In April 2019, I had the pleasure of creating some of the prettiest spring florals for Samuel & Anna’s wedding day. The brief was delicate and soft, informal, pastel shades and we had to include daisies. I wanted to make sure everything was seasonal with lots of textures. Not only was this gorgeous across the flowers, but it looked stunning on the stationery and fabric Anna designed to compliment it. Everything blended beautifully and Anna looked stunning! Handing over Anna’s bouquet to her was such a special moment – I think we both had leaky eyes! So today it is my delight to handover to Anna and share with you her beautiful wedding day.
How long have you been together?
Sam and I have been together for 7 years now.
When & how did you get engaged?
We got engaged 18 months before our wedding date, back in September 2017. Sam went down on one knee at Blenheim Palace, right by the lake. He then booked an afternoon tea for us to celebrate in the orangery – my favourite thing!
Who were in your wedding party?
I had 4 bridesmaids and Sam had 4 groomsmen. I had Vicky & Penny, who I’ve known all my life, basically like sisters to me. I then had my university friend Sophie, as another bridesmaid and my school friend Becky as Maid of Honour. Sam had our brothers as Ushers, Sam & Toby, then 2 Best Men, Kay & Paul who he knows from work and school.
Where did you hold your ceremony & reception?
We got married at St Michaels Church in Steeple Claydon, the village I grew up in, and then went across to Stratton Court Barn. I create wedding stationery as a business, so I was aware of some of the venues in the area, but I had to look at them in different eyes as a bride.
We wanted a church and a venue close together, where travel would not be an issue for our guests. I loved Stratton Court Barn straight away… so much so, I am now a recommended stationer there. It is a beautiful venue and you do not need to get carried away with decorations.
What did you wear?
I wore a dress from the designer Pronovias, with a lace bardot jacket. I purchased my dress from Once in a Lifetime in Stony Stratford. I cannot recommend this shop enough. Buying a wedding dress was the thing I was dreading the most and Audrey made me feel so at ease.
I have to say, all 3 of the shops I went to were lovely with me and made me actually enjoy the experience. Something that I say to a lot of my customers who are dreading looking for their dress, try and meet people at wedding fairs. I made sure I would speak to someone at a wedding fair before I booked an appointment, making sure I felt comfortable with that person rather than a random search on the internet.
What theme/colour scheme did you chose?
The main focus/theme for me was the flowers. I first had a meeting with Emma a year before to discuss what flowers are available and what could work with what I had in mind with my Spring theme. Emma then came back with a beautiful mood board which was then the start of my stationery. With running my own stationery business, of course I was going to create my own invites, but I did feel the pressure being in the industry. With all the watercolours I create, I make into a wedding fabric, which was the bit I was excited about. I made the ‘Welsh Floral’ into napkins and bunting… Sam really did not want to wear a floral tie unfortunately.
What was your favourite part of the day?
One of my favourite bits of the day was the morning with my Mum and Bridesmaids. It was lovely to be with my closest people back in my family home, being pampered by the lovely Lauren Wheeler (Hair) and Sarah Evans (Make Up). Everything was all sorted so no reason to rush around sorting the last-minute things out.
Would you change anything, or do you have any advice for currently engaged couples?
The only regret I have is not going outside in the evening… I missed our ‘Fish & Chip’ van for the evening food and the toasted marshmallows. I was too busy inside chatting away to our guests. Sam made sure he had some food though.
Would you like to mention any particular wedding suppliers who assisted with your day?
Every one of our suppliers did an amazing job and I would recommend them to any couple, and I do now with my customers. I would not have changed a thing!
Did you choose specific flowers for any special reason?
I wanted daisies in my bouquet because they are my favourite flower. As a child I used to be obsessed, my whole room used to be covered in them. I also asked Emma to include Forget Me Knots in memory of my Grandma who passed away days before our engagement.
How did you feel when you finally saw all the flowers in the venue for your special day?
Totally in love with all the florals that Emma created! I did not appreciate the church flowers enough, until we received our photos back. One of my favourite pictures is the two of us in the arch of the church with two milk churns either side of us. The colours from the pedestals and my bouquet were just amazing, and such a beautiful colour combination and so many different textures. We received so many compliments from guests regarding our flowers.
What were your feelings when Emma handed the bouquet to you?
Tears of joy! I knew Emma would do an amazing job and I had every faith in her, but my bouquet was more than I could ever imagine. All of my stationery, artwork, fabric was based on this bouquet and it was just perfect. Seeing Emma’s face also was a realisation that today was my wedding day!
I cannot thank Emma and the girls enough for our flowers xxx
I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at these gorgeous images, as much as I have sharing them. Really looking forward to all our 2020 weddings and sharing them with you over the coming months!
Have a great week.
Image credits: Lola Rose Photography