I first met this lovely couple, Helen and Lionel, at Bisham Abbey where we talked about Helen’s ideas for her wedding flowers and decorations. The inspiration for Helen’s bouquet came from “meadow flowers” as she wanted a “just picked” relaxed style.
Helen and Lionel met online – a wonderful fairytale of the digital age! The two are very comfortable with each other and Lionel has a great sense of humour, so I can imagine how easily they ‘clicked’. It was an easy wedding consultation for me as well, because we were all in tune with each other from the start. Very soon, I had an outline for the wedding flower plans.
The Wedding Bouquets
Whilst red field poppies would have been my first choice, they are not available as cut flowers through the market because they will not keep. So, with this in mind, I needed to look for another delicate red flower. Instead, I came up with Mirabel red spray roses, which worked brilliantly.
For both the bride and maid of honour’s bouquets, I added yellow santini Sun-Up, lime green bupleurum, white tanecetum daisies and blue delphinium with Power Blue nigella. Then, for the little bridesmaids, I made two small posies of the same flowers.
I included thlaspi green bell and parvifolia eucalyptus for foliage. These particular choices worked incredibly well with the delicate “meadow flowers”. To finish it all off, the handles of the bouquets were bound with hessian ribbon.
Helen chose her beautiful wedding dress from Pure Couture in Holtspur.
The staff were lovely and looked after Helen and her bridesmaid brilliantly well. This shop is local to me too, so having met the girls and the owners there, I can fully understand why Helen would recommend them so highly.
Helen said that her dress “just felt right as soon as I put it on 😊, very easy to say ‘yes to the dress'”. A girl after my own heart! Whenever my clients are confused and don’t know where to start with their flowers, I always say “go with the first bouquet you love, and it will be the right one.”
The Wedding Venue Decorations
To welcome the Bisham Abbey wedding guests, we placed a large arrangement of flowers (replicating the “meadow flower” colours) in the lobby area with lanterns.
Do consider the evening lighting for your wedding venue. It will add some warmth and atmosphere once the sun goes down.
The ceremony room at Bisham Abbey is a grand room and very little decoration is needed. We placed a large, long and low arrangement on the registrar’s table. This was then later moved to the Top Table for the wedding breakfast.
The Great Hall, where the guests enjoy the wedding breakfast, is a stunning room with a huge mural-painted window, brilliantly replicating stained glass. The wood panelling and grand feel suit silver candelabra which can also be provided by the venue. We added a selection of bud vases and “meadow flowers” at the base of these, with scattered rose petals.
On the mantelpiece, we used a selection of foliage and fairy lights. Then, we added storm vases and candles, which provided a beautiful backdrop to the Top Table.
The Top Table itself is the focal point in the room. It also provides the setting for lots of photos, so don’t forget to give this plenty of attention for your wedding!
For the top table at this Bisham Abbey wedding, we extended the foliage either side of the long and low arrangement that was used for the ceremony. Then we added fresh white roses and fairy lights for a magical effect.
The Wedding Cake
The gorgeous wedding cake was made by Helen’s maid of honour and best friend, Sian Turner. We made a topper for the cake using the same flowers as the bouquets – a little “piece of meadow.”
The First Dance
A really lovely touch to this Bisham Abbey wedding was the couple’s wedding song choice – ‘Perhaps Love’ by John Denver & Placido Domingo. “Perhaps Love”? I think most definitely love – you can see it in their eyes!
A Word of Thanks from Helen…
“We were over the moon with our flowers. They were exactly as we wanted them to be, thank you. Many of our guests commented how beautiful they were.” – Helen
Our Thank Yous…
Finally, I would like to thank Stuart Green of Wedding Rings Photography for some of the images used in this article great job Stuart!