Jo and Steve’s wedding

Saturday 13 July 2013
Venue: Jo and Steve’s back garden, south London

It just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a fortune on your wedding to make it a beautiful and individual affair to remember. Jo and Steve chose to use there back garden for 50 friends and family. A small courtyard garden was transformed into a perfect party venue using 10ft birch branches, and cleverly-lit plants.

They wanted an informal party with a twist of vintage. Jo wore a beautiful 1950s style cornflower blue and white dress and I reflected those colours in the flowers. I used David Austin ‘Patience’ Roses with cornflowers, white peonies, lavender and mint.

The bride's bouquet

Bridal bouquet with David Austin ‘Patience’ roses, cornflowers, white peonies, lavender and mint
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Large jam jars in the garden filled with larkspur, mint, cornflower, lavender, peony, and Alchemilla mollis.

Jam jar arrangement

Jam jar filled with white peonies, lavender, cornflowers and mint

I used one statement piece on the dining table – a galvanized steel cake stand bought from ‘The Paint House‘ in Battersea filled with sweet peas, Love-in-a-Mist, ‘The Constant Gardener’ rose, Alchemilla mollis and cornflower.

Table arrangement

Galvanized steel cake stand filled with sweet pea, Love-in-a-Mist, ‘The Constant Gardener’ Rose, Alchemilla mollis and cornflowers

In the lounge I used Gladiolus, Delphinium, larkspur and white Hydrangea to create a large arrangement for the fireplace.

Wedding arrangement


In choosing seasonal, British (where possible) flowers you don’t have to break the budget. The lavender, Alchemilla mollis and Constant Gardener roses where all picked from my garden and the sweet peas came from a plant sale at my children’s school garden.

Cake pops were displayed on three tiers, flavoured with lemon and vanilla (a delicious alternative to a traditional wedding cake) made by Elaine at Bunting and Pops, a fantastic local artisan.

A wonderful day!

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