Wedding Flowers

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This week I have been creating some lovely flowers for a country wedding that is taking place in the brilliantly named ‘Wick Bottom Barn’, which is an idyllic period barn hidden in the Wiltshire countryside.

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The interior of the barn is stunning; ancient beams, flagstones and a large fireplace which came from a French Chateau that was being demolished:

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Paper lanterns will all be lit in the evening
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The Barn being dressed for the wedding before the flowers were added.

My mother and I were asked to come up with a bright, country theme for the flowers.  We sometimes do wedding flowers, mainly via word of mouth, and know the family so were more than happy to get creative for them.  The Bride wanted the table flowers displayed very rustically, so a multitude of old tin cans, oil tins, bottles and jam jars were collected in advance.  We planned that each table would have at least 6 varied arrangements clustered in the middle using these containers.  We also made up arrangements to display in the outside covered Bar area, plus on tables outside in the grounds.

We chose a mixture of flowers and plants to use; Lisianthus, Gerbera, Alchemilla, Mint, Stock, Poms, Chrysanthemums, Carnations and Peonies.  We ordered them in vibrant tones of lime, pink, magenta, orange, purple, yellow and red.  They looked great in clashing tones as we started to arrange them.  The tables will have a collection of jars, tins and bottles on them, creating a really vibrant grouping of varied heights:

The flowers in the barn were prepared the day before the wedding whilst it was being dressed for the event, and then they left in the coolness of the barn overnight to avoid wilting.

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The flowers look stunning, and it is a real change to not work with oasis, tape and wires that we usually arrange flowers with for weddings, instead to use the eclectic pots and bottles and jam them full of clashing flowers was really fun.

On the morning of the wedding we prepared the Bridal Bouquet, four bridesmaids’ bouquets and six buttonholes for the Groom, Ushers and close family.  Again, sticking to the bright colours, we also added vibrant ribbons to the Bridesmaids bouquets, here are their posies:

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 For the Groom, Ushers and fathers of the Bride and Groom, we continued the bright theme with sweet little button hole posies in magenta and lime.  The two pink corsages were for the mothers of the Bride & Groom

IMG_9962Finally, the bridal bouquet was created with a long trail of Amaramthus and Ivy.  I sprayed the Amaranthus a raspberry pink, using Florists’ spray, to compliment all of the other jewel colours in the bouquet.  The Bride had asked for peonies in her bouquet as well as bright colours, so there were some wonderful cream and rose tipped ones in the bouquet.

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Finally, we popped some fresh flower petals into a rustic basket to use as confetti at the Church.  There will be more photos taken on their magic day, which I will post up when ready.

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