Mr & Mrs Parkin, 18th April 2015

I first met Nicola and James way back in November 2014 at a wedding fair where I was exhibiting.  We spoke after the event and they invited me into their lovely home for a chat, and a fuss of their pet dog, Ringo.

They were holding their ceremony at one of my favorite venues, The Guildhall in Leicester City Centre and then moving on to hold their reception in another personal favorite place (!) – The Old Stables at The Griffin Inn, Swithland, Leicestershire.

These two lovebirds were lovely to work with.  They knew the sort of thing they wanted straight away which was amazingly helpful.  They were only taking roughly six months to plan their special day and it was lovely to see a couple so at ease with all of their decision making!  As a self confessed ‘faffer’ I felt somewhat envious of their ability to make a decision and stick with it!

We spoke through some options and came up with an informal, pretty palette of  colours that would compliment Nicola’s bridesmaid’s dresses which were in a mint green colour.  The boy’s suits were going to be Navy blue and they were keen for everything to look pretty and pastel and chilled out, just like them.  Nicola was keen to keep the flowers informal with a meadowy sort of theme running though everything, having nothing too structured.


We decided to work with lots of different flowers in lots of different textures and colours to compliment each other.  We used Blue Hydrangeas, blue Eryngium, beautiful pastel pink Sweet Avalanche roses, white Astrantia, lavender Freesias, lemon Carnations, peach Hypercium and small leafed variegated Pittosporum which were all tied together with hessian and twine.


The bridesmaid’s carried smaller versions of the bridal bouquet.


The groom and his boys wore informal buttonholes made with Eryngium, Hypericum and Pittosporum, tied together with twine.  I included a rose in James’s buttonhole to set him aside as the main man.








On delivery, I visited the boy’s first and pinned their buttonholes on their suits for them, they all looked so handsome.  We had a bit of a giggle and they told me to send a message to the bride that the Jagermeister had just been cracked open!

I visited Nicola and her girl’s afterwards and duly passed on the message, which was met with a few rolls of the eyes and a ‘he had better not!’.

Their day went without a hitch, and even the sun came out to play!  They all looked gorgeous and they really were a pleasure to work with.  I enjoyed getting to know them and working with them immensely.

Bridesmaids & groom



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