Kate & Anthony

I first met Anthony when he came to the Spring open day at Whitehall Place and he was very sure about what he wanted for his wedding – which at that point was over a year away. I took some notes and suggested that we speak that same year. He then came to the next open day, in October, this time with the lovely Kate in tow. She mentioned their wedding date and I quickly was able to flick back in my notebook to our original discussion and could confirm that her husband to be had indeed briefed me correctly and fully on the look and theme for their wedding day … she was impressed but not as impressed as I was that he was so on top of everything!

We talked over ideas and met up the next Spring about a month before the wedding at the flower market to look at and choose the colours and flowers to be used. Again Anthony was very sure of what they wanted and they were both so excited about all their plans and ideas for marrying at One Whitehall in the stunning Gladstone Library

whitehall place wedding by blue sky flowers shot by Craig and Kate

I realised just how many things they had organised when we arrived on the wedding morning to find Anthony and his best man, sitting on the floor at the venue, knee deep in old books they had purchased from Brick Lane and tied up with ribbons into piles for us to use as props on the dinner tables. They had also collected and arranged the cup cakes into a tower – along with quite a few extra ones which they insisted we ate … well it would have been rude to refuse!!

The favours were beautiful little green bottles of champagne that they had sourced from Germany, I think, with lovely little metal feather quills hanging from the necks which worked really well with the specially designed place cards that looked like old fashioned library cards – thanks to the lovely Lisa at Ribbons and Tulle

For the tables, we created a mix of tall and low displays featuring ivory and sandy coloured flowers with soft green foliages. The tall silver candelabra were perfect in the soaring height of the Library and the low displays of co-ordinating silver rose bowls were filled to overflowing with roses, freesia, stock, narcissi, hydrangea and some fragrant trailing jasmine. These displays sat upon piles of old books amongst vintage tea lights and candles and the champagne favours

Their photographers – Craig and Kate captured the day so well with some lovely photos, if you haven’t found your wedding photographer yet, check them out as they are wonderful

We really loved working on this wedding and Anthony and Kate were such a sweet couple – it was the sort of day that makes you glad to be in this business


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Dartmouth House wedding venue

One of my most favourite places to flower for a wedding is the wonderful Dartmouth House.. set in the heart of Mayfair, it has a lovely history and is currently the home of the English Speaking Union. But it is also a truly fabulous venue in which to get married

flowers by blue sky flowers at dartmouth house shot by julie michaelsen

From the magnificent staircase that takes you to the first floor reception and ceremony rooms to the enclosed and private terrace, it is a stunning building that is all yours once you step over the threshold

Here is Charlotte with her bridesmaid and sister after getting married to Sean last year

The landing on the staircase is the perfect place for a welcome urn and the panelled Churchill Room is ideal for saying your vowsceremony flowers by blue sky flowers at dartmouth house

white rose, hydrangea, freesia, lisianthus and stock mantlepiece display by blue sky flowers

If you are still looking for a wedding venue in central London then come look at this venue and meet the lovely staff on hand to answer your questions at their Wedding Open Day on Saturday 29 April from 12 to 6pm. We will be dressing some of the venue for a ceremony x

RSVP katie.parsons@dartmouthhouse.co.uk

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