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Peonies at Quantock Lakes

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

All images by the talented Phil Warren

The day finally arrived - after 2 years of meticulous planning, my lovely friends Laura and Sam were finally getting married!

The joke goes: if it wasn't for me having to cancel my space to go to the Confetti Fields, Laura would still be waiting for Sam to pop the question! Having too many weddings to catch up on, it clashed with our outing, so Laura took Sam along - begrudgingly! However, he made full use of the day and proposed in the most beautiful of settings.

From that day on, our conversations were all wedding related! Laura had definite plans, which was helpful when narrowing down what we should create. Taking a tour of Quantock Lakes with Sam and Laura in the January before their day, it became apparent that the plans Laura had needed to be upscaled. The wedding ceremony was taking place in the biggest part of the venue, and therefore required big statement pieces. We worked on a set of arrangements that could be used consistently throughout the day, and making the most of what was available in the spring. Laura had chosen a white and green colour palette, so the overall aesthetic was clean and crisp. We overdosed on the Peonies and Ranunculus and I'm not in the slightest bit sorry.

The broken arches stood tall at 6.5ft, and were crammed full of British grown goodness. The new season Hydrangeas sat in big water vessels so that they stayed beautiful all day. Along the ceremony table was a long and low, and bud vases set each side of it. Finally, to guide Laura and her dad down the aisle, we added pew ends to the chairs.

As bud vases were selected as low table centres, they all started life within the ceremony room, adding floral pops along the additional table to the right of the fire place, as well as along the bar area, and some on the cake table and welcome table as guests entered. After the ceremony, everything was transferred through to the wedding breakfast space.

Laura and Sam opted for high and low centres, which helped fill the space as the ceilings were so tall, but also gave a less formal feel which can sometimes happen with all tall centres. The Broken Arch framed the top table beautifully, and the long and low and bud vases sat along the table, with some loose ruscus. We added a selection of candles to each table too, which added an extra dimension.

Following the dinner (and my impromptu career change into MC Florrister as I took to the mic to guide the day...) we moved through to the middle barn again to enjoy the music of The Missing Cat Trio and some delicious treats from Bo Bom Gelato. The table centres were moved through to dress a couple of tables that had been set up, as well as the fire place and little nooks and crannies. The flowers really did the miles on the day! Using no floral foam, each arrangement held out beautifully in either fresh water or mossages.

Congratulations, Laura and Sam, may you have many happy years together!


Wedding venue - Quantock Lakes

Photographer - Phil Warren

Dress - Elizabeth Anne Bridal

Hair - Tracy Pallari

Makeup - Make up by Sally Bracey

Flowers - The Blossom Parlour

Confetti - The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company

Cake - Dreams & Wishes

Music - The Missing Cat Trio

Gelato - BoBom Gelato

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