Choosing your wedding decor
After choosing a wedding venue, consider the surrounding furnishings and décor when deciding your wedding decorations. Colourful wedding flowers at the Sir Christopher Wren hotel work well in the Princess Suite because the curtains and carpets are strong in colouring. Otherwise, choose white flowers as shown in the ceremony image below.
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After deciding upon bright colourful wedding flowers for the reception, Michelle then decided to drape chiffon over the curtains at the venue as she wanted a more neutral setting for her wedding reception. In addition, she decided to conceal the pictures with her own wedding themed “pictures”. Large white paper tablecloths were cut to the size of each picture frame and were white tacked in place. Michelle asked her friend Deb (my namesake!) who is great at crafts to help with the project and she used her special Cricut machine to produce the lovely rose gold foil images and text that were glued to the paper inside each frame. It cost about £50 for the materials but involved quite a few hours effort. The result was excellent, and the new “pictures” transformed the wall space into a wedding themed back drop – Michelle was so happy with the result.
Back to the start of this wedding story – after Michelle and Dave met at a friend’s party and after a surprise 30th birthday holiday in Vegas that Michelle had organised for Dave, they flew straight to a lodge in Lochness, Scotland, which they had frequented many times before.
Thinking that the Sottish trip was a family celebration for Dave’s 30th, Michelle was reluctant to go on a walk to a waterfall as she was feeling rather jet lagged. After some persuasion from Dave’s brother (he was in on the secret) Michelle accompanied the rest of the family to the waterfall (they both love) and it was here that Dave proposed.
The Bride’s Bouquet and Wedding Dress
So onto the big day itself – I was in close contact with Michelle all the way through leading up to her wedding last year and although colourful wedding flowers and greenery were preferred for the reception at the Sir Christopher Wren Hotel, Michelle chose white flowers for her neatish shower bouquet including calla lilies, white roses, white lissianthus and gypsophila.
Michelle actually bought two wedding dresses! She had a vision in mind but after finding the perfect match and buying it, she realised the dress was not really her style and didn’t flatter her in the right places. Even though David preferred this first dress, the one she ended up wearing was from Wed2be and interestingly, was the most reasonable of the two, price wise https://www.wed2b.co.uk/
Tip: Michelle wore the dress she felt most comfortable in and I think that is so important – whatever you wear, your pleasure in wearing it radiates around you.
Michelle had eight (yes, eight) bridesmaids and three flower girls. In fact it was originally seven bridesmaids but I then got a call from Julia, a friend of Michelle’s and she planned the extra bridesmaid as a surprise – it was Michelle’s best friend from Australia. Only Julia knew she was coming – it must have been the best wedding present ever!
The bridesmaid’s bouquets were made of colourful cerise, peach, white and purple flowers with gypsophila. Check out the reception flowers below and you will see the different flower varieties we used here.
Wedding Ceremony at the Guildhall
After getting married at the Guildhall (famous for celebrity and royal weddings) David drove Michelle back to the Sir Christopher Wren Hotel in his Rolls Royce golf buggy.
The couple and their guests then went on a river trip and had photos taken on the Long Walk and Eton Bridge which are near to where Michelle lives, lucky girl.
Reception at The Sir Christopher Wren Hotel
Back at the hotel, the reception suite had received plenty of attention already but we had added table centrepieces and top table decorations using those colourful wedding flowers we spoke about earlier. Our shabby chic cream metal stands held arrangements of foliage with peach Alchemy roses, ivory roses, purple lissianthus, pink dendrobium orchids, cerise nerines and gypsophila – a veritable “feast” of colour!
We placed a long and low arrangement of similar flowers on the Top table along with two smaller arrangements, vases for the bridesmaid’s bouquets and lots of champagne tea light holders
The couple had their first dance to “Thinking out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. Gosh, the words to that song are filled with passion and I truly hope that David and Michelle still love each other when they are 70!
A fabulous review from Michelle follows below…
“AMAZING, you were very responsive unlike me, nothing was to much trouble, and you put me at ease from the moment I met you. I put all my faith in you to provide what you thought would work best with the seasons and the colours of my bridesmaid dresses and WOW did you deliver. Everyone, literally everyone commented on how beautiful the flowers were, but this is just testament to what a great professional you and your team are and how brides should let professional do the job they know best and listen to the advice. You were also incredibly reasonably priced. A truly talented, trustworthy and reliable company, which took the stress out of my organising and delivered above and beyond my expectations or anything I could have imagined myself.”
Our big thanks Michelle for these very kind words. It was great to work with her and bring her dream wedding vision to life.
Credit to DM Photography for some of the wonderful images above – great job Dan http://www.dmphotographyuk.com/