So, what happens when a florist gets married? We find out about the flowers owner Meg chose for her own wedding at Bignor Park…
“I only decided on my flowers three weeks before the wedding” explains Meg “as a florist, flowers were such an important part of my day and after seeing so many wedding flowers, and so many different ideas over the last fifteen years, I just couldn’t decide!”
Meg’s chosen colour scheme was pale pinks, ivories and greys. She knew she wanted peonies… but they weren’t easy to obtain in February! She managed to source Sarah Bernhardt Peonies and she also ordered White Anemones, Sweet Avalanche Roses, Vendella Roses, White Hydrangeas, Pink Waxflowers, White Stocks, White Ranunculus, White Astrantia, Eucalyptus, Viburnum and Willow. Quite an extensive list!
Meg foraged foliage from her garden to use in her arrangements and she made her own confetti by drying homegrown David Austen rose petals and mixing them with fragrant Lavender and herbs.
In her bouquet she included Rosemary (her mother’s name) and Myrtle which is a traditional symbol of love. There were also five bridesmaids’ bouquets to create, plus buttonholes, corsages and flowers for hair. Luckily Meg has lots of industry friends who were able to help her in the run up… so she wasn’t exhausted for her own wedding!
Their wedding was at Holy Cross Church in Bignor, West Sussex on a lovely sunny day in February. Guests were greeted on arrival with an elaborate floral arch outside, and a flower heart on the lychgate. Inside there were pedestal arrangements, candles and decorated pew ends.
On leaving the church, after the fragrant homemade confetti was thrown amid cheers and congratulations, the flower heart was placed on Meg’s grandparents grave. What a lovely idea…
Their reception took place in the Coach Store at Bignor Park. They decorated with logs, willow, lots of terracotta pots, candles and Meg’s husband made their initials out of wood and lights. They adorned the high ceilings with strings of festoon lighting and bunting.
On the dining tables Meg decided on low floral arrangements in Indian brick moulds, combined with tall glass tube arrangements. They decorated the windowsills and their ladder table plan with flowers in jam jars and milk bottles.
On the day, after the ceremony, they brought one of the pedestal arrangements from the church and placed it in the outdoor butler sink.
What a lovely, fragrant insight into a beautiful rustic, West Sussex wedding. Thanks for sharing the details of your day Meg!
Meg’s wedding photographer was Liz from Ruby Roux.