Classic Beauty – Annabel & James’ Wedding

by | Jul 6, 2016

Oh I do love an English summer wedding and Annabel & James’ delightful day really was something special. I’ve been looking forward to sharing these images, by the super talented Hannah McClune, with you for some time and today, I get to do just that…

I was first contacted by the bride’s Mother as Annabel herself was coming to the end of her teacher training course and had, very wisely, delegated some jobs to her Mum so she could concentrate on her work. I had been recommended to the family and was thrilled when they booked me to be their florist after just a short phone call – the power of personal recommendations!

After several meetings with Annabel and her Mum at my studio and their fantastic private venue in Berkshire, we decided on the floral scheme for the day and everything was going swimmingly. However, there was a late change to the plan when the chapel that was to host the ceremony closed! Happily, nothing bothered this fabulous family and their local church provided a wonderful alternative.




Annabel chose a classically beautiful scheme with a romantic ivory and peach colour palette. The bride’s bouquet was a petite teardrop design (loosely inspired by the royal wedding) that was perfectly in proportion and really complimented Annabel’s heavenly gown. The bridesmaids carried sweet hand-tied posies in ivory that worked really well against their peach gowns.

The church was lavishly decorated. Large arrangements, full of roses and foliage, sat alongside lace pew ends that mirrored the lace on Annabel’s gown and were tied with a peach rose.

Back at the reception, we mixed a little modernity with the classic look and placed traditional floral arrangements in trendy low gold straight sided bowls. Large arrangements also sat on pedestals at the entrance to the reception room and again, lace bows with roses were used as chair decorations for the top table.

Scattered rose petals dressed the cake table, guest book table and top table while the feature fireplaces were finished with blooms in an assortment of vintage cut glass vases complete with tea-light candles and more prettily coloured petals.

To complete the classic English wedding look, James and his groomsmen wore buttonholes featuring roses and greenery with their morning suits. What a dapper combination!

I so loved being part of this truly charming summer wedding. Annabel and James mixed classic elegance with fun and laughter and my goodness, it was just lovely to see.


Tarnia x

We just want to say a huge thank you for all the beautiful, amazing flowers on our wedding day! You literally created the exact vision of what we wanted! My bouquet was perfect and the venue looked incredible! You made everything so easy and relaxed in the run up to the day and I really enjoyed our meetings to discuss everything. Thank you so much for all your hard work.

Lots of Love Annabel & James xxx

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