An Essex Beauty

Kayley and John at Prested Hall 20th September 2014

This weekend saw the end to a relationship that started 18 months ago when I met Kayley at a wedding fair at Hall Place and she booked us immediately to secure her date in 2014.

Kayley had a very strong design in mind which featured silver birch vases.  This was our starter for ten!  After foraging in woods for bark, talking to local tradesmen and our wholesaler we eventually found some amazing craft paper.  We tested the look by wrapping the paper around some tall cylindrical vases and after a quick mock up Kayley and John loved the effect which suited their very natural style.

From here we discussed flower choices to match the berry coloured bridesmaid dresses and we showed Kayley a Blueberry rose which was a perfect match and based the bridesmaids bouquets around this.  There were four adults and two flower girls, so the big bridesmaids had scented roses such as O’Hara, Norma Jeane, Roma Astrantia and bouvardia.  The scent was incredible.  Kayley’s bouquet was a blousy hand tied bouquet which featured Memory Lane roses, and the scented blooms but took out the darker Blueberry rose as a contrast to the bridesmaids.

The flower girls had dainty white freesias and a few blueberry roses so they wouldn’t over power the little girls.

The church at Great Bentley was also key to setting the theme.  Pew ends, pedestals and window sill arrangements followed the theme and we also supplied confetti in baskets for the guests to use for photographs using freeze dried rose petals in the appropriate mixture of colours.

Whilst the ceremony was on going we went to Prested Hall which has a permanent marquee on the grounds, a gazebo, many interior rooms, stair cases and walkways to decorate.

We started in the marquee creating 18ft garlands to bring the look together, followed by the table centres which were a perfect height so as not to intrude on conversations. Planters of standard lavenders, and pot plants of azalea, hebe and gentia brought the garden feel inside by leading the guests through the marquee tunnel and against one of the plain walls.

We also decorated the gazebo with large hanging arrangements, placed lanterns on crooks along the pathway and hanging glass tealight holders in the trees.

Whilst some of team Gorgeous were doing this, others were back at the church, bringing the pew ends and pedestals back to the venue to use again – all part of the service!  We then placed the pedestals either side of the top table and tied the pew ends on to the stair case with added fairy lights to twinkle in the evening.

Last job was to add flowers to other arrangements throughout the Hall and on the gift table.

The whole wedding took a week to complete and a very long 12 hour day on Saturday but we were absolutely delighted with the final effect as were the bride and groom who sent an email whilst travelling to the airport on the Monday.  We are also looking after the planters until Mr and Mrs Stewart’s return so they can enjoy them for years to come!