No two weddings are the same, which is what makes my job so special. It's impossible to share each individual story, but here are a few of my favourites.
Nicola and Luke
Nicola and Luke married at the Archbishops Palace followed by a reception at Sittingbourne Golf Course in the Kent countryside. I felt honoured when Nicola asked me to design their flowers as it was a family wedding and not only making the bridal bouquet but dancing the night away in the evening.
Rustic country charm and pastel tones were a joy to work with including silver/green poppy seed heads, Lisianthus, Gypsophilia and those delicate paper like Quicksand roses. Nicola wanted a touch of blue within her bouquet and this dainty Oxy was perfect. The bride and bridesmaid bouquets were tied with hessian ribbon and simple pearl pins.
Such a simple yet effective fairy-tale crown handmade from Gypsophilia with ivory trailing ribbon.
One of the best things about using Poppy heads within wedding work is the sentimental value it has after. If you dry your bouquet out or at least the poppy heads, you can sow them the following spring ready for a garden full of wedding poppies in early summer.
Hazel and Simon
When Hazel came to me with her vision of an Autumn Wedding I was immediately excited and couldn't wait to brainstorm with Ideas. The couple chose the quaint Howfield Manor to hold their ceremony and reception, just outside of Canterbury. With the ceremony to be held outside and a marquee reception.
Hazel and Simon's palette was emerald green, burgundy and plum.
Being pumpkin picking season this is exactly what the family did, and together with their son, they bought home barrow loads of white Cinderella pumpkins ready to use as props for the day. The table centres were wild and unique. I used contorted willow stems to keep with the woodland theme but add height to the designs, along with Clematis, peach spray Rose, trailing Amaranthus and Skimmia.
Bridesmaids had emerald green floor length gowns with a tied posy of green Hellebore, foliage and Ruby chocolate hydrangeas tied with golden trailing ribbon.
Pom Pom dahlia buttonholes in a rich burgundy and David Austen Julliet Roses revealing every folded peach petal and treating us to that scent. Willow, Veronica, Hydrangea, Asparagus fern and green hypericum.
Nicki and Chris
Nicki had a clear vision of her bouquet from the moment she started planning her wedding. Soft pinks with a deep claret palette was chosen with an instruction to include Dahlia's in the deepest red. Succulents are a great way to add texture and shape to a bouquet and with this quite neat and tight design it made the perfect feature at the centre of the bouquet, managing to find an Echeveria with deep red tips.
Their wedding was on good Friday and when I say the sun was shining, I mean it was a scorcher of an April bank holiday. They chose to marry at he gorgeous Blackstock Country Estate in East Sussex.
A family friend made the couples 'naked' wedding cake which I dressed with soft roses, dahlias and green lisianthis. The fresh flowers on the cake really work to set off the rustic theme. Bridesmaid hair flowers, calla lily buttonholes and small succulent corsages all helped to make this wedding beautiful.