Wedding at Derwent Manor – Spring flowers with a Rustic theme

I met Tracy, the bride, only five weeks before her wedding and when we met she was a little anxious.  She was getting married in a couple of weeks at Derwent Manor and needed a florist.  She told me that she wanted the wedding to be a relaxed affair and that her and her partner loved the outdoors and walking and she wanted her bouquet to reflect this. Tracy was pretty open in terms of what she wanted, though by the time of her consultation she had found an image of a bouquet she liked on the internet.   The picture showed a hand-tied bouquet of eclectic, small-headed flowers. She told me that she liked that the bouquet was unstructured with flowers that were wild and pointed. Her colour scheme was blue and she wanted to incorporate blue flowers into her bridal bouquet.  She also had one other request: her youngest bridesmaid who was eight had decided that she wanted a basket of flowers with petals in so she could scatter them.

Derwent manor - bridal bouquet

From these requirements I came up with a design to incorporate all of the aspects we had discussed.  For the bridal bouquet I chose, white lilac, freesia and blue hyacinths, as these spring flowers all were small-headed, spring-like and fragrant.  I also chose blue thistles, blue veronica and limonium to incorporate the blue tones. To add to the rustic, wild Spring feel I added cherry blossom into the bouquet.  To give the bouquets a wild, unstructured look I added purple lizzyanthus, waxflower and more limonium.  To finish off I used hessian fabric around the stems of the flowers with a white ribbon on top to give a more rustic look.  All together the bouquet looked beautiful, delicate, eclectic, wild and rustic – just what the bride ordered.

derwent manor wedding with bride and bridesmaid

For the bridesmaids I reflected the bride’s bouquet in the choice of flowers.  However, I added cream avalanche roses to differentiate the bouquets.  I also finished them off with some hessian around the stems.  The cream roses coordinated with the petals in the youngest bridesmaid’s basket.  We also added small bunches for waxflower and limonium to be slotted in the side of the bridesmaids’ hair. For Tracey I added waxflower and limonium to a comb to sit on top of her veil, which looked so pretty.

Derwent Manor wedding - Corsage
Tracy decided against buttonholes for the men, but chose corsages for the ladies.  So I made corsages which are a mixture of some of the smaller flowers in Tracey’s bouquet.

derwent manor - naked cake with flowers

Tracy was having a naked wedding cake, so she asked if I could provide flowers for the top of the cake.  I therefore created a corsage from the flowers from the bridal bouquet to place on the top of the cake and two smaller buttonholes for the other two tiers.

derwent manor wedding venue

We discussed the tables, Tracy was undecided about flowers for her tables.  To incorporate the rustic theme I suggested that she use wooden log slices with eclectic mixes of arrangements.  I recommended that as she use the bridesmaids’ bouquets as table flowers and I made four small arrangements for the remaining tables and we used her bouquet for her table.  We also added succulents, lanterns and tea-lights to the table centres, which all in all gave a cost effective but interesting and beautiful arrangement.  Tracy was delighted and happy to come up with a solution that would work for her scheme and her budget.

tracey bruce with bouquet

The wedding was a civil ceremony held at Derwent Manor which is between Corbridge and Consett on the A68.  Derwent Manor is a converted farmhouse set upon a hill with fantastic views of County Durham.


Tracy was getting married in the Grand Hall, which looked fabulous.  It is large room dominated by an enormous chandler.  I was really impressed with Derwent Manor.  It had been a few years since I had last provided wedding flowers for this venue, since when there has been a change in ownership.  As a result there had been many changes for the better.

Soon after the wedding I received some lovely feedback on my Facebook site from Tracey which read : “Exquisite flowers that made my wedding day extra special. I would recommend Alexander’s Flowers to every future bride-to-be. All of my flowers were more beautiful than I ever could have wished for and completely took my breath away. I can’t thank you enough…thank you, thank you”.  It was a pleasure working with Tracey and receiving thanks like this makes my job so much more special.

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