I was in my element designing and making the flowers for a wedding on the 29th December at Northbrook Park. It was a wonderful combination of elegance and decadence, befitting of the stately venue, but with a playful theme of Beauty and the Beast for the table centres.
The bride chose beautiful winter colours - rich burgundy, dusky pink, blue/grey eucalyptus - and wanted a cascade bouquet focusing on dark roses and calla lilies with berried eucalyptus. I also incorporated scabiosa stellata for texture and pheasant feathers as a feature, these also being used in the magnificent mantelpiece display above the lit fire in the ceremony room. It was a delight to design and to make!
The table centres were each unique and incorporated a prop from Beauty and the Beast. I used vintage books stacked on a log base and moss to bring the fairytale to life. I arranged the flowers in the prop where I could - the tea cup, tea pot, tankards contained posies of flowers, the candlestick and antlers had trailing ivy - whilst other tables had gold bottle containers to augment the arrangement. The tables were harmonised by the addition of a gold candlestick and burgundy candle.
The top table had a long table runner complete with roses, gold fern and fronds of pine cones, again evoking a magical display of colour and nature.