I had a wonderful time designing and creating Sarah and Tom’s winter woodland themed wedding flowers.
The couple had a strong wedding theme right from when I first met Sarah and her parents in the spring. It’s always a good idea to be super organised if you’re planning a wedding over the Christmas holiday season, as it’s quite a bit more complicated than the rest of the year.
Sarah and Tom embraced the winter theme and loved the idea of using all things woody with lots of foliages especially the beautiful silver eucalyptus and dark green ferns.
You can see (photo above right) how I have filled the tall centrepiece vases full of pussy willow to link with the woodland theme. Then I set about sourcing some bark-covered containers for the low centrepieces (photo above left) . Sarah wanted to keep the flowers simple and classic so she chose ivory roses, orchids and freesias.
Sarah saw a top table arrangement that I had created for another couples’ winter woodland wedding and we used this as inspiration to design the one you can see above and below. Fir cones, twigs and moss were incorporated into the arrangement as well as the pussy willow to keep with the woodland theme. A scattering of pine cones were placed along the length of the table.
Sarah and Tom wanted to use a lot of candles throughout the venue so I placed three large candles into the top table. Candles are magical for a winter wedding, as it gets dark so quickly. I’ve probably never seen as many candles as they had at the venue, the candles went from the entrance barn at Wethele Manor through to the marquee.
They even had fire pits lit outside on the terrace as the guests arrived. Fortunately it was a beautiful winter’s day with crisp white frost and glorious blue skies, perfect weather for the 28th December!
I entwined ivy around candles on the windowsill in the barn and created the beautiful heart that hung from the central beam (photo above). In the photo below you can see everyone busy putting the final touches to the marquee.
Sarah and Tom’s wedding took place in the chapel at Princethorpe College where they had both been at school and I’m guessing this is where they met.
You can see the posy bouquet that I created for Sarah, she wanted a really loose look with plenty of foliage and pussy willow to link with the woodland wedding theme.
Sarah’s bridesmaids had smaller versions of the bridal bouquet and the flower girls had miniature versions.
Tom’s buttonhole you can see above had a very small fir cone arranged with the white freesia and the gent’s all had miniature fir cone buttonholes.
Even the mum’s corsages were linked with the wedding theme (photo below).
It’s always really exciting for me to see everything coming together on the day as lots of planning had gone into making everything so magical. I love designing new flower arrangements to fit with couple’s themes.
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