June is always a popular wedding month which is understandable as the weather is warmer, the days longer and gardens in full bloom as can be seen here for Eleanor and Joe’s wedding at Sprivers Mansion in the heart of the Kent country side
The Rose Garden
Marquee nestled amongst the trees
Blush dresses with complimentary roses & peony bouquets
We did it!
Catherine and Chris went for a mix of ‘English Country Garden’ colours with pinks, blues and ivory including roses, spray roses, muscari, peonies, hydrangea, stocks, larkspur and astrantia. Married in Playden Church with a welcoming arch and the reception at The George in Rye with lovely photographs by Amy O’Boyle from Wookie Photography
And how cute are these flower girls
The table urns bursting with colour and fragrance
And to round off this wedding – the cake
A total change of colour for Nadine and Dru’s mid month wedding at One Warwick Park in Tunbridge Wells. The flowers included lemon peonies, craspedia, freesia, lisianthus, spray roses, succulents, feverfew and green bell and all shots were taken by Nadine’s brother photographer Matt Harquail
Flower tea cups on candelabra’s, ideal for the afternoon tea wedding breakfast
Perdy and Nick had a mix of bright flowers for their wedding at Molland Manor House . They got married under the folly decorated with yellow peonies, pink hydrangea’s and roses with the reception in a marquee.
The bridesmaid’s wore different shades of pink so all had slightly different bouquets to compliment.
And you can’t beat a lovely black and white shot
Sarah & Damon 27th May 2107
I just had to share this story as it goes to show you should have the wedding you want rather than what is expected. I first met Sarah and Damon at a wedding fair in April 2016 and we had a meeting at their chosen venue Bodiam Castle in the May. There were plans for Sarah to arrive by boat and Damon to parachute in! Flowers were to adorn the bridge over the moat and of course the usual bridesmaids, buttonholes and table flowers. A quote was sent and approved and as is often the case a lull in communication followed as further details are not required until nearer the wedding.
I do like to keep in touch with couples so in January 2017, the year of the wedding I emailed Sarah to see how their plans were coming along and this is what I received back – ‘We have slight change to arrangements as we got married in Gretna Green’ Well I wasn’t expecting that! Sarah explained they felt the wedding planned had become too far removed from what they really wanted so just decided to go and get hitched. You can see from the photo below that was on the 7th October 2016.
They were still going to have a blessing and reception for friends and family on the original date but more local (St. Leonards on Sea) and low key. The colours and flowers were the same, summer pastels in tones of peachy pink, pale blue and cream with a touch of deeper blue for the maid of honour.
Looks like they had a great time and should be a lesson to all, it’s your day so have the wedding you want and not what other people impose.
Bouquet of hydrangea, stocks, roses, veronica, nigella and delphinium for the bridesmaid.
A proud Damon waiting for Sarah
The girls, dog and camper!
Birdcage table flowers
The cake by Fairy Dust Baker
And we mustn’t forget the special guest!
Lovely shot of Sarah & Damon to end the story.
Thanks to Maria of Ebourne Images for all the lovely photo’s.
Here is a closer look at some of last years weddings. We had weddings every month except February and they were quite varied colour wise. We saw quite a traditional mix of pink and ivory roses with gypsophila for Sophie and Joe’s wedding at Blackstock Estate taken by Clare Fitzgerald
Mrs & Mrs
We then went full on Spring for Emma and Lisa’a nautical themed wedding at The Gallivant. There were tulips, ranunculus and paper whites with veronica, lisianthus and craspedia. They also had a funfair organised by wedding planner Jenny Sinclair of Bellabooandbeau
On their way!
Photographs by Marieansonphotography
We then had some very colourful weddings, Louise and James again at The Gallivant with a real vibrant mix of delphinium, achellia, astilbe, alstromeria, thistle, freesia, craspedia, roses, feverfew, green bell and the list goes on!
Bouquets ready to go
And for the boys
Great shot of Louise & James on Camber Sands
Louise & her gals!
Thanks to Debbie Sanderson for those lovely photo’s. We also had the privilege of doing a photoshoot in April with Debbie. A different vibrant mix with guelda rose, Wild Look roses, ranunculus, craspedia and eucalyptus foliages.
