abridge park, essex
I met Alicia (my lovely bride) and her friends at The National Wedding Show in Autumn 2015.
Trailing around the show Alicia spotted the hanging chandeliers we created within our stand and she told me that this is what she wanted for her big day.
At the initial consultation I met Alicia's parents and groom-to-be, Simon. We discussed ideas and looked at some jaw dropping images on Pinterest! (a personal favourite inspiration tool!)
It was here we came up with the first outline design concept for the wedding - huge visually stunning oval rings to hang over the guest tables.
A couple of months later we arranged a site visit and when arriving at Alicia's Dad, Martin's house (where the reception was taking place) and I found more inspiration from his Chelsea Flower Show worthy garden!
He had rows of trimmed hedging, rhododendrons, perfectly placed flowering shrubs and perennials which all added to the grandeur of what we were to create inside the huge glass marquee on the day.
Work began on the huge oval chandeliers which were so big that specialist lifting equipment was hired to get them into position. My amazing floristry team then arrived with a couple of vans full of flowers and foliages to start work.
We used delicate lilac delphiniums, purple alliums, masses of powder blue hydrangeas, hundreds of stems of green trailing amaranthus, white antiriniums, clematis and lavender. The effect was breathtaking! The large rings that hung overhead sat in perfect symmetry above the beautiful banquet tables of textured foliage and herbs we created for the 140 guests.
Each place setting had a tied bunch of delicate flowers to compliment the overall wedding flowers we used such as nigella, lizzianthus, and Rosemary. I managed to source some gorgeous raspberries which I felt added a twist to the napkin flowers.
A thick foliage garland with delicate clematis, lizzianthus and nigella worked beautifully with the massed cut glass vases that adorned the top table.
We created a beautiful flower photo wall of textured foliages, moss and flowers that doubled up as a table plan when guests first arrived.
Alicia's bouquet of peonies, garden roses, sweet peas, textured foliages and herbs smelt as good as it looked.
It was an honour to be part of such a beautiful day and to be allowed to have such a creative license with the flowers. I would like to wish my bride and groom, Alicia and Simon health and happiness in their future together and I would also like to say a special thanks to Susan (Alicia's mum) for the numerous cups of tea and coffee whilst we were up those ladders!! ;)
Photography: Lisa Payne
Flowers & Styling: Amie Bone Flowers