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It’s always nice to have a bit of variation at work. I love roses as much as anyone but last weekend’s wedding was a rose-free zone. Rachel and Liam had a definite idea in mind for the aesthetic of their marquee wedding. Liam hails from near Glasgow (never have I seen so many kilts in the village), Rachel from Northumberland,  and they wanted earthy but strong colours and most importantly, unusual textures. It’s always a lot of fun to deal with materials that don’t pop up too much in day to day jobs. Rachel wanted a bouquet of pure colour. NO WHITE. Good choice. I like the look of bold colour against an ivory dress.

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Ingredients for the bouquet were: green hydrangea, echinops, craspedia, artichokes, succulents, thistle, rosehips, echinacea and mint. I know, it sounds like an old world cure for colds but it looked anything but and  suited her perfectly.

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The night before the wedding mum and I waited for the rain to stop and wrapped strings of lights on the pavilion and clubhouse, strung up their bunting and finished dressing the tables with yellow, burgundy, green and grey candles, succulents and smaller jar arrangements (well done to Rachel and Liam for collecting at least 100 glass jars and purchasing candles in perfect colours).

 I was lucky enough to have finished the day’s work to stand in the market square and watch Rachel and her father, walk from their village home, down the middle of the street (stopping traffic no less) to the church gates where she was met with a round of applause from the gathering crowd. She walked like a pro in Jimmy Choo’s and held the bouquet perfectly - with casual nonchalance on her hip as though it were a part of her.

The rain stayed away the whole day of the wedding and the party went on until four a.m. I wouldn’t have expected anything less.