Geulda rose was also used in Lynda and Chris’s ‘spring green’ wedding at The Royal Wells Hotel
The bouquet in more detail
And the cake
Another wedding at The Royal Wells Hotel in May went for blush and ivory with the bride choosing a wrist corsage.
Like many others I find it interesting to look at what is predicted to be big in the coming year. Of course we have to start with flowers! Dahlia’s are set to be the new peony and you can see why, they are big and blousy and come in many colours but there are also smaller, dainty varieties. Cafe au Lait is a real wedding favourite.
Green was Pantone Colour for 2017 but I still believe it will continue to be popular this year with foliages taking centre stage too.
Eucalyptus garlands help to bring the outside in as do the recent trend in ‘glass’ or clear roof marquees. The leads on nicely to the style of flowers, the term ‘woodsy’ is turning up to replace meadowy or rustic. It just means a very natural style with lots of different foliages and textures.
And whilst the over sized bouquet will continue to be on many brides wish list, some may opt for a more simple design to go with the increasing number of smaller weddings, with guests all on one long table making it much more informal. Such gatherings are in pubs, industrial spaces or village halls and some couples are going for more of a family weekend affair.
Metallics will be seen adorning tables but more likely rose gold and copper with geometric shapes like these lanterns and copper flower ‘tins’. Cakes are also reflecting this trend along with marbling.
For bridal wear, separates appear to be popular which will be really useful as you can mix & match! This seems to be the case too for wedding themes as a wedding may be informal and laid back but the groom will be sporting a bow or black tie as was the case with a recent wedding of ours. The lovely Apolline and Brian coming down from Rye Town Hall captured by Matthew Page
And we cannot forget the influence of this years Pantone colour – ultraviolet! Hows this for a splash of colour courtesy of stylemepretty.com
So what will you choose?
It’s that time again at the start of a new year when there is a bit of a lull and therefore time to look back over the last year. It was certainly a busy one right up to the end. Blush was certainly popular along with greens and whites.
But it was also refreshing to have the a handful of colourful weddings interspersed. Chloe and Mark’s is a great example, they wanted a festival feel with a riot of colour. Nikki captured the day brilliantly as you can see and more on her website – nikkivandermolen.com/
This is a real vibrant mix for Emma’s bouquet.
Burgundy/wine/masarla, call it what you will popped up quite a lot in autumnal weddings often with blush; anemones, ranunculus and skimmia particularly providing the essential colour:
White anemone’s have to be the flower for our winter weddings and succulents made an appearance on quite a few occasions for buttonholes and in bouquets as can be seen in Nadine’s bouquet photographed by Matt Harquail.
And we cannot forget hanging arrangements, loved doing this ‘plank’ for Jo and Morgan’s wedding back in September as seen here in a marquee by weddingmarqueecompany.co.uk
So that’s a snap shot of our year. I will be returning to individual weddings in more detail in future posts.
I had to share this lovely wedding with you, it was pure Gatsby glamour that fitted so well with the season. The colour scheme was navy and gold so the bridal flowers were ivory, blush with a hint of blue and grey. Being December The George in Rye looked splendid with Christmas tree, fairy lights and all the trimmings. Photographer Joe Kingston took stunning photographs capturing the spirit of the day.
Kathryn and Mark had paid a lot of attention to detail and it paid off as the following record of the day shows.
About to tie the knot
A moment alone
Bouquet of roses, thistle, lisianthus & eucalyptus against that lovely Jenny Packham dress
Mr & Mrs walk about in Rye
Setting the scene in gold
The Ballroom in all it’s glory
And to finish
And that’s it folks but for more detailed photo’s do pop over to Joe’s website – joekingston.co.uk/kathryn-and-mark-rye-in-george-wedding
2016 got off to quite a slow start but went right through the year with our last wedding on the 29th December. Quite a few trends came through with grey being very popular particularly for bridesmaids dresses and foliage, blush pink for flowers and metallics crept in for accessories. Yellow made an appearance a few times and gypsophila stilled proved popular but with the addition of lavender in some cases. Style wise it was very relaxed, country and even wild in some case – just how we like it!
