Wedding at Storrs Hall, Bowness on Windermere in The Lake District

This is the wonderful wedding day of Jackie & Andrew Aukland, an Easter wedding with lots of lovely friends and family... Jason & I set off extra early on Easter Monday to avoid any holiday traffic, the weather was sensational, just the right number of clouds to make the sky intresting.

So we took advantage of our spare hour or so and did a little exploring, I also wanted to photograph the wild spring wedding bouquet in a landscape that it was created for.

Storrs Hall is quite simply Glorious, the setting is superb, the gardens exquisite, the food delicious and the management and staff couldn't be more helpful if they tried.

Meet Jan van Stipriaan and his stupendous Storrs Hall team, Jason and I work in lots of fabulous locations but so often it's the C&B teams that really give a venue its character the "likeability" factor and these guys were absolutely excellent from start to finish.
I have to admit I was in love with this wedding bouquet, the ingredients were all things I feel passionate about, I'd used fresh trailing early summer Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Forget me nots, Blue Bells, Sweet Peas, Gloriosa Rothschild, Paper Whites, Dill, double tulips and lovely Roses, who could ask for more?

The bridesmaids bouquets were smaller versions of the bridal bouquet.

Now Jackie is very particular, she has excellent taste and knew how important making the right choices for her flowers were, so I was more than a little anxious when I delivered the bouquets up to her room I just hoped that she would love the bridal bouquets as much as I did...

The bridesmaid's were all there to give me moral support and to learn about "Flower Fairies"

And oh the relief, Jackie loved her bouquet

These moments are why I love being a florist, Jackie & I both laughed and both cried... tears of joy I might add.
The Rotunda in Storrs is just lovely, it creates a very special atmosphere.

The detail is lovely, the eggs on the bare branches were delightful

This is Michelle's wrist corsage, it's created on a diamante bracelet and we've used a combination of White Phalaenopsis & Dendrobium Orchids with fresh Lily of the Valley.

Close up of the wrist corsage and Usher Philip

The Groom's special Boutonierre

Best Man's Cezanne Rose Boutonierre

Andrew the extremely handsome groom

Robert a very talented pianist

Here's Myra looking quite fabulous

Barbara & Robert who provided the mose exquisite musical entertainment.

Dax was giving the bride away

The flowers for the ceremony were very simple and realxed.

I scattered some Cezanne rose petals on the registrars table and arranged some co ordinating flowers in a small cut crystal vase I'd found in the "Flower Room" in the cellars at Storrs.

The view is splendid, the important guests get to sit on relaxed sofas to watch the proceedings.

The vase includes a stem of Almond Blossom, Forget me nots, Blue Bells, Peony "Sarah Bernhardt" and Gloriosa.

The photographer was lovely Steve who'd just come up the road from Windermere, he was really lovely to work with and I'm looking forward to seeing his photographs. This is I very much hope a link to his web site Steve Holcroft Photography and his Blog

The procession down the stairs was a very elegant one, everyone looked gorgeous.

A pause in the rotunda for some piccies

A sneaky picture through the window as the rings are exchanged

A view from above

The very happy couple Mr & Mr Aukland with their super beautiful flower girls Louisa & Pippa in attendance.

The flowers were just perfect for the day and the setting.

Jackie was a most elegant, classy and beautiful bride.

Louisa and Pippa wearing shot taffetta gowns in "Raspberry Splash" & "Winter white"

Everyone spilled out onto the terrace with their Champagne Bucks Fizz

The Bridesmaid's posies complimented the colour balance of the two gowns we used a lovely double tulip alongside, Blue bells, sweet peas and Foget me nots a very innocent combination perfect these two beautiful little girls.
Kim looked fabulous as chief bridesmaid I added a little more sophistication to Kim's bouquet with the addition of peonies.

Fabulous white peonies, Raspberry Ranununculas and the last of this seasons Viburnum Opulus.

The dining room at Storrs Hall can seat about 120 guests, it has bags of old English charm

I used a combination of three designs Candelabras, Tall table stands & Low Candle cluster designs, they were all finished off with copious amounts of Easter Eggs.

Kim's Bridesmaid's bouquet was easily managed even with a glass of Bucks Fizz in the same hand.


White Avalanche Roses, Broom & Forget me Nots.

The menu sounded utterly delicious

The tables are all laid expertly with beautifully laundered napkins and perfectly polished glasses and silver ware. Flowers always look better on well laid tables.
The table flowers included lots of fragrant herbs including Rosemary, Dill, Peppermint & Eucalyptus the scent was enhanced by the warmth of the candles and helped to create a relaxed ambience.

The dining room is beautifully lit and has fabulous views over the lake and gardens.

The furniture throughout the hotel is just lovely and all of it is immaculately polished a credit to the management team at Storrs.

I had selected flowers with a wild Lake District vibe and we used them in a natural fashion.

This table stand design complete with candles is excellent for ensuring the guests can see one another throughout dinner.

The low candle design was on the top table and created a centrepiece for the most important table

The cake was dressed with exactly the same flowers as those that were in Jackie's bouquet.

I used some Lily of the Valley, Forget me nots, blue bells, sweet peas & Cezanne & Green Tea Roses.

Jason and I left and the party was in full swing, we hope you all had a thoroughly magical day, we know we did and we'd just like to say many thanks for letting Flower Design be a part of it.


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