August 16th 2014 : Epperstone :Nottinghamshire.
There was a real buzz in the air when I delivered Claire’s flowers to her childhood home in the picturesque village of Epperstone on a bright, warm and sunny morning.
The ceremony was to be held a stone’s throw away in the little village church and afterwards the celebrations were to continue back at the family home, I think you’ll agree that their beautiful garden made a superb backdrop.
Just before Midday Dad, Claire and her maids’ walked to the church along the main street to the cheers and waves from villagers’ and well-wishers who lined the way.
The Ladies’ in the village had done a really great job of decorating the church the previous day, with flowers cut from neighbouring gardens.
Claire had asked for a soft and pale colour palette of cottage garden flowers for her bouquet. We used a mix of lilac and white scabiosa, the palest blue nigella, grasses and senecio to create that ‘just picked look’ and finished the bouquet off with vintage lace to compliment Claire’s beautiful dress. The bridesmaids’ bouquets’ were made incorporating stronger more vibrant colours to contrast, bright blue cornflowers, sunny yellow helenium and pink lisianthus tied together with colourful ribbon trails.
Both Claire and Alex live and work in London, and so after our initial meeting, Claire entrusted mum, Rosemary and me to turn her dreams into reality. Her wish for the centrepieces in the marquee was for bright, colourful, cottage garden flowers with a fun, festival feel.
Tall vases, enamel jugs and pales all dressed with twine were full of Sunflowers, Delphiniums, Stocks, Dahlias, Cornflowers, grasses and foliage.
The marquee looked amazing once all of the colourful bunting, tables, centrepieces and favours were in place.
Claire’s talented Gran had knitted unique gifts for each guest. She told me that she had started knitting months before, Claire had given her a simple list of names with a snippet of information, and she’d just started knitting! Amazing!
And finally…a big test for any bouquet is when it’s thrown…luckily it survived and was caught by one lucky, happy lady!