Secret Garden Transformation.
We are very excited to share with you our biggest wedding of the season from last year and when you see the pictures you will see why, the transformation was incredible! Carly and Lee got married in September, at Widford Church and then went back to Carly’s parents’ home for the reception and celebration in a stunning stretched tent which was built in their garden.
Carly had envisaged a very natural look to her wedding, a simple colour scheme of ivory and white with a blush pink accent. She wanted her reception decoration to channel a secret garden; lots of foliage and flowers everywhere! The setting was perfect, in a stretched tent in her parents’ garden, so we were able to really go to town helping to create a space that Carly, Lee and their guests would remember forever.
It took a team of Elegant Stems florists and floral assistants to turn the stretched tent and gardens into Carly’s vision. It wasn’t just about dressing the guest tables; the tent was a blank canvas so we set to work on the poles that held the tent up and the guide ropes that held it down! The support poles were wrapped with greenery and interspersed with roses to compliment the table decorations.
The guests’ tables were decorated with either our tall silver candelabra or our vintage birdcages on stands, for added drama. The arrangements were large and loose, showcasing a natural display using ivory roses, a hint of blush and soft vintage pink roses, mint green lisianthus, white thistles, gypsophila, trailing amaranthus, plenty of foliage including eucalyptus and trailing ivy.
To add grandeur to the top table, we sourced two tall floor standing candelabras which were dressed to match the guests table and complimented the full but low display which ran along the top table. We also built a floral stand to elevate the couple’s wedding cake.
It was very important for Carly and her family that the theme for the wedding started at the church, with the beautiful wooden arch doorway framed by our floral garland and bay trees packed with flowers and foliage to really fill them out. The flowers really made a feature, of the already beautiful entrance to the quaint church.
Inside, the pew ends were decorated using complimentary flowers, as were the windowsills. The alter was dressed with two wrought iron pedestals, filled with a flowers to match the theme, including ivory roses, a hint of blush and soft vintage pink roses; which highlighted the ceremony area beautifully.
For her bouquet Carly wanted something simple and elegant, so we created a large tight hand tied posy that comprised of ivory roses, ivory spray roses and gypsophila and tied with ivory satin ribbon. For her adult bridesmaids she chose a smaller version of her own bouquet, but with hints of blush pink roses and some little white thistles for added texture again these were tied with ivory satin ribbon.
When the guests returned to the family home, we had dressed the courtyard where the drinks reception was held with one of our floral hearts, bursting with the ivory and blush pink roses, thistles and lisianthus. The flower scheme continued in small vases on the poser tables and in the little vases that decorated the path to guide the guests to the beautiful reception tent, over the purpose built bridge which we decorated with foliage and roses to match the tent.
This really was an incredible transformation, from blank canvas to a beautiful secret garden hidden away in Carly’s parents’ back garden. We think you will all agree that was really a beautiful end result.
With thanks to the fabulous Simply Photographic for the photos featured here.