Well just look at these two. Aren’t they just the cutest? I’ve never seen a couple look so happy, relaxed and in love. This photo makes me want to cry with joy. Well done to Nick Parker at Parker Shots for capturing them so perfectly. It was clear from our first meeting, that these two knew exactly what look they wanted to create for their wedding at the glorious Chafford Park. Sarah wanted bright, zesty lemon flowers with fresh lime foliages. I selected David Austin roses, peonies, veronica, solidago, olive and ferns with which I created floral designs that were natural, loose and had a slightly wild look to them. It perfectly suited the rustic farm setting.
For the ceremony, Sarah and David wanted a relaxed look in The Granary Barn and chose a birch arch decorated with floral tie backs and white drapes. I love how pure and simple this looks against the wood panelling. And the yellow flowers really pop!
After the ceremony, guests were treated to champagne and canapes on the lawn whilst admiring the collection of classic cars – David’s pride and joy. The line up included a beautiful Ferrari F40, a Porsche Speedster and a classic Morris Minor that David had worked on extensively with his father. They were a great talking point, especially with the flower walk which ran behind the vehicles and acted as a pretty backdrop. (Fun Fact: I’m a real petrol head and I’ve actually driven this gorgeous Ferrari F40 at 160mph around the track at Silverstone!)
For the wedding breakfast, guests were then taken next door into The Hop Barn. The size and scale of this space is not to be underestimated. It is stunning but huge so small table arrangements would have got lost. Sarah knew this and had already asked for tall centrepieces so that colour would be drawn up to the ceiling. These fabulous arrangements were over 150cm tall so they certainly added drama to the room, which was amplified by the stunning drapes installed by Not Your Average I Do.
As you can see there are so many fabulous photo opportunities at Chafford Park including the barns, lawns, meadows, pond, farmhouse and more formal gardens which total 300 acres in all. I’m looking forward to creating more wedding flowers there next summer. In the meantime, many congratulations D&S. Thank you for letting me be part of your special day. K x
Photographer: Nick Parker at Parkershots https://parkershots.com
Florist: Katherine Bly Flowers http://www.katherinebly.com
Venue: Chafford Park, Sarah Swiderski http://chaffordpark.co.uk
Décor / Styling: Not Your Average I Do. Kelly Kearly http://notyouraverageido.com
Hair & Make-up Artist: Christina Jessell http://www.christinajessel.com/
Bride’s gown (Designer and boutique) Mikaella Bridal. Sally at Helena Fortley in Caterham https://www.helenafortley.co.uk
Groom / Groomsmen suits: Groom – Ted Baker. Groomsmen – Dickies of Crawley http://www.dickiesofcrawley.com
Rings: Engagement ring by The Diamond Store. Wedding rings by Chisholm Hunter (Bluewater)
Caterer: Red Anywhere, Imogen Boath http://www.redanywhere.co.uk/