Not only did I have the pleasure of working with the most chilled out bride EVER for this wedding earlier on this year, but the venue really was a florist's dream!
Set in the beautiful Norfolk countryside sits the charming Godwick Great Barn, bar and all round delicious wedding venue. With fairy lights hanging from dusky aged wooden beams and beautiful period features at every turn, it really was a magical place to have a wedding and I was thrilled to be asked to create the flowers there for the lovely Nathalie. The full website for the venue can be viewed here www.godwickhall.co.uk
From a late night meeting in Cafe Nero way back last December, we managed to decide on a wild, natural and romantic theme for the flowers, with lots of feathery foliage and fluffy pampas grass. The main feature of the ceremony room was a big hanging installation, set over the space where Ben and Nathalie tied the not. I used a mixture of seasonal foliages to create the shape and added the pampas last to avoid getting feathers everywhere! The foliage included bamboo, french ruscus, eucalyptus seeded and parvi, bay and asparagus fern. The only down side to photographing this was that it was a little tricky with the lovely window behind looking out to the fields. A great view in real life from all angles, but not so easy to capture on film. The amazing photographer Darina Stoda did a much better job than I could obviously and captured all of the lovely details of the day perfectly. Here's her brilliant webpage www.darinastodaphotography.co.uk
The above is my own iphone snap
I used an old french milk churn at the entrance to the hall on top of some apple crates. This was in keeping with the rustic look and was filled with tall eucalyptus, ruscus, asparagus fern, tall white delphinium and some feathery frongs of pampas to complete the look.
To the left as you walked through the barn door was the Godwick Great Bar which was adorned with a lush green foliage garland and really transformed the space, bringing the outside in. I dotted the garland with steel berries to add the finishing touch.
For the bridal bouquet, Nathalie went for delicate hellebores and white ranunculus and anemones, with touches of deep blue/purple from berried ivy foliage, steel berry and clematis. For her bridesmaids she chose deep orange roses which looked gorgeous against their midnight blue dresses. I used one of my favourite rose varieties 'kahala' with a collar of seeded eucalyptus to tie through with everything else. The petals of the rose open up in a ruffled shape and are gorgeous in wedding work.
This is my favourite picture of the day! Love the colour combos.
Close up of the bridal bouquet
Nathalie and her friends also added foliage to the tables and aisle so the whole place felt really well dressed by the time they had finished working their magic.
What a beautiful day to have contributed to and a really lovely bride to top it off. Thank you Nathalie and Ben for having me and wishing you all the best for the future.