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!


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.


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.


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.


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


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!


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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