This is a truly full and complete tale of our floral journey with the beautiful and lovely Clare & Séan, I admit to a ridiculously large number of images in this here Blog posting but we couldn't edit down to any less, ergo apologies in advance for thosse of you preferring a more compact posting....
Jason and I have had the great pleasure of knowing Clare since she was a little girl, not only did she go to the same school as our two daughters, but her Dad Jim was our very first ever customer when we came to Blackpool, we remember he bought a bunch of freesia for his lovely (& some might say long suffering but not me, after all he's also our dentist!!!) wife Julie and that is around 26 years ago now.
Over the years Julie & her fabulous Mum Jean aka 'Mrs Graham' & Mrs Benson have come along to our Demonstrations, Supper Clubs, Afternoon Teas and Flower Design Clubs and to be quite honest we love them all they are the very best customers and friends a florist could ever wish for!!!!
So it was our huge pleasure and privilege to be asked to design and create Clare & Séan's Wedding flowers for them, it was going to be a hugely special occasion in our Flower Design history and theirs too of course!!!!
I thought we should start from the beginning with a few snaps of the sample Bridal designs we'd created for Clare and Julie to see way back in December. A combination of Calla Lilies, Roses, Orchids, Hydrangeas and Heather was decided upon. We made samples of Bouquets, Boutonnieres, Church and Table designs, they were loved and looked forward to by all, roll on February...
Last Thursday we took delivery of all Clare & Séan's flowers and this is just a fraction of them in our chiller
On Friday we all started early on the preparation and creation of the bridal flowers, the full Flower Design team wanted to be involved in the creation of these very important designs
Our Vicky was working on the Candelabras
Josie was putting together the silver fruit bowl designs
Whilst our Shirl was creating the Pomander for little Grace
Ruby and I were making the Bouquets
The Rose Petals were rolled, wired and bound in preparation of the corsages
On Saturday morning Jase & I were up at 5am, the flowers were loaded on the vans by 7am
By 10:15 Josie & I were arriving at the Bride's family home (which was filled with a plethora of fresh flowers including Freesias!!!!) to present the Bridal Bouquets
Our beautiful Bride (even in rollers) with her Mum, Bridesmaid's & Grandma were ready for the big reveal....
Clare's magnificent Bridal Bouquet of Phalaenopsis Orchids, Calla Lilies, Lilac, Heather, Roses and Hydrangeas was truly a thing of beauty
We attached this lovely charm on to the handle of the Bouquet
The Bridesmaid's Bouquets were in a posy shaped design created using some of the same flowers as those used in the Bridal Bouquet
The completed pomander of Roses, Lissianthus, Heather, Hydrangeas and Astrantia
I showed everyone how to carry their Bouquets to create the perfect silhouette
Clare with her fabulous Bridesmaids
Josie & headed off to Our Lady of Assumption to meet up with Jason to arrange all of the flowers in Church
On either side of the front door two of our Lantern trees stood sentry
Inside this fabulous and welcoming Church
Our Baroque Candelabras framed the ceremony space perfectly
Roses, Hydrangeas and Calla Lilies
On each alternate pew end we placed a posy of fragrant Hyacinths, Roses, Hydrangeas, Astrantia and Anemones
The Pomander created for little Grace was to be presented to her at Church
Josie & I lined up all of the boutonnieres and corsages ready to pin them on to the Groom and his party as they arrived ...
A beautiful deep purple Calla Lily Boutonniere
A Memory Lane Boutonniere
The Groom's Mum's Corsage of tiny Rose buds
The Pedestals were dominated by fresh Magnolia Blossom branches with white Delphiniums, Stocks, Bells of Ireland (a nod to Séan's Irish heritage) Roses, Calla Lilies and Hydrangeas
We'd attached a spary of fresh Stocks, Roses, Tulips, Hysrangeas and Bells of Ireland on the Pulpit
A beautifully English heritage floral design sat on the floor just in front of the Altar
Clare's super handsome Bride Groom the lovely Séan was first to have his boutonniere pinned in place by yours truly
A Calla Lily, Heather, Bells of Ireland, a Snowflake Rose with Hydrangea florets and Astrantia were combined to create a rather dramatic boutonniere, perfect for our Bride Groom
We pinned on all of the boutonnieres each one slightly different but all created from blooms included in the Bridal Bouquets.
