This was a gorgeous wedding and particularly special for me, as I have known Cecelia since we were about 14 years old! Cece had a clear vision of how she wanted her wedding to look and she put a lot of effort into making it a truly personal day.
The bouquets were mix of English country garden flowers including Dalias, Garden Roses, antique Roses, Scabious, Ammi, Nigella, Jasmine and Astilble, the stems were wrapped in antique lace and finished with pretty vintage brooches. The little flower girls carried pomanders. The boys went for quite manly buttonholes, keeping them simple with Ivory Roses, Astilble and Eucalyptus.
The wedding reception was held at Rushalls Farm, Nr Stanford Dingley, the Black Barn was transformed with decorations chosen and placed by Cece and Lloyd, including hundreds of paper lanterns, a sweetie cart and beautiful twig trees and vintage tablecloths.
I adore this shot, Cecelia looks so gorgeous, her dress, her veil, her hair - just perfect!! They are standing in front of the beautiful heart of flowers, with mini milk bottles surrounding the cake made by Leanne of Vintage Butterfly.
A Mid Summer wedding at Sheepdrove Farm, Lambourn.
Charlotte's family wanted to be involved, so they created the beautiful tins wrapped in bright coloured raffia, these were then filled with masses of Sweet Peas, Scabious and Alchemilla Mollis.
Congratulations to you both x
A summer wedding in a walled garden
Becki and Francis were married at The Walled Garden at Wasing Park, Aldermaston, Nr Reading on a glorious hot sunny summer's day!
As they were being married outside in the garden, Becki was keen for her bouquet to have a wild, country 'just picked' look about it. I used cottage garden flowers such as Astrantia, Alchemilla Mollis, Nigella, Scabious, Sweet Peas, Green Bells, Ammi and English garden Roses to create this look.
The bridesmaids bouquets were clouds of Gypsophilia with a matching flower circlet for the maid of honour and buttonholes of Gypsophila, Scabious and Nigella for the boys.
The wedding breakfast took place in a traditional teepee within the garden, with long tables and informal jar and bottles of flowers along the middle. The dessert table was a collection of cakes made by friends and family, including the naked wedding cake which I finished off with a toppers and wired flowers around the tiers.
Congratulations to you both x
An intimate Spring wedding in Marlborough
I have known Jo for quite some years now, and I was delighted when she asked me to do her wedding flowers for her small intimate wedding in Marlborough.
Jo chose beautiful scented David Austin Roses and Coral Peonies with a matching Herringbone yellow ribbon. Andy also wore a superbly beautiful, big and blowsy Peony - I think he carried if off alright!!
A late spring wedding at Bradfield College
Andrew and Nicola's wedding in May was a little damp - but it really didn't matter as the venue was so beautiful and the black clouds and sunshine made for some dramatic photographs!
The flowers at the church were wild and country hedgerow in style using Foxgloves, Delphiniums, Alliums and Peonies, with foliage of Beech, Cow Parsley and Alchemilla Mollis, which was carried on into the archway over the church door.
Nicola chose a beautiful palette of colours for her bouquets, with the gorgeous Coral Charm Peony adding a pop of colour to the Peaches and softer tones. The 'Juliet' Rose from David Austin really added the country feel Nicola was after, along with more Roses and Peonies. The overall effect was one of my favourites of last year!
The table arrangements featured beautiful handmade candles from Ester & Eric in gorgeous colours matching the flowers. The top table was a traditional long and low arrangement and the rest were a moss base with flowers and candles all with flowers in keeping with the theme.
A Spring Wedding at The Vineyard, Stockcross.
I worked closely with Faye to create a gorgeous palette of colour for her wedding. With such a variety of flowers and in particular scented flowers available at this time of year we were spoilt for choice! Faye particularly wanted Sweet Peas, so with these as the base we added antique Pink Roses, Narcissi, Gelder Rose, Freesia, Veronica, Astrantia, Bupleurem and Anemone.
