St Andrews Church in Backwell near Bristol was the venue for the wedding of Barbara and Tim on March 16th 2019, a local couple who have been together for many happy years. They chose the stunning venue of Coombe Lodge near Blagdon for their reception to celebrate with family & friends.
I first met Barbara back In January where we discussed her ideas for a relaxed, elegant themed wedding with an emphasis on the English garden and Springtime using a colour palette of cream, green & white. Barbara enjoys spending time in her garden and Tim had worked with the forestry commission so lots of foliage to compliment the flowers worked well. During consultations its lovely to hear about flowers that hold special connections to people and can then be incorporated within the flower choices. Eucalyptus was used to honour Tims Australian heritage, and chrysanthemums were included in memory of the chrysanthemum nursery owned by Barbaras godparents which held special memories for her.
the list of flowers to choose at this time of year and this particular colour way is endless - but Barbaras bouquet contained, Four seasons rose (apt for a gardener!) Titanium garden rose, eustoma, thistles, lysimachia, scabious seed heads, spray rose, phlox, ammi, sweet pea. olive, & 3 varieties of eucalyptus. buttonholes & corsages with natural tied stems of eustoma, spray rose, thistle & eucalyptus complimented the bouquet and not forgetting a corsage for Jinks the very well behaved Collie who accompanied Tim & Barbara down the Aisle!
6 weeks before the wedding I visited both the Church & venue with the lovely couple so together we could decide on the most suitable arrangements to create for the church which could then be transferred the Coombe Lodge. I always try to suggest ways in which the flowers can be utilised between the ceremony & venue so that firstly you get value for money but secondly enjoy those blooms as long as possible! Barbara decided on 2 urn arrangements to sit at each side of the top of the alter and rather than a 3rd to sit inside the porch of the church I suggested the variation in using a milk churn - this fitted well in the corner and was a real feature. at the back of the church there were 2 alcoves that the couple wanted to display some sort of arrangement on so I created 2 low arrangements which were then able to be displayed together on the beautiful mantlepiece a Coombe Lodge in the reception room. The milk church sat inside the front door at the venue and the 2 large urns behind the top table. the centeripeices for the 12 tables with a collection of 3 vases sat on log slices. Tulips, ranunculus, genista, paper whites, stocks & eucalyptus ensured that the room not only looked like spring but the fragrance created spring! A simple 3 tier cake was decorated with roses, eustoma, thistles & eucalyptus.
On returning to the venue the following
day to collect all the props I was delighted to see that Barbara & Tim had distributed the wedding flowers amongst their family & friends to enjoy and were to be placed on loved ones graves.
I absolutely loved not only decorating such a beautiful venue or the opportunity to create arrangements with such beautiful flowers but the honour to design wedding flowers for such a special couple. I wish them many more happy years together!
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