Last weekend was a hectic one. After delivering to Debbie in Edmunton, I headed over to Guildford to deliver and set up for Poli and Martin’s big day. Not the smooth, stress-free journey you might hope for when time is of the essence, with traffic, speed restrictions, and roadworks to contend with, but eventually I made it through and arrived at the venue – the gorgeous Lythe Hill Hotel.
I met with Poli in the Spring of this year, and it was clear that her’s was going to be a beautiful day. The venue itself is a stunner – sweeping manicured lawns, a variety of luxurious guest rooms, and a wonderfully light and airy reception room. A real gem. And Poli is a joy – her friendly, bubbly character was infectious! Starting with her coral and ivory colour theme, and the English country garden style flowers she likes, we set about designing the blooms for their day.
Poli carried a compact handtied bouquet of mainly coral flowers, with accents of ivory, featuring some of the largest coral Peony I’ve ever seen! There was a whole list of show stoppers in fact, including ‘Miss Piggy’, ‘Vuvuzella’ and ‘Avalanche’ roses, sweet smelling Freesia, and peach Hypericum for a contrast of texture, with the flowers being framed by fragrant Rosemary, Eucalyptus, and soft Asparagus fern. Such a stunner of a bouquet!
Poli’s maid of honour carried a similar handtie, with a different balance of colours – bringing the ivory out more to help the flowers stand away from her coral-toned outfit. The gents had ‘Miss Piggy’ rose buttonholes, and the ladies ivory spray rose corsages, and the lucky guests each had a white Lissianthus buttonhole too!
With it being such a gorgeous venue, it didn’t need much prettying up – the tables had a big cream jug full of loosely arranged flowers, and the long top table had simple stem vases with small collections of the focal flowers.
The wedding ceremony was being held in the grounds, by one of the large ponds, under a pegoda. What a lovely setting it was too, with the sun shining and the pond-life quietly going about its business in the background. Beautiful though the wooded pegoda was, Poli and Martin had requested a little decoration to be added – so I set to dressing the frame with variegated ivy, asparagus fern, and groups of flowers. The idea was to make it look very natural, almost as though it was nature’s own work.
The last task was dressing the banisters in the courtyard – more ivy and fern, to look natural and rambling along the path, with two floral arrangements hanging at the ends. Quite lovely.
And it’s always a joy when the bride takes the time to email you before heading off on honeymoon to share photographs and say thanks!
“We can’t thank you enough for the absolutely gorgeous bouquets and arrangements you created for our wedding. We still get compliments on how beautiful they were. Thank you for making our wedding day so special & memorable”
I love my job.