Aug 22, 2012

A stunning Yorkshire Dales wedding......

Wedding floristry is an amazing profession. Not only do I get to work with natures beauty, I also get the opportunity to create floral designs at gorgeous wedding venues across Yorkshire and meet so many fabulous people along the way.


Adam and Katie are a wonderful couple I had the privilege of creating wedding flowers for in June this year. On first meeting, they described their dream wedding to me so clearly that I immediately grasped how they wanted their wedding flowers to look. This I feel was really lucky, perhaps 'chance' or 'Serendipity' I was the 7th florist they'd seen!


Their chosen venue was Newfield Hall, Malham, located right in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. It is unlike any other wedding venue I've previously had the chance of working at. The Hall was built in 1856, so is brimming with history and atmosphere. The grounds and scenery surrounding this venue are just magnificent - which is what appealed greatly to Katie and Adam. Along with the fact that only around 5 weddings are held here each year, which meant many of their friends and family hadn't heard of it - which added to the excitement and suprise. They also had exclusive use of the venue for the entire weekend, which meant they could celebrate and party for 2 whole days!


I was really impressed with Katie's input and planning for her big day. From getting engaged in 2009 she had sourced lots of fine Yorkshire wedding professionals, including a magician (Mark Waddington) a band (Hard To Handle) and string trio (Serenade). Katie herself made all the invites/table plans etc, and also sourced a large collection of vintage style vases for the tables, all ready for me to arrange her flowers in on the morning of the wedding. The night before the wedding Katie and her mum beautifully decorated all of the numerous reception rooms at Newfield Hall, using a variety of containers and candles for soft atmospheric lighting. I really do think Katie would make a wonderful wedding planner!


With this being a summer Yorkshire Dales wedding, the couple chose a 'country garden/vintage' theme, which lent itself perfectly to the pale pastel colours of pink, ivory and whites. Katie's chosen dress was custom made by Louise Johnson at Alexia Designs and was just stunning; and her shoes were a super sparkly pair of 'Christian Louboutins'......right up my street.


Hydrangeas, Peonies and Roses were chosen by Katie in her bouquet for their texture, colour & size, and she knew from day one that she wanted a large domed handtied textural bouquet. This was just a dream to create! The bridesmaids carried white hydrangea posies which complemented their pastel pink dresses beautifully. The grooms buttonhole was a diamond white Akito Rose with pale pink Hydrangea, to tie in with the age old tradition of having a selected flower from the brides bouquet. The tradition comes from Medieval times, when a knight would wear his Lady's colours as a declaration of his love!


I'm sure you'll agree from some of their pictures that this is a beautiful wedding! Thankyou to Katie and Adam for allowing me to share their special day with you all and I wish them both a very happy future together.


Photography by



Janet Schofield
Wow Sally! I'm loving reading your blog and the attention you pay to the couples personal wishes is fantastic. Can't wait to read the next installment!