Thursday, 26 February 2015

A Winter White Wedding

Let me start by saying that Colin and Suzanne are an amazing couple.  They have been customers and friends of Nora's since we opened, they have helped us grow, both professionally and personally and anyone who has met them knows that they are the definition of lovely! So, when they asked us last year if we would help them decorate their wedding, we jumped at the chance to be a part of their most special of days.

Their brief was simple...'lights and candles' being the main thing (clearly they shared our passion/obsession for twinkles!) and Suzanne wanted to stick to a classic palette of white and cream for the flowers.

They had chosen the stunning setting of The Priory Church of St Mary & St Cuthbert in Bolton Abbey to become husband and wife, with a celebration to follow at The Devonshire Arms Country Hotel down the road from the church.

Bolton Abbey Priory Church has always been one of my favourite churches, I always feel full of love when I'm in there, plus the surroundings are pretty magical! We sometimes take for granted what is right on our doorstep don't we?

Candles in clear glass holders were used down either side of the aisle of the church to emphasise the dreamy, magical atmosphere -  we used a traditional teardrop shape for the pew ends at the head of the aisle and the alter arrangements at the front were in a soft yet structured style.  All featured mini white stallion chrysanthemums, beautiful cream Bianca roses and natural looking greenery to complete the contemporary but classical look Suzanne and Colin wanted.


Now, my Mum doesn't do a lot of trumpet tooting so I'm going to do it for her!  She qualified as a florist when I was a little girl and I can't tell you how much I love to watch her work.  Anyone who has seen a florist working on bridal flowers will know what I mean, it's mesmerising! Immensely intricate, delicate fingers gently creating a stunning miniature display.  Each rose is pinned in shape, each leaf wired and then arranged like magic so it looks effortless!  

Suzanne's bouquet was a formal posy of gorgeous Bianca Roses, Hypericum Berries and white Veronica.  Her bridesmaid (and beautiful daughter!) Melissa had a mini version of her mum's bouquet (but without the veronica flower.) 

Button holes for the chaps were a single rose framed with ivy and dotted with hypericum. 

The celebration room at The Devonshire Arms was a dream to decorate! Lots of ways to feature lights and candles! 

The C & S carnival lights were probably my favourite thing to do and were a total surprise for Colin and Suzanne, always a risk to do something unexpected, but thankfully they loved them!  


The centerpiece table arrangements again featured Bianca roses from the bridal flowers, stallion chrysanthemums, eucalyptus, ruscus and hypericum berries to complete the look and these surrounded a ribbed glass candle holder. 

We wrapped battery powered lights that looked like roses through some pretty french ruscus around the pillars in the centre of the room and hung heart shaped lights from the walls. 

Colin and Suzanne chose lots of special touches to make the day truly memorable, our favourite things were the individual 'Who's sitting here?' name tags they did for their guests - we decorated the crisp white napkins with a midnight blue satin bow (to match the bridesmaids dress) and a spring of fresh Rosemary (the smell from this humble herb in the room was incredible!) and tied on each tag as their place setting.

Mr & Mrs Watson

We're so honoured and proud that our first full 'Nora's Wedding' was for Mr & Mrs Watson! 
*Wishing you lifetime filled with love, laughter and happiness!*

1 comment:

  1. This Winter White Wedding is looking so cute and all other inspirations are also chic. I am also very interested in the DIY party planning for our Luau inspired ceremony. The reception will be hosted at the roof top event space and the best thing is that all of the planning work is going to be done by the venue staff.