The Badger described it as “easy on the eye” and kept on and on about the legs but it was more than the ladies who looked utterly stunning at the Rigaud wedding this weekend. I think the keyword was simplicity. Liberty was certain about her colour from the start, which she described as “electric purple”. The colour was subtly repeated in the ribbons wrapping their very witty invite (photo booth poses) and in the favour wrapping, the flowers, the bridesmaids dresses, the grooms men’s ties and even the lanterns later in the evening.
There was panic when the carefully ordered electric purple gladioli arrived and were most definitely white with purple edges. They weren’t going to cut it on their own in the barn which definitely needs some colour, so, what to do? The answer was a mercy dash on Thursday morning to the Bordeaux flower market where they had a stock of gorgeous purple Lisianthus. We placed generous bunches in tall straight vases, alternated them with vases of Gladioli and voila, the flowers were all sorted out. The purple paper wrapped favours contained Space Invader sweeties.
It was all just lovely.
We love it when friends and family want to get stuck in with the wedding arrangements and we’ve noticed that in particular it’s the mums who want to feel involved. At Hannah’s wedding this May we had the great idea that Hannah’s Mum, the Mother of the Bride, should do the flowers. Of course they didn’t arrive until two days before the wedding which made things tricky but some clever planning before hand made it possible. I visited the Bordeaux flower market on the Wednesday before the wedding and bought all of their flowers at fabulous prices. 220 stunning roses in various shades of cream and pink, plus a further 80 peonies in the palest pink. They were all loaded into buckets in “the wedding loos” and when Hannah’s mum turned up with her secateurs and apron on Thursday it was action stations. Here’s a picture of the work in progress.
All the hard work was worth it. It’s true that the spring was eclipsed by a relentless To Do list but in the end Rigaud was “Wedding Ready” for the big day and our first bride of the year, the stunning Hannah Di Lasti walked down our home made aisle in glorious sunshine. The white roses on the obelisks were in full bloom and the whole day was just about as lovely as it could be.
If you’re interested in the details then there were plenty of personal touches which ensured it could only have been Hannah and Geoff’s wedding. Famous race horses gave their names to the tables. The favours were made by the bride and groom – a compilation album of their favourite music on CD’s with some brilliant graphics on the outside.
For the wedding flowers the look was “DIY”, the idea being that it should look casually thrown together, as though Hannah had herself stepped out into the garden that morning and collected a few roses which she then threw into some jam jars that were lying around the place.
It all worked rather well and we’re looking forwards to more brides and their pictures later this year.