Claire & Duncan’s Hollywood Vintage Wedding

Held at the end of September last year, Claire and Duncan’s wedding was a small and intimate affair, but certainly not lacking in style! 1940s Hollywood glam was the order of the day, with the celebrations beginning at Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum (now a superb new wedding ceremony location) and continuing at Hotel Miramar on the cliff-top in Bournemouth.


Claire had a very clear idea about the look she wanted for the flowers, but wasn’t sure how to achieve it. In her own words, they needed to be “not too structured, not too white, not too many compact roses, a bit of texture and some berries”. Luckily, that told me all I really needed to know and I knew we’d get on.

The bouquets included hydrageas, some (not too compact) roses, chrysanthemums, carnations (yes, they’re cool again folks!) and foliage including gorgeous furry silver senecio.


The buttonholes were my favourite ones of the whole year. I know I shouldn’t have favourites, but these were just so perfect and cute that I wished I’d made them like this for my own wedding. The main flower is a chrysanth bloom… originally they were going to be dahlias, but the quality of the supply so late in the season was questionable, so I picked out these instead. A great substitute I thought- there’s always a way!


For the reception meal, giant candelabras with sumptuous arrangements added the wow-factor, while silver punch bowls of flowers on the top table framed the cake. I actually really liked the cake in this position… not something I’d seen at a set-up before, but with a modest sized one like this, it worked really well.


Just my kinda thing this one- loved it.

And extra points to Claire for being, hands-down, the most organised bride I’ve ever worked with! Congrats again guys. It was a pleasure.

JP x

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