Friday, 26 April 2013

Rachael & Wayne - A Host of Golden Daffodils

Hello all, well the wedding season has really kicked off here at Campbell's Flowers and HQ has been awash with flowery gorgeousness ever since Rachael & Wayne's Spring wedding at the beginning of March.

Rachael originally got in touch after a visit to the lovely Chloe at The White Room where she bought the most fabulous Claire Pettibone gown which features gorgeous dark lavender-grey detailing and a wonderful silk floral corsage at the back.  During our consultation, Rachael told me that the whole colour theme of the wedding would be a fabulous Spring-like yellow and that daffodils were an absolute must!  She also wanted to feature colours such as slate grey and the lavender-grey colour from her dress.

Sometimes, working seasonal blooms into colour schemes can be a bit tricky, but not this time.  I suggested we use bright yellow open daffodils in the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets and combine this with softer creams of sweet scented narcissus.  To balance the colour between the soft creams and bright yellows, I recommended some pretty lemon ranunculus. Then we could bring in detail colour from her gown, by using scented dried lavender, seasonal lilac for texture and more scent and finally, an absolute favourite of mine, dark moody helebores! Just gorgeous!

The bridesmaids, we decided, would carry the same bouquet as Rachael, just a little smaller and the buttonholes would be a really simple, stylish, vintage-inspired lemon ranunculus with a little lavender.  As any of you who have worked with me will know, I'm a stickler for detail.  So, I suggested a gorgeous dark lavender satin ribbon for Rachael's bouquet teamed with a very simple, vintage brooch.  The bridesmaids' bouquets featured lemon organza ribbon and the buttonholes were finished with a tie of the same, to complement the cravats the groomsmen were wearing.

Tables were to be kept gloriously simple but incredibly striking by using the sunniest, Springtime open daffodils packed into slate grey pewter jugs (which caused some headaches of their own, trying to get them to open perfectly for the day!). As Rachael and Wayne's ceremony and reception were both at Whitley Hall we decided upon a statement design in a pewter chalice, using all the flowers from the theme, which would double as a ceremony and top table arrangement.

Here are the final designs, which I just absolutely loved creating ...

Rachael's bouquet close up

The bridesmaid's bouquet's finished with lemon organza ribbon

More of the bouquets

A close up of the ribbon detail from Rachel's bouquet

The men's buttonholes

 Ladies buttonholes

The gloriously opulent ceremony/top table design ...

... and a close-up of the gorgeous flowers we used

British grown beautiful daffodils

As you can see the daffs opened perfectly for the day - but they certainly needed quite a bit of persuading! 

I'm just so happy that everything worked out just how we wanted it to, buy working with amazing seasonal flowers and I even managed to get some lovely British grown blooms into the designs too!

Rachael also sent me some shots by her wedding photographer Shakespeare Photography - here are just a few ...

A HUGE thank you to Rachael for sending these through to me - congratulations to you both.


Photo credit: Shakespeare Photography

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