I don’t think I’ve EVER seen a wedding with this many flowers, and I have seen and blogged a lot of real weddings over the past 7 years. Anyone that knows me, knows how much I adore blooms and the great outdoors, which is why I adore this lovely day. A passion shared too by today’s bride who is also a florist at Cottage Flowers and has incredible artistic flair.
WWW readers Sam and Jacalyn were married on Saturday 18th June 2016 and held their beautiful marquee reception on Jacalyn’s parent’s farm in Somerset. The whole day was festooned in beautiful roses, peonies and foliage to name a few. From cascading opulent bouquets to incredible floral entrance displays and hanging chandeliers complete with blooms. The day really was brought to life with these amazing florals, which had a wild garden feel. So whimsy!
Jacalyn chose to wear a delicate beaded gown called Clara by Eliza Jane Howell and she looked gorgeous. She teamed her dress with a cathedral length veil and roses in her hair for a super pretty style. Sam and the boys were suited and booted in navy suits and tan shoes, while the maids wore jade green custom made dresses. Wow.
WWW fave Elizabeth Armitage has kindly provided these sensational images for us.
THE PROPOSAL | The last night of a lovely few days in Brussels Belgium, November 2014. After a long day of train hopping to see some wartime history, in freezing fog, cold to the bone because I hadn’t worn enough layers, we got back to our hotel pretty knackered! Sam popped the question after dinner. (I thought he was quiet because he was worn out!) I was pretty emotional!
THE VISION | Being a florist and having a passion for art and gardens, I wanted our wedding to be my excuse to go mad and have 18 months of creating! We are lucky to have so many friends and all of our many family living close by so the wedding was going to be quite big. Using my parents farm on the beautiful Blackdown Hills to host a lovely poled marquee was perfect for a super relaxed and rural styled wedding.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We had 18 months!!!! I got straight on to the planning when we got home.
Between us, and our clever family and friends we managed to create most of the wedding ourselves without introducing too many other suppliers!
THE VENUE | St Mary’s Church and then parent’s farm, Buckland St Mary, Somerset. The beautiful Blackdown Hills.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | A 1920s inspired Eliza Jane Howell dress ‘Clara’. Lots of tulle and beautiful white beading and sequins. My mum and dad bought me emerald and gold jewellery to compliment the wedding.
FINDING THE DRESS | I had only visited one other bridal shop and fallen in love with a very simple but art deco style dress, which complimented my engagement ring. After then visiting Perfect Day Bridal, Bradford on Avon they had a wonderful selection of dresses glittering with beads, sequins, stunning embroidery and lace which just shone to my Magpie eyes! I tried on a few Eliza Jane Howell designs and then fell for their ‘Clara’ dress.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Wanting a relaxed wedding but having a rural setting, we set out looking for a nice wool suit with a tweed/checked effect. Didn’t have too much luck, everything had a skinny trouser which didn’t work with Strong men! We ended up finding a smart dark blue suit from Moss. And we got a great discount by buying 8. Tan shoes felt like a much more modern but classic look.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | ‘I will be here’ by Steven Curtis Chapman. Plus one religious. Music – we chose three hymns, which were well known and uplifting. We had the village choir to help us along too, which was lovely.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My sister and five best friends! I wanted them all with me on the morning! They wore stunning jade green dresses, which I helped design with the very clever Kim from Abidemaids, Collumpton.
THE FLOWERS | I have worked for Cottage Flowers, Ilminster for 11 years so I had big ideas and the girls at CF were amazing in helping me that week bring all my ideas to life!
I had planned everything so far in advance so when 2016 arrived I was itching to get things going. In March I started collecting moss from my parents farm and willow from my boss’s garden to cover 4ft hula hoops to which I then added foliages and artificial flower garlands and suspended them from the roof of the marquee!
Flower theme – bold and deep pinks to contrast with shades of green, ferns, foxgloves, greens and apricots.
Rosa ‘Yves Piaget’, David Austin Rose ‘Darcy’, ‘Coral Charm’ Peonies. Lots of home grown Sweet Pea’s and herbs.
I designed my bouquet and headdress big, with lots of textures and incorporating flowers and foliages from both my Mum and Nan’s gardens.
My bridesmaids carried exquisite composite bouquets using David Austin Rose petals and little snippets of the embroidery from their dresses.
The groomsmen’s button holes had a piece of fabric from the girls dresses tied into them to continue the theme.
The church was dressed with a show stopping entrance as if walking through a rambling garden, pedestal displays on logs and my colleagues decided they wanted to stand at the entrance and give away mini button holes to anyone who hadn’t worn one that day!
The marquee – my mum is a potter and she threw beautiful bowls in jade green and blues to sit flowers in, and ceramic leaves to sit vimto bon bons and mints in. We had fragrant Jasmines winding up the marquee poles with lights twinkling in between. All our church flowers came back to the marquee, which filled the stage! The band loved it!
THE CAKE | My sister and mum made our super stunning wedding cake, even all the sugar Peonies!!!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The amazing Elizabeth Armitage with the help of Emma from Heart Full of Tea.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I designed my own invitation last summer in watercolour using all the flowers I planned to use in our wedding. Then I found the brilliant Nikki from Knots and Kisses who very kindly agreed to work with what I had painted and created my beautiful invitations and order of service.
I wanted to bring my love for English flowers and gardens to my wedding and because the marquee was too big for my mum’s garden, we brought the garden to the field!
My family including Aunty, Uncle and cousin all worked so hard planting pots timed to flower in June, planting in the field, creating beautiful benches out of fallen trees with lights hung in birch trees to turn the marquees surroundings into a garden.
THE HONEYMOON | A few days to the Lake District after the wedding. Then in October we went to New York for 4 nights and then off to Antigua to the beautiful boutique Cocos Hotel.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Everything! The celebrations and preparations leading up to the day. We smiled every single second of our wedding day and had so many family and friends there to smile and celebrate with. Then reminiscing on our honeymoon.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Start planning early and make sure you book your favourite suppliers early. And then you can take your time with the details and leave the rest to the professionals. We were so relaxed in the lead up to our wedding knowing that everything had been booked and organised well in advance. Also, if it isn’t sorted by the week of your wedding, don’t stress with it. If it hasn’t worried you until now, it won’t worry you on the day!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Flowers | Cottage Flowers
Wedding dress | Perfect Day Bridal
Headdress | Vivien J
Honeymoon | Cocos Hotel
Second Shooter | Heart Full of Tea
Bridesmaid dresses | Abidemaids
Marquee and everything that comes with it! | Affordable Marquees
Make up | Laura Le Page Bridal Make Up
Hair | Victoria’s Hair Design
LOVE letters | Apple and Bramble
Stationery | Knots and Kisses
Food | Sausage and Pear
Band | The Dukes of Havoc
Thanks so very much to Sam and Jacalyn for sharing their amazing nuptials here with us today xo Lou