Shades of grey for Quendon Hall’s Charley Gray
In May, we had the pleasure of creating the wedding flowers for the wonderful Charley, Miss Parklands herself! Having worked with Charley and her Sales Team for over 10 years, we were so pleased that she chose us to be a part of her special day. And, wow, was it special!
As you can imagine, Charley has seen hundreds of weddings in the beautiful Quendon Hall, giving her loads of brilliant ideas and she’s seen the creations of many wonderful florists, so we were absolutely honoured she picked us – and really under pressure to nail it! For her and her partner Stephen’s special day, she opted for gorgeous shades of dusky pink and grey with rose gold accents and we think Tom Halliday‘s amazing photos (and Charley’s grin) prove that we met the brief!
The bride’s bouquet was made for her in a loose, natural style with lots of eucalyptus and muted pinks – and the grey roses for Charley Gray were a must! The stunning bridesmaids, who wore pale grey, had bouquets to match but with more lighter tones to really make them stand out against their dresses. Not forgetting the adorable younger bridesmaids and flower girls, of course, who held mini versions of the bridesmaids’ bouquets, flower wands with trailing grey bows, and wore sprigs of gypsophila in their hair.
For the ceremony, which took place in the stunning Pavilion at Quendon Hall, the bride and groom chose our tall geometric metal stands to frame the ceremony area, topped with large floral displays generously filled with lots of dusky pink roses, white hydrangea, gypsophila and bundles of eucalyptus. Making use of the reception table centre-pieces, smaller versions of the geometric metal displays and low lantern displays ran along either side of the aisle, creating a dramatic walkway fit for a princess.
Our ivy arch, dressed with flowers and fairy lights framed the beautiful bride’s entrance, and twinkling olive trees were also positioned at the doorway.
When it came to the reception, we used a mix of striking high and low flower arrangements divided among the fourteen guest tables, all filled with more of those sumptuous dusky pinks and greys. The low displays echoed the taller arrangements, now back from the ceremony area, with candles set in our geometric metal lanterns, they gave a romantic candlelit setting. Meanwhile, the newlyweds were surrounded by 30 of their nearest and dearest on a huge central top table – such a brilliant and unique idea! We went to town here, filling the length of the table with tall displays, a huge garland, lanterns, with lots of little vases and tealights scattered along displayed in pretty vintage votives in silver and rose gold.
Throughout the venue the flowers were as prominent as inside the Pavilion with garlands wrapped around the pillars at the main door, and entwined around the entrance staircase. Roses and gypsophila were amongst the ivy and eucalyptus foliage, giving guests a taste of what was to come inside the venue!
We couldn’t be more happy for Charley and Stephen, and we feel privileged to have worked on their amazing wedding at one of our favourite venues, Quendon Hall!
Photography by the always brilliant Tom Halliday