James and Stacey’s White Wedding at Athelhampton House

This happy couple were planning their wedding from Australia, so I only met them face-to-face about three weeks before the big day. I feel like the resulting flowers are proof that something beautiful can be created even when most of the consultation process happens via email!

Their chosen venue, Athelhampton House, is a wonderful place to get married… 15th Century Manor house, STUNNING giant topiary garden, beautiful conservatory space for the reception and friendly staff. Ticks every box really!


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I was asked for an elegant and sophisticated scheme in white and cream (and a hint of deep burgundy for the reception), with a little movement and some foliage to give texture and keep the flowers from looking too rigid. I picked out seasonal summer dahlias and snapdragons, astrantia, roses and lisianthus, with a scattering of mixed foliage.


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The wedding ceremony at Athelhampton happens in the house itself… a building so grand and beautiful that it doesn’t need much in the way of decoration. A pair of bay trees at the entrance and a simple long and trailing arrangement on the registrar’s table was enough to make an impact, and introduce guests to the overall feel of the wedding.


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For the reception, the bright and airy conservatory was glammed-up with gorgeous candelabra arrangements on the tables and ivy trails around the pillars. Though the candelabras used were not huge (venue’s own), I decided to add height with extra-long taper candles and it really gave an elegant look.


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That arrangement from the ceremony made another appearance on the top table- so nice to reuse things throughout day and not waste flowers…


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And James looked pretty happy with the results when he tracked me down for some help with his buttonhole. I think his words when he saw the room for the first time were ‘It looks phenomenal’. Good enough for me!


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I’m so pleased you loved your flowers guys. Good luck with all the adventures married-ness will bring, and congratulations!

JP x

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