Ally and James were married on 27 July 2019 at Froyle Park in Hampshire. This is the biggest wedding I have completed to date and in this post I'd like to take you behind the scenes a little!
I started prepping for this wedding several weeks beforehand by organising tealight holders, candles, vases, ribbons, table plans etc. I also had to organise van hire, an airbnb and plans for an overnight stay. Yes this really was a big wedding for me! This can make a real difference to my timings by getting as much done beforehand as I can.
The photos below show a little behind the scenes - prepping in advance, the flowers after conditioning and actually preparing for and starting work on the flowers. I also hasten to mention that the Thursday before this Saturday wedding was the hottest day of the year! So keeping the flowers cool and fresh was a real challenge - hence why in the photos below they're all in my parents' lounge! This is the coolest room in the house and kept them out of my super hot workshop, but the added work of carrying everything up and down the garden didn't really help matters! I had several fans going but they really weren't cutting it in those temperatures! It all came together in the end though and the flowers all survived, the result of expert conditioning and careful management.
A little preview at loading the van! I hired a short wheel base van - the next size up from my own which was never going to be suitable. All the extra space was a real luxury - I may need to upgrade my own van next year!
Ally's bouquet was a beauty - both in looks and scent! The blush pink and ivory flowers included some stunning O'Hara garden roses, as well as cafe au lait dahlias, spray roses, astilbe, stocks, jasmine and eucalyptus. The bouquets were all finished with beautiful trailing silk ribbons from Little Acorn Silks.
Delivering the bouquet to Ally at the venue - she did a literal jump for joy when she saw it which was the most amazing reaction!
The seven bridesmaids carried smaller versions of Ally's bouquet.
All boxed up and ready for delivery!
The bridesmaids also wore flowers in their hair - combs with foliage and a few little white blooms.
There were five little flower girls all of whom carried adorable little wands - a pink spray rose and gypsophila, finished with trailing ivory ribbons.
The groom and his two best men wore buttonholes with a white spray rose and a selection of different foliages. The other men wore pink roses with a little less foliage.
The mums wore wrist corsages on pearl beaded bracelets with both pink and white roses and other flowers.
Arriving at the beautiful venue and behind the scenes shots of the on-site set up!
Ally and James had been hoping for an outdoor ceremony but unfortunately it just rained all day so we had to turn to Plan B. The ceremony instead moved to this beautiful room (below) and fortunately the designs I'd created worked perfectly in this setting. We'd made all foliage chair ends with enough rows in this setting to have one on the end of every chair. If we'd been outside I would have created a stunning arrangement on the garden dome which would have framed where the bride and groom said their "I dos", but instead we had to decorate the staircase down which the bride would make her entrance - see below. I didn't want the backdrop to be lacking so I whipped up an extra foliage garland to sit along the mantelpiece behind the registrar's table, although this wasn't very deep so it actually kept falling off! So instead we placed it on the table itself.
And here is the fabulous staircase we decorated instead of dressing the garden dome outside. The bride and her sisters came along while I was creating this and thankfully she loved it so it made for a great alternative.
Ally and James had also wanted to decorate the swing outside for some photos which we still did in case it dried up long enough for a few shots. And seeing the professional photos it looked like they got lucky in the evening so I'm so pleased for them that they got outside at least for a little while! Keep reading to see them enjoying the swing.
The top table looked stunning - you don't need flowers to make something beautiful as foliage is a real show stopper! A luscious garland traversed the full length of the top table with tealight holders dotted in between and a custom Mr and Mrs sign hanging on the front.
For the 20 (yes 20!) tables we came up with 4 different designs - they all featured similar elements such as foliage and tealights, but with a different design on each table it added real interest to the venue. The room itself was fairly plain and neutral so it was great to add in some height, light in the evening and elegant touches of gold.
The first featured a tall candelabra with a foliage garland wrapped around the main stem. Flowers were dotted throughout with a moss base and a selection of tealights.
The second design for the tables was this "ring of foliages" - a circular garland of mixed foliages with a range of different tealights in the centre. I really love this design!
The third design featured a trio of cylindrical glass vases with candles inside, with further tealights around the edge and loosely placed foliages surrounding it all. The fourth and final design had five bud vases for the chair ends to be moved into, again with tealights and loosely placed foliages.
A couple of thank you gift bouquets for the mums.
