Summer Wedding – Stoneleigh Abbey

By Cindy | Wedding Flowers

Jan 01

I have a very privileged job that allows me to work on peoples very special day and there is nothing better than seeing everything coming together for a couples unique wedding day. Here is what Kate had to say about her wedding flowers that you can see in the photos here:

“From the first moment my Mom and I met you we fell in love with you and your flowers. We always knew the flowers would be beautiful but they far exceeded all our expectations.”

Hydrangea wedding flowers to Stoneleigh Abbey.

When I met Kate more that a year before her wedding she had three ideas that she really wanted me to incorporate into her wedding flowers.

The Colour Blue

The first was the colour theme of blue, this came about because her bridesmaids were wearing navy. I placed the blue hydrangeas into Kate’s handtied posy bouquet (see below) to link the colour through to the bridesmaids.

Blue hydrangea, gypsophila and freesia wedding bouquet.

The bridesmaids held bouquets created from ivory roses, freesias and gypsophila. These bouquets that stood out well in front of their dresses (photo below). Kate loved the delicate nature of the gypsophila so I incorporated this into a collar around all of the bridal bouquets.

“As soon as I saw the bouquets at home I knew we were in for something special with the rest.”

Ivory roses and freesias surrounded by gypsophila.

Coordinating the Flowers with the Venue’s Decor

She also wanted to blend the wedding flowers into the Wedgwood blue colour theme of the Saloon at Stoneleigh Abbey. I think you will agree that the pale blue hydrangea flowers worked perfectly. I used them with all the bouquet flowers, Singapore orchids and snapdragons to create these stunning tall wedding centerpieces.

Tall hydrangea wedding table decorations at Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire.

Hydrangea, rose, gypsophila wedding decorations.
“The flowers in the church and at Stoneleigh Abbey were breathtaking. They were so beautiful and just perfect for our day.”

In the photo below you can see how I adapted the arrangement to create a low centerpiece for the top table.

It is often a good idea to opt for a low centerpiece here so that everyone can see the bride and groom and the centerpiece does not get in the way when people are making the speeches.

Large blue and white hydrangea posy arrangement for a wedding top table.

Links to Canada

The second request was her fiancé was from Canada and a lot of the guests were flying over to come to the wedding. So she asked me to incorporate the maple leaf into the men’s buttonholes. I did this by using top quality silk maple leaves that Kate told me afterwards were greatly appreciated by the guests. They provided the Canadian link she wanted.

“Thank you for sourcing the maple leaves – they were such an important personal touch for us and looked fabulous too.”

The Wedding Cake Flowers

Blue hydrangea's cascading down a four tier wedding cake. Soft blue hydrangea flowers used to decorate a wedding cake.

Kate’s third and most challenging request was for the flower decorations on her wedding cake. She had seen a photo of a cake on ‘Style Me Pretty’ featuring a waterfall of blue hydrangea. Here you can see how I replicated the idea onto her four-tier cake.

The wedding cake was set up in the riding stables at Stoneleigh Abbey so that it cut be cut and shared at the evening reception.

The final words from Kate:

“Cindy I would strongly recommend you to anyone.”

About the Author

Cindy is a professional wedding florist, with the experience of working on 100's of wedding throughout Warwickshire and the Midlands. Find out more here

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