When I first heard from Kate in July of 2018, I thought I’d gone a bit mad… surely she didn’t mean THIS August?! But no, I was no madder than usual as it turned out, and the wedding was indeed in a months time! Luckily, I had the date free, and this fabulous (and brave!) lady wanted all the loveliest pinks and whites from our growing patch for her big day, and we happily obliged. Mad props to both Kate and Neil for pulling together what looked to be a super fun wedding in such a short space of time. Proof that wedding planning doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out and stress-filled undertaking if you don’t want it to be, so good on ’em!
Kate was keen on wild and natural blooms for the big day, which just so happens to be my jam, so I was super pleased to oblige. Shades of soft pinks and whites, soft seasonal foliages and asymmetric shapes were the order of the day, which blended in so well with the stunning setting.
Kate & Neil chose the gorgeous Lyde Court in Herefordshire for their celebrations, and with its beautiful 400 year old stone barn, and rustic elm framed outbuildings, it was the perfect spot for this relaxed and cool couple to tie the knot. I often feel with these kinds of venues, you don’t really need much in the way of decor, floral or otherwise, as the character of the buildings speak for themselves.
The Bridal Party
Kate’s beautiful maids carried wild bouquets in whites and soft pinks, with a combination of blooms picked fresh from the garden here at Damson & Vine HQ, and other stunning British flowers – August really is one of the best months for locally grown flowers. Kate carried a paler more “bridal version” of the bridesmaids bouquets, with even more trailing foliage and wispy grasses, adding some beautiful texture and shape. Everything was tied together with beautiful pale pink and white habatoi silk from one of my favourite suppliers, Viv at Little Acorn Silks. The gents had little clusters of roses and grasses to tie everything together nicely. A quick nod to Kate’s wonderful aisle companion, her son Max, who did a sterling job of walking her down to Neil, what a cutie!
Inside the barn itself, Kate & Neil opted for simple trios of jam jars packed to the brim with pastel country flowers. Scented annual phlox, sweet peas and roses, alongside scabious, ammi, snapdragons and larkspur created the perfect focal point for this laid back space, and went so well with all the other decor chosen by this fab couple. I also left a bucket of spare blooms for them to do some “casual strewing” with around the venue, because who doesn’t love a bit of DIY?!
Safe to say these guys pulled it out of the bag. They made the seemingly impossible (and Don’t-Tell-The-Bride-esque) time frame of four weeks look easy as pie. Congratulations Kate and Neil!
(Psst… Take a look at Sheryl from Oobaloos Photography’s full blog on this gorgeous wedding here.)
Photography | Oobaloos Photography
Venue | Lyde Court