One of my absolute favourite weddings from last year was Matt & Libby's beautiful green wedding at The Chainstore in London. I was introduced to the couple by Rachel Harrison, Wedding Planner extraordinaire from The Capston Second who was managing the event last July. Libby, the lovely bride wore an amazing green dress, which indicates her connection with and love of the colour from the offset. She wanted to go very green and natural with the flowers too and opted for lots of different foliages and some white blooms to accent. The venue itself was equally amazing. In a secluded little road somewhere opposite the 02 Arena (still don't quite know how I got to it), The Chainstore is part of the Trinity Buoy Wharf complex that was traditionally used to produce buoys and boating equipment for the boats using the Thames and docklands. Nowadays, The Chainstore is a historical-yet-contemporary warehouse venue for hire (and you can arrive to your wedding here by boat- pretty cool). For a warehouse it was very light and airy, made even more special by all the finishing touches that Rachel and her team supplied, and the flowers of course!
At the venue, the main focus of the room was an 8.5ft high floral arch that I created especially for the couple. This arch provided the space for the couple to say their vows underneath and was positioned against a white backdrop. For the arch I used long flowing foliage with a mixture of soft natural green tones and as a finishing touch I dotted through a few white blooms including white spray roses and avalanche roses, white hypericum berries and a few stems of white 'september' (daisy looking) flowers. The whole idea was that the flowers were quite wild and natural looking and not too neat and precise. The couple also rented some large trees and the tables were named after trees so the whole affair was very green and leafy.
For the bouquets, Libby wanted to have the same as her bridesmaids, with white avalanche roses, mixed lush green foliages including, seeded eucalyptus, asparagus fern and french ruscus as well as a few stems of delicate white veronica flowers mixed through. The bouquets were simple but effective and looked fab against the green of the bride and her maids in white. For the Groom and Groomsmen, Libby opted for simple white buttonholes to tie the colours through.
The aisle leading up to the floral arch was also lined with garlands of seasonal greenery; around 30 metres in total but made in separate lengths for use along both sides of the aisle and then for table-centre garlands later on. The event team transformed the space after the ceremony and laid a section of garland down the centre of each rectangular table - the perfect way to re-use the arrangements in the space and keep the green theme going into the reception.
Even the balloons had a touch of green!
I loved making and installing this wedding, particularly because of the beautiful contrast between the industrial surroundings and the natural beauty of the flowers and greenery. And as for Libby's choice of dress...well not only was it drop dead gorgeous but it looked awesome with her choice of flowers!