As the temperature rocketed we were busy cooling things down here at Pure Botanics. It has been our busiest July for weddings and without a doubt the hottest we have ever experienced, but I’m delighted that all the flowers went out as perfect and fresh as they always do.
It was a fantastic summer for outdoor weddings. As this trend has really taken off now, we’re seeing more and more couples choose to be married outside. Below you can see Hannah and Anil’s outside wedding ceremony that I set up in the grounds of Coombe Abbey. This photograph was taken just before 11.00 in the morning as the couple were having a 12.00 ceremony. You can see the blue skies above and I can clearly remember the heat of the sun as we set the scene for a perfect outdoor wedding ceremony.
The couple chose to have beautiful large pedestal arrangements to mark the start of the aisle, these were followed up with two matching ones either side of the registrar’s table. Pedestal arrangements really help to mark key areas of the ceremony and draw the eye down the aisle.
Here is what Hannah and Anil had to say about their wedding flowers that I created for them.
“I honestly cannot thank you enough for our beautiful flowers on Sunday. They were everything we imagined and more. You are amazing.”
I also remember how hot it was even early in the morning when I delivered Judith’s wedding flowers over to Brandon Hall Hotel (photo above).
We have been liaising with venues making sure that there was somewhere cool to store the wedding bouquets and buttonholes during the hot weather. Most venues have a cellar, this proved to be a great place to store the bridal bouquets and buttonholes on the morning of the wedding. For our brides that were leaving from home we found cool spaces in areas like the garage or a spare room with the curtains closed.
Here is what Judith had to say about her wedding flowers:
“Hi Cindy thank you for the amazing flowers I was so pleased with them and everyone commented on how beautiful they were.”
In the photo’s above you can see the stunning tall table centrepieces that I created for Jo and Jermaine’s wedding at Warwick Castle. All wedding flowers must be installed and finished by 10.00 a.m. at the castle so that we can be off site before the general public arrive. The Great Hall in the Castle is such an old building with thick stone wall it stays cool even with the incredible heat outside. Our more modern wedding venues all had air conditioning that does absolutely no harm to the flowers.
Jo and Jermaine had a wonderful wedding day and sent me this message about their flowers.
“I was going to message you today to say the biggest thank you for the flowers they were absolutely beautiful, and everyone commented on how stunning they were. So so pleased.”
So even though I might have got a little hot during the heat wave, I’m pleased to say that the flowers didn’t. I’m also really delighted for the couples that had their hearts set on an outdoor wedding, the English weather didn’t let them down.
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