Summer arrives and so do the bookings for weddings. This July wedding was a joy to work on. Rachael gave me an idea of her colour scheme and with that we looked at seasonal, pale blush roses and peonies, sweet peas, little touches of darker pinks with a soft greens. I always try to incorporate, where suitable, some herbs. I can’t help myself probably because my other career is as a food stylist and cook.
The highlight of the day for me was pinning 20 – 30 guest’s buttonholes and corsages outside the church. It was such a lovely atmosphere. Al Richardson, their wedding photographer managed to get a snap of me mid flow.
Being recommended by a past client is always very flattering. Helen called me after seeing the flowers I made for her sisters wedding. She wanted red roses plain and simple for her bouquet. Nothing plain about them though. I used Grand Prix Roses which are blood red and very classic.
My daughter Lola helped me set the wedding up and played a very important role in the pinning of the groomsmen. If possible, I am always at the church armed with the buttonholes to personally pin the groom and groomsmen, making sure the buttonholes are on correctly for the photographs.
Their photographer very kindly sent me a photo of Lola too.
This was a pretty, very English summer wedding in the heart of the east end of London. Charlotte and I agreed immediately on the flower theme. English garden roses, summer blooms. No ribbon just natural raffia and minimum fuss. The ceremony was at Bruce Castle Museum and the reception at The Londesborough Pub in Stoke Newington. The reception flowers were jam jars filled with summer blooms.
Photography by John Sanders