And so, while the weather could not make up its mind, fluctuating between driving rain and magnificent sunshine, luckily the bride and groom could and they had chosen one another, forever and always. The perfect couple Sara and Andy where getting wed!
Having only formally launched on 11/08/17, the day marked another significant milestone too, the first formal engagement for Big Day Blooms and Cakes. The preparation had been plentiful, the excitement was tangible and the car, well it was very very full! The destination for the day was Bolsover and the charming church service was to be followed by a romantic reception at Hotel Van Dyk (@hotelvandyk).
The first stop was to hand over the bridal party flowers to ensure the carefully selected miniature branches of soft ruscus where delivered to everyone in time to be placed in the hair with the aid of the hairdresser oh and multiple pins!
And how beautiful they were too, giving a botanical edge to the traditional up dos masterfully crafted by the hairdresser Paige, I was pleased and the bride was thrilled!
Successfully having handed over these and the bridal party bouquets, it was onto the groom with multiple boutonnieres. This stop proved fun, meeting Andy in his stag do t-shirt who suggested it was best that Sara wasn’t informed of his lack of readiness for the big day and being invited upstairs to put the flowers on the suits wherein I had to avoid the freshly showered (naked) groomsman!
Leaving the men folk to figure out their suits and enjoy some last-minute bonding, I made my way to the Church. A gem of a building set in Stavely the only real problem was finding the light switches to see to set up inside. With a lesson learnt (always locate the light switch before being, left alone in a church!) the church was perfectly staged with milk bottle style pew ends, hand tied using ribbon to match the bridal party flowers, a large hurricane vase in perfect bloom at the alter and focal pedestal arrangement to match. Picture perfect you could say!
Finally, it was back to the venue to style the reception room. Thankfully I arrived in time to catch the bridal party as they assembled for their carriages in the lobby. The bridal bouquet and smaller coordinating bridesmaid poseys were ideal, designed to be eye catching but not detract from the beautiful bride they wonderfully complimented the wedding dress from Nora Eve (Chesterfield, @noraevebridal). The silver brunia heads highlighting the delicate beading on the gown and the moonlight roses picking out the nude, silver tones of the bridesmaids’ dresses, further soft ruscus was used to match the hair pieces and burgundy scabiosa was added to give warmth and tie to the groomsmen’s deep red pocket squares. It was a true pleasure to see how gratefully received they were by Sara.
The reception room was lifted from a sea of white linen with the addition of silver candelabras, nude, grey and white pompoms, candle filled coloured hurricane glass lanterns, mini flower filled vases on the window sills, scent rich lavender and rosemary ties on the chairs, loose wreaths of rich foliage in the table centres weighted with coloured glass votives filled with blue eryngium heads, Jana roses and more burgundy scabiosa and finally the focal point, the cake!
Sara and Andy had set the brief of a semi naked cake with fresh flower decoration. Having chatted about their flavour preferences and provided some samples to aide decision making, the cake chosen was a three-tier ensemble of vanilla sponge with strawberry conserve filling, lavender scented sponge with blueberry preserve and orange drizzle with passion fruit curd (hell yes, this cake packed a punch of flowers but each one was perfectly balanced and smelt AMAZING!) Coated in a thin veil of velvety vanilla buttercream the cake was given an extra edge with the addition of intermittent silver leaf accents. With some assistance from the friendly growers at Maddocks Farm, the cake was crowned with edible flowers and herbs that harmonised with the wedding blooms and finished with some succulent blueberries before being placed on a log slice cake stand.
A quick trip back to the church allowed me to collect the floral decorations from there and catch the overjoyed newlyweds posing outside the church for Rosie Davidson Photography (@rosiedavidsonphotography)to take some sunshine rich snaps, always a special moment the air was brilliantly full of merriment and I took a second to realise how lucky I was that my job allowed me to take in such magical moments in the lives of others.
The church flowers were repositioned in the foyer of the reception venue and added to the reception, the final ingredients in the recipe that was the Big Day Blooms and Cakes take on the Scott’s wedding day.
Oh, and the tale didn’t end there… two days later the lovely couple contacted me to say, amongst other really appreciated words of praise, ‘You absolutely nailed it Sophie’. What more can I say, what a positive start to a new business!
(All the great pictures were taken by the wonderful Ben Harrison Photography(@BenHarrisonPhotographer), hired in to cover the day for me and take some shots of my work he went above and beyond with his navigation skills, endless patience, tealight placement and sweet talking of a Vicar- to find the infamous light switches! Thank you)