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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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Marshmallow Pink & Cream Loveliness For An Early Summer Wedding

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.

Mini-fishbowls

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The stunning wedding cake – designed and made by the fantastic Sue of www.jesshillcakes.co.uk – 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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