Who: Sally Adlen and James Miller
When: September 24, 2016
Where: Bakewell Methodist Church followed by a reception at Hassop Hall
Theme: I didn’t really have a set theme, but because Hassop Hall has a very distinctive style I decided to work with that look, rather than chose something completely different. Hassop is a stately home, which is grand and splendid, but it is also has quite a relaxed, country gentleman feel to it. So we decided to work with its grand fireplaces, traditional furnishings and plush country atmosphere to create a very English look. The groomsmen were in navy tails and the bridesmaids wore burgundy and gold.
I didn’t originally want to get married at Hassop because it is the place where I have celebrated lots of milestones in my life, for example I had my 18th and 21st birthday celebrations there. But when I saw Hassop’s ballroom I changed my mind because it was simply stunning.
Planning: My sister went to Avant Garden for her wedding so I had seen Laura and Scott’s work first hand. With that in mind, it was a no brainer – I always knew I would go to them. At my initial meeting I didn’t have loads of specific ideas, but I knew that I didn’t want anything tight and formal. I took quite a few photographs of things I liked and left it to Laura to put all the ideas together. One option Laura offers is the opportunity to have your bouquets made in advance of the big day, so you can see exactly what they are going to be like and make amendments if there are things you aren’t so keen on. This was absolutely invaluable to me. I had two bouquets made – mine and a bridesmaids – and an example of a buttonhole. I got to take them home and see what they looked like against my dress and the fabric for the bridesmaid’s dresses. It also set my mind at ease, since I knew that Laura had completely understood my vision. I was also able to make a few tweaks at this stage – for example there were dark red roses in my bouquet which I decided against.
Bouquets: My bouquet was absolutely beautiful. It was cascading, rather than a posy and it was full of dahlias which was one of the flowers I really wanted because my mum has always grown dahlias and I absolutely love them. I also had astilbees – which are also called false goat’s beard – and really added texture to the bouquet, as well as astrantia and ameranthus which are catkin-like long floral tassels which make quite a bold statement. Vebernam and lots of greenery completed the bouquet. The bridesmaid’s bouquets were similar but had more pops of orange and red in them. The overall look was quite autumnal, which is my favourite season too.
Buttonholes: I really wanted dark purple dahlias for the groom, best man, ushers and fathers, but they are very heavy flowers so Laura had to tie them quite carefully. She came up with lots of different options and I plumped for twine which looked great because James had a tweed waistcoat and it tied it with that English gentleman look. The mums had corsages in cream colours so that they matched whatever they wore.
Reception: I knew I wanted lots of greenery and Laura decorated the windowsills with ivy and edged the seating plan with it too. Laura and scott did all of the table centres at the reception – there were 12 in total. These were large gold bowls with flowers and greenery to match the bouquets. They were all lovely and loose; spilling out over the edges and on to the table. They then also provided small gold tealight holders and tealights to provide lots of extra sparkle.
Laura also did a ‘cake topper’ for our wedding cake. My mother-in-law made the wedding cake, which was gorgeous and simple, and Laura made up a little floral topper to finish it off.
Happy Ever After: We went to the Amalfi Coast and had a wonderful time. I was thrilled with everything on my wedding day, but flowers are very important to me and I was really thrilled that Laura understood my vision and lovingly brought it to life.