Cornwall Wedding Flowers: Summer Seaside Wedding

Cornwall Wedding Flowers: Summer Seaside Wedding


Wedding couple in a boat on the sea waving to other sailors. A real summer seaside wedding in Cornwall

I want to share with you an example of a real summer seaside wedding. The style of the wedding and the wedding flowers used to achieve it.

The wedding took place in the 500 year old church of St. Fimbarrus, Fowey in Cornwall. The wedding reception was held at The Fowey Hall Hotel. A beautiful venue and location overlooking the sea.


The Creative Brief for the Summer Wedding Flowers

Emma, a wonderful wedding planner herself, provided a very clear outline of her plans and vision for their summer seaside wedding.

The style: pretty, smart, classy and elegant.

The colour palette: ivory

Flower choice: Roses and hydrangeas with other summer seasonal flowers and foliage.


Bridal Wedding Flowers

Emma’s bouquet was classical. A large, full dome of ivory roses and finished with a bind of ivory silk and pearls.

The bridesmaid’s bouquets were a smaller version Emma’s. The flower girl carried a delicate wicker basket full of fresh ivory rose petals, and a small posy.

Buttonholes and corsages were a single ivory rose with the addition of seasonal foliage.

A bride looking towards the blue sea on a sunny day holding her bouquet of cream roses

Church Wedding Flowers

The church looked towards the sea, perfect for the summer seaside wedding. A large flower arch, covered the lychgate. The arch was full of green and white hydrangeas, ivory roses, stocks and a little seasonal foliage. An additional flower arch was made over the entrance to the church, which included an addition of white lilies. A great opportunity to use Cornwall wedding flowers.

A single and large, statement pedestal arrangement stood at the front of the church. The small niches in the walls were filled with vases containing small spray roses and other seasonal green and white flowers.

A large green and white hydrangea and rose flower arch over lichgate going into church. A real summer seaside wedding in Cornwall.

Wedding Reception Flowers

The top table had a long and low flower arrangement. The design used an abundance of seasonal, English garden flowers. Fresh green and white hydrangeas, roses and peonies. Very little foliage was used, which helped to create the pretty, smart and elegance of the brief.

Each guest table was decorated with a large, clear glass fishbowl, full of flowers, similar to those used in the top table arrangement. The tables also had a few small, mercury tea lights, each holding a single white rose These were placed randomly over the table.

A green and white hydrangea with white roses on top table arrangement at a classic wedding. A real summer seaside wedding in Cornwall

A guest table arrangement with roses, hydrangea and stocks in a large clear glass fishbowl with small tealights holding a single bite rose.

Cake Flowers

The tall, tiered wedding cake was beautifully simple, with the delicate detailing of shells and water bubbles so skilfully made.

A collar of white hydrangeas surrounded the bottom tier. A detail reflecting the crash of waves on the shore. A fabulous design idea for the  summer seaside wedding and the chance to use Cornwall wedding flowers again.

Tall, pale green and white wedding cake with a collar around the based made of cream hydrangeas


The style and choice of wedding flowers can play such a significant role in supporting  wedding themes, whether it be a summer seaside wedding, a winter boho wedding or any other. The sumptuous use of green and white English garden flowers in any wedding, creates an effect of minimal simplicity. Using large heads of hydrangeas or roses can create a totally different appearance to that using small and dainty heads with lots of foliage.

I hope you’ve enjoyed and been inspired by this blog. Do read more for further tips, ideas and inspiration with Cornwall wedding flowers, Devon wedding flowers or London wedding flowers.

Please take a trip to my Contact page to make an enquiry. I’d be delighted to hear from you.


Image @charliecampeyphotography

Wedding Planner: @emmacaesarweddings

Venue: @foweyhall

Cake: @peboryon







Summer wedding flower inspiration: Peony roses as the perfect wedding flower

Summer wedding flower inspiration: Peony roses as the perfect wedding flower

white peonies devon wedding flowers

Peonies, or as is known, peony roses, have to be one of the most beautiful flowers found in an English garden. Soft and romantic with ruffled petals, and gloriously old-fashioned. The gentleness of a flower that’s thickly lush with round faces full of happiness. A flower reminiscent of warmer days and the transition from spring into summer.

Summer wedding flower inspiration, peony roses as the perfect wedding flower.

Unfortunately, the peak season for British-grown peony roses is mid-April to the end of June. A very short season and creating much disappointment for so many brides. However, for those who are lucky, there are many creative ways they can be included.

