Carrie and Stewart were married on 16 July 2022 at Apton Hall. Carrie spent a long time planning the perfect day, and it all came together beautifully. Their flowers were in shades of blush pink and white, with roses, dahlias, lisianthus, astilbe and sweet peas.
Carrie asked for her bouquet to be in all white flowers. She also asked if I would be able to get some white forget-me-nots, but unfortunately there were none available on the auction. I did, however, have a plant in the garden with one stem still flowering so it was obviously meant to be! I cut and conditioned it and you can just see it to the front right of the bouquet. Working with nature this isn't always possible and I do have to work within the seasons, but if I can make something happen for my couples then obviously I will!
A little horseshoe and a lucky sixpence were pinned to the handle of the bouquet.
The two bridesmaids carried smaller bouquets with soft pink in the mix - those fluffy astilbe were just perfect! We finished all of the bouquets in twine for that rustic feel which perfectly suited the venue.
The two flower girls wore dainty little flower crowns, and we also provided rose petals to be added to baskets that the bride had sourced. I like to finish flower crowns with ribbon at the back - one because it looks so sweet against their hair but also because it allows the circlet to be adjusted to the wearer's head.
Stewart's buttonhole was a mix of white and pink but he also requested a little bit of orange, which was a nod to his late parents who sadly couldn't be there on the day. I used a spray rose so it would be in keeping with the other flowers.
The other men wore smaller buttonholes with a single white spray rose, gypsophila and foliage.
The ceremony room at Apton Hall looked stunning once all set up. The registrars table was framed by this stunning silk blossom tree from KMS Hire, Victoria from Party Squared hung fairy light covered hoops on the back wall and we decorated these with fresh flowers. We also placed the long and low on the table and Victoria scattered lanterns down the aisle - beautiful!
We also provided fresh rose petals and eucalyptus leaves for confetti, in individual cones and lined up in a couple of baskets.
The wedding reception also looked beautiful - Carrie fell in love with a previous arrangement I'd done for the tables which included a mass of different tealight holders, surrounded by loose foliage and with flowers dotted throughout. These would have looked so romantic as it went into the evening and the light levels began to drop.
The top table had the long and low moved over from the ceremony room, with the design extended out along the rest of the table. We placed our geometric tealight holders all the way along, with loose foliage at the base and flowers naturally dotted around. Victoria hung another hoop behind the top table which we also decorated - she later told me that she moved the other hoops over from the ceremony room which would have only have added to the beauty of the whole set up.
With 15 tealights per table I did use the bulk of the gold/glass tealights I own for this set up! But the mismatch of different shapes, designs and colours looks so lovely.
Carrie and Stewart ordered little wooden hearts with each guest's name on, which we tied onto little sprigs of foliage and Victoria placed on each setting - there's nothing like teamwork! I used a mix of three different types of eucalyptus and olive leaves for the sprigs, with a grouping of each foliage for the bride and groom as a special little touch. The couple gave wildflower seeds as their favours which I loved!
A little memory table in the corner meant the groom's parents could be included in the day - such a lovely idea. Party Squared hired all of the sundry items and we did the petals and flowers.
Party Squared hired the couple some adorable little cut glass bud vases which we filled with fresh flowers and then dotted around the venue.
Victoria also hired the couple a large cake hoop which we decorated with two groupings of flowers around the alternative curves. I bet this looked lovely once the cake had been delivered and set up!
We also made a few gift bouquets - the first in the vase was in memory of the groom's mum, and the others for friends and family who particularly helped the couple. They requested yellow roses and touches of orange.
I haven't seen any photographs yet but I hope Carrie and Stewart had a lovely day!