Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Proper Weddings: Hannah and Dave

We've had a spate of enquiries recently for September weddings.  And although it seems a tad mad to be looking forward to the end of summer already, we bloody love September blooms so thought this would be an excellent opportunity to share Hannah and Dave's wedding from last year.

The couple's ceremony and reception took place at Trinity Buoy Wharf; an absolutely breathtaking former chainstore, with its very own lighthouse, situated on the banks of the River Thames and Bow Creek.

Hannah and Dave are big fans of greenery and nature, and therefore favoured a seasonal, foliage heavy vibe. 

The bridal flowers were to be a 'just picked' style of whites, creams and greens, with tons of texture.  

For Hannah's bouquet, and her maid's slightly smaller hand-ties, we used the most glorious white Japanese anemone, nigella, scabious and cosmos (stars of the season), astrantia and wax flower for smaller floral interest, white lisianthus for their wild buds, freesias for their creaminess and scent, and autumn eucalyptus and silver mimosa for textured foliage.

The bouquets were tied neatly with a neutral, white fabric.  No shiny ribbon here!

At the request of Dave, the buttonholes were in the style of tiny posies, including rosemary, scabious seed heads and berries, and then finished off with white and blue striped twine.

The wedding took place on a warm and bright September day. For the ceremony at Trinity Buoy Wharf, the enormous industrial doors were opened and the rows of chairs and registrar's table were set up so guests faced out over the river. 

We lined the aisles with groups of amber and clear glass bottles filled with the same ingredients as the bridal flowers, as well as  guelder rose, alchemilla, cosmos, dill, oregano and weigela.

Following the ceremony, the room lay out was rearranged for dinner into rows of wooden trestle tables, on which the aisle bottles were re-purposed. 

Hannah and David were very conscious of how large and industrial Trinity Buoy Wharf can be, so were keen to use flowers and foliage to make the venue more intimate.

We softened sparse areas of white brick with more assorted bottles,  and with branches of hanging foliage. 

We also installed a large foliage backdrop above a hire Chesterfield three piece to designate a cosy sit - down zone.

September might see summer drawing to a close, but it also sees in some lovely blooms. 

All photos taken by the excellent McKinley Rodgers Film & Photography.

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