The Woodland Flower Fairy.

So, you know on “Don’t Tell The Bride” when the narrator makes out that every single one of the hapless grooms ideas are complete Pony?

Admittedly a lot of the time they are… but I saw one a few weeks back (The one where they ended up with Posh and Becks thrones… and the groom swore blind that they weren’t tacky) and at one point the groom decided that the venue was going to be a farm. Well, suffice to say, he got absolutely slated by the narrator for that decision, but I’m sure that I wasn’t the only one sat at home (shouting at the telly) who was of the opinion that a wedding on a farm sounds really really cool.

Our couple today certainly agree with me, after a church wedding at St. Matthews in Rowde the party kicked off at Chris’s parent’s farm. Chris, by the way, is dashing the groom. Christiane is the beautiful bride, and Rachel Hudson was the lady with the lens. Kate Hassen was second shooter.

A Fairytale Come True.

A split-second moment in the Disney movie ‘Fantasia’; Two little girls watched wide-eyed as a beautiful centaur (half woman, half horse) looked back over her shoulder and kicked back her long, elegant, rose-strewn tail with one elegant hoof- and the dream was born. Looking for a dress that was a cross between a centaur’s rose-strewn tail and a flower fairy’s gown (another childhood dream) was no mean feat, but my sister knew exactly what I wanted, and with the wonderful help of Anna, at Anna Mcdonald Bridal Gallery in Thame (a beautiful, quiet haven from the stress of choosing ‘the dress’) and her dressmaker Sue, we created it!
Anna helped me to select my gorgeous Paloma Blanca gown, and after ordering it (with extra tail length of course) Sue set to work on adding the 40 metres of tulle to give it that dreamy, creamy, fairylike look. My sister and I selected beautiful fake flowers and I arranged them into clusters for Sue to attach at the hips and strewn down the train. I loved my dress to bits, and kicked it back all day long!

The Woodland Fairy.

I opted for a garland crown of flowers for my hair, rather than a veil or tiara, as it felt a softer look, more likely to fit in with my woodland fairy theme, and my dreamy dress.

Shoes For A Pound.

Chris and I had been traveling for a year together when he proposed to me in Vietnam. By the time we got to India in march, my thoughts were all of wedding plans! We managed to scoop my bridal shoes (black Indian slippers with pale gold embroidery) for about a pound! Bargain! I was so nervous about tripping up walking down the aisle though, that at the last moment in the church porch I kicked them off and walked down the aisle barefoot to be married. No-one could tell under all that tulle anyway! I slipped them back on again as we left the church.

Go And See The HeadMaster.

We had our hair done at headmasters in Bath. Natascha, my hairdresser, was very patient with my many changes of mind, and we finally decided that with the flower garland, it would be best to have simple, big, loose curls for me (which she did beautifully) and half-up curls for my beautiful bridesmaids.

Dark Eyes.

A good friend, Jamie-lee o’Brien and her assistant Nicci Tanswell came to do our make up. I didn’t want my whole face to look too heavily made up, but I did want to have dark eye make-up as a contrast to that big white dress and all the pale flowers in my hair. Jamie-lee was wonderful, she and Nicci did a fantastic job of everyone’s make up and I felt beautiful!

Down On The Farm.

I am a florist, so for me the flowers were one of the most important parts of the day. I had a berries and blush woodland theme, and I wanted the inside of the marquee to feel green and leafy. We gathered blackberries, hops, elderflower berries, branches of late summer apples and all kinds of branches of leafy green foliage from all around the hedgerows on the farm, and I bought hundreds of the creamiest of pale pink and white heavily scented White o’hara roses, bombastic spray roses and quicksand roses, along with white ranunculus, stocks and scabious. To create a bit of height I arranged tall bottles with branches of apples, blackberries and hawthorn from around the farm along the tables amongst overflowing bowls of roses and fruit, and Chris and the boys even dragged a few small trees into the marquee to give it that woodlandy feel. In the Church I decorated the porch with loads of farm foliage and some clusters of roses, with long branches of berries and fruit overhanging. Inside the church I placed two large urns overflowing with flowers, berries and fruit at the top of the aisle, and tied flowery sheafs on the pew ends.

