Wedding Flowers Inspired By The English Countryside

Guest Blog - Charlotte from Classic Flower Designs

As recommended florists at Folly Farm Centre, we spend lots of time here through the year, providing flowers for weddings and events. The beautiful surroundings inspire a natural floral style, and we love it as our greatest inspiration comes from the beautiful English countryside. We love using herbs and foliage to create a little country garden in a bouquet!

Let's start with spring! With the ancient woodlands full of native wild flowers; carpets of  bluebells, wood anemones and celandines – and the excitement of the new lambs as you drive up to the venue, the countryside is literally coming to life.                              

Traditionally, couples choose a palette of yellows, blues and pinks at this time of year, with the classic daffodils, tulips and hyacinths taking centre stage. We love to mix these colours with fresh lime green, making displays vibrant and cheerful. For a natural twist, why not add catkins, cow parsley or pussy willow? These look wonderful in large jugs lining the function rooms and the window sills of the converted barn.

Into summer, colours turn to pastel pinks, blues, creams and lilac. Early in the season you’ll find peonies and beautifully fragrant sweet peas – the ultimate wedding flowers for many brides! You’ll be spoilt for choice, with many options of blooms, from delicate and dainty daisies, to showstopping scented stocks.  At this time of year, we love to use our vintage milk churns to create large displays. These are perfect either side of the registrar’s table, or for an outside ceremony in the orchard or overlooking Chew Valley Lake. They’re easy to move and re-use in another location, giving extra value.  I can't wait to work on the new pergola, which will be ready in March 2017; flowers wrapped around this lovely wooden structure will be spectacular!

When Autumn arrives, you can take inspiration Folly Farm's autumn colours, using reds, golds and oranges. We’ve worked with couples on fabulously simple weddings, using berries, foliage and seed heads, mixed with pumpkins and squashes. Log slices and terracotta pots,  complement the seasonal scheme well, with Folly Farm's stone walls providing the perfect backdrop. 

As the year finishes and thoughts turn to the festive season, the stronger shades of purples and reds come into their element, along with wintery whites and silver. Evergreen holly and ivy make simple table runners and decorations for windowsills, interspersed with candles in storm lanterns or white fairy lights. Seasonal favourites amaryllis make a bold statement in tall containers, whilst the tiny, scented paperwhite narcissi and the Christmas rose are perfect for brides and their maids to carry in posies.  

Using the nature reserve's natural beauty as a guide, you can easily create your dream wedding celebration in the heart of the countryside, accompanied by floral arrangements for every season. 

For more information or to discuss your ideas, please visit: www.classicflowerdesigns.co.uk or call Charlotte on 01275 333 095. 

Kara Bailey