Romance of the peony rose bouquet

The meaning of a peony rose indicates: romance, a happy marriage, honour, compassion and bashfulness. What a wonderful way to begin a wedding day. A gentle walk down the aisle at the ceremony, with so much romance ahead. The style and design of a peony rose bouquet can often create a blousy effect, Choosing to make a statement bouquet by simply using a single peony rose colour. A rich mix of colours or a supremely romantic bouquet of pastel pinks and whites with soft touches of grey foliage and asparagus fern. The combination of peony roses and other seasonal flowers such as spray rose simply adds to the overall romance.


Devon wedding flowers coral pink peony bouquet

Love of a peony pedestal

Pedestal arrangements can create an image of blousy beauty or soft romance. Large blousy heads of peony roses, when combined with a flourish of summer foliage and other summer delights. For example delphiniums, larkspur, daisies and roses.They can be large and imposing or small and delicate. They can create the appearance of elegance and timelessness. Pedestals are often used to welcome couples and their guests to the wedding. Decorating the ceremony itself. Then creating an often flamboyant, entrance to the reception. Summer wedding flower inspiration peony roses as the perfect wedding flower.


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Happiness of a peony rose table arrangement

You have walked up the aisle with your peony rose bouquet, stood by the peony rose pedestal arrangements and recited your vows. The celebrations are about to commence. Cocktails, mocktails, seasonal drinks. It’s always handy to have little tables on which to place your glass as you shake hands, or socially distance. Small peony rose arrangements placed on these tables not only look pretty but create a cohesive effect, bringing the ceremony and reception areas together as one. Guest or top table arrangements create the final flourish. The happiness of the wedding breakfast ahead. Long trestle arrangements to individual guest table arrangements.

Pink peonies Cornwall wedding flowers

Love of a ceiling installation

When you walk into a beautiful marquee or reception area, what could be more lovely than being greeted by a feeling of an herbaceous border. The delights of an English garden. English peony roses and a host of other summer flowers coming in with you. It’s a statement of beauty, awe inspiring beauty. The use of brighter coloured peony roses can often work best. They create more of a contrast against the size of a very airy marquee or grand hall, making the space seem more ‘intimate’. Pastel shades can easily disappear.

flower curtain Cornwall wedding flowers

The romance, love and happiness that peony roses, with other seasonal flowers and foliage, can bring to your wedding is fabulously amazing. So beautiful.

The joy they bring, the most popular wedding flower and with so many meanings. Summer wedding flower inspiration, peony roses the perfect wedding flower.


























Wedding Supplier Recommendations from Wedding Suppliers In London and Devon

Wedding Supplier Recommendations from Wedding Suppliers In London and Devon

Wedding suppliers

I’ve worked with many skilled and creative wedding suppliers in a number of capacities within the industry, Wedding supplier recommendations from wedding suppliers in London and Devon have emerged.

The Velvet Daisy zipping around the country!

Friendships and working relationships developed, particularly over many cups of tea, and often sheltering from the big outdoors.  When a specialist supplier wishes to promote their own work or product, and chooses other suppliers who are like-minded in style, quality, and ethics to achieve it.

Wedding supplier recommendations are often provided by the wedding venue. However, wedding supplier recommendations from wedding suppliers in London and Devon can be another great source and often the best. It’s particularly valuable when it comes from suppliers who’ve worked and collaborated. Whether it be at a wedding, event, photoshoot or other. Each working independently, whilst at the same time supporting each other.


Wedding supplier collaborations

 I’ve collaborated on a number of photoshoots with a very talented range of suppliers. Cake makers, hire companies, musicians, marquees, hair and make-up, caterers, cars and many more.

The day of a shoot can go on…and on and on. During the chitty chat moments we talk. Our outlook on life, work and private, to the stage we know each other and working with each other becomes second nature. Once again, working independently, whilst at the same time supporting each other.

Thus wedding supplier collaborations begin.

I recently had the privilege of being asked by Christine Trewinnard to help promote her sublime, handmade wedding dresses. A flower collaboration in Devon. A photoshoot at Poltimore House and Grounds near Exeter. Christine knew she wanted to create a  ‘Modern Golden Age of Glamour’ style.


She knew that The Velvet Daisy’s style with an abundance of relaxed, garden flowers, complemented not only her dresses but the house itself, the overall effect.

The photos here, the result of a support collaboration between Christine, me, The Velvet Daisy, and a number of other fabulous suppliers who became happy to recommend each other to potential couples. Wedding suppliers recommendations from wedding suppliers in London and Devon.