The delicious cake was made by Starring Cakes and Bakes. We worked on the cake together at the venue - I'd already made little groupings of flowers which Deniz attached to the cake and then I added in some more little sprigs of foliage to finish off. It looked beautiful (and really tasty!)
The beautiful professional photos come from Betul Bird Photography - take a look below!
Wishing Ally and James a long and happy future together! 💗
Zoë and Josh were married on 25 July 2019 at Leez Priory - on the hottest day of the year! They chose some real pretties for their flowers, including peonies and pink o'hara roses. Zoë's bouquet was a real beauty and it smelt divine!
The two bridesmaids carried smaller versions of Zoë's bouquet, featuring the same flowers and finished with soft pink satin ribbon.
Josh's buttonhole featured a few flowers to compliment the bridal bouquet - spray rose, lisianthus., astilbe, gypsophila and eucalyptus. The men's buttonholes were very similar but without the gypsophila and the ladies corsages had gypsophila instead of astilbe. All finished with the same soft pink ribbon!
All in their little vases ready for delivery!
At the venue I did the ceremony arrangement which was later moved over to the top table. A beautiful, large 'long and low' arrangement with a gorgeous selection of flowers to match the rest of the wedding.
The professional photos come courtesy of Sammy Taylor Photography - aren't they beautiful!
Wishing Zoë and Josh a very happy future together! 💗
Rebecca and Joe were married on 6 July 2019 at Houchins. They went for a classic white and green theme for their flowers, incorporating some amazing succulents into the bouquets.
Rebecca's bouquet was stunning - I love a classic all white and green mix, and the soft green trailing ribbon finished it off perfectly.
Delivered at the venue!
The bridesmaids carried smaller versions of Rebecca's bouquet but finished with neat ivory ribbon instead.
The buttonholes were white lisianthus and foliage - the groom's was also finished with green ribbon and the ivory for the other men. It's lovely when everything ties together, even with just the little details like the ribbon.
Looking so sweet in the little vases for delivery!
At the venue I created my statement foliage curtain around the ceremony loggia, which would have framed Rebecca and Joe perfectly while they said their "I dos".
I decorated the top table with my gold geometric tealight holders and loosely placed eucalyptus along the full length of the top table.
For the tables I hired out my candle and vase trios, which make for a fairly simple yet elegant table centrepiece that looks stunning when all lit up. I also provided bulk foliage which the bridesmaids used to decorate around the candles.
The last little touch was a foliage garland along the top of the welcome sign.
The absolutely stunning professional photographs come from Three Flowers Photography - check them out below:
Wishing Rebecca and Joe a long and happy future together! 💚🌿
Rhiannon and Ryan were married on 27 June 2019 at Layer Marney Tower. They went for a Beauty and the Beast theme for their wedding and pink, white and blue for their flowers, including roses, delphinium, scabiosa and lisianthus.
Rhiannon's bouquet was so pretty, finished with trailing ribbons in blush pink, ivory, grey and lace.
The six bridesmaids carried smaller versions of Rhiannon's bouquet, also finished with trailing ribbons but without the lace so that this was a special little touch for the bride.
All boxed up and ready to go!
Ryan's buttonhole featured a few little flowers to match the bridal bouquet - spray roses and eryngium. Ryan had a double rose buttonhole and his groomsmen just had a single rose. This is a great way to make the groom's bigger and more special whilst still keeping a consistent look across all the men.
The ladies corsages had gypsophila instead of the eryngium to give a softer, more feminine look.
The buttonholes at the venue all ready to be pinned on!
The ceremony area was decorated with chair ends, a personalised box and large pedestal arrangements, all of which was moved over to the reception area afterwards. The chair ends featured a pink rose and gypsophila, with luxury chiffon fabric trailing to the floor. On alternate chairs the bride and groom added sweet little hearts.
The Beauty and the Beast theme continued throughout the tables - they all featured a single rose in a glass dome, representing the enchanted rose in the fairytale. On some of the tables these were raised up on stacked books and on the others the base was a wooden log slice. On these tables the chair ends were moved over and added into little jam jars as extra decoration.
There were lots of lovely little touches in this wedding, including a real life pumpkin carriage! I just want to give a special shout out to Luca's Cakes - how completely incredible is this wedding cake?!
The beautiful professional photographs for this wedding come from Aaron Crowe - take a look below!
I hope Rhiannon and Ryan had the most magical day 💗