Weddings in May are very special to me, as I got married then. I always remember fondly my happy day and the brides who marry in May always seem to choose the same flowers I had on my wedding day, which are: Peonies, Hydrangeas and Roses.
So when I met Fiona I was delighted to hear that she was marrying in May and wanted to include all the flowers I have such fond memories of in her wedding flowers. We met because I had previously provided wedding flowers for one of Fiona’s friend a few months earlier and she recommended me. Once we met she told me that she was marrying at Healey Barns, in Riding Mill, Northumberland.
Healey Barns is an amazing converted barn near to Corbridge. The wedding venue is so rustic, with immaculate gardens surrounding and overlooking the rolling countryside of Northumberland. Fiona wanted to take inspiration from the venue’s location and make the flowers look wild and natural. She had planned bunting to be stretched across the dinning room and she wanted the flowers to incorporate the colours of the bunting.
Fiona also described how her and her fiancé loved to play scrabble and drink tea, so the table centres were to be Scrabble boards with teapots, tea cups and milk bottles filled with eclectic arrangements of flowers. Fiona wanted each table table to be individual with the common theme being that each were in vintage pots, framed by a Scrabble board.
The top table would continue the theme of the tables but with more teacups and tea caddies. We would also use the bridesmaids bouquets on the table in the tea caddies, so that they would remain fresh throughout the day and utilise them in the design.
Fiona wanted her bouquet to be filled with a variety of small headed flowers which picked up the colours of the bunting. The bouquet was not to look too structured but wild with an airy feel. I used Delphiniums, Peonies, Thistle, Veronica and Stocks to name but a few. The bridesmaids were to have the same but smaller bouquets.
For the men Fiona wanted buttonnaires, with clusters of the smaller flowers from her bouquet. These were for both the key ladies and gents, for the mums she distinguish them with wrist corsages. She also had a flower girl aged three so she chose a wand filled with flowers from her bouquet.
The day before I welcomed Fiona and her bridesmaids to come and view her bouquet. It’s always lovely to see everyone the day before to just get that glimpse of what is to come. When Fiona arrived with her bridesmaids they all squealed with delight, which was great to hear.
After the wedding I was delighted to received a lovely email from Fiona and Ian thanking me for the flowers she received, she wrote,
“We both want to thank you for the flowers – they were absolutely perfect!
From when I first saw my bouquet on Saturday afternoon I knew the flowers were going to look fantastic on the day and you really didn’t disappoint. The barn looked amazing and so many of our guests commented on how great the tables and flowers looked. Thank you for helping our vintage tea and scrabble theme come to life!
I loved my bouquet so much I didn’t want to put it down and it has lasted all week, along with the flowers in the teapots, cups and caddies that we kept with us to decorate the cottage where we stayed for mini moon & helped to keep our wedding bubble around us for a few extra days. I’m just sad now that unfortunately my bouquet has now seen better days
Thank you again, you really have been amazing.”
When I receive gratitude like this it makes my job so satisfying, so thank you Fiona it was a pleasure working with you.
Alexander’s Flowers are very grateful to Jane Wood Photography who took these beautiful photographs.