Moving away from the country/vintage style of flowers that are so popular at the moment, Dawn asked for simple and classic. In answer to this, we chose calla lilies in a striking arrangement with variegated foliage and grass.
We created a classic bouquet that was fully wired, using foliage to complement the calla lilies. This included steel and flexi grass threaded with pearls, sandriana tips and aspidistra leaves.
Dawn’s proud and pretty daughter, Zara, was the chief bridesmaid and held a posy of calla lilies and freesia.
The ceremony and wedding breakfast were held at The Bull Hotel, Gerrards Cross. This is where I had my own wedding, many years ago! We always love doing events here as we know it so well. It also brings back special memories of my own wedding and other celebrations I have held here.
The hotel opened in 1688 as a coaching inn. It also boasts an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest frontage of any coaching tavern in England, which remains largely as it was since it opened. The facilities are modern, but the decor is sympathetic to the original building. The interiors comprise of leather Chesterfield sofas, blended perfectly with beamed ceiling. This ensures the hotel retains its old-world charm and atmosphere.
The manager, Lauren, and her efficient team are always on hand to ensure that everything runs smoothly up to and on the day itself. The staff in general are always bright and helpful.
On to the big moment…
We were able to catch a glimpse of Dawn coming down the stair – an classic radiant bride! She paused with us briefly before she entered the ceremony room, set up in the Bulstrode suite.
The Bull Hotel offers delightful gardens so the wedding party enjoyed wine and canapes in the beautiful sunshine after the ceremony. As the photos were taken, we got busy transforming the Bulstrode suite for the wedding breakfast.
The table centres were of white gerberas, roses, antirinhum, veronica, palm leaves and grass. These were set in martini vases and placed on mirror plates with tea light glasses and scattered crystals. Then, a simple posy of calla lilies and freesias decorated the top of the cake.
Dawn asked for the table favours to be candles scented with her favourite Jo Malone fragrance, “pomme noir”. Thankfully, we know a lady in Berkshire who hand-makes beautifully packaged tea-light glasses in a scent (and colour) of your choice. Not only were these be used for table favours, but her bigger tumblers and diffusers made perfect gifts for mums and special guests. Dawn even chose a larger candle for her maid-of-honour, and had individual tea-light glasses placed around the table centres. This leant a romantic summer fragrance the entire room.
When the day was over, a honeymoon in New York beckoned the couple, completing the wonderful celebration of Dawn and Steve’s wedding. We wish the happy couple all the very best for their future together in their new home.
A Word of Thanks
“I left the flower choice up to you, as I said honestly at our first meeting I knew nothing about flowers. After you listened to me and, seeing me as an individual, you got the choice of flowers absolutely perfect! So many of our guests commented on how beautiful they were. Our Wedding Breakfast Room also looked amazing and my bouquet went perfectly with my dress.Thank you once again” – Dawn
Happy days and happy years, Dawn and Steve, from all of us at The Garden Room!
Our special thanks and appreciation go to Sue Pix for some of the wonderful photos she has contributed to this article.