Just near Leatherhead in Surrey within the reserve of Norbury Park there is a beautiful place called Phoenice Fields, an area where you can have your wedding celebrations surrounded by nature. Melina and Ian had lovely big tipi tents which we decorated with natural, garden style flower arrangements. There was afternoon tea with all different vintage style crockery which looked great with the different coloured old medicine bottles I used with pretty garden blooms.
Melina’s bouquet was a mix of purples, lilacs, whites and some pinks. She had a really natural loose cascade made up of trailing clematis and asparagus fern. We used gorgeous scented lilac flowering mint, English scabiosa, deep purple delphiniums, lisianthus, september daisies, cosmos, freesia, clematis, astrantia, and English grown iris.
There is a lovely long walkway through long grasses where the bridal and groom were to walk arrive through which we decorated with shepherd hooks with hanging bottles of flowers on. They also had an outdoor blessing and we lined the aisle with more shepherd hooks too.
We filled old wooden crates with a pretty mix of garden style blooms which cascaded over the edge and decorated the area for the table plan. There were also vintage milk churns with flowers to make a statement at the entrance of the tipis. Of course all these were free of floral foam, as you know I like to keep things as eco as possible.
The tables all had a lovely mix of different turquoise, blue, green and purple glass bottles filled with a wide variety of different garden style flowers.
Foam free mechanics
For those who are interested in the mechanics behind the wooden crate arrangements – there are two large buckets filled with water and with chicken wire over the top to keep flowers in place. This keeps the flowers happy and hydrated on this hot July day as well as the environment happy that one less load of floral foam is heading for landfill.
I have also started providing my gift bouquets unwrapped and in small vases as this reduces packaging and cellophane use. The glass vases can then be reused or recycled, and also returned to me if you no longer want them! If you ever are wondering what to do with something left over from a flower arrangement you’ve received – a plastic tray for example, florists will always be happy to have them back to reuse!
Thank you Melina and Ian for choosing me for your wedding florist!