The buttonholes were mini hand-tied bouquets made up of Sweet Peas, and spray Roses, the stems were wrapped in twine for the groomsmen and ribbon for the groom.
The corsages for the ladies were beautifully scented Freesia, Narcissi and Rosemary, all individually wired.
The Vineyard in Berkshire was the idyllic setting for this wonderful day, with seamless co-ordination from the staff, superb food and not to mention the enormous wine cellars which hold around 30,000 bottles of wine!
Their wedding cake was made by a close friend, and I decorated it on the day with flowers in keeping with the theme. There was something beautiful about it being lovingly home-made!
The table arrangements were a mixture of rustic wooden boxes crammed with flowers and Kilner jars surrounded by mini milk bottles with the same flowers. It is lovely to have a mix of arrangements, it adds a bit more interest to the room, and allows you choose a few different types of arrangements.
The professional photographer was the very talented Kim Gregory.
Congratulations Andrew & Faye!
A Spring Wedding at Prestwold Hall in Leicestershire
Mark and Jenny were married in the Spring at a gorgeous stately home in Leicestershire. Jenny wanted seasonal flowers incorporated into the theme of her wedding in the colours of Yellow, pale Pink and Silver to accent the Daffodils and Hyacinths outside at this time of year.
The table decorations were a mix of jar and milk bottles filled with Spring flowers including Narcissi, Hyacinths, Ranunculus, Tulips and Wax flower.
Jenny's bouquet comprised of Sweet Avalanche Roses, Yellow Ranunculus, Tuplips, Ammi, Wax Flower, Narcissi, Hyacinth, Brunia and Craspedia all wrapped up with vintage lace. The bridesmaids had smaller versions of her bouquet.
As a little extra I decorated Jenny and Marks initials for the guest book table.
Congratulations Mark & Jenny!
A Winter Wedding at Silchester House.
When I arrived to set up at Silchester House is was raining and pretty grey outside, but inside was toasty warm, the logs fires were roaring and the house had a lovely homely feel about it.
As I went up the stairs to the bridal suite to deliver the bouquets to Lily and her bridesmaids I was greeted by groomsmen, family and little children all swarming about the place in a buzz. It was so magical everyone was in such high spirits - this is probably my favourite bit of my job - seeing the bride on her wedding day - hair usually in rollers, make-up mid done, and champagne flowing!! Today was no exception!
Lily's colour scheme was soft blush Pinks, Peaches and Creams, being Spring I was able to incorporate gorgeous Ranunculus, which are like mini Peonies, and are only available for a few short months over the Winter and early Spring. I also used the truly wonderful David Austin Roses, which are scented and look like old fashioned English garden Roses. These together with Spray Roses and Astrantia to add a little interest and texture made for a beautiful bouquet finished with antique lace around the stems.
I suggested pomanders as aisle markers and attached these to the chairs with ribbon, they were very simple, but had a lovely effect. They were made up of Pittosporum and Wax Flower.
Lily & Tom carried their theme through their reception, using balloons, pom poms cupcakes, cake pops and birdcages to create a gorgeous pastel pallette of colours.
Since she enjoyed organising her own wedding so much, Lily is now studying to become a wedding planner follow her on her blog Pastel Vintage.
Congratulations Lily & Tom x
An Autumn Foragers Wedding!
Sarah's vision for her wedding was natural hedgerow foraged foliage and berries in Autumn tones. Candles were placed in logs and mini milk bottles were filled with Old Man's Beard, Rosehips, Crab Apples, Ivy and Mistletoe.
The theme was carried through to the bouquets, using berries, seed heads, rustic Hydrangeas turning red, with Wax Flower, Narcissi, Ranunculus and gorgeous Grand Prix Roses. Sarah's best friend made some flowers from felt to be added to the bouquet as well, which added a lovely personal touch.
Congratulations to Sarah and Gordon!
A Late Summer Wedding at Notley Abbey, Buckinghamshire
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.
Alicia Billyeald - Owner of the Wessex Flower Company. Loves all things pretty and vintage!