Picture this.... its a beautifully warm day but with a gentle and gratefully received breeze. The sky is blue with some cloud. The sun is shining in-between the clouds, and making the grass and trees even more greener. The weather report says 50% chance of rain, but we are feeling positive, and continue to set up the outdoor ceremony which the bride and groom so desperately want!
We are at Irnham Hall which is a stunning venue near Grantham. It dates back to 1380 and it is the Benton Jones family private family home. Leila and Jamie welcome you into their stunning property and offer a variety of beautiful locations on the estate to hold your wedding ceremony.
Michael and Emilia chose the Orangery for their ceremony, but had their hopes set on an outdoors ceremony, which thankfully they were able to have due to the optimistic weather!
Their ceremony was relaxed and at one with nature. I styled the outdoor wooden gazebo which is registered for ceremonies, in a wild yet elegant way. Lots of Ivy and wild Grasses were used and styled in vintage glass vases, as well as Larkspur, Orlaya, and Cornflowers which were grown locally by Linda at Spotted Dog Flower Co. These were mixed with the brides candle holders, and I draped hand dyed lavender cheesecloth from Bertie and Fred over the registrar table for warmth and extra softness.
Sweet peas, Ox eye Daisies, pale pink Astrantia, Mint, Lemon balm and Sedum from Old Farm House Flowers helped add more colour and texture into the floral designs. I also used green Amaranthus on the ceremony aisle chairs which hung beautifully, as well as a pop of peach from the sweet vuvuzela rose from Sunflower Spalding.
Once wed, the couple made their way through the Grade 2 listed Walled Garden which is a super romantic and secluded part of the Irnham estate. The huge and intricately designed iron gates are just a dream as a back drop for wedding photos. And its the perfect location for the obligatory confetti shot!!
Emilia's brief to me was she wanted something different and wild looking. Colour wise it was lots of greens, silver, very pale peach, with a hint of blue, and a nod to the wine colour that Michael had chosen as a highlight for his suit.
Emilia was over the moon with her bouquet! "I was blown away with how beautiful it was!"
Emilia's sister was her bridesmaid and she wore a gorgeous full length dress in a blue grey tone with pretty detailing at the top. Her bouquet was smaller and had more pops of peach and blue in from Roses and Cornflowers.
" The bouquets were more than I could ever have expected." - Emilia Cookson
Emilia's bouquet was asymmetric and put together in a wild style. Continuing the very relaxed and romantic style, it was finished off with beautifully trailing red wine Habotia Silk ribbon from Bertie and Fred.
Her dress was by Maggie Sottero from Fancy Frox in Spalding, and the detailing at the top was just amazing. The lower half was double layered and looked so dreamy as she walked down the aisle to meet Michael.
Michael and his groom men's suits were Marc Darcy from Suites Marie in Retford. The detailing of the buttons, stitching and lining really stood out against the dark navy colour of the suit. Their boutonnières also stood out perfectly against the darker tone.
Cineraria Foliage, baby Fern, Grasses, Orlaya and tiny Forget me Knots all worked beautifully together. These buttonholes were totally natural and relaxed looking. And were all tied off with Bertie and Fred's silk ribbon and a touch of grey and white striped string.
The boys of course needed a hand pinning them onto their suits! They looked really dapper and pretty relaxed as they welcomed all their guests to be seated.
The wedding breakfast and evening reception were held inside the walled garden in the Summer House. This is a glorious room, full of light which streams in from the glass vaulted ceiling and from the full length arched windows.
I added extra foliage in the form of copper foliage hoops, which I hung from the venues ceiling grid amongst their hanging accessories.
The top table was a natural runner of foliage and succulents, with randomly placed vintage vases with more wild flowers and grasses. Using fragranced greenery such as Eucalyptus, Mint and Lemon balm helped to add a lovely fresh and summer feel to the room too!
The same wild romantic and fresh theme continued onto the guests round tables.
Foliage table runners and vintage vases is such a delicate yet impactful way of having natural looking wedding flowers.
The couple continued their love for "things that are a bit different" by not only having one wedding cake, they also had donuts from The Grumpy Sailor, and lots of other vegan cakes home made by the brides mother and sister, and sister in-law! How utterly scrumptious!!!
The couple also went for my unique mail box crate for cards.
And a floral hoop photo booth!! This suited the couple down to a "T". Such a fab way to capture some natural fun shots!!
Emilia and Michael were an absolute joy to work with and I was super thrilled to know how happy they were with my work.
"Wow is best to describe Katie's work! Every floral decoration was finished so fine to detail and was unique. I like something a bit different and not just your 'run of the mill' wedding décor, and Katie did this magnificently. She helped me through a stressful process putting me at ease and explaining everything. I have already recommended Katie to all of my friends but would advise anyone to use her as she will certainly make your day so special." - Emilia Cookson
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The happy couple and many of their close family stayed in Irnham Hall's cottages just a small walk from the venue in the hamlet of Irnham. There is also the option to stay in their newly refurbished Bridal suite in the Hall itself, which is just gorgeous as its traditional yet modern.
A big shout out to Oliver Kershaw Photography for the use of these images and for capturing these wonderful moments and making my work look so beautiful!