<![CDATA[Wessex Flower Company - Blog]]>Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:46:08 +0000Weebly<![CDATA[Valery & Peter's Wedding]]>Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:14:38 GMThttp://www.wessexflowercompany.co.uk/1/post/2014/03/valery-peters-wedding.htmlA Late Summer Wedding at Notley Abbey, Buckinghamshire

Valery and Peter went for a classic Green and White themed wedding, with accents of antique Pink for the bridesmaids bouquets. 
Their wedding venue was Notley Abbey in Buckinghamshire, a beautiful country house in the Chilterns perfect for weddings. 
Valery's bouquet was a simple hand-tie of Vendella Roses and Freesia for their magnificent scent. 
I suggested a heart for the main door to the house, which looked amazing on the old Tudor door. This was filled with Roses, spray Roses, Hydrangea and other bit and pieces! 
The table decorations were quite simple tall Lily vases with arrangements of foliage, Lilies and Roses on top. The height accommodated for the high ceilings of the barn and looked wonderful en mass. 
The bridesmaids hand tied bouquets were a a mix of Vendella Roses to match 
Valery's with beautiful antique Pink roses, and Agapanthus, Bouvardia, Freesia, 
Lisianthus and Hydrangea. 
In the drinks reception room, Valery wanted a bit of colour to brighten up what would have been quite a plain space. We decided that two dozen jam jars filled with flowers from my cutting garden would do the trick! These would a great cost effective way of filling a large space, as the guests would only be in there for a hour or so. 
The professional photographer on the day was the lovely Frances Sutton, the other photographs are my own. Follow me on Instagram for more flowery pics! 
<![CDATA[Emma & Jordan's Wedding]]>Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:16:47 GMThttp://www.wessexflowercompany.co.uk/1/post/2014/02/emma-jordans-wedding.htmlA Fabulous Vintage Inspired Barn Wedding in West Berkshire
Emma was the most gorgeous bride with a wonderfully relaxed but perfectly organised persona! Her attention to detail throughout her wedding was amazing. 
From the home-made tissue paper pom-poms to the jams and chutney favours, nothing was forgotten! 
I loved the over sized letters at the reception and the dressing up box added a lot of fun captured by all the instagrammers at the wedding! 
The bridesmaid's bouquets were each made up of just one flowers each and the stems were wrapped in matching satin ribbon. The flowers we used were, Sweet Avalanche Rose, Daisy, Stocks, Juliet Rose, and Hydrangea each with Bluplurum. Emma's bouquet was a mix of all of these flowers and her bouquet was wrapped in the most beautiful vintage lace. Each of the bouquets were finished off with a vintage pin on the stems. 
The buttonholes each matched the bouquets and were all different to one another, to give a more romantic individual feel. 
The church in Welford, was decorated with large pedestal arrangements at the front of the church, with pretty jam jar pew-ends and a garland of foliage and Gypsophilia over the Lychgate. 
The reception was held at Templars Barn in Shefford Woodlands, a beautiful venue, and a blank canvas for you to create your dream wedding. Emma bought in straw bales and cushions and throws to create a cosy area for people to relax.
The beams were decorated with tissue paper pom-poms, doily bunting and bird cages filled with flowers and garlands of Gypsophilia. 
The fabulous huge letters came from Vowed and Amazed
The decorations on each table were a selection of kilner jars, jam jars and mini milk bottles. These were placed on top of vintage books to give a little extra height. Each table also had a handful of mercury dipped votives for t-lights to create atmosphere into the evening. The top table was dressed with mini milk bottles along the front. 
The entrance to the barn was flagged by vintage crates filled with jugs and jars of flowers and lanterns. The door between the reception hall and the dance floor was separated by two huge urns of flowers which added a wow factor. 

The gorgeous vintage style bike was a wedding present from Jordan to his new wife! 

