7th APRIL2018

OUR WEDDING

Latest Wedding Update... well it’s the 15 week countdown would you believe! That’s quite a scary thought! 

















I think most of you know we are having a blank canvas wedding but have you heard of it before? I never really knew it had a name!

Well ‘madly’, and I say madly because it’s intense planning and DIY - I (We!) wanted a free reign - having a family wedding business and working in the field for a number of years I didn’t want to be governed by other people. 

So, basically we needed to find land, marquee or similar, furniture, facilities, catering, music, bar, lighting, generators, Floristry, Photography, decoration, dance floor and the list goes on.

I love it. To me it’s been a perfect 18 months. The only element I’ve stressed over and really disliked is deciding on the guest list. That’s been so hard but I’ve done a blog on my wedding stationery which talks about this, that’ll go up once the invites have gone out.

I’ve only cranked up the gears in the last 6 months pulling everything together and just casually decided on things prior to that so it’s been busy, really busy since Christmas.

We have been seriously getting to work. We are involved in the Events Under Canvas showcase next weekend and then it’s full steam ahead on our wedding day finalising, if you’re wedding planning come along 👇🏻



We’re working on the copper elements at the moment so Dan is busy making those. I just love them, they are completely what I wanted and look perfect adorned with flowers.



















Our wedding flowers are currently being nurtured by Dans Mum Viv. She is doing a marvellous job tending to the baby plants and reporting which ones are sprouting. There are currently 13! Which is lovely and early, just what we wanted - Dahlias start to bloom from July so we are hoping to get them started a bit earlier to ensure masses of blooms.
You may remember me saying I’m a big dahlia fan so they were always going to be homegrown.
Actually this is the first wedding at OPW where we will be totally homegrown... hopefully! It is eventually our goal to be using our own produce for weddings but we’ve got a long way to go. Although I think this aspect will become something for all the family to enjoy!

Our wedding is very floral themed, from the very off I knew I wanted flowers everywhere. Flowers and especially wedding flowers are expensive to just buy so realistically I knew hiring in a florist to do our ideas would likely be way more than what we had budgeted. So it meant either reduce the amount of ideas or take on this aspect as well, which originally I hadn't wanted to do because its hard work! 
Real flowers are a luxury product and you only have to see the work that goes into it to understand the cost.
Our budget was around £1000 for the flowers and although this is a decent amount the volume and type of flowers I wanted that wouldn't cut it.
So the idea of homegrown was born!
Just means a very early start the day before & morning of our wedding creating and setting up and relying on them blooming in abundance. I invested our budget in plants to get just want we wanted, they really are a labour of love. I’m confident they’ll do us proud. Be warned though its really hard work DIY flowers, you do have to know what you're doing and the nurturing is consuming  ...Viv will tell you, hahaha! 

We are hoping to have them everywhere! I’m probably most excited about that. I’ve been learning the craft for about 2 years and I just feel overwhelmed with how much I love it.

These are just some of our plants...


Latest Wedding Update... well it’s the 15 week countdown would you believe! That’s quite a scary thought! 









































I think most of you know we are having a blank canvas wedding but have you heard of it before? I never really knew it had a name!

Well ‘madly’, and I say madly because it’s intense planning and DIY - I (We!) wanted a free reign - having a family wedding business and working in the field for a number of years I didn’t want to be governed by other people. 

So, basically we needed to find land, marquee or similar, furniture, facilities, catering, music, bar, lighting, generators, Floristry, Photography, decoration, dance floor and the list goes on.

I love it. To me it’s been a perfect 18 months. The only element I’ve stressed over and really disliked is deciding on the guest list. That’s been so hard but I’ve done a blog on my wedding stationery which talks about this, that’ll go up once the invites have gone out.

I’ve only cranked up the gears in the last 6 months pulling everything together and just casually decided on things prior to that so it’s been busy, really busy since Christmas.

We have been seriously getting to work. We are involved in the Events Under Canvas showcase next weekend and then it’s full steam ahead on our wedding day finalising, if you’re wedding planning come along 👇🏻



We’re working on the copper elements at the moment so Dan is busy making those. I just love them, they are completely what I wanted and look perfect adorned with flowers.














Our wedding flowers are currently being nurtured by Dans Mum Viv. She is doing a marvellous job tending to the baby plants and reporting which ones are sprouting. There are currently 13! Which is lovely and early, just what we wanted - Dahlias start to bloom from July so we are hoping to get them started a bit earlier to ensure masses of blooms.
You may remember me saying I’m a big dahlia fan so they were always going to be homegrown. 
Actually this is the first wedding at OPW where we will be totally homegrown... hopefully! It is eventually our goal to be using our own produce for weddings but we’ve got a long way to go. Although I think this aspect will become something for all the family to enjoy!

Our wedding is very floral themed, from the very off I knew I wanted flowers everywhere. Flowers and especially wedding flowers are expensive to just buy so realistically I knew hiring in a florist to do our ideas would likely be way more than what we had budgeted. So it meant either reduce the amount of ideas or take on this aspect as well, which originally I hadn't wanted to do because its hard work! 
It’s not an overestimation, I know a lot of couples ask me advice on the cost of wedding flowers when planning so it's good to get an idea. 
Real flowers are a luxury product and you only have to see the work that goes into it to understand the cost. 
Our budget was around £1000 for the flowers and although this is a decent amount the volume and type of flowers I wanted that wouldn't cut it.
So the idea of homegrown was born! 
Just means a very early start the day before & morning of our wedding creating and setting up and relying on them blooming in abundance. I invested our budget in plants to get just want we wanted, they really are a labour of love. I’m confident they’ll do us proud. Be warned though its really hard work DIY flowers, you do have to know what you're doing and the nurturing is consuming ...Viv will tell you, hahaha! 
We are hoping to have them everywhere! I’m probably most excited about that. I’ve been learning the craft for about 2 years and I just feel overwhelmed with how much I love it.

These are just some of our choices...

























































































































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