Over the last couple of months we have been able to use our own flowers grown in the Not So Secret Garden for five weddings! It’s been a lovely learning curve, managing the preparation before the weddings. Making sure that flowers were cut on time, that the right amounts of certain types were going to be ready and managing the good old British weather was fun in itself!
Some of the wedding we exclusively used our own flowers and others we added to from our trips to the flower markets. If you are planning your wedding for next year, then do get in touch with us! The Not So secret garden will be increasing its range of flowers year by year!
One thing we have loved when meeting couples to plan, is to be able to show them round the garden or at least sit in Hartley farm cafe and point over to the garden and when talking about what’s available!
This was quite a statement of a bouquet, I loved creating it using the free form style. Where most bouquets are tighter, this was more relaxed. It uses a lot more foliage therefore allowing for a more informal style! We used cosmos, zinnia, lavender and Amaranthus from our garden.
The flowers for this bouquet above were all from the garden – foliage included, that was a proud moment for sure! We only grew a few foxgloves in the garden this year and I loved being able to use them. Sometimes Brides worry about having tall flowers in their bouquets, but foxgloves are delicate enough that they add a layer of texture without obscuring fabulous dresses!
We sneaked the bouquet above in as a surprise for the Bride. They were having a civil ceremony on the Friday with the big wedding on the Saturday, so I decided that no one should tie the knot without flowers regardless of venue! Again we used zinnia, cosmos and Amaranthus added with flowers from our normal suppliers.
It’s always great to mix and match what you use as both British flowers and flowers grown abroad work incredibly well together.
If you are planning your big day and would like to look at using British flowers and then do get in touch and we look forward to chatting soon!