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.

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Image @charliecampeyphotography

Wedding Planner: @emmacaesarweddings

Venue: @foweyhall

Cake: @peboryon