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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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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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