365 (well now 368 as I got distracted!) days ago my oldest friend married her beau! What a gorgeous day it was!
Not only was I their florist but their bridesmaid too. It was a huge honour to stand by Kerry’s side as well as be trusted with the blooms for the big occasion.
Now… the venue Kerry and Will chose is The West Mill in Derby and as most of you know we’re firmly rooted in our Bicester shop so … I took Signature Flowers on tour! I packed up all the sundries and flowers I needed into the van and headed up a couple of days before so as I arrived in plenty of time to make sure I could complete all my jobs! Bust most importantly so I could finish my florist hat jobs in time to join the rest of the bridal party for spray tans, nails and obviously champers!
About The West Mill – I have to mention this venue as even though it’s probably a bit far out for some of my readers if you haven’t chosen your ‘I Do’ venue then you should consider this place. I visit wedding venues most weekends and this one blew me away. I literally gasped when I arrived for a viewing. The old cotton mill is set over 4 floors which works perfectly for your big day. The rooms are all low but very light with absolutely stunning features! And the river running outside in the garden was the perfect back drop for sunny spring photo’s. It really is a venue to check out! And now it has it’s own bridal suite and rooms too!
We opted for gorgeous grey bridesmaid dresses from Jasmine Bridal and Kerry’s dress was a bespoke design by Estilo Moda in Milton Keynes. Kerry was lucky enough to have a huge amount of support on a facebook competition and won her beautiful custom gown.
Kerry and Will really had no idea about the flowers … all Kerry had really seen was “some photos on pinterest of empty beer bottles with flowers in as table centerpieces, and knew I wanted them. But that as about all we knew! We left all the other flower details to our amazing florist!” So after a few chats – which started off with chatter about rich plums and burgundies we worked out that a soft pastel palette, using flowers that were in season in April was the way to go! I eventually settled on a soft collection of gorgeous ranunculus, roses, hellebores, roses, agapanthus and astilbe nestled amongst silvery grey foliages.
I can’t wait to celebrate with these two at the weekend (though I’m not sure we’ll have Your Singing Waiters for entertainment – but I’d highly recommend them!) For now here are some of my favourite flower images from the big day captured beautifully by Emily Horton Photography.
Happy First Anniversary. x