A CHARMING COUNTRY WEDDING IN THE MIDST OF COVID // E & M
Yet another one of my couples who had their plans altered and changed numerous times due to the coronavirus pandemic were E & M – a couple that I have known for a number of years through their families love of flowers. Despite the stress of trying to jump through hoops and plans being very last minute, the September wedding day was a beauty!
Choosing a guest list is by far one the hardest jobs when planning a wedding (as myself and my partner have recently discovered after we got engaged), so having to cut a 180+ guest list down to just 30 was one of the major challenges faced by this fab couple. After scrapping the idea to have a large marquee in the brides mum’s garden, the bride and groom decided instead on exclusively hiring Stoke Mill – a well respected Norfolk restaurant.
The bride was keen to bring in some depth of colour to the floral styling to reflect the time of year, and requested blush pinks, creams and sage green with pops of blue and orange. My garden was full of dahlias in those colours which was great, alongside other late summer flowers including delphiniums and scabiosa, and I added to this eucalyptus, eryngium, roses, stocks and chrysanthemums. A few dried flowers were mixed in for texture (this is something I like to do with most of my work), and worked particularly well for the buttonholes.
The ceremony was held at Hickling Church and the couple were keen to add plenty of floral styling in here, to make up for the lack of flowers that could be added to the new, smaller reception. A floor based piece at the altar was the stand out item, and along with entrance flowers, a floral archway at the entrance and aisle decor, the wild flower feel from outside was brought inside.
Many of the items from the church were moved to the reception and eucalyptus garlands were added to the tables, alongside festival style strings of carnation heads. Simple, but effective in a small and elegant space.
Throughout the day, the sun shone and everything went as planned despite the rough road E & M had in the run up to their big day. It was great to work on a classic country-style wedding; as a Norfolk wedding florist with a garden full of early autumn flowers, the colour palette and style matched brilliantly. Regardless of the smaller guest list, this micro wedding was a stunner!
Floral Styling: Romeo & Succulent
Photography: Dan Johnson
Venue: Stoke Mill