Tom and Louisa asked for a wild flower wedding in an awe inspiring mountain setting on the Welsh boarders. Set on a Farm with space for camping, a stream that ran through the field and a gorgeous timber frame barn it was not a challenge to set the scene.
Adding sophistication and wow factor to inspire their London guests was more challenging! My colour pallet was charcoal grey, the colour of the bridesmaids dresses, so they had a minimal edge to the look. My solution was found in Andy Sturgeon’s garden designs, taking core structural elements in natural materials and using these as a juxtaposition against the soft wild flower planting – genius.
With that in mind I commissioned White Cottage Weddings to create the stationary. They used a Calligraphy font and gave everything a simple water colour wash background. Louisa’s theme was Bee’s, so tables were named after different breeds.
The informal Humanist Ceremony was thwarted by rain and thunder so unfortunately moved from its teasel backed spot in the gardens amphitheatre to a canopy provided by Morgan Allen at Whole Wood Designs.
Using a bespoke oak frame arbour as the ceremony backdrop they wedded in front of a host of white origami paper cranes suspended from the structure. Surrounded by crates of flowers and lanterns.
The canopy was filled with fairy lights and paper lanterns that reflected the flower colours with pops of dove grey.
We built hay bale sofa’s on site and created seating areas using rugs, throws and cushions, again, in the colours of the flowers. The original ceremony plan was to use these in the garden to create picnic type lounging areas for the guests, keeping the feel very relaxed.
As the guests moved inside they were blown away by the magical feel inside the barn. With a ceiling of rambling pea lights and walls coloured by pink up-lighters the mood was set. Wooden trestle tables stood covered in charcoal grey napkins and earthenware plates with rings in the colours of the wedding. Bespoke pine and metal table risers were topped with concrete cube planters spilling with flowers.
In the evening guests were treated to lights in shades of blue and pink with a mirror ball over the dance floor set high into the apex of the roof.
Even the wedding night had a touch of splendour with Morgan Allen providing a hand crafted yurt with timber frame bed set down by the stream underneath a fabulous Oak tree. This was styled to bring the outdoors in with green cushions and throws, wooden furniture and some romance in the form of Moroccan lantern lighting and chiffon drapes over the bed.