It’s always warming to be found by a couple from a recommendation. On this occasion it was Jacaranda Catering (from Cowdray Park in The South Downs) who inspired H &D to look us up.
To set the scene, The Tithe Barn in West Sussex is a Grade II listed grand farm building with restored stone arches and flagstone floor, positioned under mature beech hangers in the South Downs countryside. From the site visit it was clear that careful design would be needed in this magnificent and surprising light space, if the flowers were to have impact.
It was a pleasure to work with H, the bride, who as an art teacher shared a similarly creative eye and understood the effect which seemingly minor details can have on a design.
We styled the ceremony area with an asymmetrical, loosely crafted arch. We used seasonal dark December foliage to set off the arch against the pale stonework of the barn gable end and focused on creating negative space within the dark foliage with pale variegated leaves, cream roses, dried materials and white heather. The aisle was decorated with four ‘growing’ winter meadow designs.
The joy of working with seasonal flowers is in appreciating the changes as the year progresses. We used creamy white British tulips, narcissi and incredible bushy white heather from a new Cornish supplier, and lots of locally grown foliage. These winter blooms were supplemented with roses, including David Austin Patience and Cream Yves Paiget, ranunculus and the ever-artful black eye anemones.
H and her maids carried bouquets starring the troublesome (to us, not the bride!) said anemones and other feature blooms, with selected foliage to achieve the loose and simply gathered style. H’s bouquet was finished with knee length ivory silk habotai ribbon which created graceful shapes in the wind, for Igor Demba’s beautiful photos.