As a floral business that is doing it’s best to be as green as possible, it was such a treat to meet Emma & Will, who carbon offset their entire day, and wanted to use British grown flowers as part of that process. June can be a funny time of year in the British flower calendar – the spring stalwarts like tulips and blossoms are on their way out altogether, and the ranunculus and anemones are just clinging on (except if you’ve had an unruly pheasant population as we did last year, hungry beasts!). This is where beautiful biennials like campanula come in to save the day, and also, the ever majestic, and much coveted, peony…
Emma and Will wanted to use soft pastel shades, with hints of blue and lavender, as well as beautifully fragrant herbs, so I knew I had to use peonies, and the first of my sweet peas from the garden. We are so lucky to have such a great selection of large and small scale growers in this country, and this wedding certainly utilised them all! Peonies and delphiniums from larger growers in the east, gorgeous silvery foliage from the Irish Green Guys, and the most wonderful potted herbs grown two miles away from this couple’s reception venue by the wonderful Kim & Rob at The Cottage Herbery near Tenbury Wells.
Emma and Will chose the stunning round chapel at Ludlow Castle for their ceremony space, and their reception in Will’s parent’s gorgeous cottage garden afterwards. If I could, I would have spent hours combing through the borders of stunning roses and perennials that Will’s family had tended to; such a perfect setting for this classic relaxed country wedding.
The Bridal Party
Emma and her bridesmaids carried loose garden-style bouquets filled with the scent of early summer, finished with hand-dyed silk ribbon from Little Acorn Silks. They included peonies, roses (from The Real Flower Company), scented British stocks from Lincolnshire, gorgeous dianthus and other mixed seasonal blooms from Wild Bunch Flowers, and heaps of other stems from our own plot.
Emma also opted for a half-head crown, made up of scented roses, lavender and delphinium buds. Her flower girls also had some head wear, in the form of simple lavender and nigella circlets.
The chaps had little clusters of roses, herbs and buds for their buttonholes, tied with simple twine.
Although it needed nothing extra to make it spectacular, we decorated the front of the round chapel with two large, bountiful, and foam-free urns, bursting with British blooms and greens. Delphiniums, philadelphus and roses were the stars of this particular show, the scent was just amazing in our trusty van as we moved these on to the reception space afterwards (a brilliant way of making the most of your ceremony flowers for the rest of the day!).
In the glorious grounds of the garden, Emma & Will opted for simple potted herbs for the tables, which were then offered as favours to guests. As they were all organically grown, I like to think they’ve gone on to make some tasty slap-up meals for the lucky recipients!
The couple did opt for a small arrangement for their top table, all made with moss and chicken wire, and totally biodegradable! We also dotted some cute jars on the gift and cake tables for the bouquets to sit in during the wedding breakfast – another great idea to keep them lasting longer, as well as decorating various spaces inside your venue for no extra cost.
Photography | Cloud 9 Wedding Photography
Venue | Ludlow Castle
Hair & Make-Up | Riverside Beauty