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
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.
Things I have learnt this week. Love Lies Bleeding is Amaranthus! I know, shock horror, who knew? Probably every gardener/florist on the planet but me. Why has this taken so long?! How did I not know this? I found out because my lovely OH bought me a gift of flower seeds. Yes, I know it’s valentine’s and some people get flowers. But some people (me) really like seeds, she’s onto a winner.
And I’ve been working flat out to bring this beautiful wedding to you. I’ve been nurturing those Amaryllis for over a week now, and they really weren’t for opening for me. A little coaxing, gentle poking (technical term) and a warm room got them there in the end. I tell you, I suffer for this art. The ruffled peach rose is called Campanella it’s a bit of a stunner and currently tops the ‘fabulous roses to work with’ list. The list is moveable, if this was 2010 it would include Amnesia. Fickle, my middle name.
In other news, there will be flowers for the winners at the Cake Race. It’s a new 10k run in Manchester, with cake. What’s not to love.
The final wedding of the year. And what a beauty. A hall with a history dating back to 1180. The Great Hall was built in 1325, and talk of witches. But lets talk flowers. Amaryllis Royal Velvet and Mont Blanc, a little home grown Iceberg rose added to the recipe. I never thought for one minute I’d be using home grown roses in December. But there you go. A little foraged larch, lichen and moss mixed with rosehips, cotton and leucodendron cones.
And then a pootle in the van through gorgeous countryside, through little villages and hamlets to a lovely rural pub to meet the bride. For some reason these jaunts at Christmas remind me of the movie The Holiday, I’m Cameron Diaz (obvs). And what’s that I see, ah yes, the flashing light of a speed camera. Points for New Year joy.
After making around 40 metres of garlands, I’m now at home about to….you guessed it, make garlands for home. Green up the fireplaces and iron a T-shirt for Christmas day. Hope you all have a fabulous festive holiday. Merry Christmas everyone.