How do I go about interpreting a bride’s vision and delivering the best possible for the budget given? Read on and find out how I worked with Roxanne for her spring wedding at The Olde Bell, to achieve this…
The Meeting and Consultation
I met Roxanne and her husband to be Keegan at the Olde Bell wedding fair where they were rather taken with a design I was showcasing. It included a greenery ring coupled with cylinder vases, white roses submerged in water and floating candles.
After chatting with them about how we could alter this design to suit their taste, I later met with Roxanne and Monique, her bridesmaid to discuss their thoughts in detail regarding her spring wedding at The Olde Bell and the wedding flower arrangements and decorations.
The Wedding Bouquets
Roxanne’s bouquet was one that I consider to be a real triumph – I loved and would have wanted it myself. Although I love all flowers, and all my designs are bespoke, a bride’s taste is very personal to them and doesn’t necessarily match my own taste exactly. But this was spot on!
Roxanne wanted a shower bouquet in a relaxed style that included white flowers and mixed greenery. I included white roses, lissianthus and freesia but the foliage really starred in this bouquet. Using different types of euclayptus, I was able to create a loose relaxed display with lots of movement. For the three bridesmaids (who wore pastel coloured dresses from Chi Chi London) I made hand tied white bouquets with foliage using the same flowers and foliage as for the bride’s bouquet. Lastly, the flower girls wore Alice bands with rose buds.
The Wedding Venue
The Olde Bell is an old coaching inn dating from 1135 AD with an equally long-standing reputation for good food and hospitality. In fact, word has it that in 1890, the inn keeper used to stand at the door every Sunday handing out a glass of sherry to every attending church member. That would be a nice tradition to resurrect! Meanwhile, the staff, including Alice and Gabriela of the weddings team, will look after your every need and always with a friendly smile.
The Wedding Ceremony
The focus for the ceremony, aside from Roxanne in her amazing wedding dress by Wed2Be, was the wooden heptagons Keegan had made himself for the the day.
The biggest heptagon formed a backdrop for the ceremony. Three more then carried the Table Seating Plan, the Order of the Day and ther was even one for the Gifts. We decorated all the heptagons with flowers, mixed foliage and twisted willow.
With a civil ceremony inside the Tithe Barn, you can have a spring wedding at The Olde Bell no matter the weather!
I have decorated wedding arches and arbors before but the heptagons were a first for us! Keegan did a great job of creating them, and they fitted perfectly with the rustic surroundings of the Tithe Barn.
The Wedding Reception Decorations
Roxanne put her own personal spin on the table centrepiece design I’d shown at the fair. She included copper lanterns and log slices. Roxanne decided to provide the log slices, copper lanterns and mini copper lights herself, and I wound these through a greenery ring of mixed foliage, birch twigs, white roses and lissianthus adding a sprinkling of gypsophila.
The size of the ring was important to Roxanne (not the wedding ring I might add!) because she wanted a centrepiece with impact. I was able to mock-up the design at a later wedding fair to reassure her we were on the same page.
Providing some of your own decorations can help to keep costs down. It also helps to make arrangements very personal to you. My clients often like to choose and buy their own pieces when they have specific ideas in mind.
The Wedding Cake
The semi naked cake was made beautifully by Verity Rose Cakes. They then decorated it with some populus eucalyptus and roses, supplied by me. The cake topper was from Dindindies. It was a perfect reflection of the heptagon and copper styling Roxanne had chosen. You really don’t need to have a complicated design on a wedding cake to achieve maximum effect!
Roxanne was thrilled with our interpretation of her thoughts and that we were able to deliver to budget. It’s much easier to meet a budget if the client is not specific regarding the flower varieties and colour palettes. For example, matching to the colour of bridesmaid dresses will decrease the colour shades available to us and therefore can increase price.
A Word of Thanks…
“We highly recommend The Garden Room if you are considering them for your wedding/event. Debby was an incredible lady to work with. Not only did she reply quickly to emails (of which there was many), meet with us and do mock-ups of our flowers but what she presented on the day was absolutely breath taking. The flowers were the highlight of the day and gave us that little bit extra! We were bombarded with our guest telling us how beautiful all the flowers were. The Garden Room is professional, friendly and, most of all, bring such a love and care when working together that it brings a real sense of family. Thank you for everything Debby!”
Thank you to Fiona Forward Photography for providing some of the beautiful images shown. If you want to read more about Roxanne and Keegan’s wedding, visit Fiona’s blog. She captured the day perfectly and there are some brilliant shots of the evening celebrations – the part that I never get to share!