Is it just me or did January seem to disappear in a flash? With snow-filled clouds still covering most of the UK, spring still seems a long way off but I have a feeling the first spring bulbs and marginally warmer days will be here sooner than we know. The season signals new beginnings, so many romantic couples choose these fresh, crisp blue-sky days to celebrate their marriage. With pale pastel and white flowers, blossom branches and moss it’s the perfect time of year; B.LOVED contributor The Little Lending Co. along with a local team of suppliers including Swaffham and Fakenham Florists, Matther Usher Photography and Dita Lee Cakes show us how to celebrate with a Spring Flourish.
We wanted to go spring fresh, a clean and crisp rustic look. With lots of luminous whites, shades of spring greens and buttercup yellow tones through the florals we hoped to create something really refreshing and uplifting for this flourishing spring theme after a long and grey winter. With a theme of new growth through the shoot and spring flourishes.
Swaffham and Fakenham Florists worked on creating textural, layered florals in a simple palette from outside to in. From the mint barn doors in The Little Lending Co.’s milk churns, watering cans and buckets were filled with tall pussy willow, gypsopheia, tanacetum daisy, dill, populis berries, eucalyptus, white blooms, lisianthus, paper whites and phlox. A rustic, relaxed welcome for a springtime wedding.
Pentney Abbey’s barn was the perfect setting to create a light filled shoot with original charm and character with the stone walls and open fire place. We filled the shelves around the room with masses of candle light and little old-fashioned glass bottles with paper white and ranunculus scenting the space with a hypnotising clean aroma.
Tables we’re topped with Wooden table boxes from The Little Lending Co.’s range and filled with a mix of flowers and foliage and little upturned terracotta pots with lolly pop stick table numbers we’re used. Buttercup coloured napkins were folded on top of white plates and lolly pop stick name places used with a single flower stem added to each. Little spray painted spring baby animals we’re used on place settings and could double up as a quirky take-home favour for guests.
Tall table centres were created by the florists filling glass column tops with hydrangeas, white blooms, gypsophila, dill, tanacetum daisy, pussy willow, contorted hazel and ranunculus. The Bride and Groom’s chairs were tied together with an ampersand sign, a symbolic gesture for the pair becoming one. Floral highlights of poplus berried eucalyptus, paper whites, tanacetum daisy, thlapsi bell we’re twined on. A simplic, modern detail.
Dita Lee’s cake was breath-taking. Butter cup yellow icing sent subtle suggestions of fresh, spring days and intricate edible sugar crafted white floral details gave a feeling of new growth from a winding tree branch around the tiers. Spring cake trends will see more glistening gold highlights and Dita used 24 carat edible gold dusting across the petals and branches. Finished with fresh moss and real branches for that ‘just-cut’ garden trim. Duck-egg blue dresser drawers were filled with silver brunnia, white ranunculus, green parrot tulips, birch twigs, thlapsi bell, paper whites, eucalyptus, gypsophilia and tanacetum daisy spilling over the edges for a fresh way to give your cake a fresh floral platform. Loose antlers and tea lights sat with the cake for an uncomplicated décor detail.
With the wreath we we’re excited about a new wave in floral design. There is some wonderful symbolism associated with wreaths at weddings – a never ending love being the most poignant. With green parrot tulips, white ranunculus, poplus bessies, eucalyptus, pussy willow, paper whites, gypsophilia, thlapsi bell and birch it truly was our favourite floral feature of the shoot. Pinned on to a peach crumbling rustic door it was a modern rustic look that we loved. A table plan of white paper doily bunting and hand-written names was sweet and chic. A basket full of cards was dressed with flowers and shades of green books and up-turned apple crates but the fire finished the look with Crochet white bunting for a pure and ceremonial feel for the head of the barn.
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