Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Wedding Flowers - Joe & Rach's Vintage Wedding

Joe and Rach's wonderful wedding had a lovely country fair and vintage theme. They were married at the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield and then travelled out to Shatton Barn in Derbyshire where the beautiful surrounding meadow hosted a coconut shy, tug'o'war and welly-throwing! The Barn was decorated with handmade bunting, homemade favours, cakes and summer cottage flowers.

The gorgeous Botanical Gardens in Sheffield.

Rachael's Dress was designed by Elizabeth A Edwards, who specialises in eco-couture http://www.elizabethaedwards.com/weddings/greenweddings.html

Rach wanted a bouquet which looked as though it had been hand-picked from a meadow and loved my idea of using lots of soft foliages and grasses. I used flowers you'd expect to see in an English Country Garden in a full range of colours, which really evoked a Summer border.  The binding point was finished in natural raffia, in keeping with the theme.

The soft grasses in Rach's bouquet are really visible in this lovely shot. The fantastic photographer was Alison Fawcett  http://www.fawcett.org.uk/about.html .

The inspiration for the flowers!

Simple, pretty hair flowers of white double lisianthus.

Metres and metres of bunting went into decorating the barn.

Rachael also supplied me with the jam jars decorated with pretty ribbons and I hand-tied the designs and cut each one individually to fit the various sizes.

Tug'o'war in the stunning Derbyshire Peak District.  You can just see the tents in the background where all the guests, including the Bride and Groom, camped overnight!

Favours made with love.  The children had sweeties in jam jars!

Joe's buttonhole was a miniture version of Rach's bouquet.  All the other guests wore a simple single white lisianthus with eucalyptus, bound with natural raffia.  I suggested lisianthus as Rach wanted a flower which hinted of a white rose of Yorkshire, without actually using a rose!

I used peony, spray roses, three kinds of lisiathus, stallion chrysanthemum, solidago, veronica, wax flower, aster, panicum grass, bear grass and eucalyptus in the bouquets and arrangements.

Afternoon tea

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