I write this blog in the midst of a global pandemic. Who would have thought that my busiest wedding year to date would be abandoned, weddings postponed, or worse cancelled, no celebrations of love and union? In March 2020, a total lockdown hit the UK, overnight life as we know it was cancelled due to Coronavirus, COVID 19, the dreaded ‘C’ word for me!
But! Before this I managed to squeeze in two weddings, one in February and one just before lockdown, so I am going to celebrate those!
Ali and Tom celebrated their marriage at the wonderful Mulberry House in Ontario, Essex, surrounded by their two children, family and friends. From our first consultation Ali was certain she envisioned a grey and blush theme. Luckily I knew just the rose, and we picked ‘Earl Grey’ as her feature flower. We added blush tones with soft roses and wax flower, pastel and deep blue muscari, textural thistle, frilled tulip and the daintiest of clematis, all gathered together with gorgeous scented eucalyptus. Sadly Ali’s nan passed away not long before the wedding, so as a fitting tribute, we added a single rich red rose to her bridal bouquet.
Ali had two bridesmaids so we opted for smaller versions of her bouquet, their daughter carried a silver wand with a single rose and their son a gorgeous pageboy, looking happy and cheeky on the day!
Surprisingly for March, the weather was fine, a sprinkle of a shower overnight, then gorgeous sun in the day, doesn’t this make a difference? For the ceremony we designed two massed floral hearts to sit on each windowsill behind the registry table, which were then moved to the reception room and a few bloom filled glass bottles from the table centres.
The couple added so many personal elements to their day, their table plan consisted of caricatures of themselves, and every guest received a caricature drawing, such a wow gift to take home.
As you can see, they celebrated their marriage, full of family and laughter, just a few days before lockdown! Congratulations Ali and Tom, thank you for trusting me with your gorgeous wedding flowers.
Professional photos courtesy of Scott Johnson at @theedgepics