No, not the film, but if it was it would've been a highly emotional rom-com with a loveable and hilarious female lead and loads of dancing and crying montages (set to an awesome 90s sound track)!
I honestly don't think I've ever felt so happy for another person. It was a beautiful day all round, from the intimate ceremony, to the delicious food and the amazing party afterwards and of course all the little personal touches that made the day complete. It was such a joy to be a bridesmaid for Lorna and Chris (joy isn't a word that I use often as I'm not 55 but I do feel it is totally appropriate in this case) and not only was I able to be a part of their day in this way but also with the flowers of course!
Lorna was such an easy bride (in the flower sense!) as I always knew she would be. We got a good old Pinterest board on the go and she left it to me; very plain sailing. As a side note, Pinterest is so helpful for me when doing bridal flowers, as pictures are literal representations of a person's taste rather than confusing descriptions brides have given over the years when they know what they want but can't really describe it. Anyway, looking at Lorna's ideas, I tried to create an elegant and feminine style with the flowers, with pastel shades to compliment the gorgeous lilacy-pink bridesmaid dresses that myself and Lorn's little sister Sarah were wearing. The flowers looked great at the venue, which was the lovely Southdowns Manor, in Petersfield, Hampshire. The hotel is the perfect place for a wedding. It's secluded, classy but not too posh and stuffy, light, elegant, stylish and really spacious. Check it out here www.southdownsmanor.co.uk
The arrangements I made included a bridal bouquet, 2 bridesmaids, buttonholes and corsages, registry table/top table jars and storm lanterns for centre pieces. For the bride's bouquet, I used huge pale pink avalanche roses, 'maiden's blush' syringa, 'hanoi' cloni ranunculus, scented O'hara roses, lilac vintage-looking 'memory lane' roses, 'bombastic' spray roses, lilac wax flower, a tiny touch of gypsophila, eucalyptus and pinky viburnum foliage. This was all bound with a hessian and lace ribbon to pick up the hessian touches Lorn had added elsewhere. Sounds like such a lot for one bouquet, but some of the blooms mentioned were just to add a tiny bit of a colour or texture to the look and get the bouquets just right.
Here are some pictures of the bouquets on the big day...
I love these pictures! It's all too tempting for me to include 100 pictures of the day here, but I realise this is meant to be a blog about flowers so I'll try to remain calm!
Photography by the very talented Hana Venn - www.hanavenn.co.uk
For the registry table, we went for a mix of different sized jam jars and tea lights with the same mix of pastel flowers and big blousey roses in each. Later these were transferred to the top table and placed along the front; a great way to re-use the jars and have them on view for the reception dinner too. Pictures below...
So that's it! A tiny proportion of the one billion photos taken on the day, but gives a little insight into the flowers I created.
So much love, so much fun and an absolute pleasure from start to finish. As this is an extra special post, here is one of my favourite photos from the day, nothing to do with flowers whatsoever but a beautiful picture of an amazing group of girls, one in particular (think she was the bride or something?!) x