I first met Kat and Simon at a wedding fair. Kat described how they wanted a very natural wedding theme with a large wild floral chandelier. She then said they were having a tipi wedding, after the ceremony in tiny historic church – staying professional was pretty difficult at this point. I just wanted to say ‘me, me me, please let me do your flowers!’
Luckily, I did get to do the flowers and it felt like we were real friends by the time their wedding day arrived.
All about the details
Both Kat and Simon were very keen on being eco-friendly and involving their family in the wedding. The detail and thought they put in was clearly visible – Simon’s mum grew the flowers for the tables and the church, a friend made their very fabulous cake and so many friends and family turned out to help them decorate the tipi.
The apples used as place settings were collected from the Walled Garden, carefully washed and then a photo of each guest was added rather than name card. The apples were not the only thing collected from the estate; the foliage for the installations was cut just outside the walled garden to give it a real autumnal feel, blending indoors and out.
As the chandelier was such an important part of the décor, I asked if Kat and her mum would like to help create it. They thought it was impossible that they would be able to, but after a few minutes they were laughing and completely getting it. This seemed such a special moment and I hope that it is something they remember too. Kat’s face when we clipped the chandelier in and lifted it was priceless.
Locally grown and eco friendly
Cutting the foliage from the estate (and then returning it to be composted) makes for incredibly eco wedding flowers as no chemicals were used to grow the foliage and there were no road miles for delivery. This was blended with flowers grown by Simon’s mum; flowers from Longfield Grower, a local specialist flower grower and some imported flowers. Of course, there is a carbon footprint, but it is far lower than it could have been, given that the vast majority was grown locally rather than flown half way across the world.
There was almost no single use plastic in the entirety of my wedding flowers with just a handful of cable ties used for the installations and some tape. Everything else was cleaned and will be used for other events (as it was before Kat and Simon’s big day), contributing to my eco florist credentials!
Supporting other small businesses
But it is not just about the flowers. The ribbons used for the bouquets and buttonholes were silk rather than satin ribbons, which it may surprise you to know are made from plastic. The ribbons also support two other businesses. The gorgeous floaty silk on the bridal bouquet is hand dyed using local plants by Bertie and Fred. While the bridesmaid bouquets and buttonholes used up-cycled silk sari ribbon from YarnYarn, which, although imported, provides an income for rural communities in India.
I haven’t mentioned the food and that does seem rather an oversight, The Rolling Scone are an award winning local business that source local ingredients and have the most tasty food. Again, in keeping with the very strong eco-friendly vibe. Lastly I must mention Sarah Salotti Photography. Without their completely fabulous images I wouldn’t be able to share any of this with you. Thank you for letting me use these.
This was a very special wedding because of all the love and care Kat and Simon put into it. Thank for letting me be part of your, very epic, day.
What will you do on your wedding to make your guests feel extra special?