Vanessa and Peter- 28th April 2022
Its been nearly 1 year since I have wrote a blog, ive fell off the wagon and I'm going to make more of an effort to write them (honest!). We have just updated the website and after noticing my last blog post was Feb 2022 I knew I had to write one... so here it is Mr and Mrs Cope. Thank you to them for letting me write up their wedding day!
I normally have to look back at my calendar to find out when the wedding dates are, but not this time, they got got married on my birthday last year so I remember it well.
I knew Vanessa from EDF- East Durham Fitness. I wish I could say I saw her every week there but it was more like she bought flowers from me once a week so that's how I saw her regularly haha. Although, I did get bought 10 fitness classes for Christmas so I may see her soon when I dig my gym clothes out!
Vanessa was a dream to work with, not only is she one of the nicest people I know inside and out but I was super happy she asked me to do the wedding flowers. I knew from her ideas, flowers she liked and the inspiration for the venue that it was going to be an epic wedding to do, I wasn't wrong. Vanessa came to me to chat over a few things, we got a quote to her and it evolved from being a small selection of flowers needed to large hanging pieces too. She trusted us and we delivered.
Before I mention anything else, I must credit the amazing photographers- Charlotte Nelson Photography and Rebecca Kerr Photography. The pictures are outstanding and show the flowers so beautifully. Both their Instagram pages really show off their talent so go and follow them.
Vanessa and Peter got married at The Yorkshire Wedding Barn. We had previously done a hand full of weddings there and its such a stunning venue to style. The views are unreal and the venue is beautiful, its a rustic vibe. The set up can vary depending on how many guests you are having. Vanessa and Peter opted to have their ceremony in the large barn and wanted to reuse their aisle flowers for tablecentres in the reception room.
The tall metal risers and the lower metal frames were positioned down the aisle and at the top of the aisle along with candles. There was a 1ft registrar piece which then moved to the top table, this was planned small as the focus was going to be on the floor by the top table and above the top table. At the bottom of the aisle there was 3 floor arrangements which provided a floor back drop for pictures during the ceremony, these then moved to the front of the top table- I think these along with the hanging piece was my favorite ones from their day. It all worked so well and was all repurposed for the reception too.
The floor arrangements at the bottom of the aisle were designed to give focus but not distract from the windows showing a beautiful outside backdrop.
The tall centerpieces gave height, drama and alignment for the aisle, which then created the same effect in the reception room when they moved to the tables. The small metal frames were planned to give height difference and create interest which also followed the same theme. Vanessa and Peter's set up was dreamy, elegant and a little wild.
We stayed until after the ceremony to move the flowers and candles to the reception area. The reality of staying at the venue to move arrangements was,,, we headed to the van after the first set up which was parked round the corner so no one saw us, made a spring wreath in the back and then headed back to the venue haha!!!!
Vanessa's bouquet is one of the most asked for bouquets we have had since we did her wedding. Everyone seems to love the white mix, and eucalyptus.
It looked so effortless but we planned every flower and foliage that went into it to make it look that delicate, eye catching and beautiful. The David Austin roses really make it! Oh they smelt so good too! You really do get what you pay for. They are so expensive but in my opinion worth it. I believe in that saying, you get what you pay for. The most asked question is can you do this bouquet for cheaper, the simple answer is no. If you want it to look like this but use cheaper flowers it will not look the same. Although, there are so many other bouquets we have done that look beautiful but do have slight cheaper flowers. Choosing flowers is like choosing a car, they are all different prices, you have top of the range, mid range and lower range, you choose your car based on your budget, that's the same for flowers.
When we delivered the bouquet to Vanessa and the single white rose stems to the bridesmaids, it was such a lovely and friendly atmosphere in the bridal suite.
The bridesmaids each carried one single David Austin rose and the final look was fantastic. We had thought ahead to the reception and provided vases for the top table for them to be popped in to add to the décor.
I was over the moon when Vanessa asked me to do a hanging arrangement over the top table. The finished piece really set off the top table, it gave height to the room and was a wow factor. We hung it from the beams and arranged 50% on site. We had done the basic structure at the workshop and fitted it on the day before the wedding. Whilst installing it we got to meet the lovely staff and other brilliant suppliers.
Suppliers involved in the wedding was;
Venue- Yorkshire Wedding Barn
Photographer- Charlotte Nelson Photography and Rebecca Kerr Photography
Videographer - James Turner Videography
Make up - Vicky Hedley and Confidence by Emeli
Hair - Hair by Tosetti and Hair by Kerry
Chair covers, platesand cylinder vases etc- Shindig Events Styling
Flowers, and hire items - Bees and Butterflies Flowers
Cake- Peters mam
The hanging piece is one of my favourites to date!!
I want to wish Vanessa and Peter a healthy and happy marriage... it will soon be your 1st wedding anniversary! See you at the gym!!!