Relaxed Rustic Romance – Ellie & Stuart’s Beautiful Wedding
The 23rd of April 2015 will long be remembered for being one of those delightfully warm, sunny spring days and for Ellie and Stuart, it was the perfect backdrop to their beautiful wedding at Cain Manor.
My brief for their wedding flowers was clear as from our meetings and consultations, there was no doubt that a relaxed, rustic, handpicked look was going to be the order of the day. With a colour palette of blues and blush tones, Ellie and Stuart also wanted to include lavender and deliciously fragrant herbs, especially at the place settings and you can see these used as motifs on the couple’s stationery.
So, what did I do? Well, I certainly had lots of opportunities to create beautiful arrangements and bring lots of romantic blooms to the wedding. One thing that had also featured in Ellie and Stuart’s plans were decorated jam jars and this was something that I carried right through the wedding – large jars of flowers were used instead of more traditional, formal pedestal arrangements and once these were decorated with hessian and lace to mimic the smaller jars (that Ellie and Stuart had prepared themselves), they looked very special indeed.
The glass theme was also continued along the aisle and here, I lined the walkway with more lanterns, candles and gypsophilia. More gorgeous gypsophilia was used to create a fabulous fireplace garland and as this was one of the first things guests saw when entering the venue before the ceremony, it was certainly impactful and set the scene wonderfully as did the baubles of blooms I hung in the gallery.
Outside Cain Manor, a pretty door wreath welcomed guests and more lanterns were lit here before everyone arrived. Ellie and Stuart’s venue looked gorgeous, both inside and out!
Back inside, there was more floral goodness with clusters of decorated jam jars forming the tablecentres themselves. The jars were filled with flowers including roses, lisianthus and gypsophilia and more candles were used to bring twinkling light to the proceedings. Nothing was arranged formally and I loved the relaxed, unstructured beauty of the tables. The sprigs of herbs and lavender were tucked into each napkin and the rustic wooden plinths gave height to the tablecentres.
I particularly loved the couple’s table plan with seating allocations pegged on string and suspended in old wooden crates. Again, informally arranged jars filled with flowers decorated this corner and larger jars were left empty here for the bouquets to be added to after the formalities of the day were over.
The bouquets themselves were a riot of romantic colour – roses, hydrangeas, bluebells and more. The buttonholes were a mix of blooms that fitted perfectly with the carefree feel of the day.
I absolutely loved being part of Ellie and Stuart’s wedding day and their beautiful floral scheme was the epitome of rustic romance. I’ll leave you with a few words from Mr. & Mrs. McGowan (who are, I’m sure you’ll agree, a truly gorgeous couple!) and don’t forget to scroll down for all the details of the flowers I used in this relaxed, countryside wedding.
“We wanted to drop you an email to say a HUGE thank you… We loved so many different touches and elements at our wedding. However, without a shadow of a doubt on of our FAVOURITE elements were our flowers. And not only our flowers but also having the pleasure of working with you… You were an absolute delight… Your passion for your work shines of out you… The colours, the varieties and the relaxed, wild, handpicked vibe was exactly what we’d envisaged… I remember seeing our table plan earlier in the day and then again later when you had sprinkled your magic around it with candles and wild flowers. It completely transformed it and the corner of the room smiled… I’m sure this was meant to be! So, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a beautiful florist and a beautiful person. We will forever be thankful that you were part of our day.”