Below is a snap shot of some of our weddings and I will be featuring some in more detail in later posts.
Love the expressions caught by Jacqui McSweeney Photography
Amongst the confetti by photographer Steve Fuller with mixed ‘vintage’ pink roses
The lovely O’Hara roses giving a hint of blush here. Photo by Craig George
The Wild Ones
Jason Pierce-Williams snapped a personal moment between Rachel & James at their outside ceremony with meadow inspired flowers
Yellow, cream & white bouquet for a coastal wedding
And here we have the ever popular gypsophila!
And with a touch of lavender
Milk churns and naked cakes were popular too!
Photo by Steve Fuller
Blues and white for this September wedding
Looking good enough to eat!
I liked the appearance of the rich berry colours for Autumn
And then we came to December
Lovely moment with Kathryn & Mark at The George in Rye by Joe Kingston
Magical seasonal photo by The Photography Garden
Our first wedding of the season was at the wonderful Battle Abbey and was full on spring with ranunculus, anemones, hellebores, paperwhites, tulips, genister, white thistle in fresh green and whites. The groom was keen to include snowdrops so we put them in his buttonhole and on the tables.
Thanks to Matt Harquail for the lovely professional images, some of my own have sneaked in too!
The venue with it’s great atmosphere and places to film
Here comes the bride and the groom is waiting!
The Bride and Groom
The table flowers were a combination of terracotta pots with spring flowers and snowdrops on a wooden base
The top table
And here are some close ups of the buttonholes, corsage and bouquets.
What a lovely record of Katrin and Joe’s February wedding.
It does feel a bit strange posting a blog about a winter wedding when we are all looking forward to spring but I did not want to wait nearly a year to write about this wedding just because it is out of season. Gemma and Glen picked the wonderful The George in Rye Hotel for their December wedding and chose local suppliers to complete the day. Lauren-Louise Professional Hair and Makeup added the glamour and Debbie Sanderson Wedding Photography captured the day perfectly.
We provided the flowers which with weddings falling between Christmas and New Year can sometimes be a bit tricky as the flower markets are affected by the holiday season like anyone else. However Gemma knew what she wanted from the start and had chosen classic ivory roses with a touch of blue and we decided on thistle and the metallic blue/black vibernum berry.
Being Christmas the venue was dressed for the occasion and we added an extra touch with jam jars on the aisle chairs.
Gemma and Glen were a lovely couple who clearly enjoyed their day and included their children every step of the way. Gemma’s daughter was one of the flower girls and her son gave her away.
Glen chose his son for his best man
And the party started!
Right through to the cutting of the cake by Claudia of Purple Flour a simple but effective cake incorporating all the elements of the wedding, blue and white for the flowers with grey hearts and sat on a wooden crate for a more natural feel. The bridal bouquets around it and bottle in the crate gave it extra flower power!
And what a lovely shots to end the day!
The Royal Wells Hotel had an extensive refurbishment at the beginning of last year opening for business again in May. It incorporated the latest facilities and contemporary style, while retaining its Victorian elegance and period features and proves to be a popular wedding venue.
The Mount Ephraim Suite
We had the pleasure of providing flowers for quite a few couples last year and here is a snapshot. August was a busy month kicked off by Katie and Neil’s wedding beautifully photographed by Sarah Williamson Photography. They wanted mixed summer flowers to include cornflowers which the groom wore proudly!
Neil’s cornflower & herb buttonhole
Katie looking beautiful
The Happy Couple
And pretty mixed flower jugs for the tables:
Mixed Summer Flowers
Later that month Jo and Marina tied the knot again with a summer mix of of flowers but in pastel shades of pink, cream and blue including roses, hydrangea, stocks and delphiniums:
Signing on the dotted line!
Covered in confetti
A quiet moment
Thanks to Denise at One Love Pictures for the lovely images.
It was then the turn of Amy and Lee in September, another beautiful day filled with blue and ivory flowers captured by Emma of els design photography:
Birdcages for the tables
And we can’t forget this little one!
What a nice way to finish a post.