Kent Wedding: Clare & Christopher July 2017 @ St George’s Church

It is hard to believe this was over a year ago now – the time came for me to be a bride and not always the florist….. yay!

Chris proposed to me back in April 2016 in a car park outside a shopping in centre in Milton Keynes, not very romantic I hear you say but for me it was perfect and totally unexpected.  He proposed just before we were meeting some friends for their farewell lunch before they moved to Dubai so it was lovely to break the good news to them and have a double celebration.  Chris popped the question with a Haribo ring on the strap of a new camera he’d bought me for our anniversary.  Over the moon is a an understatement.  I then got to design my engagement with a very talented lady called Rebecca Mundy who later designed and made my wedding ring to match.

Chris and I had always dreamt of a relaxed informal wedding day with family and friends and I think we nailed it.  We had a beautiful ceremony in our local church, St George’s in Benenden and with the help of David Commander and my good friend Graham Lewis we had the most perfect ceremony which reflected our relationship wonderfully.

For the wedding breakfast/party we hired our local village hall and transformed the Green with the hard work and support of friends and family.

Being a florist it was quite hard to decide what flowers we should have and I felt the pressure of doing something pretty amazing with the flowers.  Up until I put my dress on I still felt like I was working on someone else’s wedding – it was such a strange feeling.

Two good friends who just so happen to be florists who work with me regularly were on hand in the days leading up to the wedding to help create the look I had envisaged for the flowers and on the day of the wedding were up at the church busily finishing off the last minute jobs to allow me to get ready and enjoy some special moments with my bridesmaids.  I couldn’t have done it without them and am forever grateful to Serena and Renata for being there for us.  I had imagined walking down the aisle between a pathway of flowers I was very happy with the result, the use of the white blooms created a pathway of light in the gorgeous church and it is still one of my many favourite things from the day.

I love classic flowers as well as the unusual and wanted to use White King Proteas in my bouquet, I believe I bagged myself the last 10 stems available on the auction that week so I was chuffed.  We used a mix of classic garden roses and roses in muted tones along with another of my favourite things, succulents.  My bridesmaids carried single stems of White King Protea, they are just so beautiful on their own.

Our daughter Ellie was our flower girl, she wore a jumpsuit from Daughter with a flower crown of waxflower – she was a super star that day.

We hired a marquee for the Green and decorated it with soft ruscus, straw bales and the flowers from the church and a few copper terrariums with succulents inside and outside Chris and his friends made sofas and seating with straw bales and barrels for side tables, ideal for enjoying the burgers.  When the sun went down it really came to life with festoon lighting from Light It Up UK 

The day was captured by Rob Power, an old school friend who I have been lucky enough to work with over the past couple of years, it was special to have him there with us to celebrate.

Our wedding was truly one of the best days of our lives and wish we could do it all over again.




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