Photoshoots and blog recommendations

Photos which emerge from a shoot are often featured in magazines and online blogs. As a couple you may see them in a special article or within a ‘real wedding’ section. You may read them as overall collaborations. Ultimately, the chance that you may find wedding suppliers  recommendations from wedding suppliers in London and Devon.


All photos by Toby Lowe Photography

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Choosing Your Wedding Flowers: 10 Things You Should Know

Choosing Your Wedding Flowers: 10 Things You Should Know

Choosing your wedding flowers may begins before you even choose your florist. because The type of flowers and foliage you fall for and the styles of arrangements you dream of, will guide you to the best floral designer most suited for you. Start styling your celebrations and sourcing your suppliers with my 10 top tips for choosing your wedding flowers.

1 Featured favourites

Add sentimentality in a single stroke by choosing a flower that means something to you. It could remind you of the plants that fill your garden, of a bouquet gifted on a special occasion, or even of someone special who perhaps can’t be there to celebrate the special day with you. The beauty of flowers is that they can bring beauty and meaning in equal measure, so make the most of it!

2 Shaping up

There’s more to a bouquet than simply being big or small. There are hand-tied, cascading, asymmetric or tightly snuggled designs. You could even opt for something alternative like a floral tambourine – a gorgeous addition to any festival or garden party themed wedding. Take your time weighing up what style works best for you – bigger doesn’t always mean bolder, but it will be heavier!

3 Table it

There are also your centrepieces to consider. Trends and traditions have currently taken away the idea of table flowers such as enormous urns to jars and bud vases marching along the table. Small arrangements can provide a simple look, especially when combined with a combination of smaller and a little larger vases. That gives you a whole world of inspiration when choosing your wedding flowers. Dive into your London wedding florist’s portfolio and pick out the arrangements that make your hearts sing.

4 Earth to air

While almost all flowers will be grown in the ground, whether under glass or out in the field, many will then be flown thousands of miles before reaching their final destination at your wedding venue.

English garden blooms, on the other hand, can be grown just down the road. Working with seasons, freshness and fragrance that imported flowers simply can’t beat. Working with local flower farmers means I can wander the rows and weave only the most wonderful flowers into your wedding day.

5 Scentsational

Perfumes of the past, the whole reason brides have carried bouquets down the aisle for centuries is for their fabulous fragrance, and not simply their good looks. Another big benefit of choosing a London wedding florist who works with locally grown, garden-style flowers is that the fragrance is there by the bucket load, especially with the addition of wonderful herbs. Fill your venue with these and the effect for every sense will be amazing!

6 All or nothing

Sometimes, too much choice can make selecting all the more tricky. So don’t forget when choosing your wedding flowers, you can pare your petals right back. Choosing one or two feature flowers can have double the impact of many if you choose carefully. Think statement sunflowers, punchy Icelandic poppies, romantic peony-flowered tulips or those fabulous Café au Lait dahlias florists dream about.

7 Seasonal style

Look to the time of year for inspiration when choosing your wedding flowers. Daffodils can be delightful at a spring wedding, and they’re not limited to jolly shades of yellow, but come in ethereal whites and even muted pinks too. At the other end of the year, boughs laden with berries add a wintry twist with accents of colour that glisten like jewels.

8 Something blue

Choosing your wedding flowers can mean checking off traditions too. Add blue toned flowers into your bouquet or have the stems bound in a hand-dyed blue silk ribbon.

Photographed by Venetia Norrington Photography

9 The big day

If you’re dreaming big for your wedding day blooms, then design big too! Think cascading garlands that spill into a floral showcase around a grand staircase, or doors framed by flowers. Mantelpieces topped with luxurious floral swags, or windows dressed with corner blooms. For this reason, it’s worth finalising your venue before your floral designs.

10 Aim high

If blowing your guests away is high on your priority list when choosing your wedding flowers, this tip is for you! The one feature that instantly fills a space with floral magnificence is one suspended from the ceiling.

Think an abundant chandelier brimming with blousy roses and pendulous stocks, or a ceiling covered from corner to corner in individually suspended stems. A wildflower meadow from the air. Tables arrangements are tried and tested, but ceilings are all to play for. Raise the roof with your wedding flowers!

Photographer: Rik Pennington Photography

With these 10 ideas in mind, choosing your wedding flowers will become one of your favourite planning tasks yet. Make them memorable, make them magical and let me help you create something truly unique with English garden blooms.