Mr & Mrs Kyprianou, 25th May 2015

I met Joanna at The Guildhall Wedding Fair where she had spent the day wandering around for inspiration carrying a rather neat and tidy little baby bump on her front!  We got chatting and she got in touch with me a few days later and asked me to come and chat all things flowery with her and her lovely man, Andrew at their home in Leicester.

As Andrew comes from a Greek Cypriot family, they were keen to honor his heritage by including many traditional elements within their big day.  They held their ceremony at The Greek Orthodox Church of St Nichloas & St Xenophon on Aylestone Road in Leicester City Centre and then held their ceremony at Mythe Barn in Atherstone, just on the edge of the Warwickshire/Leicestershire borders.

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As Joanna and Andrew were expecting, they had quite enough on their plates to think about preparing the nursery and house for a new baby as well as preparing for their wedding!  I was of course happy and delighted to do whatever I could to assist them and we chatted about all sorts of options for their wedding flowers as we went along.

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Joanna had a vague idea of what sort of thing that she wanted, and Andrew helped cement the decision making as went through discussing all of the various options for what it is that they were after.  They had decided on a lilac colour for their Bridesmaid’s dresses and wanted plums and purples to feature in the wedding flowers.  We included some gorgeously deep plum carnations as a main focal flower and complimented it with ivory Vendela roses and white spray roses with lots of lovely foliages.  Joanna loved the idea of using herbs so we decided on Sage, Rosemary, Lavender and Eucalyptus to give scent and texture to her bouquet.  I really wanted to include some of Andrew’s heritage in the wedding flowers and the happy couple kindly let me ‘prune’ their olive tree in their back garden so as we could have some Olive foliage running through the flowers.

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Andrew really wanted to have a Steampunk theme running through the wedding but I’m not sure that Joanna was so convinced!  He managed to get away with making the table plan in a Steampunk style and I sneakily wired in a few cogs and watch parts onto his Buttonhole to personalise it for him!  It looked great and it was a joy to be able to make something so personal.  We included a Vendela rose, Lavender, Sage, Rosemary and a touch of olive in his buttonhole.  I also (with a little assistance from my lovely little sister-in-law!) made a large number of plain carnation buttonholes in plum and white for guests at the wedding as well as buttonholes and corsages for the bridal party.  I even made a tiny little buttonhole on a ribbon for the baby, Louis, who was born a few months before the big day.

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The couple decided that they would like to have a large long and low table arrangement that could be used within the Church and then transferred to the top table at Mythe Barn.  I made this with flowers, foliages and herbs as the rest of the wedding.  I also made a number of pew end arrangements of all of the herbs and Lavender flowers tied together with Hessian and Lace for the Church.

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Mythe Barn is such a light and airy venue that the richness of the plum carnations in the top table arrangement really stood out and the flowers really popped.  Joanna and Andrew wanted to keep the herb theme running through the wedding so I planted up Lavender, Sage and Rosemary plants into terracotta pots for their table centre pieces.  It kept the reception venue really informal and personal to them both and it all looked beautiful against the neutral backdrop of Mythe Barn, not to mention the heavenly smell of all of those lovely herbs!

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(Credit to Christopher Bunce Photography)

It was a pleasure to work with Joanna and Andrew for their late May Bank Holiday wedding.  It was such a lovely sunny day and there were even little newborn lambs at Mythe Barn skipping and chasing each other around!  After seeing some of the photographs of the big day, it looked absolutely brilliant and I was honored to have been able to be a part of it!  Thank you Joanna & Andrew for having me create something beautiful for your special day, wishing you a lifetime of happiness together.  – Claire.x

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(Credit to Christopher Bunce Photography)

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