We’ve been speaking with Kate at Rambling Rose Flowers, one of our suppliers at Mapperton Weddings, all about wedding flowers.
Kate’s journey started after buying a bunch of flowers from a florist in Notting Hill 25 years ago. “It blew me away, so I asked for a job pretty much there and then as the junior florist”.
In the many years between then and now Kate has worn a few different floral hats from floor sweeper, bunch maker to Event Manager and right-hand man to the Boss, working in the best of London’s flower shops and on the finest of weddings and events.
Now based in Beaminster, Kate realised that she wanted her flowers to represent the wealth of plentiful ingredients around the area, and often includes locally grown and foraged materials in her creations.
Mapperton is a blank canvas
Mapperton House lends itself to be the backdrop for any wedding style, from rustic and vintage to classic and elegant, and everything in between.
The gardens make the most incredible back drop for a romantic country wedding ceremony, with tumbling roses, banks of wild flowers, clouds of wisteria and terraces dotted with topiary, urns and fountains.
A ceremony on the lawn with rows of folding chairs makes for the perfect aisle, framed by abundant urn arrangements or a romantic arch of seasonal foliage and flowers… not competing with the beautiful surroundings just adding a little extra flowery detail. In May there are frothy swathes of cow parsley and blossom, in high summer scented roses and clipped yews, in Autumn an abundance of richly coloured trees heavy with berries and fruit.
The coach house is the perfect setting for a wedding reception, a blank canvas to decorate with a frenzy of summer colour, tables laden with a bright mix of locally grown English flowers, roses, sweet peas, foxgloves, or a beautiful romantic blend of blush scented roses, herbs, wispy grasses and soft grey foliage.
So, what florals should you be considering for an Autumn wedding?
At this time of year there are beautiful dahlia in a myriad of shapes and colours, spiky deep red and hot pinks to bright orange and coral pompoms, then fabulous blush pink dinner plate dahlia. Fabulous bloom chrysanthemums are now in rusty bronze and gold, rich chocolate brown.
Or why not opt for amazing rich autumnal hydrangea just turning from summer pinks to deep crimson, fiery crocosmia, juicy black berries, shiny red rosehips and other hedgerow berries.
All foliage is turning from bright green to lovely copper, oranges and golds, and if you’re lucky there are still some late blooms of gorgeous garden roses.