I hope that you have been enjoying the recent British summer. As I write it’s the summer solstice and I have been watching the sun go down over the rooftop in our garden, and it’s still going strong at 9.30pm! With all this glorious weather we have turned our attention to blooms, bouquets and all things floral.
Cue Nick’s wonderful step mum Dawn or ‘D-pops’ as Nick affectionately calls her (I’m sure she will love me for that!). Dawn is a true horticulturist, always pottering around her greenhouse and garden, or if she’s not there she’ll be at her allotment. The whole family looks forward to receiving the fruits of her labour by way of fresh fruit and veg, or lovely seasonal blooms.
Our garden at home is filled with bee and butterfly friendly plants, in fact they don’t even get considered unless they have the little bee friendly badge on the label. As such, a lot of our initial ideas have focussed on something similar, quite rustic and full of wildflowers. We absolutely want the flowers to be in season as it would just be crazy to have imported flowers when we are getting married in one of the most colourful and fruitful of flowering months here in East Anglia.
For the bouquets we have decided to go for a traditional English country garden feel, a soft pink colour pallet with lashings of green foliage such as eucalyptus and ivy and the centrepiece will be the dramatically elegant peony. A true English gem.
Dawn had the loveliest of ideas for our pew ends, intuitively tying in our love of ice cream in to our floral displays. I’ll leave this as a surprise for now as I want our guests to be as wowed by Dawn’s creativity as we were!
Dawn taking in the venue.
We also love the simplicity of gypsophila and think this will feature heavily throughout the two venues. I love it’s understated charm, just paired with a few peonies and tied with some ribbon will brighten up any window.
After a visit to the reception venue with Dawn, we agreed that with the railway museum being full of character and unique vintage charm, just some minimalist floral displays are all that we would need. We have our eye on a giant milk churn in my mum’s garden to house a display, as well as many, many milk bottles filled with wildflowers and English garden classics in as many colours as we can find. We didn’t really want a theme but I guess we are heading towards all things dairy, now I come to think of it!
It has been a lovely time of year to be thinking of wedding flowers, as we only have to take a stroll around pretty much anywhere to see all these native bunches of loveliness filling window boxes and shop fronts, perfect for ideas and inspiration. I think being a bride to be has possibly cemented a life long interest in flowers, which can only be a good thing!
So flowers all seem to be in order and I’m so grateful to Dawn for offering her expertise in this department, her knowledge is astounding and paired with her creative flair I can’t wait to what she does, and no doubt she will manage to make our already beautiful venues, even more so. We are incredibly lucky to have these unparalleled skills within the family, as it makes discussing possibilities and decision making such a joy.
Aside from flowers, I have to make a mention to my brilliantly organised groom to-be. Nick has managed to scout, source and secure all SEVEN of his groomsmen’s suits, including his own! As if that wasn’t pretty incredible, he has got them all for around £80 each, sticking to high-street chains and a style that is perfect for a country wedding. He has gone for a mix and match, smart chino and waistcoat combo. He tried it all on to show me and I just had the biggest beaming smile on my face. I think as he stood suited and booted in front of me I had flashes of seeing him at the end of the aisle, got goose bumps and went all soppy!
12 Month Celebration
We also marked a year to go at the start of this month and spent our wedding anniversary to-be with a drink and a pizza under Chappel viaduct, not too far from how we will be 12 months later – a strange but incredible thought. With each day that passes and each decision that gets decided… It all starts feel so real and I’M SO EXCITED!
Until next month, happy decision making!