Any florist will tell you that designing wedding flowers is a real privilege but, for husband and wife floristry team Janet and Peter Boast, creating bespoke designs for their daughter’s special day was a real labour of love.
Sophie Boast (26), a Digital Communications Co-ordinator, married Aidan Bridge (27), a Sales Executive, in a beautiful autumnal ceremony in Lancashire last October.
“There is definitely an element of expectation for the flowers when you have a florist in the family” Janet told us, speaking from her florist shop, Going Dutch in Nelson. “People expect to see a flower-filled celebration and it was really important for us to make the happy couple proud.
“In terms of a brief, Sophie’s only wish was that the flowers reflected the season. Other than that she was happy to leave the designs entirely in our hands. It was quite a thrill to have such creative license but completely nerve-wracking at the same time! In the end we agreed to keep the designs a surprise which meant keeping Sophie out of the shop for a few months – that was quite a challenge in itself.
“It was a real honour to design and make Sophie’s bouquet, after all how many mums can say they have done that? Going against the current trend for large, loose wedding bouquets I choose a classic teardrop shape and wired the flowers onto the design. Flower choices included two-tone Miss Piggy roses, David Austin roses, carthamus, hypericum, Phalenopsis and mini succulents. Each flower was carefully considered and brought something special to the bouquet, whether that be colour, texture or fragrance. I also included (faux) blackberries for added interest and a truly autumnal feel.
“The church was one area where we really did go to town. We designed pedestal arrangements to line the aisle and a beautiful garland for the altar. It was really handy that the shop was right opposite. It meant that we could run back and forth with arrangements, much to the amusement of passers-by!
“At the reception venue we used flowers to create the wow factor. For the top table we created a floral table runner using cerise, orange and peach gerbera, lime green hydrangea, roses, succulents and lots and lots of conkers. For the other tables we varied the designs between towering spheres of flowers and low level candle arrangements, which added a lovely ambient glow.
“As with all weddings, the beauty is in the little details. We took great pleasure in creating a bespoke table plan and the favours, which were mini terracotta plant pots with either a snowdrop or crocus bulb in. To pay homage to season, we also carved out pumpkins and ornamental gourds and filled them with candles, which looked great come nightfall.
“One floral arrangement that proved to be great for photo opportunities was the wreath we designed for our front door. We got lots of precious snaps in front of it as the bridal party posed for photographs before setting off for the church.
“With so much to do, it wouldn’t have all been possible without the help of our talented and dedicated team. From start to finish it was absolute dream. A little stressful at times? Yes, absolutely. But would I do it all over again? In a heartbeat.”
With thanks to:
The new Mr and Mrs Bridge
Janet and Peter Boast at Going Dutch, Nelson.