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As we find ourselves in Autumn with many of our weddings behind us, I am enjoying all the lovely rich colours and autumn varieties of flowers at the market.  I am reminded of Melanie and Chris’s wedding last year where the autumn colours and fruits were very much evident.

Melanie wanted to include shades of red in the bridesmaid’s bouquets and in the table centre pieces.

We suggested dahlias, roses and rosehips with touches of wax flower for the bridesmaid’s bouquets.  For the bride’s bouquet, Melanie wanted an ivory and winter white bouquet to include pearls so we used roses, freesias and calla lilies with frosted ivory hypericum berries edged with silver foliage – I love this combination.



Gladioli are still abundant at this time of year and come in an array of colours – ideal for tall table arrangements.     Our idea of filling the glass vases with crab apples sent us foraging into the local woods over the weeks before the wedding.  We needed apples of varying sizes to fill the vases and were not able to buy these in bulk at a reasonable price so whilst the dogs took themselves off into the fields, I was often left bent double in the leaves searching for the best looking crab apples I could find.  As other dog walkers came by, I often had an extra pair of hands too although I nearly met a muddy end one day as a very enthusiastic Alsatian burst in on the scene!

The day of the wedding dawned clear and bright – always a relief at this time of the year.  One of our team set off for Notley Abbey, the venue for the ceremony and reception.  We have enjoyed doing several weddings at this gorgeous 12th century medieval venue and know the set up well.  However, this time round we had a last minute top table change so needed to adapt our garlanding accordingly – Sara did a grand job here and Melanie didn’t even notice the table was long and not oval as she had originally expected.


The ivy and greenery garlanding in place, we pinned  bundles of apples to the hitching points and set bowls of red dahlias, roses and rose hips and candles to finish the top table.  The tall apple filled centre pieces complete with red gladioli, lime green mollucella, curled aspidistra leaves and ivy warmed up the surroundings nicely and the final touch was tea light candles.



I keep all my Thank You Cards by the computer so that when I am nailed to my desk, I can remember what the boring bits are for and be happy….

Melanie and Chris wrote in this card….


“Thank you for the absolutely beautiful flowers for our wedding day – they were absolutely perfect.  So many people said how much they liked them and they really made the room and brought out our colours.  We had such an amazing day and one we will always remember, Love Melanie and Chris.

How best to finish?  To wish Melanie and Chris a very happy anniversary of course and best wishes from us all at The Garden Room

We would especially like to thank Maria at  for some of the images we have used in this article.

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