DIY of course! We got married five years ago. Our wedding day was a celebration of our lives together so far. It needed to incorporate our love of being outside, the village our families have grown up in, and botanicals. My husband to be James, was working (& still does) on the family nursery, and I was running my Floristry business, from a workshop on the premises.
Being in the wedding industry meant I wanted to push boundaries and create something unique to us, and as a Florist it meant the flowers were a key focal part to the day.
Our starting point, other than our gorgeous locations, both within a mile of both family homes, were choosing colours. My inspiration came from the rich green of the foliage around us (and ‘Defiant’ the stunning diesel locomotive situated behind our top table), ivory to co-ordinate with my dress, and hints of copper and brown to make everything more rustic.
As a curvier bride I wanted something that would help elongate me so I chose a shower bouquet. My incredible florist pal Daisy, made my bouquet for me and I will forever be indebted to her for it! I gave her two images that I loved and wanted to merge to create something bespoke for me. The base of the frame was made from rolls and rolls of silver bullion wire. Then Daisy threaded and glued all of my favourite Spring flowers throughout it.
My bouquet had to have lots of seasonal blooms in it including; hellebores, snowdrops and muscari were essentials! Then we used some what we call all year round materials; stachys, hypericum, kalanchoe and spray rose but is also had to include orchids, my absolute favourites.
James wore a green ‘Wimbledon’ rose buttonhole with some copper detailing that I created. These then had a eucalyptus trim and the stems were bound in stachys to compliment my bouquet. James really wanted red flowers being a huge Manchester United fan but had to compromise with one tiny red rose bud in the cake flowers! I promised him there’d be a red rose somewhere!!
We had to move all our flowers from the church straight away as it was Lent – one of the only times in the year when a Church shouldn’t have flowers in it. So we had a team of friends ready to move the pedestals which were spectacular and made by my best friend and florist pal Kirsty. So the pedestals had to have impact in the church and then also look amazing in the Railway Station – which is huge! These were made up with larger and longer blooms including chrysanthemum, gladioli, carnations, pussy willow, asparagus, wax flower and anthirrinum’s to give lots of impact.
Our Church has a new door, and an old door. Growing up in the village and being taken to Sunday School each week we used the old door. With it’s rustic charm and emotional connection I knew that was the door I wanted to use for my entrance. So we dressed the new door with a very natural foam free arch. The base was created by my florists; Daisy, Kirsty, Jo and Ali using foraged branches and willow, then we incorporated grasses, mosses, carnations and tulips. It softened the new brickwork and was a lovely way to welcome guests to our day.
Our top table was a long runner made up with lots of roses, carnations, lisianthus and chrysanthemum with moss and candles throughout. It went the whole length of our table to create a real focal point! I loved it!
My dress was a gorgeous soft lace gown from Charlotte Balbier. Very different to the dress I’d fallen in love with originally!
My bridesmaids; my sister and my best friend wore forest green dressed and their bridesmaid bouquets included soft green carnations bordered with a woodland collar showcasing delicate snowdrops and orchids!
Leading up to the wedding most of the jobs were done and we were both surprisingly relaxed, despite a lot going on around us (I think some of this helped with perspective!).
It was an incredibly beautiful spring day and we were surrounded by family and friends, who have been at our sides throughout our lives. Our favourite memory of the day has to be walking out of church in glorious sunshine to be greeted by so many members of the village who wanted to congratulate us – a memory to treasure forever!
The band in the evening ‘Who’s Got the Dog’ was brought together by my old piano teacher and I think that all 9 of them knew at least 5 guests! They started the evening with their own arrangement of Gabrielle Aplin’s ‘The Power of Love’, chosen by James, and kept the guests on the dance floor until we were sent home!
We were pampered on the day by my all time favourite bridal prep team; Harriet Bartley Hairdresser and Carla Tangi from Feel Beautiful. I still recommend them to my brides 5 years down the line!
So that’s an insight into our day! In the coming weeks I am looking forward to sharing with you some of this years weddings with you!
Have a great week!
Credit: Images by Wendy Grant Photography