Neutral Autumn Wedding Flowers in Shropshire
As soon as I read the brief for this wedding, I knew it was going to be gorgeous. Claire’s eye for detail and colour really shone through from our very first conversation back in the summer of 2018. Claire and Mark wanted their wedding flowers to bring the beauty and wildness of the Shropshire and Welsh hills in to their ceremony and reception space, which immediately got the creative juices flowing! I always try to add elements of the season or the setting in to my wedding designs, but to have that be the main focus was just a joy.
Nudes, whites, greens and deliciously smoky mauves were the order of the day for this super stylish couple. From the gorgeous silk ribbons (from Little Acorn Silks), to the textural and trendy pampas grass in the buttonholes and ceremony flowers, the colours really captured the season in a less overtly autumnal way.
Delbury Hall is nestled in the foothills of the South Shropshire Area of Outstanding Beauty, and boy oh boy is it beautiful. I am ever so slightly biased in that our studio and flower farm is a mere five and a half miles away, but even so, there’s no denying the setting for this wedding was stunning.
The hall itself offers beautiful grounds with mature trees and a small lake, as well as the barn style dining hall, and sympathetically restored outbuildings.
The Bridal Party
For the bouquets I used an abundant combination of nude roses (amnesia, quicksand & menta) with heavenly scented garden roses (cream piaget and white o’hara). These were accented by tall, elegant spires of delphiniums, and home-grown ammi, wild carrot and chocolate cosmos (that smell… if you know, you know!).
Claire wanted a relaxed and more asymmetrical shape to the bouquets, which was achieved with textural and shapely grasses and British eucalyptus foliage. The gents wore simple rose buttonholes with pampas grass elements.
The ceremony area was decorated with moss and foliage in alcoves and trailing foliage swags for the pew ends, including asparagus fern and eucalyptus.
Two large, wild urns framed the beautiful handmade wooden arch, at the front of the ceremony.I used ferns, grasses and an assortment of foraged greenery to really bring the outside in, this included dried nigella seedheads for added seasonal texture. Roses and delphiniums were recessed in to the designs for interest, but it was all about the greenery and texture for these pieces!
The trailing foliage pew ends were re-purposed to be used as table garlands for the reception styling. They looked beautiful next to the foraged slate table numbers from the family’s land in Wales, and classic glass candle holders: so simple, yet so beautiful.
Inside the dining hall at Delbury Hall are two huge metal chandeliers, and Claire was dead set on having them be a focal piece for the floral decor. With undulating trailing foliage, including ruscus, oak, birch and gorgeous dried hops, alongside roses and delphiniums, these installations certainly made a statement (a big thank you to the guys at the Hall for helping me up with these – me and ladders are not known friends, so this was much appreciated!).
Photography | Matt Willis Photography
Venue | Delbury Hall
Bridal Make-Up | Sasha Brown