A bang-on-trend Real Life Wedding

31 October 2016

Every so often you come across a bride who’s wedding vision isn’t just imagining the perfect wedding day but a reflection of their complete personal style…cue Amy and her groom Rich whose relaxed tepee wedding was something out of a look book.

We first met Amy a year before her wedding and it’s fair to say her ideas changed quite a bit over time as her wedding evolved.  She started with a little hand-drawn scribble then fell in love with an image on Pinterest for her bouquet and that provided the starting point for the wedding designs.

The couple were clear up front that they wanted a relaxed and informal feel to the day, with flowers a key focus but not too ‘weddingy’ as she put it.  Their choice of venue, a fabulous tepee erected at The Wedding Meadow in Woodford was the perfect choice with an abundance of charm, styled with hay bales, twinkly lights and fabulous peacock chairs.  Tepees are proving a popular choice with brides looking for a fun and flirty alternative to stately homes – Amy’s was provided by Big Chief Tipis.

The bouquet, as a loose, oversized and unstructured arrangement, worked perfectly in this setting and is a style we’ve seen gain real momentum over the last year.  Lots of lovely textured foliage is key to this look to provide the volume and flounce, plus a hint of rosemary adds texture and scent, herbs being a big deal in floristry currently.  The flowers were a muted mix of blushing bride protea, white delphinium and sanguisorbia with the show-stopping and very on-trend café au lait dahlia taking a leading role.  So many trends in just one bouquet!!

The bridesmaids carried simple bouquets of astilbe which matched the soft palette of their vintage dresses perfectly. The groom wore a bold stem of rustic hydrangea whose green petals with dusky pink tips complemented the overall tone of the bride’s bouquet but balanced perfectly with it’s awesome size.

This same hydrangea was used around the venue, using single stem as accents and delphinium arrangements as frames on the welcome board and table plans, bringing the theme together. The table plan itself was designed by Hannah Exall and was so stunning we nabbed her to design our own signage for Love Bridal’s recent Wedding Edit at Styal Lodge!

We worked with the couple’s wedding stylist who provided another trend for the table centres; geometric lanterns.  These were filled with large church candles and we dressed them with more of the sweet, textured meadow style flowers, which really added to the dynamic shape of the tepee and the fashionable feel of the day.

Seeing everything come together was a real highlight for me.  Tepee’s are such a great blank canvas for putting your own stamp on and we think Amy and Rich managed this perfectly. I also took great pleasure in delivering a personal bouquet from the groom to the bride on the morning of the wedding with a message telling her he couldn’t wait to see her.  The romance gets us every time!

We were delighted when Amy sent us a message of thanks, noting our attention to detail and creative flair as being key in being able to trust that we would deliver on the day.  This makes us feel enormously proud as they are aspects we pride ourselves on, but it was fabulous to work with a bride with such an on-trend vision – we were inspired ourselves!

Photography courtesy of Claire Juliet Paton.