It was March 2016 when Carley and Chris first approached me about doing the flowers for their Wedding this year. A couple both residing in the local area of Copthorne where my flower shop is based. When they first described the theme of their Wedding and secured the date with me, I was delighted that it was going to be a very ‘Spring’ affair. It’s still not often that prospective couples get married ‘out of season’ (November-April), so needless to say a breath of fresh air and something new and exciting for us to plan and get involved in. We soon learnt that the setting was to be in the Stunning grounds of Wiston House, Steyning. A very appropriate venue for a Spring theme, situated alongside the South Downs, with rolling hills and (at this time of year) home to many new arrivals-mainly lambs!
So we got together on a number of occasions to design the flowers. The Wedding colours were to be violet, lilac and pale pink. Carley was particularly partial to having some Tulips in her bouquet and something scented. With this is mind we used some pale pink Stocks, violet Anemones and Lilac-Purple Tulips. It would have been great if we could get more of a ‘Cadbury Purple’ Tulip, but unfortunately they do not naturally grow in this colour, so we compromised using these tones. The colours worked wonderfully together, the Bride was not keen on having any foliage in the bouquet, but due to the accent of the pale pink- we think the Purples popped! For Chris’s Buttonhole we used a Tulip with a Grape Hyacinth, adding another shade or bluey-mauve into the mix. It really complimented the Bridal bouquet.
Carley and Chris were very keen for us to use our own creative eye and knowledge of seasonal availability. Therefore we were able to use a real array of purple, pink and lilac flowers such as, Tulips, Anemones, Stocks, Vintage Roses, Veronica, Freesias etc. This helped to ensure the flowers worked well within the beautiful surroundings of Wiston House and Gardens, naturally blending with their environment and creating flow within the Wedding event. It also made the Wedding an absolute joy to work on; contacting suppliers and finding out what gorgeous quality flowers were seasonal available at this time. It also helps to ensure the couple really do make the most of their budget and that flowers stand a better chance of being at their best on the big day!
Our verdict- we really enjoyed working on this vibrant Spring Wedding, we are looking forward to the next later on in the month. I would really encourage any perspective couples to look beyond the Summer months for their big day. Spring is filled with lots of gorgeous vibrant flowers, as well as soft pastels so can suit virtually any colour palette. Many venues will often be in bloom at this time, so will give a beautiful back drop for family fun and photographs! Lastly, with the weather we’ve been experiencing lately a Spring Wedding looks mighty fine indeed!
Till next time!
Photography Credits: Simon Callaghan at http://www.SimonCallaghanPhotography.com