Aug 25, 2014

Victoria & Harry's Stylish Wedding At Nostell Priory, Wakefield

It was a glorious day last summer that I first had a consultation with Victoria and her lovely mum in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. One of the first things Victoria's mum said to me was that they wanted the flowers to be amazing and a main feature of the wedding day! Saying they trusted my expertise, advise and experience was just lovely.
The mansion is located on the outskirts of Wakefield in West Yorkshire and is built on the site of a medieval priory, Nostell has been the home of the Winn family for 300 years. Commissioned by Sir Rowland Winn in 1733, James Paine built the house. Later additions by Robert Adam created exceptional interiors. Surrounded by gardens, lakes and parkland, it's an idyllic spot for a wedding day and a wonderful backdrop for wedding photos. 
The wedding was to be an elegant and stylish day with the majority of the many guests coming from London where the lovely couple live (and met at University), and also from overseas in Switzerland. The overall floral brief was neutral colours with a subtle hint of pink with the main designs being fully packed with flowers!
I sourced some beautiful silver bowls for the table centre designs which were filled with a gorgeous mix of peonies, hydrangeas and roses. I suggested we fill the two large Urns which are located in the reception room (Riding School and Coach House) to create floral visual impact on the main entrance doorway that leads out to the stunning gardens. Tall elegant and delightful delphiniums were a perfect choice for this.
We positioned a large number of silver cups along the top table containing individual groupings of roses, freesias and hydrangea. Individual floral groupings like this creates a fabulous effect! 
Victoria's bouquet was to be like no other I'd previously created. After sending me images over the year leading up to the wedding of brides bouquets she liked (and explaining why), I designed a compact slightly teardrop bouquet to compliment her elegant gown.
It took 3 hours In the very early hours of the wedding day to create the bouquet, using a wiring technique which bound together numerous best quality roses (White Dolomiti and Quicksand), lisianthus, hydrangea and lily of the valley.  This has to be one of my favourite to date!
A beautiful couple and family to work with and a pleasure to meet, I wish them all much happiness for the future.
Sal x 
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