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A DIY Wedding With Home Grown Flowers For A Florist Bride

Today I have the pleasure of publishing a very special wedding for not only does the couple hail from my end of the country, heavenly Devon but Bride Elsie is a florist, so it was clear to me when reading her email that I was going to love seeing the highlights of her day. A highly personally styled celebration right down to the flowers being home grown, an heirloom ring and a friend’s Mum creating the Bride’s gown.

Elsie flower 1 From bride Elsie – We’re a scruffy pair of homebodies and it was important to us that we didn’t create something that was posh and impersonal to who we are. The planning was very much a “process”, sure we had ideas but the day was a progressive project, pure trial and error after a year of planning and calling in a lot of favours.

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elsei flowers 3 elsie flowers 3 It was the details that really made the day, the food went down a treat which we sourced from the butcher, the baker and the deli on Crediton high street and some of it we did ourselves. My mum made the wedding cake and I decorated it, being a florist it just had to be covered in flowers!  Mum and I also grew all the flowers in our garden which was fab until the chickens got out We still had more than we could use though and I was up until 4.30am the night before the wedding doing the flowers (if you’re offered help, always take it! That was my biggest mistake!). The results and colours were beautiful though! We also dried all the petals from a summer of dead heading the garden to make our newspaper cones of confetti.

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The small things meant the most like my dress being made by a friend of my mum’s which made the whole fittings process great fun! Jordan’s ring belonged to his great granny and we went to the Isle of Mull on a big road trip in the spring to get mine made by my great uncle who is a silver/goldsmith and he resized Jordan’s for us as well. My Mum made my veil from a bit of silk tulle she ordered online which blew beautifully in the wind and I made my tiara by soldering together bits of old brooches and earrings and they’re both really special keepsakes now.

The bridesmaids all looked beautiful with handmade and vintage dresses that they chose themselves. I gave them a rough idea of colours and let them pick as they are such an array of different shapes and sizes, with their crazy shoes and flowers in their hair, finished off with the parasols I hired… So cool! The boys looked pretty good too in their country/boho outfits with jeans – very handsome.

elsie 10 elsie 11 1116097_432998906813734_970009213_o elsie 13 elsie 14 We were on a tight budget so if we could make it or get it from a carboot sale then we did. We collected up a mismatched selection of serving dishes, bowls, cups, glasses, brightly coloured bits of fabric for tablecloths and jars and bottles for the table decorations. I bought disposable palm leaf plates and wooden knives and forks online to lay the tables with, we had no theme not even a colour scheme, just a collection of beautiful bits and bobs and it came together better than I’d hoped.

Despite my nature being slightly inclined towards control freakish we couldn’t have pulled it all together without our family and friends who were AMAZING! And all the suppliers we hired in the end were excellent – I can’t thank them enough!

Food: Treloars Deli, Stevie B’s Bakery // Hair & Make-up: Lisa-Marie’s Hair Styling // The Dress: Overly Gorgeous // Music: Urban Tourist, Jake Slocombe Band // Flowers: Elsie Mo Flowers // Photography: Uncle John (who also photographed my parents wedding), Paul Courtney Photography & INNOVO Photography // Hire: The Very Vintage Hire Company (parasols, photo booth, lawn games, fairy lights), South West Marquees (the chairs), Jolly Good Wedding (drinks dispensers), And Tesco gave us the glasses for free! Also for all those little touches I’d like to recommend… The Wholeleaf Company, Accessorize, Paperchase, Hangar, Exeter – for kitting out a grumpy groom and Stormpress, for printing our wedding stationary so beautifully.

…Such a beautiful collaboration of talents and highly personal too. What a beautiful wedding! Thanks so much for sharing your day with us Jordan and Elsie…

Love Sarah xx

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