there. The four bridesmaids carried smaller versions of the bridal bouquet, with all the same colours and flowers. The gorgeous, gorgeous silk ribbons were from Silk and Purl.
The buttonholes also incorporated succulents, which looked fab paired with a spray rose and a grouping of mixed foliages. The groom didn't wear a buttonhole as he was in uniform so I kept them all the same for the groomsmen - I quite often suggest that the groom's buttonhole be a bit different from everyone else's seeing as he's the man of the moment! Whether this is by using a different combination of flowers from the wedding, a larger focal flower or even a different coloured flower.
There were also two ladies lapel corsages and a ladies wrist corsage, plus a flower comb for the bride's hair.
Rachel knew that she wanted to keep her bouquet after the wedding so I designed a smaller, simple hand tied bouquet of just gypsophila that she could throw as is tradition. I also finished this with silk ribbon so that it still tied in with the other flowers.
For the church we designed some stunning pew ends - these featured a single peony with a grouping of foliages from the wedding, attached to the pew ends with a silk ribbon bow and decorated with a length of chiffon fabric which cascaded down the pew and pooled on the floor. Fairly simple as designs go but it looked so elegant and beautiful, and made a much bigger statement that a little grouping of flowers would make on their own. I have the fabric available to hire so if you'd like to do something similar for your own pew/chair ends then get in touch now for more information! I also made two bigger groupings of flowers and foliages to be attached to the outside of the church entryway.
The venue is just stunning - I hadn't worked at Great Lodge before but I definitely want to work there again! That back wall with all the windows is just amazing. Rachel really put a lot of though into the table centrepieces - elegant silk runners from Silk and Purl,gold frames with the table names and menus, and a grouping of glass bottles and vases that she'd collected from antique shops and car boot sales that I filled with a beautiful selection of flowers. I also loved the look of the place names tied around the neck of the wine glasses with twine. I also filled gin bottles to be placed on the drinks table and designed two large milk churns to sit either side of the entrance to the barn.
We also decorated the chairs in the venue - every other one had a little sprig of eucalyptus tied on with twine, with two larger groupings finished with silk ribbon for the bride and groom's chairs. My mum came along on the set up with me and I think she was despairing me after I asked her to tie on all the bunches while I filled the bottles and wired up foliage for the cake! With nearly 50 of them to do it was a bit fiddly tying them all on but they really helped the venue look great so it was definitely worth it.
Here's a quick preview of the professional photographs by Summer Lily Studio Photography - I can't wait to see the rest of these, they're going to be stunning!!
I wish this lovely couple all the best for the future 💗