I had two good florist friends to help me who were both fabulous in their dedication to my vision for the day!

Grey Champagne.

Chris had a best man and five ushers. All the groomsmen wore their own grey suits, and my two nephews who were pageboys had little grey three piece suits. All of them wore matching champagne coloured ties. Chris had his grey three-piece suit made in Vietnam, in the town where he had proposed to me. It was so smart, and fitted him so perfectly! He looked very handsome waiting for me at the church!

Someone Who Cares.

Our photographer, Rachel Hudson, did an absolutely fantastic job! She made us feel so relaxed, nothing felt posed or unnatural. She managed to capture every moment of our day and yet we didn’t feel that we spent hours standing around for pictures – after a few romantic shots around the farm we were back with our family and guests to join in the fun!

The gorgeous album that she sent to us is full of so many happy memories and the beautiful oak-carved presentation box for the CD with all our images was a fantastic detail! The whole experience made us feel that she cared just as much about our photos as we did.

Three Tiered Treat.

We bought our cake from marks and spencer, three-tiered with the top made of chocolate, the middle of sponge and the bottom of fruit cake. We decorated it ourselves with apple branches, blackberries and flowers from around the farm.

Jazz Masters.

My younger brother is good friends with a jazz band, and we knew straight away that we wanted to use them! Their playing was so absolutely fantastic that several times I looked over to see our guests simply standing and staring in fascination! Everyone was up and dancing and the party didn’t even slow down until almost 3am!

Let There By Love.

Our very first dance was ‘let there be love’ by Nat King Cole, a song that we both loved for its simplicity, and also because we often listen to nat king cole in the evenings.

Keep The Doctor Away.

We didn’t really have any specific wedding favours that we wanted to do, but we placed apples from the farm on each of the place settings to tie into our theme- the apples were small but tasted very sweet!

Bringing The Outside In.

We wanted a late-summer, woodlandy, fruity feel, and we wanted our guests to feel as though they were outdoors, so we kept the sides up on the marquee for as long as possible and used haybales as outdoor seating areas. We strung lanterns in the trees around the marquee, and in one area of the garden we hung silk Vietnamese lanterns that we had bought on our travels. Under these lanterns we had a borrowed thai canoe, from which the caterers served our ‘round-the-world’ starters of thai street food, south American empanadas and Indian malai koftas.

We had long tables in the marquee and we bought very long lengths of a biscuity-coloured fabric to cover them so that we got those uninterrupted sweeping lengths of table. We sourced some old wooden planks to place down the centre of the tables, onto which were placed the bowls of roses, the tall bottles of berries and branches, glittering golden tealights, the wine, the champagne and big bowls of late summer fruits for dessert with jugs of cream.

We hung small glass globes containing tealights at different heights from the roof of the marquee so that it glittered and glowed over the trees, the flowers, the glasses and the guests all evening.

Boutique Anna Mcdonald Bridal Gallery

Dress Paloma Blanca

Hair headmasters in Bath

Photographer Rachel Hudson and Kate Hassen

Settling down to read though Christiane’s report, having already feasted my eyes upon the stunning W-day eye candy, it was no surprise to learn that Christiane was a florist. Firstly, it answered one big question that I’d had… Isn’t that the bride on her hands and knees trimming a load of foliage – shouldn’t she be getting ready or something?

Secondly, it explained why this celebration was so floral. There’s flowers in hair, flowers on dresses, flowers on the cakes. If not flowers then foliage, fruit and farm stuff. Ok, I’m not sure what “farm stuff” is but I was desperate to complete my alliterative witterings.

Chris and Christiane certainly succeeded in bringing the outside in for their woodland themed farm wedding. And I think you’ll agree that Christiane’s dream of becoming a flower fairy also came true – in spectacular fashion!

Adam.

39 thoughts on “The Woodland Flower Fairy.

