The sweet pea is my favorite flower. I love all of this flowers attributes including the scent it gives off. This year I am growing cut flower sweet peas so please do read on to see why!
The seedling’s that I have lovingly been watching over for the past month or so have finally reared their little green heads. And they are tall with the most gracious legs one could ask for, although maybe a little slim as of yet but not to worry as there is plenty of time to feed, prune and warm this batch of beautiful peas into strong, fragranced flowers.
I have been booked for my first wedding! I couldn’t wait to share it with you all but I had to secure a deposit, source enough good quality seeds and of course get them potted. Luckily it is a small wedding with under 20 guests, fairly local (ish) and only two types of flower are required. I have had a lot of input in planning the setting that the bride requires and by keeping table settings simple i agree that she really will have a beautiful day.
The Bride’s color choice is primarily gold with textures of lace and brass. The Brides mother has suggested two types of sweet peas which will add a color palette of white and blush. I suggested working in some foliage too for the sake of aesthetic and we all agreed on trailing ivy to complement the cut flowers. I will be making up Seventeen corsage and button holes including one for the Groom and a flower girl crown for one bridesmaid. I will not be making the bouquet on this occasion as i am unable to source the particular flower required by the bride. I primarily style with cut flowers grown in my garden and will only work on an event if i know that my preferred nursery has the same variety or very similar as a backup!
The ceremony is before midday which means a very early start for me. This suits me better as sweet peas are best cut at sunrise and last longer! of course I have lots of tips and tricks to make my blooms last and stay fresh for the day.
Here is a mood board I have made up with the Bride’s permission revealing the style she has chosen for her wedding. I am very excited to create trailing peas and ivy around the bird bath and cake tables.
Guests will be treated to a light lunch with lace fans adorning the table. Cutlery will be gold and glass features will be used to highlight the layout. The bride has hired these items including a set of vintage gold frames for a display of childhood photos of the couple. I love an intimate setting as it means the party can be seated together and really enjoy each other’s company. The family do not drink alcohol but would like to use champagne glasses for their toast of traditional home made lemonade. A sweet idea also! I added the gold champagne bottle to the mood board to fill in a missing gap but my job is to currently search for some matching drinks decor.
I have several months before this bride’s wedding but feel as though I have done all the preparation that I need to do my end. Just have to keep the flowers growing now! If you love flowers and event design you can follow me on my Instagram page . I am pleased to say that thanks to my Instagram I secured my first wedding gig from photographs of a baby shower that I had styled. Just goes to show the power of an image.
I also have a wedding that I will be styling and arranging flowers for in August. Coming to the blog soon.