Winter weddings take on a look all of their own, cold outside more often than not, the focus is indoors where it is warm and inviting. With the light fading by late afternoon it is my job to create flowers that capture a warm, romantic mood.
This was Eva and Ollie's beautiful wedding day. Eva had a rough outline of the look she wanted to create when we first met. The last weekend in November at Clock Barn, a rustic venue right in the heart of rural Hampshire both Eva and Ollie were keen not to go over the top on polished excessive or showy florals. This was to be a simple and elegant celebration, executed with seasonal details which say so much about this delightful couple.
The thing about a winter wedding in the run up to Christmas is that there is a line one tries not to over step as a wedding florist. I think it is important to keep the word ‘wedding’ clearly in ones sight and not allow the seasonal festivities to permeate too much. That said, the festivities do form a lovely backdrop adding a little bit of magic and sparkle all of their own. Here the couple created a simple twig tree and hung pretty glass baubles each with a guests name attached and gave these as their favours. This created a lovely detail to the room whilst acknowledging the upcoming festive season.
And then there are the colours to consider; more often rich, warm berried reds come into their own at this time of year. But Ollie and Eva opted for classic ivory creating a veritable winter wonderland, which adds a certain luxury to the occasion. I used ivory hypericum and winter flower, hellebores in her bridal bouquet alongside classic roses and lily of the valley. This simple but luxurious combination worked perfectly to complement her dress which was stunning.
Throw in a little candlelight and you have the perfect recipe for winter weddings. As dusk falls around 4pm, a softly lit room with flickering candles will come into its' own adding a soft glow and certain warmth to the florals. We used my bespoke wrought iron candelabra on all the tables with simple tea lights in gold votives at the base on the white clothed tables. High enough to hold a conversation across the table, these candelabra were designed and made for me by the blacksmith Melissa Cole to complement a rustic setting such as this perfectly.
The wedding breakfast was proceeded by a ceilidh with the back drop of a christmas tree simply lit with pea lights. With swags and garlands of seasonal wintry folaige and twigs hanging on posts and over doorways, this created a lovely rustic yet celebratory atmosphere.
Photo Credits go to friend and very fine photographer Guy Collier who captured the day so exquistely. These are his photographs; they tell of Eva and Ollie’s magical winter wedding day. I hope you enjoy.