Louise and Cristian came to me via another Jewish wedding... which is often the way, parents are in touch and share contacts... which meant that we felt as if we almost knew each other already
This past weekend marks their one year anniversary and they are now a lovely threesome as well...I love to see and hear how my couples are moving on and through their lives
Xander Casey captured some beautiful moments during the wedding day at the lovely Rosewood hotel in central London from the bouquet delivery to the happy end
Whoever your photographer is, make sure they are around right from the start to capture everything from bridal prep to the last dance... there is a lot going on during the day and you may not get to see it all in person!
By having a second photographer or assistant on board, they can capture both bride and groom prep shots, set up of the ceremony and reception as well as
The lovely Sylwia Kunysz with whom I've worked many times made Louise up for the day and is absolutely one of the best people to have around on your wedding morning, she is super calm!
Louise had a tough year in 2019 but came through it to her wedding smiling and happy looking to her future and she was just radiant on the day
Louise's brief for flowers was pretty much, 'natural, relaxed but elegant' and that's what I do best, so we looked at garden roses, scabious, stock, sweet peas, phlox and lots of other lovely flowers and foliage when we did our flower market visit a few weeks before the wedding date
Apart from the fact my studio is at New Covent Garden Flower Market, I find this trip is an excellent way to reassure my couples about the look they can expect on the day.... once we've looked at a few flowers and they are happy with the overall look, they generally turn to me and say 'just do your thing, we trust you!' And that is the best reaction x
So we had ivory and cream fragrant garden roses including my favourite Ohara and Margaret Merrill, Majolika spray roses, antique style Upper Secret roses, white stock, astilbe and sweet peas from my main supplier, Zest Flowers, plus creme caramel phlox, scabious, penstemon and veronicastrum from Sarah at Nettlewood Flowers
I try to use British flowers as much as I can but sometimes for the quantity I need on a large wedding with big displays, I need to supplement them with beautiful Dutch flowers to make sure I have the right look... but my local growers are so essential for that all important stem with a wiggle!
For the ceremony we covered the chupah with fragrant ivory and pale blush garden roses, spray roses, stock, scabious, lisianthus and the most glorious jasmine. We dressed the chupah legs with little gardens growing up from the bases... which also helped ti disguise the speakers and lights!
I think it is very important for the ceremony flowers to work perfectly with the reception and make sure that we continue the same theme throughout the wedding. The tables complemented the chupah and featured a mix of high and low displays with roses, lisianthus, stock, sweet peas, penstemon, hydrangea, delphinium, scabious and more again with jasmine trails and masses of candles and tea lights
The super long top table had a continuous run of similar flowers with specially designed scented candles and lanterns plus loads of bud vases and some of the flowers used to dress the tables in the ceremony space
This was one of my favourite weddings from last year and I think it was because I had formed such a good relationship with Louise during the run up that it almost felt like I was working for a friend xx