Rebecca and Inness had the most unique and beautiful wedding at Coombe Lodge, Blagdon, Somerset in January 2020. Their wedding simultaneously fell on Burns Night and Chinese New Year, an event which won’t coincide for another 76 years – particularly fitting as Inness’ family are from Scotland and China!
The guests were welcomed by bagpipes, the Haggis was addressed, there was a Chinese Dragon Dance followed by a ceilidh to finish the night. Inness and Rebecca fully embraced the seasonal flowers available and we used dried flowers, winter foliage and berries and living plants to create their vision on the day.
Bridal party flowers
Rebecca carried a beautiful bouquet of dried hydrangea flowers in shades of blue and turquoise to match her stunning ombre dress with a touch of deep red (red plays a vital role in Chinese weddings; this colour is associated with success, loyalty and love, amongst others). Her bouquet was tied with flowing silk ribbons in shades dyed to match her dress.
Inness wore a kilt in his family tartan and his groomsmen also dressed in kilts. Their buttonholes were crafted from dried hydrangea florets, eryngium seed heads (to represent the Scottish thistle), eucalyptus, lavender and various seedheads making each unique. The boutonnières were tied with silk ribbons to match Rebecca’s bouquet.
Coombe Lodge is a stunning venue with beautiful views over the Somerset countryside. For Inness and Rebecca’s ceremony we tied bunches of foliage, Viburnum berries and dried hydrangeas to the chair ends with silk ribbon.
Vases of twisted hazel branches, dried hydrangeas and blossom were placed around the venue and the table centres were made from planted ceramic bowls full of hellebores, woodland bulbs and ferns. The couple gave these to guests to take home and plant in their gardens afterwards – a beautiful reminder of this special day for years to come.
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