Alice’s wed­ding flow­ers!

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I can’t be­lieve it’s all over. We’ve been plot­ting, plant­ing and plan­ning for our youngest daugh­ter Alice’s big day for months. It was worth it! It was held at a mag­i­cal venue, An­rán, near Totnes, that had ev­ery­thing go­ing for it – a stylish farm­house where the bridal party stayed, a beau­ti­ful barn where the cer­e­mony was held and an enor­mous en­closed court­yard where ev­ery­one min­gled un­til rain threat­ened. Then we moved into the glasshouse, an enor­mous, for­mer barn with a glass roof where we stayed to catch up with rel­a­tives and friends, and even­tu­ally moved to the ta­bles that were ready and wait­ing for the wed­ding break­fast. Alice’s sis­ter, An­nie, had painted glo­ri­ous di­rec­tional signs, maps, name tags and vis­ual flour­ishes, giv­ing a classy fin­ish.

Our flo­ral dec­o­ra­tions were un­usual. We dec­o­rated the huge tres­tle ta­bles with hun­dreds of pots of home-grown herbs, pars­ley, basil, mint and thyme, with the pots dropped into brown pa­per bags. Run­ning among them were hun­dreds of Ital­ian cof­fee tins and brown pa­per-cov­ered tin cans, each with its own mini-ar­range­ment of sea­sonal flow­ers. Rud­beckia and he­lianthus con­trast­ing with the dainty, blue Michael­mas daisy ‘Lit­tle Car­low’ and dahlias. The dahlias came into their own around the perime­ter of the glasshouse, where 500 mag­nif­i­cent blooms shone out, ar­ranged among dahlia plants we’d grown in big pots, all with a back­ground of gi­ant ba­nanas and palms. The dahlias were a present from Winch­ester grow­ers, picked, pre­pared and trans­ported by Louise Danks, as­sis­tant pro­duc­tion man­ager at The Na­tional Dahlia Col­lec­tion.

The ‘cer­e­mony barn’ was changed into a green, white and pink won­der­land with pots of white Glad­i­o­lus murielae at one edge. The corms from Jacques Amand were planted, 20 at a time into pots. Neil made a tri­umphal arch cov­ered with hops and hy­drangeas, given to us by res­i­dents of a shel­tered hous­ing scheme in Barn­sta­ple.

Jon Wheat­ley gen­er­ously lent us shrubs and grasses, which made a bril­liant back­drop against the hay bales of the barn – Hy­drangea pan­ic­u­lata,

Mis­cant­hus sinen­sis ‘Morn­ing Light’, artemisia and vibur­num all cre­ated a fairy­tale ef­fect.

The brides­maids were bril­liant, turn­ing out to be bud­ding florists, and I couldn’t have man­aged with­out the help of one of Alice’s friends, Amy.

As for the bou­quets, The Real Flower com­pany sent us 100 ‘Mar­garet Mer­rill’ and ‘Ir­ish Hope’ roses, and David Austen Roses gave us a box of rose petals which were scat­tered on the floor of the barn where Alice and Ed­ward gave their vows. Ev­ery­thing looked beau­ti­ful, es­pe­cially the bride and groom!

Above, the ta­ble dec­o­ra­tions, and Carol with her beau­ti­ful blooms

Friends and fam­ily cel­e­brate with Alice and Ed­ward

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