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A Romantic Garden Wedding in Peach and Pale Blue at The Fennes, Bocking
Statement arrangement of blue hydrangeas and peach roses at the Fennes in Essex

As we start to see the first glimmers of spring weather, it feels like the right time to be sharing a gem of a garden wedding from last year. Yee Lin and Neil married in June at The Fennes in Bocking, Essex. They had their hearts set on an outdoor ceremony, so I joined all their suppliers in crossing our fingers and hoping that the Great British weather would be kind! Thankfully, we were blessed with the bluest of skies, and the couple and their guests were able to enjoy the beautiful grounds of The Fennes.

My brief for this wedding was an absolute delight. Yee Lin is someone with a genuine appreciation for flowers. She wanted something reflective of the season, something that felt natural and pretty and that highlighted shades of peach and pale blue. A colour-based brief like this is always fabulous for me, as it means I can select the very best flowers available, and create something that’s fresh, seasonal and wonderfully varied. As soon as Yee Lin said ‘powder blue’ my mind was already filled with the blousy beauty of hydrangeas. Gorgeous hydrangea varietal ‘Verbena Blue’ is the colour of old china plates, and I knew the big statement blossoms would pair perfectly with peachy pink roses.

Flowers on table in gazebo at garden wedding ceremony
Young page boy runs down the aisle at an outdoor wedding ceremony at The Fennes

A Statement Sweetheart Table

The couple opted for a small sweetheart table seating just the two of them for their reception dinner. This is a lovely idea, popular in US weddings but that’s starting to pop up more and more regularly in the UK. It’s a great way for you and your partner to spend some precious moments just the two of you to enjoy that ‘just married’ feeling, and it makes for an amazing platform for people watching as your loved ones let their hair down and friends from all walks of life get to know each other.

Yee Lin and Neil wanted to make a real statement with their sweetheart table, so I created a low arrangement of Pearl Avalanche roses, hydrangea, delphinium, dianthus and stocks in a soft apricot hue. The finished arrangements were textured and romantic and they smelled absolutely gorgeous. I used a copper frame garlanded with foliage to frame the table, and hung carnations from ribbons at different heights. The finished look was playful and contemporary at the same time - I was really happy with it.

Sweetheart table at Essex garden wedding with peach and blue floral arrangement and hanging carnations on copper frame
Sweetheart table at Essex garden wedding. Statement arrangement in blue and peach and copper frame with hanging carnations.

The marquee was a big one, and there was lots of white space to fill. Table centrepieces needed to be a mix of long, low arrangements and taller, more sculptural pieces. I made sure the flowers I created for this wedding really worked hard, moving the low arrangement from the registrars pavilion in the garden to the sweetheart table and the pew ends to small vases dotted around the venue. The warm peach and pale blue made for lovely summery splashes of colour.

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 The Perfect Shade

Designing a bridal bouquet is always something I treasure. Knowing it’ll be gripped tightly and take you through your last moments of singledom before you cross the threshold into married life is a big deal, and I always put a lot of heart into every bouquet I create. The colours in Yee Lin’s bouquet needed to be balanced. I wanted peach shades that were on the pink end of the spectrum for a clean, youthful freshness, and added white flowers too for a little bit of contrast.

A bouquet needs to fire all the senses, and I wanted to make sure that this one smelled great as well as looking gorgeous.I sourced British Ammi and the sweet and herbaceous Apple Mint from The Midnight Garden for a fragrant finishing touch.

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Bridal bouquet in peach white and blue, including Pearl Avalanche roses and blue hydrangeas

Looking back over these images has made me so excited for the weddings coming up this summer. Here’s to blue skies and warm sunshine!

Love,

Alana

Images: Jimmy Cheng Photography

Romantic English Roses at Gaynes Park
Wild rose bouquet on wrought iron chair with calligraphy quote

Gaynes Park in Essex is one of my favourite venues. It's only five minutes down the road from my workshop, and it holds a special place in my heart as the place I got married. So, when Victoria from Victoria Murray Photography approached me about a styled shoot at Gaynes Park, I jumped at the chance to get involved.

Styled shoots are a great opportunity for wedding suppliers across the industry to come together and get creative - putting together looks and themes that will give brides and grooms a taster of what's possible for their wedding day. 

Single pale pink rose

The Quintessential English Rose

The brief for this shoot was modern luxury for the English rose. We wanted to mix classic, traditional elements with contemporary styling for a beautifully opulent wedding day. I can't think of a better venue to meet this brief than Gaynes Park. Its manicured gardens and gorgeous orangery made it the perfect place for our romantic English roses. 

It will come as no surprise to you that roses were the feature flower in the work I did for this shoot. I wanted to include an abundance of full and fragrant varieties, and I chose a palette of white, cream, blush, pale pink and soft peach. This was a real treat for me as I got to use some of my favourite garden roses: David Austen Juliet; David Austin Keira, O'Hara, Margaret Merril, Mansfield Park and lots more besides. 

Two rose heavy bouquets seen from above. Created by Petal and Wild and including David Austin Keira, David Austin Juliet, O'Hara and Mansfield Park roses.

I know that roses are sometimes seen as cliche when it comes to romance, but I am deeply, deeply in love with them. The rose is a flower with such potential and inherent sophistication. There are so many varieties to choose from, and their petal structure never fails to add a touch of elegance to any bouquet or arrangement. Nothing represents the English garden quite like the rose, and I won't hear a word said against it!

Large bouquet of roses on chair with cream bridal shoes

Something A Bit Special

I created two bouquet arrangements for the shoot - one rich and luscious with luxurious colour, and the other more pared back but no less sculptural, filled with white roses and grey-green foliage. 

I knew that I also wanted to make a statement piece in the orangery - something that would bring the outdoors in and add a rose-scented wow factor to the day. I constructed a half arch with tumbling leaves and full pink roses. It was a labour of love but I'm so happy with the results.

Half arch floral installation with cream and pink roses and foliage at Gaynes Park.
Bride holding bouquet of roses and standing in rose archway at Gaynes Park

Artistic Styling

The brilliant Laura from Devine Bride was our styling superstar for the day. She designed the beautiful tablescapes, including calligraphy from Judy Broad and contemporary agate slice place names. Our bridal model looked incredible in dresses from Blackburn Bridal, and must admit I got goosebumps when she walked under my arch of flowers for the first time. 

I loved being a part of this shoot, and I hope there will be many more opportunities for me to let loose with romantic roses in the future!

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Check out the credits for the full dream team, and if you'd like to chat roses and arches and bouquets (oh my!) then get in touch. I can't wait to hear about your wedding plans. 

Love, 

Alana

Collage of images showing wild bouquet of roses in pinks, creams and corals

The Dream Team:

Photographer: Victoria Murray Photography  
Planner & Stylist : Devine Bride
HMUA: Lupton Hair & Makeup Artistry 
Dress Designer: Blackburn Bridal.
Shoe Designer: Freya Rose 
Floral Designer: Petal and Wild 
Stationery: JB Calligraphy 
Venue: Gaynes Park 
Jewellery: Ormolu London