When a florist gets married, you just know the flowers are going to be good and Juliet and James’ foliaged barn wedding really didn’t disappoint! Just you wait ‘till you see the pics; it’s bloomin’ perfection!
The Surrey-based couple, who met at a nursery (that’s the plant, not the child, version!) tied the knot in a relaxed barn ceremony at Farbridge in Chichester, West Sussex, in October. For florist Juliet, the flowers were understandably a big deal and played a big part in their beautiful big day – with a bounty of buttonholes, bouquets and table centres, all made by the talented, green-fingered bride herself!
Here’s Juliet to tell us more:
It was love at first sight!
We met at Woodcote Nurseries, a large garden centre near where we live. Ginny from the work canteen introduced us and it was love at first sight… cringe!
James proposed on a nudist beach – accidentally he didn’t realise! Just as he got down on one knee an old boy walked round the corner with everything out!
We chose to get married in Sussex as I’m originally from Brighton, so we started looking around there and then starting looking further afield.
A friend and family affair…
The venue we found online, our photographer was a recommendation from my cousin’s wedding, I’m the florist! My friends did our hair and makeup and my aunty did the cake! It was a family and friend affair!
Like every bride most of my wedding inspiration came from Pinterest and also weddings I had done and been to as a florist.
It was just all about the flowers and the booze…
We didn’t really have a theme it was just all about the flowers and the booze and having a nice relaxed fun day with close family and friends.
Doing things our way
We didn’t have any evening guests which made the whole day more intimate. We served our wedding cake for pudding which was a great idea as meant everybody actually got to eat it! We had the speeches before we ate so the best man, my dad and James could actually enjoy their food!
There was a bride preparation room at the venue so we didn’t have to worry about transport. Saying that though, my dad took me out in his classic MG car for a spin before we walked down the aisle which was nice to have a moment together away from the squealing of the girls!
My top tips for other brides (and grooms) to-be are…
Try and relax and enjoy every minute, as it really does go too fast. All those little touches, although they make great photographs, are not noticed by most, so don’t really matter.
What I enjoyed most about planning our wedding was…
Planning the flowers!
Our least favourite part of wedding planning had to be…
The seating plan! It really is the most stressful part especially when you keep changing your mind on what tables to have. That’s my fault for being indecisive.
If we could do it all again we would…?
Not change a thing… bar the bridesmaid dresses! I got my bridesmaid dresses online from China and I wish I hadn’t. They all turned out OK in the end thanks to a great local seamstress.
Honeymoon hotspot: We went on a mini-moon to Venice for a long weekend after the wedding which was amazing. Our main honeymoon was to Antigua in January. We stayed in Galley Bay which is the most amazing all-inclusive hotel!
So how many of you now want Juliet to do your wedding flowers? Weren’t they fab?! We loved that so many of the couple’s nearest and dearest got involved, as Juliet said; making it a real family and friends affair! Top marks to dad too, taking his gorgeous daughter for a spin, during the nervy build up!
Speaking of stress, it sounds like the bridesmaids’ dresses caused a few headaches, before the big day, but luckily looked lovely. Phew!
Thanks so much to Juliet and James for chatting to us about their stunning Sussex wedding, along with their brilliant Zara Price, for sharing these wow-oh-wow photos with us!
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