When floral designer Alice got engaged to her partner, Rob, one thing was certain: the flowers at their wedding were going to be gorgeous. However, narrowing down her floral style was not straightforward. “Because of my job at Lavender Green Flowers, it was something I thought would come really easily to me, but because of all the different styles I had seen I just didn’t know what I really wanted!” she says. “Luckily for me I was able to lean on our Creative Director Sue Barnes and Wedding Designer Maddie Dawkins, who walked through the whole day with me. We picked out key spaces to dress and what would make the most of the space and suit our personal style. My other half was very happy to let us get on with it!”
Photography | Madison Phipps & Jasmine Andrews
In the end, Alice decided on a seasonally-inspired style. “I knew I really wanted it to feel like spring with delicate and seasonal flowers that most people wouldn’t of even heard of, all created in a very natural and organic style,” she says. “For the ceremony, I wanted the aisle to be the feature piece. It’s something everyone sees when they walk in and I knew it would just encapsulate the feel of the day!”
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For the tables, she decided to put a different spin on the spring style, with brighter blooms against emerald-green foliage.
“Lavender Green Flowers created textured rings of flowers that surrounded warming candles,” says Alice.
“The flowers used were tulips, marigolds, delphiniums, wax flower, scabiosa, clematis, muscari, narcissus, alcahmilla mollis and lots of other flowers even I hadn’t seen before!” says Alice. Want to know how many flowers to order for your own wedding? Read our guide to the floral arrangements you need.
As favours, each guest was given a flowering plant they could take home and plant. “People still send us pictures of how they are growing which we love!” says Alice.
Alice’s beautiful bouquet was a mixture of all the flowers in the wedding arrangements, with green bell as foliage.
The couple designed and printed their own botanical-inspired stationery.
Their venue was Old Luxters Barn in Henley-on-Thames.
“We looked at venues for a few months, but didn’t really know what we wanted,” says Alice. “As soon we got to Old Luxters Barn, Rob was so excited and fell in love with the space, and for me, that made it just right! I knew I wanted somewhere in the country, and the fact it had its own brewery was an extra bonus.”
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The couple also appreciated the fact that they could have their ceremony on-site, and set about making it as personal as possible. “My brother performed the ceremony, with an introduction and little stories throughout about us both,” says Alice. “Our registrar was incredible and just did the legal aspect and let Jack, my brother, really take ownership. People still talk about how personal and emotional it was and for me, it really set the tone and enhanced the style of the wedding.”
The bridesmaids’ dresses were from Coast. “I wanted them to feel really happy when they wore them so I just told them the colour and let them all choose,” says Alice. “They all ended up loving the same dressed – phew! I did want them to wear jumpsuits but that was a solid no on the first try! They also wore beautiful leopard print heels, which they changed to pumps for the evening.”
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“My cousin Cait made our wedding cakes and they were amazing!,” says Alice. “We wanted something really simple that tasted great so they were all single tiers that we placed on colourful boxes.” As to the rest of the menu, the couple kept it simple. “We’re not foodies, it was just food we all wanted to eat,” says Alice. “It was about ensuring everyone enjoyed it. I wanted the vegan and vegetarians to have the same, with the starter the same for everyone to feel a bit more inclusive.”
The couple and their wedding party were staying at the venue, so the festivities went on into the early hours. For Alice and Rob, the key thing was that they and their guests had a wonderful time. “The best advice I ever got on the day was if you worry something has gone wrong, look around,” says Alice. “If your guests are smiling and enjoying themselves then that’s all that matters!”
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And for more spring style inspiration, check out these ideas for spring bridal bouquets.