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A Country Village Affair……. (Part I)

2 Aug

Well, a country village wedding to be more precise – in a beautiful archetypal English village in the depths of the stunning Surrey countryside – but the whole village pitched in to help in the wedding preparations of local girl, Lucy and her fiancé Steve.   Shere – famed for its appearances in many a Hollywood film (e.g. The Holiday, Bridget Jones, The Wedding Date) – set the scene for this July wedding.

Table plan decorated with gypsophila

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As the wedding reception was being held in a marquee in her Mum’s garden, Lucy wanted a country-garden look – and asked us to source the flowers from British growers as far as possible.  So with this in mind, we designed Lucy a freestyle bouquet of white roses, white hydrangea, chamomile, fountain grass and white scabious – accompanied with rosemary and hoops of variegated ivy.  We kept the stems unbound and slightly longer than usual to add to the “just picked out of the garden” look that Lucy wanted.  Informal, relaxed, but still gorgeous.

Freestyle "just picked" garden flower bouquet

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Lucy also wanted to incorporate gypsophila (also known as baby’s breath) into the wedding celebrations – and as it’s one of her Mum’s favourite flowers, this was really important to her.  So we created posies of gypsophila for her three bridesmaids to carry – a modern yet pretty twist on a flower often used as a “filler” – simply tied with a white chiffon ribbon and bow………..

Bridemaid bouquet - fluffy mounds of gypsophila

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…..and even incorporated a little accent of it in the scabious corsages for the ladies which pleased her Mum who wore hers to decorate her small handbag.

Ladies corsages of white scabious with a small accent of gypsophila

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Although the couple were having a traditional church ceremony, Lucy was keen not to have the traditional, formal look of pedestal arrangements for the church.  So instead, we used very tall galvanised metal buckets which we placed on some freestanding plinths…..

Galvanised metal buckets of white hydrangeas, snapdragons, Akito roses, fountain grass and assorted foliage

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…and created simple pew ends of assorted foliage and gypsophila tied with pretty mint green chiffon ribbon (which doubled up as marquee garlands around in the inside of the tent after the ceremony, tied simply with more trailing mint chiffon ribbon)…….

Rustic gypsophila and foliage pew ends - tied with a mint chiffon ribbon

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….and decorated the entrance of the church with a foliage and gypsophila garland framing the church door.

Foliage and gypsophila garland framing the church door

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Detail of the foliage and gypsophila galand around the church door

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The country garden theme continued into the wedding breakfast – with simple glass jam jars decorated with a band of mint green ribbon (and hats off to Lucy for patiently sticking these on!!) filled with a selection of garden flowers.  These pretty jars of roses, hydrangea, scabious, rosemary, fountain grass, chamomile and gypsophila were arranged in a circle on each table with a scattering of table crystals………….

Rustic jam jars filled with gypsophila, chamomile, scabious, rosemary, fountain grass, roses and hydrangea

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and were re-distributed the morning after the wedding by Lucy and her Mum to all the neighbours who’d helped make the day so special.  A sweet little “thank-you” left on various doorsteps around the village – which we thought was a lovely touch indeed for what was a truly inclusive country village wedding!

Garden flowers in jam jars decorate a marquee table

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Part II of this blog post – with photos of the Bride and Groom – might also be of interest.  Click on “A Country Village Affair….(Part II).

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