After months of planning it was the day before the big one! Lou and Jonny are a super laid back couple and were a pleasure to work with but even they felt the jitters of getting married! I tried to make it a stress free as possible so they could enjoy their big celebration. I began by driving to the New Covent Garden flower market in Vauxhall at 6am to pick up the selection of flowers chosen carefully by myself, Jonny and Lou. The selection really complimented their laidback style with big and beautiful golden sunflowers, pink bouvardia, peach carnations, fuchsia pink roses, purple statice and white and yellow santini. I got the order back home and got straight to work, starting to make the buttonholes and corsages which were sunflowers with peacock feathers and pink bouvardia. I then moved onto the bouquets, 5 of them!! Each bouquet was wrapped in coloured ribbons to match the bridesmaid dresses to give that little bit of individuality. After that it was the mammoth task of putting together the 5 head dresses, made of gyp, statice and dusky pink astilbe.....! It was no mean feat but the outcome was beautiful and fitted in with their rustic theme perfectly!! I think they were my favourite creation!
With all hands on deck, my partner and her sister also created 90 bundles of lavender and wheat for each of the guests place setting. I worked solidly until around 1am and finally let myself get some sleep! Tomorrow was going to be another long day!
I woke at 7am and went downstairs! Disaster!!! Half the sunflowers had died over night!! I jumped straight in the car and headed to the market where my wonderful suppliers quickly replaced them with fresh ones! Disaster averted but time now short! I got to work on binding the bouquets, finishing the church vases and then loading up the car! I dropped off the head dresses to Lou and her excited bridesmaids at the hair stylists. Then I took the large vases of flowers to the church, ready for the bride's grand entrance!
Then it was onto the Plough in East Dulwich, just opposite the church to set up the reception. The pub was a hive of activity. The tables were being laid up with sparkling glassware and cutlery and all the other bits and pieces chosen by the couple to make it a truly personable day. We placed the eclectic jars down the centre of the banquet style wedding breakfast. Jonny and his party were milling around getting everything ready before they made their vows.
Finally, we had finished and everything was in place. The venue was full of vibrant rustic charm. and my job was done.