The wonderful professional photographs on this post were taken by the very talented Danielle Denbow. She will capture your day and your memories like no other photographer! 
The smaller pics are my own and you can follow me on Instagram for more inspirational flowers photos.

Thank you so much Emma and Jordan for allowing me to be part of your special day, I feel very honoured! x
<![CDATA[Julie & David's Wedding]]>Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:05:09 GMThttp://www.wessexflowercompany.co.uk/1/post/2014/02/julie-davids-wedding.htmlA Country Wedding at the Elcot Park Hotel, Hungerford 
Julie's theme was White with Green and Blue Thistles as a nod to her fiancé's Scottish links.
Her table decorations were arranged in rustic wooden boxes and filled with lots of different shades and textures of foliage with the Whites coming from Lisianthus, Gypsophilia and Astrantia and the Green and Blue Thistles to tie in the theme. 
The stems of the bouquets were wrapped in Blue ribbon to match the bridesmaids dresses and Julie chose a vintage lace to compliment her wedding dress. 
The bouquets comprised of Roses, spray Roses, Freesia, Astrantia and Thistles in Julie's. 
<![CDATA[Ronan & Saffy's Wedding]]>Fri, 08 Nov 2013 07:04:55 GMThttp://www.wessexflowercompany.co.uk/1/post/2013/11/ronan-saffys-wedding.htmlA Wedding in the Grounds of Englefield Park. 
Saffy and Ronan were married in late July at Englefield Church and held their afternoon reception in a marquee within the grounds of the park. The weather started off gloriously, but later the Bride and Groom had to dodge the spots of rain, fortunately it was only a short hop from the church to the marquee! 
Saffy's chose orange as her colour theme, I suggested using gorgeous Dahlias and Mayrio Roses combined with the bright vibrant lime green of the Alchimella Mollis and Hydrangea. The Alchimella and Ammi gave the bouquet a lovely country messy look, very romantic! 
Saffy's bridal bouquet featured gorgeous 'Juliet' Roses. These peach roses from David Austin are heavenly scented and are perfect for brides. 
The Lynch gate was decorated with a heart wreath of Spray roses, Dahlias, Hydrangeas, Alstromeria and Alchimella. I adore these colours and it made a lovely change to create beautiful flowers which were a little different to the norm! 

Tom from Richard Greenly Photography was the professional photographer, the other photos are my own and you can follow me on Instagram for more inspirational flower pics. 
<![CDATA[Keira & Martin's Midsummer Wedding]]>Thu, 07 Nov 2013 13:00:15 GMThttp://www.wessexflowercompany.co.uk/1/post/2013/11/keira-martins-midsummer-wedding.htmlA Barn Wedding on the Edge of the Berkshire Downs
Keira and Martin were married in church in East Hendred Near Wantage on the edge of the Berkshire Downs. The reception was held at Lains Barn a beautiful wedding venue close by.
Keira chose beautifully scented David Austin 'Patience' Roses for her own bouquet with Freesia and Gypsohilia. For the bridesmaids she chose Blue Hydrangeas with Avalanche Roses, freesia and cottage garden flowers such as Astrantia, Ammi and Scabious.  
In the bar area we dotted jam jars of colourful garden flowers on all the tables. 
The little flower girls looked gorgeous with Cornflowers in their hair.
The Buttonholes were made up of home grown Alchemilla Mollis, Astrantia and Scabious wrapped in rustic garden twine. 
A beautiful addition to the wedding flowers was a heart wreath placed on the church gate. This heart is made up of Avalanche Roses and Cottage garden flowers such as Ammi, Phlox, Astrantia and Scabious. 
<![CDATA[Annie & Humphrey's Summer Garden Wedding]]>Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:19:34 GMThttp://www.wessexflowercompany.co.uk/1/post/2013/07/annie-humphreys-summer-garden-wedding.htmlVintage Country Wedding in the Vale of The White Horse
Annie and Humphrey's English country garden wedding was over-flowing with beautiful details, from the bespoke table plan in a suitcase and bicycle biscuit favours to the tiny individual wedding cakes. 
Mini milk bottles were used to decorate the occasional tables, cake, and guest book, carrying the theme through the wedding reception. 
The dancing tent looked a little bare so we decided to jazz up the tent pole with a lovely arrangement of Delphiniums, Roses and stocks and added the colourful bunting in-keeping with the garden theme.