A Cool Water Rose Boutonniere
The super glamorous Groom's Mum with her corsage in place
Séan's super proud parents
We finished off all of the boutonniere with Ribbon to match their pocket squares and ties perfectly
A Memory Lane Rose Boutonniere
Our anxious Bride Groom just checking the time....
...and checking the time again!!!!.....
Monsignor David Smith along with the lovely Canon Peter Draper presided over the Ceremony
The fabulous pro photographers for the day the lovely Sarah & Abigail from Abigail & Eye Photography
The adorable little Grace made up with her Pomander
The convoy Bridal Cars arriving bang on time...Here come the Girls....
The totally fabulous Julie and Jean
Jean aka Mrs Graham looking stunning with her Cymbidium Orchid Corsage in a rich and vibrant shade to compliment her fabulous coat
Julie's outfit and hat looked perfect on her
Judy aka Mrs Benson looking splendid too, also wearing a cymbidium Orchid chosen to team perfectly with her pale lilac ensemble
Julie was wearing a Corsage of Rolled Rose Petals and Dendrobium Orchids
The beautiful Bridesmaids were wearing a deep plummy purple shade and their bouquets matched perfectly
Bridesmaid's Posies of Heather, Roses Calla Lilies and Phalaenopsis Orchids
Clare took everyone's breath away when she arrived at Church with her lovely Dad Jim, her Cascading Bridal Bouquet complimented her exquisite gown beautifully
Completely and utterly gorgeous, Clare was wearing "Snowdrop" by Naomi Neoh, from her Secret Garden collection the design was inspired by Grace Kelly in the film 'To Catch a Thief", it comprises a bodice of ruched ivory plisse silk schiffon which flows into a soft 'A' line skirt.
Clare's flowing and slightly cascading Bridal Bouquet looked perfect against the silk schiffon of her skirts
Embracing the moment the Bride and her Dad....
Clare's beautifully trailing Bridal Bouquet of Phalaenopsis Orchids, Calla Lilies, Lilac, Heather, Roses and Hydrangeas
Massive and Ginormous Congratulations to Clare & Séan from all of the Flower Design Events Team
Clare's magnificent Bridal Bouquet of Phalaenopsis & DendrobiumOrchids, Odessa Calla Lilies, Lilac, Heather, Roses ; Cool Water, Purple Symphony, Memory Lane and Avalanche with violet Lissianthus and Hydrangeas with fresh fragrant Eucalyptus and trails of Bear Grass to complete the design
A showering of Confetti
The celebrations moved on to the magnificent surroundings of The Great Hall at Mains and the spectacular team from Twelve Event Management were ready to greet them
The many tables were dressed with a combination of high and low table designs
Our beautiful Baroque Candelabra looked wonderful on some of the tables
Magnificently tall Martini Glass designs were the other tall table centrepiece
The lower designs were a combination of low oversized Martini Glass designs and Silver Fruiyt Bowl designs
The low Martin Glass filled with fresh Roses, Stocks, Dendrobium Orchids, Calla Lilies, Hydrangeas and Astrantia
Our Baroque Candelabra Hydrangeas, Roses Amnesia, Coolwater, Ocean Song and Memory Lane with Calla Lilies and Eucalyptus
The Silver Fruit Bowl design
The luscious Martini glass designs of Blossom, Delphiniums, Roses, Stocks, Hydrangeas, Bells of Ireland and huge plumes of Phalaenopsis Orchids
The Top table was truly decadent with three dramatic candlelit sections and vases containing the Bridal Bouquets in-between each one completed the look
The Bridesmaid's Bouquets punctuated the large top table designs
Delphiniums and plumes of Phalaenopsis Orchids dominated the designs
Spectacular and timeless the central top table design
We love these finishing touches such a Twelve hall mark, The Bride Groom's initials shaped butter impressive stuff!!!!xx
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Silver fruit bowls were filled to overflowing with a plethora of floral loveliness including fresh Rosemary, Roses, Calla Lilies, Stocks, Hydrangeas, Tulips and Bells of Ireland
The magnificent five tier cake with a bow on the top to match the bow on Clare's gown, the whole confection was surrounded by posies of fresh flowers
It was time for us to leave the party in full swing, huge thanks to the Benson's and the Walsh's for choosing us to create their wedding flowers,we wouldn't have wanted to miss this super special wedding day for the world!!!xxxxxx