Katie and Luke (on our anniversary) at Calke Abbey

Cool cats at Calke Abbey

Katie and her mom met me for coffee in a cute little cafe in Allestree when Katie was visiting for a few days from her home in London. Katie has very directional taste and was really clear what she wanted and how she wanted it!
She presented me with a PDF file of the bouquet inspirations, the hair flowers and the buttonholes she and Luke would require for their special day at The Riding School, Calke Abbey.

Growing it alone

Katie explained that a dear family friend grew lots of flowers for local distribution and was going to gift these to Katie as a wedding gift, all she had to do was source her bridal party blooms. Now this is not normally something I do, I won’t go into the reason why just here, but on this occasion I did make an exception. And the reason is Katie and Luke married on my first anniversary weekend! Great choice guys! I knew I wouldn’t take on a full service wedding, but in this case I was happy to provide the modest order.

Hair, there, everywhere

As you can see, Katie had put a lot of thought into her look – can you get over THAT dress!!!! She wanted to have some kind of  hair flowers and we tried out various options, before we settled on a trio of hair vines that Warren (Warren Browne Hairdressing) wove through her hair. Her maids all had dainty blooms too!

Anyone for proTEA?

A bloom that has certainly had a strong revival in the last year is the that hardy South African flower the protea. I’ve used this bloom frequently in the past when I wanted to create a real statement, and that was defiantly the desired effect when we used it in the bouquets. We teamed it with feathery astilbe, stunning white delphs, peony and lots and lots of floaty aspi ferns. It was a stunning over all look and I REALLY loved the final designs.

Please take your time to enjoy some of the highlights from the day as captured by the epic Samuel Docker.

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