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Most memorable ‘wedding flowers’

At their wedding photography planning meeting James and Julia told me that they weren’t having a theme as such, but that the flowers were going to be a big feature. That was an understatement!

As I arrived at their venue, The Swan at Lavenham, the team from London wedding florist Hayford and Rhodes were busy unloading two vans of flowers. When I looked in the back to see them full of flowers I didn’t imagine that there would be even more already inside! A few hours later there were beautiful flower displays at every turn. I loved how pretty, soft and romantic everything looked.

 

James and Julia chose pinks and purples for the colour scheme. The flowers used were pink peonies and roses, blue hydrangeas, purple scabeous and white spray roses and scented stocks…

 

Julia carried an elegant but contemporary hand-tied bouquet…

 

And James wore a pink rose buttonhole…

 

Julia’s bridesmaids carried smaller hand-tied posies…

 

The main feature was a beautiful flower arch which framed the spot where they exchanged vows and rings (which was where the top table was situated for dinner later in the day)…

 

Together with Hayford & Rhodes, James and Julia had really thought about the ‘journey’ guests would make through the wedding and the venue. This included the minstrel’s gallery being decorated so that flowers would be seen when the guests looked up to listen to the duet of singers in the ceremony…

 

There were hydrangea ‘pew ends’ and James & Julia’s chairs were finished with larger floral arrangements. The same chairs and decor were used for dinner as well to make the most of them…

 

Even the seating plan was brightened with corner pieces…

 

Looking down on the main room now set for dinner…

 

The room has lots of exposed oak beams and each one featured a vertically designed arrangement…

 

Beautiful candelabras for the tables…

 

Pink roses were hand-tied with ribbon to dress the napkins…

 

And mini-watering cans with seeds as favours for the female guests continued the theme …

 

Then there was the cake which was also layered with fresh flowers (these flowers were sourced directly by Couture Cakes to ensure they would be the right sizes and in proportion)…

 

A quote from Julia …

“I love flowers. So much, that these were perhaps the most important thing for me to get absolutely right. I spent longer thinking about them than anything else. For ages, I kept looking in magazines and online for inspiration but nothing seemed quite right. Then suddenly I saw exactly the look that I wanted. Hayford and Rhodes were brilliant from start to finish and created amazingly beautiful designs. Everything that Charlotte Howard and her team did was perfect and completely professional. Their flowers MADE our wedding day. They were totally, completely and absolutely 100% perfect. Although they are based in London, Charlotte came out to the venue in Suffolk to discuss exactly how the flowers should look and where they should be – she .took a great deal of time to consider what would work best. She listened to all our requests, giving helpful advice and making useful suggestions throughout, as well as humouring our indecisions until we’d made all our final choices! Charlotte and her team drove up to Suffolk on the morning of the wedding with mountains and mountains of peonies, roses, hydrangeas and scented stocks and took over the hotel. The finished result was amazing and everything that both James and I wanted.”

 

The team from Hayford and Rhodes did the most amazing job. I’d highly recommend getting in touch with them if you’re looking for a wedding florist.

 

 

You might also like James and Julia’s pre-wedding photos and their wedding photos part 1 and part 2

 

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