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Vintage-Inspired Roses

11 Aug

“Classic”, “romantic”, and “vintage” are excellent words to describe Carol and Steve’s wedding – fitting for their lovely ancient church setting and romantic old country house reception at Horsley Towers.

Soft pink Sweet Avalanche roses, ivory cream Avalanche roses, Cafe Latte garden roses and dusky pink Dark Hypnose roses

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Carol’s bridal gown was simple and classic – and very Grace Kelly – so we chose a selection of beautiful roses to complement both the colour of the dress and the elegant look. Soft antique-pink Sweet Avalanche roses, deep dusky pink Dark Hypnose roses, vanilla cream Avalanche roses, and a beautifully fragranced mocha-coloured garden rose called Cafe Latte (also known as Julia Baby) were fashioned into a handtied bridal bouquet accompanied a scattering of variegated pittosporum foliage, with the stems simply bound with an ivory cream ribbon and studded with pearl-headed pins.

Handtied bridal bouquet of soft pink Sweet Avalanche roses, ivory cream Avalanche roses, dusky pink Dark Hypnose roses, and Cafe Latte garden roses with variegated pittosporum

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The bridesmaids held smaller handtied bouquets of soft pink Sweet Avalanche and ivory cream Avalanche roses accompanied by variegated pittosporum – which was a nice contrast with their stunning mocha-coloured dresses.

Handtied bridesmaid bouquets of soft pink Sweet Avalanche and ivory cream Avalanche roses and variegated pittosporum

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Carol and Steve got married in their local church in Merrow, Surrey – and Carol had asked for a large dramatic pedestal arrangement which we designed in ivory creams and soft pinks to lighten up the dark space. Gerbera, Sweet Avalanche roses, alstromeria, stocks, and snapdragon all featured – creating an eye-popping treat for guests and the happy couple as they entered the church.

Church pedestal arrangement - of cream Gerbera, soft pink Sweet Avalanche roses, white stocks, white snapdragon, pale pink alstromeria and assorted foliage

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This soft pink and ivory cream theme was also followed through in the pretty pew ends – tied simply with ivory chiffon ribbon so as not to damage the old wooden pews.

Pew ends - with soft pink Sweet Avalanche and ivory cream Avalanche roses, tied with an ivory chiffon ribbon

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Having set-up in the church and delivered the bridal bouquets, we rushed back to Horsley Towers to complete the venue decor – placing rose- studded bay trees either side of the main door to welcome guests on their arrival to the wedding reception (and we crossed fingers and toes that they survived the wind – they seemed to, as they were all in once piece the following day – phew!).

Bay trees - studded with soft pink and cream roses - outside the front door of Horsley Towers

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To add to the romance of the day, Carol and Steve decided upon table centres with candles for the wedding breakfast – with the soft pink and dusky pink roses, wax flower, sedum, fragrant white stocks, and foliage – that they gave to some of their guests to take home with them the following day……

Candle table centres - of pale pinks, greens, ivory and dusky pinks

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….and opted for a (very long) traditional and classic top table arrangement with long variegated ivy trailing down either side of the old fireplace. We were very impressed to learn, that Carol’s Uncle managed to fit the top table arrangement in his car after the reception without dismantling it- we’re not sure quite how he achieved this, as we almost struggled to get it to the venue in one piece!!

Traditional long and low top table arrangement of pale pinks, creams and dusky pinks

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Despite the rainy start to the wedding day, the sun managed to find it’s way out to help Carol and Steve celebrate. Which only goes to show that the ancient proverb is right: “A misty morning does not signify a cloudy day”. Congratulations to you both. X


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20 Jul

One of my favourite venues in Surrey is the fantastic Horsley Towers – not that I’m biased at all, as this is where I had my own wedding reception some six years ago!  And we recently had the pleasure of designing wedding flowers for the very lovely Vicky and Jason who got married there in early June – and who chose a colour scheme of pale pink, cream and white.

Bride and Groom

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As Vicky’s stunning wedding dress was fairly detailed with a lace overlay studded with tiny pearl beads and sparkles, Vicky opted for a handtied bouquet of textured pink Sarah Bernhardt peonies and cream Duchesse de Nemours peonies with a small collar of baby blue eucalyptus to complement her look.

Cream and pink bridal bouquet

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And we incorporated tiny clusters of pearl beads in her bouquet and decorated the stems of the bouquet with a pretty pearl trim to echo the pearl detailing on her dress.

Cream and pink peony bridal bouquet with clusters of pearls

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Vicky’s Maid of Honour had a smaller handtied bouquet of Sarah Bernhardt peonies and eucalyptus to tie in with the bridal bouquet…….

Bridesmaid bouquet of pink peonies

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…..whilst the little flower girls all carried a small posy of pale pink hydrangea edged with Galax leaves……..

Pale pink hydrangea posies for the flower girls

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…..and their “usher” had a pale pink hydrangea corsage which was simply tied around her wrist with a matching cream ribbon.

Pale pink hydrangea wrist corsage

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Jason’s buttonhole – as with most of our Groom’s buttonholes – we made a little different from the rest of the buttonholes and bridal party corsages with the addition of a floret of pale pink hydrangea with the cream Maroussia rose to bring in the pink colour to match the bridal bouquet.  And we even made a small rose buttonhole for Vicky and Jay’s little son to wear – and although he didn’t initially want to wear it, Vicky assured me that it looked great when he and his twin sister, who was a bridesmaid, walked down the aisle holding hands!  Awww – cute!

Buttonholes, Ladies' Corsages and Groom's Buttonhole - a cream Maroussia rose with pale pink hydrangea florets

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Although Vicky and Jay were having a civil ceremony at Horsley Towers, we made the aisle for Vicky to walk up a little special with the addition of soft-pink Sweet Avalanche roses tucked in the chair ribbons……..

Aisle flowers - single soft-pink Sweet Avalanche rose

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…..and additionally placed a single pink peony in the back of the Bride and Groom’s chair at the front of the room to echo the beautiful freestanding candelabra that Vicky had painstakingly painted and we had decorated with ivy and peonies.

Bride and Groom's chairs with pink peony and two freestanding candelebra decorated with ivy and pink & cream peonies

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The wedding breakfast itself was held in the majestic Great Hall at Horsley Towers – it has an incredibly high vaulted ceiling, so Vicky and Jay chose a mix of tall lily vases and low-level fishbowl designs for the table centres to draw the eye to different levels.  The tall vases held a sumptuous mix of pale pink hydrangeas, cream Maroussia roses, scented white stocks, and soft-pink Sweet Avalanche roses with silvery grey eucalyptus – and we covered the stems in pretty lace and suspended pearl beads in the vases.

Tall lily vases

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The fishbowl designs echoed the tall vases – each with a floating pink peony, cream Maroussia rose, soft-pink Sweet Avalanche rose, and pale pink hydrangea florets – and had grass threaded with pearl beads to provide further interest.

Fishbowl designs - with floating peonies, roses and hydrangea florets

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The top table itself, featured mini fishbowls in keeping with the rest of the table centre designs keeping the look contemporary.  Each mini-fishbowl held one of the flowers used in the other table centre designs accompanied with grass threaded with pearl beads – and we lined them up along the front of the table interspersed with beautiful antique style votives and rose petals.


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The stunning wedding cake – designed and made by the fantastic Sue of – was complemented by a small posy of fresh flowers echoing the remainder of the wedding flowers, and a couple of rose heads and petals.

Wedding cake with fresh flowers

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Many congratulations Vicky and Jay – it turned out to be a beautiful day after a week of rain –  and the best of luck for your future lives together! xx

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