The table arrangements were a mixture of rustic wooden boxes and Golden Syrup tins, Kilner jars and jam jars filled with cottage garden flowers, foliage  and berries. 
Each table was themed to a favourite film or book of Annie and Humphrey. 
Annie's hand-tied teardrop bouquet was a lovely mix of cottage garden flowers in summer colours. Clematis and Alchemilla Mollis gave it a natural messy feel. The stems were wrapped in Colbolt Blue ribbon to accent the Blue of the Corn Flowers. 
Other features included the stacks of vintage crates at the entrance to both tents, with pitchers of flowers, vintage books, tea pots, old cans and tea caddies all filled with garden flowers. 
The little bridesmaids wore half flower crowns of Cornflowers and the buttonholes were a mixture of pretty flowers wrapped in garden twine to continue the rustic look. 

Annie and Humphrey were helped by Samantha at Oh So Perfect Weddings who made all the beautiful pompoms you can see hanging from the trees, and planned their wedding day to perfection! 
<![CDATA[Hanna & Andrew's Intimate Wedding]]>Fri, 12 Jul 2013 09:38:28 GMThttp://www.wessexflowercompany.co.uk/1/post/2013/07/hanna-andrews-intimate-wedding-at-the-donnington-grove.htmlHanna & Andrew's Wedding in late May at The Donnington Grove. 
Even though this was only a small wedding, Hanna wanted the flowers to have a big impact!! 
Hanna loves flowers and wanted them to be a big part of her special day. 
Hanna chose a classic Ivory and Green colour scheme, with gorgeous Avalanche Roses, seasonal Agapanthus, Astrantia and Peonies and Freesia for their wonderful scent. 
The ceremony flowers were two large pedestals and a mantlepiece arrangement. These were done in a wild and country style. Cow parsley and vibrant Beech leaves complimented the Roses, Peonies and huge Hydrangeas and cottage garden flowers. 
The wedding breakfast was held on one large table in the beautiful Blue room with it's high ceiling. To compliment the height of the room, Hanna decided to have tall vase arrangements as a show piece along the length of the table. In between these were little vases crammed with delicate Ammi and fat roses!
I love my job, being a part of someone's most special day is a real privilege, but what make it really worthwhile, and brings a tear to my eye is when you receive feedback like this: 

'Thank you so much for the most beautiful flower arrangements I have ever seen! Your flowers for my wedding were truly amazing, I was just blown away at how wonderful our wedding looked because of the beautiful flowers - they truly made a difference. I received so many lovely comments on the flower arrangements and we've brought them all home with us to enjoy. Your flowers on my wedding made my day even more special and I just can't thank you enough for making my wedding day absolutely perfect xxx'

The official photographs of this wedding were taken by Julian Porter Photography.
The instagram photos are my own - Follow my feed for lots of lovely flower photos. 

