I would like to share a few pictures and words from a beautiful Wedding I did last Autumn for some lovely family friends Alex and Amrita McMillan. Alex and Amrita asked me to do the flowers for their beautiful Wedding blessing and Wedding Breakfast at South Lodge, Lower Beeding. This is a venue I am very familiar with, it has a very traditional classic setting, with a modern twist and for this reason I have always enjoyed setting up there. This is exactly what made it the perfect venue for them!
Alex and Amrita very much wanted a traditional English Day (having had their US and Indian Weddings previously in the year), but not forgetting Amrita’s Indian heritage. All in all, it was a real union of cultures.
Amrita had already made a decision on the colours that she wanted for the table centres and cake tables. She chose, orange, cerise pink, and mauve as the main theme. Alex and Amrita trusted me to choose seasonal flowers in co-coordinating shades to go with this theme. They took care to give me all the details of the decor of the room, which always makes it easier when planning the flowers.
They also asked me to source the containers for the flowers. We managed to pick some gorgeous reflective grey-mauve spheres that I filled with oasis, when creating the arrangements. We also managed to pick up some fantastic vibrant orange tea light holders whilst over in Holland in September, some of which we filled with flowers.
Knowing the colour scheme, venue and theme of the Wedding, I went on to plan what flowers I was going to use. I really wanted them to bright, lush and luxurious.
I knew almost straight away that I wanted to use the stunning peachy-orange Vuvuzela Roses. I paired these with, purple Double Lisianthus, purple Clematis, cerise Spray Roses, purple Veronica, peach Hypericum and orange Asclepia. I wanted the decorations to be packed with flowers, so I only used a tiny bit of Seeded Eucalyptus to green with. Instead of endless greenary, I decided to use one of my favourites, the wonderfully lime green Viburnum Snowball. I believe this is what tied all the colours together, making each individual colour really stand out, rather than clash. In the smaller tea light holders I used a mixture of all the flowers above and added some Raspberries, adding another colour and texture. I scattered these on the tables just outside the Gladstone Room in the hotel, set up for drinks and canopies upon arrival.
I set these on the morning of the event and returned later that day to enjoy the day with the happy couple! It was a real privilege doing flowers for such a great couple, who gave me the scope to be creative with my ideas- which overall I think worked very well! It was also helpful to see them set up in the venue during the event. It’s always nice to see how your flowers fit into the venue and the atmosphere of a special day.
More exciting new Wedding pics coming soon…
Photography Credits: The Marvellous Bev Downie at https://www.bevdownie.photography