Liz and Daniel's Wedding

Another fantastic sunny day for today's wedding between Daniel and Liz! We met with them last year for a consultation and they wanted their flowers for the day to be locally grown or English source. Not an easy task for early April! More about that later!

Their reception venue, The Schools at Somerhill, is the most beautiful building and such a wonderful place to celebrate a wedding. A Grade 1 Jacobian mansion set in 150 acres of land, the building is the host to three schools. Weddings used to take place at Somerhill but now the building is used only for education. The reason Liz and Daniel could hold their wedding their is because Daniel is a teacher at the school! Somerhill is also very special to me because many years ago I used to go to school there and so was very excited to hear I would be going back their to decorate the venue!

The colour scheme for the wedding is ivory, royal blue and burgundy. Originally Liz wanted Roses, but as they are out of season in April we suggested Tulips. It is still a little early for locally grown tulips but our supplier was able to source the Tulips for the wedding from Lincolnshire. She also wanted herbs and foliages in her bouquet and the bridesmaids. The bouquets were to be small, informal hand tieds of Tulips, herbs and foliages and finished with royal blue ribbon. The herbs were grown on the Hadlow estate and the foliage, variegated Pittosporum, was English grown sourced by our supplier.

Bridal hand tied bouquet of English tulips, foliage and herbs
Bridesmaids' hand tieds of burgundy and ivory tulips with herbs and foliage
Daniel and the groomsmen had white tulip buttonholes with Daniel's having two tulips.

Groom's buttonhole of a double white Tulip with English foliage and herbs
Groomsmen buttonholes of a single white tulip and Pittosporum

The ceremony was to take place upstairs in Somerhill with the view out the window overlooking the lawns. Liz and Daniel wanted an urn arrangement of tulips with seasonal willow and Cornus. The Cornus again was grown in Hadlow and the willow was English sourced via our supplier.

Urn arrangement of English Tulips with pussy willow, twisted willow and red Cornus
Urn vase arrangement of white and burgundy tulips
There was also an urn arrangement in the downstairs hall's fireplace along with trailing ivy plants on the mantelpiece. The ivy's had been growing in the greenhouses in Hadlow and looked great wrapped in ivory fabric and royal blue ribbon.

Fireplace urn vase arrangement
Trailing ivy plants on the mantelpiece

For the table arrangements, plants were chosen that were again locally grown. Mixed herbs were chosen along with white Heathers that were sourced from a Heather farm near Goudhurst. The plants were again wrapped in ivory fabric with royal blue ribbon. The reception was to be held in the long library, the second longest room in Kent.

Heather and herb plants
Table arrangements of Heather and herb plants
It was great to have the opportunity to use only English sourced flowers, foliages and plants and it has enabled us to make new connections with English growers and utilise the facilities that Hadlow has to offer!

Congratulations and best wishes to Liz and Daniel!