Monday, 12 July 2010

Summer Loving at Squerryes Court

This weekend was the beautiful Wedding of Lara Suttie and Anthony Simms. There marriage took place on Saturday 10th July at the gorgeous ChristChurch in Chislehurst followed by a marquee reception at Squerryes House, Westerham.

I first met Lara and Anthony last year at the wedding exhibition at Bromley. Lara wanted unusal flowers with a wow factor but keeping in tradition with pretty look in the church and marquee. After a few meetings and a few samples later- Lara and Anthony could visusalise the look.
It was the hottest week we have had so far and I was really struggling with the heat as I had an abundance of soft summer flowers including hydrangeas, peonies, lizzy and stocks....all of which hate the heat!
I was pleased that the church was being dressed Friday evening- at least it would be cool in there. I arranged simple displays for the alter on white stands, with the stunning stain glass window as a backdrop, the scene was easy to set.

Lara's colour palatte was blush pink, and I used a variety of flowers to compliement. The bridal flowers and the ceremony was going to be paler and romantic but then inject more tone of colour into the reception as the marquee can look bland.
Lara held a stunning shower of white phalanopsis orchids which cascaded simply with ruscus and grass. Lara is very petite and very pretty and so it suited her perfectly. Anthony had a matching buttonhole which looked really smart.

The bridesmaids wore gorgeous floor lengths gowns in a blush pink satin. They had a high scoop neck line with cut away backs- I loved the simplicity of their dresses and knew that the pefect match would be a calla lily posy. I matched the colour and the subtle tone of pink was just right. The groomsmen also had cravats in this shade so the also had matching calla lilie buttonholes.

On Saturday morning first thing I was making the buttonholes and I think it was about 70 Degrees! Phew that Marquee is going to be hot...
After setting up at Squerryes, I had a mad dash back to the church as I was moving the pedastals from the church to the marquee! All this had to be done without me being seen by the bridal party. It was like operation Pedastals! Lucklily I had arrived back in time to see the new Mr ans Mrs Suttie-Simms, walk down the aisle to Take Thats "Greatest Day" They both looked so happy and Lara looked breathtaking beautiful.
I loved the fact they had a Skype link to family oversees set up on a laptop next to the alter so they could see the ceremony- of course I gave them a wave as I whipped out the arrangements- I guess they was the first to see my plan of attack.
Squerryes is a beautiful House with stunning grounds. The perfect setting for a summer garden marquee.

I Loved the heart shaped shrubs in the gardens!

The entrance to the marquee was set with a pair of bay trees dressed with white chiffon, the scattering of white Lanterns and butterflies gave it a real sense of a summer garden party.
By now it was almost 87 degrees!
As you entered the marquee- Wow is what Lara wanted and I think she got it. It always amazes me everytime how the flowers can transform a room. On this ocassion it certainly did. Next time I must do a before and after shot to see if it has the same effect in a photo?

The gorgeous combination of the tones was just lovely, although they were brighter tones, the softness of the actcual flowers and the matt finish of the roses somehow still made them "blush"

On the top table, there was a display of flowers from the theme with added orchids from the bridal flowers.

I also made my rose petal confetti cones in complementry colours, which are personalised for a great, unique touch.

I recieved a lovley letter from Lara's Mum, which made all my hard work seem worth it and truly appreciated. See next blog......

On Saturday morning first thing I think it was about 70 Degrees.

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