  1. So, I am going to come back and comment properly when words return to me. I can’t think of any elegant or good enough words to describe how much I love this wedding.

    xx

  2. WOW-i’m speechless! This is one dreamy wedding. The bride looks like a true flower fairy-simply stunning!!

    I am also blown away by the fabulous florals-they are gorgeous!

    This wedding looks like it’s come straight out of the pages of a glossy magazine-love the fact they wanted to bring the outdoors in and use berries/apples etc from the farm.

    Love, love, love it 

  3. I LOVE that this wedding is so ethereal, whimsical and light, but she still wore a big dress!! Not a combination seen often of late.

    These images are just supreme!

    How smoldering is he? and how mischievously sexy is she?

    I adore this wedding!

  4. The flowers, the light, the endless beautiful couples shots…..

    Such an unusual look, but it worked perfectly.

    “Sigh”
    xxx

  5. One of the best weddings I’ve seen in ages. Elegant. Beautiful. Etherial. Simply Stunning. Clearly this bride knew what she wanted and how to achieve it. You would have to be a florist (or have a mahoosive budget) to get such professional displays. You can’t DIY this kind of look (believe me, I had a practice run).

    And it took me a while to remember who it was but the bride has a real Kate Blanchett look about her. And that dress? I want to be a pony from Fantasia….

  6. Oddly, one of my favourite shots from this wedding is the one of people lounging around the hay bales with tea lights in trees…

    It just looks so damn cool and relaxed to see the guests kicking back in the great outdoors.

    Adam.

  7. I can’t even begin to think how many hours of hard work went into this, particularly with the bride creating all of those beautiful floral pieces, but it just looks so effortlessly cool, gentle and relaxed.

  8. LOVE IT! Simply stunning.

    PS I’m looking for a florist near Bath and a hairdresser so would love to get in contact with Christiane if possible? x

  9. One of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever seen. Sooo many gorgeous flowers!

    I absolutely LOVE the crown of flowers. I want one…I have my heart set on a long veil though…would it look too much together?!

    Congrats xx

  10. @Adam – when I was looking through the photos, I also thought there must be a link between Christiane and flowers! The flowers/ foliage really are absolutely stunning and are giving me lots of inspiration for our country day! The crown is just amazing.

    @Laura – when I read the report, that was my first thought too… I’m glad someone else wants the crown of flowers too despite the veil!

    Congratulations!

  11. I’m not sure I know quite what to say, so simple yet so stunning at the same time. This makes me want to change every single detail of my wedding and do it exactly like this!

  12. Please, please, PLEASE tell me that Christiane went into wedding dress shops and told the staff she wanted to look like a centaur! Oh the expression on their faces would have been PRICELESS.

    She looks absolutely stunning – love all the flowers and berries too.

  13. Just amazing! The flowers are stunning and the bride looks like a model! Amazing. (And loving the parent-farm-wedding thing as that’s what we did!)

  14. Wowzers! That has to be one of the best weddings to grace the polka dot pages, i’m in complete awe of everything… how gorgeous did the bride look with her flower garland! Amazing!

  15. Thanks everyone for the lovely comments! so nice of you all to say such lovely things! And yes, I DID walk into anna mcdonald’s bridal boutique and tell her that I wanted a train like a centaur’s tail, and also that I wanted to look like a flower fairy… and she was LOVELY!!! 🙂

    Rachel’s photos were absolutely amazing, and she is such a gorgeous person… be sure to look her up if you need a photographer! http://www.rachelhudson.co.uk/index2.php#/home/

    I work for a florist in Bath called Passion, so if anyone is interested in flowers for their wedding, feel free to contact us… http://www.flowersbypassion.com/

    xx

  16. wow i am in flower porn heaven this has to be the most stunning wedding ever. That floral headdress is amazing makes me think of fairies skipping around the woods i am gobsmacked by how beautiful the bride and her bridesmaids look

  17. this is quite simply THE most beautiful wedding I think I have ever seen. I am close to dumbfounded. I take my hats off to all those involved in creating this gorgeous event.

  18. Beautiful wedding. My question is- who were the jazz band? I would love to look them up, I’m on the hunt for one for my own wedding next year. Thanks!

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