Cow Parsley Vibes – Countryside Manor Wedding in Devon – A & H

Amelia, the bride, and her mother had close ties to Huntsham Estate and the local area, so knew exactly how pretty the rolling countryside around this secluded country house near the Somerset border would be in May. Banks of cow parsley bordered the driveway and formed the avenue for the stroll across the fields to the church, beyond which the mature vibrant beech trees and fresh green meadows full of new growth gave a feeling of life and vitality. It was this fresh and vibrant combination of late spring and early summer which inspired our designs for A&H.
Our brief focused on the sharp contrasts between white, bright yellow and bright green fresh foliage. This was the perfect time of year for British sweet peas and peonies, which we used in abundance alongside garden roses, tulips, foxgloves and cow parsley, and the vibrant new growth of maple and beech branches.
In the pretty Grade II listed church, on the driveway to the main house, we mirrored the surrounding meadows and trees, bringing in branches and boughs, alongside the flowers, for the free-form altar mantel and pedestal displays. For the font I chose a stone mortar bowl as the base from which the chosen flowers ‘grew’ in an untamed but considered style.
Conscious of sustainability we repurposed the altar mantel display after the service, to become the feature display on the stone mantel in The Great Hall, and the feature urns from the churchyard were moved to the Entrance Hall. In the Library and Drawing Room the round tables for the wedding reception were nestled between bookshelves, and the tall vases of outreaching boughs and flowers on each table paired to the yellow and golds in the wallpaper and gilts.