They were married at the end of May this year in the beautiful setting of Wilmington Church and Birling Manor. Based in London, Lucy did an absolutely fantastic job of pulling so many different suppliers, props, and ideas together from across the south east – it was such good fun to be a part of such a great vision for a wonderful day of celebration.
Planning flowers for a late-spring wedding felt like eons into the future when I first met Lucy in the depths of the winter in 2014! * But we huddled round the fire, drank cups of tea and started to make plans together. It was good tonic for the soul at that point in the year, visualising all the gorgeous fresh flowers that would be available to us by the time May rolled round. ** Lucy’s choice of flowers and colours was really simple, soft, and perfectly suited her beautiful dress and magnificent floor-length veil. We chose lots of whites and creams, with a smattering of the softest blue to be run through her bouquet and Simon’s buttonhole. This would be picked up in some of the details at the venues.
It was great to be able to include such tender, seasonal flowers such as Sweet Peas, Peonies, and some garden Roses in Lucy’s bouquet. Needless to say it smelled pretty darn amazing! Though – as I have mentioned in the past – a pig to deliver! White flowers bruise most easily, and especially so when they are these delicate spring varieties! But I’m building quite a good knack for it now which involves jars, towels, tape, and actually anything that can be stuffed around the bouquet, without actually touching the flowers, to keep it securely in place. I can say with all honesty (though I don’t want this to be challenged by any other unforeseen circumstances or problems please life) that flowers in transit is the worst, most nerve-wracking part of my job!
Something else that added a little bit of extra joy to this wedding was at last having the excuse to purchase some ribbon from the exquisite Silk and Willow. Based in the Hudson Valley, New York, I’ve been dribbling over Shellie’s Instagram feed for many months. The silk ribbons are naturally dyed so each spool is completely unique. The colours are so subtle and change in the light…so beautiful. The next ribbon dyer to try is little closer to home; Lancaster and Cornish…
* Six months before a wedding is a good time to meet up with your florist and not unusual! I love to be involved during the planning as it helps me visualise the day and get to know the couple a little.
** End of May to mid-June is one of my favourite times of the year to make flower arrangements. There are so many flowers and types of foliage available; lots of spring bulbs, Peonies (everyone’s favourite?!), and some of the summer flowers are starting to appear on the market too. Perhaps my feelings towards this time of year is also influenced by being relatively close to the end of winter or a cold, dark spring that shows it in such a good light! And my birthday is at the end of May.