Monday, 23 January 2012

Samira & Martin's Wedding - A Clubber's Paradise

Last year I was lucky enough to be asked to design the flowers for Samira & Martin's wedding at the beautiful Hargate Hall in Derbyshire.  The theme, in terms of colour palette was to be rich dark purples, plums and silver, with lots of twinkly fairy lights and sparkles.  As two ardent clubbers, one of the most important aspects of the day would be the line-up of DJs guesting throughout the night!

The couple had chosen Hargate Hall, set in the stunning Peak District National Park as the perfect venue for their day.  Set in sumptuous rolling grounds, The Hall itself contains self-contained apartments, beautiful communial rooms, a stunning staircase with balcony and an enormous permanent marquee in the gardens. Perfect for an extended weekend of partying, barbeques and compulsory chilling!

Samira wanted a really glamorous shower bouquet to stand out against her beautiful Maggie Sottero dress, and adores exotic flowers such as orchids and zantedeschia lilies.   I used stunning Vanda orchids, purple and violet double and single lisianthus, 'Sweet Intoxication' Roses and scented lilac double freesia together with 'Black Magic' calla lilies and eucalyptus parvifolia to create the lovely flowing shape to her bouquet. I also incorporated bear grass sprayed silver into Samira's bouquet to link in with her overall colour theme, with crystal beads to reflect the beading detail in Samira's dress.

The adult Bridesmaids carried hand tied posies using almost the same materials as the bride - stunning Vanda orchids, double and single lisianthus in various shades of purple, Roses with crystal beads and scented lilac double freesia.

The groom wore a buttonhole of two double purple lisianthus, with eucalyptus parvifolia and crystal beads.  The guests and ushers all wore single purple lisanthus and eucalyptus parvifolia.

I also made a long and low flowing arrangement for the ceremony table and a mantelpiece arrangement for the ceremony room, both of which had lots of impact, cascading naturally. I decorated the backs of the chairs with simple hand tied bunches using the same materials.  For the tables in the marquee, Samira chose Phaleonopsis Orchids in goldfish bowls for simple elegance.


The Clubland table placements

The Father of the Bride's speech was not only rapped throughout, but asked for (and got!) audience participation!

How many Bride's can say their Dad, Mum and sister all  DJ'ayed at their wedding?! The evening was a clubbers paradise with guest spots by DJ's from as far away as Australia keeping the party going all the way through till daybreak.

I just love weddings that really reflect the Bride and Groom's personality, and this one was so much fun to be involved with, the materials I worked with were a joy - as were the lovely couple.
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