Ingrid & Alan's Magical Wedding at The Great Hall at Mains

So the very first wedding from the brand new Flower Design HQ, Shirl, Vicky & Ruby felt like they were on their holidays working in their uber clean new surroundings and I have to say the bridal work produced for this wedding is simply sublime I do feel immensely proud of of our team and this was one of those days when I just felt proud enough to burst!!!!.


What a wonderful wedding to work on too, spectacular flowers, a truly gorgeous family, one of our most favourite wedding venues The Great Hall at Mains, glorious weather what more could anyone ask for???

So first stop was The Shard Riverside Inn, where our uber excited bride Ingrid was getting ready, she looked positively dreamy and her beautiful cascade bouquet of dancing white Phalaenopsis Orchids looked totally perfect with her tulle wedding gown

The Great Hall at Mains was in mid preparation, when we arrived a good three hours before the ceremony, the candles needed to be lit and the black carpet laid down not to mention an elegant sprinkling of pink rose petals but all of this was yet to be done and for now, the two huge vases of pink Blosssom and Hydrangeas stood proudly at the foot of the aisle on draped pedestal stands with the ginormous vases on either side of the fireplace including 8ft tall Prunus and willow, Lilies and Roses, but there was still plenty more to come... The two vases at the foot of the aisle, I love them, I think they really frame the space beautifully, they draw the guest into the ceremony area making it feel special and contained, The Great Hall at Mains is a really terrific venue, it has a majestic, worthy of marriage atmosphere, and the aisle feels as close as possible to a Church aisle, seriously making the most of fabulous wedding gowns with long lustrous trains, giving a bride a good long walk up, an opportunity to let her dress have centre stage, and to be honest there really aren't that many civil ceremony venues with that possibility!! Some of the candelabras lined the pre-aisle just a bit of a scene setter and making the most of the flowers

The registrars table design was split across both registrars tables, it's a special Flower Design creation inspired by "The Hanging Gardens of Babylon" the flowers are arranged along the edge of the table cascading over the front in a sort waterfall style This table on the left of the room is where the registrar actually records the marriage where as the larger table on the right is where the Bride and Groom sign their marriage certificate
On the backs of each alternate end chair along the aisle we'd arranged a delicious nosegay posy of Roses, Sweet Peas, Lissianthus, Lemon fragranced Wax Flower and Eucalyptus all beautifully sweet scented so that when the Bride wafts up the aisle and possibly gently brushes against these gorgeous flowers their exquisite perfume is released and enjoyed

The two gigantic vase pedestals framing the ceremony space looked amazing

The ceiling drapes, chair covers and sash heart shaped brooches were all supplied by the brilliant Dawn from Creative Cover Hire

Now complete with Black Carpet, Candlelight and fragrant Rose Petals
Ingrid's handsome Groom Alan wearing a Phalaenopsis Orchid Boutonniere to match his Bride's exquisite wedding bouquet of beautiful matching Phalaenopsis

The Groom's Men & Ushers were all wearing Sweet Avalanche Boutonnieres in their Buttonholes

A seriously splendorous team looking after the proceedings, the lovely Mel from TGHM, the Super Talented and totally gorgeous Howard Wing wedding singer extraordinaire, Lizzie whose very last day it was as part of the Dream team (we're really going to miss you Lizzie!) and of course the fabulous Registrar Kerr Andrew who always conducts/officiates over a truly splendid ceremony, he always manages to be the consumate professional whilst ensuring a really personal, intimate service.
A very gorgeous page boy Ring Bearer wearing a miniature Sweet Avalanche Rose Buttonhole

Ingrid's fabulous Mum, looked every bit the part of "Mother of the Bride" we'd created an epaulette corsage of Rolled ivory Rose Petals, Lissianthus Buds, Hydrangea florets and diamante sprays, some delicate variegated ivy leaves and a simple ribbon completed the design.

The vase on the end of the bar just completes the overall look it enhances the "Congratulations" blackboard and re-enforces the feeling that this space belongs to the wedding!

So the scene was fully set candles lit, Flowers in place and it was time for "Lights Camera Action"The Bridal Party arrived in the most magnificent style, these wonderful Shire Horses pulling the carriage were quite honestly breathtaking from Latham Shires Ltd

The Cascade wedding bouquet of all white Phalaenopsis Orchids with simple grasses and French Ruscus was just so light and delicate to handle
What a truly magical scene

The gorgeous Chriss manager of The Great Hall at Mains

Huge congratulations to the very happy couple from all of the events team at Flower Design

Then outside to enjoy the splendid gardens of TGHM and have some fabulous pictures taken whilst the ceremony space gets magically transformed into the most grand banqueting hall

Our great friend Joe Hargreaves from specialized Cakes creating one of his magnificent white chocolate masterpieces, Joe and his wife Janine really are artisan cake makers creating something really special every time!

The "Hanging Gardens of Babylon" design has now been co-joined and created a glorious garland along the length of the table complete with crystal candle sticks and candelabras

Each dining table had a silver baroque style candelabra in the centre sat on a mirror tile

The chair dressings were moved to the light fittings around the room to add colour and texture around the hall

The overall look had quite a vintage atmosphere for the wedding breakfast

I love candelabras as table centrepieces they always create such a romantic atmosphere

The tall vases were placed at either end of the top table to frame it perfectly

The stationary was provided by Ivy Cottage cards who'd done a really splendid job

What a truly wonderful and memorable wedding day, huge thanks to Alan and Ingrid for choosing to use Flower Design for their wedding flower styling

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