A country wedding


It's so lovely to be asked to do the wedding flowers for someone I know, so I was really delighted when my daughter's friends Jen and Roger approached me to discuss the flowers for their special day. Even better as my daughter had been asked to be one of the bridesmaids! The wedding was to have a country feel, with the ceremony taking place in the beautiful old church at Elton in the Cambridgeshire countryside, followed by a reception in a converted barn at Wilobe Farm. Just the sort of wedding I enjoy, so I had a fabuluous time creating the flower designs.

I am delighted that Jen and Roger have allowed me to share some of their wonderful wedding photos with you and hope you will feel inspired by their ideas.The wedding is currently being featured in my website gallery, so do pop across to see more photos from this beautiful wedding - and if you would like to chat with me about how you can make the most of flowers at your own wedding do please get in touch with me...

Bridesmaids in lilac and lavender

Jen had chosen such pretty dresses for her bridesmaids in shades of lavender, lilac and blue, so we decided to pick these colours up in the flowers used for the bridal bouquet and posies, with Jen's bouquet having a wider range of flowers and colours to make it a bit more special.

Bridesmaid posies in lilac and lavender

Country flowers in shades of mauve, lilac and lavender were chosen for the posies, including roses, stocks, sweet peas and bouvardia - not only did they look pretty, they smelled really lovely too!

Lilac lavender and white flowers for the bride's bouquet

The flowers for Jen's bouquet were kept a little paler, with white scabious and ammi being added to the mix, as well as daisies with their bright yellow centres adding to the country feel.

Flower displays in Elton Church

The flower displays placed inside the church were made using a similar mix of country flowers and in a loose and natural style to suit the occasion. Blue delphiniums added height and a splash of colour to the displays, which were later moved to Wilobe Farm for the reception.

Barn reception at Wilobe Farm

The converted barn at Wilobe Farm provided a stunning venue for the reception - I was blown away when I first saw it with drapes and lights extending up into the ceiling! Flower decorations were kept simple, with groups of flower-filled glass jars spread along the length of the long trestle tables.

Country style flower filled jars with pops of yellow

Simple glass jars were filled with a mix of flowers to match the personal designs, but this time with stronger pops of yellow brought in by adding craspedia, which mirrored the bright yellow ribbon used to finish the table decorations. These table centres had just the right rustic look for the barn setting.

Country style top table flowers in a bright mix of colours

The top table arrangement was one of my favourite designs as it brought all the colours together and had a really relaxed country feel rather than looking too formal as top table spray designs can sometimes do. The size and scale of the arrangement, and the bright colours, looked right given the huge barn space, whereas as smaller design could easily have looked lost.

Flowers used in the design included delphiniums, roses, sweet peas, ammi, scabious, carnations, daisies, bouvardia and craspedia - I might be missing a few!

Bride and groom

Congratulations to Jen and Roger! Such a pleasure to do the wedding flowers for this lovely couple.

If you need any help with planning the flowers for your own special day do get in touch or call me on 0330 133 0143 - I would be very happy to help....

Happy wedding planning!

Helen