Claire and Luke’s June Garden Wedding. Photo: The Gribbons

Claire and Luke chose to get married in a chapel at Claire’s old school, and to have a marquee in Claire’s parents’ glorious Birmingham garden as the venue for their relaxed wedding reception. And what better month to do this than June, when the roses are in bloom and waft their perfume all around?

If I was to choose a wedding date based on flower options alone, I think June would be my month of choice as it’s the month when the British flower growing season really starts to swing into action, and sumptuous divas like scented garden roses and blousy peonies burst back onto the scene. Peonies are coveted by so many brides, but their glorious season is short (usually any time from mid May-June) so pick your wedding month with care!!

Meticulously planned by wedding co-ordinators That Black and White Cat, and captured in all its fun by talented photographic duo The Gribbons, it was a joy to flower up this beautiful wedding. Ten points to Claire for being ahead of the trend on ‘coral’ as Pantone colour of the year as well!

Claire decided to go for a bespoke wedding flower order as she knew that she wanted flowers to be a big feature of her day. We decided to make the flowers work as hard as possible, re-using arrangements from the chapel to decorate the garden marquee reception. I’m still delighted that I found an urn which could hold exactly the same liner container as a milk churn – this meant that the large arrangement used in the urn as an altar piece at the chapel, could, after the service, swizzle around in a phone box, and with the addition of a sweep of clematis, emerge transformed into a milk churn arrangement at the marquee!

Church altar flowers for a June wedding with roses and peonies.
The flowers say: “Now we’re an altar piece….”
“but now we’re a milk churn arrangement!” Photo: The Gribbons

Claire decided that it would be a lovely thing to get together with friends and family the day before the wedding, to arrange the flowers in jars and small vases for the marquee reception tables, and this was also practical in making the flower budget go further. I find that flowers always seem to bring out the emotions of events, and Karin, her mum (and my main point of contact while Claire worked her socks of for her medical finals), burst into tears of delight when I arrived at the house with buckets of blooms on the Friday – always a good sign in my book! This moment obviously stayed with Claire as well, as she said:

“Thank you SO much for arranging such beautiful flowers for our wedding You were a dream to work with and all of the flowers were just so stunning. I loved my bouquet so much! The flower arranging for the marquee was one of our favourite memories in the run up to the wedding, and of course my mum’s reactions when all the flowers arrived. They completely transformed the look of the venues and our outfits. We loved them so much, we dried and kept them!”

Love this shot of Claire’s dramatic peony and rose bouquet. Photo: The Gribbons

With a strong ethos of getting friends and family involved in the day, Claire’s aunt made the wedding cake – right down the little figurines of the bride and groom on the top, and I think that the photo below completely sums up the tone and joy of this couple and their relaxed wedding day. Here’s looking forward to more sunny days!

Photo: The Gribbons
An English Garden June Wedding

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