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 honoured that she chose us to be a part of her special day. And, wow, was it special!
As you can imagine, Charley had seen numerous wedding set ups in the beautiful Quendon Hall and chose us, so we were really under pressure to nail it. For her and her partner Stephen’s special day, she opted for gorgeous shades of soft pink and grey and silvery foliage. The dusky tones that she picked worked perfectly with the pair’s vintage theme, and we think Tom Halliday‘s 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 Pavilion, the bride and groom chose our tall metal riser stands topped with large displays generously filled with all of the same flowers as were in the bouquets. Making use of the reception table centre-pieces, smaller versions of the metal displays ran along either side of the aisle, creating a dramatic walkway fit for a princess.
Our large ivy arch, dressed with flowers, fairy lights and added foliage framed the beautiful bride’s entrance, and twinkling olive trees were also positioned at the doorway.
When it came to the reception, striking high and low flower arrangements were divided among the fourteen guest tables, all filled with more of those sumptuous dusky pinks and greys. These were made up of roses, hydrangea, veronica, lisianthus, gypsophila and white/silver astrantia. The low displays echoed the taller arrangements, now back from the ceremony area, in terms of style and, with large glass lanterns set in our geometric metal displays, offered a romantic candlelit setting. Meanwhile, the newlyweds were surrounded by tealights scattered along the top table amongst a long garland, displayed in pretty vintage votives in silver, gold and rose gold.
Outside, the flowers were as prominent as inside the Pavilion with garlands wrapped around the pillars, and entwined around the entrance staircase. Flowers to match the theme 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 Tom Halliday