Martha & Matt - September 21st 2018

Photography by Sarah Fitzgerald Jones

21st September, 2018. This is a special date for so many reasons. This is the day my lovely colleague Martha Richards married the man of her dreams, and I got to be a part of her wonderful wedding. This was my first wedding as a florist, and wow, what a wedding to have as your first. Not only was I lucky enough to have known the bride to be for several years, but also, the venue Martha and Matt chose was The Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath. We’re talking five-star luxury, the crème de la crème, sophistication at its finest, and Taittinger on tap!

The Royal Crescent is exquisite and quintessentially British, which makes it the perfect fit for a wedding venue in a city that is known and admired for its regency-like flair and qualities. From the second myself and my assistant arrived we were greeted and looked after by the staff with the upmost respect, and were guided to a private room where we could set up our equipment and florals. I can safely say the service which was provided to us was impeccable. There was a long wait before we could attach the two floral arrangements we had made to go on the outside ceremony arch due to the heavens opening.. and as a result, it was touch and go as to whether the outside ceremony would go ahead. Alas, the silver lining came during the wait, as we received a lovely cream tea for free from the venue. This was such a delight and a service we will never forget.

Finally, the forecast cheered up and we were able to go ahead with having the outdoor ceremony. I was beside myself as I knew our lovely husband and wife to be would’ve been gutted if it had to have been moved inside. The Garden Villa was such a major wow factor and hidden gem that it made the wedding feel even more VIP than it already did.

Getting ready on the morning of your wedding is one of the most special moments of the day. It’s the time you get to spend with your bridal party, drink champagne and get glammed up. It’s the time where the attention is on you, but not in front of the crowd. One of my favourite and most exciting parts of a wedding and why I love my job so much is when I get to go up to the bridal suite and hand my beautiful bride her bouquet. This time, not only did I get to give my bride Martha her bouquet, but I also got the chance to see the excitement on her two stunning little girls’ faces too. It was the most incredible moment, and one I will be fond of for my entire career. It really was the princess room.

The floral brief was white, elegant and simple. These florals were designed for the most modest of brides. Simplicity was the key, nothing garish and over the top. We wanted understated glamour with a sprinkle of opulence. I loved every minute of creating and designing Martha and Matt’s floral arrangements. My house smelt divine, with the aroma of eucalyptus. What could be better?

I’m a lover of all colours, but there is something gorgeous about a white wedding, and especially one with greenery as it allows the white roses and gypsophilia to pop against it. I love the simplicity of white, too, as it’s not discrete, but at the same time makes the most incredible impact. My florals were timeless and classical, and that’s the inspiration behind all my work – to be ageless.

For us it’s not just about fitting the brief, because we like to exceed expectations. We want to go the extra mile. I was asked by Martha to design the mothers of the bride and groom’s gifts. Again, the brief was simple, just an orchid plant each. However, we wanted to add a surprise element for not only the mothers, but for our happy couple too. There was a running theme throughout the wedding of gold feathers. Feathers are a really important aspect for Martha, therefore we specially designed and created the pots for the gifts to go in to be Navy blue (one of the main colours of the wedding) and then we spray painted the same gold feather onto them that they had throughout the wedding. Now the mothers had a keepsake of their wonderful children on the most special day of their lives. Even if the orchids die, which there were sneaky suspicions would be the case, then they could still keep the pots and refill them with whatever they desired. This may be a small gesture for some, but the feedback we received for such a simple idea was enormous. We pride ourselves on thinking outside the box.

Here come the boys – suited and booted. No groom or groomsmen is fully dressed until they have their buttonholes on. Buttonholes are the emblem of the wedding day. They should be worn proudly, as it’s the male equivalent of the bouquet.

Now, I’m not usually one for faux flowers, but even I must admit I think these white roses I sourced from John Lewis look classy and divine sat upon Martha and Matt’s cake made by Ali from The Local Bakehouse. If you’re ever looking for a gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, vegan and everything free cake designer and maker then I can’t recommend Ali enough. This cake looked superb and I heard it tasted just as good as it looked.

I’m a big advocate for the saying ‘less is more’, and in most circumstances this is so true. When you can allow your venue to do the talking, then you do not need to go above and beyond with everything else. This wedding was intimate, and that was one of the reasons I adore it so much. It was about the little details & family and friends, so what more could you ask for. It had the grandeur and the elegance, and when looking through all the photos I can vouch by saying it looked like everyone had the most amazing time and danced the night away.

The team at Henrietta Floral & Event Stylist would like to wish Martha and Matt a lifetime filled with happiness, but also a massive thank you for allowing us to design and create your beautiful floral arrangements for your special day.

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