a country wedding

Last weekend's wedding flowers when to a most delightful address: The Old Parsonage at Acton Piggot.  This kind of detail reminds me that I am in exactly the right job - I love the feeling that we could be providing flowers for a character in one of our little boy's vintage (my vintage) story books.  It was a small wedding brief, just the bouquets and buttonholes, with buckets of flowers for the wedding party to arrange for the marquee themselves.  I love the luxury of a small wedding.  Once the buckets had been picked and delivered, I was free to walk round and round the garden, taking my time over choosing just the right bits for my bride's bouquet, layering up the colours and textures to create a delicate tapestry of lovely things in her soft pink-and-purple colour scheme, with lots of white and green.  I built the bouquet around one strong stem of my favourite peony, the classic pink Sara Bernhardt.  This magnificent stem had three perfect fat blooms, which were all we needed for the focus of the bouquet.  Around the peonies I wove delicate garden flowers and foliages to create a feathery, ethereal, interestingly-textured bouquet: shepherd's purse, for its arching stems of tiny green hearts; a lovely double mauve geranium from our cottage garden, which lasts well when cut; astrantia; sweet peas;  spirea leaves; feathery fairy-like fumitory and pink and purple toadflax, and one clear white bell of campanula persicifolia.  The stems were tied with long silk bamboo ribbons, which echoed the delicate movement of the flowers.