Bright Summer Wedding Flowers at The Coolest London Venue
It’s always a real honour to be asked to supply flowers for any couple’s wedding day. It’s one of the most intimate and memorable days of most people’s lives, and as a suppliers in this industry, we are lucky enough to be a part of people’s happiest memories for years to come. There’s nothing more special, though, than being asked to create arrangements for a close friend’s nuptials. Which is why when Chloe asked me to be a bridesmaid and her florist making up bold and bright flowers, I jumped at the chance. I knew having these dual responsibilities would mean a busy day all round, but it was totally worth it, and I feel so privileged to have been part of making her and Chris’s day even more special.
Chloe & Chris knew from the off that they wanted bright, bold and beautiful blooms for their big day back in July 2019, a colour palette that I rarely get to work with these days. It was so much fun going through books and images online to get more of an idea of what they were looking for, and also to sneak in Chris’s favourite flower, the ever-amazing Bird of Paradise. I loved blending locally grown blooms with more exotic varieties, such as gloriosa lily next to scented sweet peas from my garden, being sure to source things as sustainably as I could.
Naturally, it was one of the hottest weekends in July (thank you weather gods!) so keeping my little flower babies cool on the drive down to London in my jazzy hire van was an interesting experience, but they survived and thrived, and helped me create one of my favourite weddings to date, although I am biased as they did feed me wine and excellent snacks all day….
The Chainstore at Trinity Buoy Wharf is a real gem of a venue. Totally unique in style and situation, it was so exciting to be able
to flower up this amazing space. With views overlooking the Thames and the O2, you can’t get much more London than this spot. The space itself is beautifully restored in a cool, neutral, industrial way, which is the perfectcanvas for bold and vibrant flowers.
For Chloe & Chris’s big day, I tried to make use of some of the unique architectural features of the space, such as the wall arches, to really compliment the venue, rather than drown it out. I frequently say to my couples that less can actually be more when it comes to venue styling – people book venues for a reason, they love the space and how it looks and feels, and my job is not to detract from these elements but to enhance them.
Fun fact: The Chainstore is actually connected to London’s only lighthouse – what an amazing spot for some photos.
The Bridal Party
The bouquets were full of bold, bright summer flowers in hot pink, orange and softer tones of apricot and palest pink, all complimented by soft grey eucalyptus. The smell was divine!
The gorgeous coral charm peonies were the stars of the show in all their faded peachy glory, creating an abundant and romantic feel to the bouquets. The shades in the bouquets complimented our radiant “Dreamgirls” style bridesmaid dresses, that were a warm peachy gold colour.
Chloe wanted the shapes to be slightly more formal than wild, which was perfect for the kinds of flowers I used and suited the venue beautifully.
For Chloe & Chris’s ceremony, I created a freestanding ¾ arch (or as my good friend Emilie now calls them, “Flower Towers”!). This was a feature that was a little more wild in shape and style, as if growing from the ground, with lots of foliage and bold and bright flowers, as well as taller blooms such as larkspur and those statuesque strelizias. As it was freestanding, I could move it slightly to allow the amazing sliding doors of the Chainstore to be opened fully, so all of us could enjoy the last of the summer sun throughout the evening.
I created this installation using no floral foam at all, in an effort to offset the use of some imported blooms. I now don’t use any foam at all in any of my work which feels like a great step forward in being more eco-minded in my work, and if I have to use imported flowers I choose to offset their footprint by sourcing the rest of the blooms as locally and organically as possible.
For the wedding breakfast tables, we agreed on something smaller so as not to get in the way of the sharing plates opting for groups of clear bottles of different heights and sizes. This is always a great option if table space is at a premium, as they can be moved around with ease to accommodate large platters of grub (and numerous bottles of wine, our particular table can confirm…).
As mentioned above, I wanted to enhance some of the cool features in the building with installations, and the wall arches were the perfect spot. These long meadow-style arrangements, using bright and bold flowers were great for adding height and interest to this spot.
This really was the most fun day, and I feel so privileged to have been able to add something special to Chloe & Chris’s wedding (even if they did make me go on a boat up the Thames!). Big love and congratulations to my lovely pals.
Photographer | Frances Sales
Venue | Trinity Buoy Wharf
Floral Design | Damson & Vine