I absolutely love providing wedding flowers in the Cotswolds, such a beautiful part of the country filled with stunning wedding venues! At the beginning of August I worked on Rhiannon and Tom’s wedding which was held at Cricklade church, and then in a beautifully styled marquee in her parents garden. Jessie Thomson was the incredible wedding planner on this super stylish wedding and pulled together a real stunning day with some brilliant local suppliers. When it came to the flowers Rhiannon wanted a colour way of ivory, blush and pale peach seasonal flowers with lots of trailing soft green foliage. To say I was in heaven may be an understatement. Photographing the day was the superb Ashlee Taylor, see little peek below. Ashlee specialises in film photography where you get the most soft, romantic shots I cannot wait to see more!
Rhiannon wanted a trailing hand tied bouquet focusing on blousy roses and lots of soft foliage. I used peach David Austin ‘Juliet’ roses, white O Hara roses which have the most amazing scent, ivory dahlias with pretty filler flowers such as astilbe and asclepias. Foliage is always important when creating a trailing bouquet so I used various eucalyptus including berried euc alongside asparagus fern and jasmine trails which offer such movement to the bouquet.
For the bridesmaids bouquet I focused on a less trailing version of Rhiannon’s bouquet yet still with lots of texture and movement. I added in ammi which is a fabulous ivory, country garden style flower and also astrantia which has a pearly tint to it. All in all a beautiful combination, I was quite reluctant to hand these bouquets over I loved them so much!!
The church was decorated with trailing foliage and rose pew ends, large urns filled with larkspur, stocks, lisianthus, hydrangeas, roses and lots of soft foliage. It is always important to have key focal pieces within the ceremony, I placed an urn at the entrance of the church to welcome guests and one at the altar which would frame the couple when they said their vows.
When it came to decorating the marquee Jessie and Rhiannon had lots of ideas and they all came together so well on the day. I created a mix of tall glass vase arrangements and lower glass arrangements for the tables. This is a great way of distributing flowers throughout a big space such as a marquee and offers interest and colour on so many levels.
The floral swags that decorated the church were moved to be hung behind the top table. I love this effect and it looked fab against the neutral background of the marquee. A lot of time marquee wall space is neglected and can look sparse, so by doing something as a simple swag this can turn a plain marquee into a great look.
Vases of flowers were also placed on the tables where people could relax with a drink on the sofa, and also on the bar, how amazing are those café au lait dahlias!! I love it when couples use flowers as the main source of decoration, a timeless option that will never go out of fashion! Within the ceiling of the marquee I created a large hanging arrangement which provided a focal point to the marquee and a real statement piece.
I loved working on this wedding, and it was great to work with such talented suppliers, all who made the day go fantastic for the happy couple. Congratulations to Rhiannon and Tom! I hope you had a lovely honeymoon xx