Helena and Martin were married on 18 July 2018 at Hedingham Castle. They went for an ivory, grey and soft lilac colour scheme using 'Early Grey' roses, spray roses, astrantia, astilbe, mint, lavender, brunia and scabiosa, with eucalyptus. As this lovely couple live in New Zealand I also used sword fern as a nod to this.
I just loved Helena's bouquet - the colour palette was gorgeous, the sword fern and the succulents looked fabulous and the trailing ribbons in lace and ivory and grey satin finished it off perfectly.
The four bridesmaids held smaller, simpler versions of the bridal bouquet. I'm running out of different places outside my workshop to take photos of the flowers before they go out - I don't want each wedding to look the same! So with all the heat we've had recently that has dried out the grass I had a new backdrop for my photos!! I don't like to shoot against green as I think it's distracting from the flowers so this more neutral background worked perfectly.
I loved the buttonhole for this wedding - delicate combinations of veronica, homegrown lavender, rosemary and sword fern. The groom's buttonhole also featured a miniature succulent to match the bridal bouquet.
The ceremony was held in the Keep at Hedingham Castle - as much as I love the castle climbing all the steps there is such hard work! Especially on a hot day, but luckily I only had to make one trip up. The ceremony table was set up in much the same way as the top table - a trailing garland of ivy and eucalyptus, with a series of little vases of flowers and a load of candles dotted between. It makes for a great alternative to a long and low style arrangement, which isn't everyone's style.
I loved the table set up for this wedding - the candelabras and lanterns were provided by Lovely Wedding Touches and looked fabulous combined with a moss base, foliage garland and mixed flower vases. The moss base adds a real wow factor to the centrepieces - obviously this wouldn't fit with every wedding theme but if you're going for a woodland style or rustic look it would work perfectly.
As previously mentioned the top table was set up in much the same way as the ceremony table. The top table, however, was laid out on a grey runner which worked perfectly with the colour scheme and added a really elegant touch to the design.
The last item to decorate at the venue was the wedding cake. I was setting up while the groom and groomsmen were putting the cake together and it sounded like it was a bit of a challenge for them! I don't think the layers wanted to sit evenly on the dowels but they fixed it in the end and it stood straight. It did, however, make me a little bit nervous to attach the flowers but with a little bit of care I managed to not send it tumbling to the floor!
The stunning professional photographs are by Clare Kentish Photography. Clare shot one of my previous weddings so I was really excited to see the photos from this wedding and she did not disappoint!
Wishing a long and happy future to this lovely couple! 🌿