When Errolyn first got in touch about her wedding flowers two things stood out. Firstly, her wedding was inspired by a pear. Not that she wanted a pear themed wedding, but rather the pear’s colour, shape and organic nature. The second thing, was there was no real colour scheme for the flowers. Looking at the images Errolyn had already collated, there were lots of moody, dutch master inspired pictures with quite muddy colours… all of this got me thinking.
Errolyn loves flowers but the flower budget was not massive. The most important thing to Errolyn was her bouquet and she wanted to use seasonal flowers where available. Knowing what was most important to Errolyn helped me work out how to best manage her budget. So I started planning her bouquet and working back from there.
I considered, the humble pear and the bridesmaids dresses which were a mix of golden mustard and rust tones. We discussed what flowers, and foliage Errolyn liked and what tones would well work together and be cohesive. I put together a mood board, which Errolyn really liked and we were on our way.
We chose a golden mustard rose, as the real focal point, with olive foliage and ivory ranunculus. Then added other colours like the purple (snake’s head) fritillaria, some iridescent butterfly ranunculus, mustard coloured billy balls, along with some japonica (they look like lots of little bells) I picked from the garden.
Errolyn’s dress was from WEd2B and the designer was Heidi Hudson. She looked stunning as you will see from the pictures.
The bridesmaids dresses were from & Other Stories, Mango, Monsoon, Jigsaw and Oasis. Errolyn said that “having different bridesmaids dresses was one of the best decisions I made for our wedding. All my bridesmaids were different shapes and had different skin tones so this helped me pick dresses that suited each individual bridesmaid so they felt comfortable rather than try and find a dress to suit everyone.” So the bouquets were not too posy like we kept the stems slightly longer, which work better with the dresses.
The wedding was on an unseasonably warm day in April at Hafod Barns, near Llanwrst. The Barns have some cute accommodation on site so most of the bridal party can stay the night before, which lends itself to a more relaxed wedding day. Errolyn and Jez wanted their wedding to feel laid back and Hafod Barns provided a fantastic backdrop, nestled in the Conwy valley.
The food was a mix of wood fired pizza and sharing platters. Jez’s family are Italian so the wood fired pizza was a nod to his family’s heritage.
For the table decorations, we had vases waiting on the tables for the bouquets to go in, once the photographs were done. I also added some add hoc olive foliage along the centre of the tables and the odd bud vase, to create a bit more interest. For the finishing touches, we used vintage brass candle sticks with mustard candles and, of course, Errolyn sourced pears for each place setting.
Errolyn’s top tips and advice to brides is:-
- Don’t let the ‘Bridal look’ influence you too much if it doesn’t feel ‘you’. Dress how you feel most comfortable and embrace your individual style. Errolyn said that, she always wears her hair naturally curly. While she did feel pressure to have an up do, straighten it or to do something different for her wedding day she was pleased she decided to wear her hair the was she felt most comfortable, curly, she wanted to rock her natural mane, “and look like ME!😂”
- Also, “when I looked at ‘Bridal Jewellery’ it all seemed very samey and not my style so I also choose to wear green statement earrings from Oliver Bonas. Because why not?! So try and forget about the word ‘Bridal’ and just rock you on your wedding day!”
- Errolyn designed digital save the dates and invites, saving money on printing and stamps which is better for the environment too.
Thanks Errolyn and Jez for sending these pictures by Kiiro Kiwi.