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Real Wedding 'Ellie and Rich' At The Wellbeing Farm

I had the absolute pleasure of designing Ellie and Rich’s wedding flowers at The Wellbeing Farm. The Wellbeing Farm is a quirky, fun and beautiful venue based in the heart of Lancashire - with Llama’s roaming around!   Immediately I knew this was going to be fun.

We started the process with my mini-workshop, this is a great time to get to know couples, find out their inspiration and the look and feel of their wedding day. Flowers can play such a big part in the atmosphere and personality of the couple.  We met up and had a good old chinwag about all things wedding and much much more.  Some couples present me with an image or maybe a story which I can take inspiration from.  Ellie was very clear that their theme was Joy and Colour and the more colour the better!  What a joy it was to create.  Very rarely do I get such free reign to go mad with colour.  I created mood boards through Pinterest so we could both share ideas and either scale up or down each design.  It is also worth bearing in mind that often planning is a year in advance so things can change from the initial briefing.  Keeping in touch through Pinterest is a great way to bring all our ideas together.

Ellie wanted her bouquet to be filled with a variety of different colours, seasonal blooms and foliage.  We went for bright anemones, vivid ranunculus and some beautiful garden roses.  With one large hydrangea to bring it all together.

The bridesmaids and groomsmen were all wearing different coloured dresses/ties. Ellie and Rich wanted each bouquet and buttonhole to contrast equaling an explosion of colour.  The giant craspedia worked brilliantly.

Ellie and Rich got married at a church first so, for the ceremony, I created two large milk urn displays filled to bursting with bright and beautiful flowers, again using the hydrangea to bring it all together.  They framed the couple perfectly as they took their vows.  I created lots of different jam jar arrangements for the pew ends, they looked awesome going down the aisle.  Pew ends are always a bit tricky to design, however, the jam jars worked a treat!  I then transported the ceremony flowers back to The Wellbeing Farm the jam jars were used as the centrepieces and the milk urns sat either end of the top table.  This can be a great way to bring down cost and be more sustainable and something I always discuss with couples - don't be afraid to ask.

The finished flowers were stunning and complimented the overall look and feel to the big day, there certainly was so much joy and fun to be had.  I know all the flowers were repurposed as well which is lovely, Ellie hand dried her bouquet which I know she still has in her home and Rich had a beautiful original painting done of the bouquet - a perfect 1st year anniversary present I would say.

 Thank you Joel Penn for the gorgeous photo's

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