Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Brown paper and lavender

I have been waiting to tell you about one of the first weddings from this year, I've been saving a few as a little respite from the onset of winter. As the autumn days get colder I like to think back to when it was baking hot, driving along country roads early on a Saturday morning, on my way to somewhere beautiful with a car stuffed with flowers.

This particular wedding was in the Scottish borders, near Kelso. The main ceremony was held at a gorgeous little church which was hiding deep in the countryside. You wouldn't know it was there unless someone showed you as it was sheltered from the road, perched on top of a tiny hill at the end of a dirt track lined with huge, ancient trees. We kept the church decorations simple, using white rose plants wrapped in brown paper to line the aisle, and white hydrangeas on antique inspired pedestals on either side of the alter.

The reception was filled with plants too – more of the miniature rose plants, French and English lavender and different sizes of hydrangea, all wrapped in brown paper and tied with a sweet raffia bow. I thought it was really sweet that the couple gave the plants away as presents at the end of the night.

We had two enormous antique pink hydrangeas, one on each side of the marquee, and the rest of the smaller hydrangeas on pedestals around the outer edges of the dance floor.

The marquee had been put up in the ruins of an old house, and was filled with the most delicious looking fresh bread, home made salad and a very tempting tower of chocolates for later in the evening.

My favourite part of this wedding was the bride's bouquet. We used amnesia roses and diadeem spray roses, along with lavender and hydrangea, sweet peas and astrantia, and trails of grasses and ivy - it smelled wonderful! The bridesmaids all wore wrist corsages of the same spray roses, and had tiny rose buds wired for their hair. The boys had lovely white avalanche rose buttonholes.

Well, its back to Autumn for me now, I'll share some more pictures from this summer soon.

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