I will always remember the first email I received from the lovely Charlotte. In the first line she told me of her love of flowers and how she wanted them to be a big part of her wedding day. Her words and descriptions were clear and exciting, exuberant and thrilling. Charlotte explained vibrant Ranunculus, hints of reds and yellows and oranges not usually seen in November. She visioned a style and movement of bride bouquet that was unique to only her. Something original and different, beautiful and colourful. Something I pictured being ‘just Charlotte’. She hoped it would be possible in November for us to be able to bring in such bright and fresh blooms to her vision. And so it was with more than a little surprise on first meeting her to find a quiet and beautifully demure woman. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise really, as I am well aware of how flowers and our love of them can prompt us into a creative narrative that we wouldn’t usually expose. Flowers do that to us though, I have found.
So Flemming and I sat with Charlotte and her mum and talked wedding, flowers, families and other things. It was wonderful getting to know them and to learn about their work, their travels and also to find out about the groom, Rupert. Who affectionately came to be known to us as ‘Rupes’. It was important to Charlotte that Rupert have a unique Groom’s buttonhole, similar to the other men’s buttonholes but something ‘wow’. Something bright and significant and special. So, something like ‘Rupert’. In the same way that Charlotte’s bouquet be a floral epitome of her, then so Rupert’s flora be ‘Rupert’. (and it’s people like this who make my job so interesting and creative and fascinating) OK then, it’s November, it’s cold and it’s dark and our brief is for bright, original and fascinating flowers. Let’s get to work!
Charlotte and Rupert’s wedding ceremony was meant to take place in a church in Otterburn but during the bad weather, the roof was damaged. They were married in St Mary’s church in Ponteland instead, which is beautiful. We were asked last minute, to provide pew ends and floral pedestals which we were very happy to do. The night before the wedding, Flemming and I worked in St Mary’s church and spent a beautiful quiet hour or so preparing the pew ends and the pedestals. We carefully tied delicate pink Majolica roses in with Baby’s Breath, Lavender, Craspedia and fine heathers onto the gorgeous wooden pew ends with a fine Ivory Organza.
The scents from the herbs and the flowers gently made themselves known as you walked passed each pew end. I knew that Charlotte and Rupert would recognise and love this as they walked down the aisle to their matrimony the following day!
The colourful flowers chosen for Charlotte’s bouquet were bright pink Ranunculus, sweet Pink Avalanche Roses, yellow Craspedia, spray orange Roses, spray white Roses, delicately scented Mentha and fresh mint, Ammi Majus, Eucalyptus, white and yellow Wild Heathers, Scabiosa pods, Baby’s Breath, white Ranunculus and a beautiful silvery greenery. It was large and with a very natural form and flow. It really was spectacular. Everything that Charlotte had hoped for.
The bouquet was so Charlotte! I knew she loved it when I brought it to her on her wedding day. She hugged me. The little Flower Girl Pomanders were loved by the little girls too. The amazing Photographer Katie Lee managed to get a lovely photograph of one of the girls proudly holding up her Pomander. She looks very pleased with it, don’t you agree?
Sweet Pink and Orange Spray Roses, Baby’s Breath, Fresh Lavender and tiny whisps of Wild Heather. So pretty.
Charlotte and Rupert’s Bridesmaids carried a combination of all of the flowers we had already used in the Buttonholes, Corsages, Pomanders, Pew Ends and church arrangements, so there was a lovely ‘flow’ between each bouquet and arrangement. The navy blue French Mousseline used to tie up the Bridesmaid’s bouquets went perfectly with the gorgeous floor length navy dresses they wore.
The table arrangements at Woodhill Hall were all made up by Charlotte and her mum. They also decorated the lovely Kilner Jars themselves. All we had to do was drive to Woodhill and drop off the flowers for them the day before the wedding. We were ‘WOW’d’ by Woodhill Hall. What an amazingly beautiful weddine venue! So impressive and the ideal place for a memorable celebration. We were allowed to have a good look around, inside and out. We didn’t want to leave. Luckily we have more weddings to work with up at Woodhill Hall this year and next and we can’t wait to get back there.
It was an honour and a floral adventure to be involved with Charlotte and Rupert’s wedding. A real privilege. Such a lovely couple with lovely family and friends. We wish you the very best of happiness and love. Thank you for choosing us to be your wedding Florist.
Thank you also to the kind and lovely Katie Lee whose passion for photography shines through in her amazing images. Such beautiful photographs, THANK YOU ever so much for letting us use them. http://www.katieleeweddingphotography.com/