Well I did warn you, it was there plain for all to see in my last post, not all posts will relate to my garden. The majority will but I will occasionally get distracted and go off on a tangent. This time I want to share some flowers with you, the lovely flowers that we had at our wedding last month.
We planned our wedding in 5 months, there was none of this pre-wedding stress you here about, it was all very simple and easy. We knew what we wanted but were very laid back about it all, it was a day for us and our friends and family. I remember back in February the question of flowers came up, we were sat in my mums living room and on the wall was a photograph of some pinky/lilac peonies, something like that I said would be nice. This then gave rise to a whole discussion on colour themes for the day, things that I just hadn’t considered. I was told that peonies were too heavy for a bouquet and a pinky/lilac colour theme would be hard to match up. I toddled off thinking nothing more of it until the day I had to go dress shopping. I bought one wedding magazine at the beginning of the 5 months and this became a little bible for a few weeks. In the back it had a photograph of a handtied bouquet made up with pink peonies, lilac roses and orange roses. I took this tiny photo to show the florist that afternoon and explained we wanted informal english country garden flowers for our wedding in May, she knew exactly what I meant and told me that the orange flowers in the picture didn’t work, I agreed. Here is what she delivered:
Everything else fell into place, the men had lilac waistcoats, ties and handkerchiefs with a cream rose buttonhole. We had pew-ends with a pale pink rose, green leaves and lilac ribbons which looked lovely and we had two podiums and a table piece. Being the very relaxed people that we are I left pretty much everything up to the florist confident in her ability to provide a stunning display and she did not disappoint. Whilst out having photos taken you can see in the middle image that a bee thought it had struck gold when it discovered the bouquet 🙂
I don’t think the photo does this justice, it was huge. I did not see these until I was in the ceremony but when I did I was thrilled, she had captured May in an english garden, the display was full of hollyhocks, alliums, roses… and all in pretty colours, it worked wonderfully.
The theme continued through the the wedding cake with cream and pink peonies, roses and some wax flowers. The cake was from Marks and Spencers, it came with ivory icing and a ribbon round each layer, to decorate it I again asked the florist to provide flowers for between the tiers, a really affordable way to have a perfect wedding cake 🙂
For the tables we wanted to again keep it informal and pretty. I was trying to work out the cheapest way of doing everything and was not sure whether to go to Ikea and buy £1 vases and fill them with little bouquets of mixed flowers from somewhere or get it all done together, I told the florist my dilemma and she again took it all out of my hands and hired in the vases and filled them with pretty hollyhocks and roses, she also tied the table bouquets together so that people could take them away at the end of the day, very reasonable for £10 🙂
For the wedding favours and still trying to keep costs down I ordered personalised M&Ms in pink and lilac to match the colour scheme. They were very cute but the week before the wedding I discovered that Marks and Spencers had some seed favours at only £1 a packet and with a week to go I ordered them. They contained forget-me-nots and had lovely slogans written across the front 🙂
There are more flowers in the portrait photos but I still have all of those to edit but we got some lovely shots against some lupins and aquilegia and set against a wall of ivy, that is enough though of me waffling today, my lawn needs cutting and there is weeding to be done 🙂