Charlie & Will June 2018
Charlie and Will got married on June 23rd at St. Botolph’s, a beautiful church nestled right in the heart of Cambridge town near the river backs.
They were a dream couple to work with as they put complete trust in me to design the flowers I thought would best suit the day. I didn’t get to meet Charlie until the day but know her Mum Sarah from working at The Punter and after a short chat, knew instantly it would be exactly the kind of wedding I would love to work on.
A relaxed, bohemian, ‘baggy’ (Sarah’s word not mine!) affair with meadow like, English country garden flowers. I couldn’t wait!
Charlie initially wanted all white flowers, but after a few emails back and forth we decided on some softer peach, lemon and amber tones to be woven in too, to add some depth.
I placed meadow-style pew-ends down the aisle using white Verbascum, frilly double Lisianthus in peachy pink and Foxgloves from my garden, along with Stipa grass and variegated Euonymus. These were then moved to the reception venue – I love recycling flowers to use elsewhere on the day as why should they just be enjoyed once?!
The boys wore buttonholes made of Helichrysum, Poppy seed heads, Statice and Miscanthus grass while Charlie wore a matching flower crown of Helichrysum and Wax flowers, finished with a long green ribbon.
For the bouquets I used beautiful scented David Austin Roses from The Real Flower company, Achillea, Clematis, Astilbe and the most gorgeous Slates morning lily, just to name a few!
I tied the bouquets with hand dyed silk ribbon from Lancaster & Cornish in Creams & Coppers, Charlie’s bouquet used a streamer bundle called Persian Spice which beautifully picked out the warmer tones of the flowers.
It was a gloriously sunny June day and after they tied the knot they walked along the backs where they were whisked away on a punt to Quayside. They then walked through town to their reception venue The Punter, a place close to my heart since I look after their garden courtyard.
We had chosen plants for the courtyard that Spring which would complement the wedding day. White Cobaea scandens scrambling up the walls, Foxgloves growing from Terracotta pots and Sweet peas growing by one of the outside tables.
In The Punter ‘Barn’ area, looking onto the courtyard, long tables had been set up which I dressed with urns spilling flowers out onto the tables, again using an array of scented roses, Astilbe, Astantia, Clematis and Stipa grasses.
Above the tables I installed a hanging ‘Sky meadow’ using tiny dried flowers. It was a time-consuming process on what turned out to be a rather hot June day, a few days before the wedding but all the clambering up and down ladders was totally worth it! Charlie and Will’s wedding party dined and then danced the night away under a meadow of flowers surrounded by the people they loved – I can’t think of anything much better than that!
Thank you to C&W for allowing me to be a part of their day & To Sarah Lee for letting me loose on the ceiling of The Barn!
Photos by the brilliant John Scott (excluding top photos of bouquets, buttonholes and flower crown, which were shot by me).
www.johnscottphotography.co.uk – Thank you for letting me use your gorgeous photos for my Blog and for photographing my flowers so perfectly!