Once upon a time (not so long ago), I had the absolute pleasure of designing a wonderfully bohemian, fairy tale inspired wedding scheme for a truly lovely couple at Northbrook Park located in the rural fields of Surrey.
From the start of the design process, it was clear Leanne and Nick had a clear vision of a magical day with a real whimsical quality.
Leanne: “I’ve always loved and had a passion for all things enchanted and whimsical, with a mystery and romance behind it, the fact that it literally can take you to another world, if only we could live in a secret garden forever!”
Leanne, her Bridesmaids and close family spent the eve before the wedding at Northbrook Park's sister venue Froyle Park and this is was the teams first port of call to deliver the bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, buttonholes and corsages.
Leanne: “I couldn't believe that stunning bouquet was for me, I was speechless & couldn't find the words so I just gave Hannah the biggest squeeze.
I felt like I was in a dream, witnessing someone else receive their bouquet, I had to keep going back into the dressing room to touch it and well, just stare at her to understand that she was mine and this was really happening!
I wish I could hold it forever, I loved it so much I have now had it preserved so I can always look at its beauty everyday and know it'll take me back to my fairytale day."
Leanne’s stunning bouquet was created from and focused on a selection British textural foliage, statement florals - including Quicksand Roses and a focal Protea, local Pheasant feathers and even the first of the Veronica from the HBF cutting garden! The bridesmaids were simple, yet truly romantic - a large and blowsy open Peony head adorned with custom dyed silk ribbon. The mothers of the bride and groom wore delicate handmade wrist corsages attached with ivory ribbon and the men wore a single Vendella Rose on their tuxedoes.
Paired with Leanne’s gorgeous wedding gown designed and handmade by Rosa Clarà, the size and movement of her bouquet, adorned with its long trails of hand dyed silk ribbon from Lancaster and Cornish added a real wow factor.
The ceremony took place in the naturally light filled Vine Room of Northbrook park, where the guests had their first glimpse of the fairytale day ahead.
The team and I styled the inside of the fireplace with a collection of romantic candles of different sizes and fresh Rose petals and above, along the mantlepiece, created a show stopping floral arrangement which included textured greenery, seasonal flowers and packed full of British pampas grass and scented Sweet Peas in a pale and fresh colour pallet.
Leanne: “The vision for the ceremony room was enchanted, whimsical, hugely romantic, magical and angelic. It was like my fairytale had come true, like I'd stepped into another world ( a quote from one of my beautiful guests)”
I wanted to feel like we were the only two people in that room and I honestly can say that feeling became real, especially when I saw my groom standing at the front waiting for me surrounded by all the scattered ivory Rose petals, candles and the immensely stunning fireplace centrepiece created by Hannah & her team the same morning.
The stunning foliage, the textures, the tones, the feathers and those divine Amnesia roses- it was like a garden growing beautifully wild as the emotions got higher!
I've never seen anything so breath taking as I did in that ceremony room (ok apart from my handsome groom) ;)”
I had spoken to my lovely wedding coordinator Emma MacDonald from Something Blue that morning, and remembered her saying...."
"Everything is perfect please don't worry, oh and wait till you see your ceremony room!"
Leanne: "Well that's when the tears came streaming down and all the nerves that were hiding kicked in because I just knew it literally was going to blow me away."”
After the ceremony, guests were led to the Nun's garden for an arrival drink served by the fabulous Caper and Berry team, they were able to “pimp” their Prosseco in front of a stunning floral wall, provided by The Wedding People, whilst mingling and enjoying the spectacular gardens the Northbrook Estate has to offer.
Dotted all around were little curiosities with a nod to the couples storybook day. Vintage frames and chandeliers were hung in the trees for perfect photo opportunities as guests mingled and congratulated the newlyweds.
When a secret door to the side of the courtyard opened, guests made their way past a curtain of suspended fresh flower heads (created by us) into the Orangery.
Leanne: “I wanted my vision to flow throughout the whole day, I wanted to feel like we were all in my secret garden from room to room, garden to garden”
Delicate gold crowns, commissioned by the couple, sat amongst wild and enchanted floral table centres. Evolving from the fresh bright feel of the ceremony flowers, here I added rich tones of copper, chocolate Prunus foliage and deep red Ranunculus to compliment the warm tones of the Rose gold cutlery, charger plates and glasses provided by Duchess and Butler.
Fresh fruit and gold crackle votives, as well as the coloured glass-wear gave the table settings an opulent, magical feel.
Leanne: “I wanted my tables to be the kind you see on shoots that you think 'oh wow', can I really have something so beautiful? And believe me yes you can!
I wanted to keep in flow with my fairytale, I didn't want the expected at weddings. I wanted something unique and something that reflected my passion, and our day. I knew it had to be crowns, big gold princess crowns! Adorned with elements of my bouquet to look as though the flowers was growing outside of the crowns surrounded by dark fruits, moss, succulents logs and more crowns!”
I wanted different heights and textures, the candles for added romance and to create the right ambience in the room”
Along the top table, the team and I created a display reminiscent of a lush country meadow, again incorporating warm tones and here adding trails of beautiful Amaranths. Leanne especially wanted to create a ‘secret garden’ for her top table guests, so hidden from view behind this mass of flower are beautifully styled delicate glass bottles filled with flower stems, as well as an array of candles, fruit, succulents and tiny gold crowns.
Leanne: “For the head table I wanted to really feel like I was in an enchanted garden surrounded by my loved ones, a head table to look beyond beautiful. A table and view so magical, and it truly was the most beautiful table to dine at, it couldn't of been any more perfect.”
A second flower wall created a stunning back drop to the most beautiful and, (having tasted her cakes and macarons), the most delicious cake created by Emma at Gifted Heart Cakes.
The centre draw of this dresser was stuffed full of sweet treats for the guests, so we filled the side draws full of beautiful flowers- treats for the eyes alongside treaty tastebuds!
As the evening progressed and guests moved outside, they were able to help themselves to a blanket from our vintage bike basket to keep the chill at bay.
The gardens were styled with vintage furniture provided by Wedhead; perfect for relaxing after all the dancing and sharing stories of the fairytale day that Nick and Leanne became husband and wife.
The End x
Photos provided by The Curries
Wedding Coordinator - Something Blue
Venue - Northbrook Park
Cake - Gifted Heart Cakes
Toastmaster - Surrey Toatmaster
Lighting - Farnham Sound and Light
Chair Covers and Props - Linen and Lace Hire and Events
Caterets - Caper and Berry
Photography - The Curries
Videographer - The Wedding Film Makers
Floral Design and Styling - Hannah Berry Flowers
Make Up and Hair Stylist - Hollie Noelle
Bridal Gown - Rosa Clarà
Hair Accessories - Sofia at Lila accessories
Guitarist - Tailored Entertainment
Butterflies - Butterflies for All Occasions
Crockery - Duchess and Butler
Vintage Furniture (Chairs/Mirror) Wedhead
Flower Wall - The Wedding People
Ballons - Bubblegum Ballons