Michelle and Mark at Shiningford

Blessings for a Shiningford Wedding

Nope, this is not a photoshoot, and nope Michelle is not a model, but you’d be excused for thinking both. Michelle is actually one half of an absolutely gorgeous couple (Mark being her fabulous husband)  who had a dream of a day, with their Shiningford wedding.

Heritage Bouquet

So that show stopping bouquet Michelle is holding. It has a story behind it and I’m so very thrilled she trusted me to bring the brief to life. It truly is one of my favourite creations to date! You see my lovely bride has a wonderfully colourful heritage, and family who has travelled extensively and wanted to reflect it all in her flower choices. On a rather chilly February afternoon, Michelle and Mark and their family met me for coffee and described all the areas we had to include…

Scotland – Thistle, South Africa – Protea, Madeira – Strelizia, England – Rose, Asia – Gloriosa

…but also I’d noticed in our briefing every bouquet inspiration I saw had amazing erumerus running though it, and I love to make sure the whole design has scent so I added herbs and eucalyptus too! I’m not afraid to admit I was a little afraid of what the combinations would look like as to be frank, it’s a pretty mixed bag of flowers to say the least. However I was super thrilled with how it turned out and so was Michelle too! Hurrah!!!

All pretty sexy

So, not only was Michelle super beautiful with a crazy hot bouquet, so was EVERYTHING else about the day (including these glorious images from Mamad at Twig and Vine Photography)

All the lovely ladies were prepped to absolute perfection by Jen Edwards and Co, whose team really set a wonderful atmosphere in the suite at Shiningford Manor, the girls were all laughing and happily chatting away when I arrived with the fresh flower selections for all their hair. The girls had the most wonderful dresses, all picket out to suit their personal style, but the look was pulled together with their matching bouquets, in a totally neutral colour palette to contrast perfectly against Michelle’s.

Summer of love

Well 2018 you’ve been super kind to all the lovers who wished to marry outdoors. And I’m so happy we planned for an outdoor set up, as it gave us chance to create the moon gate arch of dreams. I flipping’ love this, a simple green circle, with accent of those glorious white proteas. What’s not to love right there? But not only did they choose to dress the ceremony area with an arch, they also chose flower chair accents, which looked so darn pretty. Honestly, a wedding of creative dreams.

Tipi reception

After the ‘i do’s the couple treated their guests to out door canopies of cured meats, honey, breads, oysters and all other manner of loveliness. It was a tough job this time not pinching the food off the servers trays as they passed by! Then after all that snacking they headed into the stunning Peaktipi tents, where we’d dressed the tables with fresh greens, votives and bottles of delicate white flowers and hung two huge green chandeliers from the peaks. The favours were local honey pots. It all looked so pretty. As did the couples cake by the instagram wonder that is Emma, from Hello Cake! It was just all so perfect.

Lost Shoe

I can always tell its been a good night when I arrived to clear down the following day and theres a lonely shoe in the middle of the dance floor, and I’m fairly sure, the party went on waaaaaay past my bedtime..

Thanks again to this wonderful couple who let me help make their daydream come true, and thanks again to Twig and Vine for the frankly perfect photos…


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