Wild wedding flowers from Great Fosters reception
This wild wedding flowers themed wedding at Great Fosters is bang on trend for more informal wild wedding flowers which is still going strong. As everyone is thinking more green, considering English flowers and in general wanting to return to the days when life was sweeter and more uncomplicated, I cast my memory back to one of the more challenging weddings at GREAT FOSTERS last summer.
Though wild wedding flowers may look gorgeous and ummm, well, there you have it – wild, the matter of arranging them is not as simple as throwing them together in a handful, quicker than you can say ‘field’, or ‘meadow’. They’re generally quite dainty and to make anything look amazing you are using in general at least twice the number of flower stems than if you were to opt for larger and more dramatic blooms. But we enjoyed the challenge so here are some lovely memories and photos from this Wild at Heart wedding.
Maggie and Daniel got married in the catholic church in Englefield Green, The Assumption of Our Lady Church, a great impossing and airy church. We kept the colours and style of the displays here quite neutral and more classic as they needed to tie in with the scheme for a special mass at the church the following day. For the focal area at the front we created a couple of dramatic urn displays on grand plinths and we lined the aisle with pretty pew ends. Maggie was quite keen to have pew ends which could be later brought back to Great Fosters to decorate the tables in the Painted Hall and to line up along the Minstrel Gallery ledge. So with this in mind we suggested using pretty ivory pots with dainty spray roses, to create the pew end decorations. These looked really effective and even left the church warden in awe as she said it was nice to see some new ideas for pew ends.
For the Tithe Barn, we had to be conscious that a central long oval top table, needed something just a little bit different than either a normal round table or a traditional long rectangular top table. So we dressed the top table with 2 medieval looking wrought iron candelabras with flowers at the top, and, in the middle, right in front of where Maggie and Daniel would be seated, we created a long central display, low enough to not get in the way. On the rest of the guest tables, we used matching tall candelabra displays with wild flower displays in them.
For all flower displays we used a rather gorgeous blend of wild or wild looking flowers, mainly sourced from British growers, and some coming from the farm where our workshop is based. Amongst these we used: asters, Michelmas daisies, veronica, purple and ivory lisianthus, blue and white nigella, pink Aqua, Milano and Coolwater roses, mint, sage, scented eucalyptus, rosemary and lavender. All in all this was a real labour of love and took a rather long time, but the result and heavenly scent as you walked into the Tithe Barn, made it totally worthwhile.