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The Bostonians

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Yes, another American bride.  And her fabulous family who came over to the UK for a wedding in a house that dates back to 1378.  Who can fail to be impressed?  Stunning countryside, and a little pooch called Frank.  Marrying a Mancunian to boot. The lady has taste.

So the day didn’t start too well, but some might say better than it did for Mr Cameron.  Back at the ranch my gas had just been cut off, chaos on road through all the gas maintenance works (I didn’t just forget to the pay the bill). And the first time all the flowers didn’t fit in the van. A bruised leg followed by a bashed ankle thanks to the van door shutting on it.  And then I arrived.  No internet, no phone signal, just a day in a bubble with the flowers.  It’s recommended.  Perfect therapy.  And the suggestion that I should go to the states and teach.  Did wonders for the ego.

The best thing?  The chandelier is on a pulley system, so no ladders.  So my new recommendation now is to have a bijou wedding, take a country house and put everyone up for the whole weekend.  Weekend long weddings.  Way to go.

 

 

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Midas Touch

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with gold pineapples and little cute gold detailing.  Adored the colours in this very relaxed Anglo-American wedding.  The bride was from New Orleans and apparently pineapples are a way of saying ‘welcome’. Nice touch.

The flowers were a complete joy.  A mish mash of homegrown, and locally grown too, lots of peonies, poppies, geums, iris, roses and astrantia.  With pops of the exotic via leucospernum and olive. And those allium Schubertii craziness, like fireworks.

There were trips to the plot, nipping out to the garden, and a visit to a grower friend.  Obviously the weather likes to throw a curve ball so whatever you think it going to be fabulous isn’t and vice versa. Keeps you on your toes.

 

 

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Scented Luxe

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I’m so excited to be sharing these images with you today.  It’s a pretty overload, but a real shame it’s not smellyblog. The scent!!  The garden roses, Evelyn, Charlene de Monaco, Prince Jardinier, Blushing Bride, Constance and Sweet Fortune.

And pimped up wheels for the bride.  It was an incredible wedding with so many details.  Yet really quite intimate.

I adored the gold charger plates, and that every guest had their own little plant, rose or succulent with laser cut names from Polly & Me. The copper touches ran throughout, including a wheely cart for the cake, lanterns, tealight holders and geometric terrarium ring box. Sparkly in all the right ways.

Incredible day.

 

 

 

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Magic Tricks

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The magic trick on this was to hide the back wall, and bring down the ceiling to create an intimate garden room space.  It was 14 metres long. So no mean feat. I do always ponder the question ‘what did we do before cable ties’.  You’re probably thinking ‘why has she posted all these boring pictures?’.   Well I think it’s good to see a bit of the behind the scenes sometimes.  It’s knowing what goes into creating.  And there’s plenty of pretty coming in the next post.

I just got kinda giddy about the industrial copper frame, which I want to call an arch but it’s not is it?  I’m calling it Industrial Luxe.  And I have fears that someone will steal it from the van because you know copper ain’t cheap these days.   It’s amazing what you can make with copper piping, a bag of elbows, a hacksaw and a brain (courtesy of my lovely wife). Whilst I’m great at visualising things you also need to think about physics. Seriously if I’d made it, it wouldn’t have stood up.  And there were the usual glances in the DIY store and the ‘are you ok, need any help’ questions, because clearly they say that to all the guys too, yeah!

Lots of people worked their magic too on this wedding they are all here:

Wedding Planning: Carmen Weddings

Ceiling Draping: Posh Frocks & Wellies

Signage: Polly and Me

Venue: Delamere Manor

 

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Dinosaur Adventure

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Hey mister!  Keep your jaws off my sweet peas!

So spring in Leicestershire, there was snow.  Admittedly is was a very light sprinkling that had disappeared by mid morning.  The best thing about early starts at this time of the year is that it’s light and doesn’t feel like the middle of the night.  I also had the pleasure of driving a transit van, where I can’t reach the hand brake.

What will I remember about this wedding?  Apart from the dinosaurs?  The scent.  Oh my, it was INCREDIBLE.  Seven different varieties of scented narcissi mixed with sweet peas, hyacinths and herbs.  Glorious.  I think we’ve lost the art of scented flowers.  But it’s coming back with some of the garden rose varieties that are popping up. I almost forgot the wildflower confetti, so pretty.

And a little jaunt to meet Carol, a fabulous lady who grows the most wonderful flowers in Cheshire.  The sort of place you can lose time and realise your knowledge isn’t up to scratch.  As a city girl, I did have space envy.  Space to grow whole beds of tulips and sweet William. Space for polytunnels and space for crazy dogs and chickens.  Beautiful.

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Listen

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Do you want to know a secret?  The blousy huge garden roses in this, with the gorgeous creamy yellowy centres to die for?  Yeah, they’re Avalanche.  Blown Avalanche eight days old. Maybe this is a comment for the florists amongst you.  But you know what I mean, I always think of Avalanche as being a good standard shop rose.  Which to be honest is doing it a dis-service. Re-evaluating and challenging my own perceptions. Needs to be done, if we didn’t, nothing would ever change.

What I am loving about this time of the year is that apart from the roses in this design, I grew everything else.  Its not much, but that’s not the point.  The point is there’s stuff to be had at the plot and the garden.

Today is my day off.  It’s been a very hectic week, there was a lovely wedding at a National Trust place, followed by the BMX World Championships. Diverse huh!  So in a single day I can go from a 1800s chapel set in acres of countryside, to the Manchester Velodrome. That’s why I love this job.  Different every day.

Next week it’s all about van hire, logistics, and an absolute mountain of stocks, narcissi, freesia… bring it on.

 

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