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Marquee wedding flowers Chris Maguire and Juliet McCarthy, Hertfordshire
Juliet was slightly worried about her wedding flowers because she wanted a country style with lots of flowers and foliage, but suffers from hay fever! We managed to isolate the offending flowers and come up with a selection of wedding flowers that were not pollen heavy. Having looked at magazines, Juliet had pictures ready to give us an idea of her style and the look she wanted and we were able to design the flowers around her ideas.
Having chosen a stunningly elegant bridal gown Juliet chose an informal country style hand tied bouquet of lilac memory lane roses, creamy hydrangeas, rosebuds, lisianthus and lavender. Her bridesmaids wore purple dresses and carried smaller flower posies edged with gypsophilia. Bridegroom Chris and his groomsmen wore buttonholes of lisianthus buds, lavender and gypsophilia in a circular posy style.
Although heavy April showers hindered the setting up of their reception marquee at Rustling End, Langley, Hertfordshire, fortunately the sun came out at 4 pm on the afternoon before the wedding making for a beautiful spring wedding day. The reception marquee was erected in Chris’s parents’ garden and was decorated in a selection of the bridal flowers.
To offset the large expanse of white that comes with marquees, Juliet wanted to achieve a foliage-rich country garden look. Large candle flower arrangements with wired ivy stems (set so as to be above the heads of the seated guests and not to stop conversation) were placed on the tables with a large long low flower arrangement as a centrepiece to the bride and groom’s top table. Two large 6 metre garlands of foliage and gypsophilia with tiny sets of white led lights were wound around the two central marquee poles to finish the look.
Wedding flowers for Vicky Marks and Stefan Thomas, St Peters Church Lemsford and Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
Vicky and her parents John and Ruth were very much involved with the flowers for her wedding to Stefan, although as dad John is colour blind it was perhaps just as well they were all white! Vicky loves bling and chose diamantes to highlight her wedding flowers and complement her beautiful full wedding gown with medieval bodice.
She chose a head-to-head cream vendella rose bouquet with diamantes at the centre of each rose and a collar of diamantes to wrap the stem. The bridal bouquet was finished with satin ribbon trails edged with diamantes. The groom sported a double vendella rose buttonhole with matching diamante centres and beargrass loops and ivy. The bridesmaids’ flowers were posies of avalanche rose, lisianthus and freesias with a soft collar of gypsophilia and were wrapped in teal to match the bridesmaids’ dresses and edged with the diamantes and the groomsmen matched with buttonholes of a single avalanche rose.
Vicky had lots of fun choosing all the details of her wedding flowers with her parents and we were able to co-ordinate the details such as matching Ruth’s corsage to her outfit by including some little coffee pearl twists wired between her dendrobium orchid. The flower girls carried tiny posies to match the bridesmaids, whilst Tom aged 2 had his own mini buttonhole!
Vicky and Stefan were married in St Peters church at Lemsford. The church flowers featured pedestal candle arrangements at the altar, a large pedestal and a circular font decoration, whilst the windowsills held low trailing designs. The scent of lilies and freesias filled the church to welcome the bride and groom .
As Stefan is half Persian, the couple followed the service with a traditional Sofreh Agh or spread which took place at historic Hatfield House. This ancient ceremony involves family and friends who bring gifts to the bride and groom for the spread. These include honey and sugar to represent the bringing of sweetness into their future life and marriage. A lovely family wedding celebration, incorporating the best of traditions from both east and west.
Photographs by Neal Houghton www.nehweddingphotography.com
Oliver and Alison – The Priory, Ware, Herts
Winter sunshine greeted Olly and Alison and the setting made it a romantic day for their wedding. And what could be more romantic that a beautiful young bride and a handsome soldier in uniform? When Olly proposed to Alison little did he realise that up to a few days before the big day he would still be in Cyprus, flying back for the ceremony with the smallest of margins and scuppering plans for a long stag celebration!
The bride chose a teardrop shower bouquet of grand prix velvet roses with trailing foliage to complement the lines of her stunning dress and train, whilst her bridesmaids carried posies of roses, skimmia and hypericum bound with scarlet crystal organza ribbon to match their dresses. No buttonhole was necessary for Olly in his dress uniform.
The bride’s mother gave her away in a ceremony held in the oldest part of the Priory. A long low arrangement and a pedestal composed of bright red lilies and a selection of bridal flowers decorated the ceremony room and were later moved to the reception. This took place in Fletchers Lea, the modern part of the Priory, where the guest tables were decorated with storm lanterns complete with submerged roses and floating candles to add warm light to the evening. Large rings of flowers and foliage surrounded the base of the lanterns to add rich colour.
Having enjoyed a wonderful celebration with family and friends Olly and Alison then jetted off to start married life with a posting abroad.
Photographs by Helen Light www.helenlightphotography.co.uk