<![CDATA[Honor & Oliver's Rectory Wedding]]>Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:56:32 GMThttp://www.wessexflowercompany.co.uk/1/post/2013/06/honor-olivers-rectory-wedding.htmlHonor & Oliver's Wedding in April 2013 at Englefield, Nr Reading.
The over riding theme of Honor's wedding was Spring! She loved the idea of having gorgeous seasonal bulb flowers such as Tulips, Muscari, Narcissi, Anemone and Ranunculus teamed with the cottage garden flowers, Ammi, Astrantia, Forget-me nots and Alcamilla Mollis to create a look of just picked seasonal country flowers. 
The reception was held in a marquee in the beautiful garden of The Old Rectory, where long trestle style tables showcased lines of jam jars, mini milk bottles and glass candle sticks, all filled with an array of spring flowers to amazing effect! 
The bouquet and buttonhole stems were wrapped in raffia, in-keeping with the rustic theme and the little girls wore a halo of Baby's breath, Astrantia and Phlox with colour co-ordinating ribbons. The bride and maids wore single wired stems of Stephanotis in their hair. 
<![CDATA[Emma and David's Lakeside Wedding]]>Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:44:39 GMThttp://www.wessexflowercompany.co.uk/1/post/2013/06/emma-and-davids-lakeside-wedding.htmlEmma & David's wedding in April 2013 at Englefield Park, Nr Reading.
Emma was the perfect bride! We met a couple of times to chat about ideas, colours and themes, but it wasn't until our final meeting only a month before the wedding that we actually got down to the nitty gritty!! 
The colour scheme for the bouquets and buttonholes was Ivory, Blue and Green with a little Purple, and then adding soft pink and coral for the table decorations.
The bouquets were soft and floaty with a really natural just picked feel. We used Ammi, Alcamilla Mollis, Astrantia, Clematis, Green Bells, Ranunculus and Sweet Peas to get that cottage garden look, with Peonies, Hydrangea and Freesia for texture and size.
Emma had seen a Blossom tree on Pinterest which she wanted me to recreate. Large branches of Cherry Blossom were arranged in a tall rustic wooden box and tags were tied to it with the guests names and table number on them, this became the centre piece of the ced tent where the drinks and the dancing took place.
Rustic wooden boxes were used for the table arrangements filled with the same flowers as the bouquets. Pink was added with Astrantia, Sweet Pea, Anemone, and the absolutely devine Coral Peony - my favourite! 

Here is a text I received from Emma the day after her wedding: 

'I will be in contact properly when we are back, but I just wanted to say before I get on the plane!!! The flowers were perfect and the blossom tree was the talk of the party!xx'

I was so delighted that Emma took the time to message me before she flew off on her honeymoon! 

Photography by the very talented Julie Skelton. 
The wedding reception was held in a marquee by the lake in Englefield deer park and was very picturesque. In-keeping with the setting, Emma ideas were wild and country which suits my style perfectly. 
The final detail was a scattering of mini milk bottles for the bar, occasional tables and the loos!!
<![CDATA[Vicky & Charlie's Soft Hues Vintage Wedding]]>Tue, 28 May 2013 11:59:30 GMThttp://www.wessexflowercompany.co.uk/1/post/2013/05/vicky-charlies-soft-hues-vintage-wedding.html
Her theme was a soft pallet of Ivory, Pink and Green, with antique shades. Her bouquet was beautiful Peonies and Roses, with gorgeous scented Sweet Peas all wrapped in vintage lace with an oversized bow. The bouquet was a soft heart shape and was full and heavy with beautiful blooms.
This floral heart hung above the newly weds against a large antique mirror and created a lovely romantic feel to the top table. 
Vicky & Charlie were married at the Old Mill in Aldermaston in May. Vicky was a very organised bride and came to our first meeting armed with a whole book of magazine cuttings and plenty of ideas, which made it easy to create flowers that she loved! 
Her five bridesmaids had bouquets of Gypsophilia with a few Peonies, Roses and Ranunculus and the Groom and Groomsmen had a mix of Ranunculus, spray Roses and Astilbe in a range of shades to match the brides bouquet. 

Below are the maids with the bride, just delivered to hotel in kilner jars and ready to go! 

Here is the lovely email I received from Vicky after the wedding:

"I want to thank you for the amazing job you did yesterday- the Mill look stunning- exactly as I'd dreamed of! It could of been from one of the magazines I bought you to look at!!"

Thank YOU Vicky for allowing me to be part of your special day! x